Packaging - ***
Once again, the graphics are marvelous. The text on the back fills
in the story, and the figure is easy to see and well displayed.
Good news for folks that liked the earlier boxes with the flap cover -
they are going back to that style very soon. Also, this box is once
again not very collector friendly. Okay, not collector friendly at
all. You have to tear it up if you want to remove the figure and
accessories. Word from Sideshow is that they are looking into
correcting that in future releases.
Sculpting - ****
Easily the finest aspect of this piece, although one can't sneeze at the
paint work required to pull off the look. The head sculpt is dead
on, and is done by Phil Ramirez. He sounds familiar, so I'm sure
we've seen his work with Sideshow before, but he's not as common to us as
Mat or Olaf.
They certainly have nothing on him though, and he does a tremendous job
with not just the head sculpt, but the hands as well. The details in
the fingers and nails is fantastic.
Articulation - ***1/2
If you've picked up previous Sideshow product, then this is no
surprise. The bodies have a very high degree of articulation,
similar to the Dragon and BBI product. The bodies are occasionally
loose in the joints, but overall the male bodies are quite acceptable.
Paint - ****
The paint ops are what really allow a great sculpt to shine, and here is
the perfect example. Sloppy paint work could have easily ruined this
otherwise excellent sculpt. Fortunately that isn't the case.
The coloration of the face, detailes on the eyes and teeth, and obvious
care and quality make this figure stand out from the pack.
Accessories - ***
Unlike some of their previous offerings, this one is a little light in the
accessory department. You get three decent rats, the standard
Sideshow display stand, a set of keys, and the plastic hat. Using
plastic for the hat was a good choice here, since cloth would have
probably ended up looking way too big.
For this kind of price though, another accessory or two would have been
Value - ***
As always, that depends on where you buy. I picked these up directly
from Sideshow, and that's usually how I get their product. The
reason for that is because I like to make sure they get to see real demand
- I would hate to have them cancel one of the figures I really wanted
because it looked like there was no demand, when in fact everyone was just
waiting for other retailers to have the item.
But if you are looking to save money, it's possible to find these for
as little as $20 each. At that price, they are a fantastic deal.
Costume - ***1/2
Another area that Sideshow usual excels is in costuming. This is
another excellent example of that, although it's a relatively simple
The undershirt and pants are nice, but the jacket is the
real eye catcher. It's made of a fuzzy, felt-like material, and
looks just like the movie version.
Overall - ***1/2
Another excellent figure produced by Sideshow, and I'm looking forward to
the further Monster figures they have planned. London After Midnight
should be here next!