Saturday, December 7, 2013
I was pretty lucky that Hot Toys opened their Secret Base (Hong Kong) in late Oct as I had already planned a trip to Hong Kong in Nov before they opened. Of course the Secret base immediately became a must go location in my itinerary.
In the past, when I was holidaying in Taipei, I missed going to Beast Kingdom because I did not know what was inside. I just walked past it.
Secret Base is basically a collection point for pre-orders and the figures are nothing new. When I was there, they did not display any new figures but I am sure they would display their new figures for pre-orders. However, I really must comment on their design and decor. They were simply outstanding... I wish I could display my toys like that.
I must say great job to do up a place so that there is a proper place for fans to come and collect their pre-orders! For fans and people who are knowledgeable about Hot Toys, the visit will take less than 5 mins as you will most probably have seen the figures but do take time to soak in the outstanding decor. However for non fans, they will be amazed at the outstanding sculpts and figures from Hot Toys which we are all too familiar.
Secret Base is located at 20/F Sino Centre, 582-592 Nathan Road, Mong kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong
The Door to the Secret Base
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Saturday, November 30, 2013
Anne Hathaway as Catwoman was something I would never have thought of for a million years.
There are hits and misses in Hollywood casting. People were baffled when Heath Ledger was cast as the Joker but it worked out perfectly but there were also tragic casting like Ryan Reynolds as Green lantern or George Clooney as Batman.
Anne Hathaway I would consider as a hit casting.
In the Dark Knight movie, she was not your traditional Catwoman we were used to, in fact she was never referred to as Catwoman. She never had the cat-like characteristics and there were only a few faint visual hints of her cattiness like the goggles that create hint as cat ears and the fact that she was a "cat burglar".
Overall, Anne played the role well even though it was more of a secondary character.
The packaging is pretty nice.
The design is in line with the feel of the movie.
The packaging is literally like a shoe box.
I think the female face is very difficult to sculpt realistically.
Even Hot Toys which is on top of their game do have difficulty pulling a realistic female sculpt.
I am not saying the sculpt is bad, in fact it is above average but just not as realistic as compared to the male counterpart sculpts.
Hot Toys tend to use rooted hair for their female characters maybe to add more realism to the figure. However this round, the hair seem to be too "puff" up which looks like Catwoman is having one bad hair day!
Not to fear because when you put on the goggles on they will push the hair down making everything look nice and in place.
The outfit fits very nicely to the body and does not restrict articulation.
The attention to details on the suit is first class...(as always)
There is another function for the goggles.
They keep her hair in place.
Catwoman is seriously lacking in accessories.
You just get additional 5 hands, a pistol, the goggles and stand.
Given that she does not carry much in the movie, I seriously doubt Hot Toys will throw in the Batpod as an accessory, but maybe they could have thrown in the maid suit...hee hee.
Even though Catwoman was not the main character in the movie I still like Anne Hathaway's portrayal of the feline character.
Overall, I like the figure because I like Anne...haha.
The figure looks the best when she is all suited up with the goggles!