Packaging - ***1/2
They are using the standard boxes, and it includes both a photo of the
character and the bust itself. They've used the small window too, which
I'm a big fan of since it allows you to check out the actual bust
you're buying before dropping your hard earned cash.
course, the box and interior foam trays also do job one just fine -
keeping the bust safe and sound. And there's the usual spiffy baseball
card style Certificate of Authenticity.
Sculpting - Ron ***1/2;
It seems rather
consistent, but Gentle Giant has trouble doing the female characters in
Harry Potter. Ginny turns out not to be an exeption to the unfortunate
Thankfully however, she's not
outright ugly like their
attempt at Chang Cho, for example. She has some issues with likeness,
but at least she's fairly attractive.
It does look like there's
some mold release problems again, though, causing her nose to be a bit
elongated, and her face to be slightly smooshed. It's not as bad as
some past releases have been, but it is noticeable, and it certainly
makes her look less like Ginny.
The work on her clothing and
is excellent. There's good detail in the strands of hair, and by
sculpting some of the patterns in her sweater and including small
sculpted details like the zippers, her clothing has a bit more depth.
The clothing is still not textured, but at least these details add some
tactile punch to the outfit.
The also did a nice job
the hair over the ears, allowing them to show through slightly. It's a
nice touch that adds some realism to the bust.
My least favorite
aspect is the elongated alien-like fingers, although these are not as
bad as we've seen on some GG releases either.
If you were
disappointed with the past Ron bust, this one just might make up for
it. The likeness is much better, matching the older version pretty
well. The hair sculpt is also quite detailed, and I didn't see the same
issues with the face being deformed in any way.
could reallly use some texture to make it look less sculpted and more
real, but the multi-layered outfit still looks pretty amazing. Clearly,
some of this was done as separate pieces and assembled, which gives it
much more depth and definition.
Scale to other busts is good for
both of them, and Ginny is about the right size (slightly smaller) in
relation to the other characters.
Paint - **1/2
Unfortunately, the paint doesn't really do all it could to help the
sculpts, which is particularly disappointing with Ron.
paint work on him from the neck down is not the issue, however. The
costume is extremely well done, and I love the colors and vibrancy. I
can even deal with the slightly glossy appearance, altough mixing up
the finishes on different parts of the clothes would have really helped.
Ron's problems are all in his face. The cartoony eyebrows, uneven lips,
and dead eyes do nothing to bring out the excellent likeness that's
Ginny has this same dead,
and also suffers from one eye being slightly off center. Her eyebrows
and lips are a little cleaner looking than Ron's, but her clothing has
more issues with sloppy cut lines and detailing.
Design - ***1/2
I liked Ginny's basic design - slighlty crouched, anticipating a fight,
wand at the ready - right from the get go. The pose has a slightly
dynamic feel to it, but isn't over done or over wrought.
Ron I wasn't too sure about.
He's slumped at the shoulders, his belly sticking out a bit, in not
exactly the most herioc stance.
the longer I've had it, the more it's grown on me. It does fit the
personality of the character fairly well, and is a much better
representation than the silly ball gown version we got previously.
Value - ***
I'm fairly impressed that these busts are still only around $50. We've
been paying that price for years now, even with rising prices for most
other collectibles. Considering the low production runs on this pair,
it's a welcome sign.
Things To Watch Out For
Not a thing. Obviously,
you'll want to handle them as you would any breakable bust, but there's
nothing special about these two that could cause unique issues.
Overall - ***
The weakest issue for both of these busts is the paint work. When you
look at what Hot Toys is doing with their
quarter scale busts, you see what I mean.
has the additional issues with her likeness, although she's much better
than past busts like Cho, Luna, or even the first Hermione. I almost
dropped her another half star, but the value and design saved her.
has paint issues too, and while I like his sculpt and design, they
can't overcome the lifelessness in his eyes. That being said, I think
most folks will much prefer having this version on the shelf than the
Packaging - ***
Sculpting - Ron ***1/2; Ginny **1/2
Paint - **1/2
Design - ***1/2
Value - ***
Overall - ***
Where to Buy -
Online options include:
- Urban Collector
also has Ginny for $43 and Ron for $45.
Toyz has them for $45 each.
Planet has Ginny for 29 GBP.
Earth has both for $50 each.
- or you can search ebay using
Related Links -
I've covered most, if not all,
of the Harry Potter busts:
- last was the Lupin's, regular and
- prior to that was another set
of 'twins', the Weasleys.
- I've covered others including light up Harry, Cho Chang, Luna
Lovegood, Draco Malfoy, Merperson
and Mad Eye Moody, Ron and
Hermione, Snape and
Dumbledore, Dobby and
Dementor, and a guest review of Harry and
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