Who & What Are Hot Toys? A Brief History of High-End Collectables

High-quality collectibles from movies, video games, comic books, cartoons, anime, and celebrities have become very popular over the past two decades, being sought after by pop culture fans and celebrities alike. Find out hot, hot toys are in this article.

Hot Toys is a production house based in Hong Kong that specializes in the design, development, manufacturing, and selling of their brand of highly sought after high-quality, high-end 1/6th scale collectibles from blockbuster movies, video games, comic books, and celebrities of the same name.

This article will detail Hot Toys as a company going over its inception and document its history. Then we will look at their collectibles of the same name, going over their different types of series and listing their licensed properties of collectibles.

Who are Hot Toys?

Hot Toys is a production house that designs, develops, manufactures, and sells high quality, highly detailed collectibles with an authentic likeness to worldwide markets. Based in Hong Kong, this company was established in 2000.

The company initially started out and focused on creating 1/6th scale U.S military special forces action figures. In 2003 they acquired the official merchandising rights to international movies. Since then, they have expanded their reach to include 1/6th scale high-end collectible figures based on media properties from blockbuster movies, celebrities, video games, and comic books.

Their team consists of talented Korean artists specializing in head sculpting, art direction, painting, as well as specialized teams for creating costumes, weapons, and accessories. Key members of the Hot Toys team are Sculptor Yulli and painter JC Hong.

Hot Toys has led the quality of collectible figures to a new standard in the industry since its inception and has not stopped there. They now own patents to their PERS (Parallel Eyeball Rolling System) technology as well as patents for their IFT (Interchangeable Face Techniques) technology.

Their quality is defined by movie-accuracy, craftsmanship, and the authenticity of high-quality collectible figures’ fully realized likeness. They focus on collectibles as a whole and not only on the sculpting of the head, putting as much detail and perfection into costumes, weapons, and accessories.

Hot Toys is a widely acclaimed company in different parts of the world, with their collectibles sold in over 20 countries worldwide. Toy hunters, Hot Toys’ only official store in 2010, was recognized as one of the 50 best independent shops in Hong Kong.

What are Hot Toys?

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As we can now tell, Hot Toys are high-end, high-quality 1/6th scale collectibles based on characters from movies, comic books, anime/manga, cartoons, tv series, video games, and also based on celebrities.

Their series of collectibles include their most popular Movie Masterpiece Series (MMS), their Deluxe Series (DX), MMS diecast series, their Power Pose (PPS) series, and diorama series.

In addition to that, they make not only 1/6th scale collectibles but also ¼ scale collectible busts as well as 3inch and 6inch Cosbaby series.

Licensed properties table of collectibles

  • 300
  • Alien film series
  • Alien vs. Predator film series
  • Alita: Battle Angel
  • Aquaman
  • Astro Boy
  • Avatar
  • Back to the Future
  • Batman
  • Batman Returns
  • Batman Begins
  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Birds of Prey
  • Clash of the Titans
  • Commando
  • The Crow
  • The Dark Knight
  • The Dark Knight Rises
  • Edward Scissorhands
  • The Expendables
  • G.I. Joe: Retaliation
  • The Godfather
  • Goemon
  • Indiana Jones
  • Inglourious Basterds
  • Justice League
  • Kamui Gaiden
  • Maleficent
  • Man of Steel
  • Mars Attacks!
  • The Matrix
  • Pirates of the Caribbean film series
  • Planet of the Apes
  • Platoon
  • Predator film series
  • Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
  • Rambo film series
  • Rango (2011 film)
  • Resident Evil film series
  • RoboCop film series
  • Rocky film series
  • Space Pirate Captain Harlock
  • The Spirit
  • Sucker Punch
  • Suicide Squad
  • Superman
  • Superman Returns
  • Star Wars
  • Terminator film series
  • The Warlords
  • Tron: Legacy
  • Hellboy II: The Golden Army
Marcel Films
  • Ant-Man
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp
  • The Avengers
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Avengers: Endgame
  • The Amazing Spider-Man
  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2
  • Black Panther
  • Blade trilogy
  • Captain America: The First Avenger
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Captain America: Civil War
  • Captain Marvel
  • Deadpool
  • Deadpool 2
  • Doctor Strange
  • Green Lantern
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  • Venom
  • Wonder Woman
  • Wonder Woman 1984
  • X-Men: The Last Stand
  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine
  • X-Men: First Class
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past
  • Iron Man
  • Iron Man 2
  • Iron Man 3
  • Spider-Man 3
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home
  • The Wolverine
  • Thor
  • Thor: The Dark World
  • Thor: Ragnarok
TV Series
  • Star Wars: The Mandalorian
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • Batman
  • Daredevil
  • The Flash (2014 TV series)
  • Prison Break

Video Games

  • Batman: Arkham game series
  • Resident Evil game series
  • Assassin’s Creed
  • Metal Gear Solid
  • Spider-Man

Anime / Manga

  • Appleseed Ex Machina
  • Astro Boy
  • Battle Royale II
  • Black Jack
  • City Hunter
  • Mobile Suit Gundam – Char Aznable

Comic Masterpiece series

  • Friend
  • City Hunter


  • Christian Bale
  • Marlon Brando
  • James Dean
  • Michael Jackson
  • Leslie Cheung
  • Namson Lau
  • Wong Ka Kui
  • 50 Cent
  • Bruce Lee
  • Stan Lee
  • Kevin Feige
  • Eminem
  • Snoop Dogg


  • Disney Characters


Hot Toys, the company, and the high-end collectible figures have taken the world by storm dominating the collectibles market. The sort after collectibles are expensive and hard to come by if you do not have the money. These collectibles are sought after by pop culture fans, not to mention celebrities like Sylvester Stallone, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, and more.

If you can get your hands on one, be sure to keep it safe because it could turn out to be one of the most wanted and appreciated collectible in the world.

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