Packaging - ***1/2
This art work shows why Sideshow gets such rave reviews for their
packaging. Using the original poster artwork along with film stills, they
develop a great looking package that you don't mind having on the shelf.
The only negative here which pulls the score down ever so slightly is the stand
sealed to the insert.
Sculpting - ***1/2
The sculpt on the head, hands and feet is absolutely amazing. If I
were only considering these hard plastic areaas, I'd give the figure four
stars. There's tons of detail, with the perfect expression and style.
The body is covered in a rubber suit, not much different than the actor
was. It's a soft rubber, and that means that the body itself doesn't have
the same level of detail as the hands, feet and head. The softer material
can't hold that kind of detail as well, so the scales and texture are softer.
The rubber suit has other issues as well. It's loose fitting especialy
on the arms, and that means it sags and bags when you bend the arms or
legs. That hurts what would otherwise be a fantastic looking figure.
One of the nicer features of the rubber suit is the fins running down the
back and on the arms. These are done pretty well, and look good from any
Paint - ****
The best feature of the figure is the excellent paint ops. The shades of
green work perfectly, and the wash highlights the great detail in the hands and
feet. Everything is neat and clean, especially around the eyes, mouth, and
Articulation - ***1/2
Under normal circumstances, I give Sideshow bodies very high marks.
Occasionally, I get one with floppy joints, but most of the time (at least in
the last year or so) they are excellent.
This isn't quite normal circumstances though. The rubber body suit,
along with the funky feet, removes some of the best aspects of the normal
There is the ball jointed neck, ball jointed shoulders, cut biceps and
thighs, ball jointed hips, special Sideshow wrists, double jointed elbows and
knees, waist, chest, and ankles.
All the joints you expect are here, but the rubber suit does make it tough to
hold some positions. I didn't have any floppy joints here, and yet the
suit fought they body and won at times. If you get unlucky and get weak
joints, I'm sure you'll have more serious problems.
Accessories - **
This is an expensive figure, and the costs are driven by the rubber
suit. We end up without much in the accessory department because of that.
There's the Sideshow stand, with the Creature movie logo on the base.
You won't need it, but it looks nice anyway.
The only other accessory is the petrified hand that gets the scientists all
buzzin' in the first place. The sculpt is good, but it's still pretty
light for this price point. A harpoon or net, similar to what came with
the 8" version, would have certainly been nice.
Value - **1/2
At $45, this is one of Sideshow's more expensive figures. With only
one accessory and the stand, it's not going to get great value scores. Of
course, the rubber suit must have been damn expensive to produce, but something
as simple as a net would have been a nice addition and cheap to add in.
Quality - ***
There is some concern over the rubber suit among collectors. Let's face
it, we've never seen anything made of soft rubber last. Art Asylum has
been using some with the Star Trek figures that they claim will last a long
time, but there are still plenty of skeptics out there. Only time can
prove whether this material will last. Perhaps we should have an official
'Creature watch', and report on him over time?
Overall - ***
The price and lack of accessories pull down the overall score a half star at
least. The sculpt is great, and while there may be some concerns around
the rubber suit, this is certainly the best 12" version of the Creature
we've ever seen.
Can you imagine how cool a quarter scale version would be? Now that we
have both the Frankenstein and Dracula, can it be too far behind?
Where to Buy -
I bought mine directly from the Sideshow site. On-line options include:
still has them for $45 each. They also have the black
and white versions up for preorder for $50. There are only 500 of the
B&W, and it's a Sideshow store exclusive.
- Alter Ego Comics has the best
price I've seen at $32. They have them in stock, ready to ship.
Search under the Movie and TV figures.
- Aisle Sniper has the Creature for
$35, a great price. They also still have the Creature Walks Among Us
versions on sale for $30. Just check under their Sideshow section.
- Time and Space Toys has him
in stock for $42. They also carry a ton of other cool monster movie items.
Earth has him in for $39, and they will guarantee a mint box.