Just got my Hot Toys TTM-15 & TTM-16 Advanced Truetypes and took some photos to make this review. I'll try to make this thread as extensive as possible and will take more photos later when I have the time to fully kit the nude with gears and stuffs. If you have other inputs or info, feel free to share them.
First off, we'll start with comparison photos. It's obvious that Hot Toys took ACE's nude as their idea base and made lots of improvement to it. So much so that they beat ACE and their own old Truetype in the process
Below from L to R: ACE nude, TTM-16, TTM-15, Caucasian Relaunch Truetype (Wentworth Miller lookalike), John Connor narrow shouldered Truetype.
Side by side with Caucasian Relaunch Truetype.
Side by side with narrow shouldered Truetype.
Next up, the good stuffs:
- Neck joint looks more lifelike compared to the old Truetype. HT made the neck longer and added a little protruding to cover the gap between the neck and body, making the whole thing more natural.
- The torso is now better proportioned. The abdomen is not as small as the old Truetype and HT also added nipples, veins and more defined muscle sculpts on the arms.
- Arms articulations have been improved. Haven't tested it with weapon-holding stances but let's just say it's more like ACE and way better than the old Truetype.
And then, the bad stuffs:
- They're expensive.
- The nudes (both African and Caucasian) are top heavy. And with the double jointed ankles, these are very likely to topple over and dive. You might want to dab super glue to the ankle joints to make it more steady.
- Visible mold line on the Caucasian head sides, both left and right.
- The optional thigh parts are great and stick quite well on the thighs. They won't move so much when you twist them from side to side but can easily slide up or down. You might want to glue them to the legs.
- While the nude looks great naked (and definitely will look great in tight fitting clothing), it suffers the short neck syndrome when clothed with HT military BDU as can be seen below.
I've seen similar problem when the figure is clothed in formal suit and in full military gear (see tang's thread here).
The only way out I guess is to just stick the head/neck to the old Truetype like so:
So, are these worth it? It's kinda hard to say. I was pretty stoked when these were announced and now am disappointed that they don't live up to my expectations. But if you plan on displaying them in tight Tees, formal attire (shirts and ties but no suits) or polo shirts, then these are definitely for you.
It seems all HT clothing were tailored around the old Truetypes and now that they release the advanced Truetypes, we'll have to wait until HT release new clothing tailored around them to fully enjoy the "advancement". If I had known about this, I'd just buy the heads and neck joints and use them on my spare old Truetypes.
I have one more coming in and frankly kinda regret that I bought so many (three total). Guess I'll just use them for my Navy Seal Divers..... sigh to undo and redo the whole setup....
A conspiratorial side note: I wonder if HT designed this body specifically for Christopher Reeves' Superman and then decided to cash in on it.