Packaging - ***1/2
I thought I had a four star package this time, and it was awfully
close. Sideshow has heard the fans and has gone to collector
friendly packaging. Combining that with the consistently excellent
graphics and text, and you should have a perfect winner.
it wasn't quite as collector friendly as I'd hoped. It looks good
from the outside, and I opened it up pretty easily. But there is one
particularly nasty twisty tie that goes around the neck and through the
back of the cardboard insert.
the plastic tray is great, and overall you can remove the figure and
accessories without any real damage. But I really think they could
have dropped the neck twisty, at least not putting it all the way through
the back of the second insert.
The sculpt is fairly good, based on stills from the original film.
It's another piece by Mat Falls, who is does a consistently nice job.
only complaint is that the face is somewhat thinner through the cheeks
than he appears in the photos.
head is quite large however, if you compare this figure to the
Frankenstein Monster. Overall the scale seems a little off, since
Fritz was much smaller than the Karloff monster.
hand sculpts are excellent as well, with a nice paint wash that brings out
The paint ops on the face are excellent. He has a great pallor to
his face, and the paint work is extremely clean. His scar stands out
clearly on his skin without looking 'painted' on. Also, the
previously mentioned paint wash on the hands looks great.
I really like the Sideshow body when two things happen - they use the
jointed neck, and the joints are tight. Fortunately, both are true
I had no trouble
posing him in many ways, and his joints were tight enough to hold them all
without external assistance.
You may be a bit disappointed in the accessories with this set, since
you'll probably already have them.
brain and jar both came with the first Frankenstein Monster. The
wooden walking stick is the same that comes with Igor from Young
Frankenstein. And we've seen the foot stand more than once.
at least the accessories make sense, even if they are re-uses, and you
won't need the stand.
It's a pretty basic outfit. There's the shoes, which are a nice,
understated but realistic sculpt, the pants, socks, shirt and jacket.
general level of quality is good, although there seem to be a couple short
cuts. The pants fit well, but aren't hemmed.
shirt isn't one of the dickie/vest type, but is a full shirt with great
stitching and good details. The hump is also packed into the shirt,
although it really could use a little more stuffing. As I recall,
Fritz's hump wasn't huge, but this one is a little too understated.
jacket is the nicest piece, with excellent detailing. Overall, it's
a basic outfit, but with good quality. And let's face it, Fritz
wasn't exactly a fashion plate.
The only real fault with this figure is the higher cost. At $40,
he's one of the more expensive Sideshow figures so far, and that's due to
the lower production run.