Quantum Mechanix

Dr. Horrlble statue by Quantum Mechanix

   "The following is a guest review.  The review and photos do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Michael Crawford or Michael's Review of the Week, and are the opinion and work of the guest author."

Travis is back tonight witha  look at a statue that's been sorely tempting me - take it away, Travis!

Thanks to Michael, I'm back for another guest review! (yes, I lost count of what number.) With that said...

"Ah hahahaha! Ah ha haaaa! A haaaa.

So that’s, you know… coming along. I’m working with a vocal coach. Strengthening the “ahhaa”. A lot of guys ignore the laugh and that’s about standards. I mean, if you’re going to get into the Evil League of Evil you HAVE to have a memorable laugh. I mean do you think Bad Horse didn’t work on his whinny? His terrible… Death… whinny."
And so, "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog" began and from thatvery second, I was hooked. Forget Doogie Howser, M.D., this was the character Neil Patrick Harris was born to play. I see so much of myself reflected back at me as I watch him play Billy/Dr. Horrible that it's not even funny. Not that I, uh..wear goggles and a lab coat while I'm on the computer.
(takes off goggles and lab coat)
Anyway, if you haven't seen the show (and really, who hasn't? ; ) here's a synopsis from the back of the DVD case:
Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother) stars as Billy, A.K.A. Dr. Horrible, a budding super-villain whose plans for world domination continually go awry. His two goals: getting accepted into the Evil League of Evil, and working up the guts to speak to his Laundromat crush Penny, played by Felicia Day (The Guild). The only thing standing in his way is Captain Hammer, Billy's superhero arch-nemesis played by Nathan Fillion (Firefly). With one big score, Billy could get into the E.L.E. and earn the respect of Penny, but only if he can keep her away from the dashing Captain Hammer..."
Today, I received a package from Sideshow Toys and inside awaited a Maquette of Dr. Horrible, himself!
I have been searching the 'Net for a review of this statue for quite a while and never found any, so I figured I'd do one myself. When offered help, I said,

"Thanks, but… the League is watching. I gotta go this alone."

Oh, and always, I apologize in advance for the cruddy photos.
Dr. Horrlble statue by Quantum Mechanix
Dr. Horrlble statue by Quantum Mechanix

Dr. Horrlble statue by Quantum Mechanix
Dr. Horrlble statue by Quantum Mechanix
Dr. Horrlble statue by Quantum Mechanix
Dr. Horrlble statue by Quantum Mechanix
Dr. Horrlble statue by Quantum Mechanix
Dr. Horrlble statue by Quantum Mechanix

Packaging - ***1/2
This is one tiny box. No kidding, I knew the maquette would be small, but when the brown shipping outer box is smaller that you thought it'd be, you know you're in trouble. If going in, you realize how big the statue is, you'll be fine with the boxes getting smaller and smaller the more you open it, but in my case, I was disappointed. Don't get me wrong, I love it, but it's not as big as it's advertised. The actual box it comes in is 6 1/2 x 7" x 3 1/2" and has 3 nice photos of the Maquette along with the Dr. Horrible logo. The box also states the Maquette is limited to 1,000 and has the E.L.E. seal of approval. (nice touch!) It's still a basic box and inside has the usual styrofoam packing that statues come in. It's the sturdy kind and not the kind that falls apart easily that Michael hates. (regular readers will note that that stuff is like Kryptonite to him.)

Sculpting - ****
The Maquette is sculpted in an animated style, and yet, still captures Neil Patrick Harris in all his Dr. Horribleness. I absolutely LOVE the sculpt and can find no fault with it, aside from the size. It's listed as 9" tall, when in reality, it's not even 8 1/2" WITH the base. Now, that sounds like  a minor gripe, but I'm really being generous. I'll be the first  to say I probably overestimated it's size before I received it, but it seems so small that it made me doubt why I'd purchased it. (especially for the price, but more on that later.) It still gets four stars for the AWESOME sculpt and my goggles are off to whoever sculpted it. Bring on Captain Hammer and Penny!

Paint - ***1/2
The paint is basic and really doesn't have any horrible (get it?) slop. The palette consists of about 9 colours with no shading or highlights. Really though, I'm not sure it would look better with them or not. I like it just the way it is.
On his labcoat, is a tiny caduceus logo and it's a crisp and clear. (tampo?) If you catch the goggles at just the right angle and lighting, they kind of look like actual lenses. (they're not,  of course.) The only downside to the paint is
it's done in very flat colours and it has that rough feeling to it. It's likely to flake easily and has on mine right out of the box in two places. His right arm with the Freeze Ray needs to be attached and it's a very tight fit. It causes the grey of his glove to rub off to reveal white underneath and where it rubs against the white lab coat, the grey rubs onto the white and won't come off. Be very careful to get it right the first time. The other spot is on the hole on his right boot where the metal peg slides in from the base. Every time I've removed it,  white flakes of paint fall off. If you look closely at the photo with the bottom of his boots visible, you'll notice the black paint from the base has rubbed off onto his left boot sole. This is because the figure slides around on the metal post when you move it and doesn't fit snugly. Be careful when moving it.

Articulation - N/A
It's a Maquette and has no articulation at all. His right arm from the glove up can be positioned in a couple different angles, but it's not meant to be in any other position than its intended one. Other than that, he can spin a bit on his metal post, but seeing how it can rub the paint off, I wouldn't move it much, if you can help it.

Accessories - *
Since his Freeze Ray is permanently attached to his right gloved hand, it can't be considered an accessory, but it's still pretty cool either way. Other than that, he comes with a black numbered base. No certificate or anything else.

Value - *
At $69.99 (plus shipping) this Maquette is woefully overpriced. At first glance, it looks to be an action figure and I really wish it was. I'd rather it be made out of plastic than resin, to ensure it not breaking easily. I understand the price being higher because of the license and limited edition status, but not at a $70.00 price tag. It reminded me of the Master of the Universe Stactions made by NECA and they were cheaper with a greater amount of detail and paint. I can see this maquette costing maybe $50.00 at the most, but after shipping, it's almost $20.00 too much.

Things to Watch Out For -
Like I said above, be careful attaching his gloved, Freeze Ray arm to ensure the paint doesn't rub off or chip. Likewise, with making sure he doesn't slide around on his base, so it doesn't scratch or rub off the black paint.

Overall - **1/2
I don't want to appear like I don't like this maquette. I actually like it a lot, I just don't feel like I got my  money's worth. I love Neil Patrick Harris and Dr. Horrible so I'm thrilled to get a figure or statue of him at any price. I just wish it were bigger or a better value. I still want a Captain Hammer and Penny to display with him, so I guess I'm not too disappointed.

Where to Buy -
They are currently sold out on the Quantum Mechanix website, but are in stock (with low quantity) on Sideshow Collectibles. Act fast, if you want one or face the wrath of ebay. (E.L.E. member # 18)
Thanks again, Michael! Until next time, folks: Same Bat Time, Same Bat Channel!

Dr. Horrlble statue by Quantum Mechanix
Dr. Horrlble statue by Quantum Mechanix

Dr. Horrlble statue by Quantum Mechanix

This product was purchased for the review by the reviewer. Photos and text by Travis Payne.

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