He’s a passionate movie replica / toy collector. In fact he sometimes thinks of himself as an “Investor” of Hot Toys so we expected Elliott Danker might go a little crazy in the Hot Toys booth at this year’s Singapore Toys Games and Comics Convention. Oh and he met his idols at the end of his toy tour too!
This year’s Hot Toys booth showcased the mother of all Hot Toys so far, 1 : 6 replica of The Bat from The Dark Knight Rises. This baby is huge and if you think about it, almost impossible to bring home, heck you’d probably need a truck.
No word yet on whether or not this replica will be up for pre-order. Lot’s of speculation going around that maybe it’s been made just to incite interest in other Batman replicas and that it’s way to big and heavy to sell due to shipping costs and taxes. Well for those of you who at least managed to get a glimpse of it, this might have been the only time you’d get to see it in Singapore.
Moving on, the big news for Batman fans would have been the release of Catwoman (played by Anne Hathaway) just a day before the convention. This meant fans were queuing up in full force to make their pre-orders for what seems to be a really solid replica of the character from the movie.
Another highlight of this year’s booth would have been the diorama battle scene from Marvel’s The Avengers. So far only Nick Fury is for sale although the rest are up for pre-order with targeted release dates from Nov to March next year.
The hot favourite would have to be Loki which was played by Tom Hiddleston in the movie. Interesting enough it seems that women are more interested in purchasing this figure than men….I wonder why.
Of course there were other prototypes that captured the imagination of fans, with the likes of this Charles Xavier replica portrayed by James McAvoy. And also up for pre-orders already were replicas of the new Spiderman featuring a head sculpt of Andrew Garfield, the T-800 and a 1 : 4 scale of Batman from The Dark Knight Rises. It’s huge and really quite a sight!
The other popular releases from Iron Man, which is probably their largest range of replicas so far were also on display.
I had the chance to meet with the sculptors from Hot Toys – the likes of T.J. Cha, Kojun, K.A. Kim and the beautiful Yulli. I actually had a bit of a fan boy moment which usually never happens to me. Well as an investor (without returns haha!) I gotta say I’m very happy with the standard of replicas that Hot Toys has been producing and at the rate they are going, I’m gonna need more space.
To be honest, I found this year’s Hot Toys booth smaller than last year with less dioramas but if you think about it, just being able to see The Bat up close was worth it so I guess you could say it kind of balances out.
Check out our gallery of Hot Toys displays below!
Photography by Kenneth Wong / Ken Koh
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