Figures & Dioramas

Reviews of products for scale figures and diorama models.

Dangerous Curves Series – Sloane, Vegas Baby

Published: June 26th, 2017     
Dangerous Curves Series – Sloane, Vegas Baby
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Scale: 1/24
Company: Masterbox Models

Masterbox Models in the Ukraine has been at the forefront of the figure end of the modeling business for some time now, never fearing to take some interesting chances on the market.  This latest series of figures, designed to accompany most car models with some lovely ladies, has been no exception.


Of all model companies which produce figures, Masterbox may have a truly unique approach.  In most companies, sculptors produce the master figures, and illustrators paint their renditions for the box art.  Masterbox, on the other hand, has illustrators create paintings of interesting figures and scenarios and the sculptors follow behind, making the three dimensional renderings afterwards.  This one fact may explain why Masterbox figures are so innovative - post apocryphal figures, pinups, fantasy pieces and dramatic combat dioramas unrivaled in the industry.  It also explains why the three dimensional renderings are sometimes just a little different from the illustrations.  In this case, the neckline of the dress and the hairstyle are a bit different between the illustration and the figure sculpt.


Moebius Batgirl

Published: June 21st, 2017     
Moebius Batgirl
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/5
Company: Moebius Models

Moebius Models has been a great boon to modeling especially those who like Sci-Fi, Monsters and Super Heroes. A while back they started producing figures based on the 1966 version of Batman. Currently Batman (Adam West), Cat Women (Julie Newmar), The Riddler (Frank Gorshin), Robin (Burt Ward) and The Penguin (Burgess Meredith) have wonderfully detail kits out. To really celebrate these, Moebius has issued their Batgirl kit as a 1/5th scale resin kit. The kit represents the late Yvonne Craig in all here glory with the red wig and green contacts as she was on the 1966 series. The kit is made of resin and housed in a beautiful box with each part in an individual Styrofoam slot so there is no rubbing or issues with broken parts. The finished kit is 16" tall and there are great instructions and painting references. The kit was sculpted by Jeff Yagher and Tony Cipriano, two of the best out there today. A base and nameplate are also included.

Railroad Power Poles and Lamps

Published: June 12th, 2017     
Railroad Power Poles and Lamps
Reviewed by: Ben Morton, IPMS# 47301
Scale: 1/35
Company: MiniArt

MiniArt Models is a Ukrainian company with a unique distinction. Several years ago, during some unpleasantness with those pesky Russians (annexing Crimea and occupying portions of eastern Ukraine), they shut down their manufacturing facility and moved the entire thing to the western portion of Ukraine.

Nevertheless, MiniArt Models continues to release some unusual and pretty nifty kits. Among them are full kits of some not so run-of-the-mill vehicles and a wide range of structures: cafes, eastern European ruins, cottages, and other cityscape buildings. To help spiff up those structures, MiniArt has a line of building and accessories details, among them a set of Railroad Power Poles and Lamps.

Tales from the Apocalypse - The Biker

Published: June 1st, 2017     
Tales from the Apocalypse - The Biker
Reviewed by: Frank Landrus, IPMS# 35035
Scale: 1/16
Company: GeccoDirect

The Biker is the last figure in Gecco's second series and follows the three figures in series one in their Tales From the Apocalypse that I believe are sculpted by Shojiro Kasai. This second series creates Scene 2: Day 1, 1:27 pm at the Diner' and goes with two other figures, a cook who was attempting to save his daughter, Cindy from the infected but who gets bitten and his daughter, Cindy, the diner's waitress and the sister of the heroine in the first series. The Biker's Tale From the Apocalypse:

"The Biker was driving on the freeway when the outbreak started and the dead began walking the streets.

Losing control of his bike, he veered into the opposite lane of traffic and crashed into a car, shattering his skull and neck upon impact. His body went reeling across the pavement, rolling end over end, a large truck ran over his legs severing them below the knees as a final goodbye!"