Packaging - ***1/2
The boxes are the usual, with a nice shot of the actual character on
the front, and a window to allow viewing of the bust pre-sale. There's
also the very nice baseball card style Gentle Giant Certificate of
Authenticity, even with the exclusive version.
Sculpting - ***1/2
The likeness on both head sculpts is quite good, and a definite
improvement over the recent Weasely twins. I particularly like the work
on both beards, even though the regular version is a bit heavy and
thick. The scars are on his face only in paint however, and the hiar
has a little bit of the tootsie roll effect.
The internal scale and proportions (head to body, arms to body, etc) are all very good, both realistic and screen accurate.
work on both bodies is the usual GG style. There's not much in the way
of texturing on the clothing, but they used a unique paint style on the
jacket to help make up for it. There is plenty of texture on the
standard rock-like base, and he's in scale with the rest of the line.
detailing on the transforming face is well done, particularly the
mouth, teeth and tongue. In close up photos it might look a little
soft, but in person and with the nekkid eye, the detailing looks quite
amazing in this area. Again, the scars are only painted on.
hands are unique to each character, with both the pose and nails done
differently. The more dangerous transforming hands are certainly more
interesting, but the regular versions are proportionally accurate as
Paint - ***
The paint work on both is solid, but not exceptional. There's a little
slop around the eyes, as well as a bit of a fuzzy hairline, but it's
minor enough not to result in any major deduction.
As I mentioned earlier, the scars are painted on, and these look less like scars and more like paint because of it.
paint work on the jacket is particularly interesting. It's done in a
speckled, flaked style, which gives it a bit more of a textured
appearance without actually being textured. It also gives an impression
of tweed, with its rough pattern.
Design - Lupin **1/2; Wolf ***
Both busts share the same torso. It's jutting forward in a dynamic
pose, which works relatively well with both head sculpts. I like it
better on the transforming version, but that's largely an opinion of
not real keen on the position of the regular head in relationship to
the body. With the tilted body and upward look, it appears as though a
bird just flew too close to his head.
The pose works better on
the transforming version, where the head is facing slightly to his
right, and he apperas to be gearing up for attack mode.
In the $50 range, these are an average value. The exclusive is a little
higher, but it is an 'excclusive' after all. I'm still impressed that
with their mini-busts at least, Gentle Giant has remained fairly close
to the same price for a number of years now.
Things To Watch Out For
Not a thing.
Overall - ***
I waffled around a bit on my final score for these. They are actually
fairly nice, but there's something about the designs that just doesn't
get me excited. I like the speckled paint on the jackets, and the paint
and sculpt are both better than some of Gentle Giant's weaker work. But
they don't have the visual appeal for me to end up in my top ten.
Packaging - ***
Sculpting - ***1/2
Paint - ***
Deisgn - Lupin **1/2; Wolf ***
Value - **1/2
Overall - ***
Where to Buy -
There's plenty of online options amongst my sponsors:
- Fireside Collectibles has the regular version at just $41.25.- Dark Shadow Collectibles has a great price at $42.
- Andrew's Toyz has him at $49.
Collector has regular Remus for $45.
- Alter Ego Comics
has this guy for $46.75.
- Past Generation Toys has him at $55.
- for the UK fans, you can
pick him up at Forbidden
Planet for 29 GBP.
- or you can search ebay using
the sponsor MyAuctionLinks.
Related Links -
I've covered a lot of GG's
Harry Potter busts, including:
- The last review covered another set of 'twins', the Weasleys.
- I've covered others including light up Harry, Cho
Chang, Luna Lovegood, Draco Malfoy, Merperson
mini-bust, Voldemort, Hagrid
and Mad Eye Moody, Ron
and Hermione, Snape and
Dumbledore, Dobby and
Dementor, and a guest review of Harry and Sirius.
Want to chat about this review? Try out one of these terrific forums where I'll be
Here's your chance to weigh in! Select your rating for this
figure(s) to the right. Yea, it's a five star system
and not a four star system like mine, but it's the best I've been able
up with so far. You can only rate once from any particular
IP. Averaging the two scores together and then converting to
five star system for comparison is: 3.75