Discussion: Hot Toys Christopher Reeve Superman 1/6th Scale Figure
What better way to celebrate the release of the movie Man of Steel, than to discuss the Hot Toys Christopher Reeve Superman 1/6 scale figure from the 1978 release Superman: the Movie. Suresuresure. The figure bares Christopher Reeve’s likeness, which we’re all supposed to put aside for the Man of Steel movie. But, Superman is Superman. And synergy is synergy so let’s ignore everything we’ve been told just this once and take a good hard look what those magic makers at Hot Toys have put together for us.
Superman was initially released towards the end of 2011. I don’t believe he’s available at retail any longer. But, you can still find him on the aftermarket, at a bit of a premium. A buddy of mine picked up this particular Superman at a recent Con we went to, and I managed to persuade him to do the “unboxing” in my “studio” (which also doubles as my laundry room) so I could snap some pics of the figure. Always thinking of my audience, I am…
Let me tell you something, Hot Toys really does it up right. All the way down to the packaging. Even the “S” shield box is cleverly designed to transform into a nice little backdrop to display your figure in front of.
If you’re familiar with Hot Toys products, you don’t need me to tell you about the likeness of the figure. I don’t know who/what Hot Toys employs to do their sculpts. Probably elfin slaves, aliens or some sort of weird cloning technology. Whichever witchcraft they’re employing, the likeness’ are stupid dead on. Chris Reeve’s Superman is no exception.
The only thing that “bothers” me about Hot Toys figures are the eyes. In most of the figures I’ve come across, the eyes seemed to be looking up. Is there some sort of psychological reasoning for it? I know that Hot Toys has released a few figures where you could adjust which direction the eyes were looking, but all the figures I’ve come across seem to be designed to be looking skyward.
Also, Superman’s skin tone seems a little off. A little too blue-ish? Not to the effect that he looks like he’s a Na’vi from Pandora, but enough to make you do a quick image search on the internets to see if all the Superman figures looked that way (they do).
But, that’s just nitpicking on my part. Nonono! Don’t give me that! You can’t give everything perfect scores all the time. People/companies need something to strive for! We don’t need Hot Toys resting on their laurels. But, I digress…
Superman features something like 30 points of articulation. And the costume? Again…dead on. I mean, the material looks like it could’ve been cut from the same spools of material the costume Christopher Reeve wore was created from. His cape even has a flexible wire running through the bottom so it can also be posed in all sorts of patriotic, fluttering-like ways.
In classic Hot Toys style, the figure comes with a bunch of accessories. A few extra sets of hands, a clear pole and clamp (to make Supes look like he’s hovering) and a nice little Fortress of Solitude/Krypton display. The Superman figure sold through Sideshow Collectibles also includes the sweet kryptonite necklace that the jerk Lex Luthor put on our hero in Superman: The Movie.
All in all it’s another fine outing from Hot Toys. If Christopher Reeve’s Superman defines Superman for you, then you should find a way to get a hold of this figure.
Thanks to Paco Reban for the use of his figure and images.