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17.1.17

#Playingwith Huck Gee’s GOLD LIFE (Shadow Editions) by Mighty Jaxx


One of the more notable releases in 2016 - in fact listed on my TOP TEN TOY HIGHLIGHTS FOR 2016 - is Huck Gee's GOLD LIFE figures with Mighty Jaxx!

Featured here today is the Shadow Edition colorway of the first trio of figures to be unleashed, who made their debut at the 2016 STGCC - where I managed to purchase on the very last day of the event, alas without either meeting Mr Gee or even getting him to sign the boxes.

Nevertheless, here are some snaps of them as I unboxed them for some personal “play time”, and shares some basic impressions too.

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One “extra” aspect of these editions, is the PowerCore-enabled “Smart Toy” technology, coming in the form of a graphic card with a passcode, which when after downloading from www.powercore.io, you would be able to activate the app, ”unlock free messaging stamps, add your favorite characters to games, and even win limited edition figures.” (Blogged).

Each of THE SOUL COLLECTOR, RAKU DAY and RAKU NIGHT, has their own unique plastic card with relative graphic and art.

PowerCore x Huck Gee had an earlier (production) relationship with “Battle Tails” (Huck’s mobile strategy game), and brings forward said collaboration into this release, which proves the collector an added value pf “play”.

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And now that the figures are out of their boxes, time to “play” with them! And by that I literally meant “PLAY” (not the adult parallel of “play” - meaning “taking photographs” haha) … as only a kidult knows how to hahaha (P/S: I will not mind if you chose to mute the audio in the video featured below hahahaha).



Now, that wasn’t SO BAD, was it?

*Crickets-cricketting*

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The sculpted details are amazing in these Gold Life PVC figures, and as well the weight is actually substantial enough to not have it feel like a “cheap plastic toy” - which makes quite a difference, to me at least.

And while it is not at all a “new” material toys are made out of, but recent “trends” see a veering towards collectibles made out of PVC, including figures out of Taiwan (from the Genesis4 group, including woks from Fanny Kao, SkullMan/13 ART, SHON and Banana Virus), with prices catering to an opportunity for more folks who might not necessarily be in the “toy world”, to be able to own such pieces.

These days a "value" of a toy goes beyond aesthetics, quality of make etc.

“Affordability” is the new gateway into the toy realms in this age, as far as I am concerned. As the “ART” in “Art Toys” takes prominence, so does the value and cost ascend to the perceived value of “Toy Art” - which works pretty darn well for the artists, producers and speculators, but maybe not so much the average joe who might have a mortgage or child to feed and cloth instead.

These 4-inch tall figures are very decently priced at US$25 apiece, and for the details, playability, and original artists creation, is a real butt-kicking price to be had, a real “value for money” piece, in my eyes, anyways!

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“Playability” is bolstered by articulation (3 X points: neck & both arms) and removable weapons - even the katana wore at RAKU NIGHT’s back can be removed from the scabbard and held in hand! Nice job this. Mighty Jaxx!

RAKU NIGHT also possess removable hand-claws, and as well both SOUL COLLECTOR and RAKU DAY’s blade and staff could be easily removed, and no doubt interchangeable with each character! Able-handed folks could even make shurikens/throwing ninja stars and more weapons for them!

Given more character releases subsequently (we’ve seen GOLDEN CLAW and TORSIN so far :p), the possibilities of “play”with a larger group of characters, could also facilitate building dioramas with miniature props, like roadside inns and cafes, where the characters battle, etc!

And if given time and opportunity, when Mighty Jaxx ever releases an incarnation of THE WOLF RIDER, then larger scaled objects would be an ideal - like animal-drawn carts!

Who needs the “Sylvians” to play happy homes with, when you have “Gold Life” to help you fight to be the top in the pugilistic world! LOL

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If you are looking for an “investment”, then maybe Huck’s higher ticketed/priced items might be more your speed, while these Gold Life-releases begins to be unboxed and played with! I certainly have, and will continue to hahahaha

The full coloured versions of this trio seen here have since been on pre-order in September 2016 (for a 4th quarter 2017 release), and I cannot wait to see who else is to come, and how the series will flourish in the near future!

Cheers
Andy TOYSREVIL

#toylife #GoldLife #HuckGee #MightyJaxx

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Igor Ventura’s “Royal” Androids A/Ps Releases Jan 20th


Igor Ventura has send word that he will be offering up his Android A/Ps this coming Friday January 20th at 12:00 ET via igorventura.bigcartel.com - in a trio of different options, including;

- 2-pack with the King and Queen, both signed, plus a pack with 8 playing cards (10 packs available) @ US$50 per set.

FYI: Both King and Queen re the part of the Basic Set for Androids Series 6.

- 3-pack with King, Queen and Jack, signed and numbered, plus a pack with cards (10 packs available) @ US$180 per set.

FYI: “Prince” was a “Chase” figure in Androids S6.

- Custom Joker (only 2 available) with a pack of cards @ US$160 each.

FYI: The Joker was not apart of the Androids series, so it is a straight-up custom-piece (previously featured), that would completely work with the Royal set~

“ME AND MY SUPER FRE$ CREW 2 DA RESCUE” by #DieAntwoord x 3A Toys Drops Jan 27th


Scheduled for a release come January 27th on Bambaland.com is the latest 3A Toys x Die Antwoord 1/6th-figure set - featuring “ME AND MY SUPER FRE$ CREW 2 DA RESCUE” - which we had seen on display at last year’s Toy Soul before the year ended.

Earlier images had them bagged with header-cards, although it is unknown if the final product would be available as such. Will attempt to update on prices when they are revealed.


WIJAYA SANTOSO’s TOP TEN TOYS of 2016

WHAT-IS: Was 2016 a good year for you collecting toys? WIJAYA SANTOSO Instagram @wee.toys ) shares with us his TOP TEN TOYS OF 2016 today (And you can too), in a serial feature lasting the whole of January 2017, as we look back at a year of toys! Share Your Toy-Joy!

WIJAYA SANTOS: “#10. Bandai S.H. Figuarts Black Widow - the best 1/12 scale black widow, Bandai did a beautiful face sculpt of Scarlett Johansson.”


WIJAYA SANTOSO: “#9. Mighty Jaxx x Jason Freeny Bathing Duck - old and simple rubber duck now half dissected by Jason Freeny, must have.”


WIJAYA SANTOSO: “#8. Ghost Wananeko - design by Javier Jimenez, old wananeko now in sofubi and has some articulations. Cool design with scarf (one my favorite things - something with long scarves).”


WIJAYA SANTOSO: “#7. Sentinel 4inch Nel Ryouma - another toy-with-scarf, this 4 inch tall figure has a lot of articulation! It has been a long time Ryouma figure that I had dreamt about having since I got Fewture Black Getter - a perfect pair!”


WIJAYA SANTOSO: “#6. Mondo Iron Giant - one of the finest Iron Giant figure, big, super articulated and with a Hogarth mini figures.”


WIJAYA SANTOSO: “#5. Kidrobot Dunny - The Odd Ones Jekyll & Hyde by Scott Tolleson - is one of the best dunny ever made, with 2 face on front and back, the back head sculpt is a mad doctor Jekyll, the mad smile like a Joker.”


WIJAYA SANTOSO: “#4. Damaged Kokto - this is a 1000toys super articulated 1/6 body with new mask and hair, and half damaged with super detail sculpt. Cool Design!”


WIJAYA SANTOSO: “#3. P.P.Pudding x Paulus Hyu Kinohel Nimbus - Fabulous collaboration of 2 toy designers, created a super cute Kinohel figure with a Nimbus Dog hat.”


WIJAYA SANTOSO: “#2. Hot Toys’ Deadpool - The best Hot Toys figure of 2016, superb detail, brand new durable suit and some eyes expression.”


WIJAYA SANTOSO: “#1. Instinctoy x James Groman King Korpse - Giant Kingkong become a living corpse and corrupted. The best design ever!”

16.1.17

Threezero Teases Pedro Pascal in 1/6, from Zhang Yimou’s “The Great Wall”


Threezero surprises folks with a teaser pic of their upcoming 1/6th adaptation of Zhang Yimou’s THE GREAT WALL feature film, with actor Pedro Pascal’s “Pero Tovar”!

I have no doubt Matt Damon’s “William Garin” will see the light of toy-day, and as interesting to see a Andy Lau (as “Strategist Wang”), at least one of the 5 squads in battle armor to be made toy, innit?

Who else would you want to see Threezero release as 1/6th-scaled armoured acton figures? :)

Luke Chueh’s THE PRISONER (Vicodin Edition) by Munky King Drops Jan 17


Get ready to score a fix to your “toy-addiction” this coming January 17th @ munkyking.com, for when Luke Chueh’s THE PRISONER (Vicodin Edition) goes online at 12pm PST. Limited to 2 per person, don’t go overdosing your prescription, ya hear?

I’ll attempt to update both prices and quantities when they are revealed.

“The Prisoner” was first released at DesignerCon in 2016 last November (Above pic), where Munky King even showcased multiple colorways of the figure! This would be the first online release.


Luke Chueh’s “last painting” of 2016:

Doktor A’s Anesthesia for #Conjoined7

"Anesthesia has been coerced into a disagreeable arrangement. Her father is a dealer in dreams. Thus he must procure stock. To this end he employs the services of one Hugo Crane, a person with a unique ability to extract dream essence from unsuspecting victims.

But sometimes a specific target is required, the dreams of a certain person requested for a fee by another. Sometimes that target must be induced to sleep so their nocturnal imaginings may be harvested.

And this is where poor Anesthesia is forced to aid her father’s underhand cooperative. You see Anesthesia is able to induce slumber with a simple song."

Polyester resin bust.
Inspired by the work of Raffaele Monti (1818–1881)
12.5″ tall.
2014

Doktor A Sends words and snaps of his “Anesthesia - The Dream Dealers Daughter” sculpt, whom will be a part of the group dimensional show “Conjoined 7”, curated by Chet Zar. Bringing together sculptural artists from many different parts of the creative industries,
"This will be the first time that a version of this bust has been available to purchase. This is the only one of its kind in the world. Hand cast, verdigris finish cold-cast resin from the original clay sculpture." - shared Doctor A.

Madballs Many, Many: BLIND BOX PLAYHOUSE (Ep2) & TVCs from Kidrobot + American Greetings


Join Lyla and Piper for Episode #2 of BLIND BOX PLAYHOUSE as they open and compare Madballs by Kidrobot and Just Play Toys. And if you - like myself - where not as “familiar” with these 80s’ series, then scroll down to peep the 1980s MadBalls Commercial from American Greetings, followed by a shot by shot recreation by Kidrobots for their recent releases!


(Above: OG American Greetings’ TVC / Below: Kidrobot’s version)

Andy Kurovets’ "idol t1" by Castbreeder On Pre-Order Now!


Castbreeder introduces to TOYSREVIL-readers the latest indie art toy designed by Andy Kurovets (creator of Cunni), with the hippie bus humanoid; “Idol t1”!

Sized 3.94 x3.14 x 2.76 inch (10 x 8 x 7 cm) - The resin figure has been hand sculpted, hand casted and airbrush painted, and will be limited to 50 pieces - currently available to pre-order online for US$63 (including free shipping). Public Sales will begin 25th February, 2017.

About Idol t1: "Let’s remember a happy times! Idol t1 was created to break away from the daily treadmill, go back in time of hippie. He took his head from hippie bus. It’s an idol of loves adventures, freedom, nature and relaxation.
Take a spirit of happy time and enjoy."

MANKAS CHONG for #ByeBye2016Hello2017

WHAT-IS: TOYSREVIL asked a few select folks how their year was in 2016, and what plans are ahead for 2017! Stay tuned to continued coverage of M’S PRODUCTION & CO on #TOYSREVIL!
TOYSREVIL: How was 2016 for you? Share with us your most triumphant moment in 2016. Any disappointments you’d like to share with us?

Mankas, TAKU: “2016 was wonderful, meaningful and memorable to me, starting with the 1st version of di’dot – “in seach of happiness” together with Feather Made, the genius designer from Canada. Following is the “who am i?” with my great mentor and partner, Johnson Tsang. And next, sculpted the first “jobi the moon fox” prototype for Kaiser Luna, producing “flower fox” with Knoa Chung, “pineapple bun girl” with Helen Tam, “1/4 scale baigujing” with sculpting teacher, Mr. O and sculpted 5 pieces of 1/6 scale head for DevilToys. With my own design, “takuboy” is a reflection of my own childhoods and personal story.

(Insert-right: Read more about the genesis of TAKUBOY here)

M’S PRODUCTION & CO. (MSPC) is honor and grateful to participate its first time TTF during October in Taipei, learn and meet a lot of good friends, interesting parties, designers and clients there. I would say it’s a very supportive, efficient and successful event to expose my company, MSPC in public and we will see you guys again there in 2017. Would like to take this valuable chance to special thanks to all my distributors: Monster Taipei in Taiwan, JP TOYS in Thailand, 拆盒網 in China, artmultipleart in Germany. FOR SURE TOYSREVIL for the continuous support and report of M’S products. All the designers who work and partnering with me . Last but not least, thanks to my family and my wife, Yvonne who helps taking care of my two sons so I could focus to work for my dream.”

TOYSREVIL: What is your most favorite toy, or piece of art you've seen in 2016?
Mankas, TAKU: “Being a 1/4 scale statue collector for many years, I would vote for XM STUDIOS (Singapore) – “The Darkness”. I was lucky to score one and such awesome design and quality is what I have to respect, learn from and studied. Keep up the good works XM!”

(Above: XM Studios’ “The Darkness” seen on display at STGCC2016
Photography by Thero Dennis exclusively for TOYSREVIL)

TOYSREVIL: What are you most looking forward to in 2017? Any plans for your work, for the new year you can share with us? Or not share with us, but can tease us with?
Mankas, TAKU: “After all SOLD OUT of the 1st di’dot & its AP version, in 2017, MSPC will start with the new di’dot – “empty”, an interesting and exciting try with Feather Made again to use transparent blue resin for planet cube, 2 light bulbs and for sure, the polystone di’dot sitting together inside the cube. Hope you guys will enjoy and have fun with this new style of di’dot.

Following is the Kaiser’s “The Boxing Cats” polystone series and Johnson’s new design “walk with mao” using a new designed packaging way after wood box of “who am i?”. Collaboration projects continue with existing designers and with some new Hong Kong, Japan and Macau design team. In 2017, MSPC will try to participate more art events throughout the year. E.g. Thailand Toy Expo and Art Toy Culture both in May, SDCC in July, STGCC in Sept, TTF in Oct. Hope to meet you guys in 2017. Say HI & CHEERS fellows!”

TOYSREVIL: Share with us, WHO you are and what you do?
"Mankas Chong, or feel free to call me TAKU. That’s why one of my own character design and production “takuboy” named. I started to work in this field since 2011, joined into projects with various designers or design myself to produce art pieces / statue / life-size decoration in qualified polystone / resin / vinyl / frp / wood / electroplating, as well as packaging / book and press printing / clothing and accessories production in both China and Hong Kong. I’m also a student of sculpting, LOL long way to go to become a sculpting master. LOL

*Aims to bring more nice and valuable art pieces with extraordinary quality, paint job and packaging to the world. Love to share the production flow to everyone interested and people could know more about how actually a sculpture, statue or designer art piece was built from dream. Life is short, build the dream and fascinated your life!”


M’S PRODUCTION & CO. (MSPC)
Homepage & Store: www.mspchk.com
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/mspchk
Instagram & Wechat ID: mspchk

15.1.17

Rato Kim's BOXCAT CUSTOM EXHIBITION @ Riri & Deli exhibits thru Feb 4, 2017


Rato Kim’s BOXCAT CUSTOM EXHIBITION had launched at Riri & Deli Mini Gallery (@ 연남동 566-45, Seoul, South Korea), and we’ve some visuals+video to share - thanks to a host of folks (all credited in video above), and the joy of Boxcats to be had!

Exhibiting thru February 4th, here are some more snaps of customs that has since joined the previously previewed goodness!





past/present by coarse @ Everyday Mooonday (Jan 14 - Feb 11, 2017)


past/present” by coarse launched Saturday January 14th @ Everyday Mooonday, including an Artists Talk with coarse’s Mark Landwehr. Thanks to images from Eloise Kim and Rato Kim we have some images of the exhibit to share, which I’ve made into a handy slideshow video.

The exhibition launch also saw the release of the “Omen fade - full moon” = a Everyday Mooonday Exclusive Version! In a limited edition of 100, you’d need to check in with “everydaymooonday@gmail.com” for availability details of these baby pink Omens!


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“past/present” by coarse exhibits thru February 11th @ Everyday Mooonday Gallery @ 9-17 Songpadong, Songpagu, Seoul, Korea.

14.1.17

Cometdebris’ post-#SuperFestival73 Online Sale Begins Jan 14th


After their debut at Super Festival 73, Cometdebris will be making available a “limited number” of exclusives - namely SAMETAN (US$45), KAPPA KID CAP (US$30) and TOFU KID (US$30) on the Cometdebris Online Store from January 14th at 9:00 pm Pacific. Inclusive are also “Lucky Bags” each priced at US$100 (for 2 x customs within).


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Also released at SF73 was an orange colorway ONI KID, but alas has since been listed as “Sold Out” in the store…

Huck Gee’s TORSIN The Bounty Hunter for #GoldLife with Mighty Jaxx?


Huck Gee teased a new character in his ongoing Gold Life series line with Mighty Jaxx before the weekend, with image alas since pulled - but thanks to Vinyl Pulse, we managed to have a gawk and post!

It remains to be seen if the 4-inch tall - and extremely well armed - TORSIN THE BOUNTY HUNTER will manifest unto “toy”, but it is interesting as he brings a decidedly “human” aesthetic to the otherwise all-“animal” characters in Gold Life we’ve seen thus far!

Interesting, indeed…


Regardless of eventuality, you folks KNOW I am always down for any characters with an eye-patch, yeh? Heh.

DAMtoys’ License To Do Assassin's Creed (Film & Video Games)

DAMtoys ASSASSINS CREED MOVIE

1/6th-scaled action figures brand DAMtoys has just announced their license for production of “Assassin's Creed” from the movie and video game series! Known for their - shall we say - “creative sculptural appropriation” of select (well known) western actors, having a legit license is awesome, methinks!

Hey, I HEART their figures, and if I had only one budget for ONE 1/6th-line, I would be collecting THEIR WORKS, NO B.S.!

No images besides these ads posted here, and their official mention on Facebook (read below) … and hoping for interested fans, that this is not just a “specific territories” license, and that they are able to sell / distribute “overseas” outside of Hong Kong / Asia.
PRESS: "We are glad to announce Damtoys is licensed to bring a range of collectibles from Both Assassin's Creed movie and video game series.

We will present you collectible figures from the most popular video game series officially licensed by UBISOFT. And also officially licensed figures from Movie by 20th Century Fox, features Michael Fassbenderr and Marion Cotillard. Please stay turn for our updates! Thank you!"
DAMtoys ASSASSINS CREED VIDEO GAMES

The Magma Coolie Gnaw by Plaseebo Unleashes Jan 18th


Plaseebo shares its TOYSREVIL info and images for a one of a kind custom mash-up of a Plaseebo Gnaw head on a PLT glow in the dark vinyl Coolie body, named MAGMA COOLIE GNAW!

Hand painted with Monster Kolor sprays by Bob Conge, this 10 inches tall beast features red glass eye inserts and a internal motion activated color-changing LED unit with replaceable batteries.

The Magma Coolie Gnaw will be available on Wednesday January 18th from the Plaseebo web-shop - coming in Signed and Awesome!

UME Toys’ Friday 13th Lucky Bags & Valentine’s Cuddle Monster


Richard Page at UMETOYS shares with us a couple of toy-slices this weekend, starting with his Friday the 13th “Lucky Bags” to be had online here for £55.00 a pull - limited to 13 worldwide - with ”bags stuffed with one off UME collectables given a unique horror makeover. The contents of each bag will be different so no two will be the same.”


But if you’re not feeling “lucky” with pulls, then maybe you’ll be “lucky” with your partner - or hope to be - come Valentine’s Day this year! Rich’s got you sorted;
"This Valentines day say it with flowers... wait a minute scratch that idea and say it with a Cuddle Monster who will keep your loved one company long after the roses have dried out.

This little chap is a brand new sculpt that sits around 3 inches tall clutching a love heart in his podgy little mitts. Each hand made Cuddle Monster comes in a header carded bag along with a collectors card.

If you'd like to add one to your collection head over to the UME store at 9:00pm London time on Monday 16th January 2017.”

Chauskoskis Exclusive “Blank" Red Cherry Clear Edition #Anticristo666 Available Now!


Chaukoskis returned to the art toy game, first with a custom-QuasiDunny release, and now a exclusive colorway of a figure he sculpted since 2012: Frank Mysterio’s Anticristo 666 in a “Blank" Red Cherry clear edition!

Standing 7.5" tall and featuring 5 points of articulation (neck, arms and wings), each Made In Japan vinyl figure is priced at US$55 and comes bagged with header-art = BUY HERE NOW!


[ More images HERE on Facebook ]

13.1.17

Hauke Scheer’s TOP TEN TOYS of 2016

WHAT-IS: Was 2016 a good year for you collecting toys? HAUKE SCHEER (hauke-scheer.de) shares with us his TOP TEN TOYS OF 2016 today (And you can too), in a serial feature lasting the whole of January 2017, as we look back at a year of toys! Share Your Toy-Joy!
"Andy invited me to share my best toy acquisitions of 2016. Some of these are older toys but they were all bought or made by me last year. As with last year the main criteria was simply about what figures gave me the most joy to add to my collection." -shared Hauke Scheer.

TOP TEN TOYS OF 2016: #10 - Terrence Tempus
HAUKE SCHEER: "Yes, I know it is vain to put your own toys on a list like this. But what is the point of making your own action figures if you can not be a little bit vain about it? :-) Anyway this space hero was a turning point for me.

Since I started making 3D printed action figures I always wanted to make a typical 80s type hero action figure and with this guy I feel like I have achieved that goal. Now that I got this out of my system I can go on to make more weird (and probably more interesting) stuff."

TOP TEN TOYS OF 2016: #9 - Doedica
HAUKE SCHEER: "Speaking of weirder stuff Doedica is another 3D printed figure I made this year. With her and some other figures from the same line I am going back to making designs that are a little bit more unusual then the humanoid super articulated figures I have concentrated on the last couple of years."

TOP TEN TOYS OF 2016: #8 - Darius from Masters of the Universe Classics
HAUKE SCHEER: "The Masters of the Universe Classics line has been my favorite line to collect these last couple of years. For me they had the perfect balance between detail, sturdiness, articulation and stylistic interpretation. The line gave me beautiful updates of some of my favorite childhood toys.

However while the line still continues I feel my hardcore collecting days for it are over. I simply have every figure from the line I ever could have wished for.

Darius was one of the few figures left I hoped I would still get out of the line and he did not disappoint. The sculpt is a beautiful update of the previously unreleased prototype and a very nice example for everything that made the line great. "

TOP TEN TOYS OF 2016: #7 - Crita from Masters of the Universe Classics
HAUKE SCHEER: "Another Masters of the Universe Classics figure I got this year. She is on the list for the same reasons Darius is. I also like how 80s her design looks."

TOP TEN TOYS OF 2016: #6 - Masterpiece Hot Rod
HAUKE SCHEER: "Hot Rod/ Rodimus Prime is one of my all time favorite character designs. So a figure based on him always has a high chance of ending up being one of my favorites list. What I really like about this figure is how much it feels like a toy.

There was a Masterpiece Rodimus Prime a couple of years ago but that one was incredibly fickle. This one is a very solid figure with tight joints. Its just fun to pose and transform him. For me it is very important for even a high end action figure to still feel like a toy. And this one does."

TOP TEN TOYS OF 2016: #5 - Kamen Rider Ex-Aid
HAUKE SCHEER: "I am a fan of weird and unusual designs and this figure is both. The bright colors, the cartoon hair on the helmet, the fact that he can transform into a super deformed version of himself all make this figure great. Japanese figure makers also keep impressing me with how sturdy their action figures have become in recent years. Gone are the times when the first thing I thought when buying a Japanese figure was "I wonder how long it will take until it breaks?". These days even collector's figures from Japan feel like proper toys. And I love it."

TOP TEN TOYS OF 2016: #4 - Hot Rod Titan Masters
HAUKE SCHEER: "As I said before a Hot Rod/ Rodimus Prime toy always has a good chance of ending up on a list like this. I actually prefer this Hot Rod figure over the Masterpiece one. Yes, the Masterpiece one is more cartoon accurate but I really like how Hasbro reinterpreted the design. However the real selling point for me is the face sculpt. Even with having the Titan Masters gimmick this is one of my favorite Hot Rod face sculpts. "

TOP TEN TOYS OF 2016: #3 - Kira Nerys Playmates
HAUKE SCHEER: "I am not a fan of super realistic high end action figures. As I said before I prefer my action figures to look and feel like proper toys. This made me rediscover some older action figure lines in recent years. Among those are the old Star Trek figures from Playmates. For me they have just the right balance between recognizable sculpts and old style action figure looks. I recently put some of my old figures up on display again but Kira was a figure I actually bought last year after watching some Deep Space Nine episodes again. I really loved her character when revisiting that series. "

TOP TEN TOYS OF 2016: #2 - Battle Damaged Robocop Hot Toys
HAUKE SCHEER: "I have mentioned now a couple of times that I like my action figure to be actual toys. For that reason I am not really into high end collectible figures like the ones Hot Toys puts out. I would rather own a 25 Euro toy I could actually play with if I wanted then some 200 plus Euro high end collectible that is more decoration then proper toy.

However Robocop is one of my all time favorite movies and I always loved his design. Especially how his head looked without the helmet at the end of the movie. This is the first time I think a figure really got that look right. So I bought a used one off Ebay.

I have to say I was surprised how sturdy the figure turned out. This feels like something you could actually play with - if not for the fear of breaking a super expensive high end collectible. :-)"

TOP TEN TOYS OF 2016: #1 - Savor from Power Lords
HAUKE SCHEER: "This was the last holy grail figure I was still missing from my collection. I always loved half-man half-tank characters like the Mandroid from the old Eliminators movie. I also love that he is basically a He-Man on tank tracks. Everything about him screams weird 80s toy which is something I always appreciate. My Savor is missing parts but considering how much the complete ones usually go for on Ebay I was happy to get a relatively cheap incomplete one."
WHO-IS: Hauke Scheer is a toy designer from Germany. He specializes in creating highly articulated action figures via 3D printing. He offers a full range of service: Design, 3D modeling, printing and painting. His work can be seen on his Facebook page or on his website.

Hauke has also produced his own collectible figures via his company Deep Fried Figures chief among them his Mechawhale figure.
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