Packaging - ***1/2
The only thing holding this package back from a solid four stars is it's rather
plain appearance. It matches up with the colors of the DVD keep cases, but
it's still fairly dull. However, it shows off both the DVD's and the busts
extremely well, and uses a creative window layout to manage it. It's also
completely collector friendly, and you can also use the foam insert to display
the busts if you're so inclined.
Sculpting - Dracula ***1/2; Frank, Wolfman ****
Do you own the sixth scale Dracula, Frankenstein or Wolfman from
Sideshow? Then you've seen these head sculpts before! Obviously, the
work from the neck down is new, but the heads are exactly the same as the
Okay, not quite exact. These are clearly the same sculpts, down to the
location of every wrinkle. But these also show off the clear advantages
that polystone has over your basic plastic figure.
The sculpt here is much better defined, with greater detail and depth.
That makes the sculpts even more life-like, and improves on what were already
The work on the lower half of the busts is excellent, with lots of detail,
great scale, and an extremely attractive and appropriate design to the
base. I particularly like the use of the original fonts and design for the
name plates on the front of each base.
These busts are smaller than some folks might expect, but after hearing
people say they were small, I was actually surprised by their size. They
aren't nearly as small as I'd expected, because of the height of the
bases. The stand about the same height as the Gentle Giant Star Wars
busts, but the head and shoulders are smaller, since half the height is made up
of the stone base.
Paint - ***1/2
While not quite perfect, the paint ops are well above average. There's
a few spots that could have had been a little better, like the definition
between the white tie and red sash on Drac, but overall there is little or no
bleed, clean, well defined lines, and nice small detail work.
The DVD's - ***
I've heard some complaints about the quality of the transfer on these films, but
I've also heard others say there was no problem. I compared The Wolfman with the
release of the same movie with the Universal Monsters Legendary collection from a few years ago.
I didn't notice any difference, and while these films are far from perfect,
with plenty of scratches and imperfections, this pressing didn't appear any
different to me than the earlier one.
These are some great films as well, including classics like Werewolf of
London, House of Dracula and House of Frankenstein. It's a great
opportunity to own these, particularly if you missed out on the earlier
releases. I can't say I'd recommend buying the DVD's individually without
the busts, but if you're looking for the whole shebang, this is the way to go.
Value - ****
If you're a fan of these films, this is a tremendous value. I'd give
them extra stars in this category if I could.
Consider this - each of these three DVD's sells for twenty bucks at
Target. Let's say you try to cheap it out by going on-line, and hit Deep
Discount DVD. They have them for $22 each! So you're looking at
sixty bucks for all three dvd's no matter how you cut it.
Here, you can pick up the entire set, all three films PLUS three extremely
nice mini-busts for just $56 AND free shipping! That is an amazing, eye
popping, heart pounding good deal!
Overall - ***1/2
I knew in advance what movies I was getting, but I was pleasantly surprised
by the attractiveness of the keep cases, collector friendliness of the
packaging, and overall high quality of the busts. While these busts
certainly aren't large, they are a great value considering you're pretty much
getting them free with the purchase of the three DVD sets.
Where to Buy -
is the place to snag this great deal - but don't delay too long, as it looks
like the time to shipment is getting longer, which usually means stock is
low. Just search for 'legacy collection'.