Sideshow Modern Horror
Michael Myers

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 of Freddy, Jason and Leatherface from the newest films as well.  And let's not forget the very cool Furnace Display Set (reviewed here) for Freddy!

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 work.

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 fairly unusual.

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 attempt.

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 the price.

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.

Figure from the collection of Michael Crawford.

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