So poor Edward ends up looking like an innocent hairdressing
S&M fetishist crossed with Frankenstein’s monster, if that
makes any sort of sense?
A passing Avon lady makes a chance visit discovering Edward all alone
in the vast mansion, and so seeing how pitiful he is, she decides to
take him into her home and attempt to give him some sort of ‘normal’
life within her family.
But how will Edward fit into a family, and what will suburbia make of
Of course it’s a parable about alienation and acceptance, but it’s
dressed up so beautifully in the form of a modern (well 1950’s) fairy
tale that you never feel like you’re being preached to, in stead you
just enjoy the ride, and hope Edward will end up in a safe place… after
all, fairy tales always have happy endings… right.
Hot Toys (HT) unveiled their Edward figure nearly 6 months ago, and it
was instantly apparent that for legal reasons Johnny Depp’s likeness
could not be used. It would seem that though 20th Century Fox still
owned the rights to the character, the likeness would have to be more
generic. I spell this out as if the most important thing for you is to
have Depp’s likeness then I suggest you go and buy one of the HT Jack Sparrow figures. If
however you are more a fan of Burtons ‘uncommonly gentle man’ then read
To fit in with the fairytale theme Hot Toys have wrapped Edward in a
large blue embossed ‘mock’ leather-bound book. It’s all just made of
cardboard, but it’s textured and printed to mimic an antique tome with
block printed illustrations and writing. The side panel is held by
Velcro and once opened exposes the ‘mimicked’ image of the pages of the
book on the top, bottom and right hand side. The front cover then opens
to the left to show the window with a fully assembled and dressed
Edward lying next to his accessory. The panel opposite illustrates the
figure and the details of his costume above a list of the production
Interestingly the name of the
head sculptor is omitted, I guess that even though it’s a beautiful
sculpt, the fact it doesn’t look like Mr Depp meant who ever did it,
doesn’t want to risk being associated with an Edward Scissorhands
sculpt that ultimately doesn’t look like the actor who portrayed
This is a shame as we all know
from experience that when ‘allowed’ HT tend to hit the nail on the
head… but back to the box!
This ‘description’ panel is also
held by Velcro at the top, so once undone it flaps down and opens up to
expose a very cute ‘pop-up’ image of Edward surrounded by his topiary
and paper cut outs. I have to admit I wasn’t expecting this, and it
really adds to the over all feel of this being an elaborate old
fashioned nursery book… which of course it isn’t!
Inside the tray Ed is held secure by 5 twisties along side his paper
cut-out accessory and base stand, the support for the stand is plastic
wrapped and taped to the back.
It’s another top flight box designed by TF Wong who was also
responsible for the recent Ironman boxes as well. It’s a fun, quaint
package full of charm. and embodies the character perfectly (and my
kids just love it!). How could something this ‘cute’ not get a full
Sculpting - ***1/2
This category is a toughie;
it’s a bit similar to the ALIEN Cosmonaut figure of Kane all over
again, as just like on that figure, for what ever legal reason, HT
weren’t granted the rights to use the actors’ likeness.
So, you have to ask yourself
would you rather HT just didn’t bother at all, or would you rather have
the best they can do with the situation.
Well I’ve been a fan of Burtons
work for years, and would have dearly loved for this to be the perfect
Johnny Depp sculpt, but as it is I’m just very glad to have such a cool
depiction of the ‘character’ given this much love and attention.
They have given him quite a
haunted look, which is right for Edward, but it somehow lacks the
innocence that Depp brought to the role.
It still encapsulates a lot of
the characters aesthetic, with the gaunt cheeks and facial scaring, and
from some angles I feel like you can see some of Depp
in there, but then I wonder if it’s just because of the
association with the character, as at the end of the day, his is
DEFFINETLY not Johnny Depp. The hair is a fantastic sculpt suiting the
character from some scenes in the movie more than others. That said,
here it does seem a little too ‘piled up’ and could do with a bit more
weight and body at the sides. However the detail is all there and the
sculpt is so good that Joseph Tsang IS happy to be credited with its
Nevertheless, Edward is so complex that the sculpting doesn’t end with
the head… Hell, we haven’t even started on the outfit yet, let alone
Many of the buckles and straps
on the outfit are sculpted whilst others are pleather with actual
buckles, but wherever elements are ‘mock’ strapping, they still work
very well, but it’s a shame they couldn’t all be as authentic as the
ones on the legs, upper arms and groin as the real buckles, rivets,
studs and lacing here work fantastically.
The hands are just beautiful;
every blade/digit is articulated, even the thumbs, sometimes with
multiple joints like opening scissor blades and jointed levers
connecting them to the arms. Some of these levers are metal wire, while
others are softer plastic so they can stretch and bend as you move the
hands and blades. The whole effect is very convincing but I’ll have to
hope my pics can convey just how cool it all looks and how well it
So, I based my final score on
the figure as a whole, I virtually disregarded the ‘likeness’, but if
you want Johnny as Edward, then this ain’t for you and the score would
be far lower, however if it’s the character you want, then it’s
Paint - ***1/2
Edward does not look like a well
boy, in fact he looks positively ill, his sallow complexion,
the dark rings around his eyes, the self harming (all be it
involuntary) add up to a character who is crying out for help, and of
course in this tale he gets it, but his Emo Gothic Borg ‘look’ remains
Regardless of the sculpt this is
another top paint app, his flesh tones are very wan and washed out, his
eyes are deep set and dark, his lips are also painted in quite a deep
tone, but I feel could have taken even more depth of colour, as in the
movie his lips seemed even
darker, which emphasises their scaring even more. The eyes
are crisp and beautifully glossy as we now expect from HT, catching the
light well and giving a lot of life to his finished look.
His hair is unpainted like the Enterbay ‘Bruces’ and the earlier M-Icon
Wong Ka Kui,
letting all the detail come from the sculpt catching the light and
shadow, and with the amount of layering and separately constructed
segments his hair has, painting it would be a nightmare.
There are also some paint
details on the scissored hands, the main body of them is weathered
steel, but smaller details are picked out in red, black and bronze. The
chest strapping, belt and boots also have the buckles, studs and badges
picked out, all this is done with the usual HT flair and attention to
detail, I do have a couple of miniscule areas of over-painting on two
of the tiny rivets, but you have to look hard under direct light to see
it, so realistically it’s virtually faultless.
Articulation - ***
There is no way I’m ever going to try and strip this figure down, the
outfit is way too complex, but suffice to say it is so tightly tailored
to the body that some articulation suffers. However those of you
familiar with the movie will be more than aware that the character is
far from athletic. He basically shuffles around everywhere trying not
to cut people, so while he’s never gonna do a flying drop kick he can
strike pretty much any of the positions Edward did in the movie.
Under the outfit it would seem
that Eddy is sporting a slim TT
body, so any problems with articulation are due to the
outfit, but I’d bet the actual costume would hamper you when kitted up,
just as much! So be prepared for the articulation to be restricted
(there’s even a metal pin sticking through the back of the right boot,
meaning that the knee can’t bend very far) and you’ll know what to
Accessories - **
Edward really can’t use many accessories as with those hands he just
can’t hold anything, however we do get the classic HT stand and a
bright red paper cut-out, this is quite a cute little item but I think
he looks so cool just standing in his iconic arms outstretched with the
hands’ hanging down, that I can’t imagine I’ll use it much.
Likewise I’ve managed to get him
standing fine on his own, so the stand won’t be used by me much, but
it’s there for any of you who prefer that look.
I’m considering getting a bonsai
privet bush to start a little
topiary, it’d make for a cool little display!
Outfit - ****
Now this is the area where Edward really, truly shines, the outfit is
another 1/6 work of art.
Like on the Medicom figure
it’s a mixed media affair utilising different finishes of pleather,
PVC, plastic, rubber and metal. He has a base pair of pants and a long
sleeve top that Velcro’s up the back, both garments are made up of
multiple panels that are all black but with different textures and
finishes with roughly hewn edges and over-stitched seams. On top of
this suit he has pleather straps on his left leg and upper arms, a
pleather codpiece with decorative straps hanging from it. There are
moulded plastic boots, a plastic belt and plastic strapped chest
bindings. These various pieces all come together to create a very
layered and complex looking figure.
Back when I got the Medicom Ed I
said how impressed I was with his outfit, well HT have managed to
improve on it greatly, this is a far more authentic representation of
his attire, and looks virtually screen perfect to me. Its only downside
(though it’s tough to consider it a downside, as it seems totally
accurate) is the nature of the tight tailoring restricts some movement
(as I just went over above) but it looks fantastic!
Fun Factor - ****
definitely one for your hard-core fans. His outfit and hands make this
far too fragile to be used as a toy, and the lack of Johnny Depp’s
likeness means only true Tim Burtonophiles will want him, but if you
are in this group then you’ll be ecstatic with the results. The outfit
is just stunning, and whilst the sculpt isn’t Johnny, it’s 100% Edward,
so the choice is yours.
I have to admit when I love a
I find it hard to give it anything less than full marks under ‘fun’ as
I just get such a kick out of seeing something I’ve wanted for ages
brought to 1/6th life… especially when done this well.
However, if you want a cheaper, and dare I say it more ‘fun’ version,
then there’s also the Cosbaby set I reviewed a couple of months ago.
Value - ***1/2
Purely from a tailoring and engineering angle this figure should
deserve a full score, the box is a great looking piece of design, so
the only thing really letting it down is that sculpt, not because it’s
bad, but because it just isn’t Depp. However people seem to be voting
with their wallets, as at $159.99 Sideshow have already sold
If you’ve been a fan of Edward
Scissorhands for ages, then this is the best 1/6 version available
right now. McFarlane did some good versions in differing sizes a couple
of years ago, and who knows with the success this figure is having SS
might be tempted to give us a Premium Format at some time in the
future, but till then, this is the one you’ll want on your shelf.
I have to admit that being a
big fan of the movie I was tempted to give this a full score, but in
trying to be impartial, I then realised the lack of Depps likeness will
undoubtedly keep some away from this figure. But the fine attention to
detail on the costume should drag any doubters back in, and considering
what a full on year 2009 is proving to be in 1/6th collecting, it’s
telling (for me at least) just how cool I think this figure is… and
also how indispensable!
Packaging - ****
Paint - ***1/2
Articulation - ***
Accessories - **
Outfit - ****
Fun Factor - ****
Value - ***1/2
Overall - ***1/2
Where to Buy -
As I said above Sideshow have sold out, but you can try the wait-list.
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