DAMTOYS DMS030 Resident Evil 2 Leon S Kennedy

Parts List:

Faithful and detailed LEON S. KENNEDY head sculpt, weapons and accessories
DAM 3.0 poseable body with over 30 points of articulations
Tactical gloved hands including:
One right hand for holding weapons
One left hand for holding handgun
One left hand for holding shotgun/SMG
One left hand for holding flash light
Costume:
RPD uniform shirt
RPD uniform pants
Uniform belt
One (1) pair of elbow pads
One (1) pair of knee pads
RPD body armor
Boots
Duty belt including:
Handcuffs
Handcuffs pouch
Ammo pouch
Radio pouch
Flash light pouch
Drop leg holster
Weapons:
Matilda (Handgun)
Removable custom parts including: Gun stock, Muzzle brake, High-capacity mag
M19 (Handgun)
W-870 (Shotgun)
W-870 with custom parts (Long Barrel, Shotgun Stock)
LE 5 (Sub-machine gun)
Anti-tank Rocket
Flash Grenade
Hand Grenade
Combat Knife
Combat Knife
Accessories:
Key x4
First Aid Spray
Radio set with Hand mic
Flashlight
Handgun Ammo
Large-caliber Handgun Ammo
Shotgun Shells






































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Oh…man…they didn’t scrap this project.

Well, it’s a must-buy. Nothing else for me to say. Maybe once I collect my thoughts a little!

Now that I’ve had more time to gather my thoughts, here are my impressions:

DAM knocked this one out of the park.

I may be biased as the Resident Evil 2 Remake was my personal Game of the Year for 2019. But I feel this release does justice to the character and the franchise. The likeness is great, and the sheer amount of accessories included is much appreciated. Both types of knife, both types of grenade, ammo boxes, a first aid spray…

I’ll get one glaring downside out of the way: the boots appear to be molded. So long as they aren’t cut high enough to inhibit ankle movement, I am okay with this.

The weapon selection is ridiculous. Every weapon Leon can obtain in his campaigns is included, save the Desert Eagle (“Lightning Hawk” in the RE universe) and the jury-rigged custom flamethrower. The EF024 and 025 sets can now be retroactively considered to be accessory sets for Leon here. I wonder if Capcom is aware that DAM is releasing the Desert Eagle under their in-house Elite Firearms branding? The fictional long barrel and ammo box are clearly lifted from the game.

I think every firearm is a new mold. DAM could have gone the lazy route of reusing their existing 1911, 870, or MP5 molds, but these are new molds which accurately depict their in-game counterparts. As a weapon collector, I’m torn as this means the weapons have less applicability. The W-870 (W presumably standing for “Windham,” a weapon manufacturer in the RE universe) has a squared ejection port and three screws on its receiver, neither of which are features of a 1:1 Remington 870. The LE-5 retains the missing iron sights, slim forearm checkering on a wide forearm, and stubby stock as featured in the game. This weapon will go great with my RE2R custom HUNK, who is currently wielding an SS MP5.

I hope we see DAM release Claire Redfield as a companion piece to Leon. The fact that all four of the RPD keys are included with Leon here (he does not obtain the Heart Key, Claire does not obtain the Club Key) kind of leads me to worry that Leon will be the only character DAM releases. Or it may mean nothing, perhaps a hypotherical Claire figure will have some different collectable items from the game.

Should we see Claire, we can expect the following weapons:

-“SLS 60” (S&W Bodyguard w/ Tyler T-Grip, possible barrel extension as accessory)
-“JMB Hp3” (Browning Hi-Power Mk.III, possible extended mag as accessory)
-“Quickdraw Army” (Ruger Blackhawk)
-“GM 79” (M79, both sawed off and with a stock and ladder sight)
-“MQ 11” (Ingram M11A1, possible extended mag or suppressor as accessories)
-“Spark Shot” (fictional mag-fed tazer on steroids - possibly not as Leon’s Flamethrower was left out)
-“Minigun” (fictional minigun)

DAM has molds for the sawed-off and full-size M79 and MAC-11 (& suppressor), but they may just create new molds as the game does take a few liberties with the designs of both weapons. I hope we get a 32-round MAC-11 mag compatible with their existing MAC-11 as that is something I have wanted for a while now.

Well done DAM, well done. I’m looking forward to this one, let’s see if they can stick the projected Q1 2021 release date.

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Still can’t understand the mid-80s to early 90s obsession with that thermobaric rocket launcher in video games and movies, but a very cool figure nonetheless. Really liked those resident evil games back in the day.

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It probably saw frequent use In fiction as it looks mean, ugly, and intimidating. See also the SPAS-12.

As for its use in the original RE1/RE3, it was probably chosen because its blocky design made it easy to render on the PS1 hardware. Later RE games use the M202 in tribute to those early games…oddly enough, the original RE2’s rocket launcher resembled a Stinger (that somehow held two rockets). So I guess the M202’s use in the remake of RE2 is one of those tributes to the original RE1.

Other RE rocket launcher trivia:

RE CODE: Veronica and RE0 used fictional designs. The remake of 1 did as well, but only for the unlockable infinite launcher. The launcher provided during the final boss fight was the M202.

The standardized rocket launcher for RE4 - RE6 is the RPG-7.

The infinite rocket launcher in the RE2 remake is the (single shot! disposable!) AT4. I think it would be funny if Leon/Claire threw each tube away and pulled out a new one for each shot, but nope, an infinite stream of rockets comes out of the same tube.

I have to admit when I saw this I thought ‘Yes’ finally we’ll get some high caliber Resident Evil Figures (SWToys are okay but the HS are lacking and hardly if ever come with accessories). I’m just hoping the price isn’t that bad but judging from the few that popped up on eBay the last few days and now on a few online retailers I don’t know. The price of a HT figure not withstanding I’m wondering if this will be the only figure of the lot; was hoping to have a companion Claire Redfield even although I’d given up hope and was in the process of kitbashing one (even picking up an ACE M79, Dam Ingram M11A1, and a DML Browning Hi-Power 9mm). Will I purchase one; between the pre-orders for another Classic late 90s Square Enix game figures and DAM Russian Sniper I’m on the fence on this one. More than likely I will but the price is definitely giving me pause here especially if I have to purchase a possible companion piece afterwards.

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Wow, Really Cool! Even though I’m not into games characters, but this is “Dam” cool release on RE2, nice headsculpting, weapons galore and even comes with ammo cartridge boxes for some of the weapons!

A solid pick up for me. Can’t wait to have him in hand to build up and pose him around.
All those accesories…wow!

Not sure why DAM picked this license up, Hot Toys gave up on them. DAM would make more money selling the weapons as period accessory sets (e.g. modern weapons from the 2010’s) and let VTS make the figures as “Ungodly Local Inhabitants” characters.

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@doly Maybe DAM thought that the time was right?
A) with the remastered RE2 game they took a gamble, secured the rights and felt like they could mix their various military/law enforcement releases with something different?
With the huge Asian market for videogame charachters (and such) I for one think that they’ll have a winner.

B) maybe they (myself included) who missed out on the HT line back in the day for any reason will pick up this?
Cheers!

Same here. Welcome aboard! Always great to have more RE fans around.

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I’m just afraid DAM is transitioning to licensed figures like Hot Toys and they’re picking up whatever they can get their hands on, building up portfolio before chasing after bigger fish. If there really is a huge Asian market, HT would have hanged on to it.

I understand your concern, as DAM has been hiking up prices on all of their figures as of late, not just licensed properties. At times it really does seem like they aspire to be the next HT.

On the other hand, I’m a big fan of the Resident Evil franchise and this figure looks to be exceptionally well done, so I can’t fault DAM for snapping up the license!

@doly I see where you coming from but I also think that DAM found their forte so to speak with their (near) high end military line and that they simple expanding and seeking new licenses.

I’m really not sure how the legal stuff work out in the 1/6th world but, and correct me if I’m wrong here, in the movie business a company/producer secure a license/franchise and are obligated to make a number of movies with that particular license over a said number of years or else they ”loose” the license (hince all the lesser sequels we’re seeing).
HT secured the Marvel license and put out a slew of Marvel charachters that are mighty profitable and they’re still going. How many Iron Man variants exist now? Like 150…

Well, all joking a side. Could it be like this; HT gave up on their RE/Biohazard-line (that ended up in 16 figures, remember) just to move on to other licenses like Star Wars, Marvel and so on?

In any case it seems like DAM picked up the torch and I for one hoping that they’re continues that line with a Clair Redfield-figure (or at least a Leon S Kennedy ”Deluxe” or other variant).
Cheers!

Hot Toys…

Where to begin on them. Personally, I think the certain HT lines are extremely popular is because people, not collectors, are scooping them up, sitting on them for a certain time period, and then attempting to sell them at 150 to 200% above the MSRP. The reasoning; fans come along a year or two later looking for a certain character that had already been released and then pay huge amounts of cash for it. Or, like the Sideshow Toys figures, are willing to pay vast sums of cash to acquire them since they’re the only ones ever product. Other 1/6 companies see that and want a part of it. The RE2Make Leon is going to sell out and become quite desired afterwards. I don’t have a problem with the secondary market, I’m guilty of it as well, but when HT asking roughly $250 average on a IP licensed figure with one, maybe two accessories and then the secondary market goes for $350-450 later, your only recourse is to purchase made available for Pre-Order and bit the price before it goes through the roof. A lot of course can’t afford to Pre-Order a lot of figures at those prices. However, HT does have a reputation of showing off figures which never get made or worse, make them available for Pre-Order and people get stuck because most retailers state you don’t get your down deposits back unless the project is cancelled and HT never announces a cancellation that I can recall.

As for licensing aspects, to be honest and this is my opinion here, I don’t think companies in China really care about obtaining IP Licensing to product figures. Case in point, how many new lines of figures have we seen from the new Final Fantasy VII Remake or Resident Evil 3 Remake Jill Valentine or the Whatever the Name that Company that is putting out Hunk from the RE2Make. VTS with their various releases of either movies or video games; Tom Clancy’s The Division, The Rock, Starship Troopers, Doom (the movie…I liked it for what it was for ‘popcorn film’). Limtoys with their Last of Us and Metal Gear Solid releases. And let’s not forgot the whole Blitzway/Soldier Story Ghostbusters fiasco (one got the IP and effectively blocked the other). They can’t all be shelling out IP Licensing fees for the respected properties to the owners, not at the prices they’re charging. Look at the HTs and compare them to the others, they’re running $75-100 lesser. Or maybe they can get around them if they sell them as accessory sets (clothing, weapons, and head) but no body to skirt the IP Trademark laws shrug. But then again SWToys has been cranking out the RE figures for a while now and most have been in the $150-170 realm until recently. But that’s my opinion.

Personally, I would like to see a company do a classic UBCS merc or even from the Remake.

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You have several valid points, my fellow collector.

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One thing to keep in mind is that licenses are often regional in nature and on a per property basis. It’s not uncommon for the rights for a property to be for the specific movie or game in a series, or for them to be only meant for HK or China. The royalty rates themselves are generally fairly low although most licensors are pretty picky about who they deal with for larger properties. Sideshow and their infrastructure are a big part of the attractiveness for a licensor as they serve North America as well as big parts of Europe. Many brands opt to forgo licensing as the risk gets transferred to distributors and sellers for the product. There is some very minor IP enforcement in China, but everyone gets around it.

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@AdamC Interesting!
Are not most of the IP holders (do they go under that title?) very picky who they give the license to?
CAPCOM for instance is infamous to not give their IP and rights to any one. Director Christophe Gans made like a hour long video of himself explaining his absolute love for the game(s) and why it should be great to transfer the game(s) to film when he wanted to go on and made the Silent Hill-movie back in the day (2006).

The shameless knock-offs like @thegreatshaggy discussed (clothing sets with heads, unlicensed releases i e VTS and several others) will probaly always find their way around, I think.

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They are definitely picky about who gets licenses for bigger properties, whereas others may end up with a brand with little or no history. Depending on the type of property there are third party image rights in the mix as well and their approval is required as well.

In some hobbies it is not uncommon for a large domestic distributor, brand or retailer to be the intermediary and be third party to the licensing agreement, especially when the brand/product is from a foreign company. In that situation the license may be sublicensed back out, but the domestic party acts as the reassurance for a picky licensor. Hence you sometimes see things as “joint” projects.

Putting out unlicensed figures is also a strategy to get the attention of rights holders to use as bargaining power for future products. Hot Toys used this strategy and we’ve seen DAM do the same, with them now obtaining Ubisoft licenses following a string of unlicensed Division inspired figures. The notion is if you aren’t going to license this to us we’ll put out a product in some form anyways. It also acts as a proof of concept showing you can deliver a product of certain level of quality.

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