2011 PAPAs: Sixth Scale/Articulated Toy of the Year
It seems like we reviewed more Sixth-Scale/highly articulated figures over the past year. Companies have definitely stepped up their games producing better sculpted, more accessorized, and higher quality pieces. So here are our top five picks of 2011:
5. Jayne Cobb TCF (Tonner Doll Company)
One of Tonner's better male facial sculpts, this version of Adam Baldwin as Jayne Cobb from the cult show Firefly. Including that hat gets this piece into our top five favorites of 2011. (Really...it wouldn't have been the same without it)
4. G.I. Joe - Stalker (Sideshow Collectibles)
Sideshow's G.I. Joe line is one of the best accessorized series of figures out there. It brings a retro feel, from Hasbro's 1980's action figure line, to sixth-scale. And Stalker was one the better sculpted, accessorized and dressed figures from the series.
3. Tarrant - The Mad Hatter (Tonner Doll Company)
Tonner's second figure to make it into our top five is their version of Johnny Depp playing Tarrant (The Mad Hatter) from Tim Burton's version of Alice in Wonderland. This is quite possibly the best figure that Tonner has produced, combining spectacular clothing with a solid face sculpt.
2. Slaughterhouse Dropcloth (Ashley Wood - 3A Toys)
If you're a fan of robots and a collector of toys...there should be no reason for you not to own several Ashley Wood/3A Toys figures. We reviewed the Slaughterhouse Dropcloth in 2011, and it was the first time I had viewed one of their figures. Now I know what the buzz is about. Very few companies put the attention to detail (amazing weathering effects) into their products.
1. Tony Stark Mech Test Version (Hot Toys)
It wouldn't be a sixth-scale award category without including Hot Toys. They are the cream of the crop when it comes to sculpting realistic likenesses. I chose the Tony Stark Mech Test Version, because not only does it look exactly like Robert Downey Jr. - but the accessories (and light-up function) add a number of display options.