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Predatorstuff Reviews the Sideshow AVP-R Wolf Predator Bio Helmet!

January 22nd, 2008

After a lot of anticipation and waiting for the FedEx delivery guy, the Wolf helmet has FINALLY arrived fresh from the Sideshow warehouse today and was quickly ushered in to the photo studio for some candid shots and intimate interview. Here’s the shots and thoughts on the latest Predator prop replica from ADI and Sideshow…

I have been very anxious to finally get my hands on these props that ADI is producing for Sideshow, especially the helmet, so I’m rather pleased that the helmet is what shipped out first. One thing I found rather interesting as I unpacked it is that this is the first time I get a Sideshow piece that is not in a retail box. Normally Sideshow pieces are packaged in a retail box with some printed graphics, then that box is bagged and packed in a shipping box. But in this case, both the shipping box and retail box are just plain brown boxes… Not that I care though. Maybe Sideshow realized most folks don’t care and toss these huge boxes, so they’re saving a few bucks by not bothering with a flashy retail box.

Anyhow, the first thing I noticed is how AWESOME the base is! Now this may sound weird, but I want to talk about the base first… the entire piece weighs about 20lbs, and 17lbs of that is the base. It weighs a TON! If you’re thinking of wall mounting this, you’d better be using dry wall plugs or find a wall stud, because this base will need some serious support. So obviously the base is super sturdy and could potentially kill someone if it fell off the wall, but it’s also BEAUTIFULLY sculpted. The styling and refined lines of the sculpt have a gorgeous overall smooth look to it… it’s a wonderful merge of hammered textures and a soft brushed metal finish. The base gets top marks in every way.

Oh but wait, there’s more to the base to talk about! The helmet connects to it with MAGNETS, so you can easily pop the helmet on and off, and because the base has two connection points, the magnet system works both with the base sitting on your desk OR if it’s wall mounted! If you wall mount it, it pulls off just like in the movie! The other nice point is that the base isn’t enormous… it’s the perfect size and doesn’t require any additional display space for nothing. Whoever designed the base definitely had their thinking cap! So in summary, the base is brilliant… top marks in terms of build, sculpt, paint and overall aesthetics. Just a big ol’ WOW.

Next up is the helmet itself, and it is no less impressive. The first thing to hit me is the overall detailing of the helmet, which is magnificent. The helmet is covered in scratches, cracks and all kinds of physical battle damage and the effect is completely kick ass. Combine that with some engraved ruins on the crown and you know that someone over at ADI spent a hell of a lot of time on this sculpt. The casting is very clean and crisp and the details pop out beautifully. I was also impressed that the back of the helmet is also finished in a black hammered texture even though you’ll never see that part of the prop. ADI used the original molds to create this helmet, so you’re getting dead-on accuracy and the sculpt is stunning.

Before I received this helmet, I was reading some reviews from other folks that received the helmet a day or two ago and I was starting to get worried as a few people complained about the paint application of the helmet and that it was sloppy. Well as someone who is used to Joe Dunaway style paint jobs, I expect very clean and professional paint jobs, so I was prepared for the worse. I’m happy to report that I was pleasantly surprised that the paint application is very well done and looks fantastic! Let’s face it, it’s hard to screw up black and silvers… So the paint is also spot on and I’m lovin it!

The LEDs are also a wonderful touch and they are activated via a tiny little switch on the underside of the nose piece of the helmet. You can reach under the nose piece and just push the switch to activate the LEDs without having to pull it off the base, then just push it again to shut them off. It’s a simple detail, but the fact that they made it accessible without having to pull it off the base or feel around the helmet is another example of proper design.

The final detail I’d like to mention is that I love the way the lenses are done… a stainless steel mesh over black lexan plastic backings that looks killer. For you costume folks, no, the lenses are not see through so you would have to customize this bad-boy if you plan on wearing it. I should also mention that while the helmet’s casting is thick and sturdy, the helmet is light and easy to hold. It would make a good wearable piece if you’re brave enough to tear it apart.

So that’s it guys! Top marks in every way on this piece… let’s hope the Shuriken and the Cannon are just as kick-ass! I took a TON of photos, so check them all out by clicking on the icon below:

Thank you for reading and I invite you to click the comment button below and share your thoughts on this piece!

Peace!
Dan

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9 Responses to “ Predatorstuff Reviews the Sideshow AVP-R Wolf Predator Bio Helmet! ”

  1. Andrew Says:

    Excellent shots dan,

    Being one of the costume folk…I might take that brave leap. the piece looks amazing kudos to sideshow and ADI

  2. Elbert Says:

    Hey Dan I’am glad you enjoy AVP-R Bio Helmt . This item is awesome just wondering it would of been nice to have a motion censor so as you approach it the led would come to life.

  3. Dwayne Says:

    Looks awsome Dan mine is supposed to be shipped to me next thur or fri. I hope it looks as good as yours Ive seen a few that the paintjob doesnt look that good. Some of them look like they skimped out on the weathering. Im looking forward to getting mine to display next to that awsome Wolf mask Pete sculpted.

  4. Gennaro Says:

    Fantastic write-up Dan, thank you! BTW, I noticed my box had one side printed along with a small label. I’ll try attaching a pic here.

    [IMG]http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh195/cgdito/IMG_7299.jpg[/IMG]

  5. Faken Says:

    Yeah, but that’s pretty tame compared to the usual full glossy printed boxes they normally use hehehe

  6. justin Says:

    The wolf bio I received had two finger prints on the left eye mesh, and some of the tribal letters were not painted in silver, those where the helmet cracks went through. Not sure if finger prints were paint, rust, or maybe even oils from a workers cheeze burger lunch. sideshow advised that I clean it up with WD-40 and a tooth brush, which did not work, looking to return item for another copy with same edition number. Was dissapointed that for 300+ bucks they couldent even use real lasers. Sculpture is quite nice and am otherwise glad that I made this investment.

  7. Faken Says:

    Damn that sucks man… sorry to hear about it. And it makes sense there are no lasers. Most painted fan made bios don’t even have LEDs and sell for $300 or more. Quite frankly, a wicked nice bio, beautiful base AND LEDs for $300 is a steal. Well… if it was painted properly anyhow. Good luck getting it replaced!

  8. james Says:

    love it where can i buy it????

  9. Xenosauga Says:

    Great job on the marking and detail! *****

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