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Marvel Studios smash hit Avengers: Age Of Ultron was the next big adventure in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, by not only introducing us to Ultron but also bringing us a number of new Avengers too. Scarlet Witch being one of them. Even if she initially wanted to destroy the Avengers she and her brother Quicksilver soon realized the error of their ways after Ultron revealed his master plan to them and they joined with the Avengers to help in defeating him.   

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Name: Scarlett Witch
Line: Movie Masterpiece Series
Product Code: MMS 301
Manufacturer: Hot Toys
Released: 2016
Price: $199 – $266 USD MISB
Scale: 1/6
Accessories: Various hands and items 
as well as a display stand

 

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I’ve been pretty sparse with my Hot Toys reviews, but with good reason, firstly, I don’t buy every figure anymore or as many figures as I used to and secondly, I was waiting for my pre-orders to come in and ship them all together to save on shipping costs and that day finally came recently, with a bundle of Hot Toys making their way to me in good time from the always excellent folks at Animarket.

Tonight I’m reviewing Scarlet Witch (with Quicksilver to follow very, very soon) but truth be told this isn’t my figure it’s actually my brothers, he’s more of a Scarlet Witch fan than me and when you live in the same house it makes it a lot easier to fill out collections when you aren’t buying every single figure yourself.

With that said, the more I worked with her during the photo shoot the more I liked the figure, so I might pick up the Civil War version for myself, seeing I know my brother isn’t getting that one. But we’ll see what happens as I keep my pre-orders a lot looser and a lot more commitment free then in the past, as the options online are quite plentiful if I happen to change my mind.

Now onto the review of Hot Toys Age of Ultron Scarlet Witch!

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LIST OF PARTS

Inside the box you get the following items:

One Scarlet Witch figure

Eight interchangeable hands

Two necklaces

Two Scarlet Witch power flame effects

One Ultron Heart

One display stand

 

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SCULPTING

One of the main focus points on any Hot Toys figure is going to be the head sculpt, with every new figure announcement there is always heated discussion among fans in forums and Facebook groups about how good or how bad the likeness is to the actor or actress.

Scarlet Witch was no different. However, most sane collectors agreed that the prototype was close and just needed some slight tweaks to make it a home run.

Thankfully Hot Toys have done just that, in my opinion. It was already a strong likeness to Elizabeth Olsen, (as Scarlet Witch) but now I feel it’s been refined just enough to make it close to perfect, the only thing they can do to make it better, is to refine the paint applications with each continued release.

(Like for the next two upcoming Scarlet Witch releases which use the same head, much like they are now doing for Hawkeye and Captain America’s Steve Roger’s Head.)

Which I’ve got to say, doesn’t bother me one bit, make an excellent head sculpt to begin with, there is no reason (or point) to constantly remake it when you don’t have to, that’s just smart business and a welcome change as far as I am concerned.

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PAINT

I don’t think there’s anything new I can really say here as far as paint applications go. Hot Toys continually put out the best mass produced painted figures in the market, no one can come close to surpassing them yet, they are all still struggling to keep up and it’s not just the heads, it’s the whole package! A lot of companies don’t bother to paint things like hands or bodies properly, not Hot Toys, it’s things like this that make them the best.

The care and attention to detail are second to none. Scarlet Witch is another shining example of this. The paint application on the face is extremely realistic and brings an unparalleled level of realism to the figure and excellent job by JC Hong and his team. If I had one nit pick, it would be that on the translucent hands, the flesh tones look a little flat when compared to the standard hands, otherwise, it’s what you would normally expect from Hot Toys.

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ARTICULATION

Scarlet Witch uses what I guess we can call by now the standard Hot Toys female TrueType body, which appeared around the release of Jill Valentine, Baby Doll and Resident Evil Alice figures. Which we haven’t seen a release of it by itself yet, either, but we can only hope and pray for that!

It’s a great base body and has a few different leg, arm and bust variants to make it quite versatile. This particular version has the following articulation:

Ball jointed neck, ball jointed chest, ball jointed shoulders, double jointed elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, ball jointed waist, ball jointed hips, double jointed knees and ball jointed ankles.

You can get Scarlet Witch into a good number of poses and she’s not hampered too much by her clothes, the only part where she struggles are her boots, the ankles are restricted a bit by the plastic, if the boots were a little softer, I think there would be no issues. So wider stances are a bit of a no-go for her. Otherwise, it’s all good, nice and tight joints, she is a pleasure to pose.

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OUTFIT

Yet another category Hot Toys by default excels in.  They have mass produced 1/6 clothes down to a fine art. Now there are other companies that are catching up. (in my opinion, Blitzway are the closest) But Hot Toys still consistently nail it with each new release and keep pushing that envelope more and more.

I’m very impressed with Scarlet Witch’s Jacket and multilayered dress the tailoring is great and they don’t look oversized at all, plus the darkened effects on the end of the jacket look fantastic.

The stockings or leg warmers are a bit annoying as they don’t really have a way to stay up, so from time to time as I changed poses I did have to pull them up and adjust them, but it was never a big deal, once you pose her up, they aren’t going anywhere.

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ACCESSORIES

You aren’t getting a lot of accessories with Scarlet Witch. A few extra hands, some “power effects” attachments and “Ultron’s heart”. Compared to other releases it’s not much, but then there’s only so many things they could have given us, maybe a few more magic effects in different sizes?

(BTW the magic effects were a little tricky at first to figure out which way they went on, seeing the instructions are pretty useless, but once figured out, you’ll never get confused by them again!)

Ultron’s heart is a nice inclusion, but not really needed and will be left in the box by me.

I feel the choice of hands is great, there is enough variety to get a lot of great poses from Scarlet Witch and I did have a lot of fun trying different combinations out and playing around trying to get the best poses out of her.

You also get what I’m calling the “standard Marvel display stand” which at first I didn’t think I’d like, but now I have a group of Avengers assembled I have actually come to like the stand a lot more now.

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POTENTIAL PROBLEMS

There aren’t really too many things to look out for with this figure, handle her carefully and read the instructions are two good pointers. Also, take care changing the hands out, I haven’t had a problem with the female figures wrist joints yet, unlike some of the males ones, but it never hurts to heat up the hands a little to make them a touch softer, if you want to be extra careful!

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PRICE

I paid $199 USD from Animarket, which worked out to be not too bad seeing after the deposit upon placement of the order when you finally have to pay the remaining amount it sure makes it a lot less painful on the bank account. Especially when you can have your orders shipped in one big box together (with plenty of bubble wrap and padding too btw) works out to be a pretty good deal, I have to say.

Also, because I refuse to support the local sellers as they do not know how to pack an order properly, let alone a simple thing called “business ethics”. Unfortunately, most Australian sellers of Hot Toys figures don’t know or have these two simple things, a shame really, but that’s how it goes sometimes.

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OVERALL

I was indifferent about Scarlet Witch at first, after having a play around and posing her up for this review she really started to grow on me a lot. Even though this isn’t my figure, it has really brought me around to potentially buying a Scarlet Witch for myself. But if you only want one in your collection I would strongly suggest this one as she looks great with Quicksilver, but it really comes down to what costume you prefer the most as to which Scarlet Witch figure you should buy. She definitely looks great on a shelf with her fellow Age of Ultron Avengers!

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The Castle Of Cagliostro is a Japanese Anime action/comedy released in 1979 and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. It follows master thief Lupin The Third as he and associates Jigen and Goemon attempt to find the source of counterfeit bills, but in doing so ends up rescuing the princess held by Count Cagliostro and uncovering the hidden treasure that the Count is after.  

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Name: Lupin the third – Castle of Cagliostro (series 1 and series 2)
Line: Kubrick
Manufacturer: Medicom
Released: 2003
Price: Then: recommended retail price 504 YEN .  Now:  varies depending on figure
Scale: 3.5 Inches in height
Accessories: Various (depending on figure)

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Medicom make a lot of different products, one such product they are known quite well for are Kubricks. For me the Kubrick figure is a type of toy/collectible I would only ever associate with Japan, even although it shares similarities with Lego, the design is still what I would call ‘very Japanese’ so much so that if I were to put together a short list of toys that instantly make you think of Japan Kubrick would be one of them.

Their simplicity is one aspect that really appeals to me, how a character is broken down to about as basic as it can be, but still is a great representation of the character, is definitely part of the Kubrick charm in my opinion.

Back in late 2002 and early 2003 Medicom released two series of Kubricks based upon the classic anime film, Lupin The Third: The Castle Of Cagliostro. listed below is a breakdown of each series and the ratio of figures per batch of 24, these were blind boxed so you never knew what figure you were going to get, on top of that Medicom loves to throw in chase figures which are really rare and can be quite hard to come by.

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Series 1 consists of the following figures:

Lupin The Third (5:24)

Daisuke Jigen (4:24)

Goemon Ishikawa (4:24)

Fujiko Mine (in disguise) (2:24)

Lady Clarisse (in wedding dress) (4:24)

Gustav (1:24)

Kage (Cagliostro assassin) (4:24)

Series 1 CHASE Figure: Archbishop (assortment ratio unknown)

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Series 2 consists of the following figures:

Count Cagliostro  (3:24)

Lady Clarisse (4:24)

Inspector Zenigata (4:24)

Police Riot Officer (6:24)

Fujiko Mine (4:24)

Lupin The Third (in wetsuit) (3:24)

Series 2 CHASE Figure: Count Cagliostro (in Cagliostro wedding ceremony attire) (assortment ratio unknown)

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The Castle Of Cagliostro was one of the first Anime films I watched when I was younger, at one time, one of our local TV stations (SBS) had a weekly screening of classic anime films and along with Akira, Ghost in the shell etc  The Castle of Cagliostro was one of them and after first viewing I found myself wanting to watch it and others again ( so it was a short trip to the video store for me!)

Also if anyone knows the full list of anime movies SBS screened during that time, let me know as I’m curious about what the full list was!

Needless to say, these movies left a big impression on me and made me a fan of anime from there on.

Now, when it comes to these particular Kubricks, on my first trip to Japan I picked up just Lupin by himself from Liberty 7 (back before they got raided for all their Kubricks) (and from the sounds of it, I should be placing the blame well and truly on that little box, if the stories are true from their blog page)

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As I obviously recognized him and was also won over by the Kubrick charm at the same time I could see he was from a set, but decided just Lupin was enough for me at the time, However each trip I would slowly pick up a new figure or two from each series, until it was starting to look pretty much complete outside of Gustav, the Archbishop and the chase figure of Count Cagliostro. (Thanks to Nakano, Osaka and other various Japanese stores selling Kubricks)

Thankfully as luck would have it I was able to snag all three from eBay from a Japanese seller who had them up for sale (series 1 in a complete set and the count by himself) after being able to do some research on the chase figures through Mandarake’s sold listings on their website (it’s almost like an archive after all!)

Seeing that there’s so few info on this set I’ve decided to review it as part of my ongoing effort to cover toys and figures that don’t get as much love as they should (pretty much my blog’s mission statement anyway!)

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SCULPTING

Kubricks are made using a base body and then adding extra pieces to them to make up a character, the base body consists of smooth flat surfaces it works well as a blank canvas for the character to be created on. Each figure is a pretty great representation of each character as they appeared in the anime, each with their own specific accessories. They all look great, even if some of the extra chest pieces look a little soft and a little oversized. (Fujiko, for example)

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PAINT

The paint application is the other part of the puzzle to really make Kubricks look great! Most of these figures are not too heavy with the paint applications, it’s quite minimal in all honesty. Still, it’s all very neat with little to no slop.

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ARTICULATION

Kubricks will in most cases share the same amount of articulation unless hindered by an accessory (the Alien space suits for example) Kubricks have the following basic articulation: swivel head, ball-jointed shoulders, swivel hands, swivel waist and ball-jointed hips. These joints are meant to mirror human movement and they accomplish that quite well for each joint’s simplicity. You can get some decent poses if the extra parts don’t interfere too much. But, In most cases, the neutral arms down by the sides, legs straight AKA straight out of the package pose works best.

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ACCESSORIES

Each Kubrick comes with appropriate accessories and Medicom really did a great job with these. As you can see in the photos each character has the appropriate gun or sword, but some of them don’t come with anything at all as that’s perfectly fine too as some of them didn’t have anything to begin with. (Lady Clarisse for example)

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POTENTIAL PROBLEMS

Not too many things I can think of. Perhaps, losing the tiny accessories or even the hands as they can come out fairly easily. These are made for collectors however, so they should be well taken care of.

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PRICE

Good thing most of the characters in these two series aren’t going to be very expensive if you happen to come across them. only the chase figures or ones that are short packed will have a higher asking price. So it just depends on how much of a completionist you are.

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OVERALL

Kubricks in general are always going to be cool. The designs are that perfect combination of simplicity and detail and I think Medicom have pretty much covered all the characters they possibly could from the movie. I think this is easily the most complete set of Lupin merchandise you are going to come across let alone from the Castle of Cagliostro. If you are a big fan of this movie like me, the two series of Kubricks are a nice set to have. it was fun for me to track down the complete set, even if it did take a bit of time to do so, but there was a lot of toy store hunting in Japan, with eBay ultimately filling in the last few gaps. Medicom have done an excellent job as usual.

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Nami is the Straw Hat Pirates’ Navigator and one of the first to join Luffy’s crew. Initially forced to serve the fishman Arlong as his cartographer, Luffy frees Nami from their service, after which Nami decides to permanently join the Straw Hats. Nami is obsessed with obtaining large amounts of money and her dream is to draw a complete map of the Grand Line.    

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Name: Nami (Sailing Again Ver.)
Line: Portrait Of Pirates (Excellent Model)
Manufacturer: MegaHouse
Released: 2011
Price: Then: 5,700 YEN, Now: about the same if bought in Japan
Scale: 1/8
Accessories: Base

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Originally my wife and I (who is the bigger One Piece fan out of the two of us) were going to watch the Anime together, that was until we reached the end of what Madman had put out here in Australia and are waiting for more DVDs to be released.

In the meantime, my wife bought herself the complete comic series up to the most recent book. (All in Japanese obviously) so I don’t know if we will continue watching the DVD or if she will just read the books herself.

Either way, I’m quite happy to buy the characters I like the most in statue form which the two of us can both appreciate together.

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SCULPTING

One thing I always tend to find about Japanese toy companies is they will always understand the characters which originate from Japan stylistically better than western or other Asian countries.

They just seem to have a better grasp of how to go about making the character look like it walked off the screen and into your hands and P.O.P Nami is no different. There was a little bit of hit and miss with the first figures in the series but MegaHouse has really upped their game with every new release.

This particular version of Nami is after the series time-jump, where Nami has grown up a bit and filled out (to paraphrase Sin City) and in a lot of ways has now become fan service and a lot more sexualized then she appeared before the time-jump.

There are things I like about the design (longer hair, more mature, proportioned body) and things I don’t (bust size is a bit over the top and she could wear better fitting clothes).

With that, all said it’s still an excellent representation of how Nami now looks in the Manga and Anime. MegaHouse have done a great job of translating those drawings into 3D and not losing the things that make Nami look unique. (Even if a lot of Anime/Manga female characters look pretty similar, to begin with.)

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PAINT

As expected nice and neat, the highlights for me are the hair, which has a translucently near the tips and the jeans which have some subtle blending of colours. Besides that, everything is up to standard and you have little to nothing to worry about.

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ARTICULATION

Nami is a statue and there fore has no articulation at all.

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ACCESSORIES

Nami comes with a base to help her stand up and that’s about it, it’s cast in a bright orange plastic and feels like it’s quality plastic in hand.

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POTENTIAL PROBLEMS

You aren’t going to have any issues with Nami, unless you bought a fake (hopefully not) or bought a really bad second hand one. (Once again, hopefully not)

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PRICE

I bought my Nami, just like Nico Robin from my mate who was down grading his collection so I got her for a really good price (about $40 AUD, if I remember correctly) and if you can make it to Japan you will be able to find her in various conditions for decent prices. Obviously the place to go is Japan, Mandarake among others always has a seemingly endless supply of One Piece P.O.P and the prices are always great, plus you know it’s not a knock off too.

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OVERALL

As far as character representations go I’m quite happy with this particular version of Nami and that’s what it comes down to if you are going to collect MegaHouse P.O.P ‘Excellent Model’ series, just buy whichever ones you like the best, they all tend to work together in a display cabinet, even if they are from different parts of the overall One Piece story.

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Diamond Dallas Page has done it all in professional wrestling from manager to colour commentator to wrestler, at age 31 DDP decided to start his wrestling training and in less than 5 years he won his first WCW World Heavyweight Title and many more title reigns followed after that first one. Since retiring DDP has developed his own type of fitness system: DDP Yoga, which has improved the lives of not only many former wrestlers and athletes, but everyday normal people too, myself included.

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Name: Diamond Dallas Page (DDP)
Line: Legends Collection
Manufacturer: Mattel
Released:
2012
Price: $16.99
Scale: Roughly 18 CM in height
Accessories: Vest

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One of the reasons I decided to review this figure is because DDP and his DDP Yoga has had a pretty big effect on my life, using DDP’s Yoga programs has really helped me get through a rough part of my life, health wise and really helped me turn a corner. I can’t say enough good things about DDP Yoga so if you are interested it is best you check it out yourself. It will help if you keep working at it and do it every day.

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SCULPTING

When Mattel first displayed pictures of their smiling DDP head sculpt a lot of fans weren’t happy with it, a lot of people thought it looked goofy and didn’t suit the character enough. I didn’t really mind it either way, having met DDP in person, it really does look like him when he’s smiling, so they’ve nailed it in my opinion at least. Do we need a second serious/focused DDP head sculpt at some point? Yes, we do, just like we need a second better Scott Hall head sculpt.

Coupled with the variety of blonde and orange paint, the head sculpt really looks amazing! The parts Mattel have chosen to make up DDP’s body are a good choice and pretty good match to the type of build DDP had/still has. The height is also just about right as he’s not too tall and not too short either.

If I was going to point out a negative, it would be some of the hair strands look a little bit too thick around the face.

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PAINT

Mattel seem to always do a pretty good job when it comes to their products paint applications. DDP is up to the usual high standards I have become accustomed to from Mattel. There are a lot of different tones on DDP’s facial hair, they all contrast each other a bit, but still manage to work well together, even if they can look a little odd as well. I don’t think this bothers me too much, but it is a lot of different colours just for the figures face.

The Tattoos and DDP logos look amazing and are neatly applied, Mattel rarely drop the ball with the paint applications, even if at times they make odd colour choices.

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ARTICULATION

DDP has the following articulation: ball jointed head, swivel and hinge shoulders, bicep swivel, ab crunch, swivel waist, hinge elbows, swivel and hinge wrists, swivel/hinge post hips, swivel thighs, double-hinged knees, boot swivel, hinged ankles and rocker feet.

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 performing different wrestling moves. It’s not perfect at times but is still more then enough to keep hardcore wrestling fans happy.

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ACCESSORIES

DDP just comes with his black vest with DDP logo on the back and blue lining on the inside. The big DDP logo on the back looks fantastic! It would have been nice if he came with a title belt or some tape for his mid section, but the vest is still a nice addition, by itself.

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POTENTIAL PROBLEMS

You aren’t going to have too many problems with this figure, if any. Mattel continue to make some of THE best wrestling figures/toys out there.

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PRICE

I paid the retail price at the time from the one and only place for wrestling figures I trust, Ringside Collectibles, they have never let me down and in my opinion, their prices are quite decent when compared to here in Australia. Also, I have noticed my local Target finally has Elite Collection figures in store again! Currently the Nasty Boys series! It’s good to see Target carry these figures again, hopefully, the WCW ring will be for sale there too at some stage.

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OVERALL

This is a great DDP figure! If you are a fan of DDP or WCW from the Monday Night Wars era of professional wrestling, then you need to have DDP in your collection and this is definitely one of the best DDP figures made to date.

Mattel continue to produce more and more WCW related wrestlers from the ‘Monday Night Wars’ era (1996-1999). As a big fan of wrestling and WCW from that time period, I’m more then happy to buy the figures they make and the list of wrestlers only continues to grow!

Now if only Mattel would make a DDP vs. Macho Man two pack, that would be great!

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Snoopy is the pet beagle of Charlie Brown in the long-running comic strip, Peanuts. Appearing in the comic strip since the 1950s, Snoopy has become one of the most iconic and recognizable characters from the series.

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Name: Snoopy and Woodstock set
Line: Vinyl Collectible Dolls
Manufacturer: Medicom Toy
Released:
2011
Price: Then: 3,990 Yen, Now: roughly 9,000 Minimum.
Scale:  (Snoopy) 11.5 cm in height, (Woodstock) 4.5 cm in height.
Accessories: None

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This particular figure hadn’t really been on my radar to purchase, I knew of its existence, But never went out of my way to pick it up. That all changed after watching the peanuts movie fairly recently, seeing my wife and son both like Snoopy too, I thought why not pick up one of the best looking collectible figures available from Medicom.

 

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SCULPTING

It’s always going to be hard to turn a 2D drawing into a 3D figure, but I think Medicom have done a pretty good job. Snoopy and Woodstock look best from the side, front on, not so much. From the side, they definitely evoke that distinctive Peanuts look, so I guess you could say that’s their best side. Lots of very smooth surfaces and hardly any texture matching what you would assume the character would have if you turned a drawing 3D.

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PAINT

Snoopy and Woodstock are both cast in the colours they are meant to be, normally that’s my personal preference for most figures over painting them, so that is already a big plus for me. What paint there is, is kept to a minimum. It’s nice and very neatly applied, up to Medicom’s usual high standards.

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ARTICULATION

Snoopy has very basic articulation, his head is a ball-joint and his arms are swivel joints. It’s not really too much, but once you play around with Snoopy a little bit, it’s nice to have the option to change up the basic pose even if it’s just a slight variation.

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ACCESSORIES

I could technically count Woodstock as an accessory, seeing Snoopy is the biggest draw of the set to me. He’s got one swivel joint where his head meets his neck. He’s sculpted just as excellently as Snoopy and it’s neat he’s included as he really rounds out the set.

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POTENTIAL PROBLEMS

None that I can see, except maybe Snoopy’s white plastic; could yellow if placed in direct sunlight and his neck joint might become loose over time if regularly posed.

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PRICE

I paid a fairly decent price seeing I bought mine off Ebay, pretty much the same price as he can go for on Amazon JP, which was around $90.00 AUD including shipping, from Japan. That’s not too much of a mark up when compared to some of Medicom’s other products, considering I was fairly late to the party. With this particular set, I would try and pay as close to retail price as you can.

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OVERALL

If you are a fan of Peanuts or Snoopy you really need to have this figure set in your collection, it’s an excellent representation of Snoopy and Woodstock, I haven’t seen anyone else make a figure that comes close to looking as good as these two do.

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The Snowtrooper is the cold climate version of the standard Imperial Stormtrooper. Featured in the Empire Strikes Back when the Imperial Forces attack the rebels base on Hoth. They have very unique armor and equipment design to deal with the harsh conditions they are deployed into.

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Name: Snowtrooper (Imperial Stormtrooper – Hoth Battle Gear)
Line: Star Wars Saga Collection
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Released:
2007
Price: $9.99 USD
Scale: 3.67 inches in height
Accessories: E-11 Blaster Pistol

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This is one of the first figures I bought which got me back into 3.65 Inch size Star Wars figure collecting. This figure along with IG-88 were the first two I bought from my local toy/collectible store back in 2007.

Even although I was happy with having a couple of cool looking figures I didn’t really buy a lot until recently where together with my brother we bought a lot. (there are at least five of these Snowtroopers now).

It may have been a while between reviews for these Star Wars figures, but I’ll get to them eventually (like everything else I plan to review).

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SCULPTING

I really love the sculpting with this Snowtrooper. To my eyes it’s a pretty close match to what we see on the screen and the proportions are good too. I really love the helmet/mask the best, it just looks so damn cool. Plenty of fine detail work in the folds of clothing and a nice amount of detail on the armor pieces as well.

The soft goods “waist cape” is a nice touch also. I really don’t care for the head underneath the mask, I’d have preferred it if there was nothing but just a ball joint as it doesn’t really add to the figure at all.

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PAINT

I think Hasbro has done a great job with their paint application with this figure. Where needed they have cast the part in the colour it is meant to be and then applied paint where required (like the smaller pieces of armor on the arms and legs, for example) it all blends quite well and by having five of them, to inspect, the paint is pretty much uniform across all five figures, without too much difference or variation.

The weathering is great too! just the right amount of dirt and grime applied to the feet and armor itself ( the helmet has a very subtle wash on it to bring up those details). Very neat and slop free.

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ARTICULATION

The Snowtrooper has the following articulation: Ball jointed head, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel/hinge elbows, swivel wrists, ball jointed abs/waist, swivel legs (at the groin), swivel/hinge knees and swivel/hinge ankles. What I like about the articulation on this figure is that it’s fairly well hidden. I prefer toys like this, as it at least appears that some effort and thought was put into the design of the toy.

As far as for how useful the articulation is, he at least can aim and pose with his gun pretty well! The legs are sculpted slightly apart and I think that ruins the posability of the figure, as it makes it hard for him to do and crouching or ducking poses, without looking weird. But he’s definitely good to pose standing around, even if that backpack can make him a little off balance at times.

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ACCESSORIES

The Snowtrooper comes with a blaster and not much else, I guess you could count his helmet and backpack as accessories if you wanted. It’s the stock standard blaster that comes with pretty much every Hasbro Imperial figure and comes bent or warped in many various ways with each figure. My only real complaint is that most of these figures struggle to hold it firmly in their hands so it’s always moving around or falling out of the figures hands a lot. It’s sculpted well, cast in black and does the job well enough for the price point.

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POTENTIAL PROBLEMS

Besides the blaster being all kinds of deformed most of the time, there’s not too much to watch out for. Hasbro does make very solid toys that can withstand most abuse that a toy would take, seeing this figure is aimed at collectors, I doubt you would have any problems.

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PRICE

I paid the retail price for this guy back in the day, so I’m pretty sure it was close to $15 – $20 AUD, I was happy with that price back then as the figure just oozes quality for the price point. For this guy, I’d just try and pay what you feel comfortable paying as he’s not a major character in any way.

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OVERALL

If you are after a great small scale representation of an Imperial Stormtrooper in Hoth Battle Gear (Snowtrooper), then look no further, this figure is awesome and easily suppresses anything that came before him. He looks especially good in a group of these guys all together. I think he’s only going to be topped by the upcoming larger Black series version. He’s also been released a few times so I’d like to think he’s not that hard to come by either if you are after one.

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L – Circa 1990’s, R – Circa 2000’s – Sadly no 1980’s representative atm

 

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