The Rocketeer is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books originally published by Pacific Comics. Created by writer/artist Dave Stevens, the character first appeared in 1982 and is a homage to the Saturday matinee serial heroes from the 1930s through the 1950s. The Rocketeer's secret identity is Cliff Secord, a stunt pilot who discovers a mysterious jetpack that allows him to fly. His adventures are set in Los Angeles and New York in 1938, and Stevens gave them a retro, nostalgic feel influenced by the King of the Rocket Men and Commando Cody movie serials (both from Republic Pictures), and pinup diva Bettie Page. The character was adapted into the 1991 Walt Disney Pictures film The Rocketeer by director Joe Johnston.
I love The Rocketeer, plain and simple. I was a huge fan of the comics, and I found the film to be one of the most underrated movies ever made. The look of the character is simply amazing to say the least. Alex Ross did a few covers for the IDW comics and they are a thing of beauty. A combination futuristic space man and 1930’s cool it is a perfect blend. Cliff Secord is an everyman with a jet pack. A nice guy that most anyone can relate to. His adventures are very serial formulaic, almost like Indian Jones with a rocket. I am a huge fan, and even own a replica helmet. And now the amazing folks at Diamond Select Toys have just released a Rocketeer statue that sits proudly in my living room.
Lets take it from the top. I love the helmet. I just think it’s one of the best designed things I have ever seen. Its like a giant motorcycle helmet from the future. A dull gold color, but just bright enough to be the focal point of the outfit, the helmet also doubles as Cliffs rutter to help steer, thanks to the big fin on the back of it. The eyes are completely blacked out as to not get debris in your eyes when flying. You can see all the bolts in the design showing where it’s held together. The mouth is actually five indents with just a faint opening to breath. And the top shows the beginning of the giant fin. This is as comic, and for that matter film accurate as you can get. Shiny as opposed to battle worn, yet etched and shaded to make it look like real metal welded together. It’s definitely the first thing you see. You can see the flesh color neck on Cliff, which like I always say is just another reason Diamond Select Toys are at the top of the detail game. Rather than just blend the helmet into the coat you get to see the throat of the man wearing it as in would be hanging down a bit after takeoff. The jacket is great. A pale brown leather coat that looks like real leather. Its shaded in darker specs of brown as well as having multiple wrinkles and lines sculpted in to give it that real leather look. You can see the darker brown straps shaded in a faint black on the top being covered under the shoulder straps as well as a perfectly detailed silver zipper at the bottom of the neck line. I love how the paint for all the buttons is a bright speckled gold to really make it pop out. I have always loved the jacket and this piece replicates it to a “T”
Moving down we can see the white, almost tan pants that are tucked into Cliffs Boots. The pants have a baggy look about them as they are most likely full of air from lift off. Completely etched with wrinkles throughout, you can even see the seams sculpted in where the front zipper is. Notice slightly above the boots where they are tucked in, you can see how its sculpted to be completely bunched up and wrinkled. Its these little things that really set this apart. A combination comic book, yet real world look. Its just amazing. Speaking of amazing look at the boots. A very dark brown with black shading, these not only look like real leather they look completely worn and dirty, no doubt from all the fire that the rocket shoots out. You can even see the shoe laces knotted and tied in the boots. Plus the fact that the pants are bright, and the boots dull they both work to really accentuate the fire that is coming out of the rocket and doubling as the base itself for this piece.
This side shot gives you a great look at the giant fin on the helmet. It really adds to that whole space age look that this character has going for it. You can also see all the indents and lines in the construction of the helmet piece as well. You can also see the detail in the jacket really well from the angle as well. It really and truly does look like real leather. Notice the shine it has in the light, its an eye catcher to say the least. I love the gloves. Tan leather work gloves that are completely filthy. A different color from anything on this statue really helps them to stand out. Dirty old brown with lots of black shading and sculpted to make a perfect fist. You can see Cliffs thumb is placed above the fingers so he can push the rickets start button, which if you look really close you can see that is sculpted into the hand as well. You get a nice side shot of the rocket as well. You can see all the nuts and bolts in the rocket as well from this angle as well as the flames shooting out. I love the placement of the piece as the head (Of which you can see some of Cliffs hair) is tilted back while the rest is slightly arched. Giving it the full look of takeoff.
Here is the rocket itself. Bright bold silver fully designed to be an exact replica. You can see the fan along with the blades inside sculpted dead center on it. You can see all the nuts and bolts through the design. Every little thing has been recreated for this piece. I especially love how the silver is not only the illuminating color that shines in the light, but also slightly dirty in plain sight as I mean lets face it, jet packs get dirty. Every bolt is sculpted in and every vent and line is as well. It is incredibly well done. The gold tips on the shoulder areas give it that fine touch of contrast. It really is designed to look exactly like a steel rocket pack, and I’ve saved the best for last. Off to the left side you can see the pink piece of chewed gum that Peevy used to patch up the pack when it got punctured by a bullet. Now that is detail at its finest. Sure that played a big part in the film but who else but Diamond Select would have thought to actually incorporate it into the piece itself. Its just fantastic to say the least.
Here is the back shot of the fire blast that connects the figure and doubles as the base. As you can see the fire coming out of the jet pack is almost like looking at a glass based design. The red, oranges, and hints of white are blended together so majestically that it truly gives the appearance of real fire coming out of the pack. What really makes it pop is that it does not come down in a simple shape. Its all over the place, with twists, and turns, that wind it down to the base. Even then it still has fire like blow-back so it really looks as though is taking off. Throw in the fact is all done so bold and vibrant it really puts the exclamation point on an already great piece.
This is a dream come true statue for me. I am a huge fan of the Rocketeer and this is just what my collection needed. It’s a definite must own for fans and collectors alike. Do yourself an favor and pre order this today.
Overall 5 out of 5 Stars!
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Takeru Tenkūji, whose father was a ghost hunter who died 10 years earlier, dies at the hands of an evil monster known as a Gamma. While trying to protect his childhood friend Akari Tsukimura from an attack. A mysterious hermit brings Takeru back to life and bestows upon him the Ghost Driver transformation belt and a Ghost Eyecon, an orb-shaped device which can see ghostly creatures like spirits of dead creatures, Gamma, and other Riders. The hermit tells Takeru that he has 99 days to gather 15 additional heroic Eyecons in order to be brought back to life permanently, and must fight the Gamma as Kamen Rider Ghost to obtain them.
Kamen Rider Ghost was a series that I had only seen a few episodes of. It was a really cool design. Think of a cross between a Power Ranger and Ghost Rider. I mean how cool is that? Now to make it cooler Kenji Ando, the Co-Creator of the SIC Series has come up with this amazing figure that allows you to switch between Ghost and Ore Damashii. Its Is not only highly articulate for if you want to play with it, but with the additional stand it’s one of the best looking figures out there to display.
So if you are one of those “Leave it in the box guys” you wont be disappointed in the box art. A jet black oversized box with an amazing painting of the Rider right on the front with the original lettering going down the left side its an eye catcher to say the least. The SIC lable is in bright orange on the left with the blue Ban Dai logo on the bottom right. Its very imposing to say the least as the Ghost is one of the more evil looking riders to come along. Throw in that the box is oversized and it makes for quiet a large piece. The side shows the orange 2015 year along with not only the name of the figure in white pencil thin lettering but another shot of the Rider as well towards the bottom accented in that bright orange boxing. Now just to point out this is a solid black box. It looks amazing but you cannot see any of the actual figure inside. So if you want to show it off you have to do what I did and open it up.
So when I unpacked this massive set, that let me say is packed so secure throwing it off a roof wont damage it. I had to slice open the box, then separate the blister packs, then open the blister packs (There in there doubled up) to get to the figure that is actually in two parts. That’s when I saw the instruction book. Yes as it’s a display item as well as an action figure I had to be show how to properly set this piece up. I laughed at first but then soon realized I need it. Lets start off as always looking at the top half of this guy. Black with an evil almost cyberpunk style orange throughout. The mask on this one is one of my favorites as it has such a menacing look about it. The speckled red bug style top with the giant black eyes is similar to the standard mask but it’s the smaller silver and black mouth piece that make it extra frightening. That and the giant silver horn stuck dead in the center that is. You notice that this rider is wearing a black and orange tattered half coat with a big hood. The hood over the mask really adds to the look. The bright orange rim around the jet black coat really brings out not only the red in the mask but the speckled gold on the sides of the eyes. Moving down a bit you can see the detail that went into this. The jacket for instance it battle damaged and ripped up, but its also highly detailed in the crafting. Take note of the orange lapel. You can see the silver buttons that are on the top as well as all the wrinkles that are etched into the design itself. It really does look like a leather jacket. I also love how it’s a sleeveless jacket with the extra padding on the shoulders. The really neat thing on the shoulder pieces is that they are almost like a white blister in parts giving the Rider a haunted feel. Ghost like if you will. The chest has the white and orange makings throughout in the traditional spiral design. I love how the orange in the costume is identical to the orange throughout the jacket as well. Normally it looks better if they are different shades but this really goes great having them both the same.
Moving down a bit you can see the belt. A bright see through style ghostly white complete with he orange and black center. It’s a large belt compared to some of the others and it really is an eye catcher. I really have to point out the detail done on this figure as even though the belt is molded to the figure itself you can see that underneath everything is still fully painted and detailed throughout. I like the extra touch of it not just being a belt that goes into the leg area, but a full figure that’s completely sculpted then having the belt made to fit over. It shows the work that went into this, and by having it all be symmetric it makes for a really good display item. Leaps and bounds above a standard action figure. You can see where the jacket is all ripped up towards the waist, also part in the see through design. The legs have the orange running down as well as the metal plates on the knees as well as slightly above the ankles before the black boots begin. It really does flow to perfection. I mean don’t get me wrong figures are to be played with, but this is a beauty to display.
Moving to the back you can really see the detail in the coat. Notice the hood first off. Sculpted with the markings of the Rider going throughout, the hood not only has the markings but you can see the straps where it would be sewed onto the jacket itself. It flows straight down to the waist area where it opens up like its blowing in the wind. Its has the orange lining at the top of the waist area almost to signify a cut off, as the bottom part is done in the blister almost see through look. I really appreciate how parts of the jacket are done like that as it gives it that otherworldly look. You can also see that parts of the shoulders are done like that as well. This is a really good look especially with all the markings in it. I have to point out the markings are sculpted into the coat not just simply painted on. This is a deep thick coat that trust me, if your going to be playing with this will not break, nor will it get in the way of the action.
Before I go into the costume set up I want to show off two small parts. First the sword, which doubles as a stand. I love how detailed this is, with see through white pieces that flow into a pale blue and grey sword. It’s a very large piece, larger than most weapons I have ever seen with a figure. Its an eye catcher to say the least, but if you’re going to display him it comes into play as something else later (you will see) I also love this hood. A red with dirty black marking throughout to give it a real weathered look. But what really makes it pop for me is the big dagger handle sticking out the back. Someone stabbed this guy in the back of the head with serious force to say the least. It just looks really good, . You can also see the blister packing of many of the attachments that this piece contains.
Now lets put it all together shall wee. The sword, when taken apart makes a candle style coat rack if you will. The tattered vest slides onto the sword while you simply attach the arm pieces down each side. A see through skull like head with bright orange eyes pops into the top and that really cool head sits on top. Its gorgeous to say the least. Its almost hard to describe as pictures do it no justice. Blood red with black tatter marks throughout combined with the bold silver armor really give this a demonic look. Having the head piece be an obscured see through dirty white, almost yellow with the bright orange eyes really make it feel haunting. Like its starring into your soul. I also enjoy how its completely tattered and dirty to really add to the entire Ghost look. I wont lie, it took me about 10min to figure out how to put it all together but man is it worth it. This is just a haunting addition to the figure itself. It’s the coolest action figure I currently have on display. And I cannot stress enough how well the black and orange figure looks standing next to this on the solid black display piece with SIC in pray paint style white on the bottom left side.
Now I have told you how amazing this looks now let me tell you how well it interacts with other toys. First off if you don’t like the fist hands just swap them out for the other pair you get. Simple pop and push and they hold sturdy when battling other toys. The Damishi parts can interchange with him, and yes he has the sword, blades, and candlestick pieces that can all be used as weapons. He is fully articulate and basically can move into any fighting situation. It’s a good sized figure, comparable to an average superhero figure but as it has so many points of articulation it is much better to play with. My son had him fighting various bad guys, even Ultraman, and the previous Kamen Rider I reviewed. The Ghost won every battle, and parents, its like I say, if the can be displayed your kids will pick them up. Scattered in pieces during the battle, my son put everything back together and sat him on his nightstand to display when done so I didn’t step on anything when I went into his room later.
This is a top to bottom must own addition to any collection. A great toy to play with, an amazing figure to display, and even if after all this you don’t want to open it up, amazing artwork on the box that you can also just proudly display. It’s a great investment for collectors and people who just want a figure to play with. My sons loves it. I personally open all of my stuff, and this guy gives you double the joy. A great figure and a great display piece. Pick one up today.
Overall 5 out of 5 Stars!
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Back in 1971 a show premiered called Kamen Rider aka Masked Rider. It was a very different show to say the least. It took place in the future, or another earth, or something like that where the Nazis formed an organization called Shocker. They would kidnap people, turn them into mutant like robots, then brainwash them to serve. One of the prisoners escapes before the brainwashing part but after he has been transformed into a grasshopper like robot and becomes the Kamen Rider, who battles the forces of Shocker and their evil mutants. The show was so popular it spawned countless television shows, films, manga’s, you name it. It continues on to this day.
Now in 2000 Kamen Rider Kuuga debuted. It was the 10th version of the series and one of the most popular. The premise for Kuuga was that long ago, the Grongi Tribe terrorized the Linto until a warrior named Kuuga appeared and defeated the Grongi, sealing their leader within a cave. In the present day, a multi-talented man named Yusuke Godai finds himself linked to the mysterious stoned belt that was found within the excavated cave as the Gurongi are resurrected and resume their murderous game on the descendants of the Linto, humanity itself. Now it is up to Yusuke, along with the assembled Science Police, to use the various powers of Kuuga to stop and defeat the Grongi Tribesmen from their continuous killing and ensure the happiness of others. However, as the endgame draws near, Yusuke learns that there is a horrible revelation behind Kuuga and the Grongi’s leader.
Kuuga was a great show, and like the other Riders merchandise followed. One of those is the Bandai Tamashii Nations action figure. Its just a simple yet amazing design. Fully articulate in every sense of the word. I mean the only thing on this guy that doesn’t move is his toes. Like other figures distributed by the fine folks at Bluefin this thing is packed like a beast, not only in terms of care for the figure but for the amazing display art on the box. This one, as you can see features a painting of the rider on the front that is one amazing portrait. Its really different than the average box, as not only is it not blistered in anyway but the painting of the figure is done in a speckled like style. It has a very cool pop art feel to it. A crisp white front with the red, silver, black, and gold colored rider on the front and black sides that say “Masked Rider Kuuga” in bold silver letters. The back is white and shows 4 different pictures of the Rider in various poses. It’s a great looking box that is fantastic as a display piece in its own right. But like I always stress, these things are made to be opened.
Here he is. Lets focus on his head at first. A big red eyed bug head to start. I always loved the mask of the Rider. This is a really good one. A basic black mask with the huge red eye holes separated by a gold antenna that sticks straight up. The mouth piece is silver with the sculpted in mouth. Now if you look close what makes this really cool is that the eyes, crown and mouth piece are all painted in a speckled design to give it, especially in the case of the eyes a sort of “Insect look” now the red jewel in the center of the antenna, and the mask itself are a straight smooth shiny black. So when the light hits this just right it really sparkles to say the least. The chest plate is a bright candy apple red with gold armor plating on the shoulders. The plating is speckled whereas the armor itself is smooth. The arms are done in that smooth black like the main outfit with the red armor on the shoulders and again on the forearms.
Moving down you can see the belt that makes it all happen. This thing is beautiful. Bright silver with the big red jewel dead center. Around the front to the sides you can see all the other crystals. Yellow, red, purple, green, blue. Its incredibly bright and detailed and really is the eye-catcher of this figure. I also really like the chest and abdominal muscle plates in the red armor. Not overly done like say a standard superhero, but more insect like in nature. You can see the red jewels in the gold knee pads as well as the gold armor around the ankles. You can see some of the points of articulation in this shot as well. The legs, knees, waist, arms, everything on this one moves and is fully posable. Its just a nice study design. It can beat down most figures and look good doing it. It also looks really good on the Masked Rider Motorcycle, that unfortunately has to be purchased separately.
Lets show off the back for a bit. You can see its all painted smooth and matches the rest of the outfit perfectly. From the bright shiny red plates on the upper torso and shoulder blades and forearms to the bright silver belt in the center. The black part throughout is all smooth as can be, just like a spandex outfit under the armor. You can see I have him in a flexing position showing off all the points of movement in the arms and even wrists and hands.
Now I’m going to move quickly to this shot of his arm as you can see how his fist is wrapped ready to strike. Its even got the red plate on the fist to do extra damage to the bad guys. Now I once again, because I have to, point out, that the fist has each finger sculpted to give it that extra touch of class. This thing can fight any figure you throw at it. It can mimic basically any fight movement as it has so many points of articulation, and if you don’t like the fist just use one of these other hands. Have him do palm strikes, karate chops, hold the handles on his motorcycle you name it. You need a new hand, you got it. They pop on and off very easily, and when you are fighting other figures with him they stay perfectly in place. They don’t slide or fall off like some toys, this is high quality at its best.
From top to bottom this is an amazing figure. It captures the look and feel of the show perfectly. Plus its just designed so well, from the box art to the actual figure itself. It can be used to display in that amazing box. You can play with him for hours on end. Or you could simply stand him up in your favorite pose and display him fully opened. The possibilities are endless. My son has him taming with Ultraman to battle Gigan. It’s a must own for collectors and kids alike. You kids will love playing with him, and fans of the show will just love having him around. Pick this one up today.
Overall 5 out of 5 Stars!
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"The future can be changed. It can be either for the better or for the worse.
The ones who will decide that is all of you."
―Ultraman Ginga's departing words
Ultraman Ginga is an Ultraman from an unknown future who was once one entity with Dark Lugiel, whom the latter separated from prior to the Dark Spark War. After the war, he was trapped in Spark Doll form. The doll and the Ginga Spark made their way to Earth and into the hands of Hikaru Raido, who uses these two items to transform into Ultraman Ginga and battle users of Dark Spark Dolls. When he returned to space, he left his spark in Hikaru's possession so he could come to the aid of Earth, even if he was far away in a galaxy
I discovered Ultraman when I was a little kid. Back then it was Ultraman Q, which transitioned into regular Ultraman. Think of it as a giant guy in a red costume beating up giant monsters from space who every week come to threaten Earth. They can fly, shoot lasers do martial arts. It was just really cool. The I mean sure there is a long complex history of Ultraman but that’s not what this about. You’re here for a toy review. The Ultraman figure in question for this review is Ultraman Ginga, which I explain the premise of above. Its not a statue but a fully articulate action figure from Ban Dai. Let me tell you it’s a cool figure.
So after unboxing this guy, which takes a bit of effort as its packed in one of the most secure boxes I have ever seen. I also want to point out the box as it does have a clear window showing the majority of the figure off. I love how you can see Ultraman behind a big painting of Ultraman on the box. It’s a cool touch. This is one of the most brightly painted boxes I have seen. So If your one of those people who don’t open anything this is a great display box. But you know I open my stuff. After removing the lid I slid Ultraman Ginga out and to my surprise stood him up with ease. I say that because a lot of these fully posable figures can take a bit to get them into the right position to have stand up, but this one stood right up. Its really well made. Sturdy and well put together. Think of a slightly bigger more posable GI Joe.
I cant get over how well painted and detailed this guy is. For an action figure, this is one of the best looking sculpting jobs I have seen. Its statue quality to say the least. The helmet is a sleek silver with the mouth piece molded in. The eyes are a crystal style yellow with the trademark bright blue on the top of the helmet and down and around the ears. It’s the same blue that you will find in the chest plate, around the shoulders, and again on the shins. It’s a prefect match to its television counterpart. The red is a bright almost candy apple color and yes the classic bright silver flows through the entire outfit. You can see the stomach are still has a piece of the plastic wrapping left on, as I was so excited to open and stand it I forgot to pull it out. I dig how the shoulder area sticks out slightly where it moves to give it more depth. Its really well done and incredibly eye catching.
Moving down a bit you can see the legs and arm. Notice the clenched silver fist. I really like how the fist is actually sculped showing off the fingers. I always praise that in figures and statues as it adds a great touch. To many toys have just a hand with some lines sliced in. This is a nice way to bring your character to another level. The silver flows down the legs and arms. You can see the blue in the legs and again on the forearms. It flows perfectly, everything lines up to a “T”. You can see that even the tips of the feet move, which really puts the stamp on articulate. You can make this guy do anything. I mean if he is fighting your other toys he is going to win. My son had him doing even the most complex pro wrestling moves to his other figures. And even though he has so many points of articulation he never buckled or became lose during his battles. It really is an incredibly well made figure as it can withstand all the action a 10 year old had in store for him.
Now when I praised his clenched up fists I should have pointed out you can take them off. Not so he can fight with nubs but so you can switch them around. He comes with 3 extra sets of hands. He can karate chop, hold his spear, do the claw hold, whatever you want. Now I tried different ones on and they took me a second to push in as they are small but once I got them in place they didn’t pop out. I had my son fight different enemy’s with them and they stayed in place the entire time. It even has another hand attachment that is connected to his Ginga Cross Beam. If that’s not enough to vanquish the enemy he has his Ginga Spark Lance as well to battle the bad guys. Both the Beam and the Lance are a really cool bright blue that is almost see through to give it a light beam effect. Very cool weapons and attachments.
I want to take one quick look at the back. Its very detailed for an action figure. The silver armor lines flowing throughout the costume all in perfect synchronicity. Everything matches perfectly. Take note the main spine piece how it sticks out a bit, as do the rims on the top of the helmet. This is a great looking figure from every side. The color choices are just fantastic. Ultraman, no matter what incarnation was always a bright and eye catching show and this figure really captures that magic. It’s definitely going to be either the toy you notice and grab right off, or if you are simply displaying it the one that catches every ones eye.
So lets break this down. Awesome looking figure to play with. Fully articulate. Amazing detail if you want to display it. Great looking packaging if you don’t want to open it. Sturdy as can be if you have a kid who likes to beat things up. I mean its just a great complete package of a figure. Plus the one thing I have to point out for parents. The thing looks so good your kid will want to stand it up and display it when he is done playing, so hence he’s keeping his toys in order and not leaving them lay on your floor. It’s a win win situation from where I stand. So if you want to show it off or play with it, or if your just an Ultraman fan pick this one up right away and add it to your collection.
Overall 5 out of 5 Stars!
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Steven Rogers was born in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, New York City, in 1920 to poor Irish immigrants, Sarah and Joseph Rogers. Joseph died when Steve was a child, and Sarah died of pneumonia while Steve was a teen. By early 1940, before America's entry into World War II, Rogers is a tall, scrawny fine arts student specializing in illustration and a comic book writer and artist.
Disturbed by the devastation of Europe by the Nazis, Rogers attempts to enlist but is rejected due to his frail body. His resolution attracts the notice of U.S. Army General Chester Phillips and "Project: Rebirth". Rogers is used as a test subject for the Super-Soldier project, receiving a special serum made by "Dr. Josef Reinstein" later retroactively changed to a code name for the scientist Abraham Erskine.
The serum is a success and transforms Steve Rogers into a nearly perfect human being with peak strength, agility, stamina, and intelligence thus creating the First Avenger, Captain America
These Legends in 3D Busts Diamond Select Diamond Select have been putting out are amazing. I love the fact they are just busts of my favorite characters. And when I saw Captain America had one I had to open that one right up and put with my other Capt. Stuff. For smaller head busts these have meticulous detail about them. They are limited only 1000 of these are made so after you read this review go order one. Or you can order one then read the review. Just don’t miss your chance.
This piece is more of the classic comic book look as opposed to the movie look. It looks fantastic to say the least. I love how the Helmet itself is designed to look like leather, yet still match the chain mail style of the rest of the outfit. Bright blue with the big white A on it. The faint black shadows painted around the side of the eye holes really brings out the colors, as well as the heroic look on the face. I love the shading of the blue mixed with the black to give it that real leather look. The skin color is done perfectly, with just slightly darker flesh colored lips. Just the right amount of color as to not look like lipstick. The eyes are a bold blue with a big black center that really feel like they are looking at you. A strong jaw with slight indent lines around the sides of the lips to give it a touch more realism. Even the chin strap at the bottom look like real leather.
You get a great shot of all the work that went into the costume design here in the chest area. Blue with the big bright 3D silver almost white colored star in the center of the chest slightly protruding below the piece itself. The costume is made of a Kevlar and leather in the books to help protect Cap when he’s fighting the bad guys, and this really nails it. You can see all the etching that went into the chain mail scales throughout the outfit. There not simply painted on, each one is actually sculpted into the piece itself. I cant stress how much I love all the black shadowing in this piece. Its not done to give it a dirty look, its done to recreate that leather look from the books. Its so well done. The helmet Cap wears is simple leather yet it blends into these chain mail pieces perfectly. I mean its sculpted to show the cut off line between the two as its not a one piece outfit, but the color matching for having two different styles of sculpting in uncanny
This side shot give you a really good look at the detail that went into the leather design of the helmet. You can see the hundreds upon hundreds of wrinkles and age marks going throughout it. You can see where the ear sticks out, and you can tell that it was sculpted as realistic as possible. I mean yes this is based off a comic book drawing but it still looks real. Note that by the ear, the base of the neck, and the center of the head you can see all the lines where the outfit would have been stitched together. The white flag symbol if right there and its just as bold and bright as the “A” in the front. The back shot gives you a closer look at how everything blends together from the leather helmet to the leather Kevlar body its just flows evenly.
Finally we get to the base. Which is only fitting that it’s a pillar. A grey almost brown roman style pillar complete with sculpted in stars all around the bottom of its base. Its all scuffed to give it a classic almost Roman look to it. Shaded and etched in a faded grey, almost slight black in spots it really has a classic look about it. I think its also a very fitting base for Cap. I love how these Legends Busts have very detailed bases but they are kept very small as to take nothing away from the bust itself.
This is another magnificent Legends of 3D Bust from Diamond Select Toys that I can’t recommend enough. I have it next to my Pacific Rim and Black Panther Busts and it looks great. Like I stated above there are only 1000 of these out there so act fast. I have number 311. I highly recommend picking one up today.
Overall 5 out of 5 Stars!
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Pennywise is a shape-shifting creature known as a Glamour who is billions of years old. Although It lived on planet Earth for many years, It originated in a void/dimension outside the regions of space known as the Macroverse. Since Its true identity is unclear, due to its shape-shifting abilities and being from another universe, Its real name and species are called Deadlights, but few know this, which is why it is referred to as IT. The form of a female spider seems to be Its true physical form on Earth (or at least that is the closest thing the human mind can comprehend), living deep below the fictional town of Derry, Maine. It can morph into any other person, animal or object (including combinations thereof). This ability is useful for A) appearing as the target's loved ones or friends to manipulate them or lure them into a trap or B) appearing as the target's worst psychological fear. However, Its favorite and most common form is that of a circus performer named "Pennywise the Dancing Clown," as most small children love a clown and generally, it seems that the people in Derry happily accepted the presence of a stray circus performer.
It's real name (if indeed, it has one) is unknown. Although, several times in the novel, It calls itself by the name Robert “Bob” Gray. This may be an allusion to real-life child cannibal Albert Fish, who reportedly used the name "Robert Gray" as an alias. He may also get his first name from Robert "Bob" Bell, the man who originally portrayed Bozo the clown.
It's primary goal is to feed on humans, generally preferring children over adults since they were easier to scare and manipulate. According to the creature, frightened flesh tastes better and uses fear to "salt the meat".
Who didn’t like It? I mean of course that’s a rhetorical question as it was fantastic. Both the original miniseries and the new films were fantastic. Of course Chapter 1 is better as the kids are more interesting than their adult counterparts, but this is not a film review. I remember how people were outraged by the announcement of the remake stating the Tim Curry was so iconic in his role as Pennywise. Well, no one is saying that now as the new version knocked it out of the park. Diamond Select Toys, who if they are reading this need to make more horror statues, has just released a Pennywise statue based on the new version, and yes, it does come complete with a balloon.
Lets look at the face. Perfectly sculpted to look like Bill Skarsgard did in the new films this is terrifying. The big almost done like head that filters down into the slightly puffed out cheeks giving way to that evil smile that shows off the teeth he uses to eat people with. He’s designed to look dirty, like his makeup has been through the ringer a bit. He’s a ghastly white but not overly bright. There are shades of a faint grey, almost light brown smeared throughout to really give him a dirty look. The massive forehead is full of wrinkles and various frown lines. He has the same wrinkles around his eyes and cheeks as well, which makes sense as he technically is very very old to say the least his hair is the trademark bright orange that sticks out at the sides, and has a curl with an almost upward point at the top. Its all etched throughout to give it a realistic, yet still sleek look. Its very bright so it sticks out and definitely draws attention to the piece. The red makeup lines above the eye, on the tip of the nose, and running from under the eyes to connect to the mouth are all there. It’s a very haunting face to say the least, and it captures the film version perfectly.
Moving down we get into the outfit itself. Now I am not exactly sure what to classify this costume as, so after doing a lot of reading it seems to be a combination of Victorian, Elizabethan, Medieval, Renaissance eras combined to create a doll costume. The outfit is movie accurate to say the least, and incredibly filthy. Starting at the top you can see the dirty white, almost light brown ruffle collar that has an amazing amount of detail to it. Fully sculpted with etched in lines and wrinkles for each layer as well as shaded to give it a 3D look that really pops out at you. I love the old weathered look it ha to it. It just adds to the creepy factor. Moving down we see the outfit. A light grey filled with black and dark grey shading inside the etched in wrinkles. The outfit is an exact match. Right down to the fluffy red buttons and red ropes around the waist and arm areas. The outfit it designed to be filthy but the red is incredibly bright. If you notice it matches the red in the face to make a perfect blend. The entire outfit is just something to behold as so much work has gone into it. Everything is bunched up, wrinkled, puffed out that you would think it’s an actual cloth outfit on the piece. This is just remarkable. Take not of the lining inside the right arm. The detail is so fine you can see the fully sculpted dirty white lining of the costume sticking out where Pennywise’s gloves are coming out. The gloves are white but with the brown dirt marks on them and each finger is individually sculpted as well. This is an exact replica to say the least.
Looking at the side you can see it. The red balloon Pennywise uses to lure his childhood victims. Bright red that almost shines in comparison to the dirty outfit. The tie at the balloon end is realistic as well. Its coming down from the bright white stick and resting in Pennywise’s fingers. You also get a good look at the ropes used to tie the arms of his outfit. The proportion is fantastic as you see the bunched up material at the top that slowly gets smaller into an almost stretch look at the forearms before fluffing out again. The costume is essentially two colors not a lot of variation from other views. I do really like the addition of the balloon and the fact its so bright. Its adds a really nice horror element to an already scary piece.
The back shows a lot of the little detail that went into this one. From all the layers in the ruffle on the collar to the stitching down the back this is a highly detailed piece. The giant ruffle collar is gorgeous to say the least. It’s a massive part of the outfit. Each layer sculpted and lifted up, it’s a giant piece of the outfit. I love the Victorian Era seam going straight down the back. Etched in to look (and actually feel) like a real seam it’s a large part of the back and looks really impressive when you see the detail that went into it. The back, as you can see is just as dirty as the front, and just spot on in terms of the look of the film counterpart.
The base is a simple piece of land. Brown dirt with a little bit of green grass behind Pennywise’s feet. A small little piece of dirt basically. It’s a fine base that takes nothing away front the piece itself. You get a nice look at Pennywises’s shoes. Black and grey, with the grey being slightly darker than the outfit so it stand out a bit more. You can see the black laces underneath the big puffy red ball on each shoe than blend into the red ropes that are tied off around the outfits calf muscles. This is a clown top to bottom, and evil clown, but a clown none the less.
This is a great piece for any fan of the It films, and for horror fans as well. It a must have for collectors as well. Diamond Select has got a lot of Pennywise items coming out soon and this creepy beauty is the perfect way to start your collection off right. Pick one up today.
Overall 5 out of 5 Stars!
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Captain Steven Grant "Steve" Rogers is a World War II veteran, a founding member of the Avengers, and Earth's first superhero. Rogers had suffered from numerous health problems, and upon America's entry into World War II, was rejected from the service within United States Army despite several attempts to enlist. Rogers was the only recipient of the Super Soldier Serum developed by Abraham Erskine under the Strategic Scientific Reserve. Determined to serve, Rogers ultimately volunteered for the Project Rebirth, which enhanced the frail Rogers' body to the peak of human physicality and was given the new moniker of Captain America.
Its not secret I love Captain America. He’s always been a favorite of mine. The comics, the films, even the old arcade game, all classics to me. He’s the heart and soul of Marvel Comics. I love the performance Chris Evans gives as Cap, and I will be sad to see him leave the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I have many Diamond Select Captain America statues, but this one really makes me geek out so to speak. I wont lie, when I saw Endgame in the theater I was one of the many who clapped and cheered out loud when he lifted Mjoinir (Thor’s Hammer) in the film, proving himself to be worthy of the power. Now I, and you as well can proudly display this achievement in your house as Diamond Select Toys has released a statue fully depicting this glorious piece of cinematic history.
Lets get right to the face. This is a dead ringer for Chris Evans. Diamond Select captures it perfectly. Pouting lips combined with the sculpting under the nose and around the mouth highlight the square jaw even though its got the helmet strap around it. The nose is a perfect match, as are the eyes. Steel blue and black. I like how they have them looking up at the hammer. It gives it a great almost stoic look. The helmet is fantastic. Bright blue with the big white A on it. The black shadows around the eye holes combined with the brown and gray tattered strap really brings out the colors, as well as the heroic look on the face. You get a great shot of all the work that went into the costume design here in the chest area. Blue with the big bright silver star in the center of the chest with the lack outline under the neck and through the back of the arms. This is spot on compared to the movie version. The costume is made of a Kevlar based ballistic component to help protect Cap when he’s fighting the bad guys, and this really nails it. You can see all the etching that went into the chain mail scales throughout the outfit. There not simply painted on, each one is actually sculpted into the outfit. You can feel them. I love the use of a silver type of blue and silver respectfully as it really makes this piece shine in the light. You can even see the leather straps around the should that are sculpted complete with buckles. They look like standard grade leather and help break everything up.
Moving further down you see the trademark red and white flag stripes around the abdominal area which are also designed in that same chain mail style. The black about it really brings everything together. Its such an amazing blend of colors that really stand out when on display. The tactical belt is identical to the film as well. Brown leather complete with pouches held together by a big silver buckle. Its done, like most of the outfit to be colorful yet still have a battle worn look about it. The coolest, in my opinion, part are the pants. Blue, and loaded with black shading these look fantastic. You can see again all the chain mail etchings as well as the lining, and all the wrinkles throughout. The black really makes it stand out, as the boot tops are a deep red color. I can stress how good this looks in the light as it really has a shine to it that these photos don’t quiet capture. The cream like white really stands out as well. Its just a fantastic blend of colors that all flow together so well.
Here is a quick shot of the Hammer. Leather wrapped handle that’s a combination of brown and gray its etched together to really look like the actual handle. Throw in the wrist guard at the bottom and it looks incredibly realistic. The hammer itself is a combination of dull and bright silver. Fully sculpted to perfection this is exactly like Mjoinir that we have seen in the films. I love how Cap has on his red leather gloves complete with knuckle padding for punching the bad guys. Each finger is individually sculpted and as you can see battle damaged as well. The gloves as well as the fingers are completely dirty and give the impression that Cap has been through a war. Grasping the hammer tightly above his head this is the center on the piece.
This other side shot shows off more of the detail in the costume. You can see how well sculpted the arm is. The shading, combined with the chain mail style really looks like wrinkled up leather around Cap’s forearms where his gloves are causing it to slightly bunch up. Even though the costume is essentially leather armor you can still see the muscles underneath the arms. The black etching around the elbows really makes the blue stand out. I really do like the gloves. There so worn they look as though they are starting to fade into an almost orange color. Clenched in a fist it really does add a powerful look to the piece.
The back shows off more of the same. Captain America doesn’t wear a cape but we can see his shoulder straps fully connected with the silver buckle at the top of the back. You also get a good look at the helmet. Black on the sides and opened so Caps ear stick out. Notice the lower back area. I like how its done to be bunched and slightly wrinkled above the belt to really accent the stretching of Caps hand as he lifts the hammer up. That combined with the placement of the legs really give it an almost 3D look to say the least. You can see the sculpting done throughout the body to help mimic the movement that Cap is going through.
The base is a simple piece of rock. Multiple colors of brown and black with just a fain touch of what appears to be red are simple yet effective. You can see the tattered deep red boots Cap has on, which really stand out due to the color of the base. I love how the base is raised up on the side so Cap can have his one foot slightly planted higher than the other. It really adds to the stretching look this piece is going for. Sometimes something as simple as one foot placed higher or lower than the other can really make a lot of difference. Diamond Select is great at doing all these little things, to make everything stand out as a whole.
I love Captain America, and I loved Endgame so it should come as no shock that I love this statue. It captures the look and feel of the scene from the film down to a “T” It’s a colorful, tall, piece that really draws attention. It’s a must own for all fans and collectors, and I highly recommend picking one up right away.
Overall 5 out of 5 Stars
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The first statue in DST’s revived Marvel Premier Collection series is none other than Wolverine, captured unmasked and mid-stride in a snowy landscape. Meticulously sculpted by Clayburn Moore, this diorama piece depicts the X-Man and Avenger in his brown costume and leather jacket, standing approximately 9 inches tall, on a base that measures 10 inches by 15 inches. Limited to only 3,000 pieces, this statue comes packaged with a certificate of authenticity in a full-color box.
Wolverine is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics, mostly in association with the X-Men. He is a mutant who possesses animal-keen senses, enhanced physical capabilities, powerful regenerative ability known as a healing factor, and three retractable claws in each hand. Wolverine has been depicted variously as a member of the X-Men, Alpha Flight, and the Avengers.
It’s a no brainer that Wolverine is the most popular X-men out there A bad ass mutant with claws that pop from his hands allowing him to rip into his foes. He has his own line of comics, movies, cloths, toys, you name it. As Marvel Flagship Characters go he’s definitely in the top of the list. So its only fitting that the good folks at Diamond Select Toys make a statue of him. And to make it better it's a Clayburn Moore design.
Looking at the face you can see it’s a dead ringer for the comic book. Wearing the classic black, brown, and yellow outfit with a warm leather coat, as he is walking in the snow and giving his trademark sneer this is bad ass from the start. The hair is meticulously etched to look real. It’s the classic mutton chop style sideburns that flow into the trademark flat pointed out at the sides look. It black, with tinges of brow, and just a fine amount of grey in spots. It looks real, in fact the whole face does. The sculpting that went into the lines in the forehead and around the eyes is breath taking to say the least. Combine the frown with the slanted down eyebrows and just a touch of shading around the eye lids and this really has a menacing look about it. I love how the eyes are the cold steel blue color. It really does feel like its looking at you. You can see the 5 o’clock shadow with the full pouting lips that are a light flesh color which, as the rest of the face is more tanned really make it pop. It has a look of determination on it that’s almost frightening.
You also get a great look at how well the brown leather jacket looks. Sculpted to give it a wrinkled look then painted and shaded to make it appear very worn out. It’s a nice combination of various browns and blacks that really does look like real leather. I love how even though it’s a brown coat it doesn’t clash with Wolverines brown gloves. Speaking of which you will notice that the claws are not extended in this one. You can see the three silver knuckle clips on the gloves where the claws pop out. The hand is a perfect fist as Wolverine trudges with grit through the snow. Notice how the gloves even have a tattered look. This is just well done on another level.
Looking at the body you can see what a beast this is. The muscles explode from underneath this thing. Wearing the classic brown and golden yellow with a few accents of black this is the classic look, and as it’s the comic book style its painted to be vibrant and colorful. Even though they are more pale type colors this statue really stands out. I really can’t get over how overly muscular it is done. Every muscle in the body is popping out in full effect. From the slit in the chest to the quads this is a big version of wolverine. The rib cage and ab muscles almost pop through the outfit. It’s exactly how he looks in the comics. And let’s not forget his bright red belt complete with silver buckle to break everything up. The jacket, as you can see it complete with zipper. Look inside the jacket area. The lining of the coat is also painted and shaded to give it a realistic look. You can see how the other fist is clenched as well and how the left foot is firmly stepping down in the snow. I love how the kept the points at the tops of the boots. I always dug how his boots were the same color of brown as what’s in the rest of the costume. Throw in the black outline around them and you have a perfect match.
This back is just a lot to take in. I guess lets look at this jacket. This is a great shot to show the detail that went into it. It appears to have been a black jacket at one time, but over the years its now turned into a faded brown. Combining black, dark brown, light brown, and touches of grey this is as real looking as it gets. Not only is it sculpted to be as wrinkled and bunched up as possible. You can see how well it looks when the light hits it in the shot. It fully shows off all the tatter in the design. Even the elbow area is done so well. That’s usually the part that get the most wear and tear and this has a few blends of clay color in it to give it that appearance. Even the seem of the jacket at the bottom is molded into the piece. From the gold button on the wrist cuff to the inseam where the arm starts this is beautiful craftsmanship. The back pack is incredibly impressive as well. It’s a brown leather look, but just enough contrast to not fully match the outfit. Its also bright so it really sticks out from the jacket. Every wrinkle and line is done in this as well. You can see where the bottom pouch is, and the way its shaped gives the impression that its got something in it. Take notice of the legs as well. You can see how the anatomy of the muscles flows exactly how the human body would with one leg planted front down and the other still extending slightly back. It really does capture the look of walking in deep snow. It really is perfect all the way around
The base is the snow that Wolverine is walking in. It looks real. White, but not overly bright to make it look like a cartoon, no this is white, grey, and hints of black all complied together to make it look real. I love the shading in spots of bright blue to give it an iced over look. Notice the footprint in the snow. It’s a darker color inside to snow how it would have slightly melted in there. Even around the footprint is a slight pile of snow where it would have bunched up from a foot stepping in it. Everything is uneven like a real snowfall. You can see the broken tree in full effect to add a bit of depth. Part of it still sticking up from the snow, the other part laying flat with snow covering it up. The snow looks fresh. You can actually picture it snowing when you look at this. And yes, that is Clayton Moore’s signature right under the tree stump.
I cant recommend this enough. It’s a huge piece, that is bright, and detailed, and just haunting to look at. Hell you don’t even have to like Wolverine to want this. This to me is the pinnacle of fine comic book art. Its one of the best looking things I own, and that’s saying a lot. Its definitely a must have for any Wolverine fan, but act quick. There are only 3000 of these out there so act fast. I have number 299, I know that because it also comes with a certificate of authenticity. It’s a collectors item to say the least, and one I recommend you pick up right away.
Overall 5 out of 5 Stars!
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The Predator (also known as Yautja or Hish-Qu-Ten) is a fictional extraterrestrial species featured in the Predator science-fiction franchise, characterized by its trophy hunting of other species for sport. First introduced in 1987 as the main antagonist of the film Predator, the Predator creatures returned in the sequels Predator 2 (1990), Predators (2010) and The Predator (2018), as well as the crossover films Alien vs. Predator (2004) and Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007).
The Predator has been the subject of numerous novels, video games and comic books, both on their own and as part of the Alien vs. Predator crossover imprint. Although a definitive name for the species is not given in the films, the names Predators, Yautja, and Hish-qu-Ten have been alternatively used in the expanded universe. Predators are depicted as large, sapient and sentient humanoid creatures who possess advanced technology, such as active camouflage, directed-energy weapons, and interstellar travel. Both the Yautja and the Hish-Qu-Ten compete for a chance to enter the ritual of becoming "Blooded", a rank given to predators that have killed prey that has been deemed worthy. Now thanks to the fine folks at Diamond Select Toys you can own your very own Predator Statue.
The Predator is cool. There is no other way to say it. Its just an amazing looking character. Great costume, great look, great weapons, just a visually menacing character. I’m a fan of the films and comic books. I actually like Predator 2 better than the original Predator. I think what makes the character so cool is the fact that its not bad, nor good. Its just a hunter from another world plain and simple. Its probably my favorite looking of all science fiction horror creations. I actually put it above the Alien. So when I heard Diamond Select was making a Predator statue I could not wait.
Now just to get this out of the way, I love the Predator look but don’t know the “Proper” Predator terminology for his outfit, but I’m going to try. Starting at the head lets look at his mask. The classic look from the films. Completely covered with etched in eye visors. It’s a great combination of greys, and blacks, with just a touch of shine to it to give it that finished metallic look. You can see where its sculpted by where the Predators jaw outline would be as well as having the block in the front. Hanging from the helmet is the Predators black dreadlocks wrapped together in gold ties at the top and again towards the bottom. They are coming out of the copper colored opening in the helmet. Mounted on the Predators shoulder is his plasma cannon. Etched and sculpted to look exactly like in the films you can see all the mechanical and wiring aspects throughout. I love how its slightly, and I mean slightly a different grey than the helmet, and the shoulder and leg armor pieces. Its done to match the arm weapons and that slight variation really makes it stick out as opposed to just blending in with the rest of the outfit. The neck is wrapped in the Predators bone necklace which is hanging down near his ribs. It’s a dead ringer for its film counterpart, and the slight turn of the head really makes it look ominous. The shoulder armor is a great touch as well.
Moving down a bit you can see the classic half armored, half netted costume. If you look close you can see under the netting the Predator’s markings are painted on the skin on the right side under the chest and down the stomach. The netting looks fantastic, and I like how you can see slight variations of the Predators muscles under it. The Predator is of course an alien so his skin color is different than ours. It’s a combination of brown, faint orange and touches of white. Its snake like skin and this captures it perfectly. The necklace actually hangs down as it’s a real necklace. It’s a cool touch to do it that way as it really makes it stand out. The leather style brown codpiece that blends into the silver quad armor is perfectly detailed right down to the buckle. You can see how all the armor on the outfit matches from this shot. It’s a great looking piece
This side shot gives you a good look at one of the Predators main weapons, his claws. The forearm piece of the weapon is sculpted to show the alien technology used to make this weapon of death. Every marking is etched in and shaded and it really looks like it could be real. Its strapped on right under the brown leather arm bands. The blades stick out past the knuckles and are sculpted to give them a very rugged etched look as opposed to a sleek blade style. If you look at the shoulder area of the skin you can see some of the black dots in the skin as well as an almost scaling look around the biceps, hence the snake comparison. I also like the subtle touch of having the hand clenched into a fist as it gives the impression that your about to be stabbed by the blades.
The back view really shows off a lot of the little details that went into this piece. Starting at the top you can see the mounting plate of the plasma cannon. All sculpted showing off the nuts and bolts as well as the exo style mount of the cannon itself. It looks great. Its done in silver with shades of black. So it has the shine as well as the battle damaged look to it. Its connected via the shoulder pads and of course hooked by the leather straps you can see towards the bottom of the plate. You can also see a better view of the scale style skin. Brown with a variation of orange and of course more of the black spots. Keep in mind this is all visible underneath the netting its wearing so this is sculpted on several levels. You can also see off to the side the bones, and what I believe to be skulls of other species hanging from the necklace wrapped around the Predator. Once again I really like how this thing is an actual hanging necklace, its just a cool touch in my opinion. You get a great view of the black dreadlocks with the gold banding as well. Finally looking towards the bottom you can see the back flap on the predators cod piece. Painted to look exactly like scratched up leather. It’s a great look of different shades of brown. Fully etched with cracks throughout it really has an old worn out look. It’s a great touch and it really does look identical to a real piece of leather.
This is a shot from the other side because I have to point out another iconic weapon. With the wires running from a gigantic metal piece that covers the shoulders and most of the bicep area is the bomb the Predator uses as his fail safe device. Its close, as he has yet to activate it. You can still see all the markings and ventilation coils on it. I would have loved to have had been opening with parts of the countdown painted in, but this is effective as well. Notice the Predators clenched fist fully gloved and ready to fight. It has a very intimidating look to it to say the least.
The base is really neat. A piece of jungle ground complete with grass, and vines. As Predators hunt primarily in hot climates its only fitting that this have a jungle feel to it. I love how real it looks, with the different blends of green and grey with shades of brown. Having it go up on the one side giving it almost a cliff style setting is also a very cool touch. You can also get a good look at the Predator’s foot/ With leather knee pads underneath the armor as well as the armor plating by the toes it flows perfectly. You can even see the black toenails in his feet. This is just good quality from top to bottom.
This is a fantastic piece to add to your collection. I love the fact that Diamond Select has made this awesome original style Predator. I can only hope they make a few of the other style ones we have seen throughout the course of the films. This is a must own and one that needs to be displayed Front and Center. Go buy one right away
Overall 5 out of 5 Stars!
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“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.” Bruce Lee
Bruce Lee, was a Hong Kong-American actor, director, martial artist, martial arts instructor, and philosopher. He was the founder of Jeet Kune Do, a hybrid martial arts philosophy drawing from different combat disciplines that is often credited with paving the way for modern mixed martial arts. Lee is considered by commentators, critics, media, and other martial artists to be the most influential martial artist of all time and a pop culture icon of the 20th century, who bridged the gap between East and West. He is often credited with helping to change the way Asians were presented in American films. He is now brought to life by the fine folks at Diamond Select Toys.
Let’s just hit the ground running and start off with the face. Its Bruce Lee. I love how he has that trademark slightly turned head with the eyebrows raised just a touch as if he’s ready to fight. The eyes are so well done they stare at you. It just looks like he is ready to start beating somebody’s ass. The cheekbones and lips are a dead ringer, the whole thing is a dead ringer. Even the indent under the lip is perfect. The expressionless, yet still very open mouth in full yell is conveyed through the amazing shading on this. If you look closely you can see how the face and behind the neck vary in color, giving it an almost lighted look. Same is done around the sides of the nose. The hair is done in that trademark bowl style, but as its Diamond Select you can see it’s not simply painted but fully etched and shaded as well. Heck even the eyebrows are etched and shaded. This, simply put is as real looking as it gets.
It doesn’t just stop at the face, the body is sculpted identically to Bruce as well. From the pose to the form this is spot on. Just as he looked in Game of Death with the bright yellow track suite with the black stripe on the sides Bruce is letting that kick fly. Notice how the outfit is all wrinkled, as his body is moving. One of the things you can see is all the sculpting done on the wrinkled marks and overlapping especially around the mid-section where Bruce is twisting. It gives it a look as though the outfit is very loose in that area, almost bunched up. Throw in the shading and it really has a realistic almost 3D look to it. I love the outfit choice as the track suite has become so iconic over the years. Having the sleeves rolled up is a great touch as well. You can see the muscles on Bruce’s forearms as he balances himself into the kick.
This side shot really shows you the fire kick in full form. I mean Bruce practiced that kick 10,000 times so its only fitting that its surrounded in fire. The first thing I want to point out, and one thing I really love is that Bruce is wearing his yellow track shoes and you can see the white rubber soles on the bottom. Fully sculpted to look exactly like the track shoes do in real life, and with just a touch of brown in-between some of the soles to give it a real worn look, yet still keep it bright to really make it pop. The flame looks great. Yellow, light orange, dark orange, and a touch of brown this looks great. Everything is molded to look like a gigantic ball of fire. Flowing from the sole of the shoe to the base it looks fantastic. You can even see how the track suite is formed to fit the legs, as Bruce’s calf muscle is fulling popping on his planted foot.
The back gives you another good look at the fire ball but also really shows you the detail that has gone into this outfit. Every seem, and wrinkle has been sculpted in and shaded to give it a sleek yet realistic look. You can see the emphasis on the bunching towards the middle of Bruce’s back as that’s where his torso is twisting to throw the kick. It’s a really nice little touch that Diamond Select is so good at doing. Notice the hand as well. Each finger is individually sculpted and very realistic. It’s a perfect pose that went into this. The forearm muscle bulges a bit where the arm is twisted and flexed, and you can even see the back muscles popping from under the outfit. Everything on this piece just flows perfectly.
The base is simple yet effective. It’s a piece of what I assume to be dojo mat. You can see the bubbling brown smoke on the ground coming up into the kick as well as a bit off to the left no doubt that fell from his shoe. Speaking of shoe this shot gives you a good look at how well those are done. Yellow with white tied laces and if you look close you can see the black socks underneath. The glimpse of the sock gives it a very nice look. Off to the side you can see the weapons rack that is currently housing Bruce’s trademark yellow and black nunchucks. Another really cool thing is how the base is a light brown, with a dark brown bottom that sticks out around the seams. Yet another little touch to make it all come together.
This is a must own for any collector, and fan of Bruce Lee. I have never seen a statue capture his look and aura the way this one does. It’s a great piece for the collection, and I cannot wait until they add more. This first was water, now we have fire. Can’t wait to see what’s next Pick one up today.
Overall 5 out of 5 Stars
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