Last week I received the first of two Cobra Vipers that I had pre-ordered.
This is what he looks like with minimal ‘futzing’ (the term used to describe playing around with the various gear and clothing to make it look more realistic), and not all of this gear on (his ammo pouches are not attached yet).
This one came from Legends Toys, although I almost always order my 1/6th figures from Urban Samurai Hobbies, or pick them up from Silver Snail here in Toronto on Boxing Day. This is a Sideshow Collectibles figure, as are most of the ones I buy.
I love him. He looks very similar to the original toy. After a little bit of futzing, I think he’ll look even better. I originally only wanted one, but I forgot to cancel one of my pre-orders, so I’ll be getting a second one soon. That’s okay, though, as I can make one an officer and one a regular.
So this is just one of many belonging to my other hobby, 1/6th scale figures. Dolls. Mandollies. 1/6th scale, historically/film accurate, highly detailed, thoroughly poseable action models. Whatever you call them, I collect them. I used to collect WWI and WWII figures, but once the Star Wars, then G.I.Joe lines arrived I pretty much moved over exclusively to them. I do have a few others, like some of Hot Toys’ marine from Aliens (sadly, none of the Aliens yet!), and Ghostbusters. And yes…I have a Jabba, with his throne. And Han in carbonite. And many more.
As my room gets clean and I move to the basement, I’m going to find space to display them all, and I can take some more pictures. To me, they’re kind of like art that I can pose. They’re expensive art that I can pose, for sure, but I think I’ll keep collecting them. One day I might even let my son play with them. Maybe. Probably not.
I just felt like sharing with you one of my other hobbies. It’s okay if you want to make fun of it. I’m comfortable with it. And besides…it’s not too far removed from little plastic and metal men on a felt table 🙂
Thanks for reading.