Check out the Hot Toys VGM26 Batman: Arkham Knight 1/6th scale Batman Collectible Figure

“I am vengeance! I am the night! I am Batman!”

With a tremendous fan base for the Batman: Arkham series, Batman: Arkham Knight has become one of the fasting selling game titles upon its release and earned numerous positive reviews from fans and game reviewers around the globe!

In the highly acclaimed Batman: Arkham Knight game, Gotham City is under a terrifying threat as Scarecrow returns to unite the super criminals of Gotham and destroy Batman forever! To take down these dangerous villains, Batman is donning an upgraded Batsuit with new gadgets to save the city he is sworn to protect.

Today, Hot Toys is very excited to officially introduce the incredible 1/6th scale collectible figure of Batman from this highly acclaimed game!

The collectible figure is expertly crafted based on the appearance of Batman from the game featuring a newly developed masked head sculpt with interchangeable neutral and angry expression lower faces, a highly detailed and meticulously tailored multi-layer and multi-texture Batsuit (V8.03), a number of Batman gadgets including Batarangs, grapnel gun, disruptor, REC gun, freeze grenade and more!

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Hot Toys VGM26 Batman: Arkham Knight 1/6th scale Batman Collectible Figure’s special features: Authentic and detailed likeness of Batman in Batman: Arkham Knight game | Highly detailed facial expression and skin texture | One (1) Batman head with patented Interchangeable Faces Technique (IFT) and two (2) interchangeable lower part of faces capturing Batman’s facial expressions (neutral and angry) | Approximately 33cm tall (Approximately 35cm tall measuring to tips of cowl) Newly developed muscular body with over 30 points of articulations | Eight (8) pieces of interchangeable gloved hands including: One (1) pair of fists, One (1) pair of gripping hands, One (1) pair of hands for holding Batarang, One (1) pair of accessories holding hands

Costume: One (1) highly detailed and meticulously tailored multi-layer and multi-texture Batsuit (V8.03), One (1) black leather-like cape, One (1) golden color utility belt, One (1) pair of black gauntlets with silver colored accents, One (1) pair of black boots with silver colored accents

Weapons and Gadgets: Two (2) Batarangs, One (1) grapnel gun with interchangeable Batclaw and interchangeable part to become a remote electrical charge gun, One (1) explosive gel, One (1) disruptor gun, One (1) freeze grenade, One (1) line launcher, One (1) voice synthesizer

Accessories: One (1) gauntlet projector screen, Specially designed figure stand with game logo and backdrop

Release date: Q3 – Q4, 2017

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Pierre Bergounioux – B-17 G


Pierre Bergounioux – B-17 G [Argol Poche, 2016]

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« Un B-17 G dans la mire d’un chasseur Focke-Wulf allemand », c’est ainsi que Pierre Michon résume dans sa postface ce bref et dense texte de Pierre Bergounioux réédité quinze ans après sa première publication. Michon ajoute : « Un récit de chasse, donc. » Et c’est bien de ça qu’il s’agit : le gros bombardier américain – son équipage, des jeunes gars du Dakota ; un certain Smith, par exemple, mitrailleur – et le véloce petit avion allemand, piloté par quelqu’un dont nous ne saurons rien. Quelqu’un hors-champ, puisque c’est depuis le cockpit du mitrailleur américain que nous assistons à ce combat entre Moby Dick et Achab. Mais aussi au cœur d’un document filmé, très bref : les secondes qui pour le B-17 précèdent la fin, filmée depuis l’avion allemand, grâce à une petite caméra couplée à la mitrailleuse. Plus qu’un hors-champ, il s’agit donc d’un œil. Dès lors, l’histoire s’écrit dans une sorte de temps « réel », un instant figé sur pellicule et volé, que l’on peut déplier comme un origami. Michon y voit un parallèle avec l’écriture – « sténographie », dit-il – comme si ce bout de réel qui s’enregistre lui-même n’appelait à rien d’autre que le développement ultérieur de ces notes à la volée. Et développer, c’est bien ce que fait Bergounioux. Ce concentré de guerre – la « mère de toutes choses », selon les Anciens, nous rappelle-t-il – est l’opportunité d’évoquer l’accélération féroce de la modernité (et quoi de mieux pour l’illustrer qu’une poignées de secondes qui suffisent à détruire un paquebot volant ?) : « Le trait saillant […] de l’expérience des huit générations qui se sont succédées depuis la fin de l’Ancien Régime, c’est que le monde a changé sous leurs yeux. » Cette « fuite précipitée, fatidique des temps de guerre » est aussi celle du monde. Et celle, d’abord, de ces p’tits gars envoyés au casse pipe, leur camaraderie mais aussi la question morale qui s’invite dans ce conflit, face au mal personnifié, le nazisme. Avec un remarquable et paradoxal sens de la digression concentrée, Bergounioux fait d’une poignée de pages un grand texte sur la guerre.

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CooModel 1/6th scale Date Masamune "One-eyed Dragon" Collectible Figure Deluxe Edition

continued from previous toy blog post HERE

Date Masamune was a regional strongman of Japan’s Azuchi–Momoyama period through early Edo period. Heir to a long line of powerful daimyōs in the Tōhoku region, he went on to found the modern-day city of Sendai. An outstanding tactician, he was made all the more iconic for his missing eye, and Date was often called dokuganryū (独眼竜), or the “one-eyed dragon”. As a legendary warrior and leader, Masamune is a character in a number of Japanese period dramas. He was played by Ken Watanabe in the popular 1987 NHK series Dokuganryū Masamune. Masamune is known for a few things that made him stand out from other daimyōs of the time. In particular, his famous crescent-moon-bearing helmet won him a fearsome reputation.

COOMODEL NO.SE009 1/6th scale SERIES OF EMPIRES – JAPAN’S WARRING STATES – Date Masamune Collectible Figure Deluxe Edition specially features: realistic head sculpt of one-eyed Date Masamune, action body, Eight (8) Pieces of Interchangeable Palms. Costume / outfit: white jubbah (underwear), gray kosode (coat), black kakuobi (waist band), gray hakama (trousers), gray tabi (socks) with waraji (sandals), black kabuto (helmet) with half-moon shape, black menoshitabao (mask), suit of black gusoku (armor), black kote (vambraces), black haidate (cuishes), black suneate (jambeaus), blue seno (armor tie), dark blue jinbaori (war vest) with bird heraldry

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Weapons: blunderbuss, katana (long sword), black katana scabbard, wakizashi (short sword), black wakizashi scabbard

Accessory: round figure stand, armor stand, armor box, spear stand, katana stand, red war flag with six-coin heraldry, flag stand, display stage, backdrop

Related post: Action figure review of Samurai Date Masamune by DiD posted on my toy blog HERE

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Péter Hajnóczy – La mort a chevauché hors de Perse

Péter Hajnóczy – La mort a chevauché hors de Perse [Vagabonde - 2016]

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Un homme, écrivain peut-être, mais surtout alcoolique, face à la « terrible page blanche ». Il doit écrire, le fait ou l’a fait, se raconte. À moins qu’il ne se contente de boire. Ou qu’il ne relise de vieilles pages qu’il s’apprête à jeter. Il mélange son vin à de l’eau gazeuse « aux vertus curatives ». L’homme parle de lui, des visions d’horreurs que lui provoque l’alcool (est-ce vraiment le delirium tremens, se demande-t-il, inquiet, alors que les limites du réel se brouillent). Des visions baroques et sordides, où le surréalisme, le fantasque et l’angoissant butent sur la pornographie ; des visions dans lesquelles il croise des coréens et des noirs chevauchant des motos couvertes d’ampoules en forme de balles, où il visite encore « une ville inconnue habitée autrefois par des Perses. » Mais l’homme, c’est aussi le garçon – lui-même, certainement, en plus jeune – dont l’histoire alterne avec la première. Le garçon, récemment divorcé d’une prostitué, rencontre à la piscine une jeune fille qui lui plait, mais une jeune fille autoritaire, qui ne veut pas qu’il boive ni qu’il fume; ne reste qu’à le faire au bar, en cachette. Puis il y a la tante de la jeune fille et sa mère à l’hôpital, qui le fait mentir au sujet de l’amour filial. Une famille qui semble avoir des idées très claires sur la société, les limites qu’il faut s’imposer et la discipline à suivre. La jeune fille, d’ailleurs, ne se donnera pas à n’importe qui. Ce roman publié en 1979 du hongrois Péter Hajnóczy (1942- 1981) n’est pas qu’une histoire de beuverie. À travers ce personnage double, jeune et vieux, qui le temps d’arriver aux toilettes est capable « d’oublier son nom », qui se demande s’il « ne vaudrait pas mieux se transformer en chausse pied », c’est la description d’une société désincarné, mécanique, sans affects qui semble affleurer. L’apparente impersonnalité de la prose cache une ironie subtile et pince sans rire : « Kiss me ! », lit-on sur l’emballage du papier hygiénique. L’homme de remarquer alors que ce genre d’inscriptions se lisent plutôt « sur les culottes des jeunes filles » dans les magazine de l’Ouest.

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CooModel 1/6th scale Samurai Warrior Sanada Yukimura Collectible Figure Deluxe Edition

Sanada Yukimura was a Japanese samurai warrior of the Sengoku period. He was especially known as the leading general on the defending side of the Siege of Osaka. Yukimura was called “A Hero who may appear once in a hundred years”, “Crimson Demon of War” and “The Last Sengoku Hero”. The famed veteran of the invasion of Korea, Shimazu Tadatsune, called him the “Number one warrior in Japan” (日本一の兵).

CooModel No.SE007 Series of Empires – Japan’s Warring States Series1/6th scale Sanada Yukimura Collectible Figure Deluxe Edition specially features: realistic head sculpt of Sanada Yukimura with magnetic topknot, action body, Eight (8) Pieces of Interchangeable Palms. Costume / outfit: white jubbah (underwear), blue kosode (coat), black kakuobi (waist band), blue hakama (trousers), blue tabi (socks) with waraji (sandals), red kabuto (helmet) with antlers and six-coin heraldry, red menoshitabao (mask), suit of red gusoku (armor), red kote (vambraces), red haidate (cuishes), red suneate (jambeaus), lue seno (armor tie),red jinbaori (war vest) with six-coin heraldry

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Weapons: cross spear, katana (long sword), red katana scabbard, wakizashi (short sword),
red wakizashi scabbard

Accessory: round figure stand, armor stand, armor box, spear stand, katana stand, red war flag with six-coin heraldry, flag stand, display stage, backdrop

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December / Xmas 2016 Haul: VTS Toys 1/6th scale Wasteland Ranger, Batman v Superman Die-cast Batmobile and Home Guard Door Stop

It’s been a pretty quiet Christmas this year but I’m still thankful and grateful for what I have :) My haul for December 2016 consists of VTS Toys 1/6th scale Wasteland Ranger 12-inch figure aka Tom Hardy as Max Rockatansky as seen in the 2015 action film “Mad Max: Fury Road”, Suck UK Home Guard Door Stop and the DC Comics Metal Die-Cast Batmobile from “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”.

Every new Batman that appears on the big screen gets a new ride and the new Ben Affleck Batman in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is no exception. Besides the look of Batman, everyone is just as eager to know what his set of wheels look like as well. In comparison to the Tumbler Batmobile utilized in the Christopher Nolan Dark Knight trilogy, Zack Snyder describes the Batman V Superman Batmobile as being more “Batty”.

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This DC Comics Metal Die-Cast Vehicle Batman v Superman Batmobile features the Dark Knight’s ride as seen in the movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice! Featuring a Die-cast body and rubber tires, this pre-painted 1:24 scale Batmobile model kit measures approximately 23 cm long x 13 cm wide x 7.5 cm tall.

The VTS Toys 1/6th scale Wasteland Ranger 12-inch figure was first previewed in November 2015 and it certainly took a while for this product to hit the shelves. Many people were concerned that it might have been cancelled or discontinued but after waiting almost a year, it’s finally here. Better late than never I guess. Art Figures had also previewed a similar figure based on the same character as well (check out the pics in my toy blog post HERE) but I prefer VTS version.

The box art is a dead giveaway of who the character is and which film he’s based on even though no name is printed on it. Visuals have a great way of conveying the intended message without words. After all, there’s the famous saying “A picture is worth a thousand words.”

The box comes with two trays, the top tray holds the 12-inch figure of Tom Hardy as Max Rockatansky with some of the 1/6th scale accessories

Check out the realistic and life-like head sculpt. Pretty darn good IMHO

The bottom tray holds most of the figure’s accessories including his weapons (sawed off shotgun, SKS rifle and sight, combat knife, Glock 17, and lots of ammo in various forms – Uzi mag x 2, MP5 mag x 2, AK47 mag x 2, M14 mag x 2, shotgun shell x 4, grenade x 3, 7.62mm bullet x 8. Most of the magazines cannot be used for the guns he have but I think in the post-apocalyptic era, you grab what you can and see how things go from there.

The original Home Guard consisted of volunteers who, during World War II were unable to go to war. Despite this they stood strong against the threat to peace and harmony at home. Like Dad’s Army these resin soldiers will dutifully stay behind, determined to keep domestic peace against the menace of slamming doors and falling books.

This Home Guard Door Stop is designed to look like a toy soldier. You know the ones we used to play with when we were kids, the same ones that were seen in “TOY STORY”. This door stop / toy soldier is made from strong Polyresin and weighs a hefty 1.35kg. It stands at a commanding 27.8cm tall and looks great for the new Toy Haven, my new place since we sold the old one.

Here’s how he looks at the door, beckoning guests to take off their shoes and come on in as he holds the door for them :) loving it haha

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