Packaging - **
If you think you're seeing things with the box above, you're not. Yep,
it's a regular cardboard box, with the image and text printed on one
side. The exclusive sticker is applied as always, but I wouldn't be
surprised if some get torn off in shipment. Inside this box is the foam
insert - there's no nice interior packaging at all.
To add insult to injury, the
interior foam is the cheap, soft kind that ends up all over the place
whenever you handle it. I'm sure that Sideshow was trying to
keep costs down with this release, and it shows all too clearly.
Sculpt - ***
One area that this PF has no issues is the head sculpt. It's an
excellent representation of Zaius, perhaps the best we've seen. The
open mouth expression stretches his face a bit, but that was true in
the movie as well, where the prosthetic device tended to lengthen and
squish inward on the sides when the ape mouths stood open.
detailing on the hair is excellent, as is the wrinkling and skin
texture. The hands are posed to work with the doll - a negative in my
opinion if you didn't buy the exclusive - and he stands about 18 inches
tall with the base. Since he's in a slightly crouched pose, this does
seem to be just about the right size for quarter scale.
some sculpting issues, however. First, I'm not thrilled with the length
of the hair, particularly in back. Because of the cocked head pose,
this short hair exposes too much of the neck, and makes the beard look
too long, when in fact it is not.
And what about that pose? Yea,
that's a problem too. I know this is supposed to represent him down in
the cave, being presented with the irrefutable evidence of man's
earlier evolution, but it's just too awkward and odd. It's
that he's hunched up a bit with bent knees - that's pretty much the way
they always looked. Rather it's the odd head angle in combination with
the odd direction of his gaze (down and to his right) that's throwing
it off for me. He needs to be looking up, at you, as he speaks.
sculpting on the base is quite nice, with several bones, a skull, and
debris included. He is attached with a single round metal
his right foot, and thankfully, there is no name plate to be seen.
Paint - **
While the sculpt is good but hurt by series of nits, the paint
is just one big problem.
start with the good - I like both the skin tone and the color of the
hair. There's a darker wash to the hair to fill in the texture and
bring out the detail, and it's not over done, adding shadows but not
looking like dirt.
While the skin tone is great,
the added lines in the wrinkles are not. They are too obvious and done
with too heavy a hand.
the eyes - what happened here? The whites are almost completely
discolored by bleeding paint, a situation that's just not acceptable at
this kind of price point. Even the teeth are sloppy and poorly done.
Another huge let down in this
is the base. Everything on the base has been painted the same
relatively even color. Bones, rocks, skull, ground...all the same
color, all the same finish, all the same look. They did go back over
the front of the skull, wiping some of it away, but the rest of the
base is very monotone. Rather than look like the bones and rocks are
dirty, they look very clearly like they are painted. Again, at this
price point, the work needs to be much more realistic.
Articulation - Bupkis
This category does not figure into my final score, since as a statue
this guy shouldn't have any articulation. However, early PF's did, so
it's worth noting that it is not the case here. Think of it as an FYI
Accessories - Exclusive ***;
The regular version of the dear doctor comes with nothing beyond the
statue and base.
However, the exclusive comes
with the doll, originally found by Cornelius at the dig site and later
presented to Zaius there.
doll isn't completely screen accurate, although it is a million times
better than the smaller version that came with the sixth scale Nova
that Sideshow produced.
The hair is glued on, not
rooted, and the
outfit is torn and worn appropriately. She certainly doesn't say
"momma", but I really like the appearance of flaking paint on the head
and arms, and the scale is just about right.
Outfit - ***
The outfit tends to look a little baggy in photos, but in person I
think the tailoring looks great. It fits a bit awkward, but it did in
the film as well, and the amount of extra room in the pants and jacket
are a few inconsistencies with the film though, at least from what I
can tell. The bottom seam on the back of the tunic isn't straight, but
is cut in at the center, like the front. I don't think that's right,
although I couldn't find a photo to confirm it.
This is not his more intricate dress
outfit that he wore in town, but the plainer clothing that he
wore on the trip
to the dig site.
Even to my color blind eyes, the colors seem slightly off, being more
green and less brown than what was in the movie. This is particularly
true of the pleather sections on the chest, back and arms.
Value - *1/2
This is a high end Premium Format figure, running almost $300. One of
the big cost drivers is the extremely limited run of course, but the
quality of the statue should also warrant it. Unfortunately, it
doesn't. The paint work definitely needs to be better, and there are
other aesthetic issues (like the head pose) that are probably going to
cause you further consternation.
Things To Watch Out For
Not much of anything. Short of dropping him on the floor, you shouldn't
have any issues.
Overall - Exclusive
**1/2; Regular **
I suspect fans of the movie are going to
be torn over this statue. When it comes to high end collectibles, they
movie is woefully under represented (at least for now), and most fans
will really, really want this PF to be fantastic. This is going to
clash with the reality of how it turned out - weak paint, less than
ideal pose - creating a situation for cognitive dissonance and the
rationalization that usually results.
the pose isn't a problem for you, I do think that a repainted head and
base would really improve the overall look of this statue. There's some
great sculpting in those two areas, but the uninspired paint work
simply isn't good enough to let it shine through, especially at this
This is also one of those very
rare times when the
exclusive accessory really, really is necessary. Without it, the pose,
the base and even the choice of outfit make far less sense, and he ends
up looking even more awkward than he already does. You're only saving
10 bucks by buying the regular version, and losing a truly critical
element to the overall design of the statue.
Packaging - **
Sculpting - ***
Paint - **
Articulation - Bupkis
Accessories - Exclusive ***; Regular Bupkis
Outfit - ***
Value - *1/2
Overall - Exclusive **1/2; Regular **
Where to Buy -
Sideshow is already sold out of
both the regular and the exclusive, but to get the regular,
other options include:
- Alter Ego Comics
has him for $247.49.
- in the UK, Forbidden
Planet has him at 230 GBP.
- you can try the wait list. or
you can look for a deal on
Other POTA collectibles I've
- I reviewed Sideshow's Ape
Marauder and Enforcer, Zira
and Cornelius, and both the regular and exclusive versions of
- I also looked at a couple of the smaller figures for the new remake.
- here's a guest review of Sideshow's General
Brent, slave Brent,
- and the first guest review ever done at my site, way back over 8
years ago, was on the Medicom