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Rondo Hatton


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Nicely sculpted figure. When

Nicely sculpted figure.

When I saw the thumbnail, I thought it was Dick Tracy. lol

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Posted by REX-203 on 21 October, 2008 - 20:55
Y'know. I have ZERO

Y'know. I have ZERO knowledge of Dick Tracy! Can you believe that? Never saw a movie, read a comic, whatever.. zip nada nothing. Nothing intentional, but somehow I've just managed to never get into him. Same thing with James Bond. There's like a million Bond movies (many on On Demand now, I think) and yet I only saw one, when I was about 4. What little I know about them I only know from other things referencing them, which means I really know nothing.

"This must be settled the way nature intended....with a vicious, bloody fight!"
Onyx Blackman
Principal, Flatpoint High

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Posted by NekroDave on 21 October, 2008 - 22:29
Two Thumbs up!

DX Dave,

Major props on your last two reviews! One thing we must consider is that many of the items that are reviewed on Collection DX are mostly obscure items that some of us have never heard of. That usually sparks our interest in finding out about the subject.

I've seen Rondo Hatton' s face before but knew nothing about his career and life ( Although I believe the box bio mistaken his career in WWI as WWII since in refers to Gas Attacks and such..) It's great that they are picking some more obscure actors for these release as it's way long overdue that they receive some recognition for their careers and films. Sure they are gone but its good to know they are being remembered.

Same to go for Vampira. It was way daring to do the work she was doing in the 50's. I mean only less than 10 years after WWII and 40's culture, Maila was just way ahead of her time and its sad to hear that she recently passed away just a few months ago. It's also sad to note her work simply doesn't exists anymore as itis nearly all lost or destroyed with less than a handful of shots that are known to survive. Maila is one of those people I would have loved to meet, which wasn't not that out of the picture as she lived in Los Angeles. Knowing my luck she most likely lived in Whittier! Ha ha

So thanks Dave for these two reviews!


Leonardo Flores
CollectionDX Staff Writer-West Coast Bureau

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Posted by Showapop on 21 October, 2008 - 21:52
Thanks, Leonardo! One thing

Thanks, Leonardo! One thing that I meant to mention in the review, but just realized that I forgot was how, although he was long dead when the movie came out, "The Rocketeer" featured a villain clearly based on him. So you might recognize him from that movie as well. I recently saw that for the first time this year and was surprised to see that.

Oh, and that was my error in the biography. It does say "WWI" on the box. Oops! I'll edit it now. Thanks for pointing that out.

"This must be settled the way nature intended....with a vicious, bloody fight!"
Onyx Blackman
Principal, Flatpoint High

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Posted by NekroDave on 21 October, 2008 - 22:19
Awesome toy, awesome review.

Awesome toy, awesome review. I may have to start referring to you as "Teh Jerk", Dave, because you're on the verge of turning me towards 1/6 doll collecting!

I agree with Leonardo: what's really appealing about this particular piece is not just the quality of the toy and the accuracy of the sculpt; it's also the bit of film history that goes along with the subject matter.

Some toys are great because they have no media tie-in whatsoever, so folks can come up with their own stories when they play. But some toys are great because they depict a well-loved screen character...and often, toys of the older characters are the ones that provide the most joy because of the rich background they represent.

Anyway, I haven't seen any Hatton films, but I really enjoyed this clip on IMDB.


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Posted by Sanjeev on 22 October, 2008 - 09:48