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Rumors have been circulating the Internet for a little bit that Hot Toys had secured the license to make 1/6th scale collectible figures based on the upcoming G.I. Joe Retaliation movie. Thanks to Toy News International, it seems that the rumors are true. Additional information about this line will be coming soon, but it seems that indeed we will be seeing G.I. Joe Retaliation Hot Toys figures. The most likely candidate for the first figure to be released is Roadblock played by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Hopefully we will see several of the characters, including Snake-Eyes, Firefly, and Cobra Commander. These will no doubt be filled with tons of accessories and realistic detail.
Dial Tone was a figure that was released as a G.I. Joe Club exclusive figure a couple of years back, but most fans missed out on it, and now it goes for far too much in the secondary market. Here, I’ve recreated that Dial Tone figure exactly. Thanks to a client of mine for figuring out what parts the club used to make the Dial Tone figure in the first place. He’s made from the upper & lower torso, and upper arms from Leatherneck, the lower arms, and the hands and legs from Rollbar. The head, backpack, and gun are resin casts from Broken Arrow Toys. So after having all my pieces, I just had to look at reference to get all the right colors down. I had to hand mix the pigments myself to get the right shades of yellowish-tan, and the bluish green you see on his uniform. All the correct detailing was added to him as well, and his head is fully painted. I wanted to give his gun and backpack realistic weathering, so I painted them with gun metal, dry brushed some mithril silver, and added some gloss black wash in particular places to give the impression of oil. His arm patch was recreated digitally by me in Photoshop in high definition, and then printed out on a clear label and glued in place.
I’m hoping this custom will show those who want their own Dial Tone how to do it. You’ve got all the parts listed, and a nifty link for buying the head, gun, and backpack. Good luck, and have fun with your own. Yo Joe!