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jimsmegos
Apr 6, '14, 12:31 AM
Got my set in the mail today and I am impressed. The sculpts are such a huge improvement over series 1. The costumes are well made. The bodies are strung as close to perfect as I've ever seen. FTC has really impressed me with these. The only negative I see is the giant clamshell but that's really not an issue. The fellows are freed and most likely won't be returned to the plastic holding sail.

madmarva
Apr 6, '14, 4:06 AM
If you're a KISS fan, Rolling Stone's latest issue has a great article on the band with interviews with the 4 original members. It was also posted on RS's website for free, but the RS cover is great.

jimsmegos
Apr 6, '14, 7:11 AM
I saw that. Sucks that the original four have gotten so jaded and bitter towards each other. As a fan though, at least we've got figures that remember the good times :wink_y:

http://i945.photobucket.com/albums/ad298/jimsmegos/kissalive_zpsede69fea.jpg (http://s945.photobucket.com/user/jimsmegos/media/kissalive_zpsede69fea.jpg.html)

jimsmegos
Apr 6, '14, 10:51 AM
more pics at my blog :
) http://i945.photobucket.com/albums/ad298/jimsmegos/IMG_20140406_094618_189_zpsbfdd7971.jpg (http://s945.photobucket.com/user/jimsmegos/media/IMG_20140406_094618_189_zpsbfdd7971.jpg.html)

mego
Apr 6, '14, 11:15 AM
those look really good!

mego maniac mark
Apr 6, '14, 12:12 PM
Those look great. The definitive kiss at their best. I got the dressed to kill series an love em. I haven't released them though .
Still wanted the grinning head for gene is 8" , but oh we'll .

ThePlayerOnTheOtherSide
Apr 6, '14, 1:50 PM
I get that there are a lot of KISS fans out there, but after 6 series of figures, come on, let's at least get the first Superman wave out there before we worry about the 7th or 8th KISS wave.

jds1911a1
Apr 6, '14, 2:42 PM
I get that there are a lot of KISS fans out there, but after 6 series of figures, come on, let's at least get the first Superman wave out there before we worry about the 7th or 8th KISS wave.

I would suspect that dealing with the licensor is alot less trouble with Kiss (ie Gene Simmons ) than the DC (ie a committee and coporate office) so that will affect how fast new product gets released and Sales, everything since wave 1 of the 12 inch for kiss is new product so the fans are buying it because it's new, while most of the dc first few waves were re-issues of common or longtime repro'd figures in a new packaging which means some people (me included) aren't rebuying what we already have and waiting for things we don't (like Alfred)

jimsmegos
Apr 6, '14, 3:26 PM
I get that there are a lot of KISS fans out there, but after 6 series of figures, come on, let's at least get the first Superman wave out there before we worry about the 7th or 8th KISS wave.

I don't care when any of them come out so long as they keep coming. :yes::grin:

Johnny
Apr 6, '14, 5:38 PM
"You wanted the best, you got the best..."

Those are awesome!!

Captain_Dan
Apr 7, '14, 10:54 AM
At first I wasnt going to buy these, but after seeing pics, I think I might, these are really good-looking figures. I would really like to see the Dynasty 79 costumes.

Red Hulk
Apr 7, '14, 11:03 AM
At first I wasnt going to buy these, but after seeing pics, I think I might, these are really good-looking figures. I would really like to see the Dynasty 79 costumes.

I'll second that if they have the capes as well.

gummi
Apr 7, '14, 1:57 PM
They look great with the exception of the smirking Gene. The head sculpt for Paul in particular is fantastic. I wish they would have had that sculpt earlier in the line.

cjefferys
Apr 7, '14, 2:09 PM
I'm not really sold on Ace or Peter, but Gene looks pretty good and Paul looks fantastic.


I would really like to see the Dynasty 79 costumes.

I'd love to see those, the 79-80 costumes are among my favourites. And I'm probably really in the minority, but I'd love to see the Elder outfits too. That era is so under represented, but I really like that period.

Captain_Dan
Apr 8, '14, 9:05 AM
I'm not really sold on Ace or Peter, but Gene looks pretty good and Paul looks fantastic.



I'd love to see those, the 79-80 costumes are among my favourites. And I'm probably really in the minority, but I'd love to see the Elder outfits too. That era is so under represented, but I really like that period.

Actually I do like Ace Frehley and Eric Carr's outfits from the Elder era. And to add to the 79-80 era (Dynasty and Unmasked), if FTC did those, I hope they would add Eric Carr with his Fox outfit. That would be pretty sweet.

MegoMoe
Apr 8, '14, 7:54 PM
I just set up my Dressed to Kill set and love them. Theses look just as good. Have to add them to my list.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10202541529872470&set=o.113907185369670&type=1&ref=nf

jimsmegos
Apr 10, '14, 12:19 AM
A whole lot of reviews on these up now plus a review of Paul's new book.

firestarcomics
Jun 24, '14, 12:46 AM
Yes, I got my 12 in versions and I LOVE them! They look amazing in 12in format and the sculpts are great except for Paul's crazy hair but that's ok because all you need is a Barbie comb to fix it. I actually curled Gene's hair permanently and he now has Demon wavy hair. I am so anxious to see both Dynasty (Unmasked) and Creatures with Eric Carr The Fox! I will be posting my new KISS figures and handmade Fox figure in my gallery soon...

firestarcomics
Jul 7, '14, 1:18 AM
Does anyone have a clue as to what KISS series is next? Will it be Destroyer,Dynasty,or Love Gun? It is crazy awaiting what in the world FTC has in store for the next wave? Im too anxious but whatever it will be I am sure will be great!

MIB41
Jul 7, '14, 4:51 AM
I inquired a few weeks ago and FTC said the next series will be examined in a few months. To me the logical lines would be Destroyer and Dynasty (Love Gun was covered in series 1). Would love to see an Elder and Creatures series as well. I get the sense they want to finish this line out, even if they have to space out the release dates. I heard Alive was a strong seller. Not sure about Dressed to Kill.

MEGOMAN
Jul 7, '14, 9:24 AM
I inquired a few weeks ago and FTC said the next series will be examined in a few months. To me the logical lines would be Destroyer and Dynasty (Love Gun was covered in series 1). Would love to see an Elder and Creatures series as well. I get the sense they want to finish this line out, even if they have to space out the release dates. I heard Alive was a strong seller. Not sure about Dressed to Kill.

"Examined", as in they will release a couple pictures of the next wave of KISS figures??? I hope to see Destroyer next. But if it isn't, than Dynasty would be the next logical wave. What is weird is why they never finished the Hotter Than Hell figures!

MIB41
Jul 7, '14, 1:58 PM
"Examined", as in they will release a couple pictures of the next wave of KISS figures??? I hope to see Destroyer next. But if it isn't, than Dynasty would be the next logical wave. What is weird is why they never finished the Hotter Than Hell figures!

Yep. That choice wording wasn't lost on me either. But I felt it provided more of a hopeful tone than before the release of the Alive figures. I think had Alive gone the way of DTK, that might have ended the series. I think with the uptick in sales again, I'm hoping they're giving it another look. Yeah, I was left scratching my head on the Hotter than Hell skips (except for Gene). But who knows? Never say never with FTC.

jimsmegos
Jul 7, '14, 2:26 PM
I can understand a little bit of the fizzle with DTK. I personally think they are fantastic figures BUT KISS in suits is far less tantalizing as KISS in full stage regalia. I really do want to see Dynasty figures. Destroyer is cool but looking around at all of the bits and pieces that make up the current lines it would be pretty easy to gobble those together. Tom you probably already know the answer to this so I'll ask you, is there an issue with the Eric Carr make up as far as licensing goes? Vinnie too I guess (just for the sake of being a completest) but a Fox would be really really cool.

MIB41
Jul 7, '14, 2:42 PM
I can understand a little bit of the fizzle with DTK. I personally think they are fantastic figures BUT KISS in suits is far less tantalizing as KISS in full stage regalia. I really do want to see Dynasty figures. Destroyer is cool but looking around at all of the bits and pieces that make up the current lines it would be pretty easy to gobble those together. Tom you probably already know the answer to this so I'll ask you, is there an issue with the Eric Carr make up as far as licensing goes? Vinnie too I guess (just for the sake of being a completest) but a Fox would be really really cool.

Hey Jim. From everything I have read and understand about the issue, KISS owns the makeup. Eric Carr figures have been made too when McFarland put out the Creatures line many years ago, so KISS definitely can market him. I think what might be hindering that effort is KISS' iron fist to maintain the four original images and not "dilute" the brand. So if anyone is in the way, it's likely Paul or Gene. Sadly...

boss
Jul 7, '14, 2:46 PM
Didn't Vinnie recently claim that he owned his makeup design?

CrimsonGhost
Jul 7, '14, 2:47 PM
I do not think that KISS INC. owns Eric's most well known version of the makeup. The McFarland figure had an early version which KISS can obviously use.

MIB41
Jul 7, '14, 3:04 PM
I do not think that KISS INC. owns Eric's most well known version of the makeup. The McFarland figure had an early version which KISS can obviously use.

I believe you are indeed correct my friend. Here is the copyright document. Click under owner and there he is.

http://tsdr.uspto.gov/#caseNumber=75377959&caseType=SERIAL_NO&searchType=statusSearch

Maybe they could make one, like you said, with an earlier design? This could get interesting.

figureaddicted
Jul 7, '14, 3:33 PM
When this line was originally being solicited didnt it say they were looking to do styles and versions encompassing their whole career? Now i realize that theres probably only a little that could be done sans makeup ( probably just Revenge and maybe Lick it Up era....depending on Vinne) but surely the Dynasty, Unmaksed with Eric , Elder and Creatures era would be part of that. Destroyer seems like a no brainer. Hopefully this line goes above and beyond where it already has.

jimsmegos
Jul 7, '14, 4:48 PM
Hey Jim. From everything I have read and understand about the issue, KISS owns the makeup. Eric Carr figures have been made too when McFarland put out the Creatures line many years ago, so KISS definitely can market him. I think what might be hindering that effort is KISS' iron fist to maintain the four original images and not "dilute" the brand. So if anyone is in the way, it's likely Paul or Gene. Sadly...

Well duh on me. I was just looking at the McFarland figures the other day on ebay. I really hope Gene and Paul aren't that douchy about the whole thing. That would go against their whole "for the fans" argument on everything. But lets be honest, how much impact would that really have on disrupting the image? The cats been out of the bag since the big MTV unmasking ;)

firestarcomics
Jul 8, '14, 1:13 AM
I hope they do Dynasty before Destroyer because I REALLY want Dynasty even if adore Destroyer. in my galley I have a conversion of Sonic Boom Gene into a Destroyer look. I bought the 12 inch Gene and changed the codpiece and redid his boot sleeves to the dragon boots. Dynasty is a interesting period because the costumes were crazier and then the went into Unmasked which introduced Eric Carr. I would Imagine that 1979-1980 would be Gene,Ace,Peter,Eric Carr and Paul. The Unmasked costumes were pretty cool as well.

Gadgeteer
Jul 8, '14, 11:27 AM
What about The Elder album that was a different look, anybody down for that?

jimsmegos
Jul 8, '14, 1:02 PM
What about The Elder album that was a different look, anybody down for that?

Did the Elder really have a look?

cjefferys
Jul 8, '14, 1:26 PM
Did the Elder really have a look?

Yep, it had a look, the boys got hair cuts (except Gene who had a ponytail) and more streamlined costumes. I actually kind of like Ace and Gene's look from that era.

jimsmegos
Jul 8, '14, 1:41 PM
One Google image search later and I can see why this look fell out of my memory. Yeah I think I'll pass on that one....

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CrimsonGhost
Jul 8, '14, 2:40 PM
I love the Elder look, I'd be interested in those...although I doubt they will happen. Ace's outfit has always been one of my favorites.

Destroyer would be cool. I'm not that into the Dynasty costumes, but they might look cool as well. After that....Well, that's pretty much it.

MEGOMAN
Jul 8, '14, 9:54 PM
We need Destroyer before anything else!!!!

firestarcomics
Jul 9, '14, 1:29 AM
Yes,yes,yes....the Elder is one of my favorite records and would definitely buy an Elder set. I'm hoping we get to Dynasty next and then Destroyer later. I like Destroyer but am more interested in Dynasty/Unmasked because that's very close to the end of Peter and the start of the Fox Eric Carr. The Elder had a crazy new look that was pretty odd but fun and that would be really cool to see.

MIB41
Jul 9, '14, 6:52 AM
The Farrow, who sculpts the heads of these figures, has already done a very impressive set of custom Elder figures in 1/6th scale. If FTC dabbles on a limited release from this era, they would be amazing. I would buy them.

http://i861.photobucket.com/albums/ab176/clayton45/KISSElderfigures_zps70f9ed84.jpg (http://s861.photobucket.com/user/clayton45/media/KISSElderfigures_zps70f9ed84.jpg.html)

jimsmegos
Jul 9, '14, 6:59 AM
The Farrow, who sculpts the heads of these figures, has already done a very impressive set of custom Elder figures in 1/6th scale. If FTC dabbles on a limited release from this era, they would be amazing. I would buy them.

http://i861.photobucket.com/albums/ab176/clayton45/KISSElderfigures_zps70f9ed84.jpg (http://s861.photobucket.com/user/clayton45/media/KISSElderfigures_zps70f9ed84.jpg.html)

Ok fine. You won me over, Tom. :)

figureaddicted
Jul 9, '14, 7:36 AM
Those Elder figures need to happen asap. The stripped down look was always so different from all that came before. I'd buy those in a heartbeat.

firestarcomics
Jul 11, '14, 12:56 AM
That Farrow guy is so amazingly talented. I kina wish they would have skipped Monster and Sonic Boom since those didn't sell well at all and are at a discount on CTVT most of the time as the 8in figures. The head sculpts on those two series were kinda weird and im not a fan of Thayer and Singer at all. I'm sure whatever comes next will be an amazing success and appreciated.