Sunday, December 21, 2014
Jason Freeny is an American artist specializing in sculpture, designer toys and computer generated imagery.
He is best known for his anatomical art, where he produced cutaway of pop culture icon such as Lego man, Barbie dolls etc. You can view his work at Moist Production which he owns and acts as the primary publisher and distributors of his work.
I loved Jason's anatomical works and I am so glad that I have finally gotten his anatomical gummy bear and dissected gingerbread man. Of course these are mass produced items hence becoming affordable. However I would love to own some of his sculpt pieces one day.
Anatomical Gummi Bear
The gummy bear is produced by 4D Master (one of the brand under the Fame Master Enterprise Limited) based on Jason's illustration.
They specialize in designing, manufacturing and exporting plastic educational toys and puzzle educational toys. Their main product line is the 4D Puzzle which has 10 to 100 plastic parts to form a figurine, vehicle or diorama.
The design of the packaging is pretty cool with nice graphics on all sides of the box.
The gummi bear and all its items are secured nicely in the box.
I managed to get the version signed by the artist himself, hence I am very pleased with it.
The signature is at the back of the Gummi bear casing.
Primarily this is a 4D puzzle hence all the items are separated and you have to build it yourself.
Instructions are provided.
I find the organs are very well made and are painted. They look really good.
The only gripe I have is that the left arm does not attach well to the shoulder blade.
I am not sure if this is an isolated case. Let's hope so.
Anatomy of the Gummi Bear all done up.
It looks really cool.
You can cover up the brain with the top of the skull.
There are 5 different color casing namely red, yellow, orange, green and clear.
If I am not wrong, the most common is the clear casing which I have.
Dissected Gingerbread Man
The Anatomical Gingerbread Man is produced by Mighty Jaxx and it was just released recently (Oct) to coincide with Christmas. The Gingerbread Man is based on Jason's illustration.
The item comes in a clear box hence you are able to see the whole figure.
Going with the Christmas theme, the Gingerbread man can also be used as a Christmas tree ornament.
Unlike the Gummi Bear, the Gingerbread Man comes in one solid piece.
Again the sculpt is great with good details. The paint is also very clean with no slop at all.
Overall I am very pleased that I managed to get some of Jason's designs.
Hopefully in the near future, I can get my hands on his sculpts as well.
Sunday, December 14, 2014
The Terminator is a 1984 American science fiction action film directed by James Cameron. Schwarzenegger plays the Terminator, a cyborg assassin sent back in time from the future to 1984 to kill Sarah Connor, played by Linda Hamilton, the mother of the future leader of the resistance, John Connor.
Biehn plays Kyle Reese, a soldier from the future sent back in time to protect Sarah.
The movie was not expected to be a commercial success but it did by topping the American box office for two weeks. It later spawned 4 more movies, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Terminator Salvation and the highly anticipated Terminator Genisys which will released next year.
I loved the first two movies from the Terminator franchise but it got kinda downhill after the 2nd movie.
Hot toys has produced quite a number of solid figures for the Terminator franchise and I have a few of them.
You can read my review for
1) MMS117 T-800 Terminator 2: Judgement Day
2) MM129 T-1000 Terminator 2: Judgement Day
3) MMS-93 T-600 Terminator Salvation.
As you already noticed, I do not have the original terminator that started it all, the T-800 from the first Terminator movie. I decided to pass the MMS136 T-800 but was later poisoned by Hot Toys' latest Terminator offering - the Battle Damaged T-800 from the Terminator movie. Who can resist battle damaged terminators!
I love the packaging.
The design and the color has an 80's vibe, the era when the movie was released.
The figure and its accessories are packed nicely in 2 plastic trays set on top of each other.
This is the battle damaged version so you do not get a clean sculpt of Arnold.
Instead you get two damaged head sculpts, one with the eye gorged out exposing the famous mechanic red eye and the other in a more serious stage of damage.
In the 80's, the special effects were not good as compared to today's standard so on screen you could see the heavy make up on Arnold to achieve the battle damage. I was wondering if Hot Toys should have gone with being authentic and sculpted it according to what was seen on screen.
Hot Toys instead went with the proper sculpting of Arnold while adding the battle damage.
I am split on this one. On one hand I would love the authenticity but I don't think it would turn out that nice.
The right arm is also battle damaged exposing the endoskeleton.
I was too lazy to remove the jacket to take photo of it.
There is a light up feature for this figure. The mechanic red eye lights up and is activated at the back of the head.
The button activates the red light but it does not off it.
The light will automatically off after 45 seconds.
One gripe I have is that the back of the head does not fit perfectly (at least for my figure).
You can clearly see the gap where the back connect with the rest of the head.
Accessories are pretty light on this figure.
You get 9 interchangeable gloved palms, a pair of sunglasses, shotgun, machine gun, revolver and pistol with scope.
The stand is pretty nice showing a piece of a road with used bullets spewed over it and a damaged piston most probably from the T-800. However if you have limited display real estate this would just take up too much space.
My terminator display is incomplete without the original T-800.
I am satisfied with the battle damaged version.
Overall a solid figure with good sculpting, painting and tailoring. Something you already expect from Hot Toys.
The figure looks best with his sunglasses on.
This is how I will display him.
With 1st head sculpt
With 2nd head sculpt
Light Up features