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Predator Stuff Reviews Predator Legendary Scale Bust

December 3rd, 2011

I’ve noticed that trashing Sideshow has become quite the in-thing to do. I’ve seen/read comments like Sideshow has let the “quality of sculpting decline”, the paint jobs are “crappy”, the “poses are not realistic” and the proportions of the Predator are “all wrong”.  When I read these gripes I think that I really need to get new glasses as I don’t see most of those things.  But let’s take a look at some of these issues.

Now, I’m certainly not going to put myself in the position of defending Sideshow, they are doing okay without my help.  And please keep the “hey Rich we know that Predator Stuff is a Sideshow affiliate and as such you’ve sold your soul to the company store” riffs to yourself.  The amount of money we make from Sideshow wouldn’t pay for hosting this web site.

In reality, I actually find some of these complaints to be a bit amusing on a number of different levels.  There are those of you that think Sideshow charges too much and somehow that translates into “crappy” products.  There are those of you who think that if a statue is not an exact duplicate of the movie version, it is “crappy”.  And my favorite, “it doesn’t look real”.  Let’s take a look at that last one.   I have been a ‘Predaholic’ since 1987, it is my hands down favorite sci-fi movie of all time.  I have been collecting, building and painting Predator kits since 1990.  But even with that pedigree, I have to admit that at times I lose sight of the fact that Predators are not real, they are works of fiction.  I know, I can hear the screams of “heretic” but the truth is the truth.  So, as with anything that is fictitious, its realization is subject to artistic interpretation.  Besides, who says all Predators should look the same.  Imagine how dull our collections would look if every statue or kit looked the same.  As we found out in Predators, there are different tribes, different roles in the tribe, females, presumably Predator children, all different.  That’s what makes them cool.  So when we look at a Predator statue, we should look at it independent of who produced it and not lock ourselves into how closely it resembles the movie version.  Take a look at the Samurai Predator on this page.  Never made an appearance in any of the movies but it rocks.

Bottom line:  Sideshow has cranked out some badass statues and some not so badass ones. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and different beholders behold differently.

The Rant is over. Let’s move on to a review of the Predator LSB.  A couple of upfront admissions/rules/facts.  As I mentioned above, this site is an affiliate of Sideshow which means that every time you click through from here to Sideshow and buy something we get a small commission.  That is also true for Amazon, iTunes, Electronic Arts, and Google AdSense.  Running this site costs some money and these affiliate relationships help to offset those costs.  Having said that, it doesn’t mean I have any allegiance to any one of them nor have they bought me off.  Next, I do not get free kits or statues from any of those folks.  Anything I review is based on my purchase of that item.  Last, I call it as I see it.  If you agree/disagree with me, there is a comments section below and I encourage you to use it.  Those of you who have emailed me know that I love a good dialogue, so bring it on.

One of my favorite things is seeing the FEDEX guy pull up the driveway and head toward me with a box.  Seeing him/her struggle with the weight of the box is even better and seeing a big box wins top honors.  And that is exactly what happened when my Predator LSB arrived, big ass, heavy box, wooo hooo!  I brought it into my office and then heard the worst noise any collector can hear…something rattling around in the box!  Statues and kits packed in Styrofoam don’t rattle.  So, I opened it up and got the old approach-avoidance conflict.  The bust was bigger than I thought and initial impression was very favorable but there were a bunch of black things rolling around in the bottom of the box.  Turned out to be two broken dreds and a few broken/displaced quills.  Not a big deal you may say but when I am paying $350, I want perfection.  A quick email to Sideshow resulted in a UPS return label and about 10 days later a replacement arrived.  This was my first experience with Sideshow Customer Service and based on it, I give them an ‘A’, prompt, pleasant, apologetic and professional.

On to the bust.  It is fucking beautiful!  It is the perfect capture of the expression of the original Predator moments after he has removed his bio helmet and Dutch utters the immortal “You are one ugly mother-fucker”.  Mouth is close, eyes are piercing and head is slightly cocked to the left.  You can almost see him looking at Dutch and returning the complement.  As you can see from the photos, the eyes are amazing, They are the off-white/yellow combination and look slightly crossed just like the movie.

Next thing I noticed was the mouth, beautifully detailed with minute veins and gloss coated for that wet look.  The mandibles are perfectly proportioned with the upper mandible slightly opened and the bottoms closed.  The rest of the head is nicely detailed with the ‘liver spots’ running up and out from the center line and darkening nicely out to the dreds.

And the dreds!  One of my complaints with some kits and statues is that they go cheap on the dreds, that is, not enough.  Almost makes the poor Pred look like he is balding.  Not here.  I actually started to count the dreds – I do have a life but not much of one – got close to a hundred and quit because they are too densely packed in.  Nice, no balding guy here!  Ditto with the quills that run up from both eyebrows, out of the upper cheeks and down the center of the chest.

There are some very nice details.  There is a good looking ‘bone’ necklace hanging around the neck, the armor straps feel like they are leather and the netting across the chest is…well..netting, not a paint on

Now for the negatives.  While the dreds/quills are somewhat flexible, they should have been made with a rubber compound to add greater flexibility and realism.  Plus I wouldn’t have had to return my first one. Also, the dred rings totally suck.  They lack any detail at all, simple north-south indents and are way too black.  They look as if someone took a quick dry brush to them and as a result they do not stand out at all.  I will have to do a re-paint on them, not cool.

A few more issues.  The armor on the right shoulder looks out of proportion.  It looks like the big guy put on his kids armor by mistake!  And I think the painters could have taken a nice thin brown wash to the entire body not just to the top of the head.  It would have brought out more of the sculpting that is there but almost impossible to see from beyond a foot away.

Oh, and what is the deal with the “Sideshow Exclusive Base”?  What is it?  Where does it go?  Does it attach to anything?  It looks like they had a bunch of plaques from an old kit, didn’t know what to do with them and threw them in with this statue.  Lame.

 

So let’s take a look at the report card for the Predator Legendary Size Bust:

Subject

Grade
Customer Service

A

Pose

B+
Dreds and Quills

B-

Paint Job

C+

Details

B-

Would I buy it again?  Yes.  Do I recommend it for purchase?  Absolutely!  Is it worth the money?  A qualified yes.  Are you all going to disagree with me?  You bet!  Let the comments fly!

-Rich

Predator Legendary Scale Bust Specs:

Dimensions: Approx 1:2 scale – 16.5” (419mm) H x 10” (254mm) W x 7.5” (190.5mm) L

Weight: 10 Lbs (4.54 kg)

Editions: Comes in Sideshow Exclusive Edition with “additional nameplate” of questionable use and Standard Edition with nameplate.

Cost: $349.99

Availability: Both editions are currently available (12/11)

 

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One Response to “ Predator Stuff Reviews Predator Legendary Scale Bust ”

  1. Jason Says:

    I had one of these on pre-order and then cancelled it because after spending a bit more time looking at the bust I got more and more displeased with it. There are two gripes I have with this. The vampire pointy teeth and the piss poor paint job.

    I don’t know where they got the idea for long pointy teeth that jut out at an odd angle. It looks absolutely horrible.

    The paint is the other problem. For the price of this bust, the paint should be more accurate and convincing. What were they thinking putting the black dots in a nice row down the middle of the head?! This is not Scar from AVP! What a disappointment.

    I enjoy seeing Sideshow reincarnate the Predator in all its forms, but this isn’t even a P1. It’s a clusterfuck of grandios proportions. I honestly thought NECA’s Lost Hunters were 10 times better than this tripe.

    Maybe it’s that I haven’t had my coffee, or maybe its the retarded customers I’ve been dealing with during the Christmas shopping…but this bust doesn’t sit right with me at all. There was a point in time where I wanted to buy everything that was Predator related, and when SideShow was producing quality items. Then they dropped the ball with the Bios and piss poor paint apps. Customers expect more from SideShow…

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