Sideshow 12" Vampyre

Sideshow Toy is quickly becoming my favorite company.  Extremely interesting licenses, done with impecable detail in the 1/6th scale, with great accessories, and you have the makings of an excellent company resume.  Add in reliable release dates, and you're hitting on almost all cylinders.

They haven't reached perfection quite yet, but they are getting there, even with the limited editions decision.

This time it's Nosferatu, or the Vampyre as he is called here, although I'm not sure why.  There was a movie produced earlier than Nosferatu called the Vampyre, and there was a book of the same name, but this is clearly Max Shrek from the 1922 classic Nosferatu.

These are available predominately online for $25-$30.  You can see Sideshow's other offerings, including a wide range of old horror movie monsters, at their web site.  Remember, these are one of the smaller editions at only 5000, so if you didn't preorder, finding one is a little tougher.

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 nice. 

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 outfit.

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!

Where to Buy:
You may eventually see these at the comic shops and stores like Media Play, but they aren't there yet.  On-line, you have plenty of choices of course:

- TNC Universe has the best price I've seen at $19.95, but I don't know if they have any available.

- Entertainment Earth has them listed for $24.95, but they may be sold out. (MROTW Affiliate)

- The Toy Cellar also has them listed at $24.95.  I've always gotten great service there.

Figure from the collection of Michael Crawford

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