Sideshow Modern Horror
Sideshow has made a lot of sixth scale monster fans happy this year with the
release of their Modern Horror line. It's included the likes of Freddy
(reviewed here) and Jason
(reviewed here), Leatherface
from TCM (reviewed here), and now Michael
Myers from Halloween. Next year we should see the newer versions
from the newest films as well. And let's not forget the very cool Furnace
Display Set (reviewed here)
Each of these figures runs around $40 at the Sideshow site, or you can
check around at the on-line stores. I have a few suggestions at the
end that can save you some money, or your local comic shop may be able to
help you out.
I actually completely forgot about this review until a my friend Aram
pointed out that I'd promised it, but never posted it. It's a good
thing he mentioned it, or I would have never got around to it!
Packaging - ****
Sideshow always does great sixth scale packaging, my personal favorites in the
market. But this time the went above and beyond.
First, while I like when they use the poster/film art for the packaging, like
they did with Bond or the Universal Monsters, I also like the consistency
they've gone with here. Each of the Modern Horror boxes uses a closeup of the
actual figure, done in a similar style. That gives the set, when together,
a nice clean, consistent appearance.
But as I said, they went above and beyond this time. Unlike the other
Modern Horror figures, Michael does NOT have his stand bubble sealed to the
insert. Instead, it's encased in the tray, which means this box is
completely collector friendly.
Sculpting - **1/2
Unfortunately, Michael is my least favorite of the series so far. And
the biggest reason for this is the combination of the head sculpt and the paint
The head is sculpted as one complete mask - face, neck, ears, everything -
making him look like a porcelain doll. It's not completely inaccurate, as
he did look like this at some point in the way too many movies about him
history, but it just doesn't work for me personally.
The face is also extremely smooth. Again, this varied by film, but the
extreme frown with the very smooth look at the same time conflicts for me.
I do like the hair however, which is rooted but 'slicked'. You have to
mess with it a bit to keep it looking right, and I didn't notice he had a little
too much sticking out on the right when I was shooting the photos, but in person
it looks better than I had anticipated.
Paint - **1/2
Ah, the other area that disappointed me. There aren't a lot of paint
operations on this figure, and most are fairly clean. Unfortunately, the
don't compliment the appearance.
Let's talk about those eyebrows. Notice how light they are in the head
pictured on the front of the box? Not so with the final figure, where he
looks like Joan Crawford went to work on his makeup. The very obvious but
yet neat eyebrows hurts the look of what is supposed to be a mask.
The black around the eye sockets isn't bad, although it comes out far
enough onto the mask to destroy some of the appearance of depth. The
blood on the knife is adequate but not as realistic as other Sideshow work.
Articulation - ***1/2
The usual excellent Sideshow body is here again. I had no trouble
with sloppy or loose joints, and he stands great on his own.
Outfit - ***1/2
The Myers outfit is as basic as it gets. He's wearing the worker's
gray jumpsuit. It's tailored well, and has decent quality, but it's
still about as basic as you can get. Had they messed this up, I would
have been seriously disappointed.
Accessories - ***
As tends to be the case, Sideshow makes great accessories, but never
enough. This time we actually get three along with the stand, which is
The stand works fine, but there's really no need for it. I've had
him standing on the shelf for over a month, without a single suicide
He has his knife of course, and it fits nicely in his sculpted
hands. He also has a white sheet and a pair of sunglasses, so you can
recreate his weak attempt at a ghost costume from the first film. The
glasses were a little small to actually get it to work though, so be careful
you don't break them if you try.
Value - **1/2
Forty bucks is an average price for higher end sixth scale figures from
companies like Sideshow, bbi and Dragon. However, this figure doesn't
really have the level of detail, number of accessories, or sculpt to command
Overall - **1/2
I love the original Halloween. I saw the film when it was first
released in theaters, and for me it stands as one of the best slasher flicks
ever produced. Too bad the films delved into the boring and ridiculous
for most of the rest of the series. Of the Modern Horror figures
released so far by Sideshow, Mikey is my least favorite. He's not
terrible, but he's not the level of cool that their Freddy and Jason are,
and I was disappointed with the appearance of the head. Still, if
you're going to have a 'complete' set of modern slashers, you have to have
him on the shelf.
Where to Buy -
I picked up Michael directly from Sideshow, but there are some other options...
- okay, so the first option is always Sideshow.
Not the cheapest source at $40, but always reliable.
- Aisle Sniper has Michael available right now for $35.
- Killer Toys has him for
$35 as well.
- Okay, so Red Planet Toys doesn't
carry this particular figure, but if you're a sixth scale collector, you should
check them out for Dragon, bbi and other stuff.
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