To show the super-articulation of their deluxe 1/6th-scale Star Wars action figures, Hot Toys has produced this impressive animated short recreating the fight scene between rebel hero Chirrut Îmwe and a bunch of stormtroopers from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. It’s not a slavish frame-for-frame reproduction either, but a whole new “edit” – and a pretty good one too. On the other hand, the likeness of Donnie Yen is so spookily accurate the action figure in this short almost falls into uncanny valley territory.
Although it runs less than two minutes, the short took over a month to create and incorporated more than 2,600 still pictures in addition to some slick CG enhancements. The only real problem is that if you wanted to create a similar stop motion short with Hot Toys deluxe figures, it could get very pricey very quickly if you have a scene involving more than two characters – “deluxe” after all is a euphemism for, “What – how much???” They’re usually around the £200 mark each.