Tuesday, December 2, 2008

21st Century Toys Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow P-40 WarHawk

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow was one of the first major films to be shot entirely on a "digital backlot", blending live actors with computer generated surroundings. The 2004 science fiction film was written and directed by Kerry Conran. The film is set in an alternative 1939 and follows the adventures of Polly Perkins, a newspaper reporter for The Chronicle played by Gwyneth Paltrow and H. Joseph "Joe" Sullivan aka Sky Captain played by Jude Law.
Sky Captain only managed to gross in US$57.9 million worldwide, grossly under its estimated US$70 million budget.

To be honest, I never really watched this film in its entirety. Hence I can't really comment on the movie. However the wife seems to like it (maybe it's just Jude Law).
What I can comment is the plane that Sky Captain pilots, the P-40 Warhawk.
21st Century Toys has given us the scale model of the P-40 Warhawk. When I first saw the plane at Miniature Hobby (Vivo), I wanted to get it but it was in the scale of 1:18 making it way too big for my toy room. A few weeks later, they were selling the smaller 1:32 scale version and I grabbed it without hesitation!

The P-40 fighter was the last of the famous "Hawk" line produced by Curtiss Aircraft in the 1930s and 1940s, and it shared certain design elements with its predecessors, the Hawk and Sparrowhawk. It was the third-most numerous US fighter of World War II. (for more info you can read it at wikipedia)

I must admit it's an incredibly detailed aircraft! The propeller, nose art, and exhaust pipes look good. The wings also have detailed rivets and panels.
The landing gear is retractable so you can display it like it's park on the ground on in full flight when the landing gear is up.
It comes with a Sky Captain figure and with the ability to open the cockpit, you are able to fit Sky Captain in quite nicely. Too bad it does not come with a Polly Perkins figure as well.
There is some assembly needed, mainly you'll need to screw on the wings to the main body.

Overall a pretty cool toy to have especially if you have a thing for WW2 fighter planes. The Warhawk makes for an excellent display piece, and it has play value too.

P-40 WarHawk

P-40 WarHawk in flight

Not even the Empire is spared from the recession


Joshua said...

love your captions bro!

desmond said...

Can you take out the pilot or it's fixed there?

Little Plastic Man said...

Thanks Joshua.
Yes Desmond, the pilot can be taken out

KazeTora said...

Agree with Joshua, the caption is hillarious...

Anyway, the plane even have the turning point of romance event in the movie... the h-1-1-0d sign..

Do you repaint it, bro? Or just assemble it as it is... (is it assembled in the first place o_O?)

Little Plastic Man said...

KazeTora - Oh I did not know that the h.11.od meant something...never finish watching the movie...
21st Century modeled the plane after the movie so it's movie accurate (no need to repaint). There is some assembly, mainly screwing the wings to the main body.


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