Star Wars The Black Series Elite Praetorian Guard (with Heavy Blade) (Amazon Exclusive)

Kids and fans alike can imagine the biggest battles and missions in the Star Wars saga with figures from Star Wars The Black Series! With exquisite features and decoration, this series embodies the quality and realism that Star Wars devotees love. As the Supreme Leader of the First Order, Snoke stood atop an evil regime that mirrored many of the dark traditions of the Galactic Empire. As a striking example, Snoke was flanked by crimson-clad guardians, loyal protectors encased in ornate armor ready to defend the Supreme Leader from any threat. This 6-inch scale Elite Praetorian Guard (with Heavy Blade) figure from the Black Series is carefully detailed to look like Emperor’s iconic crimson guards from Star Wars: Episode VIII. Figure features premium detail and multiple points of articulation. Includes character-inspired, highly detailed accessory. Additional products each sold separately. Star Wars products are produced by Hasbro under license from Lucasfilm Ltd. Hasbro and all related terms are trademarks of Hasbro.

Product Features

  • 6 -inch-scale, Star Wars The Black Series Elite Praetorian Guard (with Heavy Blade)
  • Includes character-inspired accessory
  • Collector grade quality figure with authentic, movie-accurate detail
  • Premium packaging and design
  • Includes figure and accessory.

Review 1: Art Figures AF-015 1/6th scale Heavy Armoured Special Cop "DREDD" 12-inch figure

It’s finally here. This is the highly anticipated Art Figures AF-015 1/6th scale Heavy Armoured Special Cop “DREDD” 12-inch figure I’ve been waiting months for. When the preview pictures were first released, it created quite a bit of hype and excitement all over the internet, with dealers and collectors scrambling to get their pre-orders in before this figure gets pulled off the shelves for obvious reasons. Good thing it wasn’t and now we get to enjoy this figure for what it is: a great product with fine attention to details and true representation of a certain Judge. This figure is marvelous to behold and must be examined up close to be truly appreciated. What makes the deal even sweeter is the price since it’s nowhere near the pricing of Hot Toys and Sideshow’s products.

Some figures have been pulled of the shelves before and I was most afraid that this figure would suffer the same fate. In January 2012, DID released pictures of their upcoming Steve Jobs 12-inch figure (check out the pictures HERE) and it made so much waves that it even made the news (see my post HERE). Apple came down hard and DID caved (DID says “iQuit!” Steve Jobs 12-inch Figure a No-Go! Product Withdrawn, Apple Wins posted HERE). I’m just glad this figure made it to production and is now in my hands πŸ™‚

Art Figures really came on the scene when they released their Art-Figures: SAVES “Punisher: War Zone” 12-inch Figure. A lot of people didn’t expect it to be that good and were caught by surprise. It then became a mad rush to get hold of the figure but due to the limited pre-order numbers, the supply was just not able to meet the sudden surge in demand. I was one of those who had pre-ordered and was able to get the figure and review it on my toy blog (see the posts HERE and HERE). IMHO I think Art Figures has upped the ante with the release of this Artistic Interpretation Heavy Armoured Special Cop figure. The choice of materials used and the mix of textures really brings out the authenticity of this figure.

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The box packaging has no name on it so you wouldn’t have guessed the product unless you had prior knowledge of it.
The box opens to reveal the Heavy Armoured Special Cop figure in the packing foam tray with all his gear and accessories including his machine pistol. The odd thing is the figure comes without his helmet even though the character never removes his helmet. What’s even weirder is that the head sculpt looks like a lego head. Lego’s humanoid mini-figures are one of the most iconic toys worldwide, but they have a strange design feature: a hole on the top of their heads. Why this hole exists is a mystery to most people. That hole can stick to a Lego brick, but why would anyone ever want to stick a humanoid head to a Lego brick? The reason: Lego put the hole on the top of the head just in case any kid got one of the heads stuck in their throat. That way they would be able to keep breathing. More on Judge Dredd’s lego head later.
Here’s the Art Figures AF-015 1/6th scale Heavy Armoured Special Cop “DREDD” 12-inch figure with all his gear and accessories laid out.
Art Figures AF-015 1/6th scale Heavy Armoured Special Cop “Dredd” comes dressed in his costume of Leather combat jacket, Leather combat pants, Combat gloves, Tactical knee pads, and Combat boots. I prefer to leave the Helmet with visor on his head as that’s how it was meant to be.

The 1/6 scale Leather combat jacket with elbow pads and pants are nice and fits the figure very well. I especially like the mixture of materials i.e. it’s not all just leather but different textures sewn / stitched together. The Combat gloves are the soft type with the bendable hands inside them. It’s good that we don’t have to put on the gloves ourselves. On the left glove sleeve there is a plastic window with some perps faces on it. I believe that’s supposed to be the mini computer where Heavy Armoured Special Cop “DREDD” can download and view who the bad guys are, their criminal records and history. The Tactical knee pads are part of his pants and the Combat boots are another thing of beauty.

You can put this 1/6 scale all black full leather suit on any 12-inch biker figure and he’ll look really cool and bada$$ wearing it.
Here are some close-up shots / pictures of the Art Figures 1/6th scale Heavy Armoured Special Cop head sculpt with the knob on top. In the 2012 science fiction action film “DREDD”, Karl Urban stars as Judge Dredd, a law enforcer given the power of judge, jury and executioner in a vast, dystopic metropolis called Mega-City One that lies in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Urban found the role challenging because the character never removes his helmet. We never got to see Karl Urban’s face so why Art Figures decided to release this figure with a removable helmet is beyond me. And the knob on top of his head is for the 1/6 scale helmet to sit nicely and firmly without moving about.
When the 1995 Judge Dredd film was released in theaters, many Dredd fans were disappointed and horrified when Sylvester Stallone who starred as Judge Dredd removed his helmet. The helmet is the most striking feature of the Dredd costume in the comic books and he never removed it. A 12-inch Judge Dredd figure from the 1995 movie was released by Medicom toys under their RAH (Real Action Heroes) line. It was one of the first 1/6 scale figures I picked up and you can see the pictures I posted on my toy blog HERE
This Art Figures AF-015 1/6th scale Heavy Armoured Special Cop “DREDD” 12-inch figure  comes with battle scars on his neck. This would be almost hidden from view once you put on the Bulletproof vest with Name plate but it’s still a nice touch to stay true to the film. Attention to details like this makes me happy πŸ™‚
DREDD wears a black sleeveless T-shirt under his leather jacket. Check out his pants and see how the different materials are stitched together. Pretty neat!
Here’s DREDD standing in front of his gear and accessories
Art Figures AF-015 1/6th scale Heavy Armoured Special Cop “Dredd” 12-inch figure comes with the following 1/6 scale accessories: Bulletproof vest with Name plate, Tactical shoulder pads, double magazine holders x 2, Stick grenade with Holder, belt with eagle buckle, Tactical folding knife, Gas mask in pouch, Smoke grenade with holder, First-aid kit, spare pistol clips / magazines x 3, Machine pistol with Holster.
Here’s another look at the 1/6 scale accessories with gas mask removed from the pouch and grenades removed from their holders.

NEXT: Art Figures AF-015 1/6th scale Heavy Armoured Special Cop “DREDD” 12-inch figure all suited up!

Related posts:
September 2, 2007 – Judge Dredd figures in my collection (posted HERE)
April 3, 2009 – Medicom Toys RAH (Real Action Heroes) 1/6 scale Sylvester Stallone as Judge Dredd figure reviewed HERE
March 5, 2010 – ACE Girls Mission Judge Hershey 1:6 scale Figure Reviewed HERE
June 26, 2013 – Preview of Pop Culture Shock 1/4th scale Judge Death 2000 AD 21-inch tall Statue HERE
April 19, 2012 – Preview pictures of Sideshow Collectibles and Pop Culture Shock Judge Dredd 1:4th scale Diorama posted HERE

Reblogged 3 years ago from toyhaven.blogspot.com

End October 2014 Haul: Art Figures 1/6th Heavy Armoured Special Cop & two more Ninja Turtles

So the only 12-inch figure I got for the whole month haul of October 2014 is the Art Figures AF-015 Artistic Interpretation 1/6th scale Heavy Armoured Special Cop. What can I say? October has been a pretty dry month for me but this one figure more than makes up for it. I’ve been waiting eagerly for months for this one particular figure and it’s finally here. I’ve already seen pictures of the actual product posted on the internet and forums but nothing beats having the actual figure in your own hands. More of this later.

The other two figures I got for October 2014 are the Kaiyodo Revoltech Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TMNT action figures (Donatello and Michelangelo). I’ve already gotten Leonardo and Raphael earlier this month (see my post of the haul HERE) so this two completes the quartet. These are the most unique and creatively designed ninja turtles so far and really one-of-a-kind. I don’t really go into smaller sized figures these days as I much prefer the larger scaled 12-inch figures for their attention to details and amazingly accurate and intricate accessories but these turtles just pulled me back in and I couldn’t resist the temptation. If you wonder why I got hooked, check out the preview pictures HERE of these highly articulated ninja turtles.

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When I first saw teaser pictures of the Judge Dredd film that was released in cinemas in 2012, I hoped and prayed that some 1/6 scale company would look into making a 12-inch Karl Urban Judge Dredd figure (see my post HERE). Then in May 2014, preview pictures of Art Figures AF-015 1/6 scale Heavy Armoured Special Cop 12-inch figure were released (posted on my toy blog HERE) and I was really hoping that the figure gets made and not be pulled off the shelves. So I’m really glad that this figure is finally standing proudly in my display shelf where he belongs πŸ™‚ Review and pictures of this figure will follow shortly.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (often shortened to TMNT or Ninja Turtles) are a fictional team of four teenage anthropomorphic turtles, who were trained by their anthropomorphic rat sensei in the art of ninjutsu and named after four Renaissance artists. From their home in the storm sewers of New York City, they battle petty criminals, evil overlords and alien invaders, all while remaining isolated from society-at-large.

The characters initially appeared in comic books before being licensed for toys, cartoons, video games, films, and other merchandise. During the peak of its popularity in the late 1980s through early 1990s, the franchise gained considerable worldwide success and fame. (source: wiki)

Nickelodeon acquired the global rights to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from the Mirage Group and 4Kids Entertainment, Inc. and announced a new CGI-animated TMNT television series. The series premiered in 2012 (this was the third animated series) and has proven to be a hit, as it was already renewed for a third season before season one ended. Season three premieres October, 2014 and the series has been renewed for a fourth season. These are the figures of the ninja turtles as seen on Nickelodeon.

Donatello and Michelangelo are the last two of the four-member team (quartet) and you could say these two complete the set. The designs of these ninja turtles are refreshing and new and these action figures add a new dimension for the turtles, especially with the alternative heads with the cute expressions. I could not resist them

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Art Figures AF-015 1/6th scale Heavy Armoured Special Cop "DREDD" 12-inch figure Review II

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Dredd is a 2012 science fiction action film directed by Pete Travis and written and produced by Alex Garland. It is based on the 2000 AD comic strip Judge Dredd and its eponymous character created by John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra. Karl Urban stars as Judge Dredd, a law enforcer given the power of judge, jury and executioner in a vast, dystopic metropolis called Mega-City One that lies in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Dredd and his apprentice partner, Judge Anderson (Olivia Thirlby), are forced to bring order to a 200-storey high-rise block of flats and deal with its resident drug lord, Ma-Ma (Lena Headey).

What can I say? Art Figures AF-015 1/6th scale Heavy Armoured Special Cop “DREDD” 12-inch figure is certainly worth the wait. Having seen other collectors post their pictures, I just couldn’t wait to get hold of mine which was a little slow in arriving but arrive it did and as the saying goes “Better late than never”. This is one of the best figures of the year for me and I’m very pleased with the overall quality in terms of materials used, the stitching of the entire outfit and the very nice details of all the accessories and parts. Some assembly is certainly necessary but nothing fell apart in the assembling process and everything came together nicely for a great overall look.

Judge Joseph Dredd is a fictional character whose comic strip in the British science fiction anthology 2000 AD is the magazine’s longest running, having been featured since its second issue in 1977. Dredd is an American law enforcement officer in a violent city of the future where uniformed Judges are empowered to arrest, sentence, and execute criminals at the scene of the crime. So great is the character’s name recognition that his name is sometimes invoked over similar issues to those explored by the comic series, such as the police state, authoritarianism, and the rule of law.

Art Figures AF-015 1/6th scale Heavy Armoured Special Cop “DREDD” 12-inch figure is very much inspired by the 2012 movie version of Judge Dredd as portrayed by Karl Urban and being true to character, Urban never removes his helmet, requiring him to convey emotion without using his eyes.

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Art Figures AF-015 1/6th scale Heavy Armoured Special Cop “Dredd” comes dressed in his costume of helmet with visor, bulletproof vest with badge / name plate, Tactical shoulder pads, Leather combat jacket, belt with eagle buckle, double magazine holders x 2, Stick grenade with Holder, Tactical folding knife, Gas mask in pouch, Smoke grenade with holder, First-aid kit, spare pistol clips / magazines x 3, Machine pistol with drop-down Holster, Leather combat pants, Combat gloves, Tactical knee pads, and Combat boots. Check out my part 1 review post HERE for a better look at all his 1/6 scale gear and accessories.
The setting of Judge Dredd is a dystopian future Earth damaged by a series of international conflicts; where much of the planet has become radioactive wasteland, and so populations have aggregated in enormous conurbations known as ‘mega-cities’. The story is centred on the megalopolis of Mega-City One, on the east coast of North America.

For the 2012 “Dredd” movie, the filmmakers decided that Dredd should appear lean and fast like a boxer rather than bulky like “someone who spends hours sort of steroiding himself up.” His Judge uniform was altered from the comic version; an extruded eagle statuette was removed from his shoulder pad to emphasise the outfit’s functionality and give it a sense of realism. Dredd’s costume was radically redesigned for the film, adding armor plates and reducing the size and prominence of the shoulder insignia.

Remaining faithful to the comic, Dredd’s face, except for his mouth, is never shown and his helmet is not removed throughout the film. Karl Urban said: “He is supposed to be the faceless representative of the law and I think that is part of his enigma … You wouldn’t get to the end of a Sergio Leone Western and go, ‘God, I didn’t even know the character’s name!’ It’s irrelevant.

Dredd’s signature weapon, the “Lawgiver” was developed as a fully operational weapon based on a 9mm firing system, capable of firing ammunition and being changed from automatic to semi-auto fire. The Lawgivers seen in the film appear to be Glock 17 pistols housed in futuristic shells.
I think the filmmakers did a great job redesigning the Judges’ uniform and staying as close as possible to the comic. Kudos to Art Figures for a highly accurate and amazingly detailed 1/6 scale version of the Judge Dredd costume. This is indeed a 12-inch figure that deserves mention for staying true to the 1:1 scale version of Dredd as he appears in the film.
There was another Judge Dredd film that was released in 1995 and it had Sylvester Stallone as Judge Joseph Dredd. Medicom Toys also released a 1/6 scale version of Stallone as Dredd in 1995 and I’ve posted a review of the 12-inch Judge Dredd figure on my toy blog as well. You can check out the post HERE with lots of pictures.
Close-up pictures of Art Figures AF-015 1/6th scale Heavy Armoured Special Cop “DREDD” 12-inch figure with all his gear and accessories. The basic outfit is great, the armor vest is outstanding and almost everything about this figure scores. I’m not too keen about the gloves as the fingers of the gloves are longer than the actual digits and it sometimes look like Dredd has long nails.

The “Lawgiver” is the standard pistol carried by the Judges in the film, including Dredd (Karl Urban) and Cassandra Anderson (Olivia Thirlby), as well as Judges Lex (Langley Kirkwood), Chan (Karl Thaning), and Kaplan (Michele Levin). It can fire in several different modes, which are selected via voice activation, and features a digital display that keeps track of its remaining ammunition.

Close-up shots of the 1/6 scale “Lawgiver” pistol. The weapon’s various fire modes include: Rapid Fire (fully automatic), Armor piercing rounds, Incendiary rounds (these appear to be white phosphorus), Stun (A non-lethal electric charge that incapacitates the target), “High-Ex” (High Explosive), Silencer Mode (The Lawgiver features a built-in suppressor that retracts into the frame when not in use), and “Hot Shot” – a superheated round capable of melting flesh. In the comics, these are heat seeking rounds that track targets based on their specific heat signature. However, it is not clear whether they retain this feature in the film.

When being psychically interrogated by Anderson, Kay (Wood Harris) fires a Lawgiver in his imagination, but it fails to wound her. Later, when he attempts to use Anderson’s own Lawgiver on her, he finds that it is coded to its owner’s DNA, and will self destruct if anyone else attempts to use it.

Check out the redesigned eagle on Dredd’s shoulders
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Here’s Dredd with his air breather which is kept in the pouch when not in use
Check out Dredd’s very good-looking pair of boots as well – nicely done with great details

That’s all for now. There is word going around that there could possibly be another 12-inch Judge figure by Art-Figures and this time it could be a female. Looks like 1/6 scale Judge Cassandra Anderson (Olivia Thirlby) might be Dredd’s partner in 2015.

Related posts:
September 2, 2007 – Judge Dredd figures in my collection (posted HERE)
April 3, 2009 – Medicom Toys RAH (Real Action Heroes) 1/6 scale Sylvester Stallone as Judge Dredd figure reviewed HERE
March 5, 2010 – ACE Girls Mission Judge Hershey 1:6 scale Figure Reviewed HERE
June 26, 2013 – Preview of Pop Culture Shock 1/4th scale Judge Death 2000 AD 21-inch tall Statue HERE
April 19, 2012 – Preview pictures of Sideshow Collectibles and Pop Culture Shock Judge Dredd 1:4th scale Diorama posted HERE

Reblogged 3 years ago from toyhaven.blogspot.com

King Motor Front Heavy Duty Aluminum Upper Plate (silver) Fits HPI 5b, SS Baja

King Motor Brand New Aluminum Heavy Duty Front Upper Plate

This is a great affordable way of strengthening the front of your baja and will save you money and time down the road from fixing bent up front ends after crashes.

Strong Thick Aluminum Construction.

Product Features

  • Front Heavy Duty Aluminum Upper Plate (silver)
  • Strong Thick Aluminum Construction! High Quality! Looks Great!
  • Ready to Bolt Right On!
  • This is a great affordable way of strengthening the front of your Baja and will save you money and time down the road from fixing bent up front ends after crashes.

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Fire all your cannons with Yamato Heavy Armament ver.

Kahotan’s already previewed Max Factory’s Yamato Light Armament ver. figure, so it goes without saying that the Yamato Heavy Armament ver. would get a preview, too! The 1/8-scale Heavy Armament ver. is part of the Wonderful Hobby Selection line, and she comes with her ship parts and a water base to display her in. Both of those are removable if you really want to (but come on … you spent this much on her, so why do that?), and she also has two separate hair parts — one for use with the water base and one for use without it so her hair isn’t floating in the air.

As a reminder, you can pre-order her right now for ¥19,800. Which version are you thinking of getting?

 

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