Need a Friend?

Not just any friend, mind you. But Friend, the arch-fiend to mankind in renowned Manga artist Naoki Urasawa (浦沢 直樹)'s seminal work, 20th Century Boys (20世紀少年 Nijusseiki Shōnen).

For fans of the aforementioned critically acclaimed science fiction-mystery manga which won the 2001 Kodansha Manga Award in the General category, and was made into a trilogy of films that was successful at the box office, Hot Toys, the Hong Kong based production house for highly detailed collectibles, has something in stored for you.

Belonging to the "Comic Masterpiece Series", celebrating the 10th anniversary of Hot Toys, the 1/6th scale Friend Collectible Figure will be available at the anniversary event in Tokyo in Christmas 2010.

Here's the official press release, followed by the pictures of the amazingly recreated figure of "Friend". For those who have not completed the manga, do note that there's an obvious spoiler with one particular interchangeable head which reveals the true identity of the ultimate fiend.

The 1/6th scale Friend collectible specially features:

- Authentic and detailed realization of the Friend character from manga “20th Century Boys”, personally approved by artist Naoki Urasawa

- Newly developed head sculpts, including the Friend’s infamous masked logo head

- TrueType body with 30 points of articulation

- Approximately 30 cm tall

- Four (4) pairs of interchangeable palms including
- Two (2) pairs of relaxed palms
- One (1) pair of palms with pointing forefingers
- One (1) piece of left palm for holding gun
- One (1) piece of right palm for holding spoon

- Each head sculpt piece is specially hand-painted

- One (1) set of grey-colored suit, white shirt and red tie
- One (1) pair of black shoes

- One (1) laser gun
- One (1) robot remote controller

- Two (2) interchangeable heads including one (1) Fukube character head and one (1) Katsumata symbolic head
- Two (2) masks including one (1) “Ninja Hattori-Kun” mask and one (1) “National Kid” mask
- One (1) bent spoon
- One (1) “Space Special Investigation Corps” badge
- Two (2) books including one (1) Book Of Prophecies and one (1) New Book Of Prophecies, both made of authentic paper and wires, with original Japanese contents
- One (1) “Weekly Big Comic Spirits” magazine, featuring parts of the “20th Century Boys” story in Japanese
- Figure stand with Friend nameplate and manga title in Japanese
- Head Sculpted by Hiroki Hayashi
- Head Painted by JC. Hong
- Head Art Directed by JC. Hong

Release date: Q4 2010



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