Packaging - ****
You might recall from my previous discussions of Sideshow packaging that I like
them best when they are both beautiful and collector friendly. Most of the
time, they are one but not quite the other, especially when a stand is
included. Normally the stand is attached to the insert, making it
impossible not to destroy the packaging in removing the figure.
This time they've managed to do all three - make
a beautiful box using art from the original movie poster, include a stand AND
make the package collector friendly.
Rather than bubble seal the stand to the insert,
the stand is included with the removable tray. This means Sideshow gets an
extra gold star here, and I'm certainly happy to see them go the extra mile or
even two to make their packaging the best in the business.
Sculpting - ***1/2
The likeness is very true to the film, and looks just like the great Richard
Keil. This is the second head sculpt we've gotten from Sideshow for this
particular actor, the first being the Kanamit figure from the Twilight Zone
The hair style looks great, and he has a great
glare - you're about to be chomped. The only sculpting issue I had was
around the trademark teeth. I don't have a good reference picture to be
sure, but something seems off about the teeth. It's not a major problem,
and it might just be my poor memory, but these teeth don't quite look like I'd
Still, overall the head sculpt is
fantastic. The hands have a pretty basic sculpt, but he can still hold
various items, although none of his accessories are really designed to be held.
Paint - ***
The paint application is extremely clean, just as you'd expect from
Sideshow. The hair line is good, the facial tone consistent and
appropriate, and the coloring of the teeth looks realistic (or at least as
realistic as a mouth full of metal can look).
The slightly lower than normal score in this
category relates to Jaws slightly lazy right eye. I was very surprised to
see this, since Sideshow is well known for excellent paint ops especially on the
eyeballs, but this time the two pupils didn't quite match up. This isn't
too big of a deal normally, since you can pick out a good one off the shelf, but
since this is an Internet exclusive, you won't get that chance.
Articulation - ***
The normal Sideshow body is one of my favorite sixth scale bodies.
Here we have the slightly altered version which we got with the Kanamit and Jason
(and the upcoming Jason from Freddy vs. Jason).
He sports the longer torso, arms and legs
required to get him up to this abnormal height. That means a few less
points of articulation though - he has neck, ball jointed hips and shoulders,
double jointed elbows and knees, cut biceps, cut thighs, waist and ankles.
He gets a slightly lower score than normal due
to the loss of the chest joint, and the ultra-useful special Sideshow
wrists. He's a little better than Jason though, since he does still have a
All the joints were nice and tight too, which is
a credit to Sideshow. Early reports were that there was some floppiness in
the legs, and rather than send them out that way, the release is delayed
slightly to insure all the joints will be nice and tight.
Accessories - ***1/2
There are four accessories - the aforementioned stand, his goggles,
parachute pack, and ???. It's a little light for a $50 figure, but the
quality of all the accessories is top notch.
His goggles and altimeter fit nicely, with tight
bands. The sculpt on the goggles is great, and he looks good with them on
his face or up on his forehead for that styling villain look that's all the
The parachute pack is great, although there's no
actual parachute here. It's made from a satin-like material, and the
buckles work perfectly. It was easy to put together, unlike so many of the
21st Century or Dragon backpacks and riggings. Once it's on, it looks
great, and it only takes a minute to put it on or remove it.
The final accessory is the standard Sideshow
stand, with the movie imprint on the base. It works fine, but I didn't
find the need to use it.
Outfit - **1/2
His outfit is tremendously basic - shoes, pants, shirt, tie. The tie is
not part of the shirt but rather a separate piece, and here's a warning
for you - be very careful removing the twisty tie around his torso. Mine
was looped inside the tie and shirt, and if I hadn't noticed, I might have torn
the tie completely apart.
The shirt looks fine, but the tailoring on the
pants leaves a bit to be desired. They have those cool bell bottoms of
course, but the belt line is so high on the figure he looks like my
grandfather. I actually dropped the belt line down a bit in these photos,
so you can imagine just how high it was to start.
The best part about the outfit though is the
shoe sculpt. These are huge shoes! They look great though, and fit easily
without being clownish.