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In RoboCop, Peter Weller plays a superhuman cyborg police officer created by Omni Consumer Products (OCP) who is created after police man Alex Murphy is murdered by a gang of criminals. After regaining his memories RoboCop seeks revenge on the gang as well as those who consider themselves above the law.

The original RoboCop movie was released in 1987 and is considered one of the best sci-fi films made during the 80s and the best in the RoboCop series, It featured terrific action sequences, a well written story and incredible special effects for its time.

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Name: RoboCop
Line: Movie Masterpiece Series
Product Code: MMS 202 (D04)
Manufacturer: Hot Toys
Released: 2014
Price: Then: $280.  Now: $460 MISB Minimum.
Scale: 1/6
Accessories: Two pistols (one diecast), two fist hands, two articulated hands, one fist with spike and one display base

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LIST OF PARTS

Inside the box you get the following items:

One RoboCop figure
Four interchangeable face pieces
One interchangeable battle damaged helmet
One interchangeable battle damaged chest armour
One pair of fists
One pair of articulated hands
One fist with spike
One pistol
One diecast pistol
One remote control for sound effect
One hexagonal figure stand with RoboCop nameplate and movie logo

When Hot Toys announced this new version of RoboCop, I was pretty excited: the original release by Hot Toys was good, but the overall proportions and soft face sculpt made me hesitant to purchase one. This new version however looked excellent and really made me want to own it as soon as I could.

Now having one in my collection after buying “Fast Stock” (first Hot Toys batch Hong Kong release) I felt almost compelled to take photos and share my thoughts as I was very impressed with this figure upon opening the box.

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SCULPTING

This is Hot Toys second attempt at Robocop and even though the first one was pretty impressive at the time, this one blows it out of the water! Not only is RoboCop better proportioned, but he is even more detailed too! I ended up re-watching the first RoboCop movie as research. I’m not going to scrutinise the overall figure intensely, but it’s pretty obvious that it’s instantly recognisable as the original 1980s RoboCop we all know and love.

As per usual we get the normal standard of highly quality craftsmanship and design from Hot Toys; you definitely won’t be disappointed by the look of this figure, its spot on. Even though this version does not come with an unhelmeted Peter Weller head, the interchangeable mouth pieces still imply his likeness very well.

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PAINT

I’m not an expert when it comes to different types of paint, but to the best of my knowledge it appears that Hot Toys have used a type of pearlescent paint over the blue/grey/sliver armour and the results are breathe taking. We all know Hot Toys keeps pushing the measuring stick for paint application, (especially with metallic finishes with their Iron Man figures) but this time they have really out done themselves! I had initially thought that they had just used a glossy sliver but upon viewing most of the bloggers final product photos, and once having Robo in hand it’s obvious that something more is going on with the paint when it catches light at certain angles. You can see in my photos, which are under warm lighting, that there is something more in the paint then one colour. It really captures the look of the armour from the movie quite beautifully and coupled with the excellent sculpting really makes RoboCop stand out!

The rest of the armour is a glossy black colour and looks just as good, the paint on the face pieces is up to Hot Toys usual standards as well.

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ARTICULATION

RoboCop features some great articulation: ball jointed head and neck, ball jointed shoulders, hinge elbows, ball jointed wrists, articulation hands, swivel waist, upper body ab crunch, ball jointed thighs, swivel shins, hinge knees, hinge ankles. Most of these joints allow for a good range of motion and poses, even though most poses you would want to put RoboCop in involve being in a standing position and holding his gun. You won’t be able to put him in any extreme poses however, as the overall design does limit RoboCop a bit. Hot Toys have tried hard to give you extra help on certain restrictive parts, like the shoulders for example, where you can pull them out further then normally allowed, if required, to pose them a bit more easily.

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ACCESSORIES

This is the standard RoboCop release without the docking station, therefore when compared to that version he’s a little light on accessories. You get a couple of hands, extra face pieces, two guns, the sound feature remote and one of those giant hexagonal bases. I’m not a fan of the larger bases, even if they are more impressive in size and light up; I still prefer the classic black Hot Toys bases for displaying my figures and I would have at least to have had the choice.

The extra face pieces are a great addition and you can really add some character to Robocop when posing him. It’s obvious most of the face plates are meant to be used with the docking chair, but it’s still great the normal release has included them.

The damaged helmet and upper torso armour are great; they switch out quite easily too. It’s nice to have a bit of variant to having a clean RoboCop and then being able to recreate the scene from the first movie where RoboCop battles with ED 209 for the first time.

The fist and articulated hands are great too, however it can be a little tricky getting the gun to stay in his hand at first, fortunately, the learning curve isn’t too long. The best part about the articulated hands is that you can use them to further add little bits of flare to your poses, not to mention it gives you a lot more freedom of choice too. RoboCop’s glove design means that the articulation does not look out of place.

Both guns look great as well and look very accurate to the source material. According to the instructions, the diecast version is to be used only in the thigh holster, with the plastic one being used for posing.

Hot toys have learnt their lesion well with magnets and the ones inside both helmets in held in place with a screw, so it’s not coming off anytime soon!

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POTENTIAL PROBLEMS

Only a couple of things to look out for: first issue I had was when using the base supplied with the figure, I noticed when adjusting RoboCop on the stand, his feet scratched it up a lot – so much so that I might need to buy a loose one from eBay. Second was that the legs where they meet the groin can be a little stiff when you are trying to adjust them, it seemed like at least nine out of ten times I would over adjust them when I was trying to just slightly repose a leg.

Besides these two main issues I noticed, everything else is run of the mill. There might be small blemishes on the paint finish due to the mass production process, but nothing too serious. I also wonder how long his ankle joints will hold up for seeing they are holding up a lot of weight.

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ACTION FEATURES

RoboCop features a number of movie phrases which can be activated by a small remote control included with the figure. The phrases are taken straight from the movie itself and not just rerecorded by another voice actor, it’s a pretty neat feature, but one I won’t be using a lot, if at all.

The other action feature included with RoboCop is the holster thigh compartment; even though you have to open it manually it’s still very cool that they have still included this into the design of the figure as in the original release.

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DIECAST

The diecast components, going by pictures online and how the figure feels in hand, appear to be the shoulders and the calfs on the figure, much like the Iron Man Hts the rubber is used to cover the joints on the elbows.

A lot of people seemed to be unhappy with the lack of diecast in this figure, but it makes sense as the chest houses the sound feature, so they couldn’t really use it there, for example. I think they have really used the most non-intrusive parts that won’t effect the articulation much too.

It still has a good amount of weight to it, like the other HT diecast figures and even says in the instructions to be careful not to drop it on your foot or the floor by mistake due to the weight!

So I really hope Robo doesn’t tip over in the future, due to this weight and take himself or something else out with him.

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PRICE

I paid for fast stock, even though I still have one on pre-order. After seeing the photos I couldn’t wait to get one in hand ASAP. So in this case I paid a bit more then my original pre-order price. But, considering how happy I am now RoboCop is here, I think it more than makes up for the extra amount when it’s a character you really love and can’t wait to have.

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OVERALL

Hot Toys have really achieved something special with this 2.0 version of RoboCop, it improves on, and easily surpasses the original version in every way. If you have the original one, it’s definitely worth up grading to the new version as it’s just too good to pass on if you are a RoboCop fan.  RoboCop is now proudly added to my 80’s Sci-Fi movies display and the next release will be a battle damaged version from the final scenes of the first movie and it looks just as good as this one. I can’t wait!

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Oh Yeeeeaaaaaah!

 

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