Packaging - ****
Hmmm...the last two releases almost
got four stars, but were just slightly shy. How did this one
improve? Well, it's got the same fantastic graphics and text.
It's the same collector friendly box with the tray insert. It even
still has that twisty tie running through the tray and the cardboard
But they made a
change - the annoying twisty is at least twice as long this time.
Why does that help? It makes it far easier to put everything back
together again. The shorter twisty tie was going to be a bit of an
effort to thread, but this one will be very easy to work with.
Another wonderful sculpt by Mat Falls. I bet Ron Chaney is very
proud of this figure. It does a marvelous job of capturing his
father. Too bad the price point is so high, because this figure
could be used as a base for several other Chaney Jr. custom figures.
The paint ops are good, but there's still a little slop around the hair
line, and the face wash seems a little off. But both the eyes and
the lips, so often messed up on action figures, look excellent here.
Can I saw anything more about Sideshow articulation? They've got one
of the most articulated sixth scale bodies on the market, and they've
corrected the loose joints problem, particularly in the hips and
knees. At this point I supposed they could find ways to add new
joints, but I can't imagine them adding much actual usable articulation.
This figure is extremely light on the accessories. He comes with the
standard base, the wolf's head cane, and his hat, which could be
considered part of his outfit or an accessory.
cane is the same as the one that came with the 8" Sideshow Wolfman
from a couple years ago, sized up to the 12" scale. It fits
nicely in his hand, and he looks great holding it.
hat fits very nicely, and is much better than a cloth hat. The
molded hat keeps it's shape, and looks much more realistic than any
material version could.
stand...well...it's the same stand as always. There's not much more
you can say.
This outfit is very attractive, and looks great on the shelf, but isn't
quite as good quality wise as the outfit with Murder Legendre.
tie is the same cheap style that was just released with Murder Legendre.
Thin material with no seams, at least it's easily removable.
jacket and pants look terrific, and are well done with great stitching and
quality material. You'll probably want to iron the pants though
since the plastic band used to hold his legs tends to wrinkle them up
are a new sculpt, and fit the style of the 30's outfit. Overall,
this is an excellent period piece.
only failing here that holds this figure back from four stars is the
shirt. Unlike Murder Legendre, this shirt is really a vest, with no
sleeves. The sleeves you see poking out of the arms are fake cuffs,
which is certainly better than nothing.
Larry takes a bit more of a hit on the value rating, since he has even
fewer accessories than the Murder Legendre and Fritz releases, and yet
still costs $40 through Sideshow.
Sideshow continues to kick some serious butt with their fall
releases. This grouping of figures looks amazing together on the
shelf, and I really can't wait until I get my hands on the Six Gun