Packaging - ***1/2
Sideshow continues their tradition of fantastic looking boxes that are
collector friendly to boot. There's none of the dental floss this time
around, and not even a lot of twisties.
The exclusive sticker is on the front, which some folks aren't thrilled
with, but which I think works just fine.
Sculpt - ***1/2
This is truly one butt ugly version of Jason, but not because the sculpt is
bad. That's just the way he looked in the film, and the scarred flesh
is evident not only on his head, but on his neck and areas of his torso as
They accomplish this by adding in a rubber device over the neck and
body. It doesn't cover quite as much as the device on the previous
version, but it looks great and does include all the areas where cuts in the
shirt have exposed the torso. His open wounds and scars are sculpted
in realistic gore, and the device also bulks up the upper body.
Unfortunately, all that bulk is in the back, giving him a bit of a hunchback
in profile. His complete lack of any ass only accentuates the problem.
This is the 'big boy' body, adding some additional height to the standard
Sideshow figure. Jason stands almost 13" here, much better than
some of the previous shorties.
The mask is sculpted as part of the face, burned into place. The
haunted eyes are clearly visible in the deep eye sockets, and small tufts of
fake hair are added to the back of the skull.
Jason's hands are also sculpted with the rough, scarred flesh, and can
hold the accessories fairly well.
Paint - ***1/2
The paint does an excellent job of bringing out the sculpt, and
complimenting the gruesome appearance. Raw flesh is red and well
detailed, and the paint is used on the fleshy device under the shirt to
highlight the wounds. Colors are consistent from one area to another,
and they've done a pretty good job of matching the cast color of the plastic
body with the painted color of the various sculpted areas.
Articulation - ***
I had some good experiences and some bad experiences when it came to the
articulation on this figure.
I'm a big fan of the ankles and wrist joints on Sideshow bodies, since
they provide so much more of a range of movement than other sixth scale
bodies. Here we also got the ball jointed neck, well hidden and very
useful. Being able to tilt Jason's head gives him a whole new level of
creepiness. This is a big addition, and it's a joint I'd like to see
Sideshow use on every figure.
Unfortunately, that was balanced out by some loose joint problems I had,
especially with the hips. They weren't major, but getting him to hold
any sort of deep pose was pretty tough.
Accessories - ***1/2
Normally we're lucky to get a couple accessories with a Sideshow figure, but
that seems to be changing, and changing in a big way. If you've
noticed with their new Star Wars and LOTR licenses, they're throwing in a
whole bunch of goodies these days.
Jason has plenty of cool items, although several are reuses. The
machete is a requirement of course, and we've seen it before - but every
Jason MUST have the machete. The blood paint is well done here,
flowing in a realistic direction.
There's also the Book of the Dead, or Necronomicon. As I said
earlier, the actual prop in the film had been used earlier in the Evil Dead
movies, but I don't recall one ever coming with either the Sideshow Ash,
Evil Ash or S-mart Ash. That means you can use it in either display!
The knife is the Voorhees family
knife. Heck, we don't have a family anything, let alone a family
knife. Although I'm sure Dr. Phil would tell you that having a 'family
knife' might be an early indication of some dysfunctional issues. The
sculpt on the hilt is nicely detailed, and can fit in Jason's hand, although
it's not the tightest.
The regular edition also includes Jason's own heart, no longer in his
chest. The scale is pretty good, although the sculpt and paint weren't
quite as gory and disgusting as I expected.
Finally, the exclusive version has one more accessories - the demon
baby. This little guy is one of those terrific Sideshow accessories,
that you'll really wish you had. Not only is it nice and movie
specific, the paint and sculpt are terrific.
Outfit - **1/2
The outfit is a mixed bag, and was my only real disappointment with the
The pants are well tailored, along with some nifty shoes and a fairly
strong belt. He comes packaged with the shirt tucked in, but you can
certainly untuck it and the pants will still fit fine.
However, the shirt is poorly tailored, with neither sleeve reaching the
hands. That's a problem here, where the smooth plastic of the generic
body stands out glaringly from the sculpted hands. Perhaps they made a
mistake in translating the length of the arms on the new body to the
costume, but whatever the case, they dropped the ball on this one.