Sideshow Jason Goes to Hell

Sideshow continues their successful line of New Line Horror figures with Jason from the film Jason Goes to Hell.  This was part 9 in the film saga, and actually billed as 'the last' or Final Friday, which proved untrue with the release of Jason part X and the Freddy vs. Jason films.

This was not the best received of the Jason films, although it wasn't the worst either.  There was an amazing amount of prop reuse in this film though, from very recognizable early films.  For example, the jungle gym in the Voorhees yard had been used in The Birds, and the Necronomicon was from earlier Evil Dead films.  Jason's heart was eventually reused in the cult favorite Dusk to Dawn as well.

This Jason is available in two versions of course, the Sideshow exclusive that includes the baby demon, and a regular release version.  The edition size on the exclusive was just 666 (cute) and has long since sold out, but you can always get on the waiting list.  These run $45 direct from Sideshow. My review tonight covers the exclusive, but I'll point out the only difference.

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 well.

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 figure.

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.

Fun Factor - ***
These aren't really designed with kids in mind, and that won't effect the overall score much.  If you do have a kid that's twisted enough to enjoy Jason though, this figure should make him (or her) a happy camper.

Value - **1/2
You'll never hear the terms 'cheap' and 'sideshow' in the same sentence these days, but at least we're getting more accessories and a larger body here.

Things to watch out for - 
Nothing here to see, just move along.

Overall -  *** 
When coming up with a final score, I was torn.  I love the head sculpt, and the larger body, but the exposed forearms REALLY bug me.  It's a small thing to have corrected, but is terribly obvious in the final product.

However, if this isn't a big issue for you, and you don't have much trouble with the hunchback profile, then you're likely to give this guy another half star. 

Packaging - ***1/2
Sculpt -  ***1/2
Paint - ***1/2
Articulation - ***
Accessories - ***1/2
Outfit - **1/2
Fun Factor - ***
Value - **1/2
Overall -  ***; 

Where to Buy -
Mine is from Sideshow directly, and none of my sponsors have this figure currently listed.

- of course Sideshow has them, 

- although Alter Ego Comics doesn't have this version, I wanted to point out they they are selling the quarter scale Premium Format at a fantastic price during their latest sale!

Related Links:
I have the entire Sideshow Jason collection to date:

- there's my Jason reviews, including Sideshow Part 6, Sideshow Part 2, Sideshow's Part 3, Sideshow Freddy vs. Jason, and NECA's 7" Freddy vs Jason set, and the large PF Jason.

- and there's the guest review of the recent Sideshow Part 7 version.

Figure from the collection of Michael Crawford.

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