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OMG! What a Turkey

September 28th, 2012

Never have I been this disappointed in a Predator product.  The recently issued Predator statue from Sideshow is just plain awful.  I received the box a few days ago and had to put it aside to deal with more pressing issues.  So this past Monday I finally got a chance to open the box and all of my anticipation and excitement went up in a puff of smoke.  Why?  Well let’s start with the paint job which is amateurist at best.  The head lacks virtually any detail, yes there are a few dapples along the center line of the skull but the whole outer perimeter of the skull is one color, kind of a brown-black without a hint of drybrushing to bring out the details.

The right hand.  It shows the black fingerless glove – a Predator trademark – but the edge of the glove is so poorly painted that it runs down into the flesh of the palm.  If you can’t stay within the line you really don’t belong painting anything!  The back is the most telling part.  The rear skirt is painted exactly the same color as the thigh and calf armor.  The feet.  Painted brown and the armor on the sandals…well it’s brown too.  Not aluminum or stainless steel or whatever type of metal they use on the Predator home world, but brown.  Even the detail on the torso and legs looks as if someone just used an air brush and sprayed randomly with no attempt to differentiate musculature.  Even the $100 NECA 18″ Predator has real netting covering the chest and legs.  But it is totally missing from this $300 statue, just painted netting.  The whole thing stinks of sloppy “who-cares” workmanship and is hardly worthy of anything from Sideshow or the whole Predator franchise.  I should have taken pictures as illustrations but I was so anxious to pack it up and ship it off that I forgot.  Recommendation from Predator Stuff:  Don’t buy it and if you already got one, send it back.  Really a shame.

 

 

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5 Responses to “ OMG! What a Turkey ”

  1. Andre Says:

    Brief and hones review there buddy! Sideshow’s getting more and more into the “mass production” rail…hope they got the bad feedback on this product and take it serious. Cheers

  2. Jason Says:

    A quote from the movie I, Robot comes to mind: “Somehow, ‘I told you so’, just doesn’t quite say it.” The 1/1 bios are bad, the 1/5 Predators maquettes are bad, the Predator LSB is bad. When I say bad, I am referring to paint jobs, but on many of them, the design/pose is also really bad. Sideshow is definitely filling the void left by the departure of Palisades, and that isn’t a good thing. The real problem is that there are too many people who would rather have 20 average/poor quality predator items than one or two great ones. To put is simply, Sideshow creates crap, because they know that most of their customers have lowered their standard to “crap” and will buy whatever is released. If people demand quality, SS will release quality. If people settle for mediocrity, Sideshow will release mediocrity. Disappointment has become a forgone conclusion with Sideshow when it comes to Predator.

  3. PredatrHuntr Says:

    I TOTALLY agree with everything you said Jason. SideShow had the niche with releasing some good stuff, but with regard to the maquettes…wow. The paint job either makes or breaks it. You can have a great sculpt but a when you see a crappy paintjob that you want to paint right over and do it yourself…it’s just sad.

    Good thing we still have fan-made Bios and recasts LOL!

  4. Rogue Predator Says:

    I agree guys! I have been an Alien & Predator collector for as long as I can remember and am constantly being let down by Sideshow month by month 🙁
    The old days Predator & Alien Diormas were the best, which is why I am re-buying all 6!
    I am now turning to Narin 😉

  5. Ronnie Solano Says:

    I really like this piece! I disagree with the opinion that says so bad. But, I admit that costs more than it’s worth.

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