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Which is Better, Hot Toys or Sideshow?

Posted by Marc Bowker on

As an action figure retailer, there isn't an easy answer to this question.

A few years ago, this wouldn't even be open to debate. Hot Toys was the clear winner when it came to collector figures. But Sideshow has made a lot of progress when it comes to the quality of their sixth scale figures.

A couple of recent examples are their Deadpool and Darth Vader sixth scale figures.

We had a Deadpool on display in the shop and it got a lot of attention from customers. The head sculpt, outfit and articulation were all excellent. And the number of accessories that it came with was outstanding. It also beat the Hot Toys Deadpool to market by about a year. This one got 4 out of 4 stars from my pal Michael Crawford.

I haven't seen the Sideshow Darth Vader out of the box, but Michael gave it 3.5 out of 4 stars. And he's been reviewing figures for more than 15 years. He knows his stuff.

So Sideshow is headed in the right direction, but is there anyone else that can challenge Hot Toys?

QMx is my answer.

QMx got off to a slow sixth scale start with their Firefly Malcolm Reynolds figure. It was OK, but nowhere near the quality of Hot Toys.

Then, they released the Star Trek: The Original Series Kirk and Spock figures. And it seemed like the playing field changed overnight.

Everyone loved Kirk and Spock. QMx even managed to produce arguably the best William Shatner Kirk sculpt ever! Crawford gave both figures 4 out of 4 stars.

QMx has since released their Dr. McCoy to rave reviews. And their first Star Trek: The Next Generation figure (Captain Picard) is due before Summer.

They also have the license for Firefly and Supernatural, so look for more collector figures from QMx soon.

Another contender is Chronicle Collectibles.

They had prototypes of their Jurassic Park/World and Conan the Barbarian sixth scale figures on display at the 2016 San Diego Comic Con. And they looked amazing! Unfortunately, none of those have been officially announced yet.

But, at the end of the day, Hot Toys is the 800 pound gorilla of sixth scale figures. They have a lock on the Marvel and Star Wars licenses for the foreseeable future. And some of the best sculptors in the business.

The important thing to remember is that you should buy what you like, regardless of the company that makes it. 




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