Packaging - **1/2
I'm glad that Sideshow has started to go away from this packaging.
The box is attractive, with a good filmography and biography on Ermey, but
the cello gets ding very easily, and the bottom and top of the box are
actually glued shut. Nothing collector friendly here for those MIB
Sculpting - ***
I think Sideshow does the best real life sculpts in the business
today. That being said, this is not one of their better jobs.
Don't get me wrong - it's not terrible by any stretch of the
imagination. But considering the quality and style of most of the
sculpts of the other figures in the Sideshow world, this one just doesn't
quite make it up to snuff.
what happens when you set such a high bar for yourself - you can't always
make it over. The hand sculpts are also good, posed in a style that
makes sense for his motivational speech.
The paint ops are good, particularly on the face. The wash works here, and
the eyes and brows look great. The paint work on the accessories is
well done as well.
Sideshow has one of the better male bodies on the market these days for
articulation. While it's light, it's sturdy. In the past, the
joints, particularly the legs, have been loose. But this time, I had
no trouble getting him to stand or hold any pose.
double jointed elbows, knees, waist and chest joints, along with cut
biceps and thighs, you'd think it was perfect. The only knock here
is that they used their version of this body that does not have the ball
jointed neck. No up and down movement means they lose a half star.
Ermey comes with a DI cover (uh, hat), saber, and stand.
The stand looks good, but is
him to stand on unless he has his feet very close together, and there is
no peg or holder for his feet.
The saber is nice, although
it's a little thin and soft. Neither hand holds it well, but it
looks good on the belt.
The DI cover is the nicest
accessory, with a great sculpt and excellent style. It fits his head
nicely, although you have to play with it a bit to get it looking just
Outfit - ***
The uniform is a mixed bag. Some folks feel that the legs are too
skinny, but I don't agree on that one. It's a shortcoming of the
general Sideshow body, but it's acceptable.
uniform fits like it should - tight, with clean lines. The shoes are
a good sculpt, and are soft enough to slip on and off easily. The
jacket looks sharp, but the medals are a sticker. The quality on the
other patches is a little lacking as well, and is certainly one area that
there could have been improvement.
tie and shirt look good when fully dressed, but the shirt is only a dickey,
a cost cutting measure. And then there's the belt...easily the worst
part of the overall uniform.
belt is made of cheap pleather material, with a very basic buckle and weak
stitching on the saber pouch.
Feature - ***1/2
Okay, here's really why you're buying Ermey - to hear him scream
obscenities at you.
definitely R rated, and not for the little kiddies. But for the
adult collector, the lines are absolutely hilarious. The voice box
is loud and clean, and the lines sound just like him. This is one of
the better talking 12" figures I've ever seen.