Packaging - ****
The graphics and style of the packaging is top notch. This isn't just a
clamshell - it's art. You get the impression of the old carny, with just
the right amount of something wicked this way comes thrown in. It's
designed to appear as though the figure is on an old wooden stage, with an
appropriately unsettling curtained backdrop. The package is going to take
up a lot of space, and not be all that easy to store, but it looks excellent,
and is right up there with some of the best work this year.
Sculpting - ***1/2
Considering that much of this figure is hollow, the sculpt is very
detailed. Normally, only injection molded components manage to attain this
level of detail, but the new manufacturing processes are giving new life to an
Everything from the clothes to the hair has every little wrinkle, every
little fiber, and by giving the various pieces slightly different textures, they
give the impression of different materials.
The body sculpt gives Stitches a slightly awkward pose. The odd leg
positioning somewhat detracts from his overall ominous appearance, and makes him
look a tad goofy. But he does stand easily on his own, thanks to his big
The head sculpt is particularly good, with the right amount of gruesome
thrown in. This is a clown that would give any kid nightmares for years to
Paint - ***1/2
The paint ops on Stitch, uh, I mean Stitches (don't want Disney getting
confused) are far superior to the other figure in the series I reviewed, The
Browning Brothers. Here, there's tons of color, and the wash used to bring
out the fiber details works great. I was very impressed with the paint
used for the eyes - it reflects the light and gives them an eerie, glowing
There's a little slop here and there, but with a
figure like this, it can even look intentional. They've done a great job
picking the palette of colors, and did a nice job with the application.
Articulation - **1/2
The articulation is adequate, but not stupendous. It's just about what
you'd expect though, and there are no big surprises.
Stitches has shoulder, elbow, wrist, waist and
knees. It's enough to make him stand easily, and give him a few good arm
poses, particularly with the accessories. He doesn't have neck, a result
of the bobble head feature. The bobbling works well though, and the little
clown head springing out of his hat bops around nicely.
Accessories - ***
There are three distinct accessories with Stitches - his seltzer bottle,
nasty cream pie (with spike jutting out), and a small circus-style poster
showing his picture.
The bottle and pie both have pegs on the back
side that can be inserted into a hole in his right hand. That makes
holding the accessories a snap, and a nice touch on Mezco's part.
While not as light in this department as The
Browning Brothers, it's still not fantastic.
Value - **
Sorry, but $15 is too much to pay for these. If you shop around (and I
have one suggestion below), you could probably get the whole set for $40 tops,
and that adds another half star to this rating.
Overall - ***
This is almost a ***1/2 star figure. Drop the price five bucks and it
would have picked up that extra half star no problem. The sculpting is
solid, the paint ops are great, and with decent articulation and accessories,
he's a great addition to your clowns from Hell display.
Where to Buy -
I received mine from Killer Toys. On-line options include:
- Killer Toys has them available for $15 individually, or $40 for the set of three, and Madam
Mortuus is $20.
- Aisle Sniper has them on preorder for $45 for a set of three, and $23 for Madam
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