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Predatorstuff Reviews Sideshow’s X-23 Comiquette Statue!

October 10th, 2009

Hello everyone!  The weekend is here and Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Canadians (Yes, we celebrate our Thanksgiving earlier than in the US… we love Turkey THAT much!) and welcome to a new review here at Predatorstuff!  My apologies for the lengthy delay in posting some new content, I’ve been very hard at work on another one of my projects, my tutorial website www.pixel2life.com was going through a major new upgrade and we’ve been hard at work fixing bugs and doing web related duties to get all caught up.  So now that things are going pretty smooth, I figured I’d better get off my ass and get some cool goodies up on the site!  So here’s a sexy little number from Sideshow, the X-23 Comiquette…

For those of you that don’t really follow the comic books, here’s a little blurb about this character I stole from the Sideshow site:

When a top-secret program attempted to recreate the original Weapon X experiment, the project’s director, Doctor Martin Sutter, recruited renowned mutant geneticist Doctor Sarah Kinney and tasked her with creating a clone. But the only available genetic sample from Weapon X was damaged, and they were unable to salvage the Y chromosome. Kinney proposed they create a female clone, and though her request was initially denied at the urging of fellow experimenter Doctor Zander Rice, she proceeded to produce a viable female subject. Acting as the surrogate mother for the clone, Kinney gave birth to X-23 who would be raised in captivity.

While Kinney did her best to ensure that the child retained some semblance of humanity, X-23 was brutally trained as a killing machine. Rice accelerated the activation of her mutant gene by subjecting her to radiation poisoning and forcibly extracted her claws, coating them with Adamantium. Next, Rice created a chemical compound he called “trigger scent” that sent X-23 into an involuntary berserker rage with just a whiff. Turning her into a powerful living weapon, Rice leased X-23 to the highest bidder as an assassin and secretly ordered X-23 to kill Dr. Sutter and his family. Later, Rice revealed to Kinney a chamber with dozens of incubation pods containing female clones and then fired her. Before she fled the facility with X-23, Kinney gave her one last mission – destroy the pods and kill Rice. But Rice was able to exact revenge on Kinney from beyond the grave, as he had earlier exposed her to the trigger scent, sending X-23 into a rage that caused her to kill her mother. As she lay dying, Kinney named X-23 Laura.

After her mother’s death, Laura traveled to San Francisco to find her aunt Debbie and cousin Megan. It was her one chance at a normal life, but Laura’s past would soon catch up with her. Discovering her whereabouts, Kimura, X-23’s handler at the Facility, came after Laura. In a closely fought battle, X-23 outsmarted Kimura, narrowly escaping and leaving a bloody wake of Facility agents behind her. Laura knew her family’s only chance at survival would be to run – without her. Before Megan stepped over the border into Canada, she gave Laura a locket that held photos of Laura’s mother and herself, and with that, X-23 set off to find and destroy her fellow living weapon, Weapon X.

I’m actually not that big of a comic book hero collector or anything like that, and the only reason I know about this character is actually from a garage kit that was made of this character a couple of years ago that was quite awesome.  Basically I had an issue where a product that was coming out soon had new production photos released, and they looked nothing like the prototype so I cancelled.  In doing so, I forgot that I had originally dumpeda huge amount of Sideshow points on that order so I made a huge stink and ended up being offered to have my points not really refunded, but transferred to a new order.  Well, I had nothing on order and the X-23 had recently been put up for pre-order and for some reason it appealed to me.  So ordered the regular version and dumped all my points on her, resulting in this statue costing me about $50.  The question is… would I like it in person?

Before we start getting too much in to it, let’s quickly check out the specs on this statue…

Product Type: Polystone Statue
Product Size: 18″ H x 12″ W x 8.5″ D
Product Weight: 5.00 lbs

Artists:

  • Adam Beane
  • Todd Waters
  • Anthony Mestas
  • Mike Najerra
  • Jesse Lincoln
  • Chadwick Andersen
  • The Sideshow Collectibles Design and Development Team

The Exclusive Edition includes a necklace locket around her neck (does not open), which represents the locket given to her with the photo of her mother inside.  The piece seen in this review is the regular version, so you won’t see the locket in my photos or review.  You can check out the Exclusive product page for pics of the locket if you like.

SCULPT AND CASTING

I have to admit, the sculpt is totally awesome and super sexy…  I absolutely love the way they sculpted the body on this piece, with a slimmer athletic build rather than the more exaggerated proportions that dominate the world of female statues.  There was some controversy due to the face having a cartoon/anime type style, and I know many folks passed on this statue because of that, but I think it looks great and doesn’t detract from the statue in the slightest.  She’s got that cocky look with the eyebrow raised like she’s looking at someone and daring them to take a step closer.  The pose is also fantastic, with a loose, relaxed stance but also seems like she could rip your head off in roughly 2 milliseconds.  There’s isn’t a single thing I can complain about sculpt wise, it’s quite honestly flawless as far as I’m concerned.

Along with a gorgeous sculpt, the casting quality is excellent, with beautiful smooth skin and unblemished surfaces for the glossy patent leather looking pants and top.  Even super close photos show smooth surfaces, perfect for the type of paint job this piece needed.  If there’s anything to be said about Sideshow pieces, they certainly do an awesome job time and time again on the quality of their castings.

PAINT AND FINISHING

The statue’s paint application is brilliant, I absolutely LOVE the mixed textures on the pants of a shiny patent leather with a flat grey trim that also continues in to the paint application on the boots.  The shiny parts of the pants and top are super glossy and smooth… there’s no dents, scratches, swirls or orange peel issues, it’s flawless on every part of the statue.  The skin tones are also beautifully done and the eyes and lips and well detailed and precisely applied with no over-runs or sloppiness.  There isn’t a single bit of overspray, brush hairs or finger prints anywhere and no running paint at all.  The base is also well done, with a glossy red finish and the “23” painted in silver.  Some folks on the forums did say that there was silver paint overrun along the sides of the numbers (which should be red), but my sample doesn’t seem to have that issue at all.

The hair is painted in a nice flat black with some SUPER subtle and barely noticeable blue drybrushing here and there to give the hair some highlights.  The blades in her boots and hands seem to be some kind of plastic chrome finish with a bit of weathering.  Unfortunately this statue does have the dreaded dot!  Sideshow, I thought we were DONE with the dot?!  In case you don’t know what I mean, many statue manufacturers have this nasty habit of putting white dots in the eyes to simulate shine, and most people HATE IT!  If the eyes are glossy, they will have a shine just by the lighting in the room they are sitting in… there is absolutely no need for a white dot in their eyes, it does nothing but take away from the paint job. DOWN WITH THE DOT!

PARTS AND ASSEMBLY

The statue comes in 6 pieces… you have the body, base, 2 blades for the boots and the two arms, which already have the blades attached.  The arms attach at the biceps via the use of magnets where the gloves end.  I can completely understand the need to have the arms separate from the body to help ensure the piece survives shipping, but I am not liking the magnet thing…  the left arm in particular attaches pretty loosely, and I can see that flying off with the slightest touch and hitting the floor, quickly turning in to 50 pieces.  I would recommend to anyone to use a touch of super glue to make sure they stay attached and don’t fall off by something only slightly stronger than a mouse fart.

The boots are pinned and slide on to the big X base, and finally each boot is topped off with a blade, that connects to the front toe section once again with magnets to stay in place.  The whole thing goes together in seconds and everything fits the way it should with no weird seamlines.

THINGS TO WATCH OUT FOR

I have noticed a few repeat issues folks have been having with this piece in the community, so here’s a few things you might want to look for.  Remember to always call Sideshow’s customer support if your statue has an issue, they’re always going to try to help you out as best they can.

Loose Boots – Some folks have complained that the statue basically rocks a bit in the boots, as though the ankles are not properly glued in to the inside of the boots.  This causes the statue to either wobble on the base or come right out of the boots.  Be sure to call Sideshow if you have this problem.

Loose Magnets – Be absolutely sure that the magnets in the arms are glued in place and not loose.  Use super glue to re-attach them if necessary.  A few people have reported opening the box to find one or two magnets have fallen out of the arms, or they fell out while someone was attaching the arm itself.  So be sure to check the magnets… last thing you want is for the arm to fall off while on display.

Paint Runs – I’ve also seen reports of silver paint runs around the 23 part of the base.  If yours is sloppy, just call up Sideshow for a replacement.

Loose Blades – This is the only problem that I had with mine… 2 of the 4 arm blades fell out during shipping and were loose in the box.  So obviously the glue used isn’t too great or the bouncing and bashing that goes hand in hand with the shipping process was just too much and they broke away from the little sockets in the hands.  No big deal though, 5 second fix with super glue is all it takes!

Time for some visual yumminess!  I’ve prepared a video review for your viewing pleasure and of course took some photos and put together a couple of nice wallpapers for your computer desktops.  As usual, we’ll start off with some HD video… I put together a little review, which you can check out on YouTube by clicking HERE or click on the YouTube icon below.  By the way, I should mention that pretty soon I will finally be getting a decent mic, so no more tin can vocals coming soon!

 Video Available on YouTube!

We obviously can’t have a sexy female kit without photos right?  Click the photo icon below to browse the gallery and check out the high resolution photos I put together:

 

I also went ahead and picked a couple of photos that I really liked and made 2 new wallpapers that you can use on your desktop.  Please use the list below to download whatever wallpapers you like, just make sure you grab the right ones for your screen size.  Enjoy!

 
To download a wallpaper, simply right-click on the appropriate resolution for your desktop size and click “save as” to save it to your computer.

1920×1200   1920×1200
1680×1050   1680×1050
1440×900   1440×900
1280×800   1280×800
1920×1080   1920×1080
1600×1200   1600×1200
1280×960   1280×960
1024×768   1024×768
800×600   800×600
640×480   640×480
1366×768   1366×768
1280×1024   1280×1024
1280×768   1280×768

Overall, I am extremely pleased with this statue, it’s a gorgeous piece that is extremely well done, both in terms of sculpt and the final painted product.  She’s a great size and she’s a refreshing change from the typical big hipped, big boobed fodder of female characters.  This is easily my favorite female piece Sideshow has ever put out and I’m glad I picked her up.  She looks great displayed next to my Lara Croft statue from Exhousia Studios!  So if you’re on the fence about this piece, I would say go for it…  I know some folks don’t dig the cartoon face, but as I mentioned earlier, it works fine for the piece in my humble opinion.  Way to go Sideshow, you did an awesome job with this piece…  hope this continues in to 2010!

That’s it for today gang, time to get my ass ready for Thanks Giving eatage!  I hope you enjoyed my X-23 Comiquette review and I would love to hear your thoughts on this piece, the review, the artwork… anything.  Just click the comment button below and use the form to drop me a note. I really value your feedback and try to improve anywhere I can, so don’t be shy!

Thanks everyone and have an awesome weekend!
Dan

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4 Responses to “ Predatorstuff Reviews Sideshow’s X-23 Comiquette Statue! ”

  1. Michael L. Deptula Says:

    DAMN,She’s HOT!

  2. Al DeGregorio Says:

    This is really a beautiful sculpt.

    Great review Dan, and thanks for the wallpaper…saved!

    Al

  3. Sami Says:

    I’ve tried looking, but I can’t seem to find any available anywhere.

    Do you know any places that are still in stock, and can deliver to UK??

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