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Predatorstuff Reviews the Sideshow Exclusive Edition Uruk-Hai Berserker Premium Format Statue!

August 8th, 2009

Every once in awhile, a collectibles company will issue a piece that stands head and shoulders above the rest and becomes a definitive flagship product that people will use as a bar for measuring the quality and success of future and existing products.  With the release of the Uruk-Kai Berserker Premium Format statue from Sideshow collectibles, Sideshow has just raised the bar and blown us away with what is easily their best Premium Format ever created and reminds us of why they have been so successful in the first place.  Read on and discover this amazing new piece…

One of the smartest things Sideshow has ever done was to team up with Martin Canale and the Gore Group, because Martin’s sculpting abilities are simply jaw dropping, and it seems that pretty much everything Martin and Sideshow collaborate on kicks all kinds of ass.  Most Sideshow fans will agree that Lurtz is one of Sideshow’s best Premium Format statues, but with the release of Uruk-Hai, it would appear we have a new king on the block, and he deserves.  The sculpt is absolutely AMAZING, the paint is near-perfect and the clothing materials are phenomenal!  All I can do is stare in amazing and bow before it’s awesomeness, and yes, it really is THAT good!  Words, photos and video just can’t do this piece justice, you really need to see this in person to truly appreciate it… but I’ll try my best to offer you the next best thing!

First off, let’s get the rundown from the Sideshow Product page for this piece:

The Uruk-Hai Berserker Premium Format figure is a stunning 1:4 scale museum quality piece. Sword in hand and riddled with arrows, the Uruk-Hai Berserker stands 23 inches tall atop the display base, captured in the heat of battle. Each figure is cast in high-quality polystone, hand-finished and hand-painted. Each base is then individually hand-numbered for authenticity. This stunning figure is an outstanding addition to any The Lord of the Rings collection.

The Sideshow Exclusive version of the Uruk-hai Berserker Premium Format Figure includes a unique feature available nowhere else: Switch-out left hand with severed head

Product Size: 23" H x 12" W x 16" D
Product Weight: 12.00 lbs (5.44 kg)*

Artists:

 

Martin Canale
Jeronimo Duarte Argerich
Gustavo Fa Gonzalez
Martin Demonte
Manuel Silva
Leonardo Silva
Tom Gilliland
Anthony Mestas
Kevin Ellis
Tim Hanson
Chadwick Andersen
Jesse Lincoln
The Sideshow Collectibles Design and Development Team

SCULPT AND CASTINGS QUALITY

Should I even bother going in to detail, or perhaps I should just say PERFECT and leave it at that?  OK well, we can’t have a review without me prattling on for 10 pages worth of text, but the bottom line is what you are looking at is sculpting perfection.  Absolutely every millimeter of this statue is sculpted with crazy amounts of detail… the rocks and skin have amazing details and I shudder to think at how long the skin took to completely texturize like that.  The armor, the pits and nicks in the sword, the gorgeous work on the mouth and head details, the gaping wounds… everything is just kickass in every way, I can’t complain about a single thing.

The casting quality is also flawless, with no mold flaws, seam-lines or other casting relate issues.. once again, perfect!  The piece is cast in solid polystone and the sword is real metal and weighs about a pound itself and measures about 17" long!  You could literally use this thing to wipe out an intruder.  The specs page on the Sideshow sites says this weighs 12lbs, but it feels a heck of a lot closer to 20 – 25lbs.  In fact when comparing this to Lurtz, they both weigh about the same thing and both are almost the same height, with the Uruk-Hai measuring about an inch shorter but making up for it in width and depth with that crazy sword of his.  You’ll need a lot of display space for him!

With the exclusive edition statue, you get two left hands… the default hand, which is also included with the regular edition statue, is clutching a couple of broken arrows in his hand and is wearing some arm claws.  The Exclusive edition includes a hand holding up the severed head of a Rohan Royal Guardsman, complete with lots of gore around the hacked up neck.

The overall pose is absolutely killer and works really well to show the power and blood-lust the Uruk-Hai possesses.. he’s got 4 arrows sticking out him and huge gaping wounds all over the place, but he’s still got time to let out a roar and show off his latest trophy.

STATUE COMPONENTS:

The Uruk-Hai PF doesn’t have too many separate parts, just the usual breakdown to keep fragile bits from getting annihilated during shipping.  You have the main body, left arm with arrows and left arm with the severed head, the sword, 2 arrow shafts with sculpted fletching that inserts in to holes on the body, and the base.  One word of caution on the sword though guys and gals… it’s heavy so be very careful inserting the hilt in to the open right hand.  Work it very slowly by moving it up and down and be careful not to scrape off any paint from either the inside of the hand or off the hilt.  A few people have complained about the paint scraping off, so just be careful and you should be fine.  The belt and loincloth sections are all pre-assembled and attached to the waist at production.  The Uruk-Hai’s helmet does NOT come off and the Royal Guardsman’s head doesn’t come out from the helm.. they are all solid pieces.

PAINT APPLICATION AND FINISHING

You may notice that in the photos of my Uruk-Hai, he seems bloodier than you’ve seen either on your own piece or in the photos from other people…  that’s because this piece’s paint job is pretty much near-perfect and my only complaint was the lack of blood.  So I had my good friend Joe Dunaway add a little bit of extra gore and he did an awesome job adding some blood splatter on wounds, armor and on the base for me.  So when looking at the photos, just bear in mind it’s not as bloody as what you see on mine, however the rest of the paint application is very much the same.  Even Joe himself thought the paint job was pretty awesome right out of the box, and it REALLY has to be good for Joe to say that.  In my experience with Sideshow, I would have to say this is probably the best paint application I have ever seen on any of their releases.. this rivals the kind of work done by kit builders to be honest.  I don’t know which factory they used to produce the run on these statues, but I hope Sideshow keeps using them because their paint application is phenomenal!  There is not a single area on the statue that is not beautifully painted and unless you find there’s a lack of blood like I did, it’s highly doubtful that you will find a single thing about the paint that you won’t like.  It really is that well done, I promise!

The leather belt and loin cloth sections are also beautifully done, with great stain and coloration on the leather parts and they’re all very well weathered and beaten up.  The buckles and studs on the belt look awesome and I love the burlap type material they used under the loincloth sections on the front and back, it works really well.  The cloth materials are very well selected and applied to the statue and look very realistic, absolutely no complaints on that at all, unlike the Moria Orc that suffered some serious wardrobe malfunctions when he come out wearing a Santa suit.

FINAL THOUGHTS

There is no question that this piece is one of, if not, THE best Premium Format statues Sideshow has EVER released and it’s a reminder of just how amazing their products can be when a project is taken from development to the end of production and all the right choices are made.  The folks at Sideshow and Gore Group deserve a HUGE round of applause on this piece and we can only hope that Sideshow will continue to raise the bar on their future releases as they did with the Uruk-Hai and we see this kind of success on all their pieces!  I think it’s a safe bet that this statue will increase tremendously in value as these pieces get harder to find so I would recommend to any PF or LOTR collectors out there to pick this up as quickly as you can while prices are still near retail.  You won’t regret it, this really is one of Sideshow’s best.

Want to check out some video footage?  I put together a little 5 minute review in HD on YouTube, which you can check out by clicking HERE or click on the YouTube icon below:

 Video Available on YouTube!

I also spent the afternoon taking a TON of photos of Mister Uruk-Hai… it’s actually amazing how many shades of color you can pull from the skin depending on how you light it up…  you’ve got purples, reds and oranges that all come to life under various lighting conditions so I had a blast photographing it.  Have a look by clicking the photo icon below!

 

I’m not much of an LOTR collector per say, but I am a fan of the movies and do collect a few of their higher quality pieces (all bad guys!) and this was a no brainer for me.. I knew if he turned out nicely he would look phenomenal standing next to Lurtz and that’s exactly how he turned out!  If you’re on the fence about this guy, jump down and pick this guy up ASAP, you won’t regret it.

That’s about it for me gang, I think it’s juuust about time to hit the hay.  I would love to hear your thoughts about this piece or on my review, so please don’t be shy and hit the comment button below and use the form to post your feedback.  I appreciate any and all comments and read everything you guys post.  Next week look out for new kit offerings in our shop from Gabe Perna and a sneak peek at an exciting Predator bust project he’s working on!

Thanks and have a great weekend!
Dan 

 

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3 Responses to “ Predatorstuff Reviews the Sideshow Exclusive Edition Uruk-Hai Berserker Premium Format Statue! ”

  1. Maestro Says:

    Hey Dan, another awesome review. I was kinda on a fense about this and now I’m definately getting one. BTW, what kind of Camera do you use? Maybe Canon 50D with 100mm f/2.8 ???

  2. Faken Says:

    Hi Maestro,

    These were shot with a Nikon D70s and the kit 70 – 100mm lens. I also shoot with a D200 from time to time, although I normally use that camera for outdoor stuff.

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