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High-end hipster clothing for your action figures is a thing
12.29.2016
12:58 pm

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Hegemony77


Two of the best dressed 1/6th scale action figures you’ll ever see. Clothing designed by Monika Hegedus Strada of Hegemony77.
 
If you follow my posts here on Dangerous Minds you know that I’m kind of a huge freak when it comes to action figures. But even with my extensive experience in the world of plastic people I actually had NO IDEA that there was a market for custom made clothing for 1/6th scale figures. And now that I know I’m completely obsessed. Specifically with Monika Hegedus Strada the fashion designer behind the Etsy shop Hegemony77 that sells cargo pants, sweaters, t-shirts and even tighty-whitey knit underwear for action figures. Yes, really.

Based in Sheffield, UK Strada makes the tiny designer duds herself and even does custom orders. So if your dream is to clothe your figures in a pair of skinny jeans, an Iron Maiden t-shirt and a cool pair of kicks, then this is your lucky day. Though I will warn you that Strada’s expertly tailored Ken-doll couture does not come cheap and can run anywhere from $23 bucks for a long sleeved shirt (for an action figure mind you) to almost $150 for a long sleeve olive drab henley with four buttons and a seven-pocket cargo pant with belt loops. Many of their “models” were even captured in settings that look like tiny Abercrombie & Fitch stores. Because everyone knows that any discerning action figure owner really needs to have their toys wearing the latest hot styles.

Pawing through Strada’s Wordpress site is sort of like taking a deep-dive down the Internet K-Hole and for me it was nearly impossible to stop scrolling once I happened upon it whilst conducting some very important “research” for my job here at DM. Lest you doubt that there is a market for Strada’s spendy threads, she’s made over 2000 sales since opening the virtual doors of Hegemony77 in 2011. And just so you know you’re not going crazy some of the faces on the figures are plastic facsimiles of Michael C. Hall, Christian Bale, Jake Gyllenhaal and other hunky actors made by Hot Toys.
 

Steve Aoki t-shirt and beanie for a 1/6 scale action figure.
 

An action figure fronted hipster band wearing clothing designed by Strada.
 
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Terrifyingly lifelike sculptures of Norman Bates (and his ‘mother’) from ‘Psycho’
10.03.2016
09:55 am

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Art
Movies

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Alfred Hitchcock
Psycho
action figures
Rainman


An action shot of Rainman’s sculpt of ‘Norman Bates’ (famously played by actor Anthony Perkins) from the 1960 film by Alfred Hitchcock, ‘Psycho.’
 
As today marks the third day of October a month that brings out everyone’s inner ghoul, I thought it was high time I shared the latest collection of work from the talented sculptor known as “Rainman” called “Murderer” which features one of cinema’s best-known cross-dressing slashers, Norman Bates and of course Norman’s attic-dwelling mother.

Whatever character Rainman takes on he does with excruciating detail and his “Murderer” collection is almost perfect as the talented artist has once again created custom-sculpted action figures that look so much like the real thing it’s hard to comprehend that they are not. Rainman has even perfected Bate’s famously maniacal half-scowl/homicidal grin from the last scene in Hitchcock’s 1960 classic Psycho that looks so genuine it will send chills down your spine. The only thing missing from Rainman’s spendy “Murderer” collection is a figure based on Janet Leigh’s portrayal of Bate’s object of desire, runaway thief Marion Crane clad in her bullet bra and sensible slip, clutching her stash of cash. To make up for that there are a few choice extras in this collection, such as a fantastic bust of Alfred Hitchcock and some rather disturbing sculpts of Norman’s mother in various advanced states of decay.

I’ve blogged on DM about Rainman’s figures in the past and as usual due to the small quantity of sets the artist produces and his extensive fan base that pretty much follows Rainman’s every move, they sell out practically overnight after they are released. Which is sadly the case with all three of Rainman’s sets based on Psycho (despite their hefty price tags that run from $720-$1500 each). So if this is your kind of thing I’d keep up with Rainman because it is a safe bet that the incredibly talented Korean artist will once again come up with a figure collection that will blow minds (as well as a hole in your wallet). Images follow (some are NSFW).
 

 

 

 
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Holy Mashup Bat-fans!: What if Batman and The Joker got genetically spliced?

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Picture if you will a world where superheroes are genetically spliced with super villains to create freakish hybrids who deal justice and terror out in equal measure. A world where no good deed goes unpunished, and no evil unrewarded. Welcome to the world of BATMAN™: Rogues Gallery….

DC Comics Variant Play Arts KAI are producing a series of Batman action figures mashed-up with nefarious villains from the caped crusader’s rogues’ gallery. Earlier this year, a Batman and Two-Face combo was announced that featured a charred and scorched Harvey Dent (aka the coin flipping Two-Face) melded with Gotham’s finest crime fighter. Now a sneak peak of the next Batman mashup has just been released, this time featuring the Dark Knight and his most evil adversary—the Joker.

The Batman-Joker figure is dressed in a “tattered straitjacket is erratically adorned with dynamite, a flower, cans of pepper spray, and an alarm clock.”

Combined with his playing cards and a pistol with a flag as interchangeable parts, this ensemble shows the character’s madness, oozing from within.

The pale skin and bloodshot eyes accentuate his eerie quality, while his trademark purple and green lend dark shadows to his coloring. The bat mark roughly painted on his chest can almost be construed as a laughing mouth. It seems to make a mockery of Batman, offering a glimpse into how The Joker’s twisted mind ticks.

This collectible Batman/Joker figure goes on sale March 2017. The Batman/Two-FaceSquare-Enix.
 
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Highly detailed action figures of King Diamond, Alice Cooper, Lemmy, Mad Max & more!


A custom figure of Lemmy Kilmister by ‘Elvis 1976’ (or Sébastien Bontemps’ if you prefer…)
 
If you read Dangerous Minds on a regular basis then you know that from time to time myself or one of my intrepid colleagues enjoy spotlighting various action figures based on bands like Crass or perhaps a poseable version of Al Pacino’s portrayal fictional cocaine-gobbling drug lord Tony Montana from Scarface. If you dig these kinds of posts then I’ve no doubt that you will soon be coveting the custom action figures by Brussels-based artist Sébastien Bontemps who works under the moniker “Elvis 1976.”

Bontemps’ interest with action figure customization started with a Joker figure released by DC Comics in the late 2000s and though his exceptional creations are generally “one-offs” it does appear that the talented artist sells his figures from time to time. You can find out how to purchase one by contacting the folks over at One Sixth Warriors for more information.

If you’re more of a movie memorabilia kind of collector I’ve no doubt that Bontemps’ highly detailed take on the most famous mohawked member of Lord Humungus’ Marauders from Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, the completely badass crossbow-wielding Wez will make your head spin. Images of some of my favorite inhabitants of Bontemps’ ultra-cool world follow. 
 

King Diamond!
 

Super Duper Alice Cooper.
 

 
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‘Reservoir Dogs’ action figures and blood-soaked accessories (including Marvin Nash’s ear!)
03.22.2016
09:42 am

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Reservoir Dogs

Mr. Blonde and Marvin Nash action figures by Palisades
An action shot of the “Mr. Blonde” and “Marvin Nash” action figures by Palisades.
 
I’m probably not telling you anything you don’t already know, but action figures for all of Quentin Tarantino’s films exist in multiple varieties from high-end sculpted figures, to a ten-dollar replica of “The Gimp” from Pulp Fiction. So of course it makes sense that several different versions of action figures based on Tarantino’s 1992 blood-splattered film about a diamond-heist gone horribly fucking wrong, Reservoir Dogs exist.

What I didn’t know is that toy maker Palisades also made a set of “Reservoir Dogs” figures that included unlucky cop Marvin Nash (played by actor Kirk Baltz) that comes with an extra head bound with silver duct tape. And it only gets better…
 
Marvin Nash action figure
A few shots of the Marvin Nash action figure by Palisades.
 
Mr. Brown's accessories including his head with a bullet hole in it
Mr. Brown’s accessories including his postmortem head.
 
Mr. Blonde and Nash's ear!
 
Mr. Blondes accessories by Sideshow Collectables
“Mr. Blonde’s” accessories for the Sideshow Collectables figure. Nice.
 
Mr. Orange's bloody shirt for the Sideshow Collectable figure
Mr. Orange’s (played by Tim Roth) bloody shirt for the Sideshow Collectable figure.
 
Palisades plastic Mr. Blonde (violently played to the hilt by Michael Madsen), comes with a pack of smokes, gas can, duct tape for Marvin Nash’s face, a tiny .45 automatic and of course, Marvin Nash’s bloody ear. Because how could it not come with that particular accessory? The other member of the trio is Mr. Brown, (played by the film’s director Quentin Tarantino) who, in addition to his own pack of smokes and .357 Snub Nose Magnum, comes with an alternate head with a gushing bullet wound through the skull. Nice.

I’ve also included a few images from Sideshow Collectables Reservoir Dogs figures (all of which are pictured above) as they are worth a look at if for no other reason because Mr. Orange (played by Tim Roth) comes with a blood-stained white shirt. If you need to own some of these sick collectables, I’ve included links of where you can do that too. Whoever dies with the most dangerous toys wins!

Previously on Dangerous Minds:
‘Don’t f*cking Jimmie me, Jules!’ Foul-mouthed talking ‘Pulp Fiction’ action figures!

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Divine and friends action figures from John Waters’ ‘Female Trouble’


“Mr. Wineberger, Dawn Davenport is eating a meatball sandwich right out in CLAESS!”
 
Divine’s official social media guru directed my attention, yesterday, to the work of sculptor Tyson Tabbert, who recently created a batch of “action figures” for John Waters’ masterpiece Female Trouble.

In Female Trouble, perhaps Waters’ best film, Divine plays Dawn Davenport, career criminal and fame seeker. An addiction to injected liquid eyeliner sends her on a berserk crime spree, ending in art/murder. In one of its most famous scenes, Dawn destroys the family Christmas when she doesn’t receive the gift of “cha cha heels” she is expecting. “Nice girls,” it turns out, “don’t wear cha cha heels.”

Tabbert has created an entire playset devoted to this iconic cinematic scene.

Unfortunately, according to Tabbert’s Instagram, the figures are not for sale. But maybe if enough people beg him? I know I’d throw down for the “Female Trouble Christmas Morning Playset.” It would have a place of honor every year, right next to the Nativity and Christmas shit log.
 

 

 
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‘Don’t f*cking Jimmie me, Jules!’ Foul-mouthed talking ‘Pulp Fiction’ action figures!

Talking Jimmie Dimmick action figure and his
Talking Jimmie Dimmick action figure (from Pulp Fiction) and his “really fucking good” cup of coffee
 
Toymaker Beeline Creative are the geniuses behind what appears to be the greatest line of action figures ever created - four thirteen-inch likenesses of Jules Winnfield, Vincent Vega, Jimmie Dimmick and Butch Coolidge from the 1994 film Pulp Fiction that are also able to hurl many of the memorable obscenity-laced quotes from the flick whenever the mood strikes you. Oh, I’m sorry… did I break your concentration?
 
Jules Winnfield talking action figure
Jules Winnfield talking action figure
 
Vincent Vega talking action figure (from Pulp Fiction)
Vincent Vega talking action figure
 
All of the figures are poseable and also come with different artifacts specific to their character in the film. For instance, the figure based on Quentin Tarantino’s role as Jimmie Dimmick comes with removable slippers and a cup of “really good fucking coffee,” and Bruce Willis’ character of boxer Butch Coolidge comes with a samurai sword, bloody shirt and his “father’s watch” that was once carried around for safekeeping in “Captain Koon’s” ass (played by Christopher Walken in the film). Each of the figures have the ability to curse you under the table with the push of a button. In other fantastic fucking news, the Vincent Vega figure (pictured above) comes loaded with the most quotes of the four figures, a whopping twelve f-bomb laden lines from the film. Here’s everything that little Vinnie Vega says:

1. All right. Well, you can walk into a movie theater in Amsterdam and buy a beer. And I don’t mean just like in no paper cup, I’m talking about a glass of beer. And in Paris, you can buy a beer at McDonald’s. And you know what they call a Quarter Pounder with Cheese in Paris?
2. Nah, man, they got the metric system. They wouldn’t know what the fuck a Quarter Pounder is.
3. They call it a ‘Royale with cheese.’
4. Play with matches, you get burned.
5. I ain’t saying it’s right, but you’re saying a foot massage don’t mean nothin’ and I’m saying it does. Now look, I’ve given a million ladies a million foot massages and they ALL meant something. Now we act like they don’t but they do, that’s what’s so fuckin’ cool about it. There’s a sensuous thing going on, where even if you don’t talk about it, you know, she knows it. Fuckin’ Marcelus knew it and Antwone should have fuckin’ known better.
6. Chill Jules, this shit happens.
7. Do you wanna continue this theological discussion in the car, or in the jailhouse with the cops?
8. Alright, it was a miracle, can we go now?
9. Aw man! I shot Marvin in the face!
10. Chill out, man! I told you it was an accident! You probably went over a bump.
11. I was washing ‘em. But this shit’s hard to get off. Maybe if you had Lava, I coulda done a better job.
12. I got a threshold, Jules. I got a threshold for the abuse that I will take. Now, right now, I’m a fuckin’ race car, right, and you got me in the red. And I’m just sayin’, I’m just sayin’ that it’s fuckin’ dangerous to have a race car in the fuckin’ red. That’s all. I could blow.

 
Butch Coolidge talking action figure
Butch Coolidge talking action figure
 
The figures are out now and will run you about $50 bucks a pop (I’ve included links if you care to purchase any of them in the post) with the exception of Butch Coolidge (above) which appears to have a Spring 2016 release date.

Previously on Dangerous Minds:
Bad motherf*ckers: Action figures from ‘Pulp Fiction,’ ‘The Shining,’ ‘A Clockwork Orange’ and more

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What have you done to BRAD? Meet the new ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ action figures

Rocky Horror Picture Show action figures by Funko (coming in December, 2015)
Rocky Horror Picture Show “Reaction” figures by Funko (coming in December, 2015)
 
As hard as it is to believe, 2015 is the 40th anniversary of one of the greatest cult films of all time, The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
 
Dr. Frank-N-Furter action figure by Funko
Dr. Frank-N-Furter “ReAction” figure by Funko
 
In addition to the latest collectible Blu-ray that was released in honor of this milestone in late September (which included pair of fishnet stockings and pink gloves as worn in the film by actor Tim Curry as “Dr. Frank-N-Furter, squeee!), Everett, Washington-based toy giant Funko is set to release six, fully poseable action figures based on characters from the beloved film. The collection (due out this December) includes the Dr. Frank-N-Furter, Riff Raff, Brad Majors, Janet Weiss, Riff Raff’s sister Magenta and glitter-loving groupie, Columbia. While the figures are not quite as cool as the set released by Vital Toys back in 2000 (which marked the films 25th anniversary - feel old yet?), I think that collectors and the hardcore fanbase that still lives for the 1975 flick, will quickly snap them up.

My only minor complaint about this set is the omission of Peter Hinwood’s character, the glammy hot-pants wearing creation of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, “Rocky Horror.” There’s also no Eddie (the ex-delivery boy played by forever Bat out of Hell, Meatloaf) but that’s just me being wishful that such things existed. Images of the fantastic plastic Rocky Horror figures follow.
 
Riff Raff
Riff Raff
 
Columbia
Columbia
 
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The Poseable David
11.04.2015
12:42 pm

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David


 
Here’s a fully poseable, articulated rendition of Michaelangelo’s “David.” At first I thought David here was life-sized and hesitated blogging about it due to the pearl clutchers and the “I’m so offended there’s a GIANT wiener in my face” crowd. Never fear, David measures the average size of a regular action figure. So that means, his, er, package won’t be so “blinding” (just average).

Right now the David figure is on pre-order and you can only order three. Did you get that? THREE is the limit! David will be released sometime in May of 2016.

Each one sells for around $40 or ¥4,800.


 

 
via The World’s Best Ever

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War is Hell: Morbid commercial parodies bluntly reveal the cold, hard reality of a military career
06.30.2015
09:55 am

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action figures
war
Britain


 
Veterans For Peace, a UK organization of war veterans, has recently set up a website in opposition to child recruitment of soldiers. Their mission is to raise the minimum UK recruitment age from sixteen to eighteen. The site makes its point with a set of (VERY) darkly humorous parody action figures: “PTSD Action Man,” “Paralyzed Action Man,” and “Dead Action Man.”
 

 

 
The site also features a set of (brilliant) fake commercials detailing the realities of war casualty.

We’re not sure whether to laugh or cry:
 

 
Via Veterans For Peace UK

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Incredibly detailed ‘Friday the 13th’ Pamela and Jason Voorhees toys
06.13.2015
07:29 pm

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Movies

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action figures
Friday the 13th
Betsy Palmer


 
“Name the killer in Friday the 13th.”

It’s the question that stumped Drew Barrymore’s character in Scream when she incorrectly answered “Jason.”

True fans of the famous slasher franchise know the correct answer to that question is “Pamela Voorhees,” Jason’s mother—the inspiration for the famous musical cue “tch tch tch, ah ah ah,” which soundtrack composer Harry Manfredini explains is actually “ki(ll) ki(ll) ki(ll), ma ma ma,” an echo of Jason’s voice in his mother’s mind.

National Entertainment Collectibles Association has just announced a Friday the 13th inspired toy line focusing on Pamela Voorhees and the young Jason Voorhees who appears in a dream sequence at the film’s conclusion. Both figures will be available in a two-pack at the upcoming San Diego Comic-Con.

The Pamela Voorhees figure is a fitting tribute to actress Betsy Palmer who unfortunately passed away earlier this year. Ari Lehman, the child-actor who portrayed the original “Jason,” gave this forward to the release of the figures, as published at Bloody Disgusting:

NECA’s Friday the 13th package is such a fitting tribute to this great American actor, whose powerful characters exuded a confidence that illuminated the screen and electrified the audience. Betsy Palmer will always be remembered for her brilliant portrayal of Friday the 13th‘s original protagonist, Mrs. Pamela Voorhees, and the young Jason Voorhees in the iconic final scene have created such a lasting impression on movie-goers, that they are more like a form of American mythological characters nowadays.

NECA has memorialized these horror classic film figures with its superb craftsmanship and attention-to-detail—from its retro Mego-style treatment to the real fabric clothing- and brings together Pamela Voorhees as played by Betsy Palmer and the unmasked, young Jason once again, in celebration of the film’s 35th anniversary.

The figures themselves are remarkable in their detail.
 

 

 
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A Stan Lee action figure because YES!
04.06.2015
06:28 pm

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Marvel Comics


 
This 1/6 scale action figure of Stan Lee is a pretty damned good depiction of him if you ask me. It’s a limited-edition and they’re only 1000 of ‘em being made by Das Toyz. So if you must own one, Mr. Lee is $249.99 a pop at Big Bad Toy Store. They’re taking pre-orders now.

The Stan Lee action figure comes with:

Outfit

- Sports jacket
- Black long sleeve sweater
- White dress shirt
- Gray pants
- White shirt
- Belt w/ buckle
- Pair of socks
- Pair of shoes

Accessories

- 2 x interchangeable heads
- 4 x posing hands
- 2 x eye glasses
- 1 x wrist watch
- 2 X rings
- Handkerchief

Excelsior!


 

 

 
via Nerd Approved and Laughing Squid

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Mountain Men action figures: Mao, Marx, Lenin, and Thoreau


 
Imagine the conversation amongst these gentlemen during a leisurely trek in nature!

These Mao, Marx, Lenin, and Thoreau figures come in a set of four and retail for £145. Check ‘em out here

Each mountain figure is dressed in hiking outfits with rucksacks and hiking boots. They come carefully packaged in printed Mountain Research box.

(via Super Punch)

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