Sculpting - ****
As I mentioned earlier, there's actually two versions of this statue. The normal version comes with a different base, which
you can see on the front of the box. Dredd is standing on the head of "call-me-Kenneth", from the 2000 AD comic. While
that's nice, the exclusive comes with the base adorned by the beaten body of Sharky, from the 'Chicken Run' issue of the
Judge Dredd Megazine...even better!
This is a quarter scale statue, and overall it stands just shy of 21". You'll need some serious shelf space but he's well
worth the real estate.
While I generally hate a grimace, I have to admit that it works pretty well for Dredd. Even Urban knew that when he
reprised the character last year.
The proportions are comic book hero, and the detailing and musculature look fantastic. There's all kinds of textures and
small details that make the entire statue pop. I love the boots and the armored shoulder pads, but everything, right down to
the belt buckle, looks amazing. The details are so sharply cut and cleanly defined, and there's just so much complexity to
the overall sculpt, that I was impressed from every angle.
The gun holding right hands and the baton for the left are both held in place with strong magnets. The larger Lawgiver has
a series of cool sculpted ejecting shells, appearing to spin through the air, and these are also attached to the side
of the weapon with a strong magnet.
This exclusive version has the highly detailed base with Sharky, who's clearly seen better days. He's so large and well
done that it's almost like you're getting two statues for the price of one.
The overall statue is actually made up of five pieces - one of the two gun holding right hands, the long club of the baton,
the body of Dredd, the entire figure of Sharky, and the overall diorama base.
Once assembled, this is one of the finest large scale statues I've seen in quite some time, and big fans of the character
will love it. It's not just the detailing or basic sculpting, but the overall design that makes it stand out. The stance,
expression, and diorama all work beautifully together.