Part XXII: Various hoodie and overalls sets
Looks like there is a bit of a pattern to my more recent sixth-scale clothing purchases. Whether parted out or as sets, I have ended up acquiring a couple each of hoodie and overall ensembles, for modern civilian non-glamorous figures. With the hoodies I outfitted an M33 and an M34, especially as the hoodie and pants I got from eBay seller simplehappylife were advertised as "oversize," and able to fit "Phicen M33, M34, M35, M36, World Box AT027 and fat AT018." They certainly fulfilled their promise. The other came as an actual set ("Sweater Jeans Sneakers Set A") from eBay seller acec_union, and it is listed as their brand. This set includes a hoodie ("sweatshirt"), jeans, belt, shoes, and (unlisted in the product information and not depicted in the photos) a beanie. So I played around with a few options, and outfitted an M33 with a First Rate Matt Damon head sculpt that looks much more like Kellan Lutz to me (and I consider it to be him), and with the black beanie, hoodie, belt, and jeans from the acec_union set, and some black sport shoes I already had from ages ago. Although I wasn't trying particularly hard, the outfit turned out appropriate for Kellan, right down to the shirtless-yet-wearing-a-beanie look, which was actually intended to show the detail of the jeans and belt.
The jeans have pretty fine and realistic stitching, functional pockets and belt loops; there is no leather brand label (I don't know if all jeans have one, but usually expect to see one). The belt has a functional belt buckle, and works well, despite being almost too wide for the belt loops. I was impressed that the fairly skinny jeans ended up fitting and, although pretty tight, allow good articulation.
The beanie works reasonably well, although the sculpted/molded hair beneath it would act in a way real hair would not, and the fabric has the tendency to bunch up a little at the top of the head. The hoodie works very well, and is made of a soft and stretchy material that helps it go on, look natural, and keep articulation unimpeded. The shoes have non-TBLeague feet that still fit on the TBLeague ankle pegs, and I made the fit tighter with a couple of short lengths of elastic cord.
I outfitted the M34 with a Hot Toys Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) head sculpt, and gave him the "oversize" hoodie and exercise pants from simplehappylife, socks from the Magic Cube Miles set, and a pair of Nike slides to make sure it was realistically casually unfashionable.
Everything fit reasonably easily and works comfortably, without restricting the articulation at all.
Lounging on the sofa enjoying some video gaming is therefore possible; it occurs to me that much of the seating for sixth-scale action figures tends to be a little low, resulting in somewhat odd posture.
Cuke Toys just released a couple of overalls sets consisting of overalls and a top; I picked up the blue overalls but not the top, and put it on an M33 (I forget where the bearded head sculpt came from). World Box just released its Motor Mechanic set (WB-AT031), depicting a Russian mechanic ("Volk," meaning "Wolf") who is also part of a motorcycle club ("Forever Wheels"), consisting of a head sculpt, tattooed World Box body, overalls, tank top, molded moc toe shoes, a tool canvas beg (a sort of a cross between a tool belt and a fanny pack), a selection of four tools, a sleeveless vest with the motorcycle club logo, and a tire. I gave the World Box sleeveless vest and moc toe shoes to the M33 with the bearded head sculpt; the shoes (which appear to be the same as those used in the MCC "Old Soldier" set) fit pretty well even without resorting to any customization; the curved hard plastic soles, however, do not help stability, and the height of the shoes' sides practically eliminates ankle articulation. I gave another M33 the "Black" Jack Osborne Easy & Simple head sculpt, and the remaining items I had gotten from the parted-out World Box set: the World Box overalls, tank top, and tool canvas bag; he also got the shoes from the acec_union set mentioned above. Lo and behold, with a little heating, some shoelace loosening, and a bit of effort, the TBLeague feet fit inside!
The overalls similar but different, Cuke Toys utilizing more and larger and shinier buttons, more distinctive stitching, providing a button fastening to allow the garment to tighten or loosen under the arm pit, and making it possible to adjust the lengths of the straps over the shoulders. These are realistically functional, as are the non-adjustable denim straps on the World Box overalls. Most of the World Box overalls pockets are functional; all of the Cuke Toys pockets are functional. On the whole, Cuke Toys made the more functional and refined garment, but World Box's still seems more typical to me.
As noted above, the World Box sleeveless vest has a large and detailed logo of the motorcycle club on its back, consisting of a skull image and "Forever Wheels". The World Box white tank top is distressed or outright soiled -- on purpose.
The World Box sleeveless vest zips open or closed with a functional zipper. I gave the figures a few tools I had from before (although my actual toolbox and better tools are currently misplaced).
All in all, the various sets and pieces covered in the review appear to be well made and work and look well, and to allow customizing (or at least mixing and matching, as I have done).
What do you think?