Aug 9, 2013
At this point most people have seen at least one, of the now five, Predator movies. Whether it is the classic original which featured action star legend, Arnold Schwarzenegger, or even one of the less than stellar installments of AVP, the predator gets around. Personally, as a fan of sci-fi films, I have always preferred the alien from the eponymously named franchise, Alien, but I will say that the Stan Winston design for the Predator is absolutely amazing. Needless to say, over the years I have picked up a toy or two depicting our hunter friend.
Just this week I got a package from Mexico that contained a couple of treasures that, as it turns out, far exceeded my expectations. Check this out.
Made out of a dense PVC-type material and standing a whopping 8″ tall this is actually a bootleg item.
As you can see, Mr. Predator here seems to have a disproportionately large head when compared to the rest of his body. Well it turns out that was done quite deliberately and the figure is done it what is known as a super-deformed style. Popular in Asia, I love this type of piece.
Overall he weighs in at well over a pound. You would not want to throw this at anyone.
For a bootlegged item, the detail is remarkably good and very well executed. In all my years of collecting I have never seen another example of, or even a reference to, this toy.
A couple of years ago, Hot Toys came up with a line of super-deformed Alien and Predator figures. There have been many other franchised characters done in this way and they are all called Cosbabys. Obviously the piece you see here today is not just a scaled up copy of one of these.
Similarly scaled, I also purchased the other figure the seller had to offer. As you can see, for the most part the bodies are both the same sculpt with just different paint applications.
Despite having very limited articulation, limited to just the shoulders, and to some degree the head, they are both truly awesome.
I paid about $50 for the pair and feel as though I got an amazing deal. This is not your standard, cheaply executed knock off from south of the border, if licensed this would easily sell in the US.
If any one has any further information on the history of these figures I would love to hear it.
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