Sunday, January 27, 2013

The Legend of Drunken Master Jackie Chan

Drunken Master II is a 1994 Hong Kong kung fu action film directed by Lau Kar-Leung and Jackie Chan, who stars as Chinese folk hero, Wong Fei Hung. The film was released in North America as The Legend of Drunken Master in 2000.
The film is a follow-up to Chan's 1978 film Drunken Master, directed by Yuen Woo-ping, but not a direct storyline sequel.

I like Jackie Chan's movies and Drunken Master II or The Legend of Drunken Master was one of my favourite movie.
There were rumors that Enterbay might be doing Jackie in his role in the The Legend of Drunken Master but for now we still dont have a 12" figure of Jackie Chan.
Hence for now, a kit bash will have to do.

I used a CIAN head that was supposed to represent Jackie Chan. I know that the sculpt is not Jackie in his role in the movie. The sculpt is of an older Jackie plus the hair is thinner as compared to the movie where Jackie had a much fuller set of hair.
Regardless, I think the sculpt is good and you can certainly see Jackie in the sculpt. He is also sculpted with a smile which is perfect for a Drunken Master kit bash!

The Chinese Suit is from Enterbay 1/6 RM5.01 Body that came with the suit. I can't remember what body I used. I think I picked it up in Hong Kong. I do feel the upper body looks slightly long mainly due to the fact that the suit is pretty big for the body.

Overall a fun kit bash and with the 1/6 scale chinese wine jugs, the figure looks good on display! 

Jackie Chan as Wong Fei Hung

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Vintage M.A.S.K (Mobile Armored Strike Kommand)

The M.A.S.K (Mobile Armored Strike Kommand) toyline produced and distributed by Kenner ran from 1985 to 1988, releasing four official series through those years. Each series featured a group of common vehicles with the ability to transform into combat, armored vehicles. Most vehicles came with one or two drivers, and each character had a mask with a certain ability.

The first two series focused on a premise of crime-fighting between the M.A.S.K. team and the V.E.N.O.M. criminal organization. The last two series changed the premise to a racing-oriented theme, albeit still with the two teams competing against each other.

M.A.S.K was a toyline which I loved but I did not get many of them. If I remembered correctly I only owned 2 vehicles, Gator (series 1) and Vampire (series 2). My cousin the other hand was a huge M.A.S.K fan and he owned all the vechicles from series 1 to series 3. I would always looked forward to going to his house every weekend to play with his M.A.S.K toys!

Another thing I love about 80's toys are the packaging art!
He-Man, Starcom and M.A.S.K, the art was amazing!

I was exposed more to series 1 to 3.
When series 4 came out, I was around 12 years old.
My focus was not really on toys forward 24 years later, focus is back on toys and I am trying to buy back these memories!

Gator was the first vehicle I got, hence it was one of the vehicles I tried to look for when I started to buy back the M.A.S.K toys.
In the cartoon, whenever Matt Tracker calls the computer to assemble the team for the mission, I really get a kick when Gator is chosen!
Gator is an orange jeep and its combat mode is a hydroplane.

Gator as a 4X4 orange jeep

Transforms to a hydroplane with depth Charge,roll-bar Machine Gun and freeze gun!

The driver for Gator is Dusty Hayes
He is an auto and marine stunt driver, all-terrain specialist and tracking and demolition expert. His day job is a pizza cook.
His mask is Backlash which fires a kinetic blast. 

Firecracker was from the series 1.
A pick-up truck that elevates into a mobile weapon platform. Not really into its combat mode...but love the pick-up truck mode.

Firecracker elevates into a mobile weapon platform! Not very innovative I must say.

A cool accessory is the motorbike that comes with Firecracker! It can be attached to the back of the truck.

Hondo MacLean was the driver and he is the weapons specialist and tactical strategist for M.A.S.K. When he is not with M.A.S.K, he is a history teacher.
He uses the Blaster mask which fires a destructive energy beam.

Condor was most probably the first M.A.S.K vehicle we would buy.
It was the cheapest vehicle from series 1 and a great start for any M.A.S.K collection!
Condor is a green motorcycle which transforms into a helicopter.

Condor in helicopter mode!

Brad Turner, operator of Condor, is a rock musician by day and helicopter pilot for M.A.S.K.
His Hocus-Pocus mask can project holograms.

Hurricane is one of my favourite vehicles in the M.A.S.K universe.
This is one vehicle I had to get.
Being a 1957 Chevy with a flame paint job is already cool, turning into a six-wheeled attack tank makes it bad-ass!
The overall design for Hurricane is really cool!

Attack mode!

The operator of Hurricane is Hondo MacLean, the driver for Firecracker.
Hondo was given Hurricane when Firecracker was destroyed in the cartoon series. Talk about good employment benefits!
He uses the improved Blaster II mask.


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