Hey everyone! I'd like to take a minute to talk about a new hobby of mine, and something really incredible I recently got that I'd like to show you.
Some backstory: (If you don't care about the back story just skip to the pretty pictures)
Around September Grace and I went to Japan. During that trip I took a liking to figure collecting. Thanks to the influence of my collector friend Nick, I focused that interest into 1:6 scale (roughly 12" average) figures. Now, for those of you who don't know 1:6 scale figures are made by a few different brands with varying positives and negatives. They all have one thing in common though, they are all pricey.
Now, something being pricey is all about how your brain assigns value to something. So, at first I totally wrote off these $200,$300,$400 figures completely off. Of course, as I started browsing more forums, watching more video reviews and talking to people more, I realized I really wanted to start collecting 1:6 scale figures. During my initial research phase, I stumbled upon a lot of figures that were impressive, but one in particular was completely off-the-charts incredible. That figure was the Sideshow Jim Raynor 1:6 scale figure. Cause, honestly, whats cooler than badass people in power armor? (nothing god damnit)
Now, where most of these 1:6 scale figures are big, roughly 12", Raynor stands at a whopping 15.5". I know that in your head, that's not an easy thing to picture, but I'll show you an image with scale a bit later.
So my obsession with Raynor lasted for about a month, until I finally decided I didn't want to spend the obscene amount of money that he cost. Unfortunately, there was always a part of me that really wanted to own him, as he is an incredibly unique and impressive figure even amongst the plethora of other 1:6 scale figures. A little bit before Christmas I happened to stumble on a couple more videos about him and fell in love all over. Even worse, I saw a 30% off sale on Thinkgeek, and I was pretty much ready to pull the trigger. I conferred with my collector friend, Nick, and he talked me off the financial ledge I was about to jump off ensuring me that on New Years there would be a 40% off sale on Sideshow's website.
So, I held off. I watched it every day, doing more and more research, figuring out in my head how I would display it, the whole thing. Then, of course, it goes waitlisted. Which basically means, you can't actually buy it. You can put your card down and if someone cancels their order, they'll charge you full price and ship it. But it's no guarantee and there would be no way to get the sale price. Of course, in the most first world problem way, I was pouty and sad that I'd never get my holy grail of an action figure.
Fast forward to Christmas morning. Grace hands me my last gift, and it was none other than Jim Raynor. (In the moment I was absolutely shitting my pants). So, all along Grace was planning to buy it for me, and had about a month prior. Not to mention some of my other wonderful friends pitched in to help out with paying for it. I could not be more thankful.
Backstory over, here's the figure. Its amazing.
Here is the what you see when you open the box. Xbox 360 Controller for scale. Even with this picture, it's hard to tell how massive this thing is in person. Trust me, it's huge.
Here he is, out of the box and visor up.
Here he is, all lit up. On the front he has his 4 chest lights, 2 power cells that pull out and light up, along with a light behind his head in the helmet. This thing will light up the room.
Little closer to his chest:
Here's a close up of his face. The helmet is removable (although it's a pain in the ass and I won't do it) and he has a nice head of hair sculpted in there, along with a separate hair piece you can put on that's a bit longer.
Here's his abdomen:
And his feet. He's got some big ass fucking feet.
Here's an off angle shot so you can get an idea of how bulky he is:
Same, but from behind:
His glorious back. The batteries are behind the panels there with 3 screws. They are a huge bitch to install.
There are little decals and details like this covering every inch of this thing. It's astounding:
Top of his back.
His vents light up. Probably the most striking thing about this figure for me. I absolutely love them.
Each finger is individually articulated. Shit.
One more closeup of his face, lights on:
Here are those power cells again:
And now, for the accessories!
He comes with an absolutely massive sniper rifle, a C-14 Impaler Gauss rifle, and his trusty revolver with (p)leather holster.
Once again with controller for scale:
The Impaler has a bayonet...For impaling.
The details on the rest of the gun are just as staggering.
Iron sights can be flipped up:
Oh yeah, this thing FUCKING LIGHTS UP. The batteries are in the magazine.
Here's his revolver. Nice faux leather. Incredibly small details on the holster. The straps and buckles all are functional.
Here it is, out of the holster:
Wood grain detail. I literally just noticed the little skull there too.
The cylinder folds out, and the hammer moves up and down.
And finally, his sniper. This thing is as long as my arm.
The bipod folds down and up.
Both magazines are removable and you can see the bullets within.
And that's Jim! Thanks for reading about my silly new hobby. I'll probably post more the next time I get a figure.