Re: Barack Obama
This is probably the only context in which you would ever hear anyone say that a Hot Toys head sculpt is so deficient that an older DiD sculpt, or unnamed sculpts, might be much better.
There's a specific reason Hot Toys got the skin tone "wrong." At the time they were still selling loose generic bodies. This wasn't actually made as a HT Barack Obama figure but rather it was HT's generic loose African-American body, to which the Obama likeness sculpt was a bonus. As such the skin tone of the body dictated over the head, rather than the other way around. There aren't enough 1/6 African-American male bodies (and virtually no females, but don't get me started) and virtually all of them have darker skin, so the HT loose AA body did also, for commercial viability, and they carried this over to the head.
Evaluated as an Obama likeness this was a rare case of clear inadequacy in a HT sculpt, so I think people were quick to over-react to it. The skin tone isn't perfect for Obama but I wouldn't call it WAY too dark (and Obama looks darker in some pics than others). It's otherwise a great sculpt. You're going to have to compromise somewhere. If it was me I'd accept the sculpt with somewhat overdark skin but otherwise having the advantages of a HT level excellence. Opting for any alternative sculpt will take the overall quality down quite a bit so is it worth it to you to do that just to improve the skin tone accuracy? To say nothing of the fact that I can't think of a lighter AA body available, so as Joe Friday points out you'll need to paint the hands and neck. If you just go with kitting up the HT head and body, you'll have none of these problems, and frankly I think the skin tone is still close enough for jazz. I also note that I've owned a couple of other Obama figures (a novelty short one, and a speaking Hallmark-ish ornament) and they were made too dark also.
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