Odd Job

Mark D is back tonight with another of his great sixth scale guest reviews:

This is another of figure from Sideshow Toys’ James Bonds figure series. This figure is “Odd Job”, Auric Goldfinger’s henchman from the movie “Goldfinger”, as portrayed by actor Harold Sakata.

Packaging - ***1/2
If you’ve ever read my reviews before, you know that boxes are nothing more than functional transportation vessels to me. I immediately rip them apart to get at the goodies inside. However, these boxes feature great graphics of the movie posters on the cover and photos from the movie and of the figures on the sides and back. The flap style box allows full viewing of the contents. For those collectors that like to keep the boxes, these figures and accessories are easily removed and could be easily returned (only three twist ties!)

Sculpting - ***
The head sculpt is pretty good but I was tempted to give the head sculpt a lower score. Overall it is a great looking sculpt, however, I don’t think it looks a lot like Harold Sakata. It is a good sculpt of a heavy Asian man, but I just don’t think they caught his likeness. The sculptor is Mat Falls who has done some excellent work on the Bond line. I think he just missed it this time. You be the judge.

Paint - ***1/2
The head is the only things that is really painted and Sideshow did an overall nice job on it. There is nice shading on the back of the head to simulate a buzz-cut haircut.

Articulation - ***1/2
Sideshow has articulation that is comparable to the other top figures on the market. Overall they are very poseable yet stable figures.

Outfit - ****
This is one really nice set up. I suppose you would call it a butler’s suit. It includes pants, shoes, shirt/tie and an excellent vest and jacket set up. Very detailed and very nice. Since Sakata was a “stout” man, Sideshow compensated for this by having an underlying “fat suit.” It isn’t just some extra padding stuffed in his clothes but a nicely tailored piece. And of course the figure comes with his special hat. The black bowler type hat is lined around the brim with a special razor edge to make it a very efficient killing machine. The plastic hat is a nice accessory.

Accessories - ***
Odd job come with the aforementioned hat, a handgun with a silencer, two “gold” bricks (with Nazi symbols) and a broken board. Both the board and bricks are direct movie references.

Play Factor - **1/2
I always rank the figures on this category because after all, it is supposed to be a toy. These figures are more suited to striking poses on a collector’s shelf than they are riding an avalanche down a back yard log pile in a child’s adventure. The Sideshow figures are overall pretty sturdy, especially when compared to some of the other high-end figures but they are obviously meant to be displayed and not played with.

Value - ***
I got him on line for $35 from Good Stuff To Go, a standard price for Sideshow figures. This appears to be a pretty standard price around the web. If you are interested in this guy you should snap him up right away. He comes in limited quantities (7500) and is quickly selling out. The figures in this line range from 500 to 15,000 being issued.

Overall - ***
Overall he’s a nice figure. Had the head sculpt been a bit better, the rest of the gear would have easily rated this guy a strong ****. This figure is a great addition to my collection. I am a huge Bond fan and will be getting several more figures in this line. Sideshow will soon be releasing other figures in the Bond line including the exclusive Jaws and “Q” figures (which I have pre-ordered!!!). Check out more of the figures at Sideshow’s site.

Where to Buy:

- Sideshow isn't a chance this time, as they are already sold out with pre-orders!

- Aisle Sniper has him available for $35 plus shipping.

The Rater: Mark D is an avid action figure collector old enough to have gotten vintage GI Joes for Christmas as a kid, but still young enough to play with his toys. He collects mostly vintage AT GI Joe stuff but still likes to grab the cool stuff that comes out now, especially law enforcement figures and accessories. He's been a regular at The Sandbox ( since he first came on line about five years ago. He's always looking to swap with other Joe-head and assist them in finding the hard to find stuff. You can contact him at or visit his site at

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