February 20, 2001
From the R. Lee Ermey mailing list:
Join me, R. Lee Ermey for a LIvVE chat this Sunday, February 25th from 6:00 - 8:00 PM CST. He will be giving away all types of autographed memorabilia! Click on this link to SIGN UP
For more great Toy Fair 2001 coverage, check out Figures. That is where I found the above images of the new Palisades Marketing 12" Reservoir Dogs figures, and also learned that the initial assortment is to include Marvin Nash.
February 19, 2001
I could spend several pages writing an article to cover all of the incredible new release coming out this year, or I could just tell you to go check out Action Figure Times' great 2001 Toy Fair coverage. I think I'll do the latter. Looks like this is going to be an incredible year to get every figure you ever desired, and go broke in the process.
February 15, 2001 - Updated Twice
I have discovered that as ALIENS fans have a reason to rejoice at EVA Models' line of 1/6 scale USCM armor and equipment (Scroll down to see the news story from February 7), now Starship Troopers fans have reason to rejoice as well.
Trooper PX has created a line of 1/6 scale Starship Troopers MI armor and equipment dubbed Roughneck Joe. This is a line that started as a project for friends, and has developed into an actual product. Slated to be included in the line are three versions of the Morita rifle, Nuke Launcher, AmmoPak, ComPak, BDUs for MI troopers, DI's and fleet, MI armor, and a Nuke Suit. There are a lot of really nice detail pics on the site, and this looks to be a promising line for Starship Troopers fans in particular and 1/6 scale modelers in general.
Would you like to know more? - Sorry. Couldn't resist.
Palisades Marketing has announced that they have reached an agreement with Artisan Entertainment to produce 1/6 scale figures of the characters from Reservoir Dogs. Set for a spring release, the first series is set to include Mr. Blonde (Michael Madsen), Mr. Orange (Tim Roth), Mr. Pink (Steve Buscemi), and Mr. White (Harvey Keitel). There will also be a special edition DVD of the movie released this fall for the film's anniversary.
Voyager Toys has received in the new Hit Team figures from Dragon Models. This is a series of four 1/6 scale figures based on a movie "Black Ops" team. Picture an Asian version of the ill-fated Soldier of Fortune television series.
N2 Toys has started shipping the new The Matrix Series 2 figures. Included in the line are Tank, Mr. Anderson, Trinity "Fly Kick", Sentinel, and Neo & Agent Smith 2-Pack. They have also posted a preliminary image of the first two releases from their new series dubbed Hardened. This series will consist of licensed figured from Action movies. The first two release will be Sylvester Stallone from Rambo: First Blood II and Steven Seagal from Above the Law. There is also an image of the new Interceptor vehicle for the Mad Max: Road Warrior line.
ReSaurus has announced that the second series of their 6" Special Forces line will consist of Marine Force Recon (Desert Storm), 75th Ranger, Delta Force #2, 82nd Airborne, and Ranger Boat Patrol. They have also announce several additions to their Speed Racer line, including the long awaited Shooting Star with exclusive Racer X figure.
McFarlane Toys has announced some incredible news as well. There will be a second series of Metal Gear Solid figures, this time based on the new Metal Gear Solid - Sons of Liberty game. This series is to be composed of six figures including Solid Snake, Olga, and Revolver Ocelot. Their new Movie Maniacs Series 4 will include some awesome selections. The new lineup includes 2 versions of the T-1000 (Terminator 2), the T-800 (Terminator 2), Evil Ash (Army of Darkness), Candyman, Blair Witch, and Jason (Friday the 13th X). There will also be an 18" Ash (Army of Darkness) with sounds, an 18" Leatherface (Texas Chainsaw Massacre) with sounds, and a Jaws boxed set. I just hope that Movie Maniacs Series 5 will include Seth Gecko (From Dusk Til Dawn), and Hicks, Vasquez, Hudson, an Warrior ALIEN, and the ALIEN Queen (all from ALIENS), and Dutch, Blain, and the Predator (all from Predator).
Also from McFarlane Toys, Clive Barker's "Tortured Souls" series will feature 6 Cenobite-esque figures designed exclusively for the line (not for the timid). New additions to the series of Rock stars will include Kid Rock, Eminem, Jerry Garcia, and Jim Morrison. Other upcoming series include Spawn Series 19 & 20, Ultima Online, Shrek, Ratfink, and 3D Anime Series 2.
Normally, I would not make mention of the Links section. I update it on an almost daily basis, so it goes without saying that there are new links, but there are two things I thought worth mentioning.
First, I have reformatted the Collectibles and Sci-Fi Movie Guns portions of the Links section. They were getting rather large and unwieldy as single pages, so I have broken them down into categories. In order to make it easier for you to find what you are looking for, some links appear on multiple pages, if they make products or have subject matter that fits into multiple categories.
Second, N2 Toys, maker of Martix and Mad Max: Road Warrior figures, finally has their own web site. In addition to seeing information about new and upcoming products, you can also buy figures directly from them.
February 14, 2001
If you're looking for something different to collect in 1/6 scale, check out Dog Soldiers. He specializes in Plains Indians and Calvary subject matters. He offers complete figures as well as parts. Among his complete figures are a Northern Cheyenne Warrior ($40) and an Elk Soldier ($375, $450 with War Pony), shown above at left. Among his other offerings are several resin custom heads for 21st Century Toys or G.I. Joe bodies, including The Veteran ($15 unpainted, $20 painted), above center, and The Captain ($15 unpainted, $20 painted), above right.
One of his most interesting offerings is something he calls "Skully". Yes, it is a 1/6 scale skull, and it is available in two models. The first version is an actual scale resin skull ($8) that can be used to model your own custom heads over the top of, by "skinning" it with clay. He also offers Skully in a kit ($15) that includes that includes Skully, Magic Sculp (a two-part epoxy putty), and a modeling guide. You can also purchase extra Magic Sculp ($8) from him. The other version of Skully ($10) is slightly larger so it can be used as a head itself on 21st Century Toys or G.I. Joe bodies. This is a nice option if you want to do a fantasy, or sci-fi figure, such as Ghost Rider or even the Grim Reaper himself.
Thanks to Ron Meyer for the tip about this great link.
February 12, 2001
For those of you who may have already visited the site today, it appears that I have had a bout of hysterical blindness, and was unable to read my own news blurbs. The Monsters in Motion AEG AirSoft ALIENS Pulse Rifle listed below does not use a Tokyo Marui SPAS-12 for the grenade launcher. It uses a Maruzen Remington M870. My apologies for any misunderstandings. The article below has been fixed to reflect the correct information.
Monsters in Motion is advertising an AEG AirSoft ALIENS Pulse Rifle for $3000. This is a special order situation, and you can expect about 6 weeks for delivery. The following is an excerpt from their site.
February 09, 2001
Win a full copy of LightWave 6.5 and Aura 2!
Wizard World has an article reporting that, as part of the Time-Warner/AOL merger, all of the Warner Brothers Studio Stores will be closed. Some of the higher profile stores in New York and Los Angeles have already closed. Some others are already clearancing their merchandise, and all stores are to be closed by January 1, 2002. I have been to one of the stores already clearancing, and this includes everything. They are even selling the store fixtures and decorations.
For anyone in the area, I have discovered that there is now an AirSoft team in Houston, TX called Silent Knights.
February 08, 2001
February 07, 2001
R. Lee Ermey is quite possibly the coolest actor of all time. He usually plays a Marine Corp Drill Instructor, and for good reason, since he was one. You may remember him from movies such as Apocalypse Now, Siege of Firebase Gloria, Full Metal Jacket, Se7en, Space: Above and Beyond (Pilot Episode), and his voice in Toy Story I&II. Well, now you can have your own 12" talking version of the legend. Visitors to his official site can sign up for an e-mail list that will let you know as soon as the figure is released, and all figures purchased through the site will be autographed. Definitely a must-have for any collection.
EVA Models has released several new items in their ALIENS: United States Colonial Marines line of accessories for 12" figures. Among them are a new sculpting of the Pulse Rifle (PR02) for $20, heads of Vasquez and Hicks (HV01) for $20 per pair or $12 each, USCM M56 Smart Gun Kit (M5601) for $90, a helmet kit (HK01) for $20, and a buckle set (BS01) for $8. If you were disappointed by the Hicks vs. ALIEN 2-pack that Kay-Bee had, this is your answer. I don't see how it would be possible to have a more accurate figure than what you could assemble from this site.
February 01, 2001
Voyager Toys has received in the new Dragon Models 1/6 scale:
Let me clarify one thing quickly. I asked if anyone knew the origin of the side-by-side sawed-off shotgun Mel Gibson used in Mad Max. I have received some responses, and thank you to those of you who have done so. However, apparently my request was a bit unclear. I know that it is a side-by-side sawed-off shotgun. I know that Hudson made a gas-powered AirSoft replica. What I want to know is what manufacturer and model was the original firearm used to produce the prop seen in the movie. If you know the answer to this, please let me know. I am going to attempt to start putting together a database of what firearms were used in different movies, and this is one I don't know. Thanks.
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