Monday, March 3, 2014
I am not a comic book person hence I only know Superman through the movies.
To me, Christopher Reeves is the only Superman I can relate to.
He played Superman from 1978 to 1987 over four movies.
It took another 15 years before the fifth Superman film, Superman Returns, was produced with Brandon Routh taking the helm as the Man of Steel. The film acted as an alternative sequel to Superman and Superman II ignoring the events from Superman III and Superman IV.
However we all know how that went and Superman was rebooted to Man of Steel. This time Henry Cavill takes over as the Man of Steel.
Personally the movie was average but I do like Henry Cavill as the new Superman.
The new suit "throws" out the traditional design and it takes getting used to but overall it grows on me.
I like the design of the packaging.
Its simple but very impactful.
The logo takes center stage and it does the job, design wise.
As usual, the figure is secured nicely in the packaging so you can take the figure out without damaging the box.
When you open the flap, the texture of the packaging changes.
Hot Toys uses the same texture and patterns found on the new Superman suit.
I found it kinda cool and was definitely a nice touch.
As usual, the sculpting from Hot Toys is first class.
The likeness of Henry Cavill is very good and the expression chosen is also appropriate.
Everything looks amazing, something we expect given the high price point.
One major point to highlight is the new suit.
The pattern of the new suit is complex and insanely difficult to replicate especially on a toy.
This is where Hot Toys excels and the suit looks really good and the detail is insane. All the little pattern and design are captured on a 12" figure.
The red cape falls nicely over the figure's shoulder but does not come with the wire inside hence you can't do any dynamic cape poses. People are selling the articulated red cape if you want you can change out the cape.
There is talk on the internet that the logo is way too low and it is not movie accurate. Looking at the movie screen shots, they are not wrong but seriously I am not particular. It looks perfectly okay to me.
The suit fits just nicely over the body which in turn hinders some articulation.
I did not dare to do any extreme poses for fear of tearing the suit.
Also the suit tends to wrinkle at the joints if they are bent.
I am not sure if this will cause damage to the suit over a long period of time, hence I am not posing him in poses that requires the bending of the joints.
The accessories are pretty light for this figure.
You get 4 pairs of interchangeable hands, one small and large version of the Krypton Command Key.
The small version is in the scale for the figure while the large version is a 1:1 scale replica of the key.
I really don't know what to do with the key replica.
At first, I wanted to display it by framing it up but the overall design and look is not really outstanding hence I just tossed it back into the box.
The large and small version of the Krypton Command Key size by size.
The small version of the key is really very small so if you are not careful, in a blink of the eye you might just lose it!
With this figure, we get Hot Toys new posable stand with the Superman logo as the base.
The posable stand is very cool and sturdy and it is very good for flying poses.
Another figure that comes to mind which can benefit from this kind of stand is the Amazing Spiderman figure.
Even though the base is pretty big and will take up a lot of valuable display real estate, I just had to display him with it. He just looks complete in a flying pose!
Overall, this is really a nice figure.
There is potential for this new Superman and this new generation should have a new Superman they could relate to.
Using the posable stand to get great flying poses!
Saturday, February 22, 2014
I was always cool with Tobey Maguire as Spiderman but after the third Spiderman movie I was relieved that they decided to reboot it. I felt Spiderman needed it.
Andrew Garfield takes over from Tobey to be the new Spiderman while Emma Stone gets the part of Gwen Stacy the first love of Peter.
I was not wowed by the movie but it has potential hence I am looking forward to the 2nd installation.
Andrew does a decent job as Spiderman and I do like the new costume.
Based on the trailers of the 2nd movie, we all the know the design of the costume gets even better.
Hot Toys has always been very sophisticated with their packaging and design but this round they keep it simple.
However the packaging does its job to protect the figure and allows us to take the figure out without damaging it and the packaging.
We get two heads, one is the masked version and the other is Andrew's head sculpt.
Both are excellent!
I love the natural way the costume flows with the body underneath.
It's really very realistic
The body is of smaller scale (roughly same scale as Black Widow) as compared to the other male bodies we get from Hot Toys.
This is in line with the petite nature of Peter Parker.
Even though the articulation is solid, please be careful not to over pose your Spiderman as the arms might break off from the body.
Instructions are given so please read.
When pictures of Andrew's head sculpt were circulated on the Internet, I was not very impressed.
However when I have it in my hands, it is very good.
I even had the dilemma whether to pose Spiderman masked or unmasked!
Accessories are pretty little for this figure.
You get a handful (no pun intended) of hands, a standard stand and webs.
We get two pairs of webs for different purposes.
One is used as if the web is coming out from Spidey's wrist while the other is used as Spidey is flying across the sky.
Pretty cool which adds dynamism in your display!
Overall I am very satisfied with this figure.
Sculpt and articulation are good and the costume fits the body very well.
The best part is that the price is low as compared to other Hot Toys figures.
So thumbs up!