Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Brother Production ~ Blade Hunter : Revenge of the Replicant.

android (an'droid) adj.
Possessing human features - n.
A synthetic man created from biological materials.
Also called humanoid. (Late Greek androeides,manlike: ANDR(O) - OID.)
android (an'droid) n, Gk. humanoid automaton. more atrobot./
1. early version utilized for work too boring, dangerous or unpleasant for humans.
2. second generation bio-engineered. Electronic relay units and positronic brains. Used in space to explore inhospitable environments.
3. third generation synthogenetic. REPLICANT, constructed of skin/flesh culture. Selected enogenic transfer conversion. Capable of self perpetuating thought. paraphysical abilities. Developed for emigration program.
~ WEBSTER'S DICTIONARY New International (2012)

"Early in the 21st Century, THE TYRELL CORPORATION advanced Robot evolution into the NEXUS phase — a being virtually identical to a human — known as a Replicant. The NEXUS-6 Replicants were superior in strength and agility, and at least equal in intelligence, to the genetic engineers who created them. Replicants were used Off-world as slave labor, in the hazardous exploration and colonization of other planets. After a bloody mutiny by a NEXUS-6 combat team in an Off-world colony, Replicants were declared illegal on earth — under penalty of death. Special police squads — BLADE RUNNER UNITS — had orders to shoot to kill, upon detection, any trespassing Replicants. This was not called execution. It was called retirement."

"Fiery the angels fell; deep thunder rolled around their shores; burning with the fires of Orc."
~ Roy Batty, a deliberate misquote of William Blake's America : A Prophecy.

"Quite an experience to live in fear, isn't it? That's what it is to be a slave."

Tyrell: I'm surprised you didn't come here sooner.
Roy: It's not an easy thing to meet your maker.
Tyrell: What can he do for you?
Roy: Can the maker repair what he makes?
Tyrell: Would you like to be modified?
Roy: I had in mind something a little more radical.
Tyrell: What seems to be the problem?
Roy: Death.
Tyrell: Death. Well, I'm afraid that's a little out of my jurisdiction, you...
Roy: I want more life, father.
Tyrell: The facts of life: To make an alteration in the evolvement of an organic life system is fatal. A coding sequence cannot be revised once its been established.
Roy: Why not?
Tyrell: Because by the second day of incubation, any cells that have undergone reversion mutations give rise to revertant colonies like rats leaving a sinking ship; then the ship sinks.
Roy: What about EMS recombination?
Tyrell: We've already tried it. Ethyl methane sulfonate is an alkylating agent and a potent mutagen. It created a virus so lethal the subject was dead before he left the table.
Roy: Then a repressor protein that blocks the operating cells.
Tyrell: Wouldn't obstruct replication, but it does give rise to an error in replication so that the newly formed DNA strand carries a mutation and you've got a virus again. But this - all of this is academic. You were made as well as we could make you.
Roy: But not to last.
Tyrell: The light that burns twice as bright burns half as long, and you have burned so very very brightly, Roy. Look at you. You're the prodigal son. You're quite a prize!
Roy: I've done
questionable things.
Tyrell: Also extraordinary things. Revel in your time!
Roy: Nothing the god of biomechanics wouldn't let you into heaven for.

I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I've watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those ... moments will be lost in time, like rain.Time to die.

Replicant (M) Des: BATTY (Roy)
ID : NEXUS-6 N6MAA10816
Incept Date: 8 JAN., 2016
Func: Combat, Colonization Defense Prog
Phys: LEV. A
Mental: LEV. A

Got this one as I thought it would complete the Rick Deckard figure, as well as both being central to the cult hit sci-fi noir film's storyline and themes. Comes with a PVC trench coat (except it looks kinda short comparatively) with built in wiring for action pose (just like Deckard's trench coat), Roy's "underwear" (as well "wires" "protruding" out of the "crotch guard", I really do not know where to place them!), Converse sneakers like shoes (in the scene where Roy stepped into Eye World, Hannibal Chew's lab, he seemed to be wearing a pair of leather shoe, whereas only during the climatic final, he wore the ones similar to the figure. It is also much more proportionate to the figure now, unlike Rick's original ones), alternative "battle damaged" head sculpt, a separate hand with inserted nail (removable), as well as tattooed body (which I did not realised or noticed though having watched the movie countless times). Now, according to, Ridley Scott was quoted in Future Noir (the bible of BR), the mysterious tattoos on Roy's body was a half-developed idea of which Replicants being "built up" from parts (inspired by Jean "Moebius" Giraud creations), which eventually does not fit into later storyline development. Due to time constrain, they developed another idea of which the tats denote the plug in points for a space battle suit. But this idea was abandoned as well and the tats end up being served as some sort of curious details for the sharp eyed audiences to ponder. The sad part about this figure is that the neck joint kinda loose, it's hair looks like a pile of whip cream or too much mousse, Roy somehow decided to shave off it's eyebrow totally, the hand that comes with inserted nail is a tad too long when attached, not unlike the hand of a gibbon. The pigeon is nice but how come I feel that Roy is about to eat it rather than gonna release it symbolically like in the movie? Overall, with the price paid, the figure's alright afterall. I can be at peace with BR figures since it is now "complete"...until they decided to release the ladies (Rachel, Pris, Zhora) or even Leon! Until then, bye BR!

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