Packaging - **1/2
The graphics and text on these packages is wonderful. They aren't
particularly sturdy, so it will be tough for MIB collectors to find a good
one, but the overall attractiveness of the box can't be beat.
What can be beat is the fact that they aren't collector friendly.
Actually, they are extremely collector unfriendly. There's
absolutely no way to get the figure or the accessories out without ripping
this baby to shreds. Even the top and bottom of the boxes are glued,
rather than taped. Since Sideshow is no longer selling through major
retailers, there is less theft excuse for this type of Fort Knox
If Sideshow plans on selling to the collector market through small
retailers, they need to redesign this packaging. You can't fully
appreciate the figures in the packages, and yet it would be nice to be
able to put them back as you please. It's been done before - for the
price Sideshow should pursue it.
Sculpting - ***1/2
Mat Falls once again provides fantastic work. Of the three, Gene
Wilder's Frederick is perhaps the weakest, but even then it's extremely
close. I think the gray scale paint work also makes it difficult to
capture the exact look that people expect.
I believe all three have new hand sculpts as well. They aren't
the same as the original Monster at least, and they look slightly
different than the Gentlemen as well.
The Igor figure is slightly special. The knobby protrusions of
his elbows, knees and calves have been glued onto the structure of the
usual Sideshow body.
Articulation - ***1/2
These are the same bodies you've seen on all other 12" Sideshow
men. The articulation is very good, although I did find that
Frederick had weak joints. It's not a consistent problem, since both
Igor and Frankie were fine.
Accessories - ****
Each character comes with a ton of cool accessories, which is getting to
be a Sideshow hallmark.
Frederick has a stethoscope, large book from his father entitled "How
I Did It", scalpel, mask, and goggles. There is also a small
Igor has a walking stick, horn, and brain with extremely cool
container. He also has a small stand. The pictures at the web
site show a sticker on the base of the container for the brain - you'd
assume it says Abnormal. If there is supposed to be one, I didn't
Finally, the Monster himself comes with shackles, daisies, bowl, broken
cup, and extra forearm/hand that has his thumb lit on fire. He also
has the small stand.
There is some reuse here - the scalpel that Freddie has is from the
Gentlemen, the brain that Igor has is from the original Frankenstein, and
the Monsters daisies and shackles are also from the original. But
considering that everything else is new, you're getting a decent
Uniform - ***1/2
While none of the uniforms are tremendously complicated, they are all well
done. Frederick has socks and shoes (reused from the Gentlemen),
pants, a turtleneck style shirt, and lab coat. Everything fits
extremely well, and the stitching and quality are quite good.