I have already reviewed the Dengar figure here: http://onesixthfigures.forumotion.com/t111-product-review-sideshow-dengar
The figures were both pre-ordered here in the UK from: https://www.dandyisland.com
So now its time to look at Zuckuss.
I was cautious about buying this figure because I have had a Hasbro 12" Zuckuss for a while and thought he was actually ok, and so I did not know if I wanted to pay for the SideShow figure for whats is a very background character. In the end I obviously did buy him, and whilst this is definitely more detailed than the Hasbro offering I don't think it is such a big upgrade as Dengar is.
This is much the same as Dengar, and all other SideShow Star Wars packaging so I won't dwell on this here. I will however say that again on this box the cardboard used seems slightly thinner than previous SideShow boxes, and the overlapped seam which forms that box did not appear to have enough glue applied and was separating straight out of the brown packing box. It just does not feel as good a quality as previous boxes from SideShow have. Quite disappointing for a collectors model at this price point, as for many, including me, the packaging is part of the whole.
Let me start by saying that this is a good figure. I probably don't think it warrants the asking price but that is unfortunately the 1/6 world we live in
I think the sculpt of the head is very good and it has those lovely sort of translucent eyes similar to those seen on the earlier 4-LOM figure. From certain angles they really bring the head to life. It is difficult to tell from movie stills how accurate the colouring is but it looks right to me. The mix of organic and mechanical elements in the head has been handled very well and the overall impression is very convincing.
The figure itself seems to me to be slightly to tall. Only by a few millimetres, but I think it is noticeable. To my eye the extra height is found in the chest area, it just seems to long. This can be mitigated when posing the figure by bending the torso forward a little, but this is not that easy to do and only partly solves the issue. The extra height also seem to make the figure look too slim, and he does not have the quite squat, dumpy, look of the film character.
The costume is very good, and I like the leather belt and harness which has magnetic closures on the pouches. The leather could have been made to look slightly more "used" but it is ok as it is really.
The long coat is superb, and looks just like it should. It has a slight silver sheen to it, and looks worn and used to a perfect finish. To me it does feel a little freaky to the touch I can only describe it as "crispy", and every time I touch it I fear that I will damage it in some way but it does seem to be able to deal with being handled normally though.
There are some really cool boots under that coat which are sadly all but covered up.
The pipes and breathing apparatus are all sculpted very well and are flexible enough to pose without feeling fragile. I particularly like the back panel which given the available pictures of the film costume must be "imagined" by SideShow and they have done a grand job of it.
Extras are limited to the blaster and spare hands. There is the usual hexagonal base as well but as this is included with every figure it is hardly an extra.
That said what extras could have been added for a character that has as limited a screen appearance as this one. I suppose that at the price asked for this figure I expect a little bit more, but then I guess I am really paying SideShow to complete my collection
The blaster is very nicely done. I believe the movie prop was made with an Enfield rifle as the base, and this can be seen well in the model too. Parts of it do look quite fragile, especially given the shape and size of Zuckuss' hands, but it is actually quite robust.
The articulation of this figure is not great, although I think this is largely due to the limits of movement in the costume. That said SideShow's Jawas have a good range of movement and similar costumes so I think SideShow could have done better in the articulation department with this one. If you are looking for the pose from the movie then you are ok, but anything more might be a bit more of a challenge.
This is clearly an improvement over the Hasbro figure, but I do think the price is a little excessive for what you get.
You can achieve a reasonable movie accurate look with this figure but the extra length in the chest area is apparent whatever you do.
Achieving more action poses will be a challenge given the limits imposed on articulation by the costume (and the fear of damaging that crispy feeling coat )
I am very pleased with this figure. Would I buy it again given that the Hasbro is actually pretty good (with a bit of extra paint on it)? Yes I think I would, but I do think SideShow are asking for a high premium on this figure because they know that some collectors will pay more to complete their collections. It does feel like I have been taken advantage of a little bit because of my penchant for collecting Star Wars Bounty Hunters
And a couple to compare this figure with the Hasbro 12" figure. Some of the height difference is the extra height of the SideShow base.
Thank you for reading this review, and I hope you found it interesting and helpful.
As always any comments are very welcome.
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