Paint - ***1/2
At this price point, you expect solid paint operations, but here they
are perfect. I didn't have any sign of bleed, slop or inconsistent
tones. Everything looks excellent, right down to the pinstripes on
The only thing knocking this down slightly is the color of
Gonzo's beak, which I think diehards will find in error. That's due to
the same restrictions of Henson that Palisades had to deal with I'm sure,
but still...it would have been nice to be perfect.
Design - ****
As I mentioned, the facial poses and body poses of all these busts is right
on for the characters. I'm also very happy that all these characters
have both arms, something that gives them all a consistency in their look up
on the shelf. While that doesn't really make them 'busts', I think it
was a very wise decision.
I'm especially happy with the expressions on Statler and
Waldorf, as they appear to be grousing to each other over some aspect of the
The design of the column bases remains the same, and I like
it quite a bit with this license. It gives a hoity toity feel to the
characters, very much like the theater itself.
Another nice touch is the addition of the sculptors name and
signature on the bottom of each. That further sets them apart as
'real' works of art.
Quality - ****
The busts are all high quality, with good heft and very little
likelihood for damage, short of dropping them. The 'hairs' sticking up
from the back of Gonzo's head are made of a soft material rather than
sculpted, so that means you are saved from breaking what would have been a
sure weak point.
Value - ***
Do I wish they were cheaper? Of course, but the quality of these busts
is so great, along with such wonderful sculpts, that I can't really complain
too much about the $50-$60 each.
The usual rate for mini-busts is about $40 these days, and at that price
these would have gotten four stars. Of course, due to the cool puppet
texture, you are getting far more detail and great looks than with the
Overall - ****
The only negative here is the cost. If you can afford them, you
won't be sorry buying them. It's too bad that they are so expensive
though, since it will rule out complete sets for many big Muppet fans.
Where to Buy:
Your best bets are on-line:
sells them directly of course, and you can get the complete series for $187
plus shipping. Also, right now there is a coupon code of MARCH to get
an additional 10% off I believe. With a suggested retail of $220 for
all four, that's a pretty good deal. You can also pick up all of
series 1 from them still.
- Aisle Sniper has
them in stock as well, and buying the individual pieces from them will save
you about $5 each. That's useful if you're not looking for the whole
set but only particular characters.
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