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.