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Hot Toys Military - U.S.A.F. AIRMEN SECURITY FORCE IN IRAQ

Among the many things I like about Hot Toys, what always impresses me the most about them is their ability to deliver a final product that is just about identical to the images posted in their initial product launch announcements. They show quality photos in their product announcements to generate interest and demand, and follow that up with a final product that actually lives up to the initial hype.

That commitment to consistency and quality creates a sense of confidence especially when purchasing their products sight unseen, as what happens much in online retail. That commitment also kind of makes photo reviews of the delivered product a bit redundant perhaps, because the photos of the products on the website and in their initial announcements look exactly the same as the photos most reviewers will take, except with maybe more varied and detailed images. Below are the photos I took of one of their latest releases, the Hot Toys USAF Airman Security Force Iraq.

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Headsculpt
I have to say Hot Toys has managed to gather a great team of sculptors to work with them on these projects, and it shows. The integrity of the sculpt seems to have held up well through the production process as well. The paint application is very clean and compliments the crisp head sculpt.


Full Body Shots (with and w/o IOTV)
Body underneath is Hot Toys new True Type body. The body is slim enough so that the ABU drapes well over the figure. Kudos for coming out of the gate first with the ABU. The ABU camo however could benefit from a tighter pattern, but it's the best one on the market so far... mainly because it the only one in the 1:6 market so far. Boot/feet ("beet") come with this one, along with a pair of bare feet. It would be interesting to see them try some boot/feet with different poses other than the typical "L" shape.


Detail pics of the IOTV and helmet
Great detail and construction on the Improved Outer Tactical Vest. Slots of side SAPI are even there. Not sure if the AN/PRC-126 Radio radio belongs there in the left side wing assembly. The pics of the vest opened show how much detail was put into it. Last couple shots in this group are the MICH and the patrol cap, both in ACU pattern camo.



Weapons and accessories
Shown below are a Shotgun w/ Reflex Sight, Shotshell Carrier, and Buttstock Magazine Pouch, M4A1 R.I.S, XM26 LSS (new for Hot Toys), and other accessories such as the bare feet, SAPI, Tan Goggles, Oakley shades, and wrist watch. I had a bit of trouble keeping the XM26 magazine in place, but it was nothing a bit of sticky-tack couldn't fix.
 

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More closeups without IOTV
Combat knife gets a sheath which could be mounted onto the ballistic belt. Double mag pouch and SF armband are shown in the 2nd pic.


Closeups fully geared up
The new style handcuffs (red, mounted via tan Grimlok carabiner) are a nice addition. 2 M9s are provided, one in a thigh rig, and the other on the chest mounted on an adapter platform. Tactical folder and muti-tool fit nicely in the dual slot utility pouch.


Hot Toys Military - U.S.A.F. AIRMEN SECURITY FORCE IN IRAQ

+ Uniform
- Airman Battle Uniform (ABU) **
- Improved Outer Tactical Vest (ACU) **
- Patrol Cap (ABU) **
- Armband **
- Ballistic Belt (ACU) **
- Duty Belt

+ Accessories
- MICH Helmet w/ Cover
- Light **
- Assault Gloves
- Utility Pouches **
- M4 Double Magazine Pouch
- M4 Triple Magazine Pouch
- Canteen w/ Pouch
- Buttstock Magazine Pouch **
- Shotshell Carrier **
- AN/PRC-126 Radio
- Tactical Boots
- Handcuff **
- Sunglasses
- Goggles
- Watches
- Ballistic Hard Plates
- Folding Knife
- Multi-tool
- Scissors
- Carbiner **
- Ball-Point Pen
- Patches

+ Weapons
- Shotgun w/ Reflex Sight **
- M4A1 R.I.S
- XM26 LSS **
- Combat Knife **
- M9 w/ adapter platform
- M9 w/ tactical holster platform
 

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Damn you make that figure look good!!
 

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Thanks for the review Norm. I'm really looking forward to this figure. I wish Hot Toys would use a different color for the trim on the ACU gear. I really don't like the color they are using. It makes everything look a bit "toyish" if you get my drift.
 

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Here's mine.





The helmet was large enough to accommodate the cap, or the helmet liner, which is a good thing for me. Previous HT head sculpts were either too big or had hairdos that make putting on the helmet a pain in the arse.

The butt stock M4 ammo pouch is pretty much useless once you put a mag inside because the flap won't close properly. I will probably add some glue to it later on if it keeps on opening by itself.
 

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Norm:
Thanks for the review. I've seen the figure up close and personal and I like it. I agree that the headsculpt is really good.

Question:
On the real ABU what are the colours of the camo pattern? And are the tiger stripes pixelated or just look that way?

xavier
 

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Doly, how about if you use a different magazine in the butt mag pouch from DML or BBi, will it close then?
The one in the picture is BBi mag, and the flap's still almost open. I even tried the new HT mag, which is AFAIK the thinnest 1/6 M4 mag to date, and it still wouldn't close properly.

It's because of the velcro positioning. You can either unstitch it and then resize it or just insert the mag and then glue the flap for good.
 

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Anyone hear how soon this is shipping in the US? Also, saw on the HT newsletter that the RANGER SAW Gunner is going out and the SCAR RANGER will be in the warehouse this week. Means we will have them in our homes in time for Christmas.
 
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