Christopher Reeve Superman: The Movie

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Seri: Hot Toys Superman 1/6 Scale Collectible Figure

Tahun: 2011

Produsen: Hot Toys

Jenis: 12″ Figure

Harga: $209.99

Aksesoris:

•  Authentic and detailed, hand-painted likeness of Christopher Reeve as Superman in the Superman movie
•  Realistic facial expression with detailed wrinkles and texture
•  Detailed hair sculpture
•  Stands approximately 30 cm tall
•  Newly sculpted muscular body with over 30 points of articulation with extra muscular upper body, neck and chest
•  Three (3) pairs of interchangeable palms including:
•  One (1) pair of relaxed palms
•  One (1) pair of fists
•  One (1) pair of palms for fighting
•  One (1) set of Superman costume including one-piece blue costume with Superman logo in chest, yellow belt, red shorts and red cape
•  One (1) pair of red boots
•  Fortress of Solitude themed figure stage
•  Figure stand with Superman nameplate and movie logo

Information:

Hot Toys continues their line of collector figures based on the popular DC Characters. The Superman Christopher Reeves 1/6 scale figure features an amazing sculpt of actor Chistopher Reeve, this figure captures our Superhero as a brave and kind-hearted hero with a strong sense of justice, morality and righteousness. An American cultural icon, a fictional personality and a movie character.

Review:

I’m a geek, you’re geek, that’s the only reason why we’re all here. But unlike other toy reviewer I ain’t get a dime for doing this shit, I’m doing this out of love..true.

So for the next few minutes, take a good look on this goddamn review or I will open a goddam can of whup ass and beat the hell out of you. So be kind, I’m a first time toy blogger, this won’t be my last. When Hot Toys released the preview picture of Superman Christopher Reeve on late 2010, I was like, WTF? The eyes are all wrong, the jaw was too stoic, the neck too thin, and so on.

BUT, when I got my hands on the real thing on the January 2012, it’s safe to say that, THIS IS THE BEST 1/6 scale figure Hot Toys ever produced so far (since they’re always raise the bar every now and then ) So here we go….

Behold… Christopher Reeve as Superman!

The Packaging

Easily got the 5 out of 5 score from me.

I was trained in graphic design and illustrator by birth, but I still have an eye for a cool and iconic bit of packaging. The tiny bit of genius was the maths and paper engineering involved. They took that classic diamond shape and added the extra corner to make it into a rectangle. But that extra corner can then be taken away (in fact it has to be when you unpack it) and then turned inside out to become a mirror image triangular base to hold the box ‘actuale’ within its inverted apex… Simplest design = BEST design.

So, what’s to be said about it? Well it’s ubbercool. But the actual construction and functionality is what you guys wanna know. It’s just such a classic bit of packaging that deserves a place in the pantheon of classic ‘pop art’ design… love it!

A classic bit of packaging that deserves a place in the pantheon of classic ‘pop art’ design.

The Sculpting

The sculpting got 4,5 out of 5 score.

I showed the Superman figure to my mom, a die hard Chris Reeve fans, and she just gasped with excitement holding this figure. ‘This is not a toy, this IS Chris Reeve..’ she said. The headsculpt was done by Arnie Kim, Hot Toys ubber sculptor, Google him and you will witness his wide array of wickedness. His personal project easily surpass his professional gig.

Reeve had a very distinctive clean cut and chiselled face, with lean, tight features. This helped make him look fit and sporty in a preppy, boy-next-door kind of way rather than a bull-necked jock. And that face has been captured to sheer perfection by Arnie in this sculpt. The earlier preview version flaws are all gone, this is really miniaturized head of Chris Reeve. His expression is focused and determined and the iconic little ‘S’ spitcurl is stuck on virtually seamlessly as a separate hairpiece to add extra depth to his look.

Regardless of my wants for an extra hand the overall feeling for this sculpt is one of sheer joy and delight, despite the hefty pricetag one must pay. It shows that this one really is rather SUPER and the ultimate must have figure of Reeve to own if you want the definitive version at this time!

His expression is focused and determined

Paint

The paint got 4 out of 5 score.

One of the many reasons Chris Reeve was so perfect for this role was his piercing blue eyes, and here JC Hong has captured their intense gaze to a level of perfection demanded by the underlying sculpt. It’s actually just such an amazing paint app that I’m getting to the point where I find it hard to see just how much more they could actually improve at this scale…

Everything is just as you’d expect from Hot Toys, the flesh tones are all warm and convincing and the fine detailing is just stunning. Once again the level of realism is like they have simply taken the source material and shrunk it down to 1/6th, and if ever there was an iconic character and actor that deserved this amount of loving care it is Reeve as the Man of Steel.

The Man of Steel

Articulation

The articulation scores 4 out of 5.

This is a variation on the newer Hot Toys muscle bodies like Wolverine but with more traditional TT arms (meaning a far better range at the elbows and shoulders). It’s slightly bigger in the pectoral area but is a great representation of how Reeve looked in the movie,  the natural side of muscular without looking like a linebacker.

I almost had the plan to switch his body with Hot Toys muscle bodies of Whiplash or Barney Ross, but after this rigorous posing and photo shoot, I don’t think that will happened. This figure is already class of it’s own, it’s jewel. If it’s not broke, why fix it?

Gracefully arrives at The Fortress of Solitude.

I found all of his joints moved smoothly and held the poses they were placed in well. Meaning you should have little or no problems finding an iconic pose you are happy to display him in. It’s just about as ideal as we could have ever wished for and finds a perfect balance between getting his physique just right and allowing for a great range of movement…

Up, up and away!

I even posed this figure to mimic the preview  photo from Zack Snyder’s upcoming Man Of Steel, with the new Superman, Henry Cavill, and it worked perfectly.

Henry Cavill as the new Superman

Same pose by Reeve.

Outfit

The outfit got 4 scores out of 5.

We live in the era where every super hero is getting a ‘real world’ makeover at the movies. If you’ve noticed almost all superheroes today, Batman, Spiderman, Night Owl, Captain America, Green Lantern and Thor, you’ll be aware that almost all of them have indestructible silicone/latex/nomex/kevlar/alien fabric costume makeover. But back in the day, when super heroes were happy to strut their stuff in spandex so tight you could see what they’d had for breakfast, and of course keep their undercrackers on the outside, then Superman reigned supreme!

And here we have a great reproduction of that classic 70’s outfit at 1/6th scale. It’s as tight as is needed and works very well with the new base True-Type body beneath. All the striking primary red blue and yellow colours are matched to Pantone perfection and the ‘S’ logo on the chest is wonderfully replicated with just a hint of embossing to give it real quality and indeed tactile finish. The simpler yellow version on the reverse of the cape is also carried out well, with both being stuck solidly to the fabric.

The boots are also nicely done, and being fabricated from some kind of soft vinyl they afford a reasonable range of motion at the ankle (though not a full point for flying poses). And they are also stiff enough to allow getting him into some great standing poses without the need of any annoying stand.

Fun Factor

The fun factor score: 3,5 out of 5

I’ve had a ball posing this guy in a whole kind of positions, but I’ve had the most fun trying to get him in convincing flying poses over his cool base. The figure itself is well constructed and robust, but, make sure your hands are clean and your nails are well cut and smooth. Because if you don’t the outfit could look tatty in no time at all.

I seldom feel it necessary to mention where you display a figure, as we all know the damaging effects sunlight and dust can have on our collectibles. But more than ever I would say make sure this is behind glass where possible, and certainly not in direct sunlight, as the beautiful bright primary colours of that outfit could be sun-bleached very quickly. In short, as long as you exercise care there are very few problems you will encounter, and you will have one hell of a display piece.

Rating: 8.5/10

(This special review is written by Imbong Hadisoebroto, a toy enthusiast, Superman fan and Jakarta Toys & Comic Fair co creator.)

Gallery (Klik gambar untuk diperbesar)

The Last Son of Krypton

The Man of Tomorrow (Artwork by Adrian Gofar)

The Metropolis Marvel

6 thoughts on “Christopher Reeve Superman: The Movie

  1. pretty fun read I must admit. just a heads up, I have a section where you can come post your blog on my website, please feel free to add yours to the forum. (I re boxed my CR Superman and put him anyway as I wasn’t to into after all but after seeing some of your pics I think I might have to give it one more shot.

    • Thank you, glad you like it. Your website looks interesting, i think i’m gonna visit it more. Don’t be afraid in arranging your 12″ figure in more dynamic pose because they actually stronger than you think🙂

  2. Some of the figures I put up in more dynamic poses, but the farther I stretch out there legs and arms means they take up more room in my display cabinet. I like the idea though, I will give it a shot.

    hope to see you on the forums sometimes. make yourself at home my friend.

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