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REVIEW: Captain Jack Sparrow – DX Series

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Background

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides was released in May 2011 by Walt Disney Pictures. The adventure fantasy film is the fourth installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean series and focuses on Captain Jack Sparrow (again played by Johnny Depp) as he searches for the Fountain of Youth.

Late in 2011, Hot Toys released their much anticipated Captain Jack Sparrow 1/6th Scale Collectible Figure. This DX Series figure features Hot Toys' revolutionary PERS (Parallel Eyeball Rolling System) and a pair of interchangeable Jack Sparrow faces (one serious and one grinning).

But is it the ultimate Pirates of the Caribbean collectible – as some might claim? We'll break that down.

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The Facts



Captain Jack Sparrow 1/6th Scale Collectible Figure
Series: DX Series
Manufacturer: Hot Toys
Sculpted by: Kojun
Authorized Likeness: Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Dimensions: 1/6th Scale
Points of Articulation: TrueType body with over 30 points of articulation
Outfit: Faux leather brown hat; Cream long-sleeved shirt; Blue and brown patterned vest; Dark brown long jacket; Pair of dark brown pants; Dark brown and light brown faux leather belts; Dark brown faux leather shoulder band with saber sheath; White and pink scarf; Pair of brown boots
Accessories: Two interchangeable faces featuring Hot Toys' Parallel Eyeball Rolling System; Nine interchangeable hands: Pair of relaxed hands, Pair for holding flintlock pistol, Right hand for holding saber; Pair for holding rudder or telescope, Pair showing his “iconic gesture”; Two flintlock pistols; Saber; Rum Bottle; Black Pearl in a bottle; Left lace wrist band; Right wrist band; Feather on waist; Compass; Small telescope; Head sculpt of his mother on waist; Duck’s foot sculpture; Movie-accurate rudder wheel with base and movie nameplate; Pirate flag; Figure stand with Captain Jack Sparrow nameplate and the movie logo
Pricing: $239.99 List Price

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Packaging

The Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides themed packaging features three layers of goodies. Upon opening up the magnetic front flap, you'll see the pirate flag. Below that sits the figure and most of the accessories in a layer of foam. And the lowest level features the rudder, nameplate and figure stand.

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Our Opinion

I often rely on critics reviews when choosing what films to watch. I don't always agree with what they have to say, but it's helpful in weeding out movies I'm on the fence about watching. And while the latest installment of Pirates of the Caribbean (On Stranger Tides), wasn't a critical success...I thought it was entertaining. Actually, I have enjoyed all four of the “Pirates” films, primarily due to Johnny Depp's eccentric Captain Jack Sparrow.

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Being a fan of the series, I've seen plenty of toys based on Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean license. Not surprisingly, the most popular character is that now iconic pirate Jack Sparrow. Hot Toys has released the ol' Captain in many different forms (primarily 1/6th scale and Cosbaby), but this is the first time we're seeing Jack Sparrow as a part of their DX Series.

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The most important advancement in the DX Series is the addition of the Parallel Eyeball Rolling System, or PERS. By removing the face, you can operate a small joystick that allows the user to move the eyes around 360 degrees. Remember the days when toys would be released with different eye position variants? Hot Toys allows you to choose the “look” you're going for. And if that wasn't enough, they give you a pair of faces with different expressions. (I guess they haven't yet discovered how to let you change a toy's mouth from a frown to a smile.)

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Combining excellent sculpting and extraordinary paintwork, Hot Toys has created the most realistic Jack Sparrow I have ever seen. I'd be hard-pressed to find anything close to this realistic in a collectible, and I'm guessing many folks might not be able to distinguish the real Johnny Depp from the toy version – in photos, that is.

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But if you're going to be paying over $200 for a collectible, you don't just want quality...you also want some quantity. Hot Toys provides that quantity in accessories. The most impressive accessory is obviously the ship's wheel. It's an enormous piece that doubles as part of an alternate display base. They've perfected the weathered texturing, and the thing can actually spin. Most of the other accessories make up Captain Sparrow's attire (guns, actual metal sword, compass...his mom's shrunken head).

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Looking ahead to the remainder of our 2012 reviews, I am going to be hard-pressed to find a sixth-scale piece more deserving of our “Toy of the Year”moniker. In their Captain Jack Sparrow sixth-scale collectible, Hot Toys has produced one of the most realistic toys I have ever seen. If you're a fan of Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean films, you should begin saving up your lunch money to purchase this piece.

You can pick one up at the following:

Amazon.com: $243.95

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Turtum Micci Series 3

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What is this, you ask? Well, it's a teaser for Turtum Micci Series 3. But there's also that little retro-styled Mickey Mouse that can be seen in these two photos. So, do Erick Scarecrow and ESC-Toy have a little something special up their collective sleeves? It sort of sounds that way.

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Chauskoskis’ Walt Mouse

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Walter Jacott aka Chauskoskis has revealed his custom Mickey Mouse for the upcoming Play Imaginative x Disney custom show. Named Walt Mouse, Walter went with a hybrid of Mickey Mouse and Walt Disney. Or maybe this is just the love child of Mr. Disney and Minnie Mouse...

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Brace Face Mickey Custom

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As we continue to show off those great Mickey Mouse customs that will be a part of the Play Imaginative/Disney Showcase, here is Alison Perez's submission. Named Brace Face Mickey, "he studies hard and never gets the girl . His favorite thing to do is read the dictionary."

OsirisOrion’s Mickey Mouse Custom

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Rob Ingellis - better known as OsirisOrion - has revealed his custom Mickey Mouse for the Mickey Mouse Showcase that Play Imaginative is putting on. This one is done up in Robert's distinctive style without any additional sculpting.

Toy Story Cosbaby (S) Series

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To celebrate the launch of Toy Story Playland at Walt Disney Studios Park and Toy Story Land at Hong Kong Disneyland, Hot Toys will be releasing their Cosbaby (S) Series from Toy Story. This is Series 2 based on the Disney-Pixar film.

Each Cosbaby stands approximately 3" tall, featuring your favorite Toy Story movie characters in baby form.The six characters in this series are:

Spaceman Alien
Cowboy Alien
Buzz Lightyear
Woody
Evil Dr. Porkchop
Rex

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REVIEW: Stitch Santa and Gift Cosbaby

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Background

Hot Toys, which has worked with several Disney licenses in the past, has released two Christmas themed Cosbaby sets (actually, one set and one individual figure) featuring Stitch from Disney's Lilo & Stitch films.

The Cosbaby line features film characters in child form. It's essentially a combination of the words “Cosplay” and “baby”. “Cosplay” is short for costume play. And baby just means a little kid...in case that was in doubt.

We'll be taking a closer look at the Santa Stitch and Gift Set, which includes two figures (Santa Stitch and Red Ribbon Gift Stitch), and the Green Ribbon Gift Stitch.

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The Facts



Stitch Santa and Gift Cosbaby
Series: Cosbaby
Manufacturer: Hot Toys
Authorized Likeness: Disney's Stitch
Material: Injection molded plastic snap kits
Dimensions: Santa – 3” tall, Gift – 2.5” tall
Points of Articulation: 9 (neck, shoulders, wrists, legs, and feet)
Designs: Santa and Gift Set; Green Ribbon Gift Version
Pricing: $8.99 - $17.99

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Packaging

The Santa and Gift Set is packaged in a plastic window-front box. It's shaped like a small gift box with a bow at the top. On the rear, there's a “To” space to label your gift.

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The Green Ribbon Gift packaging resembles the the aforementioned Stitch Cosbaby Set. It has a flap on the front, which is held on with a pair of Velcro tags. Underneath, there is a small plastic windowpane and a space to write a note to that lucky recipient.

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Our Opinion

The Stitch Santa and Gift Cosbaby Set includes a standing Santa Stitch and the seated Stitch (red ribbon) with a Christmas Tree in his right hand. The Green Ribbon version (sold separately) features a candy cane in Stitch's right hand.

Out of the two figure designs, I prefer the Santa Stitch. The Ribbon Stitch has downward pointing ears, which doesn't resemble most of the photos I have seen of Stitch (I'll admit that I've not seen the movie). Also, you need to position Ribbon Stitch's hands in front of him or else the figure doesn't sit correctly.

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But the one thing that bothers me the most about the Ribbon Stitch is the printing on the bottoms of his feet. I'm sure that Hot Toys uses the same feet for all of their Stitch Cosbaby figures, but when the figure is permanently seated...you get a primo view of the Hot Toys and Disney copyrights and a whole bunch of random numbers.

As far as sculpting and paint ops go, the Cosbaby line should not be confused with Hot Toys' 1/6th scale figures. Their 1/6th scale line is probably the best sculpted and intricately painted in the toy universe. The more affordable Cosbaby figures tend to compete with other mini figure lines.

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I think that both the sculpting and painting on the Stitch Cosbaby toys are average for mini figures. There are some visible seams, but the sculpts are fairly complex (they're made up of several different pieces) so that's to be expected. And I would have preferred the items (Christmas Tree and Candy Cane) not be attached to the hands.

I'm a sucker for fun designer toys that can make their way out of the self-appointed “man cave” and into the rest of the house. Being Christmas toys definitely allows you the ability to display these Cosbaby Stitch figures for a month or two during the year. And they're affordable (at less than $9 each). It's never too late to start your Christmas 2012 shopping...right?

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You can pick one up at the following:

Sideshow Collectibles:
Santa Stitch and Gift Set - $17.99
Green Ribbon Gift -
$8.99

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Stitch Cosbaby (S) Series – Special Gift Version

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Hot Toys is already in the Christmas spirit. Stitch Cosbaby (S) Series – Special Gift Version stands approximately 3" tall and features Disney's Stitch character in baby form.

This Stitch Cosbaby (S) is exclusively designed as special gift version for selected regions.

Mickey Mouse Custom by breeanzz

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Brian Harsanto (aka breeanzz) sent along photos of his custom Mickey Mouse for Play Imaginative. This will be shown at STGCC later this month. If you haven't heard, P.I. has a licensing agreement to produce Disney figures...so will we see an artist blind box series?

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Pirates of the Caribbean Vinylmation Series

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Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides hits theaters later this month, and while we've seen several offerings...here's the first Disney produced product. The Pirates of the Caribbean Vinylmation Series is designed by artist Casey Jones. Unfortunately, you won't be able to pick these up until July 2011...but I actually like what they've done with the Jack Sparrow figure.