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PredatorStuff Reviews The Wolf Exclusive Kit Painted by Joe Dunaway!

February 18th, 2008

Alright folks… strap yourself in and get ready to drool over the latest build-up that arrived TODAY from Joe Dunaway! It’s the amazing build-up of the exclusive Wolf kit we are selling here on Predatorstuff.com and this is honestly one of the best pieces I own from Joe, it’s absolutely SICK!

First off, if you haven’t seen this kit yet, it was announced last week in this post and it is a gorgeous 1:5 scale kit of the Wolf Predator from AVP-R sculpted by Narin and released exclusively here on Predatorstuff.com for a run of 100 kits. Pre-orders were posted last week as well and stock is expected to start arriving in 3 weeks in batches of 15 kits per week until the run is out of production. This piece was sent directly from the manufacturer to Joe Dunaway to build up for the cover-art and general advertising of this piece, so this is actually the first time I see a casting of this in person!

Before unwrapping, it was obvious this is a bigger kit than you would normally expect to get from Narin. The box Joe used to ship was huge and fairly heavy, so I could already tell the size was going to be awesome. While I know some of you were asking if we would be making a Wolf kit in scale with the recent Hybrid we released with an interlocking base, and I did think that was a cool idea, I wanted the Wolf to be a bit bigger and more impressive size wise. Once I got it unwrapped, it was obvious that my wishes were fulfilled, because the solid cast piece definitely has some great size and looks 100% kick-ass!

The kit is over 14″ tall, including the base and it’s very heavy. With this bad-boy in my display case, it’s clear that the kit is a bigger scale than the usual Narin kits… in fact the only kits close to this size are the Eradicate and Barbarian kits, which are both fairly huge kits.

The second thing you notice is the insane detail put in to this sculpt… I know when this was being sculpted and I have absolutely no idea how narin was able to get this level of detail and accuracy in the kit when there was barely a single screenshot of the Predator posted online. Everything from the whip to the claymores to the spikes on the back of the calves are crisp and accurately detailed and the effect is amplified by Joe’s painting skills. I honestly have no idea how Joe paints like this, it’s simply beyond words just how gorgeous his work is and quite frankly, worth every penny. I’ve been working on a new photo technique using backlit backdrops, which you can see in the two photos posted above, and people are telling me they look like high resolution movie stills! Granted I know what I’m doing with the camera, but the photos are only as good as the piece I’m photographing. If you’ve ever had any doubts, toss them out now… Joe is the king of Predator buildups.

Going back to the kit, the detailing on the weapons are awesome and are really impressive once combined and added to the kit. You get the dual cannons, 6 claymores (you can attach as many or as little as you like because the Bandolier has all the sculpted details underneath so you see the clips where the claymore was attached), the whip, the spear, 3 collapsed shurikens and even the vial of dissolving liquid nestled in a pouch on his belt. What I really like is how sturdy the spear is… it’s not flimsy at all and stays straight once assembled. I can’t stand kits and figures with shitty spears that are all bent and warped once attached to the kit. The spear is actually 3 parts… you have the hand and handle as one piece, then the two halves. Once assembled, the spear measures just over 15″ in length!

The kit also includes a simple but well sculpted forest style base, representing the beginning of the movie when the Predator destroys the crashed ship and tracking down the escaped facehuggers and PredAlien.

Now, I haven’t seen a raw, unpainted casting in person, so I asked Joe what he thought about the casting quality and clean-up of the kit… here’s what he had to say:

The castings for the wolf kit are amazing….the seamlines are faint and easy to remove and there were only a couple of little air holes that needed putty filling. Assembly was also a snap! All the pieces fit together nice and snug, however, some light putty work was needed to connect the legs to the body.

So once again, Narin absolutely blows me away with his sculpting abilities and there’s just not enough good things I can say about my good friend Joe Dunaway. I had a lot of fun photographing this piece with the backdrops, so if you want to check out all the new pics, please click on the photo icon below:

Thanks again to Joe who pretty much dropped everything to paint this for me in under a week and sent it out right away so I could have my way with it! To check out Joe’s portfolio or to hire him for a build-up, check out his site at www.modelzone.com. If you would like to buy this kit, you can order it from our shop by clicking HERE!

That’s it for this review guys, thanks for reading and please be sure to click the comment button below to leave me your feedback!

Peace!
Dan

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5 Responses to “ PredatorStuff Reviews The Wolf Exclusive Kit Painted by Joe Dunaway! ”

  1. Punhulk(matt) Says:

    WOW that is one great sculpt for sure be awesome to add to any collection

  2. Dwayne Says:

    Yeah its a awsome kit and and usuall Joe brings them to life with his paintjobs.

  3. LUKAS Says:

    SUPER!!! EVERYTHING YAUTJA WEAPONS AND SUITS ARE PERFECT!!!

  4. damien Says:

    I like this suit because it’s cool

  5. Steve Says:

    so I have to paint and put this together myself?

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