Real life conspired to get in the way of my getting this done earlier, but here's my photo review of the Kaustic Plastik KP02 Heroik muscle body, akin to the one I did comparing the KP01 Realistk and the ACI Andrew. If you've been thinking your other 1/6 scale figures need to feel tiny and inadequate, Kaustic Plastik has got just the base body for you.
The downside is you lose some articulation, but the upside is that you get a massively cool, extremely well engineered figure that is surprisingly pose-able considering its bulk and can be fully dressed and still intimidate the hell out of all those other puny girly men on your 1/6 shelf.
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My original intent was to turn screaming guy into Tarzan by putting the head on a KP01. Now I'm thinking I want to try and get a headless KP01, repaint the hair blonde, and turn him into Thundarr the Barbarian.
I took the Head Play Ge You head and dropped it on the KP02 body. You have to use the Head Play neckpeg because the one that the KP02 comes with is too short. The Head Play neck peg is actually a bit too long, so the head is a tiny bit wobbly, but it works well enough.
Hot Toys "Obama" headsculpt. The skin tone is a little bit off to my eyes, but it seems to photograph better. Head fit is pretty good, though I think it'd be better if you had the neck peg that Kaustic Plastik will provide in the headless body.
Each of the KP02 bodies comes with 4 hands, all of which are in this photo. Left to right: right trigger hand, left plain hand, right gripping hand, left bent hand. Still no fists.
Here's the one and only thing I'd criticize these things for: the wrist pegs look like they're just a hair too long. There are some poses where you can see the wrist separates from the wrist peg. This is not a deal breaker, and you can remove the wrist pegs and replace them with hands of your choice (though getting a skin tone match for the African-American figure will be a challenge, as it always is).
Some comparisons to the KP01 and Articulation Tests:
The KP02s are BIG. For comparison, I've put a KP02 next to a KP01 -- you can see how much taller and bulkier the KP02 is. I don't have a direct comparison to a Hot Toys True Type as I thought I did -- the best I have is this comparison of a KP01 and an ACI Andrew, and then this comparison of an Andrew and a True Type.
Bicep articulation is about the same as the KP01 -- not better than a 90-degree angle, but that's still pretty good considering how massive the body is.
The shoulder is much less articulated than the KP01, though. Even though it's the same ball-and-socket + disc joint, the added bulk really restricts up-and-down movement.
Unlike the ACI Andrew, the arms on the KP02 are flexible enough to be angled inwards easily, which makes getting T-shirts and combat shirts on these figures much easier, and doesn't require them to be quite as stretchy. The other real issue is getting sleeves over those gigantic biceps.
Unlike the KP01, the KP02 has a double-jointed knee, which makes taking a one-knee pose as easy as the ACI Andrew body. He can actually get lower than this, but I didn't think it was all that necessary. I also find that the lower body is a bit stiffer than the ACI Andrew, so it's easier to get the KP02 into a kneeling pose and keep him there despite the weight of the body.
Same flexibility in the hips as the KP01. Even if screaming guy doesn't seem to think so.
Tried getting the figs in the same "Sochin" stance I put the KP01 and ACI Andrew figure in, and the body had no problems whatsoever getting into a good pose and holding it.
Also tried this slightly more daring pose to see how it would work, and it worked wonderfully well. Gymnastics tests were not successful because they can't hold a handstand long enough to get a photo of it. May try some other yoga, taiji, or karate poses later for fun.
Like the KP01, the limited articulation in the arms means that you aren't going to get a very good shooting pose out of this figure. From this angle, it actually doesn't look too bad. Different story from the front-view of the shooting pose, though, demonstrating how far away the rifle is held from the body. It's impossible for the figure to sight down the rifle.
Next: fashion show!