Since I’ve been so busy with the new job and all the other stuff thrown my way by the universe I haven’t done a whole lot with the hobby. However, with the new job I finally had some money to splurge on something that I have been wanting: The Hot Toys TT muscle Body TT20.
Let me preface this review right now with WHY I am collecting and using Hot Toys action figures: They work out pretty well with most of my female dolls and action figures…the only ones that they aren’t working as well with right now are the Fashion Royalty girls…which is why I was willing to splash out on this particular action figure. I’d heard / seen that it would work with some of the Female bodies made by Integrity Toys. Oh yea: and I don’t like the FR guys because they lack enough articulation for me to want them.
For those of you with a little curiosity or any interest I’m doing this review!
First let’s take a look at the packaging:
(not my photo.)
It’s nice. Simple. Easy to get into. I like that. Not much waste and it’s not a struggle to get into. There is a hot toys stand included.
The body itself:
The build quality is good.
It comes with extra hands which is IMO always a plus. the body has some nice details: some veining on the arms, well defined collarbones etc/ and some light “skin” texture (although that is more random and is less apparent on some parts than others.
The body is HEAVY. I’m not kidding.
Ok, remember when I found the nut that they’d put in that FR Erin all those years ago? Well this is more like they put a freakin’ brass knuckle the body! I’m not complaining though. It feels solid and at least if it is –then I feel the price is more justified. It’s much heavier than the standard HT true type body.
Ok, when you pick it up you know where at least part of your money went.
The ROM: maybe not all you’d expect, but still pretty good.
Potential issues & things I have go go “hmmm” about:
1) The size of the body…
It IS a totally pumped guy body, I guess that could make it difficult to fit some heads to it. Right now you see him with a knock off wolverine head. It works but it might take a bit to find a head that you would want to use with it and have sit on it the right way.
2) His chest isn’t solid abs or plastic like I had assumed…. but is a soft layer of vinyl or silicone over the plastic.
It’s not a deal breaker but it does red flag that if I dress the body in dark colors on the top to be careful to have a barrier on it. OR to only do that for quick photoshoots and then change the top/shirt to something lighter & less prone to stain. the packaging did include a little warning note to say that acetone, thinners etc could damage the “skin layer”.
3)He has black spongy-cuffs on his feet/legs?
For me that is a huge WTF! (sorry didn’t bother to shoot any good clear photos of that)
Is that supposed to make it easier/ better for fitting boots on the feet or what? I don’t know. I do know that it isn’t working for me and I have a few different ideas on what I can do about it…
1) apply a couple of layers of gesso and paint and try to get it to a near skintone match.
2) make an alternative one out of (??) craft foam maybe ?
3) make a replacement out of milliput and paint it to match.
Right now it’s not a major issue since when I get around to sewing for him and making him jeans and stuff I’ll make them longer. But for those scenes where things are bared…well. I don’t like wasting more time in post production photoshop than I have to!
Comparisons with other Hot Toys True Type bodies:
Hot Toys Slim body/ Hot Toys Regular body / Hot Toys Muscle Body
As you can see there’s quite a range of difference in their heights. I didn’t have a narrow shoulder guy to compare with but I believe those are the same height as the Regular HT TT Body?
And of course you need to see what he (and the others) look like next to Giselle…
Slim guy is looking more like her younger brother there…..
Do-able. Some tall women have shorter partners….
And as you can see….. Side by side Giselle and the muscle body (in this case with Logan’s head on it) works pretty well.