Captain America: The Winter Soldier Collectibles Coming Soon.
“Gear up. It’s time.” Marvel Studio’s upcoming blockbuster – Captain America: The Winter Soldier will be hitting the theatres worldwide in just a few weeks. Hot Toys is preparing a range of collectibles from the movie and will also be hosting exhibitions in a number of countries in the near future. Remember to keep a look out on our Facebook Page for the latest news!
Following the official introduction of the Kerberos Panzer Jäger: 1/6th scale Protect Gear Collectible Figure from the Artist Collection yesterday which over eight artists from Japan and Korea together with our Hong Kong Production Team have joined forces for this collaboration, we are pleased to talk to our Hot Toys’ Production Director & Chief Painter, Mr. JC. Hong, to share more about this incredible and special project which is based on illustrations from the Kerberos Panzer Jäger official guidebook by Mr. Jun Suemi in 2006.
Q: How did Hot Toys get involved in this project?
JC.: This goes a few years back, I was approached by Mr. KAZ from BARQUE Inc. who owned the rights of Kerberos Saga* and asked if I was interested in making a Protect Gear figure. Our Founder Howard and I were big fans of the Kerberos Saga so we were excited to participate in this project.
Q: How long was the development for this project and what was the process like?
JC.: It has started back in 2011, so it has taken 3 years since the project began to the finished prototype we have now. Over the years, we had lots of discussions and made many adjustments to the figure. Mr. Takayuki Takeya** and his team first worked on the prototype, and then it was brought to Korea for more work. Because the prototype was a statue in the beginning, we needed to think hard on how we can fit it well with Hot Toys’ articulated figure body.
Q: How do you feel about the original design of the Protect Gear?
JC.: The design is quite amazing! Mr. Jun Suemi***, the original designer for the Kerberos Panzer Jäger Protect Gear, was a fan of medieval knight armor and he incorporated those elements into World War II German military gear which transformed into the Protect Gear you see now. Within the plot of the Kerberos Saga, this is the original design that has “inspired” the Tokyo police force to make their own Protect Gear team. I think the design itself would make an excellent action figure and also be a quite functional armor in real life.
Q: What are some of the special elements about this Protect Gear figure?
JC.: The painting technique that has been applied is quite unique. Under different lighting, you will sometimes see a more metallic look while other times see a more matte look. You will really need to see this figure in person to truly admire its beauty.
Also, the figure base is another highlight for this project. The plot of Kerberos Panzer Jäger is really a human story about how war is terrible. The government forces its people into war by dressing them up in gears, sending them to dangerous missions, and many will die fighting for their country. I want that heavy feeling of a soldier to be reflected in this figure and the diorama base really helps set that tragic of war tone and story.
Q: What are the challenges for creating this figure?
JC.: The articulations and movements were some of the biggest challenges. For example, when holding weapons, the shoulder armor’s movement may be hindered, so we created 2 layers of armor on the Protect Gear to make it easier to move the arms.
Q: Do you have other messages that you would like to say to the fans?
JC.: This Protect Gear has incorporated the many great efforts from a number of artists from Japan and Korea as well as the Hot Toys Hong Kong Production team! I hope many fans will be able to enjoy and appreciate this wonderful artistic figure!
*More about Kerberos Saga: The Kerberos Saga (ケルベロス・サーガ) is a military science fiction franchise and alternate history universe created in 1986 by the Japanese writer and filmmaker Mamoru Oshii who is also famous for his work on Ghost in the Shell and Patlabor series. The Kerberos Saga spans across a number of media such as feature films, radio dramas, comics, and animation films. The story is based upon altered historical events which lead to a world very different from the one we live today.
**More about Takayuki Takeya (竹谷隆之): Mr. Takayuki Takeya has been acclaimed for his outstanding sculpting skill and designs especially for his unique creature and organic mechanical designs that are driven by his distinctive interpretation and vision. Back in 2001, Mr. Takayuki has collaborated with Hot Toys to present the amazing Samurai Predator that has combined elements of traditional Japanese samurai style with a Western pop culture icon – the Predator. In 2006, Mr. Takayuki Takeya was approached by BARQUE Inc. to create a model statue of Protect Gear based on illustrations from the Kerberos Panzer Jäger official guidebook by Mr. Jun Suemi.
***More about Jun Suemi (末弥純): Mr. Jun Suemi is an acclaimed Japanese illustrator. He has provided many artwork and designs for a number of video games, and fantasy novels such as Wizardry, Front Mission and A Moogle Kupo d’Etat: Evil in Small Doses add-on for Final Fantasy XIV. Mr. Suemi has created the artwork for Kerberos Panzer Jäger official guidebook.
Following the release of the incredible Samurai Predator Collectible Figure, the first ever collaboration with legendary artist Mr. Takayuki Takeya (竹谷隆之)*, Hot Toys is thrilled to join hands with Mr. Takeya again to bring you a collectible figure of the Protect Gear from Kerberos Panzer Jäger (ケルベロス 鋼鉄の猟犬) which is part of the classic Japanese franchise - Kerberos Saga**. Over the past few years, Hot Toys’ Production Director and Chief Painter, Mr. JC. Hong (홍진철), had been working closely with Mr. Takeya and his team to create the high quality articulated collectible figure.
The Kerberos Panzer Jäger: 1/6th scale Protect Gear Collectible Figure is the latest addition in the Hot Toys’ Artist Collection. It is based on the radio drama by Mr. Mamoru Oshii (押井守) in 2006 called Kerberos Panzer Jäger and the story is set in Germany during World War II before the events of the original Kerberos timeline.
The collectible figure features newly sculpted and uniquely painted black full body armor, a head with the iconic mask and light up function, an interchangeable head sculpt with face of a Panzer Company trooper, detailed weapons and accessories, and a specially designed debris diorama base.
The Kerberos Saga is a military sci-fi franchise originally created in the late 80s by Japanese writer and filmmaker, Mr. Mamoru Oshii, who has also directed the popular anime sci-fi film - Ghost in the Shell. One of the most iconic elements in the Kerberos Saga is the full body armor called Protect Gear that the characters wear and its amazingly cool design has even inspired many adaptations in video games and movies.
*More about Takayuki Takeya (竹谷隆之): Mr. Takayuki Takeya has been acclaimed for his outstanding sculpting skill and designs especially for his unique creature and organic mechanical designs that are driven by his distinctive interpretation and vision. Back in 2001, Mr. Takayuki has collaborated with Hot Toys to present the amazing Samurai Predator that has combined elements of traditional Japanese samurai style with a Western pop culture icon – the Predator. In 2006, Mr. Takayuki Takeya was approached by BARQUE Inc. to create a model statue of Protect Gear based on illustrations from the Kerberos Panzer Jäger official guidebook by Mr. Jun Suemi.
**More about Kerberos Saga (ケルベロス・サーガ): The Kerberos Saga is a military science fiction franchise and alternate history universe created in 1986 by the Japanese writer and filmmaker Mamoru Oshii who is also famous for his work on Ghost in the Shell and Patlabor series. The Kerberos Saga spans across a number of media such as feature films, radio dramas, comics, and animation films. The story is based upon altered historical events which lead to a world very different from the one we live today.
***More about Jun Suemi (末弥純): Mr. Jun Suemi is an acclaimed Japanese illustrator. He has provided many artwork and designs for a number of video games, and fantasy novels such as Front Mission, A Moogle Kupo d’Etat: Evil in Small Doses add-on for Final Fantasy XIV. Mr. Suemi has created the artwork for Kerberos Panzer Jäger official guidebook.
The 1/6th scale Protect Gear Collectible Figure’s special features: - Original Protect Gear design - Approximately 33 cm tall - Body with 30 points of articulations - One (1) head with mask and light-up function (red light, battery operated) - One (1) sculpted head with coif and face of a Panzer Company trooper - Six (6) interchangeable gloved palms including: - One (1) pair of relaxed palms - One (1) right palm for holding pistol - One (1) right palm for holding machine gun - One (1) left palm for holding machine gun - One (1) left palm for supporting machine gun
Costume: - One (1) black shirt - One (1) pair of black pants - One (1) upper-body chainmail-like netting - One (1) uniquely painted black colored full body Protect Gear armor - One (1) pair of black boots
Weapons: - One (1) machine gun with bipod - One (1) pistol with stock - Two (2) pistol ammo clips
Accessories: - One (1) helmet - One (1) carrying frame - One (1) radio gear with antenna - One (1) ammunition pack with ammo belt - One (1) debris diorama base with abandoned helmet, mask, and Kerberos Panzer Jäger logo
Artists: - Original Drama & Supervision: Mamoru Oshii - Original Designer: Jun Suemi*** - Original Sculptors: Takayuki Takeya & Eisaku Kito - Original Sculpt Producer: Satoshi Koizumi - Sculpted by: - Takashi Yamaguchi - Masaaki Koseki - Yong Kyum, Kim - Jong Hyuk, Park - Seung Min, Kang - Hyeong Seok, Koh - Yu Mi, Kim - Painted by Yoong Young, Lee & JC. Hong - Costume Designed by Hai Lim - Special Thanks to KAZ & Kazuyoshi Hirose (BARQUE INC.)
Hi Hot Toys fans! Following the first collaboration with legendary Japanese artist, Mr. Takayuki Takeya (竹谷隆之), to bring fans the widely acclaimed 1/6th scale Samurai Predator Collectible Figure earlier, Hot Toys is very excited to join hands with Mr. Takeya again and this time also working with famed Japanese filmmaker and writer – Mr. Mamoru Oshii (押井守) together with Hot Toys’ Production Director and Chief Painter, Mr. JC. Hong (홍진철), to present the newest addition to our Artist Collection series. Please stay tuned as it will be revealed very soon!
Hot Toys’ Interview with Original Creator of Space Pirate Captain
Following the interview session with Mr. Shinji Armaki, the Director of the Space Pirate Captain Harlock 3D CG movie, Hot Toys is honored to have an interview with the original creator of the Space Pirate Captain Harlock manga, the legend himself, – Mr. Leiji Matsumoto*.
Hot Toys (HT): What do you think of Hot Toys’ Captain Harlock figure based on the latest “Space Pirate Captain Harlock” CG animation movie?
Leiji Matsumoto (LM): Extremely wonderful! If Harlock exists in the real world, he would look just like this figure. The clothing texture is very good and I love the rag effects on his cape. Wouldn’t it be cool if each figure’s cape is damaged slightly differently? I also love the addition of the Throne of Arcadia.
HT: It sure looks like this figure and the CG animation designs are very close to your original creation, aren’t they?
LM: Yes, maybe except for the hair color… My original Harlock has darker brown hair! (laughs) But this figure is based on the newest CG animation, so it’s correct as it is now.
HT: Hot Toys also paid a lot of attention to the weapons and accessories, what do you think of the execution in the eyes of the original creator?
LM: It is actually quite amazing that Harlock’s gun and gravity saber are recreated so faithfully by Hot Toys.
HT: What does the Harlock character represents to you?
LM: He is the most “human” of all Earthlings, Harlock is the ambassador of humanity throughout the galaxies… He is a symbol that proves that it is no longer meaningful to fight between humans or Earth nations. His skull is not a threatening or scaring symbol, but more a statement that he will fight to his last bone for his beliefs. Harlock is all about will power and honor, I hope that such beliefs can be remembered by anyone that looks at this figure worldwide.
HT: What other characters would you like Hot Toys to create a figure of?
LM: I would love to display this Harlock next to a Queen Emeraldas and I wouldn’t mind seeing Tochiro too. But I would also want Hot Toys to create figures based on some of my initial creations, such as “Sexaroid”** and “Maria of The Silver Valley”***, two of my favorite older works.
HT: Any other messages you would like to say to your fans?
LM: Let’s all have dreams and cherish them! Great people have dreams, and thus never destroy other’s dreams. As such, we can all enjoy our future together and live in peace regardless of whichever flag one is living under on Earth. This is the Harlock ideal.
* More about Leiji Matsumoto (松本零士) : Leiji Matsumoto is a widely-known creator of a number of popular Japanese anime and manga series. He is famous for his space operas such as Space Battleship Yamato, Space Pirate Captain Harlock, Galaxy Express 999 and more.
** More about Sexaroid: Sexaroid is Mr. Leiji Matsumoto’s first sci-fi manga series created in 1968. The story is set in the future year of 2222 in Megalopolis Tokyo and revolves around Shima, an agent of the national intelligence agency, and his female android called Yuki no.7.
*** More about Maria of The Silver Valley (銀の谷のマリア): Maria of The Silver Valley is a fantasy manga created in 1958 by Mr. Leiji Matusmoto which began as a medieval romance with science fiction themes.
“I’ll be back”. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s iconic portrayal of the cyborg assassin in The Terminator has remained a forever classic in popular culture and among fans! Hot Toys is revisiting the motion picture that has started the Terminator saga by proudly presenting the 1/6th scale T-800 (Battle Damaged Version) Collectible Figure from The Terminator.
The T-800 collectible is specially crafted based on the image of Arnold Schwarzenegger in battle damaged look from the movie featuring two battle damaged head sculpts with red LED light up left eyeball, leather-like jacket, as well as detailed weapons and a specially crafted diorama figure base.
The 1/6th scale T-800 (Battle Damaged Version) Collectible Figure specially features: - Authentic and detailed fully realized likeness of Arnold Schwarzenegger as T-800 in The Terminator - Two (2) newly sculpted battle damaged head sculpts with LED light in left eyeball (red light, battery operated) - Movie-accurate facial expression with detailed wrinkles and skin texture - Muscular body with over 30 points of articulations - Approximately 32 cm tall - One (1) damaged right arm - Nine (9) pieces of interchangeable gloved palms including: - One (1) pair of fists - One (1) pair of relaxed palms - One (1) pair of battle damaged palms - One (1) pair of palms for holding guns - One (1) left palm for holding guns - Each piece of head sculpt is specially hand-painted
Costume: - One (1) sleeveless damaged gray tee - One (1) black leather-like jacket - One (1) pair of khaki colored pants - One (1) pair of black boots
Weapons: - One (1) shotgun - One (1) machine gun - One (1) pistol with scope - One (1) revolver
Accessories: - One (1) pair of sunglasses - Square-shaped road diorama figure base with movie logo and T-800 nameplate
Artists: - Head Sculpted by Yulli - Head Painted by JC. Hong - Head Art Directed by JC. Hong - Diorama Figure Base Designed by Kim Yong Kyum & Jeon Yeon Sun