Of the three films, this movie is
universally regarded not just as the worst, but as the film that ruined the
Creature, quite literally. Still, he's an interesting design, if one a
Packaging - ****
Sideshow does their usual stupendous job. Using great graphics, and a
completely collector friendly design, they manage to give you packaging that
looks almost as good as the figure does.
Sculpting - ***1/2
The sculpt matches the source material extremely well. It might not be
the creature you were hoping for, but you have to give them credit for
capturing the look of the monster in this film.
The body is simply all green, but is the
usual Sideshow body with padding. The hands are an all new, webbed
sculpt, and manage to look good and be able to hold the accessories.
The feet are also an all new sculpt, but they aren't really feet - they are
boots that fit over the standard feet.
Paint - ***1/2
The paint application on the head, hands and feet is universally good.
The eyes were extremely well done, and I was very impressed with the use of
a wash to bring out the highlights in the sculpting. The only negative
was the work on some of the claws and nails - it could have been a little
neater. Still, overall the paint ops are solid.
Articulation - ***
The Creature uses the standard Sideshow body, and has all the excellent
articulation you've come to expect - ball jointed neck, ball jointed
shoulders, cut biceps, double jointed elbows, cut forearms, super posable
wrists, chest, waist, ball jointed hips, cut thighs, double jointed knees,
and ankles. Whew...I think that's it.
The only reason this score isn't higher is
the loose ankles. I had a very hard time getting him to maintain a
standing position, even with those big feet, because the ankle joints were
Outfit - ***1/2
The outfit is very basic, but matches his duds in the film to a T. Or
in this case, a sack.
The outer shirt and pants are designed to
look like burlap, and the quality of the stitching and material is
excellent. They also went to a ton of trouble with the suit
underneath. There are stretchy green pants and a shirt under the
burlap shirt and pants. The bright green is intended to match the body
color, and inside these green clothes are the black body pads. He's
nice and puffed out, just like in the film. I have no idea why he
gained so much weight in the film - maybe it was due to all those fatty
foods people liked to eat back then.
The quality of the material, stitching and
tailoring is great on every piece. My only grip is that the outfit is
a little tough to remove, particularly the burlap shirt. It wouldn't
be impossible, but they skipped any sort of seam up the back for appearance
Accessories - ***
There are two accessories - a big gas can, and a tar pot. I think
that's what they called them - these used to be used in road construction as
I recall. Remember I mentioned that awful fire? Well, here are
The accessories make sense, and I'm very
happy with the scale. Unlike other companies that seem intent on
making sixth scale accessories too small, these seem right on target.
The sculpting and paint ops on them are also excellent - I just wish there
There is no stand this time. Too bad,
since I really could use it with this guy.
Value - **
Sideshow's suggested retail is $40, just like the rest of the line.
I'm grading the value based on that, and considering what you're getting
from other companies in that price range in my score. However, you
should be able to find someone with these for around $30 (I have a couple
suggestions below), and that adds another star.
Overall - ***
Okay, the film is hated by all Creature lovers. But you have to admit
that Sideshow did a terrific job here, and while I have several other
versions of the normal Creature already in my collection, this is the one
(and I'm betting only) time you'll be seeing this version.
Where to Buy -
I haven't seen them at bricks and mortar stores, but on-line:
has him of course, for the usual $40. He's a limited edition of 5000,
similar to the others in the series.
Sniper one of our sponsors, has him for $32.99. Remember, when you
shop with my sponsors, you help support the site!
If you are thinking about picking up the
'real' Creature, I would consider pre-ordering
him. He's going to be limited, just like all the figures, but I
suspect he's going to be EXTREMELY popular.
IMPORTANT NOTE! I also wanted to point
out that Sideshow has a bunch of the older Universal Monsters on
sale right now for just $20 each. That's a great price for these,
particularly figures like Murder Legendre or Masque of the Red Death.