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Dam Toys Gangster’s Kingdom line of 1/6 Scale collectible figures are based on an original story and characters from waring rival gang families, created by Dam Toys. One of the most noticeable features of this line is the stylized and caricatured head sculpts based on famous action movie actors and sports men.

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Name: Diamond 3
Line: Gangster’s Kingdom
Manufacturer: Dam Toys
Released: 2014
Price: Then: $220 AUD. Now: still around $220 -240 MISB.
Scale: 1/6
Accessories: Eleven knives, one extra gripping hand and knife sheaves

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LIST OF PARTS
Inside the box you get the following items:
One Diamond 3 figure
Two machete knives
Two straight knives
Five small knives
One knife chest rig
Two machete knife sheaves (one for each hip)
One alternate gripping hand
One comic book

The figure in this review has been provided by TOY AVENGER.

I’ve known about Dam Toys Gangster’s Kingdom line since its first release and there have been a lot of great releases so far, however, I haven’t found any of their figures I liked enough to purchase yet. I feel when they get to making an Arnold Schwarzenegger style figure for example; I might just jump on the band wagon then. That still won’t stop me from happily reviewing their figures if provided to me, like this one.

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SCULPTING
For their Gangster’s Kingdom line, Dam Toys used a very stylized and caricatured head sculpt. The result is quite stunning and makes for a very unique product in the 1/6 scale world.
Diamond 3 appears to be based on Danny Trejo’s Machete character and it’s a strong stylized likeness indeed! Very bold and sharp facial features. Not to mention great choice of facial expression!

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PAINT
The part of the figure that gets the most paint is the head sculpt, hands and the knives. Firstly with the head sculpt, the figure has a very stylized portrait and the tones and line work is top notch. They really help make the head look amazing the paint application is very neat and crisp.
The hands also have the same flesh tones and detail work; they match the head quite well and look great. There are tattoos printed on the body and they are very sharp and no slop at all – They are a nice touch and really help create the intimidating look of the character. Lastly the knives have a very nice blood splatter effect on them.

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ARTICULATION
Diamond 3 uses Dam Toys standard base body for this figure. It has the following articulation: swivel/ball jointed neck, swivel/hinge shoulders, double-jointed elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, ball-jointed torso, swivel waist, ball-jointed groin, double-jointed knees and ball-jointed ankles.
You can get a good number of poses out of Diamond 3 and the body poses quite naturally. One issue I had was that the hard plastic cowboy boots really give Diamond 3 no articulation in his ankles at all, so you are restricted there a bit, the rest of the body, even with the chest rig and jacket one moves quite freely without hardly any restriction.

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OUTFIT
The outfit Diamond 3 comes with is pretty good. It’s tailored quite close to the body and doesn’t restrict the figure’s movement too much. It’s not Hot Toys quality, but it’s definitely better than anything Enterbay or Sideshow Toys could mass produce. I’m wondering how well the overcoat will survive in the future; it seems a little delicate to touch and with reposing of the figure could be prone to wear or damage.

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ACCESSORIES
Diamond 3 comes with plenty of knives! Not Surprisingly! Considering the character it’s based off, the knives part is a given. The figure comes with a great variety of knives in different shapes and sizes. They are well made and all fit into Diamond 3’s hands without too much of an issue, you can even get the tiny ones to fit.

I love the blood spatter effect on them, it’s really neat and works well with the characters bloody back story. There are no other weapons or even a display stand included, which is a little bit of a letdown, in this day and age a display stand is a must!

The last accessory of sorts is a Frank Miller Sin City style comic book with the origins of Diamond 3, it’s a great read, with a little bit of lost in translation with some parts of the dialogue. Including the comic works really well to help establish the character of Diamond 3!

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POTENTIAL PROBLEMS
One issue I found with this figure is the hair maintenance, like most figures with “real hair” it came out of the box a little messy and needed some combing to settle it down. I’m all for real hair on figures, as long as you don’t have to do too much work when you get it out of the box.
Besides the lack of ankle articulation this is still a well made figure and Dam Toys have been putting out a lot of interesting and well made figures lately.

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PRICE
This figure was provided by Australia’s TOY AVENGER for review, who is a distributor for Dam Toys in Australia. There are only a few left and they are available for the recommended retail price of $220 AUD plus shipping.
In most cases if you were to find a cheaper price elsewhere, the price is most likely in USD and with shipping after conversion you are looking at around the same price, so if you live in Australia you are better off supporting the local guy. Don’t forget to check out Toy Avenger’s other pre-orders via their facebook page.

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OVERALL
Diamond 3 is a great figure! It’s another solid addition to the Gangster’s Kingdom series. If you are a fan of this series you have probably already picked this figure up. If you just want to dip your toe into Dam Toys’ ever growing series of stylized gangster characters – be careful! You buy one, you might want to back track and buy the rest!

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The Imperial Stromtrooper is one of those iconic and distinctive movie soldier designs ever, which is instantly recognisable to even non-fans of Star Wars. The elite soldier is the main ground force of the Galactic Empire and a ever-present reminder of the power of Emperor Palpatine.

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Name: Stormtrooper (VC41)
Line: Star Wars Vintage Collection
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Released: 2011
Price: First released –$19.99 AUD, Now – varies $50 -$60 AUD Minimum
Scale: 3.67 inches in height
Accessories: One E-11 blaster and one DLT-19 rifle

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I’m not a hardcore Star Wars fan, but I do enjoy the original trilogy and the movies have stuck with me in one way or another from first watching them all those years ago in the early 1990s as a child, with my father and brother.

Hasbro have been making Star Wars figures for a long time now and with the Vintage Collection I feel they are making some of the best, if not the best small scale Stars Wars figures.
That’s not knocking anything Kenner made, the 1990’s Power Of The Force Star Wars figures I’ll always have a soft spot for as it’s the series of Star Wars figures I first collected as a child.

I picked up a few of these figures back when they were released, but I didn’t get hardcore into collecting the series, up until recently that is. I’ve got a nice collection going now which is a joint collection with my brother (like a lot of our figure collections, we like characters the other doesn’t)

I picked up the Stormtrooper a couple of weeks ago and was quite impressed with him, so I decided to do a review, with potentially a few more figures from the Vintage Collection to be reviewed in the near future.

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SCULPTING
The sculpting of the Stormtrooper is excellent! Especially in this scale, I really can’t find much, if any fault with it. The look of the Stormtrooper armour is captured really well. There are plenty of nice details on the helmet and torso, even the legs and arms with plenty of small grooves and indents between panels.

Even with the removable helmet the head underneath and helmet itself don’t look too small or big. The removable helmet is a nice touch, but not something required (by me at least.)
I’m not going to over scrutinize the sculpting too much, being more of a casual Star Wars fan, but it’s a home run for me.

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PAINT
The Stormtrooper is pretty light on paint, it’s mainly used for details on the figure and that’s just the way I like it. What paint there is, is fairly neat, I don’t have much slop if any on my figure.

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ARTICULATION
The Stormtrooper features the following articulation: Ball-jointed head, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel/hinge elbows, swivel wrists, ball-jointed torso, swivel/hinge hips, swivel/hinge knees and swivel/hinge ankles.

For Star Wars figures at this scale and size, I think this is a perfect amount of articulation, even if it isn’t needed for the character, I think its great Hasbro included as much as possible. I really love the swivel/hinge joints as they give you plenty of poseability and are the most natural joint choice in my eyes.

You can get this trooper into a number of great poses you would expect to and even some you might not. The articulation these Star Wars figures have is definitely one of the things I really love about them.

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ACCESSORIES
The Stormtrooper comes with two guns, one blaster and one rifle as well. Both are sculpted really well for the size and cast in black. The blaster comes with pretty much any Imperial figure, be it Snowtrooper, AT-AT Pilot etc so, it’s getting a lot of use.

If I had a complaint with it, it would be that the plastic it is made out of can be a little too soft at times and the blasters can be a little bent right out of the packet.

The rifle is a lot harder plastic and looks great! It’s not normally a weapon I would use with my Stormtroopers but it’s nice to have that option. Like the blaster, this rifle has been used a lot with other figures.

Excellent likeness of Ray Liotta!

Excellent likeness of Ray Liotta!

POTENTIAL PROBLEMS
The only problem I can think of with this figure is getting the correct version of it! You have to be very careful when purchasing this figure to make sure it’s not the Empire Strikes Back version with will have incorrect paint applications on the helmet and torso.

Otherwise, Hasbro have made one solid toy. Just be careful with the blaster as sometimes they can go missing, being so small and (on occasion) fitting a little loose in the figures hands.

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PRICE
I paid about $50 AUD MOSC for this Stormtrooper, I also came pretty late to the party and only picked this figure up recently (2015 after all!), and hence the hefty mark up. I didn’t want to buy a loose version for my first Vintage Collection Stormtrooper, so I chose to pay more. If I intend to buy any more of this trooper to army build, I think I’ll be trying to pick up some loose ones.

For some figures you will just be paying through the nose if you didn’t get in early whether MOSC or loose (Vintage Collection C-3PO for example) the price can be fairly high, something to keep in mind if you are only now starting a small scale Star Wars collection.

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OVERALL
I know there are newer released Stormtroopers in the smaller size, like in the Black Series, but they are a little inferior when compared to this version (IE the neck is too long) I’m quite happy with this figure, he looks good among the other figures and the scale is great as well.

The only problem with having a number of smaller Star Wars figures is that now I want to buy a few more Stormtroopers, because after all, who can stop at just one? Definitely worth picking up if you can get one for a good price and if you are space limited. I bought the Hot Toys Stormtrooper two-pack recently so if I get the chance I’ll review them too.

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