Seems I’m filing this later and later, year by year. Can’t recall doing it in June before. But yes, I still collect toys! Like, maybe, four toys a year! Some of them are pricey though, and some of them are cheap and I take them with me into the bath. See if you can guess which ones, from the best I bought in 2012:
#1: Captain Jack Sparrow, Hot Toys DX 06 - On Stranger Tides
Pretty much the only good thing that came out of that godawful monstrosity of a movie was the chance to update my Jack Sparrow figure. The At World’s End line was what brought me into collecting Hot Toys in the first place - Elizabeth Swann, blurry on the left up there, was my first, but their initial Jack Sparrow left a lot to be desired in the visual personality department. All that and more has been amended for the DX edition, which still doesn’t quite read “perfect” to my eye, but is a damn sight better, regardless, and packed up the yinyang with every high-class collectible oddity one could hope for, up to and including the real suede boots. (Yes, my dollie has real suede boots!) Really my only major beef with the item was where the fuck to put the Black Pearl’s steering wheel that comes with - cuz what?!Read more
Three generations of Hot Toys Supermen. Routh sure got the short end of that stick. And all the other sticks.
Uh, guys… Hot Toys is doing Robocop. More importantly, they’re doing ED-209.
Hot Toys reveals final product photos of MMS Loki, which means I might finally get mine sometime this year.
Hot Toys reveals the Iron Man Mark XLII from IRON MAN 3. They’ve made so many Iron Man variants at this point I’ve lost count.
In loving memory of the now-cancelled Django Unchained line. NECA may have wussed out, but we will always have a metric pile of other, wildly inappropriate toys to look back on:
Palisades Toys “Officer Marvin Nash” from Reservoir Dogs: Relive all the fun of a Los Angeles police officer getting his ear sliced off by a dancing psychopath with this chillingly accurate sixth-scale rendition!
NECA’s Block-Style “The Gimp” set from Pulp Fiction: The anal rape of Marcellus Wallace can happen over and over again on your desk in adorably blocky style with this set of four!
NECA’s Crazy 88 “The Director” action figure from Kill Bill Vol. 1: Had enough of Quentin Tarantino’s antics? You’re not alone! This figure, based on Tarantino’s yellowface performance as a Japanese man from Kill Bill, comes with a bottle of blood for extra gory vivisection!
Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece “Hans Landa” sixth-scale figure from Inglourious Basterds: Nothing says toybox funtime like a hyper-realistic doll-sized Nazi, complete down to the last swastika, and including his Jew-hunting pipe!
But fear not, Django fans; NECA might be out of the game, but Enterbay’s Calvin Candie and Django - stickering in the multiple hundreds of dollars, of course - are still in production.