I've got a problem. I think I'm suddenly on a figurine streak! This coming only after an earlier post where I've said that Hot Toys' prices are waaay to steep for me, I should be disappointed in myself. But what to do man? I'm a sucker for collectibles, especially of characters and genres I'm a fan of. So with lots of remorse, shame and regret, let's talk about some of the items I'd like to burn my wallet on....
HOT TOYS BATMAN DX09
This is Batman modelled after Michael Keaton's version in the Tim Burton movie, which in my opinion, has the best design to date. It's still an all-time classic to me and captures what Batman is about - dark, mysterious, brooding.
Why this version instead of the sleeker, more updated Dark Knight by Christian Bale, you ask? Well, if you compare the head sculpts or cowl shapes of the two, I find Keaton's version more aesthetically pleasing. It's got a streamlined look, and really does resemble a sinister bat. Contrast this with Bale's version, and you'll see that for some strange reason the movie designers wanted his head to look more squarish. This gives him the appearance of an ant. He comes off looking like a really pissed off bug, if ya ask me. Not sexy. LOL.
HOT TOYS IRON MAN MK VII (AVENGERS MOVIE VERSION)
There have been so many versions of Hot Toys Iron Man that I'm quite frankly sick of it. But I've just got this crazy urge to complete the Avengers set....or at least the main 3-4 players in the Avengers, which means I can't leave out Iron dude. Damn...This latest version actually looks like the Mk V, with only some minor tweaks to the design, and gimmicks to juice things up. The shoulders have a bulkier look with more armour, and the chest light is back to a circle instead of a triangle, and has a deeper 3D look to it. This piece comes out sometime next year, and I've already placed a pre-order for it, telling myself that it will be the last Iron Man I'm buying. The. Last. One. Yeah right. LOL.
HOT TOYS CAPTAIN AMERICA (AVENGERS MOVIE VERSION)
Let's face it guys - Captain America just looks stupid. There is no way in hell you can pull off a costume like this in real life without him looking like a blue and red clown. And yet, I want it. Don't ask. And if I want to complete my Avengers set, I can't leave Capt out. Must...resist....!!! Capt comes out some time this month. Hopefully, stocks run out before I can get my hands on any....LOL.
HOT TOYS WOLVERING (X MEN THE LAST STAND VERSION)
Oh man oh man....I've also placed a pre-order for this, which comes out only next year so I figured the spending can be evened out a bit. I never cared much for previous Wolverine incarnations, but the suit for this one just got me. That's all I can say...
HOT TOYS HULK
Thankfully, that's all for the Avengers. For some reason I'm not too hot about Thor, while Nick Fury, Hawkeye and Black Widow can kiss my ass. I hope it STAYS that way!
HOT TOYS BRUCE LEE ENTER THE DRAGON
But it doesn't end here guys. My addiction doesn't end here. Recently I find myself flirting with the idea of owning a Bruce Lee display:
I even made a trip down to China Square to snoop around, and there was a set of this in a shop, sitting there for $330, begging me to take it home. I almost caved in. ALMOST. But I thought the better of it. Still.....sometimes I think about it....LOL.
ENTERBAY KOBE BRYANT
ENTERBAY MICHAEL JORDAN