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