Friday, August 20, 2010

"Obama" Meets Obama: Hot Toys' TrueType versus DID's Action Figure

Hot Toys' TrueType Figure Advanced Version African American (modeled after President Obama) arrived yesterday from ToysNSwords.com.  Prior to his arrival, I had an outfit in mind.
 
His muscular physique interfered drastically with the Ken fashion I had on hand.


Ken's sunglasses do fit him.



Civilian pieces purchased from Old Joe Infirmary (they're offline for a while) will have to do for now:  a lavender dress shirt, black denim jeans, and black mock-lace oxfords.  The look on his face is stern, but he appears relaxed in casual clothes.  I did not want to "suit him" up anyway.


In comparison to the Obama figure by DID, I like Hot Toys' figure better for the following reasons:
  • His complexion is even--the head color matches his body and extremities.
  • The head sculpt better captures the President's likeness including ear size. Unlike DID, they failed to include the mole by his nose, however.
  • Hot Toys painted the hair better.
  • Both figures can stand without the assistance of a display stand, but Hot Toys included one.
  • Hot Toys' extra thigh muscles may be an added plus for some.  I quickly removed them.  
  • The Hot Toys figure has one set of extra hands (the DID figure has two extra sets).  The fingers are flexible on the Hot Toys figure.  DID's are not.
  • They both pose well, but the DID figure has more abdominal muscles and more articulation in that area. 
I took several additional photos.  Click to enlarge in another window for better detail.









All they need now is at least one 11-1/2-inch vinyl replica of the First Lady.

dbg


Hot Toy's TrueType (Obama) and DID's Obama Action Figures (in box and in white shirt)
PS  I should mention that DID's figure has two heads.  I purchased an extra body for the open-mouthed head, which is the one illustrated above in the white shirt.  The other, which is dressed in a suit, is kept in the box along with the accessories:  fringed American flag with pole and stand, stool, microphone, extra necktie, and extra hands. ◦
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11 comments:

  1. The President as an action figure? All I can say is wow!

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  2. Sniff. Now I want a Hot Toys President Obama, too. Waaahh!

    Thanks for the photos and the detailed notes, DBG!

    BTW, I have seen an Integrity Toys' Adele repainted to look like Mrs. Obama. Excellent likeness, it was.

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  3. D7ana - Adele as Michelle, that's interesting. I would like to see that.

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  4. Wow, I like this post. I'm glad you got yours. They do ship quickly. I love the comparison photos. When the DID version came out, I couldn't afford him. After seeing the DID verison, I am glad I got the True Type. I don't like the shiny body of the DID. I do miss the mole but I can live with that. Smart idea getting the extra body for the DID figure.

    Some Ken clothes work for True Types and some don't. Shoes don't work at all. I think we both need some Chicago team items for him.

    I use Julia as Michelle on my blog post. She does alread have another mate. (She is one of my "go to dolls".) She is not exactly Michelle but I would love to see Adel/Michelle.

    I can't wait to see more pic from you. I'll have to take a picture of him with Colin Powell.

    Hey, as an action figure, he should have come with the Peace Prize shouldn't he? Or Airforce One! HeHe!

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  5. Ms. Leo,

    I'm glad you enjoyed this post and the comparison images. You could always add the mole missing from the TrueType figure with a dot of paint, or leave it as is.

    I only have one deboxed Christie, Talking Christie. I could probably redress her as FL Michelle Obama. I can see Talking Christie redressed in a J. Crew type outfit and the doll paired up with either of the two Obama figures. Too bad I don't sew or know of a fashion made for Barbie that fits the description. I'll think on it and come up with a solution. Thanks for suggesting Christie.

    dbg

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  6. I stumbled across this post looking for info as to whether or not a truetype Obama head would fit on a Ken body. Do you have an opinion as to whether or not the size would be correct? I can do "surgery" as needed to make the parts fit.
    Thanks for any input you might have:)

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  7. Hi, loved your blog and was up in the air on what Obama doll I wanted to get but you've helped me decide! I just ordered the Truetype one right from the same website you ordered him from! I think the face is spot on compared to the other one even though he does come with a suit and a better body. Can't wait to get him and I am pairing him with the AA lingerie #5 silkstone as Michelle.

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  8. Good for you. I initially was going to use AA Lingerie Barbie #5 with my TrueType Obama, but after the Basic dolls were released, I decided to use model 10. Good luck in finding clothing for your TrueType. I found a very well-made ensemble on eBay for mine offered by a seller in Japan, which also included socks and shoes.

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  9. Can I add the True Type Terrance Howard head to the True Type Obama body? Do the colors match well enough? I have been trying to buy True Type Terrance Howard but can not find it. I can only find the head.

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  10. Hi Anonymous,

    I knew the Terrence Howard figure would be a difficult one to find eventually, which is why I purchased mine as soon as it became available. The TrueType Obama was an immediate purchase, too.

    There is a slight color difference between these two TrueType figures. The Obama figure has gray undertones while Terrence is a reddish-brown, but I believe you can use Terrence's head on the TrueType Obama body without it being obvious that the head is a different color. You'll probably be better off doing this because Terrence's body is shorter than Obama's. I will take and post comparison images later today. Stay tuned. Great question!

    dbg

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