Post by Ghouldrool on Dec 11, 2012 10:51:45 GMT -5
Hang on to your butts, because Chap Mei has delivered an entire new line of knights, with many repaints AND new sculpts!!
But more importantly, for this particular series, that is being distributed by Top Toy in Northern Europe, Chap Mei has really upped their game. Because if there was anything Chap Mei has been somewhat lacking in, it has been the paint quality, with some of the figures getting very minimal paint treatment.
Well, not for this line! Chap Mei has delivered some of the best paintjobs ever. They really needed to step it up because this series is meant to be a competitor for the famous Schleich figures, which are all superbly painted. The same goes for other manufacturers Papo and Revell. As you'll see from the pictures, the packaging is really meant to emulate those types of figure lines.
I came upon a figure by accident on Ebay and managed to win the auction and have it shipped to me from Germany. It's a very striking repaint of Orcus, the electronic version that was available in Medieval Kingdom. See for yourself!
Having the figure in hand now, I can safely tell you this is NOT a bootleg. It's properly marked Chap Mei, so it's official product!
Of course that raised the question: If there is one amazing new repaint, are there more in this series??
Post by Ghouldrool on Dec 11, 2012 11:02:52 GMT -5
Here is a brand new version of Medieval Kingdom's Lord Draco, and you can really see the difference here. Here's what happens when the plastic is no longer kept a plain unpainted black, but actually painted chrome with weathering to boot.
And of course, familiar weapons and a new shield!!
Post by Ghouldrool on Dec 11, 2012 11:08:51 GMT -5
Here is a familiar face returning from the very first Legend of Knights series, where the figure appeared as Prince Rupert. For some reason I couldn't find a catalog shot for the figure boxed, but I have his loose shot.
His new name: Bardas Verinus!
I also love these new shields, all painted up with the corresponding chest heraldry!!
Post by Ghouldrool on Dec 11, 2012 11:18:58 GMT -5
This figure looks to be an entirely new sculpt! It's clearly Chap Mei though, and the fact that this figure is not only in the new series but comes with easily recognisable Chap Mei weapons is a dead giveaway. New knights are coming!
Post by Ghouldrool on Dec 11, 2012 11:56:49 GMT -5
What's even more fantastic is that it's not just single figures being released in this new and improved style, not by a long shot! Also back for another round in the toy aisles is Chap Mei's fabulous catapult!
It's back, and although it doesn't get a full on royal treatment, at least the heraldy is new!
Post by Ghouldrool on Dec 11, 2012 12:02:25 GMT -5
Now this repaint REALLY improves over the original version by a mile and a half!! I'm VERY excited about seeing the famous Arcturus from Legend of Knights back, and painted with such care! It really shows off the sculpt, now!
And what a difference it makes. The new name for this fantastic dragon is Scilla, the Jade Dragon!
This is definitely going high up on my list. Santa, how about that present?