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Predatorstuff Reviews the Sideshow Darth Talon Premium Format Statue!

January 5th, 2011

Hey gang! Welcome to our first official review of 2011 and the first of many kick ass products coming up this month as a I finally start whittling away at the pile of killer statues I still have to share with you guys.  If there’s anything I love as much as Predator, it’s STAR WARS STUFF!!!  I luuuuuv Star Wars and I love my Siths to be hot, stacked and ready to kick the ever loving poop out of whatever is standing in their way.  So you can imagine my delight when mister postman dropped off a box with DARTH TALON written on the side and the purring that ensued as I lovingly unwrapped her.  I had to keep things somewhat under control as my girlfriend supervised the unveiling with a look that seemed made up of part curiosity, part concern and part “omg what a loser”.  So here she is… Darth Talon!


A Lethan Twi’lek from the ranks of Darth Krayt’s One Sith, Darth Talon’s crimson skin is marked with the signature black tattoos of the Sith. The female Sith Lord earned each mark in ritual combat, imprinted by Darth Krayt himself. Her loyalty to Krayt is unrelenting, and she follows every word of her master without question. Seeing her faithfulness, Darth Krayt appointed Darth Talon as one of his Hands, trusting her to carry out his most important tasks…

Let’s just summarize the bottom line on this statue before we get any further… it kicks absolute ass.  It’s as a gorgeous as I thought it would be and as mind blowing as the first day she was unveiled on the Sideshow site and it worth every nickel.  This is only my second female character statue (my first was X-23) and even though I loved that statue, this one blows her out of the water.  This is the kind of quality work I expect to see from Sideshow and man did they hit the nail on the head with this beautiful combination of sculpt and finishing.  I’m just blown away by this piece and look forward to another couple hundred words prattling on about how cool this statue is.  Let’s look at the specs as per the Sideshow product page:

Product Type: Premium Format Figure
Product Size: 18″ H (457.2mm) x 11″ W (279.4mm) x 9″ D (228.6mm)
Product Weight: 12.00 lbs (5.44 kg)

Artists:

Adam Beane
Mike Najera
Anthony Mestas
Joe Allard
Kevin Ellis
Seth Rinaldi
The Sideshow Collectibles Design and Development Team

The Darth Talon Premium Format figure captures every stunning detail of the Twi’lek Sith Lord. Each piece is individually painted and finished to exacting standards, each with its own unique quality and detail that is the trademark of a handcrafted Sideshow Collectibles Premium Format Figure. The striking and boldly colored figure is cast in high quality polystone, and complete with hand-painted detailing. The Darth Talon Premium Format figure is an outstanding addition to any Star Wars collection, the perfect centerpiece to any display.


Sculpt and Part Breakdown

I’m really digging the use of magnets to attach the various parts of statues together.. this is something somewhat recent for Sideshow as a mainstream feature on their statues and as long as the parts line up properly and the magnets are securely glued to the sockets it works great.  On Darth Talon, her left arm and head both connect with magnets with the right arm connecting via a male/female plug system, which delivers juice to the LIGHT UP LIGHT SABER!  Yes friends… the lightsaber lights up on this one, I love it!  All the connections are solid and the parts fit together beautifully.  The statue connects to the base via a footpeg and you can press a rock on the back of the base to activate the lightsaber once the statue is all assembled… just make sure you pop in the batteries before you pull a Dan Richard Classic and assemble the entire thing and perfectly align the cloak only to realize you have to flip the base over to put in the batteries duh.

The sculpt itself is absolutely gorgeous and the female form used is breath-taking and downright sexy as hell.  Perfect combination of delicious curves and muscularity to make her feminine, but leave no question that she could hand you your ass on a plate in roughly 5 milliseconds.  The sculpted textures overall look fantastic and realistic… smooth skin, the pitted rough armor and the rough terrain all look extremely realistic.  I also love the way the black tattoos have been sculpted, each one having a light outline to help them really stay sharp and crisp, not to mention probably helps with the final paint application to avoid runs.

The castings also appear to be excellent… I couldn’t find any casting faults whatsoever, the polystone parts are very smooth and well finished.  No complaints in the slightest.

Pose and Attitude

I absolutely ADORE the pose and the entire thing drips a confident and powerful feeling but very calm… kind of like she’s just disposed of an army without much of an effort and she’s walking to the bar to top up her Pina Colada while looking over her shoulder wondering if there’s any heads she forgot to detach.  There’s no question when you look at the statue that you’re looking at someone that kicks serious ass.  Love it!

Paint Application

Very happy to report a gorgeous paint job on this piece, not a single paint rub, run or error… the black tattoos are very crisp and don’t run on to the red anywhere, the metals are beautifully weathered and the red skin is flawless and smooth.  The eyes are centered and looking in the same direction and there no white dots (fake shine), and the overall paint on the face looks great.  The leggings have a good leather-like finish and while the base is pretty simple with a single weathered color, it works.  The overall color spectrum on the piece is simple and limited, and that’s exactly why it works…

Material

Bear in mind only the Exclusive Edition (which is sold out) comes with the black hooded cloak, but honestly you could make one of these in an hour or less by hand, and in 5 minutes if you or someone you know can use a sewing machine.  The material is very light, with some braided string for drawstrings.  Her cute little derriere is covered with a spandex type material and the long flowing strips of material flowing from her belt are real material with thin wires inserted so you can pose them as desired.  I checked every hem, and all the “real clothing” items are well sew with no holes, loose seams or any other issues.  The materials also all look very realistic and well used on the statue…  again they kept it simple and it works great.  I really love the pose-able flowing bits from the belt… cool idea!


In terms of scoring, I would line this right up there with the perfection of the Berserker PF or even Lurtz in terms of product development and final production piece.  She looks just as sweet in person as she does in the initial promo shots and is without a doubt one of my favorite PFs I’ve been able to get my hands on.  The sculpt is especially well done… in fact with some good mood lighting you can photograph this piece and make it look like a real person standing there with red make-up on.  I have to congratulate Sideshow on yet another amazing piece, way to go guys!

OK now it’s time for goodies…  We’ve got photos, video and a new wallpaper for your desktop!  Lets start things off with the video review:

Video Available on YouTube!

Be sure to check out my HD video review on YouTube and get a look at the goods up close and personal…  You can pleasure your eyeballs by clicking HERE or clicking the YouTube icon above.

Next up the gallery… I had a great time shooting this statue, trying for some sassy poses.  You can check out the full gallery by clicking the photo icon below:

I loved this piece so much, I even made some wallpapers to share with you guys!  Click on the resolution you need for your PC and have this guy taking over your desktop in seconds!


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.

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If you’re wondering how to buy one of these gorgeous statues, you’re going to have to go to secondary market as both the regular AND the exclusive versions are completely sold out from Sideshow at this time.  Told ya she was hot!

Hope you enjoyed the review, thanks for reading and see you soon for more awesome products!  Please be sure to share your thoughts on this review or this product by clicking the comment button below.  I love to hear your feedback, so don’t be shy…

Peace out dawgs!
Dan

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PPS. Please check out some of these other kick-ass instock Star Wars statues from Sideshow:

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One Response to “ Predatorstuff Reviews the Sideshow Darth Talon Premium Format Statue! ”

  1. Beatuhse Says:

    She’s awesome! I really want one , so cool that she’s perfect piece by piece! Nice work!

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