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The Foot Clan are one of the most feared (fictional) ninja clans in Japan, led by Oroku Saki, known as the Shredder. The Foot Soldiers are his main minions to help in carrying out his evil schemes, originally human, they are now replaced with robots.

 

Name: Foot Soldier
Line: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Manufacturer: Playmates
Released:
1988
Price: Then:$3.99 MOC, Now: $40 – $50 USD MOC, less if loose.
Scale: Roughly 4 inches in height
Accessories: Electro-Shock Mace, Turtle Shell Biter, Turtle Carver Knife and “Weapons Rack”

When growing up around the time I did, you no doubt had certain toys you grew up with during your youth. Transformers, Dino Riders, Lego, various Kenner Toy lines and definitely Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

My brother and I had the main turtles and villains, including the foot solider and I’m pretty sure we had at least two them and It’s always good to have some supporting characters during play time and the foot solider fills that role nicely.

Unfortunately for me and my brother most of our Ninja Turtles were given away to our cousins (against our will) and were never seen again.

So as you do when you get older, you want to reclaim your childhood, buying back some Ninja Turtles figures become a must. I don’t think time has been very kind to the original TMNT Foot Soldier, but I still have a soft spot for him even after all these years.

SCULPTING

One thing Playmates original TMNT line always had going for it was the amount of detail in each figure. You could even say they had too much detail at times. The other thing was that the toys hardly ever matched the cartoon in appearance or colour palette.

However, this is still a pretty cool looking Foot Soldier; it’s very gangly limbs and thin build. I’m not sure if this one is meant to be a robot or not, but it definitely looks creepy.

Plenty of detail in the clothes and armor, the bugged out eyes are pretty cool too.
He’s pretty much sculpted in the one, slightly awkward pose, which pretty much all of the TMNT toys were.

PAINT

Generally, I remember Playmates doing a pretty decent job with their paint applications, even if the toy is cast in most of the colours it’s meant to be. But, most of the time the overall colour scheme doesn’t match the source material (for me in this case the cartoon).

I’ve seen some photos of a custom figure made using this one as a base and painted in show accurate colours and it looks amazing, it’s a shame Playmates never did this themselves as I think it would have been great! The grays and blues are just a little bit too dull for me, however the purple looks great!

ARTICULATION

A grand total of five points of articulation. All of it swivel joints. Pretty standard for a toy from 1988. You are pretty much keeping him in the same pose, unless you are playing with him.

ACCESSORIES

Playmates always included a decent number of weapons with each figure. They came packaged on a “weapons rack” which I always thought was Playmates just being lazy and not cutting the weapons off the mold tree. So it’s up to you to do that.

There’s a bit of variety between each weapon and they all look pretty neat. I think I prefer the Turtle Shell Biter the most.

POTENTIAL PROBLEMS

Nothing to really worry about here. Obviously if the figure is loose you might need to scrutinize it a bit more closely before buying it.

PRICE

I paid about $40 USD for one, but that MOC and back when the AUD was at parity with the US dollar. Plus shipping costs. I was pretty happy with that considering the age of the toy and I wanted one that was in excellent condition, so I paid a little more, you can still pick this guy up for next to nothing loose.

OVERALL

I think the Foot Soldier is a pretty neat figure, there are a few nit picks I have with it, mainly the colour palette choice, I feel could have been for cartoon accurate or at least, release a version in that style. The sculpting and accessories are the best parts of this figure and let’s not forget it’s an “army builder” toy as well. Which is always a good thing. If you have a vintage TMNT toy set, you’d need at least one Foot Soldier in there or two to round out that display a bit.

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Terry Funk is a wrestling legend and has had one of the longest careers as a professional wrestler, which spanned at least 50 years. He has held multiple titles in the NWA, WWF, WCW and ECW. He has also had many memorable feuds in the United States and in Japan with numerous well known wrestlers. 

 

Name: Terry Funk
Line: WWE Elite Collection 47
Manufacturer: Mattel
Released:
2016
Price: $29.99
Scale: Roughly 17.5 CM in height
Accessories: ECW world title, headband and branding iron

When I pre-ordered this figure from ringside collectibles I had no idea what version of Terry Funk Mattel were going to give us, obviously they had already made an 1980s version of Terry Funk, so it was a good bet that the next version they were making was going to be from the late 1990s, still, it’s always a bit of a shot in the dark.

Thankfully the version that everyone assumed Mattel would make is just what they delivered and this is also the version of Terry Funk I’m most familiar with. Seeing I first became aware of Terry Funk when he came to WCW during the early 2000s and the Wrestling with shadows documentary and then later after playing Virtual Pro Wrestling 2 and obviously YouTube, where you can find a lot of classic matches from Japan.

And FYI The small black knee pads don’t come with the figure, I added them on once I bought him as Mattel unfortunately left them off.

SCULPTING

Mattel normally nail the head sculpts on most of their figures in my opinion and this time is no different. This is a very grizzled and worn down looking Terry Funk as the many years of wrestling have taken it’s toll on him. Funk’s got a lot a character in his facial features by this stage and the sculpt does well in repasenting this. I feel he’s got just the right expression too.

The body is a mix-and-match of Mattel’s various parts and works well for Terry’s body type at this time.

PAINT

Mattel tend to do a pretty good job with their paint applications most of the time. With Terry Funk I’d like to think he’s up to their usual standard. The stand out parts for me are his hair line and his tights. The paint just on the top of his head does a good job to suggest his thinning hair. The line pattern on his tights can be fairly hard to replicate properly, But, I think Mattel have done an excellent job with it. Everything else, wrist tape, eyes, goatee etc are all nice and neat too.

ARTICULATION

Funk has the following articulation: Ball jointed head, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel biceps, hinge elbow, swivel wrist, ab crunch, swivel waist, ball jointed hips, swivel thighs, hinge knees, swivel shin and rocker ankle joints.

That’s pretty much the standard amount of articulation for a wrestling figure from Mattel and it is quite a lot of articulation that also doesn’t look too ugly either.

All of Mattel’s Elite Collection style figures have the above articulation, it’s quite a lot and you can pose the figures in plenty of poses or doing different wrestling moves. It’s not perfect at times, but is still more then enough to keep hardcore wrestling fans happy

ACCESSORIES

Terry Funk comes with a nice amount of accessories, he comes with his signature head band, a branding iron and an ECW world title. I’m pretty sure this is the first time or at the very least one of the few times Mattel have made this particular belt. I never really cared for ECW so it’s not a big deal to me. The head band and branding iron are great and both are a welcome addition.

POTENTIAL PROBLEMS

Nothing too much to worry about here. This is another rock solid toy.

PRICE

I paid about 29.99 USD from Ringside Collectibles and I was happy with that, I’ve stated many times that you should pay a price your happy with, but seeing there aren’t too many options for wrestling fans here in Australia, Ringside will be my go to store.

OVERALL

This is a great Terry Funk figure that best represents Funk from a memorable time in his long wrestling career. If you haven’t picked up a figure of Terry Funk yet, I would highly recommend this one as to me it’s a great figure in it’s own right and  is a bit more interesting to look at then just basic red and black tights. This is what I picture in my head when I think of Terry Funk, so it’s a hit for me.

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Predator 2 was released for the Sega Megadrive in 1992 by Arena Entertainment and developed by Perfect 10 Productions. It was an Isometric scrolling shoot ’em up based on the Predator 2 movie. You play as Lt. Harrigan and have to save hostages that the drug dealers have captured to offer as trophies for the Predator and ultimately defeat the Predator himself.   

Title: Predator 2
System: Sega Megadrive
Publisher: Arena Entertainment
Developer: Perfect 10 Productions
Released: 1992
Genre(s): Isometric scrolling shoot them up


Most games based off a movie license don’t tend to be very good, this game, however, is quite the different story as it combines locations from the movie with fun run and gun action and the one objective of rescuing hostages before taking on some kind of level boss, whether it’s drug dealers or the Predator himself.

Pretty basic stuff, but with little details added to create more tension and a sense of urgency as the predator will pick off the hostages if you don’t rescue them fast enough and even hunt down you if you waste too much time.

Too many deaths on your hands and its game over. You’ll be relentlessly gunning through a crowd of drug dealers to reach that hostage at any cost. You can also pick up a variety of weapons, including some of the Predator’s own weapons to use as well.

Time to get a move on!

PRESENTATION

Great opening screen and in between each level there are images taken from the movie that are used to great effect. Very basic options and a handy password system.

Opps! One less hostage to rescue!

GRAPHICS

Good sized graphics and nice animation. There was a decent attempt at making each level based off scenes from the movie, even back in the day I thought the graphics were quite good and time hasn’t changed my opinion. There is a nice variety between each level design too, so it never feels too stale.

SOUND

The sound is a standout for me, each level gets its own music theme and I think each one does an excellent job at creating the appropriate mood. Some of the music really adds a sense of urgency. The gun sound effects are good too.

RESPONSIVENESS

On Emulator and console, the controls are very responsive! Even if you don’t need to be too precise when playing this game, it’s still refreshing to have responsive controls.

LASTABILITY

Once you beat this game I don’t think you’d need to go back and play it too often, but, it is still very enjoyable I found to play it from time to time as the programming and graphics are just that good.

OVERALL

Even although this game isn’t too deep, it’s still a joy to play and is well made, it captures the feel of the movie quite well, it’s a shame they never made the first movie in the same type of format, as I think it would have been just as fun to play. Overall this is a fun game based off a movie license.

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The Imperial Stormtrooper is one of the most iconic and distinctive movie soldier designs ever, which is instantly recognizable to even non-fans of Star Wars. The elite soldier us the main ground force of the Galactic Empire and an ever-present reminder of the power of Emperor Palpatine. 


Name: Stormtrooper
Line: Movie Masterpiece Series
Product Code: MMS267
Manufacturer: Hot Toys
Released: 2015
Price: $190.99 – 199.99 USD
Scale: 1/6
Accessories: Various hands and weapons.

I initially wasn’t going to buy this particular figure, don’t get me wrong, I do love me some Stormtrooper figure goodness, but, 1/6 scale figures do take up more space than their smaller action figure counterparts.

However, as luck (or fate) would have it, I happened to be picking up some orders from a friend, who just received the two pack set among some other goodies. After watching him unbox them, I knew then and there, I must have them!  They just oozed quality, it was plain for me to see even with them sitting in the box, these were lovingly made figures.

So, I went home and did just that, ordered at least one figure for myself. Self-control be damned! ( Thanks, Ev! Damn it all! Haha)

LIST OF PARTS

Inside the box you get the following items:

One Stormtrooper figure
Seven interchangeable hands
One blaster rifle
One blaster pistol
One display stand

SCULPTING

As far as sculpting goes, this figure is excellent. I would never consider myself an expert when it comes to Stormtrooper helmets but, in my eyes, this is the best version made in 1/6 scale to date, it looks like Hot Toys used the “hero version” of the helmet for their reference material too as it matches that version the best. Everything is just the right size and shape. All the armour fits nice and snug on the body, it’s really like it walked off the screen and into your hands.

PAINT

Well, we all know by now that Hot Toys do an excellent job with their paint application; and this particular figure is no exception. The paint on this figure is mainly small details on the helmet and chest armour. As per usual, it’s nice and neat. I really love the gloss finish on the armour, it makes it look and feel amazing in hand.

ARTICULATION

The Stormtrooper presumably has the standard amount of articulation that the normal True Type body would have, being: Ball jointed neck, swivel/hinge shoulders, double jointed elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, ball jointed chest, swivel waist, swivel/hinge hips, double jointed knees and ball jointed ankles,

Now, the outfit can restrict this articulation a little bit, especially around the shoulders and crotch. Otherwise, you can get him into plenty of Stormtrooper type poses with little-to-no difficulty, in most cases the “standing to attention, museum pose” works best and looks so damn cool.

OUTFIT

Technically, the whole figure is the outfit, I’ve already raved about the armour, the black body suit underneath is fine, it’s stretchy, well tailored and doesn’t restrict the joints.

ACCESSORIES

Just a small amount of accessories with this figure, something that’s really becoming the norm for Hot Toys releases as many fans and reviewers alike have made mention of.

You get a number of hands in different poses and two types of blasters, the standard one we all know and love and one only seen in promo shots, so Hot Toys attention to detail is pretty good in this instance.

I like the variety of hands they are all pretty useful to get a good variety of different poses and expressiveness out of the Stormtrooper.

Lastly, you get what I’ll call the “standard Star Wars base” with the figure, I’m not a fan of it, it’s the classic black display stand for me.

POTENTIAL PROBLEMS

Not really too many things to watch out for, perhaps the odd factory paint blemish? Perhaps the pleather holster tearing or deteriorating over time? The quality in this particular figure is top notch.

PRICE

I paid about $190 USD plus shipping from Animarket, and I was happy with that, he’s a little bit more expensive on the secondary market these days, but if you can find a deal, more power to you!

OVERALL

If you want that classic Stormtrooper in 1/6 scale, then this is the figure to get, it’s simply put, the best 1/6 Stormtrooper to date and puts all other attempts to shame. I’m pretty sure if you are a Star Wars, Stormtrooper and Hot Toys fan, you already have this figure and you know what I’m talking about; if you still haven’t scratched that Stormtrooper itch then what are you waiting for? Buy this figure! It’s that simple.

 

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Sixshot is vile, nasty and carries out his job with ferocious intensity. He is a “Solo Transformer Assault Group” seeing he transforms into six forms (Robot, armored car, tank, gun, spaceship and wolf creature) His only redeeming quality is he tends to speak well of the foes he has vanquished. 

 

Name: Sixshot
Line: Transformers Titans Return
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Released:
2016
Price: 89.99 AUD
Scale: Roughly  26 cm in height (including those wings)
Accessories: Two Blaster Weapons, Revolver mini figure, Tech Spec card


Yet another addition to my small yet ever-growing Transformers Titans Return collection of toys, even although the bulk of my collection is from Takara Tomy, I still have picked up a couple of Hasbro offerings here and there. Sixshot being one of them.

SCULPTING

Hasbro has done a great job here, Sixshot is covered in detail! Plenty of raised sections, paneling etc to make him look quite good, in robot mode and any of his other six modes too. He’s very much a modern update of the original toy in design and execution.

PAINT

There’s not too much paint on Sixshot, it’s mainly just used for small details. I’m fine with that, they just help to break up the solid blocks of plastic. What paint we do have, is nice and neat overall. The stickers are a nice touch too, just try to get one with them lined up decently.

ARTICULATION

Sixshot has a lot of ball joints, swivel joints and hinge joints, which makes him really fun to play around with. You can get a lot of good poses out of him, I just wish the ankle joints wouldn’t snap into certain angles, so it would make it more fun to pose him that way.

ACCESSORIES

Sixshot comes with two guns and the Titan Master mini figure, that turns into his head. The guns are pretty cool with plenty of detail, they can even be combined together to make a larger gun the mini figure can sit in.

The Titan Master mini figure is all kinds of cool! He’s got articulated head, arms, and legs, the only thing I don’t like about the Hasbro version is that Hasbro doesn’t tend to paint the faces of them, whereas Takara does!

POTENTIAL PROBLEMS

I can’t really see anything to watch out for, except you could misplace the mini figure if you aren’t careful!

PRICE

I paid the Australian retail price of 89.99 AUD for Sixshot. I don’t think that’s too bad of a price, I bought mine from my local Toys ‘R’ Us and they had a few there so it was pretty easy to pick one with a good paint application. I don’t do too much purchasing from actual brick and mortar stores these days, but it’s always been a pleasant experience when I have.

OVERALL

Much like Triggerhappy, Sixshot is an excellent upgrade of the original toy using today’s technology, he has a really nice design and has plenty of play options being a six mode transformer! What more could you ask for? I don’t know, but I’m very happy with my purchase and the toy in general.

 

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Bear Ottoman (Bear Osman) is made by Real X Head, which is a small Japanese company run by Mori Katsura, who makes vinyl toys. Over the years there have been a number of figures and variations released as well as collaborations with other people or stores. Bear Ottoman is a larger size 8” adult sized figures from Real X Head, which is in collaboration with Goccodo and have proven very popular variant with Sofubi collecters!

 

Name: Bear Ottoman Taipei Toy Festival 2016 Exclusive
Line: N/A
Manufacturer: Real X Head/Goccodo
Released:
2016
Price: First released – 6000 – 10,000 YEN (guestimate)
Scale: 8 Inches in height
Accessories: None.

I bought this particular Bear Ottoman or Bear Osman online about a week ago, it’s not really an exciting story as it was pretty much a case of add to cart, wait to see if it was in stock and then pay kinda order. However, my journey to obtain a Bear Osman I was really happy with has spanned a  few years since I started collecting Real Head figures.

I originally wanted to obtain a “Crazy Colours” version of the character, as at the time, this was the colourway I liked the look of the most. But, understandably, had no luck trying through various channels (I knew this particular figure would be very hard to track down regardless) and resided myself to being happy owning a grey and black Bear Osman.

That was until I noticed this particular variant online, in my opinion, this one even eclipses the crazy colour one, so much so, I have no desire to own it anymore, I’m quite happily satisfied with this one now it’s in my hands.

SCULPTING

I’ve talked about the base body of this type of figure plenty of times before in previous reviews do I’m not going to repeat myself again and again and again. It’s still a great body and has held up well over time. The new parts here are the head and right arm, which are unique to Bear Ottoman.

The Head sculpt is just outstanding. The amount of fine detail is simply amazing, a lot of work went into this head and it is easily one of my favorite head sculpts from Real Head, the bear claw-like arm is awesome too, there’s also plenty of great detail there as well, with finely sculpted hair all over it.

PAINT

This is one thing about the figure that determines for me whether I like it or not, the colour scheme and design of the paint application. For the longest time, I had a Bear Osman which was molded in grey plastic and had a black rub over the top. It was pretty cool and really showed off the details in the sculpting, but was still quite boring to look at.

This particular Bear Ottoman is quite the opposite it has a pretty electric colour scheme and it really pops. I also love that it has been cast in phosphorescent (glow-in-the-dark) vinyl which adds another layer of cool to the figure. (I do love me some glow in the dark figures!)

The paint is expertly applied and has some really nice blending and airbrush work. I really love the pink/blue and black colour choices too, it really contrasts well with the phosphorescent vinyl.

ARTICULATION

The larger sized Real Head figures all have the same amount of articulation, which tends to be the following: Swivel Head, Swivel shoulders, swivel waist and swivel forearms.

For the type of figure, this is it’s a good amount of articulation. You can pose the figure a bit, but normally the “museum pose” is the default pose I keep my figures in. It’s just nice to have the option to pose it differently if you wanted instead of this being a solid statue type of figure.

ACCESSORIES

No accessories, unless I would want to include the vest he comes with. It’s pretty cool looking and beefs up the torso a lot. It’s a really nice touch and I think really makes the figure stand out from the rest of the Real Head figures I have that have the same body.

POTENTIAL PROBLEMS

There isn’t anything to worry about with these types if figures.

PRICE

Here’s the part where it can get a little crazy, especially if you are buying Bear Ottoman on the secondary market and to be honest if you are looking to buy one of these figures and not living in Japan, this is the only way whether its from toy reseller stores or Yahoo Auctions JP the price mark up can be quite high.

Even this particular Bear Osman wasn’t cheap and being an exclusive to a toy show not even held in Japan, you know you are going to be paying a lot of money to get one unless you went to the show. So be prepared to spend big when acquiring this particular figure type.

OVERALL

I really wanted a Bear Osman in my Real Head collection I was really happy with and this one is it. I can finally stop my searching and feel satisfied that I have a really amazing variant of the Bear Ottoman character after a few years of searching (or waiting perhaps) for one I really liked.

The price for this particular character is normally quite high, so if you want one, make sure you are happy with the paint application and are comfortable with the price you paid. Even although I paid a bit for this figure I am really happy with it and it’s one of my prized vinyl figures now.

 

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