Back in early December 2014, fashion doll company Integrity Toys announced a new line of dolls based off the characters within the American Horror Story Coven series. Cut to almost two years later and finally Integrity Toys have come up with the goods ready for pre-order, but….are we done and dusted with Coven?
Since Coven’s airing, AHS has produced three further series – Freak Show, Hotel and the currently airing Roanoke and the limited amount of news and updates about this line from Integrity has possibly made fans a little indifferent about this reveal.
That said, the reveal by Integrity Toys showcases six pretty damn impressive figures for the new line featuring Jessica Lange’s Fiona Goode, Angela Bassett’s Marie Laveau, Evan Peter’s Kyle Spencer, Emma Robert’s Madison Montgomery, Frances Conroy’s Myrtle Snow and Taissa Farmiga’s Zoe Benson. Sad to say, no swamp witch Misty Day (played by Lily Rabe).
All 6 dolls are on the FR2013 articulated body with brand new sculpts in the likeness of their characters (check out how close they got with Evan Peters!), rooted hair, applied eyelashes and fabric outfits featured within the show.
Check out more photos below:
All dolls are now available for pre-order with the Marie Laveau doll set for release first in December this year and are priced around the US$130 mark.
Silver screen icons most known for playing classic Batman foes Julie Newmar and Eartha Kitt are latest two classic screen ladies being replicated into 1/6 scale figures thanks to the teaming up of Phicen and Executive Replicas – the same team up that brought Caroline Munro and multiple other screen icons into the same scale.
Dressed as their iconic Catwoman alter-egos, Newmar played the cat loving villain from 1966 to 1967 (seasons one and two) while Kitt took over the role from 67’to 68′ (season three).
Both figures stand 12″ tall and feature (semi) detailed head sculpts along with Phicen’s well known seamless bodies, though, for some unknown reason, are not using the sturdy standard stainless steel skeleton with Phicen instead opting to use their inferior plastic skeleton. Also to note is the missing of Newmar’s catwoman ‘cat ears’ headpiece which Phicen are not planning to include.
Check out below what each figure comes with:
The Secret Lives of Julie Newmar:
Four Color Packaging
Interchangeable Claw Hands (3 Pairs)
Knee Boots (1 Pair)
PHICEN Seamless Female Figure Body w/ Plastic Armature
Eartha Kitt: Femme Fatale:
Ankle Boots (1 Pair)
Four Color Packaging
Interchangeable Claw Hands (3 Pairs)
PHICEN Seamless Female Figure Body w/ Plastic Armature
Removable Sleevelets (1 Pair)
Both figures are set to retail for US$150 with a Q4 2016 release date with most 1/6 retailers already offering up pre-orders.
CGL Toys are one of those 1/6 scale figure companies floating around that most collectors know of but may have never actually bought any of their releases. For the most part, CGL Toys seem to be focusing their releases on unofficial figures, namely last years very cool Angelina Jolie/Mr and Mrs Smith head sculpt, a Walking Dead Rick Grimes figure and a Heath Ledger/Joker release.
More recently, the company has begun to focus on characters from X-Men: The Last Stand movie (2006) with a Professor Charles Frances Xavier figure and a King of Magnetic Force figure already released. This year, saw the release of the third figure from this line, an X-Men Phoenix Girl figure based off Famke Janssen’s portrayal in the movie.
So let’s get into the figure.
The box itself is rather plain and non informative. There is no product description, photos or any other markings besides a small gold decal on the front which spells out CGL’s letters. The straight forward shoe box design opens up to reveal a padded tray containing the dressed figure, an alternate head and an alternate set of hands. Whereas the Xavier and Magneto releases came with useable extras (a wheel chair and a stand with base), this release see’s no other accessories included, thus explaining the cheaper price for this figure compared to the other releases.
The figure itself feels quite sturdy in design with no loose joints and while I have no idea on the base body used, it is easy to tell that it’s not one of your generic bland bodies. There is decent arm articulation to which I was able to make Jean’s hands touch her head and stay there without much effort and while there is leg and ankle articulation, the heavy boots and tight fitting pants restrict just how much you can move the legs about.
The clothing appears to be of a high standard with quality stitching and decent quality materials used. Nothing feels cheap and nasty. While the design of the coat alters from the promo pictures, the added material strands in front feel a bit more true to what Jean wore in this X-Men movie. The coat is removable though I can imagine trying to take this off would be a nightmare due to the fiddly stitching done on the back of the corset which is attached to the coat. Underneath, Jean wears a top in another shade of red and a pair of pants that match the jacket.
The head sculpts have not altered much from the promo shots. One thing you can say about CGL Toys is when it comes to heads, what you see is what you get. The ‘standard’ sculpt bears minimal resemblance to Famke Janssen and her X-men alter-ego, but it’s enough to possibly be able to put a name to the face for those who haven’t seen the movie since it’s release.
The hair is a slight letdown though as CGL Toys (like most 1/6 scale companies) use acetate which is probably the most horrible material ever used for hair on figures as it’s brittle and thin and impossible to style. Had they gone with something similar to Kumik’s hair, then I could have forgiven the fact the hair is so much shorter than the style Jean had in the movie. The style shown in the promo pictures also differs to the final release which came with wild uncontrollable curls.
The alternate ‘angry’ head which we saw Jean with when she killed Xavier in the movie, is actually much better than the promo photos where the final released product is nowhere near as dark, grey and sickly looking allowing for the red lightning/vein streaks to shine through. If there was one con on the release, it’s that she doesn’t look as angry as she does in the promos! This head also came with the wretched acetone hair in a wild curly style.
This is my first CGL Toys figure and it’s a clean, solid release.
Articulation: 6/10 – plus for arm movement and a minus for lack of leg articulation.
Character Likeness: 8/10 – most elements seem spot on with the movie with the exception of the hair.
Head Sculpt: 8/10 – While not exactly Famke Janssen, there’s enough likeness to acknowledge it’s Jean Grey from X3.
Hair: 1/10 – One point for colour! Recommendation to CGL is to ditch the acetone and move onto nylon or saran hair.
Outfit: 9/10 – quality stuff. Great design, doesn’t feel cheap, no loose threads. Boots too, are heavy and well made.
Overall: 7/10 – should sit well into any X-Men fans collection. Jean/Phoenix is a great character and with the dozens of 1/6 scale Wolverine’s out there, it’s nice to see an X-lady get some love.
“I have to protect the one thing that I can’t live without. That’s you.” – Tony Stark
At last count, 1/6 scale toy company Hot Toys have released over 100+ variants of Marvel’s Iron Man (Probably exaggerated but enough Iron Man already!) and now, fans can add their very own 12″ Gwyneth Paltrow Pepper Potts to their collection.
From the Hot Toys press release:
“In the Iron Man movie series, Pepper Potts has been a very important person in Tony Stark’s heart. As the love interest of Tony Stark, and assisting Tony in the defeat of Obadiah Stane and Aldrich Killian, Pepper has been there with the genius billionaire at the most crucial moments in the film series. Fans have been longing for a collectible figure of her and today Hot Toys is delighted to officially reveal the 1/6th scale Pepper Potts Collectible Figure from Iron Man 3!
The movie-accurate collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts in the film featuring a newly developed head sculpt with long straight light reddish-blonde real fabric hair, finely tailored costume, an interchangeable Iron Man Mark IX right arm with LED light-up function, and figure stand!
Pepper Potts will be a great addition to your Iron Man and Tony Stark collection!”
An alternate version on this release includes a Pepper Potts and The Mark IX Iron Man which includes a Pepper Potts in Mark XLII helmet head sculpt which can be fitted to the suited body. This solo release however includes the excellent addition of the Mark IX arm she sported in the closing moments of Iron Man 3 – totally my favorite part in the film btw!
Check out all the promotional images below:
Iron Man and Pepper Potts double pack
Pepper Potts Solo figure
So that’s what was in the box!
Ever since Pepper’s scene stealing moment in Iron Man 3 where she finds herself wearing part of the Iron Man armor and blasting evil Guy Pierce away, I’ve been hanging for a Pepper Potts/Rescue figure. Hasbro teased us of a 6″ release back when IM3 was released but then balked on the figure and there’s been a slew of 1/6 scale knock-offs (they’re really really bad) and this release from Hot Toys finally quenches that thirst – even if these promo images have her stealing Homeland’s Carrie Mathison’s look…..
With numerous Iron Man/Captain America/Thor releases, Hot Toys are starting to make their mark with the female characters with 4 total Black Widow releases, Guardians of the Galaxy’s Gamora and more recently Avengers new-comer Scarlet Witch and Marvel’s Agent Maria Hill which was revealed at the 2015 Toy Fair and is currently available for pre-order.
No word yet on Pepper’s release but keep an eye out at http://www.sideshowtoy.com for the pre-orders like I will be doing! This one’s a keeper for me!
When it comes to the world of Avengers and merchandise, it’s a well known fact the ladies who kick ass receive the fewest amount of gear on the shelves. While Thor, Iron Man and Captain America are littered throughout the toy isles, Black Widow and the newly added Scarlet Witch have seen very little fanfare with the exception of an action figure here or there.
To be sure though, 1/6 figure production giant Hot Toys have stemmed this nasty bleed by releasing four Black Widow figures along the Iron Man/Avengers/Captain America way and have now released the first look of the brand new Scarlet Witch deluxe figure.
“Age of Ultron – the 1/6th scale Scarlet Witch Collectible Figure! The movie-accurate collectible is specially crafted based on the image of Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch in the film featuring a newly developed head sculpt with long curly brown real fabric hair, finely tailored costume, specially created hands with red translucent fingertips and effect accessories to emulate Scarlet Witch using her powers. Ultron’s heart which Scarlet Witch has taken from the robot’s body is also included as a special bonus accessory!”
With Hot Toys offering something like 20 different Iron Man Figures, it’s nice to see someone like Scarlet Witch get some lovin’!
Check out all the photos in the gallery below:
Action Figure vs Real Thing
No news of release date or sale price but going off Black Widow’s Age of Ulton figure, one can expect to pay in excess of $280US for her.
Think the likeness to Elizabeth Olsen is spot on? Think you might add this to your collection? Sound off in the comments below!
She turned down the role of Ursa in 1977’s Superman to play Bond girl Naomi in ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’ and now, British actress Caroline Munro is being immortalized in the form of a 1/6th scale action figure!
Before earning her Bond girl status, Munro featured in an array of horror/fantasy/sci-fi cult films of the 60, 70’s and 80’s including Dracula A.D 1972, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad and At the Earth’s Core. Phicen Limited, have produced the first officially licensed 1/6 scale figure of Munro featuring the look seen in her 1978 movie StarCrash as Stella Star.
The collectible figure is fully poseable and features the company’s well-known flexible seamless body on a stainless steel skeleton. Also included is:
1 x Head sculpt
1 x NEW Super flexible seamless body with stainless steel skeleton
2 x sets of Replaceable hands
1 x set Wrist bands
1 x pair knee high boots
2 x classic tops
2 x classic bottoms
1 x Laser pistol
1 x laser rifle
1 x laser pistol holster
1 x set of earrings
1 x figure stand
Customized box and packaging (art to be revealed)
Check out some more promotional images fro Phicen Limited below: