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Predatorstuff Reviews Narin’s 1:4 Scale Hellboy Kit!

March 11th, 2011

Happy Friday everyone, welcome to a new review of a pretty damn kick ass kit that was released back in July of last year…  have a gander at the awesome 1:4 scale Hellboy kit from our beloved Narin!


First off, I have to once again thank my kick ass friend Si Blair for hooking me up with this build-up that he comissioned from the always amazing Joe Dunaway.  Si has been extremely generous is allowing me to review his buildups before he even gets his hands on them so thanks so much for sharing your collectibles with me and the rest of the Predatorstuff fans!  So without further polishing of the derriere, lets have at it.

OVERVIEW

This kit is the first in a line of large 1:4 scale pieces that are being sculpted and produced by Narin, and Hellboy here is a stunner at just over 21 inches in height and weighing well over 5 lbs.  The kit comes with 25 pieces, including 2 sets of horns (the ground down version as well as full on demon horns of demony goodness!) and two sets of left hands (his left, not yours) – one with a static open hand pose and the other holding the kind of gun that would likely have any beast he faces decorating the interior of his monster pants feces brown.  Btw feces brown is really a color… it’s that color used for those yellow/brown cubicle office walls from the 90s.  He then includes 4 belt pockets, a ceremonial dagger, cross, horseshoe, holstered gun and a couple of rather phallic looking grenades or some kind of other devices.  The main body is parted at the waist and below the knees with the joints well hidden with the belt and boot tops.

SCULPT AND CASTING

My first thgought when taking this out of the box… “Holy crap this thing is HUGE!” I am so happy that Narin is doing a 1:4 scale line, I love this scale so I am really excited about this series and his first offering of Hellboy is a great choice.  The kit is beautifully sculpted with extreme detail in every piece of the kit…  even his gloves are topped with tiny grooves and details that are just mind blowing.  You can’t help but notice that the overall piece is a blend of Movie style Hellboy and comic book style.  He’s got a leaner look to him but still stacked and ready to kick ass and the look really works for the piece.  Even the boots are beautifully sculpted with tons of details and this cool tread pattern on the soles. So once again Narin does an amazing job on the sculpt and every millimeter is just killer.  The casting is equally kickass with the usual high quality resin that Narin uses that requires barely any clean up.  The only actual putty work you’ll need to do is when you connect his arma to the shoulders… you’ll need to pin and glue those in place and putty the joint lines.  Other than that, he’s ready to paint right out of the box!

PAINT-UP

Looks like Joe had a field day with his box of odds-and-ends because he’s added a ton of chains, crosses, bones and other little doo-dads all over his belt, including some kind of crayfish claw and even something nasty in some yellow liquid in a glass vile hanging from his belt… and it looks sooooo friggin cool.  The combination of Narin’s skill as a sculptor and Joe’s mind-blowing painting skills never fails to impress me.  Hellboy’s eyes are super detailed and beautifully painted, the skin tones are awesome and the subtle shading between the muscles is perfect.  Then you look at the weapons and clothing and you just marvel at how much detail Joe works in to each piece.  The weathering and metal work is so realistic and the little paint chips and nicks in the metal have you wondering just how the hell he does it.


 FINAL THOUGHTS

This is a no brainer for Hellboy fans and kit builders, the kit is killer and looks absolutely awesome when all built up and put together and is seriously going to stand out in your Hellboy collection.  I should ALSO mention that this is a limited edition kit at only 30 castings and there are a few left, retail is $300 plus shipping per kit, painting not included.  By the way for those of you that can’t build your own kits, we do have a list of professional kit builders here on the site you can use to contact pros that we love and get some build-up quotes.  You can check that list out by clicking HERE!  Should you need more information about this kit or how to pick one up, feel free to contact me at any time.

So another big congratulations to Narin on a kickass release and I can’t wait to see what’s next in the 1:4 scale line!

OK how about some eye candy folks?  First up, please click the photo icon below to check out all the pics of this beautiful piece… I took a ton of photo closeups to give you an idea of how cool the details are, hope you enjoy them! 

And of course we can’t have us a review without some video goodness right? My daughter and I decided to put a little something together while we waited for the Habs hockey game to get started so we strapped on our game jerseys and let the camera role!  Check it out by clicking here or click the icon below:

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I am really excited to see you guys are digging these wallpapers I started doing a few months ago for the reviews and it’s kickass when I see someone posting a pic of their desktop and one of my review backgrounds are on there!  So here’s the latest, hope you guys dig it!


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Hope you guys enjoyed the review! Please be sure to click on the comment button below and let me know what you think of the piece of of this review and stay tuned for more awesome goodies coming up, including a kick ass Predator helmet that is the first piece of a complete Predator costume being released by a company in Europe this year.  Very professional stuff, I think you guys are going to like this a lot.

Enjoy and thanks for reading!
Dan

PS. If you’re a big Hellboy fan and collector, Sideshow has a KILLER Faux Bronze Hellboy statue that is limited to 200 units and they are down to their last 15 units and then it’s sold out!  So this is in-stock and shipping immediately… check it out by clicking HERE!  If you pick one up, remember to send me your T-Order number for this month’s contest.

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Sideshow’s FULLSIZE Berserker Predator Bust is now up for Pre-Order!

March 3rd, 2011

Holy crap this thing is HUGE!  Sideshow just posted up the Berserker Predator bust from the Predators movie and the specs show this thing is JUST shy of 3 feet tall!  Dayum…  check out the product page by clicking HERE.

Here’s the scoop on this piece form the Sideshow page:

Sideshow is proud to partner with KNB EFX GROUP to bring you the Predators Collectible line from the 2010 film release. Each prop replica is an exact full-scale reproduction of the original on-screen prop, as created by KNB. The Berserker Predator Life-Size Bust is cast in fiberglass and polystone, featuring an intricate hand-finished paint application. Standing nearly three-feet high, The Berserker Predator Life-Size Bust is an incredible addition to any Predator legacy display, the centerpiece of any collection.

Product Size: 33″ H (838.2mm) x 30″ W (762mm) x 22″ L (558.8mm)
Product Weight: 51.00 lbs (23.13 kg)

Most impressive…  you plan on picking up one of these puppies?  Post a comment below and share your thoughts with fellow pred-heads!

Enjoy,
Dan

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Sideshow Predator P1 LSB Bust AND Hot Toys Tracker Predator are UP FOR PRE-ORDER!

February 24th, 2011

YOU MAY HAVE TO TRY THE LINKS SEVERAL TIMES DUE TO SERVER LOAD!!!

CLICK HERE for the Exclusive Edition or if it’s soldout already, CLICK HERE for the Regular Version! Yes folks, one of the most exciting and highly anticipated Predator statues from Sideshow Collectibles is finally available for Pre-Order as of right now and we’re giving away a Joe Dunaway painted Geometrics Predator bust to one lucky loyal Predatorstuff fan!

The Exclusive Predator Legendary Scale Bust includes an additional nameplate accessory for complimentary display and has an Edition Size of 500 and is priced at $349.99! Additionally, the regular version, without the nameplate is available for Pre-Order and priced at $349.99. Also, a 10%, or $35.00 non-refundable deposit charged within 24 to 48 hours of a pre-order being placed for the Exclusive or Regular version of this Bust. Both editions will be sold on a first come, first served basis, and will have the FlexPay Option available as a payment choice when placing your Pre-Order.

Here are the order links:

CLICK HERE for the Exclusive Edition

If the Exclusive Edition is already sold out, CLICK HERE for the Regular Version!

The latest from Hot Toys is ALSO up for Pre-Order today… the Tracker Predator from the Predators movie can be seen and purchase by CLICKING HERE!  Here’s a quick pic:

Once you order is complete, remember to submit your order confirmation number to us and you’ll be entered in the draw to win a 1:4 scale Predator Geometrics bust painted by Joe Dunaway, valued at $500!  CLICK HERE for more details about the contest.

Good luck everyone!
Dan

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Official Product Shots of the Predator 1 LSB from Sideshow Collectibles!

February 22nd, 2011

Looks like the product shots for the LSB that goes for order in 2 days are already out and floating around on the forums!  Check this out…

Here’s the official scoop from Sideshow today:

Remember that the Exclusive Predator Legendary Scale Bust will be available for Pre-Order through the Sideshow Newsletter on Thursday, February 24th, which is typically published between 2PM and 3PM (Pacific Time). For those of you who can’t wait to see the full reveal of this Predator collectible, we’re posting the product gallery and info a bit early (see below).

The Exclusive Predator Legendary Scale Bust, which will include an additional nameplate accessory for complimentary display will have an Edition Size of 500 and will be priced at $349.99! Additionally, a regular version, without the nameplate will be available for Pre-Order and priced at $349.99. Also, a 10%, or $35.00 non-refundable deposit charged within 24 to 48 hours of a pre-order being placed for the Exclusive or Regular version of this Bust. Both editions will be sold on a first come, first served basis, and will have the FLEXPay option available as a payment choice when placing your Pre-Order. Make sure you log into your newsletter account on February 24th, 2011 to secure this piece for your collection.

Don’t forget if you want to be up for the contest drawing, be sure to order using the Predatorstuff affiliate link! Click the photo icon below and visit the gallery to check out all the pics:

In addition to the pics, looks like we have pricing and details… there will be an exclusive version that will include the Predator nameplate, retail will be $349.99 and will be a limited edition of 500 units.  The regular version will not include the nameplate but will be the same price with edition size unknown.  Be ready to rumble in two days!

Enjoy!
Dan

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Are YOU Ordering the Predator 1 LSB? You Could Win a Joe Dunaway Predator Build-Up!

February 22nd, 2011

Hey all! Don’t forget that this Thursday, February 24th 2011, the Predator 1 Legendary Scale Bust from Sideshow Collectibles will be posted on their site for Pre-Order.  In honor of this HUGELY anticipated release, Predatorstuff.com is going to be giving away a prize to one lucky person who orders this statue using our affiliate link.

WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO
Step 1 – To be eligible, you must order the bust through our special affiliate link, which will be posted on the main page of www.predatorstuff.com as well as on our twitter feed at http://twitter.com/predatorstuff and will be sent to all newsletter subscribers the SECOND it’s posted on the Sideshow site.  You must click this link, which will take you to the Sideshow product page for the LSB, then you go ahead and place your order through Sideshow as normal.

Step 2 – Once your order is placed, you will receive a confirmation number from Sideshow for your order.  Please send that order number along with your full name and shipping address to me at dan@predatorstuff.com to submit your entry.

WHAT YOU CAN WIN
The winner of this contest will receive a JOE DUNAWAY painted Geometric 1:4 scale Predator bust valued at $500!  Prize includes the cost of shipping as well.

WHEN WILL THE DRAWING TAKE PLACE
We will collect order numbers until March 31st or until the Predator 1 LSB is sold out, whichever comes first.  The winner will be announced on the site and in a video podcast.

OK, WHAT ABOUT…
If you have any other questions, please contact us ASAP or leave a comment below and we’ll answer as soon as we can.

Good luck everyone!
Dan

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Sideshow Updates – Preorder Rogue PF, Indiana Jones Kali Chalice, Rango VCDs and More News on the Predator 1 LSB!

February 18th, 2011

Lots of action today from Sideshow folks, so here’s a quick update on their latest pre-orders and some AWESOME news on the Predator 1 LSB piece that we are all VERY excited about. The LSB goes on pre-order next week, so please be sure to keep an eye on Twitter and for the Predatorstuff.com newsletter that will go out the second it’s available! Here’s what was posted on the Sideshow site:

You can check out the full announcement and post your comments direct with Sideshow by clicking HERE.

Earlier this week Sideshow also posted their first official photo of the HUGE upcoming Berserker Predator bust that was first unveiled at Toyfair Germany last week.  No word on when this will be for order, but it definitely looks badass and MASSIVE!  You can see the original posting by clicking HERE.

There was a number of pretty cool releases from Sideshow this week, first one being a VERY cool full scale replica of the Chalice of Kali from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.  This is the nasty cup decorated with a mummified skull that Mola Ram favors for pouring blood-like potions down the throats of his victims.  Personally I think he would have had more success if he had Hooters style waitresses serving it in ice-cold beer mugs, but I digress…

Product Size: 12″ H (304.8mm) x 7″ W (177.8mm) x 9″ L (228.6mm)
Product Weight: 12.00 lbs (5.44 kg)

Check it out by clicking HERE!

Sideshow Collectibles proudly presents the Rango and Priscilla Vinyl Figure Set from the upcoming Johnny Depp animated film, part of Hot Toys’ Movie Masterpiece Series of Vinyl Figures. The Rango figure features detailed sculpting and stands approximately 8 inches tall with a finely sculpted sheriff costume, bullet-holder belt and pistol with sheath on waist and detachable cowboy hat accessories. Priscilla stands approximately 4 inches tall in sculpted costume with black hat and transparent effect eyes. The figure set also includes a specially designed movie-accurate backdrop featuring the desert scene. The Rango and Priscilla Vinyl Figure Set is an outstanding addition to any collection!

Rango: 8″ H (203.2mm) 
Priscilla: 4″ H (101.6mm)
Product Weight: 5.00 lbs (2.27 kg)

I love these guys and can’t wait for the movie!  Check out the Rango and Priscilla set HERE or you can just see Rango by clicking HERE!

OK I admit it… the new Rogue PF is sexy as hell… a must for you xmen fans!  Check out the specs…

The latest to join Sideshow’s cast of X-Men Premium Format Figures is Rogue. Each piece is individually painted and finished, each with its own unique quality and detail that is the trademark of a handcrafted Sideshow Collectibles product. Featuring a real fabric costume following Jim Lee’s design, the X-Men’s southern belle is ready for the gloves to come off. Whether from her powerhouse punch or her delicate kiss, there is no doubt about it… Rogue is a real knockout.

Product Size: 16″ H (406.4mm) x 9″ W (228.6mm) x 10″ D (254mm)
Product Weight: 12.00 lbs (5.44 kg)

Check out her sexy pics and place a pre-order by clicking HERE!

That’s it for today guys, have a great weekend and see you next week!  Be sure to post your comments below and get ready for some awesome reviews coming soon.

Peace!
Dan

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Predatorstuff Reviews the Sideshow Berserker Predator Bio Helmet!

January 21st, 2011

HERE IT IS!  The review that I know many of you have been waiting for!  It’s been almost a year now since we’ve been waiting for the Berserker bio helmet to ship out from Sideshow central, and after a little FedEx fun and snow delays, this highly anticipated piece has finally arrived.  Join me while we tear this baby down and find out if Sideshow has returned to bio glory or do we have another meh AvP style release.  Enjoy…


Let’s start things off with a little spec review…  here’s the breakdown from the Sideshow product page:

Sideshow is proud to partner with KNB EFX GROUP to bring you the Predators Collectible line from the 2010 film release. Each prop replica is an exact full-scale reproduction of the original on-screen prop, as created by KNB. The Berserker Mask Prop Replica is cast in fiberglass and features a light-up targeting site and the Berserker’s trademark animal jaw. Each piece is complete with a polystone stand that can be displayed on a desktop or shelf or mounted on your wall. This detailed The Berserker Mask Prop Replica is an incredible addition to any Predator legacy display, an outstanding beginning to Sideshow’s new Predators collectible line.

Product Size: 13.5″ H x 17″ W x 12.5″ D
Product Weight: 18.00 lbs

Artists:
KNB EFX Group
The Sideshow Collectibles Design and Development Team

Before we go any further, I want to shout a HUGE HURRRRRRAAAAAAY to Sideshow for hearing us out and FINALLY using REAL lexan plastic lenses!  This is a HUGE improvement and makes the helmet so much more impressive, realistic and movie accurate.  So thank you Sideshow, huge step forward in your Predator prop replicas and I am very happy to see this action was finally taken.  With that out of the way, lets move right along in to our review shall we?

Sculpt and Casting

The sculpt of course is accurate due to it’s source… the original movie molds at KNB EFX Group!  Despite the absolute deluge of movie memorabilia generated for any type of movie, you have to appreciate how studios now know the value of holding on their molds and props for fan replicas.  Years ago movie molds were generally destroyed, thrown out or otherwise abused in to oblivion… case in point – Predator 1.  There are no movie accurate Predator 1 props like the bio helmet (No, the HCG helmet is NOT from the movie molds no matter how many times HCG wants to say it is… they recast an original backup hero piece from SWS, it wasn’t even used in the movie… and don’t get me started on their cannon lol!), the cannon, backpack etc.  The molds were destroyed after production and thus forever lost.  Hindsight of course is always 20/20 and studios started picking up on the fact that fanatical die-hards would rather spend money on props than useless stuff like food, electricity and personal hygiene products.

So, the prop is dead on from the flic, not much question there.  The base has undergone some cosmetic changes from the standard base used for all the AvP bios…  the general swan design is the same however.  Yes I call it the swan base because from the side it looks like a swan in the water… don’t ask.  So you still have the option of either a shelf mount or wall mount base but this time the base seems inspired by a combination of a deeply pitted rock texture, a space ship and a plasma cannon.  I’m sure you’re wondering what the heck I’m talking about, but you get where I’m going the second you see the base.


The casting quality varies from helmet to base in my opinion…  the helmet is well cast, with smooth edges and crisp detail.  No complaints at all on this one… the detail areas like the craters and battle damage on the helmet are crisp and look realistic (except that little tiny damage mark at the top left that looks like a little king’s crown or something…  there’s a crown on the crown, get it?).  Same thing with the usual hammered texture Sideshow uses in all it’s Predator helmet reproductions on the inside area, it looks nice and crisp, no pockets, air bubbles or detail loss of any kind.  So full points on the helmet casting.

If I were to be fussy,  I would have to say that the base doesn’t seem to be quite as well done.  I’m going to assume that a combination of the heavily pitted texture and a non-pressured mold is the cause of my complaint… gravity based molds are easier (especially at the size needed for this base) but they tend to have problems when the piece being cast is heavily detailed and/or textured.  So when I examine the base closely, I’m able to see quite a few resin balls and little holes caused by air bubbles that get trapped when pouring the resin in to the mold.  But again, this is being really picky as there isn’t a ton of them, PLUS this is on the base, which you barely see anyhow once the helmet is connected to it.  Not only that, but even without the helmet attached, you can’t see any of these issues unless the bio is several inches from your nose.  So really not a big deal, I’m probably just being snooty about the entire affair.

The only actual valid complaint I feel is worth mentioning that will likely find a few folks in agreement is the decision to mold and cast the helmet and jawbone section as all one piece.  When I first pulled the helmet out of the box, I noticed something seemed a little off about the entire jaw section.. I know some folks were wondering if the sculpt was off or maybe it was the paint.  To me, I think the reason it seems off is because the result of the single casting completely loses the effect of a piece of bone that has been attached to a metal helmet.  The fact that there is a little bit of dark paint run-off on to the bone from the helmet portion doesn’t help matters either.  Now I certainly understand that for production purposes, it was WAY easier for everyone to have the jaw section and helmet all as one piece.  No assembly, easy to paint, easy to pack and less likelihood of breakage when product is in transit.  But there is no question this piece would have been better had they found a way to make both sections separate and then you connect them for display or have them assembled at the factory.

I will admit however that once again, this is only noticed when the helmet is in-hand… when it’s mounted to the base and standing 6 feet away from you, it looks kickass and most of us will agree that’s the bottom line.  But we’re also allowed to have our fanboy moments right?

Paint Application

Let’s get this out of the way… the paint application isn’t ANYWHERE near as detailed as we saw in the initial photos released by Sideshow.  This is plain as day so don’t even try to tell me otherwise… take a quick peek at the Sideshow product page and see for yourself.  Look at their gallery photos and compare them to my shots and you can see what I mean.  So while this is unfortunate, it’s pretty much to be expected… there is no way you’re going to get a richly textured and layered paint application on a factory pre-paint.  In this case the helmet is finishes in a semi-flat black color with a tiny hint of brown (it’s definitely not pure black.. if you hold the bio against something black you’ll see it has a slight brown tone) and then tiny flecks of dark copper was applied to the top.  See this photo to see what I’m talking about.  That’s it.. that’s the texture used for the entire bio.

After that they applied dry brushing streaks over any pitted battle damaged areas.  I’m not sure if they were trying to make blast marks, scrapes or some kind of weathered scratches but it looks weird.  It’s passable, certainly at a distance, but I certainly wouldn’t repeat this technique on future helmet releases.  Please see this photo for an example of the effect I’m talking about.  The other weathered effect is this sort of scraped look, but again it doesn’t look weathered so much as it looks like someone at the factory accidentally dropped the bio on the ground and scraped it before packing it.  It’s tough to explain but the best I can come up with is this…  rather than looking like years of wear and tear on the helmet due to battles and such, it looks more like the helmet was brand new and it was accidentally scuffed up within minutes of being used.  This effect is especially prominent all along the brow area of the helmet right above the eyes.  Here’s a photo I took showing the effect… judge for yourself.

Once again, not something you see the same when it’s up on the wall, but you know what they say… the devil is in the details.

The jaw bone section is very well painted, I love the weathering and it looks great!  It looks really old and genuinely looks like bone, so this section of the piece gets top marks.  Where the weathering isn’t so hot on the helmet, it’s beautifully done on the jaw bone.  As mentioned earlier however, there are spots on the jaw bone where the dark black/brown color of the helmet has been painted on to the bone.  Unfortunately this is unavoidable due to the issue of the bone and helmet being all one solid piece, any artist would have a hard time painting that area 100% cleanly.

 The base is very simple in terms of paint…  silver overall with a little bit of drybrushing on the top area and a little bit of a black wash over the entire thing.  Looks good but I would have added a heavier wash to give the base even more age and depth to the paint application.  Not a big deal though, but if you plan on holding on to your helmet and want to pimp it up, give it a couple layers of black wash and it’ll punch it up quite a bit.  A black wash is easy to apply as well… simply dilute some black acrylic paint in water and liberally brush it all over the base.  Then pick up a lint free towel, dip it in the diluted paint and then rub it gently all over the base and mop up excess paint.  Let it dry and if you want to darken it further, re-apply the same way.  Disclaimer: Don’t blame me if you fubar your base royally, I’m just babbling and barely know what I’m doing as it is!

Final Notes

The helmet uses the exact same lighting system as prior releases… 2 AAA batteries (included) are inserted in a small door within the inner side of the helmet power up the 3 LEDs in the laser shroud.  The switch is located just below the battery door.  Looks great as you can see in the photos (don’t forget to visit the gallery below) and is a good replacement for lasers.  By the way if you’ve never seen my other reviews, Sideshow can’t use lasers… trust me, it was the first thing I bitched about when I reviewed their first helmet release.  I spoke to Sideshow production about it and turns out that due to US regulations, they can’t use the lasers.  If they did, the product would have to be safety certified for each country they want to ship to and you can imagine how unrealistic that would be unless they would be able to sell 10 million units.  That reminds me, this run is limited to 750 castings and the helmet seen in this review is number 52.

I would also like to thank Sideshow for hearing out the fans and going back to full glossy artwork on their retail boxes!  Sideshow seemed to have crossed a dark line when suddenly retail boxes were just plain brown boxes with the product name and license logo slapped on the side and maybe a decal if you were lucky (all AvP releases, Darth Maul bust and many more for example).  The Berserker helmet includes a gorgeous glossy retail box…  thank god because that’s really important….  I mean, who the hell wants a boring retail box that you’ll see once and then pack away in storage for the next 20 years.  Right?  I expect my stored boxes to be glossy and pretty dammit!

Overall I feel this helmet is a huge improvement from the AVP series of releases… it’s obvious right out of the box that this is a superior product.  The use of real lexan semi-reflective lenses just dials up the realism of the piece enormously and Sideshow deserves for marks for going this route instead of the dreaded painted method or god forbid, PAPER. *giggles* I would still have to say the Wolf is the best Predator helmet release from Sideshow, but the Berserker is a close second.  If this is any indication of what we’re going to see in terms of quality in the rest of the Predators based helmet replicas, I would say buy confidently and get ready for some gorgeous new props in your collection.

Oh, one more thing… yes the Lexan lenses are transparent, but very dark and thick.  So yes you can kind of see through them, but the helmet is heavy and not made to be worn.  The plastic lenses are very thick and what you see through them is distorted a bit.  I definitely don’t recommend you strap this $325 prop replica to your manard and prance down Main Street.  But if you do, please get it on video and email me a copy!

Manard = your head… the one that separates your ears.  Pervs.

Now I know what you’re thinking…  stop yammering on and let’s get with the visuals!  In case you would like to spend some quality face-time with me and the Berserker helmet, I give you… VIDEO:

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I put together one my longest review since the Cinemaquette Predator review for you guys and went in to every detail I could think of on this piece… please be sure to check out my HD video review on YouTube and get a look at this impressive prop release…  You can check it out by clicking HERE or clicking the YouTube icon above.

And what’s a review without some photos right?  I snapped a ton of shots of this piece to really show you all the little details such as the weathering, textures and dent marks and hand some fun dealing with the glaring LEDs mucking up all my shots!  You can check out the full gallery by clicking the photo icon below (my photos are the ones with the white/light background.. the photos with the black upper background are the Sideshow promo shots):

For this wallpaper I had some fun with placing lights under the helmet to get a P1 style glow effect in the lenses.. I was finally able to get a shot I liked and it ended up being my favorite pic, and this review’s wallpaper.  Hope you like it!


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This helmet is already sold out with Sideshow (it sold out long before it even shipped) so if you plan on adding one of these to your collection, you’ll need to hit the collector forums of fleabay to grab one.  Hey don’t be mad at me… if you would just join the newsletter or follow us on twitter, you would get a heads up when cool shit like this is released!

Aight that’s it for me gang… 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!

Thanks for reading,
Dan

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Predatorstuff Reviews Predastore’s 2 Guns Cleaner kit!

January 19th, 2011

Told you guys January would be a busy month for reviews! This week we start things off with a little review/show off article on a GORGEOUS kit released last year by Predastore called the 2 Guns Cleaner, which is the Wolf Predator from AvPR lokoing like he’s about to unload Old Western style on a few bugs… check it out!


This badass piece is sculpted by none other than our favorite Predator sculptor Narin, and if you think this looks familiar, you’re not as insane as  your friends and family may have led you to believe! The base of this kit is in fact Predatorstuff’s exclusive 1:6 scale full-body Wolf kit released a couple of years ago.  Predastore contacted me ages ago asking if he could use the torso as a base for a kit he wanted to produce, and being the fun loving guy that I am, I said hell yeah Batman!  The result of that discussion is the 2 Guns Cleaner, featuring our beloved Wolf Predator knee-deep in the muck brandishing his double plasma cannons in hand held mode ready to peel off some alien arse.

The kit itself is solid resin and weighs quite a bit.. it’s a high quality resin casting, that same awesome stuff Narin uses for his direct releases that has a light peach color to it and is a model builders dream.  Virtually no cleanup required, you can basically paint this right out of the box.  Flawless castings and sculpt by the Narin crew as always.  The kit comes in 9 pieces and features new hands and weapons and a very realistic liquid-looking base that Joe has built up with what looks to be 5 cans of gloss to make it look like real water.  As usual Joe’s paint application is mind-numbing with it’s awesomeness, leaving no doubt who the master painter of Predator kits is…  I promise you, you only need to see one in person to understand why I drool every time I see one of his builds.

The bad news though… the kit was limited to 50 castings (each casting includes a numbered COA) and of course this badboy has long sold out.  Of course if you’re a Predatorstuff fan and you’re part of our newsletter and check our site all the time for updates, you saw when this was announced and ordered it anyhow… right?


I would also like to thank my friend Simon, who was kind enough to lend me this statue to review… he knew I missed out on this piece and was extremely generous in shipping this over to me and allow me to play around with it and give it a full review.  Si you rock man… and get this folks, not only did he lend me this guy, but I have MORE Joe Dunaway buildups on the way provided by Simon!  Class, say thank you to Si please…

To Narin and Predastore, kick ass release guys, perfect as always and I am so glad I was finally able to see this kit in person and get a chance to share it with the rest of the Predastuff.com readers.  Joe – amazing build as usual… always a pleasure to see your work in person, you make my retinas happy every time! (That kinda sounds kinky…)

OK how about some photos?  Please click on the photo icon below and have a peek at the photo gallery for this piece:

I suppose a Video Review would be nice as well right?  Have no fear… I put together a little review (and pissed and moaned about the Berserker Bio not arriving today) so please 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 below:

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And lets not forget a wallpaper!  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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And that my friends concludes another review, thanks so much for reading and watching and I will see you VERY soon for the next review coming this week…

Peace!
Dan

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