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What If ... Conan Retired? Action Figures from FTC

Recently I have begun to explore the world of FTC and what a fantastic world that is indead! While browsing their site I happened upon a find of a lifetime. Conan. Not just Conan the Barbarian mind you, an indreible 8" version that made my Mego dreams come true. Well, almost true. You see–Conan has gone into retirement. And as much as it pains me there was no way I was going to miss out on the opportunity to share not just Conan the Barbarian but Solomon Kane and Kull The Conqueror figures as well (I need to share my pain).

And before you tell me that there are plenty of action figures for Conan ... I know. They even spun off the series and turned it into a short lived children's cartoon released in 1992. Which is to question the sense of exposing children to the not kid friendly work of Robert E. Howard. The series came complete with its own line of figures. Though they were not half as impressive as ... These!

Conan the Barbarian

Includes an authentic cloth outfit, molded axe, boots, belt & wrist guards. Comes in resealable plastic clamshell packaging that can be opened and closed without damaging the figure.

Solomon Kane

Includes an authentic cloth outfit with a molded sword, pistol, gloves & boots. Also includes a cloth hat. Comes in resealable plastic clamshell packaging that can be opened and closed without damaging the figure.

Kull the Conqueror

Includes an authentic cloth outfit, molded axe, boots, belt, wrist guards & crown. Comes in resealable plastic clamshell packaging that can be opened and closed without damaging the figure.

DC Comics Joker & Harley Quinn from Figures Toy Company

Figures Toy Company has been producing a lot of different Joker figures, but what makes this pair jump out is the added level of detail they have received. Both Gold Card figures, they are exclusively sold be Excelsior Toys. That means if you are looking for them elsewhere you will be disappointed.

DC Comics Retro Outfit Joker Action Figure

This classic 8" Joker is pulled right out of the pages of some of Batman's greatest adventures. Sporting his Tux, the figure has a nicely tailored costume which plays on the characters style and sense of humor.

Retro Harley Quinn Action Figure

Harley Quinn fan? This 8-inch Golden Card figure has striking out fit. The choice in material is different than many of the FTC figures you'll find in their assortment, yet it is still true to the Bruce Timm and Paul Dinni design.

Retro 8" Batman Black Costume Figures (FTC)

Are you looking for something original to add to your collection? For batman fans look no further than these retro 8-inchers produced by Figures Toy Company. These figures featuring Batman in his classic black costume are an Excelsior Toys exclusive so you can't order them directly through FTC.

When I saw the character I immediately thought of the Tim Burton classic film from '89. I can recall back to the day that my dad and I went to see it, sitting there together in the dark theater it was a treat for both of us, as he was the one that introduced me to the comics. I re-watched the film earlier this year, having not seen it for more than a decade, and I can only say that I wish they had had this figure back then.

Without Removable Cowl

There are actually three versions to choose from. The original Batman figure is sculpted with a rounder softer face and cowl. This was later reworked to be more inline with the DC Comics look of the character in his black costume. The new sculpt sports an edgier face and chin which deviates slightly from the Mego look, but only slightly, which shouldn't be a deal breaker for most fans.

Original Sculpt

New Head Sculpt

With Removable Cowl

The Many Faces of Wolverine from Hot Toys

Few companies have been able to capture a performer's likeness as well as the artists at Hot Toys. It is no wonder they have been able to make such an impact on the collectible toy market, raising the bar to an almost unforgivable height.

Today we are going to explore one of film and comics iconic characters, one that was played by the same man, Hugh Jackman, for nearly twenty years.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

TM © 2009 Marvel. © 2009 Fox.

This X-Men: Origins figure captures the visceral nature of the Wolverine character in a way the Benioff penned film could not.

Sculpted by Kojun, part of Hot Toys dream team, this figure captures all of the detail that you would expect from the company that has produced so many incredible 1/6th scale figures. Combine the talented hand of Kojun with the expert eye of JC.Hong and you have one of the best best likeness released at the time of the film's release.

One aspect of the figure that is especially noteworthy is that they used a new material for the head, which produced better skin texture and was used in in the production of later figures as well. The body was based on the newly developed hirsute muscular figure body which had over 30 points of articulation and stood approximately 30 cm tall.

Close-ups

No figure from HT is complete without a mix of features and accessories.

  • Movie accurate costume of brown jacket, undershirt, shirt, jeans and boots
  • Movie accurate Origins adamantium claws
  • Accessories: dog tags and a leather-like belt with detailed buckle
  • Two pairs of interchangeable hands

Full Body

The Wolverine

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Following on the heels of X-Men: Origins - Wolverine the artists at HT refined their take on the character, bringing the even event higher level of detail into the mix. This time the tailored clothing play an even bigger role in making the action figure come to life.

With the release of "The Wolverine" figure JC. Hong maintained his role as painter, this time working over the very competent work of Lee So Young, with Kojun providing art direction for the whole project.

Close-ups

The figure comes with five pairs of interchangeable palms including:

  • One pair of fists with metal claws
  • One pair of fists with bone claws
  • One pair of fists
  • One pair of relaxed hands
  • One pair of palms for holding sword

Full Body

X-Men: The Last Stand

X3 Motion Picture and Images from Motion Picture © 2012 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.

© 2012 Hot Toys Limited.

A The Last Stand what can we say about it that fans haven't already said a million times? Regardless of where you stand you can't help but be amazed at the work HT put into this 1/6th scale collectible. Besides being released the year before the above entry it captures a harder more comic book likeness of Hugh that isn't present in the other artists' work. This time Im Jung Hyuk was tasked with sculpting the head, though Kojun and JC. Hong maintained their positions of art director and painter respectively.

I find it remarkable that, though each head is specially hand-painted, they seem to maintain a strong consistency and quality rarely found in the collectible toy market. When you see the prototype you know that that is most likely what the end product will look like. With that said the paint work was a monumental achievement with this figure. Check out these close-ups to see for yourself.

Close-ups

  • Three (3) pairs of interchangeable gloved palms including:
  • One pair of fists with blades
  • One pair of fists
  • One pair of relaxed hands

Full Body

X-Men: Days of Future Past

We have written extensively about the Wolverine figure from X-Men: Days of Future Past. If you want to know the complete story of that figure you should check it out. For the sake of completion I wanted to include some shots of that incredible piece of art. If you could label an action figure a masterpiece then this definitely goes into that category.

Unbelievable John Wick: Chapter 2 Figure (HT)

“The man. The myth. The legend.”

We have seen a lot of amazing John Wick action figures in recent years. Namely those produced by DST have turned heads here at the Toy Keeper's Lair when you are in the market for 6" highly articulated figures. But none can compete with the expert craftsmanship of the toy makers at Hot Toys.

Few can hold a candle to the skill of their sculptures and when you have Yulli producing the head sculpt there is little any company can do to compete. Add to that the painting skills of JC. Hong and you have a nearly unbeatable combination, one that has produced the most realistic Keanu Reeves to date. This is not just the ultimate figure if you are a John Wick fan but the ultimate for Keanu fans as well.

Hot Toys is known, not just for their expert sculpting but their tailored clothes as well and that skill really shines with this 1/6th scale figure. You could almost swear that this is a life sized mannequin, so detailed are the clothes, but the detail doesn't stop there, in fact it goes all the way through the secondaries just as you would expect from HT.

The figure stands approximately 31 cm tall and sports over 30 points of articulations. Not only that but you get an assortment of interchangeable hands including:

  • Two pairs of gun holding hands
  • One pair of knife holding hands
  • One pair of relax hands
  • One right fist
  • One gesture left hand

You will need all of those hands because with a character like John Wick the weapons make up an integral part of the appeal.

  • Two pistols with removable magazines
  • One pistol with removable magazine (can be placed in pistol case)
  • One pistol and silencer with removable magazine
  • Two shotguns
  • One rifle with detachable strips
  • One knife

Besides the all of that the figure comes complete with a nice assortment of miscellaneous accessories:

  • Two Blood Oath Markers (regular and with blood finger print)
  • Three stacks of gold coins
  • Five pieces of gold coins
  • One pistol case
  • One pencil ("I once saw him kill three men in a bar... with a pencil, with a fucking pencil.")
  • Specially designed oath marker themed hexagonal figure stand with character nameplate and backdrop

® & © 2018 Summit Entertainment LLC. All Rights Reserved.

© 2018 Hot Toys Limited. All Rights Reserved.

Spider-Man 2099 2020 Toy Fair Exclusive (HT)

Hot Toys never ceases to amaze us. Just look at this beautiful Spider-Man 2099 figure they recently unveiled for Toy Fair.

For fans of Marvel's 2099 timeline it should come as no surprise that this is one of the most iconic characters to appear in it. Create by Peter David Spider-Man 2099 was a popular comic series for Marvel in 1992 and in recent years has made a comeback unlike the other characters to get a 2099 re-envisioning. There is no wonder why the character has survided so long, out of all of the characters created for the 2099 universe it was our favorite webslinger, played by Miguel O'Hare this time, was the most grounded and tangible. Ghost Rider, Hulk, and Punisher all seemed a bit too much like parody like, better suited for the surreal universe that 2000 A.D. represents than Marvel Comics. And before we continue I don't even want to get into the mess that the 2099 X-Men series choose to explore.

If you don't know what a 1992 comic book character looked like you can see it right here. Spider-Man's costume is painstakingly recreated in such high detail by the team at Hot Toys in such a way that almost makes you believe that this is a still from a film rather than an action figure. Honestly, I feel that it is a true work of genius whenever they release a new figure.

Many companies reach a certain level and either fail to maintain it or choose to redefine themselves all together once they have reached the top. HT doesn't do that. They have made a name for themselves and they continue to honor that name whenever a new figure rolls out the door. Every time I see one I say to myself; "they can't get better than this." But somehow they can and they do. With as large of a catalog as Hot Toys has it is easy to see that quality and quantity can coexist in harmony.

This figure is not just highly detailed it comes with a large assortment of accessories that make it a value for any Spider-Man fan.

But first, when you look at this figure you will see that it has something other toys in HT's assortment don't have. A new body. While still sporting the traditional 30 points of articulation is has been redesigned from the ground up to work with the characters unique flexibility. This gives way to a large assortmen of poses that were not possible before.

Miguel O'Hare also comes complete with a wide array of hands as you would expect for a Spider-Man figure. They cover both relaxed and action poses like:

  • One pair of relax hands
  • One pair of open hands
  • One pair of web shooting hands
  • One pair of clenching hands
  • One pair of gesture hands
  • One web holding left hand
  • One right fist

Since the figure was developed for the Spider-Man game you can expect that to be the main direction the marketing material took. That is why the base sports a specially designed Marvel’s Spider-Man game logo, character name and graphic card. All of which do not detract from the early 90s design.

As for action accessories you will also get:

  • One (1) pair of web shooters
  • Six (6) strings of spider web in different shapes and lengths
  • One (1) open spider web effect accessory

All of which allow you to create beautiful and dynamic scenes as the studio photo shoot pictures clearly show. It is no wonder that film maker Patrick Boivin has used their figures in the production of stop-motion animation.

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