Top 10 Hot Toys 1:6 Scale Head Sculpts

With over five-hundred sixth scale figure releases in their ‘Movie Masterpiece Series’ alone, one thing is crystal clear: Hot Toys produces a lot of figures! And as with any company with a body of work that large, some figures are naturally better received by Hot Toys collectors than others. The head sculpts in particular can be very divisive, and sometimes even controversial among fans and collectors who often judge the likeness to the character in question with extreme scrutiny. As technology and painting techniques have improved over the last decade so too has the level of detail and accuracy seen in 1:6 scale head sculpts and in particular sculpts from Hot Toys. With this particular list, I hope to narrow things down and lay out, in no particular order, my personal Top 10 Hot Toys 1:6 Scale Head Sculpts. So without further adieu, let’s dive in!

  1. Harley Quinn (Suicide Squad) MMS 383

Hot Toys rarely goes for lively expressions on their head sculpts and when they do, the results tend to be hit or miss, but usually miss. But here, the Margot Robbie likeness shines through, and the open mouthed maniacal laughing/smiling look really just adds to the overall appearance of the sculpt and is true to the character This rendition of Harley Quinn is the most popular 1:6 scale figure of the character available on the market today.

  1. Nick Fury (Captain America: The Winter Soldier version) MMS 315

A stunningly accurate Samuel L. Jackson likeness and a removable eye patch to boot? Sign me up! In all honestly, this entry from Hot Toys gets bonus points solely for the fact that you can take the eye patch off of the sculpt, revealing some rather gnarly looking, albeit screen-accurate damage to what’s left of his eye. How can you not have a figure of Sam. L Jackson in your collection?

  1. John Wick (John Wick: Chapter 2) MMS 504

While this Hot Toys figure may not be released quite yet (still up for Pre-Order!) the promotional shots from the manufacturer and what we have seen on the convention floor at recent Comic-Con events looks incredible.  This 1:6 scale John Wick figure is graced with a wide variety of weapons and accessories, but more importantly, an utterly perfect Keanu Reeves sculpt, right down to his intense glare and lacerations on his face.

  1. The Mandarin (Iron Man 3) MMS 211

Having actually owned this figure for a time (I’ve since sold it off) I can attest, first hand, that this is a really terrific head sculpt of a really divisive character. The Sir Ben Kingsley likeness is sublime, but what really stands out are the sculpting and paintwork on the beard and hair. Sadly Iron Man 3 had relatively low interest compared to previous films for some fans, and as a result this villain was not a popular seller for Hot Toys but still a beautiful sculpt nonetheless.

  1. Jor-El (Man of Steel) MMS 201

Something very few collectors might know is that Hot Toys actually produced a figure of the Marlon Brando version of this character over a decade ago but it is the Russell Crowe version from Man of Steel that has the superior likeness. It captures Jor-El and his pensive gaze beautifully. If your recent buying habits have you in a bit of Star Wars & Marvel fatigue this might be a great sixth scale figure to nab on the secondary market for a fair price.

6 . Count Dooku (Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith) MMS 496

Another Hot Toys MMS release that has yet to hit the hands of collectors but is too good to pass up putting on this list. Personally, I think the strongest point on this sculpt is the eyes;.They manage to convey the character’s laser-sharp focus while dueling with his lightsaber. The late, great Christopher Lee is certainly more than done justice with this exquisite head sculpt. Should be shipping before the end of 2018 – fingers crossed!

  1. Yondu (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2) MMS 435

A Hot Toys sixth scale head sculpt so good that not only can you almost read the emotion into it but collectors months after it’s release still chat about how it’s one of the best sculpts we have seen to date. When looking at the marvelous (no pun intended) Michael Rooker likeness, one can almost hear him delivering a line from the Guardians of the Galaxy films like the fan favorite, “I’m Mary Poppins, y’all!” Additionally, the scarring on his forehead and the interchangeable fins truly escalate this head sculpt to another strata of quality and finish.

  1. Chirrut Imwe (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) MMS 402

Apart from the excellent sculpting, the paintwork on this head sculpt is rather impressive, especially as it captures the detail on Chirrut’s non-functioning eyes. Another surprise on this list since when a Hot Toys collector thinks of their next figure purchase a lesser known character like this might not immediately jump to mind. The character in the film may be blind, but I feel like even he could pick up on the splendidly done Donnie Yen likeness.

  1. Princess Leia (Hoth Version) MMS 423

From her finely-braided, sculpted hair to her wide eyed, fresh faced appearance, the Empire Strikes Back Leia figure lovingly depicts the late Carrie Fisher, circa-1980. Personally, I believe this is one of those figures that looks better in in-hand photos from collectors than it does in the official Hot Toys promotional photos. Now that Carrie is no longer with us this is a must-own Hot Toys purchase for any Star Wars fan or collector.

  1. Marty McFly (Back to the Future Part I Version) MMS 257

A most assuredly difficult likeness to get right – one can really see a young Michael J. Fox clearly in this head sculpt. For Back to the Future fans there’s very few other collectibles on the market that nail the likeness as accurately as Hot Toys does with this one. I particularly appreciate the character appropriate, slightly bewildered expression, with the widened eyes and partially open mouth.

Honorable Mentions

  • Doctor Strange (2016 version) – MMS 387
  • Aldo Raine – MMS 118
  • Christopher Reeve Superman – MMS 152
  • Jedi Luke – MMS 429
  • Star-Lord – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 version – MMS 421

 

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