Royce is the main character in the newest movie in the Predator franchise, Predators, in this movie Adrian Brody plays Royce, a mercenary and former CIA agent who is captured while on a mission
He reluctantly assumes leadership of the group of captured humans he is with on the Predator’s game reserve planet. His character comes across as very brooding and Royce keeps to himself at first, but eventually works with his fellow captives to try and defeat the Predator foes.
Line: Movie Masterpiece Series
Product Code: MMS 131
Manufacturer: Hot Toys
Price: $133 to $250 MIB
Accessories: Figure base with Royce nameplate and the movie logo
List of Parts
Inside the box you get the following items:
One Royce figure
One pair of gloved palms for holding gun
One gloved relaxed left palm
One gloved right palm for holding knife
One light brown colour shirt
One white colour undervest
One brown and yellow colour scarf
One pair of blue-black colour pants with pouches
One tactical vest with belt, pouches, gun holster, magazine pouch
Two packs of a total of sixteen bullets
One pair of black colour boots
One Assault Shotgun
One machete with sheath
One combat knife
One figure base with Royce nameplate and the movie logo
One set of instructions
The head sculpt, for me, is always the focal point on any figure. Hot Toys have come quite a long way as far as character/actor likenesses go, however they still keep getting better and better and are always at a very high standard. I’d say Hot Toys don’t really release a poor sculpt anymore, in terms of quality and realism, the only thing that can affect the sculpt, will be how closely they have come to capturing the character/actor likeness, which in many cases is never an easy thing. In this case, however, they have done a brilliant job, in not only capturing the character of Royce, but the likeness of Adrian Brody as well. When looking at the figure, it is quite obvious to see it is a miniature Adrian Brody staring back at you. There aren’t too many companies out there that can match this level of detail.
The body is the same type that comes with Wolverine and features plenty of muscle detail as well as fine hair sculpted on the chest and arms. The gloves are also nicely done and are very textured and look quite realistic. The only other sculpted items are the weapons which are excellent and appear to be scaled quite well with the figure. Hot Toys’ attention to detail is always astounding.
Hot Toys’ paint applications are always done incredibly well and almost make the figures look alive. How they manage to consistently do so, on a limited, yet mass-produced scale seems like a bit of a mystery sometimes. The paint application on Royce has no slop at all and is very neat; the eyes, lips, skin tone and hair line are all done exceptionally well. From the price point, this figure is what you would want – the best, and that’s what you get here, exceptional work.
Articulation for Royce is as follows: double ball jointed neck, swivel/hinged shoulders, hinged arms (up to 90 degrees motion) swivel/hinged wrist, chest pivot, swivel waist, swivel/hinged thighs, double joined knees, and double ball jointed ankles. I might have left something out, but the point is, you can achieve pretty much any pose the human body can, not only this but it will “hang” in a very realistic way. If you ever had the pleasure of posing or “playing” with a Hot Toys body you will know what I mean. Hot Toys muscle bodies have come a long way, since the very first ones, I personally really like the direction Hot toys are taking them in; It has become a very good balance of possibility and aesthetic appearance.
Royce’s Outfit is very well made and consists of tactical vest, pants, shirt, undershirt, scarf and boots. The clothing is tailored exceptionally and fits perfectly on Royce. The boots are sculpted however, but have a good range of motion. I have read myself that some people tend to have issues with the scarf that is included; I followed Hot Toys instructions and found no issue with getting the scarf to not only sit right but into the collar to begin with. I’ve got to admit though; if it wasn’t working I would have stuck at it until it looked good. The weapons Royce comes with are: Assault Shotgun, machete, combat knife and axe. All these weapons are well made and up to the standard you expect from Hot Toys, in other words, removable ammo clips moving parts etc. As stated before the attention to detail is mind-blowing. Also what I love about their weapons is they don’t have that cheap quality other companies in the same market have.
Besides the possibility of breaking the wrist pegs, there are some parts that can be a little brittle or delicate, but otherwise fairly few as long as you handle the figure with care and ALWAYS read the instructions that come with the figure first before anything else.
I paid $170 AUD for Royce, Delivered. Shipping cost is always something to take into account as it does tend to affect the overall price you pay. There are always bargains to be had on eBay, but shop around and try to find the best price possible for this figure.
I really liked the character of Royce in the Predators movie, not only did he look cool, but I feel the character was well written for an action sci-fi movie. When Hot Toys announced they had the Predators license, you knew at least one thing; you were going to get some awesome figures from, hopefully, an awesome movie. Opinions on the movie aside, at least we have awesome figures. I for one could not wait for the prototype pictures of Royce to be released, I was really looking forward to this figure and now after having it in hand I can say, it was not only worth the money, but worth the wait! As usual Hot Toys have given us a highly detailed, movie accurate figure. If you are a fan of Royce I highly recommend purchasing this figure while he is still easy to come by or if you have either one of the Predator figures, he makes a great companion piece.