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Sunday, 3 September 2017

"Aliens" Muscle figures.



Having just acquired the “Aliens” muscle set from Super7 I thought I’d start by painting up the two largest pieces, being the Queen Alien and Ripley in the P-5000 Powerloader. Having spent some hours painting them I thought I’d give you my review of this set.
As with the first set of the “Alien” figures released last year they appear to be by the same sculptor. The details are a little soft and I guess may have lost some sharpness from the original masters during the manufacturing process. Big up to them though for taking on the Powerloader, this cannot have been an easy sculpt to process (and paint!) without resulting in the usual ‘blocking’ one sees where a number of gaps appear betwixt body lines and other detail.
In my view, given a quick look, the detail does not jump out of this set in its raw form, in perhaps the same way as their MOTU range. From my painting perspective it is all the more important to obtain a fair likeness to the characters they portray. The Alien Queen is overall a nice piece and is justifiably a larger figure than the other Aliens in the set. I have another batch from this set currently in my painting process, pictures of which I will post in due course.
Finally I would like to thank my mate Seth over the pond for assisting me in obtaining this set. We here in the UK can’t easily (or cheaply) obtain all these American manufactured goodies.







Thursday, 13 July 2017

M.U.S.C.L.E.'s Batch (9)

Here we have #205 Powerful Man, #4 Kani Besu, #Sunshine, #5 Planet Man and #222 Kinnikuman (j)

















Thursday, 4 May 2017

Monster Wrestlers in my pocket


A series of some 42 different figures made in the main by Matchbox in the UK. However nine of them were made by Vivid Imaginations and made available as cereal premiums with Kellogg's Frosties in 1995. Similar in size to a 54mm figure with a fairly crude factory paint application. Each figure has its own code and name. I really like the sculpts and so painted a few up.


     
   This is Gizzard the Lizard, Deadly Night Nurse and Steel Slammer  in their original form.















Wednesday, 26 April 2017

M.U.S.C.L.E.'s (Batch 8)

Here we have:-  #175 Leoparudon, #80 Paper Mummy, #110 Kinnikuman (f), #97 Condora and  #149 Screw Kid
Got kinda hooked on these guys and would like to complete a full set...all 236 of them!









Sunday, 26 March 2017

Charles 1st Execution.

A 54mm project with figures depicting the scene outside the Banqueting House, Whitehall, London on January 30th 1649.
This was the execution of Charles 1st.

Made a little dio with a wooden scaffold made from balsa and ice lolly sticks. Backdrop is a picture I found on the internet. Figures are Call to arms Pikeman, Charles, executioner and bishop by Replicants and the Ironside is one I bought from an odds and ends box at a fair, unknown make.



Saturday, 25 March 2017

Cuban Revolution

A set of ten figures in 54mm from russian manufacturer Engineer Basevich. Nice sculpts as usual, only a couple of things, first the figure with grenade in hand and thomson on his back has no visible sling, so I added one using a bit of milliput. Secondly I'm not keen on the two figures without bases, kinda odd one's out so I added them to each of the kneeling figures.

The Cuban Revolution was an armed revolt conducted by Fidel Castro's 26th of July Movement and its allies against the right-wing authoritarian government of Cuban President Fulgencio Batista.
26 Jul 1953 – 1 Jan 1959








M.U.S.C.L.E.'s (Batch 7)

Here we have #163 Mammothman, #87 One Million Magnitude, #153 The Claw, #85 Kinnikuman Zebra and #79 Hammerhead.