Packaging - ****
There's little or nothing to complain about with this style of Sideshow
packaging. It looks fantastic, it stores easily, the figure can be removed
and replaced without too much trouble, and there's even a decent amount of
explainatory text. Overall, Sideshow makes some of the best sixth scale
packaging on the market.
Sculpting - ***1/2
This is another figure sculpted by the talented Mat Falls. Comparing
the sculpt to photos, you can see the excellent likeness.
The sculpt is a little soft though on the beard
and hair, and some of the fine detail of the whiskers is missing. It's not
a major issue, but it detracts slightly from what is overall a very nice job.
Paint - ***1/2
The paint ops are predominately on the boots, gloves and head sculpt. All
three are well done, although I was particularly impressed by the boots.
The head sculpt shows some extra detail work in
the paint application. They've used two colors on the hair to give some
highlights, and the edge of the beard on his face has some extra whiskers
painted up onto his cheek. Although this doesn't quite give him the fuzzy look
in the photo, it is a decent approximation.
The skin tone seems a little reddish to me, sort
of like a television with too much red push. Perhaps he's spent too much
time in the sun...
The gloves look realistic and weathered, but the
boots really stand out. Using the paint, they've produced a weathered and
dirty appearance that gives a truly realistic feel to his footwear.
Articulation - ****
This is the usual Sideshow body, with all the articulation you'd expect - neck,
ball jointed shoulders, cut biceps, double jointed elbows and knees, wrists,
chest, waist, ball jointed hips, cut thighs and ankles.
Obviously the boots and gloves cause a little
restriction to the ankle and wrist movement, but overall this is one of my
favorite 12" bodies. This one also had no trouble with looseness in
the hips and joints, a problem I've had in the past with other Sideshow product.
Accessories - ***
The accessory list is a little light for a figure this expensive - he has
his sabre and scabbard that attach nicely to his belt, his binoculars and case,
and his pouch.
The sword and scabbard are the best of the
accessories, and it attaches easily to the belt. It hangs great, and looks
The cloth pouch is nice, and can be opened of
course. The binoculars are well sculpted, but have a little trouble
fitting inside the case.
I would have liked a couple more accessories,
such as a sidearm or rifle, especially at this price point.
Outfit - ****
Jackson comes in a great Confederate uniform, that you'll recognize if
you've watched Gods and Generals. All the detail work is there, including
the stitching on the sleeves and collar. The tailoring on the pants and
jacket is terrific, and the uniform fits this figure probably far better than
the real thing fit Jackson himself.
I mentioned the great gloves and boots earlier,
but it's worth reiterating how good they really are. There's also a cap,
belt, and spurs, all well constructed and nicely fitted.
Value - **1/2
At forty bucks, these aren't a fantastic value, but they aren't too much
more than you'd expect. With his limited number of accessories, you should
try to find him in the thirty buck range if possible. The big problem
might be demand, since this is going to be a very popular figure with the Civil
Overall - ***1/2
It's been almost three months since my last Sideshow review! That's
excluding guest reviews of course... I can't believe it's been that long.
They continue to produce excellent figures, with great accuracy and
detail. The price can be a bit much to swallow, but if you're a big Civil
War buff, or if you are a big fan of either Gods and Generals or Gettysburg, you
want to give old Stonewall a close look.
I also just received Doc Holiday, and I hope to
get a review of him up shortly.
Where to Buy -
I screwed up and didn't pre-order this one through Sideshow, so I picked it up
- I got mine from Aisle
Sniper, where they are $33. They also have Lee available for preorder
Earth has him in a mint box for $38, or in a damaged box for $35. When
EE says mint, they guarantee it. Just search for 'stonewall'.
Also, if you're into Sideshow and Buffy, they
now have the new Buffy
figures up for pre-order at the Sideshow site!