Tonight's guest review is from Cornelius, aka corpsey.  He thought - rightly so - that I don't cover enough of the rotocast art figures, and he sent in a review of the Camguin figure by Pete Fowler, part of his Monsterism series.  I wonder what 'camguin' means...I think I saw this guy on a late night HBO special...!

My review is of the large scale rotocast vinyl Camguin, designed by monsterist Pete Fowler. This is the fourth vinyl figure he has made. Previous examples are the Monstrooper, Janitor and Boris. He has also created 2 series' of smaller collectable figures that have interchangable parts. The figure came out a while ago, but I am not sure when other countries will be receiving them. There are four colors - green, white, blue, brown and red. I am basing the review around the red version.

Packaging - ***1/2
I liked the box very much. It is made from lovely thick card and has a very nice finish. There is a small gold shiny silhouette or camguin on the 
front, and clear panels showing the monster inside. One thing i feel that could be improved is if there were some kind of flap on the front, as it is  only possible to see a small section of the face through the hole, and whilst it is easy to see which color is there, if you have never seen it before, it would be unlikely that you would buy it. (Although a lot of the shops that sell it will probably have on in a display cabinet or something similar) I really like the designs on the box, and the size is perfect - not too big or too small. If I were to see this on the shelf i would instantly recognize it.

Sculpting - ****
The design of the character is beautiful. This type of material compliments the curves and overall shape very well. There are some truly gorgeous details, for example the puller on the zip has Pete's trademark skull design, and is so tiny it took me a while before I noticed it. It is obvious that it is not a very complicated design, with lots of small details like a spawn figure, but that is what makes it so nice to look at. 

One thing I did notice is that the neck is slightly thinner than the original picture, but I prefer this look, and it also means that when you turn his head, the neck stays flush the whole way round. (sorry if thats a bit hard to understand) It also stands upright perfectly.

Paint - ***1/2
The camoflague design works very well, and all of the lines on the body are straight. I also particularly like the paint around the eyes, as it would seem to be a very hard job to keep such straight and even lines in such a small gap. It also actually looks like the hood is over the top of the skin, because the paint finishes at the exact spot where the hood meets the face. The only place where I can see any imperfection is around the soles of the feet, but this is such a minor thing that I don't mind at all.

Articulation - *1/2
There are two points of articulation - the head and the waist. The joints are not loose, but feel very soft when you move them. I am not going to give this section a high score because there is virtually no joints, but it still feels like there is a lot of movement, and I am very happy with it. If it had arm or leg joints then i greatly feel this would ditract from the sculpt.

Accessories - **1/2
This kind of monster would not need any items, especially seeing as it hasnt any hands, but it does come with something. A book! Well, more like a leaflet or a mini comic. But it is printed so nicely and it is very amusing. It has been published on the website, if you go to the gallery section, then product gallery, then click on a cam-guin. You will also be able to see Pete's past products.

Value - *1/2
This is probably the biggest reason to stop people from buying it. I got mine for 30, which is about $50 for you Americans. Its not the kind of thing that many casual collectors would pick up without thinking about it, especially if you have never heard of Monsterism. This was not such a big issue for me as I love the character, but it will be a good way of keeping the cam-guin population down.

Overall - ****
I couldn't be more happy with my purchase, and he fits in beautifully with the rest of my collection. I hope at least one of you out there decides that you would like one for yourself, and if not, then I hope you look out for more from the world of monsterism in the future.


Figures from the collection of Cornelius aka corpsey.

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