I always thought the monster
creation concept was pretty cool with this
flick - the toxic waste is dumped in the ocean, lands on the skeleton
of a poor, lost sailor, who then mutates into this half human, half
fish beast with a craving for fine young ladies. These monsters could
be destroyed by sodium - yea, they lived in the ocean. I know, you
don't want to think about it too deeply.
The second monster I'm looking
at tonight is the Hideous Sun Demon from the film of the same name.
This flick was released in 1959, and once again it's a radiation
accident that causes Dr. Gilbert Mckenna to turn into a horrific
lizard-like creature every time he goes out into the sunlight. This was
a very low budget flick, right down to the cheesy lizard
Time has partnered up with a couple different groups no these -
Executive Replicas on Party Beach, and B.F.F.F. International on the
You gotta love 50's horror
flicks for their wacky monsters, and I hope that we see this line
continue from Amok. I gotta have Ro-man!
Packaging - ***1/2
The boxes are very attractive, utilizing the old movie posters and
stills to give them a 50's feel. They're sturdy as well, and collector
friendly - sort of. You can remove everything and put it back without
damage, but there's too many twisties. They need to employ a plastic
cover on the interior tray rather than 5 or 6 or more twist ties.
Sculpting - Sun Demon
***1/2; Party Beach **1/2
quality of both head sculpts is extremely good - lots of fine detail,
and as much 'realism' as you can get with what amounts to goofy
However, the Horror of Party
Beach monster only has a
passing resemblance to the movie version as far as I can remember and
make out from the few stills out there. The eyes and top fin, as well
as the fin that runs around the back of the head look good,
approximating his film brethren pretty well. But the mouth, from the
shape to the contents, appears to be far more from the imagination of
the sculptor than the film.
I don't remember any teeth, and
distant still and this way too close for comfort close
you can see that he had something more akin to fleshy feelers or
tongues in his mouth. You can also see that the shape of the mouth and
nose is all wrong, and as silly as it might have been even in 1954, the
on screen creature does appear more menacing. Oddly enough, while the
photo of the prototype figure on the package has the same teeth, it
also has a much better mouth, including the slightly pointed upper lip.
Somewhere in the manufacturing process, even this detail was lost.
hands and feet look great though, with deadly claws and ugly paws.
Since the creature shredded his victims with his claws, the inclusion
of the talons on the webbed fingers was pretty important.
Sun Demon has a much better sculpt. Again, the basic detailing and
quality of the work is excellent, and the cool scaly texturing of the
skin on the head, chest and lower arms is fantastic.
He's also much more screen
accurate. Again, I'm going both from foggy memory and online stills,
one and this
scales aren't quite perfect, as they should protrude a bit more from
his body and sides of his head. But this one is accurate enough - and
detailed enough - to get higher marks from me.
He also has far
more sculpting to judge, with the scales extending up his forearms and
cover his chest. The effect on the chest is accomplished with a
separate piece that fits on over the neck.
Paint - ***
Both have reasonably good paint ops, with clean eyes, yellow teeth, and
a nice use of a wash on both to bring out the finer details of the
sculpt. This looks even better on the Sun Demon, because of the sharply
still a little slop here and there, like the horns on the Sun Demon,
and some choices that don't thrill me, like the heavy use of the
lighter green on the nose of the Party Beach monster. But the overall
quality is up to snuff considering the source material and the cost.
Articulation - **1/2
These both come on what really amounts to discount sixth scale bodies.
There's no lack of joints, including specialized shoulders and hips to
allow for a pretty decent range of movement. Their biggest problem is
that they don't hang naturally. Anyone that's ever worked with one of
the old Sideshow Buck bodies and then worked with a Hot Toys TrueType
knows what I'm talking about.
bodies were also plagued with a few basic problems. The ankles on the
Party Beach monster are very loose, making it tough for him to stay
standing without the included display stand, and in fact one of them
fell apart. It wasn't a break (the two halves of the ankle came apart)
and was easy to repair with super glue, but shouldn't be necessary.
Sun Demon had less of these issues (he stands great on his own), but I
was disappointed by the lack of movement in the neck. I expected it
with the Party Beach beast, since his long tube-like neck doesn't look
like the kind of thing that would lend itself to great articulation,
but it was the sculpted torso piece that negated the use of the ball
jointed neck post on the Sun Demon. A little more tilting and these
figures could be far more expressive.
Accessories - Sun Demon ***;
Party Beach *
Sadly, the poor Party Beach monster gets zippo in the accessories
department. It's been years since I last saw the movie, so I'm not sure
what would have been appropriate, but I'm thinking a big tub of
'sodium' would have at least been amusing.
does get one star though for the included display stand, an handy item
to keep him standing long term. The loose ankles make it almost a
Sun Demon has his extra set of forearms and hands, chest piece, and
head. These are all identical in sculpt to the set he comes wearing,
but are cast in translucent red plastic. This allows the light to shine
through and give him an eerie glow.
The sculpt isn't as well
defined on with the clear plastic, as you'd expect. It is a neat effect
though, and with the right lighting in your display could look terrific
on the shelf. You can also mix and match - leave the solid head and
chest, but use the translucent hands/forearms for example.
Swapping these parts is VERY
difficult, and you'll need a liberal application of hot water.
Outfit - Sun Demon **;
Party Beach ***1/2
Party Beach monster has a seaweed-like body, and they've done a
terrific job replicating it as best they could with material. The leafy
suit is made from a tough nylon type material, so it's not going to
fray or fall apart easily. The seams are well done, and I was impressed
with the overall quality. It's a goofy suit of course, but it comes
about as close to the movie version as it could.
The clothes on
the Sun Demon are about as basic ans you can get, and aren't much
beyond the usual Ken quality. There's a decent pair of shoes, black
socks, brown slacks and white shirt. The slacks have oversized belt
loops, but otherwise fits pretty well.
Fun Factor - ***1/2
Do you know a 10 year old that loves B movies? Or maybe just goofy
monsters? Then they'd have a great time with these. Other than the one
ankle issue, the bodies were sturdy enough to handle play, and the
costumes could do time in the toy box too.
Value - **
These aren't cheap, running $70 a pop. If you're accustomed to paying
$120 - $150 for a Hot Toys figure, then $70 might seem cheap - til you
get these in your hands. These have gone up a bit in price over the
last year or so too, since Teenage Werewolf (a very similar figure in
quality) was $60.
Things to Watch Out For -
Not a thing with Party Beach, but you do want to use some very hot
water with the head and hand swap on the Sun Demon. The plastic is VERY
hard, and the body can be broken. The best way to swap body parts is to
start with the arms, and when they are off, remove the shirt. That way
you won't get it soaked while you are work in the head. Once the head
is off - which will take the most boiling water, and maybe even a thin
screwdriver under the lip of the neck to pry it up - you can remove the
chest piece. Put the new chest piece on, put the new head on (once
again using hot water), put the shirt back on, and finally, the new
Overall - Sun Demon
***; Party Beach **1/2
As a fan of
campy, goofy monsters from old horror and sci-fi films, I'm thrilled
that someone is producing characters like these in sixth scale. But
being a fan, I also expect them to look like their on screen
With such a low production run,
and such a small
company doing the work, I understand that the quality of the clothing
or number of accessories might be low. But I can't abide by missing the
look of the original monster, particularly with the Horror of Party
Of the pair, the Sun Demon is
the easy winner, and if you
were happy with the earlier Teenage Wolfman and Frankenstein, then this
guy will fit right on with them on the shelf. The Horror of Party Beach
is a fun beast, no doubt about it, and his leaf suit is his saving
grace. But I do wish they'd worried a bit more about screen accuracy.
Packaging - ***1/2
Sculpting - Sun Demon ***1/2; Party Beach **1/2
Paint - ***
Articulation - **1/2
Accessories - Sun Demon ***; Party Beach *
Outfit - Sun Demon **; Party Beach ***1/2
Fun Factor - ***1/2
Value - **
Overall - Sun Demon ***; Party Beach **1/2
Where to Buy -
Online options include these site sponsors:
- you can pick these up for $70
each direct from Amok
I've covered quite a few previous Amok Time and Executive Replicas
releases in this vein
- the last was the disappointing
trio of Maureen Robinson,
Blood of Dracula vamp, and Barbra from NOTLD.
- just prior to that was the far
superior Boris Karloff,
and Amok has talked about doing other famous horror actors like Vincent
- before that, there was I was a Teenage Werewolf, I was a
Teenage Frankenstein, Gort
and Klaatu, Invasion
of the Saucer Men, Rondo
Hatton and the NOTLD
Zombie, all sixth scale horror figures. There's also Bub and Dr. Tongue, six inch
zombie action figures they've released.