Packaging - ***1/2
Gentle Giant usually does a good job with the packaging for their
busts. They use the sturdy Styrofoam, so you don't end up with little
bits of it all over the carpet. The box has decent graphics, and it
includes the edition number on the bottom. Everything is collector
friendly of course, and to top it off, they include a window so you can
see the bust you're getting before you purchase, at least if you're
lucky enough to have a local store that carries these.
let's not forget the best part - they continue to include their nifty
Certificates of Authenticity, done up baseball card style!
Sculpting - Kreacher
****; Sirius **1/2
Kreacher is a great looking sculpt, right up their with Gentle Giant's work on Dobby.
In fact, in some ways I like this sculpt better, because it captures
the grumpy, downtrodden, untrustworthy nature of Kreacher so perfectly.
house elf is hunched over, grasping the small piece of dirty clothing
in his hands. There's a ton of fine detail work, right down to the
veins in the arms and the wrinkles around the eyes.
He's a little
large, scale-wise, when compared to the other busts. I think of
Kreacher (and Dobby) as fairly small, half the size of an adult human,
yet Kreacher is not that much smaller than Mr. Black.
Sirius isn't quite as good of work, and it's not a
purely technical issue. I think there's a reasonable Gary Oldman sculpt
hiding under the paint somewhere, but the face and eyes seem a bit
lopsided, as though it didn't quite come out of the mold properly.
The detail work on the hair and beard is great though, and the costume is properly recreated.
bigger issue with the Black sculpt is one of design and attitude -
while it appears they were going for the look you see on the front of
the box, with a serious expression and stolid outlook, what they ended
up with was more of a smirk. With the smirking mouth, upturned eyes,
and left hand on his hip, he looks positively...jaunty. And jaunty is
not a word I associate with Sirius Black.
Paint - Kreacher ****; Sirius
Again, Gentle Giant hits a home run with Kreacher in this category. The
subtle paint work adds a revolting realism to his skin and face, and
even the rotting teeth are highlighted.
of the skin finish is matte, bordering on semi-gloss at most. This
works well with the skin color and age spots, as well as the shading on
the ribcage. The clothing has a slightly glossier appearance,
differentiating it from the rest of the bust.
Sirius doesn't get quite as good of a paint treatment. There is only a
little slop, but the glossy skin tone and slightly wonky eyes hurt the
realism. A better paint job could have brought out more of the Oldman
portrait lurking beneath the surface, but instead this job further
hurts the overall appeal.
Value - ***1/2
Considering the low edition sizes, you would expect these to be on the
higher end of the current market price range for busts. Instead, they
are on the lower end, coming in around $50 each. That's a particularly
good deal, especially for new characters like Kreacher.
Things to Watch Out For -
Not a thing, as long as you don't drop one of them on a hard floor.
Overall - Kreacher
****; Sirius **1/2
Kreacher is up there at the top of my list when it comes to the
mini-busts I've seen so far this year. He has a great sculpt, and solid
paint work to back it up. I like the selected pose, and they manage to
capture everything that makes Kreacher Kreacher.
think the portrait on Sirius is an improvement over the first version,
produced several years ago, but the weak paint lets it down.
Also, while the basic portrait is more accurate, the pose and
facial expression don't really say "Sirius Black" to me.
to applaud Gentle Giant for keeping this series running, however, and
they've announced another half dozen or so upcoming additions. While
every one of them might not be a home run (and God knows they've had
some trouble with the ladies), I'm happy that these are still available
and expanding. Outside of the Noble Collection wands, they're the
nicest series of Harry Potter collectibles we've gotten over the years.
Packaging - ***1/2
Sculpting - Kreacher ****; Sirius **1/2
Paint - Kreacher ***1/2; Sirius **1/2
Value - ***1/2
Overall - Kreacher ****; Sirius **1/2
Where to Buy -
Online options include these site sponsors:
- Big Bad Toy Store has Kreacher in stock for $55, and Sirius for just $47.
Toyz has Kreacher at $55, and Sirius Black at $49.
- or you can search
ebay for a deal.
I've reviewed a ton of the Gentle Giant Harry Potter busts:
- There's Ginny Weasley and Ron in his Quidditch gear.
- there were two Lupin's, regular and
- prior to that was another set of 'twins', the
- 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.
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