Quarter Scale Premium Format Jason
Jason vs. Freddy

Sideshow is producing some truly unique collectibles in their 'premium format' quarter scale figures.  Originally conceived as a mixture of polystone, wire frame bodies, and cloth outfits, they've morphed into statues in clothes.  With the bodies being done fully in polystone for each specific figure, you get a perfect tailoring on the outfits, and with clothing being thin enough to look proper in this large of a scale, these represent about the closest thing to 'real' you're going to find.

The most recent release is one that has taken an awful long time to see market - Jason from Freddy vs. Jason.  God only knows just how long ago I preordered this guy - it's been at least 2 years now - and I have no idea exactly what the delay was due to.  But the patient are rewarded with two versions, a regular version that has the machete in his right hand (limited to 1250), and a Sideshow exclusive version with the machete in the left hand, and Freddy's dismembered head in his right hand (limited to just 275).

Along with the premium format comes a premium price, and Jason lists for $275.  I have some suggestions for picking up the regular version as some online sponsors for a cheaper price at the end of the review.

Packaging -  ****
The box is huge and impressive, and is easily one of the best looking boxes they've produced for the premium format line.  The outer cardboard shell is fairly thick and heavy, but slips on and off much easier than some of the previous attempts.  This sleeve has a slash across the front showing the graphic on the inner box of Jason's face, and the Sideshow Exclusive version has an interesting printing effect on all four sides, showing some graphics and text only at a certainly angle.

There's plenty of text on the back as well, and both the box and the bottom of the display base are numbered with the edition size and this particular figure's number.

Sculpting - ****
This sucker is huge.  Really huge.  It's hard to impress on you his sheer mass until you have him in hand.  He stands a whopping 21 inches from boot bottom to head top, and dwarves just about everything else.  I have a shot of him below with the recent 20" scale Gandalf from NECA (who isn't standing on a base so is already shorter), and a regular 12" Highlander figure.  You'll see a little of what I mean, but until you actually see him in person, you won't really understand how big he really is.

The entire body is polystone, and is sculpted with care.  The torso, although covered by clothing, is still sculpted including wounds and damage.  The legs and arms are not sculpted for naked realism, but clothed realism, so the structure follows the clothing pattern.  This makes the tailoring of the clothes that much better, and less likely to appear baggy or poor fitting.

The hands, head and boots are what it's all about though, and here they did an excellent job.  The exclusive has the left hand sculpted holding the hilt of the machete, into which you slip the all metal blade.  The right hand is sculpted holding Freddy's head, and features his sliced off fingers as well.

The boot sculpt is good, with a nice realistic appearance, accented by the paint.  This head sculpt is based on the Freddy vs. Jason film, which we never actually saw on screen.  However, this is what he looked like under the mask.  It's not my favorite design (I much prefer the zombie appearance from part 7), but you can't fault the exceptional sculpting.  The fine detail is quite amazing, especially in the teeth and mouth.  You have to see the teeth up close and in person to realize just how realistic they appear.

There are several tufts of hair coming off the back of the sculpt, and these are attached well with little change to fall off without putting some effort into it.  There are a number of gashes and cuts added to the sculpt, again coming from his big battle scene with Freddy.

The exclusive also has this Freddy head sculpt, with grotesquely severed neck.  Freddy appears to be looking up at Jason, yelling obscenities at him as he is hoisted along.  Again, the realism of the eyes and teeth is really quite remarkable and somewhat creepy.

Paint - ***1/2
The paint ops on this statue is what really makes it come alive.  I downgraded it slightly from four stars for a couple minor issues, but that shouldn't diminish the fact that there really is some outstanding work here.

The mottling of the skin on Jason's head is excellent, with an almost lizard or snake like appearance without the scales  There's buckets of blood of course, and all of it is the shiny, bright red kind, not the flat dull kind.  Much of the blood also has a black thickness to it, like the blood from major organs.  Ewww. No complaints there.

My major issue is with the skin tone on Freddy, which appears much whiter than I had expected.  Perhaps it's the dark color of Jason's skin, or the dark color of the blood running down Freddy's face, but whatever the case, his own skin tone seems much more pale than it should be.

The mud and dirt work added to the boots is good, but the blood on the machete doesn't work quite as well as it does on the various body parts.  Here it looks much more like paint, perhaps because if it was that thick in real life, it would be dripping off left and right.

Accessories - ***
Jason comes with three accessories, technically - his heavy display base, his mask, and his machete.

The machete is rusted and covered in blood, and is made from actual metal.  It's quite heavy, and the hilt is actually sculpted into his hand, so that you slide the metal tab from the machete into the hilt for display.  That works fine, and seems quite sturdy.  I'm not sure I like the tilt of the left hand when holding the machete as much as the regular version, but I can sacrifice that for the cool head in his right hand.

The mask is based on the Freddy vs. Jason film as well of course, and has the deep cuts and gashes sculpted right in.  The leather straps fit tightly on his head, but you should be careful putting it on and taking it off to avoid scratching the face paint.  It fits fairly well, but not quite as snugly as I'd like.

The display base is very heavy, solid polystone, and his back (left) boot has a square metal peg that fits inside.  The fit is tight, and it will keep him standing indefinitely.  The base is done like wood planks, similar I suppose to the docks where this battle occurred.

Articulation - Bupkis
I'm not going to be taking anything off the overall score due to the lack of articulation, but it's worth noting it in case you were expecting the same wire armature that older quarter scale figures had.  That's not here this time around, and I don't think you can move either arm at all - but I wasn't going to push it to snapping just to find out.

Outfit - ***
When I first saw this figure at a con of a Toy Fair, I was blown away by the look of the clothing.  Check out the prototype photos at Sideshow's site and you'll see what I mean - they were scary in their realism.

The final product isn't quite as nice, and I was a little disappointed.  There's still a fair amount of distressing in the clothing, but not as much, and what's here isn't as well done as the prototype.

The fit of the outer jacket is a little off as well, although it's not a major problem.  The fit of the shirt, sweater and pants is excellent though, and they've even lined up the outer cuts with the inner sculpted wounds.

Value - **
I'm assuming you're paying the full $275 for this, since getting the exclusive through Sideshow is about your only bet.  If you buy the regular version though, you can find it as cheap as $230 at some of my sponsors.

These premium format figures are not inexpensive, but as high end display pieces, they can't be beat.  If you're looking for something to sit on a shelf in a media room or home theater, this is the type figure you want.

Things to watch out for - 
Be careful when placing the mask over his head or removing it, since you could scratch the paint or damage the hair.

Overall -  ***
He's not cheap, that's for sure, and there were a few minor issues with the tailoring and the paint.  Still, I'm very glad I have him, and he'll look kickin' on the shelf next to the quarter scale Freddy.

If this one is out of your price range, NECA is producing an 18" scaled Jason later this fall in the $40 range.  The plastic jacket and shirt just aren't going to have the same level of realism that actual cloth does, but he'll be a lot more easy on the wallet - and he'll talk on top of it.

Packaging - ****
Sculpt - ****
Paint - ***1/2
Articulation - Bupkis
Accessories - ***
Outfit - ***
Value - **
Overall -  ***

Where to Buy -
There's a number of online options:

- Sideshow still has some of both the exclusive and regular version available at $275.  If you're looking for this exclusive version, that's your best bet.

- Fireside Collectibles has the regular version for just $230.

- Alter Ego Comics has the regular version for $233.

- Killer Toys has him for $248.

- All Movie Replicas has him for $275.

Related Links - 
There's lots of related reviews:

- there's the other premium format products, like the Phantom of the Opera, Dracula, Frankenstein, and Vampyre (Nosferatu).

- there's my Jason reviews, including Sideshow Part 6, Sideshow Part 2, Sideshow's Part 3, Sideshow Freddy vs. Jason, and NECA's 7" Freddy vs Jason set

- and there's the guest review of the recent Sideshow Part 7 version.

Figure from the collection of Michael Crawford.

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