Packaging - ****
The boxes for both characters continue the terrific tradition of the first
series. I'm not sure which packages are my favorites right now - the
Outer Limits or the Six Gun Legends - but both are well above the average
With excellent graphics and in
depth text, along with a completely collector friendly design, these boxes
show just how good packaging can be.
Sculpting - ***1/2
The sculpts on Sideshow figures is one of their strengths.
Unfortunately, it's tough to judge Crazy Horse, and this version of Custer,
while accurate, may put some folks off.
Just before the battle, Custer
had his hair cut short. While he's best known with long hair, this
sculpt is more accurate to the actual battle. As Andy mentioned in his
review, the beard and moustache are a bit well trimmed, looking a bit on the
modern side. But overall the sculpt is extremely good.
Is this sculpt Crazy
Horse? No one knows, but it's a good Lakota Sioux look. I think
rooted hair would have been better here, since the hair is tyed back tightly
behind his head. That's usually something that works well with rooted
hair, but the sculpted hair is fine as well.
Crazy Horse also wore a single
feather in his hair, and it's here. You can't see it in the front
photos though, because the hole in the back of his head designed to hold the
feather is specifically shaped to hold the feather facing straight
down. I'm not sure how Sideshow set up their pictures so the feather
could be seen, unless the feather isn't pushed all the way into the hole.
The small stone that he was
documented as wearing behind his ear is here, as is the scar he received
(supposedly from the husband of one of his female, uh, friends). There
is much debate even on the direction and look of this scar, so how accurate
it actually is, is really tough to say. But
overall it's a great looking Native sculpt.
Paint - ****
The paint ops are great all the way around. I found absolutely no
slop, and the eyes, hair lines, and accessories all have excellent detail
This is a Custer some might not
be accustomed to however. He's pale, with freckles. Being
blonde, it's likely that it's accurate, but it might throw some folks at
Crazy Horse was rumored to be a
minimalist when it comes to war paint, and all he has is a lightening bolt
on his face, and round spots on his upper arms, shoulders, upper chest and
back. These spots are tough to figure out how to do - do them neatly,
and they don't really look 'real', but do them to look 'real', and they end
up looking sloppy. Sideshow went with the neat, clean look, so they
look a little too perfect, but it was six to one, half dozen to the other.
Articulation - ***1/2
The usual Sideshow bodies are used. The articulation is excellent, and
both these figures have the better neck joint that allows for some amount of
up and down movement.
The wrist joints are a bit of a
catch-22. I really like the mobility of them, but I had a very hard
time keeping one of the hands on, and a really tough time taking the other
one off and on. They need to work on the design of the pins and hands
some more, and I'll beat them up on that one again under Accessories.
Unlike the Ash figures, neither
of these guys had any trouble with loose joints.
Accessories - Sitting Bull ***1/2; Custer
Another area of excellent quality for Sideshow is the accessories, and
these two are no exception.
Custer comes with straps and spurs, two
ivory handled Constabulary revolvers, generic bowie knife and scabbard, cap
pouch, Remington Rolling Block rifle, alternate pistol firing right hand,
and gloved hands.
Crazy Horse comes with fewer accessories,
but they are the usual high quality. There's a hawk feather for his
hair, generic bowie knife with sheath, tomahawk, and Henry rifle.
There's also the alternate rifle firing right hand.
The cap pouch is definitely a re-use from
the Sideshow Civil War figures, and the knife for both Custer and Crazy
Horse is the same - and looks suspiciously like the knife with Billy the Kid
from the first Six Gun Legends set.
But the rest of the accessories are all
unique to these figures, and the quality and sculpting, not to mention the
detailed accuracy, is fantastic. I'm particularly happy with both
rifles, where they paid a lot of attention to detail.
The reason Custer is getting a lower score
is the gloved hands. I really want to use them for the display, but I
had no luck getting them to stay attached. Getting them on was almost
impossible, and they wanted to pop off too easily after.
Outfit - ***1/2
Crazy Horse has the 'leather' leggings, loin cloth, breastplate, beaded
waistbelt, and beaded choker.
Custer is wearing his familiar
Plains hat, 'buckskin' trousers and jacket, red scarf, officer's saber belt,
Cavalry boots, and sailor shirt.
Custer's costume is very
accurate, and while it's impossible to say just how accurate Crazy Horse's
is, it is at least historically accurate to the Sioux and to the period.
The material used to simulate
the buckskin works pretty well, and the details on the costumes is nicely
done. I particularly like the working breast pocket on the sailor
shirt, and the very well designed belt buckles.
Both outfits are of high
quality, with great stitching, good materials, and great design. While
you can argue a few of the historical points, that's due to the fact that
some things aren't perfectly documented, and Sideshow had to do the very
best they could in estimating what they would have looked like.
Value - **1/2
At $40 each, Sideshow's price, you're getting into an awful high
range. These figures, while extremely nice, should be in the $30
range, and you should be able to find them for that price on-line if you
Overall - ***1/2
There's really only two things that hurt these figures for me - the high
price, and Custer's gloved hands. They aren't quite the four star
figures that the first series was, but they are still the nicest versions of
these two figures produced so far.
I'm giving them ***1/2,
assuming you'll find them in the $30 0 $35 range. I'll be very
interested to see how Drastic Plastic's versions compare once they finally
make it out.
Where to Buy -
I don't know of what bricks and mortar stores will carry these, but
there are plenty of on-line options:
themselves of course. Retail is $40 plus shipping. The big advantage
here is that you'll get them right away, since they are shipping them. (MROTW
Sniper has the best price at $25 each plus shipping, but they are still
Earth has both for $70 a set plus shipping. (MROTW affiliate)
Blue Planet has a similar price, but you can buy them seperately at $35
each plus shipping.
Toy Cellar has them for slightly less at $68 for the pair.