I too want them to add to this line! Andromeda!(any female really) Calibos! Poseidon! I have not seen these at my local TRU yet but they do have the Elves/Orcs & L.A.S.E.R. stuff which I of course nabbed and will check back again soon to see if this line has showed up yet! Can't wait!
GReat idea. I definitely want to see Hermes/Mercury as well. Sort of a speedster god, can't go wrong.
It's also pretty wicked that Magic: The Gathering (another hobby of mine) is doing a greek/roman mythology set right now, too.
I have three sets of the first L.A.S.E.R. four pack that came out. I totally mistook them for Chap Mei figures. I still don't know who actually made them but I really like the style. They're almost honorary Chap Mei figures.
Post by jafaristew on Sept 9, 2013 19:52:40 GMT -5
Great shots! Yeah I bought 1 of the 4 packs of the L.A.S.E.R. Arctic 4-pack and just assumed they were Chap Mei figures! I hope to do some artwork of both them and the Olympus figures by 2014 with some added additional characters of my own to round out some amazing sets!
Post by jafaristew on Sept 22, 2013 18:46:58 GMT -5
Found all of the TLHOO merch today at my local TRU, it was great to finally find these guys, I love the sculpts (very Beast Raider looking to me) and designs! I bought the 4-Pack & Hydra (who is just terrific!) My only criticism would be that the figures legs don't move at all (I was kind of surprised as I guess I didn't look at the online pics close enough) but all in all a great new addition from Chap Mei with a subject matter I love. I will be going back to TRU for the War Ship soon!
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Post by Ghouldrool on Sept 23, 2013 9:08:22 GMT -5
That Chap Mei chooses to give their figures immovable legs is in itself not unique: in the Vikings: Legend of the Norse Warriors there was one figure that had leg articulation, out of six. This is none out of four, but even then it's pretty common with Chap Mei.
Be that as it may, this is an awesome line and congrats on finding them!!
To all whom contributed with pics and info in this thread, thanks! I hadn't gotten on the TRU website in a while and I'm blindsided by these popping up. And they just went to the top of my short want list of toys currently in stores. From my experience, it's been best to go with the website to acquire stuff like this rather than go to a TRU store. These have me pretty excited, which hasn't happened to me in a while as far as the hobby goes. And what gets me is they're so affordable compared to like product from other companies!
Post by Ghouldrool on Sept 29, 2013 4:33:32 GMT -5
That's why I like Chap Mei too, I've always had a thing for non brand toys where you could use your imagination and just fill in your own stry. Chap Mei's lines do that all the time. Plus, for a budget store line, the quality is very, very good.
I'm loving the True Legends HOO line. I bought the 4-pack knowing I would eventually repaint them. I finally got around to it plus had a chance to supplement my collection with two other CM toys that seemed like a natural fit. The pics say it all. Notice Hercules got a bit more modification on his right shoulder. The wonky articulation was throwing me so I gave him a more traditional/swivel shoulder joint and a new lion head shoulder pad.
NEMEAN LION - The first labor of Hercules
ORTHRUS - Brother of Cerebus, Guardian of Medusa's lair and featured in the tenth labor of Hercules
Working on Calibos and Ares - would love to get to Poseidon, Theseus, the Minotaur (if he ever gets released in the US) and the large Boar from an earlier Safari line. Let me know your thoughts on these guys.
Post by Fire and Ice on Feb 6, 2014 1:19:06 GMT -5
Your repaints are nice! I especially like the lion. If the Hercules movie with the Rock is a hit, would be cool if they released a set like your custom. I would like to see a robe or cowl made from the lion's pelt. Awesome job!
Amazing! I am more than impressed with your work. To be honest, this is exactly the sort of thing that I would have done if I had these sort of painting skills. A good frined of mine is a Warhammer painter, and I'm often jealous of how he can make those tiny miniatures (and not to mention the landscapes) look. I would definitely encourage you to post more of these beautiful shots.
Thanks for the feedback guys. I've been customizing toys for a while and just started to dive into Chap Mei customs. The sculpts are so strong, they really just need paint most of the time. With this set, I tried to stay close to the original color schemes that CM intended - just tried to take them to the next level.
Gigamach, I use water based acrylic paints (you can get it at craft stores like Joanne's, Hobby Lobby, Michaels) and then seal the figures or (sometimes just painted areas) with a dull coat lacquer to protect them (Testors dull coat spay is awesome).
I scored my Ork/Wolf set at a TRU in Atlanta (Buckhead) while on business their last week. I haven't seen them in Austin in a while but will keep an eye out. Your best bet might be TRU Online. Seems the only way to get some items since the distribution is wonky on this stuff.
Cool, man! Also, I might have a lead on a Bladekiller. I'll let you know for sure next week. One of my friends at work noticed mine and said he got the same one years ago. I asked him how much he wanted and he said if he could find them (Beast Raider stuff) he'd just bring 'em in. If Bladekiller is in there, I'll let you know.
Standard acrylics, huh? Cool beans. My wife has a ton. I'm gonna mess with them this weekend. I LOVE that Perseus and Medusa. Totally cool.
Sorry for the delay guys. Here is my custom Calibos. I wanted to do a unique take on him but have my version pick up cues from the 1981 and 2010 film versions of Calibos. He also needed to fit in with the other CM figures so I pirated parts from two existing CM to get the base body. In the 81 film, Calibos was a dashing rogue before being cursed and deformed by Zeus for hunting his herd of Pegasus. My version combines the human Perseus figure with the lanky lizard tamer ork figure. Then I added some sculpted detail and horns from my fodder box. Check him out below.
CALIBOS - Scourge of Joppa, hunter/slayer of Zeus' sacred herd of Pegasus, General of the armies of Tartarus.
Leading the march on Olympus
Still trying to get a Bladekiller to convert to a Hades so Ares is probably up next. let me know your thoughts.