Sculpting - ****
The work on both busts is nothing short of amazing. I thought the
Predator bust was good, but these are even better.
The detail work on the muscles, wrinkles and folds in the
cloths and particularly in Storm Shadow's face is terrific.
Paint - ****
At first glance, it might seem that they are each predominately one color -
black for Snake Eyes and white for Storm Shadow. But on closer
inspection you'll notice that there is quite a bit of variety and color on
Storm Shadow has a great wash that brings out the folds and
wrinkles of his uniform. The skin tone on his face is properly
colored, and the silver highlights on the weapons make great contrast with
the black of the pack.
There's also quite a bit of paint detail on Snake Eyes,
particularly around the belts which hold the grenades and various
pouches. The contrast of both figures against the silver/gray of the
bases works very well, as does the contrast between the two busts next to
each other on the shelf.
Quality - ***1/2
As I've come to expect from Palisades, the quality of both statues is top
notch. There's plenty of heft, solid materials, and even the small
pieces seemed unlikely to break too easily.
Design - ***
These two mini-busts show two very different designs. Storm Shadow
is a very traditional design, with no arms, a la Venus De Milo. Snake
Eyes on the other hand, has both his arms, raised in a defensive/attack
sword position, holding his weapon parallel to his body.
The different styles hurt the overall combination look of the two busts,
since it hurts some of the consistency, but there's certainly merit to both
Value - ***
These follow the industry standard, running about $40-$50. I'm not
sure that the license really commands that price though, and that's why they
took a slight hit on value.
Overall - ***1/2
I'm not a huge Joe fan - at least not the RAH versions - but when I saw
these designs they drew me right in. The sculpting is beautiful, with
terrific paint ops. If you're not a Joe fan, you'll probably be hard
pressed to spend the $40, but if you're a big fan of the license, and have a
place for mini-busts in your collection, I'd give these a serious look.
Where to Buy -
A fast scan turned up:
has both available for $40, plus they have preorders up for the Baroness,
Roadblock and Destro.