Hot Toys Figures That Look Identical To the ActorJose Lopez
Attempting to capture an actor’s likeness in action figure form can be an incredible feat. More often than not, some tiny detail or imperfection in an actor’s chin or nose will fail to be properly reproduced, throwing off the entire sculpt. Sometimes a figure will succeed from one angle, but when viewed from another, they fall flat. The Hong Kong-based toy manufacturer Hot Toys has long been known as the top name in movie collectibles. Their sixth scale figures seem to work some manner of dark magic that allows them to steal a little bit of the actors’ souls, imprisoning them in plastic. Despite the talent involved in the production process, there are always going to be hits and misses. Let’s take a look at some of Hot Toys’ unmistakable hits.
JOHNNY DEPP AS JACK SPARROW – DX 15 POTC : DMTNT
To really push how successful Hot Toys can be with capturing an actor in sixth-scale figure form, I give you their Jack Sparrow. Without a doubt amongst their very best likenesses, this Jack is based on the Dead Men Tell No Tales entry in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. This was not the first attempt at making a figure based on actor Johnny Depp’s cooky, mischievous pirate, though it still stands as the absolute best. The sculpting and paintwork, particularly the eyes, combine in a way that truly convinces you that you’re staring at a photograph of the man himself.
MICHAEL ROOKER AS YONDU – MMS 436
Actor Michael Rooker has a very distinct look. He somehow manages to look both gruff and compassionate at the same time, which I mention only to reiterate that there are unquantifiable ingredients in capturing a likeness. The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 release of Yondu manages to capture this particular ingredient perfectly. Rooker’s subtle grin and the compassion behind his eyes are both evident in this inanimate collectible figure, which seems like it should be impossible and yet here we are discussing how it isn’t.
LETITIA WRIGHT AS SHURI – MMS 501
Everyone loved Black Panther, and more importantly, everyone loved Letitia Wright‘s take on T’Challa’s sister, Shuri. The actress really brought a touch of playfulness and sarcasm to the story, which may have seemed a bit too serious otherwise. Despite that, she was also capable of being very stern when necessary, and the recently released Hot Toys figure certainly captures that. While I would have preferred a more lighthearted take on her, this does manage to get the actresses’ appearance down. Some collectors have complained about the skinniness of the body, but there is no arguing that the head sculpt is well-done.
AARON ECKHART AS TWO-FACE – MMS 546 TDK
Yet another recent entry into the Movie Masterpiece line, Aaron’s Eckhart‘s Two-Face from The Dark Knight film has yet to be be released. Despite not viewing the figure in hand, the promotional shots tell you all that you need to know, showcasing what looks to be a superior sculpt and rendition of Eckhart as the doomed Harvey Dent. Even with half of his face gone, the portrait encapsulates the actor’s unique look. His square jaw, sandy-brown hair and piercing blue eyes all stand out. This piece will surely impress upon release.
CATE BLANCHETT AS HELA – MMS 449
Cate Blanchett is one of those rare beauties that manages to evade looking cookie-cutter pretty. As such, managing to capture her unique looks in action figure form, while maintaining her allure could be quite difficult. Not to worry, however, as Hot Toys succeeded here once again. Her high cheekbones, prominent nose, and full lips stand out as highlights of the sculpt here, and the skin tone comes off natural. The headdress helps, for sure, but face here hardly needs it. This entry from Thor: Ragnarok is an excellent rendition.
JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT AS JOHN BLAKE – MMS 274
The Dark Knight Rises stands as Christopher Nolan’s most divisive Batman film, which I never understood. I’ve always enjoyed it, and one of the best parts for me was Gordon-Levitt’s role. Hot Toys apparently agreed with me about his importance, as he warranted an entry in their line and they worked up a very accurate portrait of him. The high forehead, the furrowed brow, and the small mouth work together with the slightly large ears to get his look just right. The paintwork on this sculpt is also a standout to me.
PETER CUSHING AS GRAND MOFF TARKIN – MMS 433
Rarely are supporting characters quite so memorable as Peter Cushing’s Grand Moff Tarkin. Despite Darth Vader’s overwhelming presence in the original Star Wars, Cushing gave a powerful, understated performance. That performance is conveyed here with a remarkable portrait, particularly the work done on the hair and skin, coupled with the pursed lips. You can practically feel Tarkin seething when looking at this figure, which is quite impressive.
MICHAEL J. FOX AS MARTY MCFLY – MMS 257
If you don’t immediately see a young Michael J. Fox holding a newspaper in the photo above, I don’t know what to tell you. You might have vision problems. Hot Toys here manages to get the actor spot-on, helped in no part by giving him the somewhat perplexed look that he wears through most of the film. Any Back to the Future fan would surely be satisfied with this rendition of Fox as McFly, and if they weren’t, they would be hard-pressed to find one better.