Sunday, 27 September 2015

Sideshow Collectibles 2015 Premium Format Vampirella Statue

Here's a question for you to ponder. What is the largest figure you have in your collection? Just a couple of days ago I received my largest figure. It is a 1/4 scale Sideshow Collectibles Premium Edition Statue of Vampirella. She stands 16" (41cm) tall from the soles of her feet to the top of her head or 22" (56cm) tall if measured from the bottom of her base to the top of her head. When I first saw the announcement that Sideshow Collectibles were making a new statue of Vampirella I knew I had to have her. The photo to the left was taken from the Sideshow Collectibles website and they have placed an apple alongside her to show just how tall she is. I placed my order for her over a year ago, knowing I was in for a long wait before she'd be released. I could have paid for her then but decided to spread the $400 cost for her over a period of ten months. Yes, she is incredibly expensive but I'm paying for quality and she'll be a very good investment as her value will only increase.

As you can well imagine, the figure arrived in a huge box, which I show here. The figure came in six parts - head, body and legs, right arm, a choice of two left arms and the base. The photo above shows my preferred option with Vampi's left arm holding a bat. All of the parts are held in place via slots fitted with strong magnets.
In this photo you can see the alternate left arm without the bat. Sideshow placed an apple alongside the statue to give a sense of scale. I, however, have chosen a 30mm scale miniature figure of Vampirella, which I have placed in front of her base to show just how tall this statue is. That is some height difference, huh?
Here is the rear view of the statue with Vampirella showing off her perfect backside. The amount of detail that has gone into this figure is staggering. I know it's hard to take your eyes off Vampirella but check out her base and see how much work has gone into that. It's incredible!
This is my third statue that I have bought from Sideshow Collectibles and my second Premium Format 1/4 scale figure. You can see my first Premium Format Vampirella statue here -
 http://vampifansworldoftheundead.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/sideshow-collectibles-vampirella-statue.html
Although she is the same scale as this statue she is sitting down so looks smaller.
My other Sideshow Collectibles Vampirella was a Tooned-up version which you can see here -
http://vampifansworldoftheundead.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/vampifans-views-44-monthly-musings-25.html
Because this is a Premium Format Statue, the craftsmanship of the sculpting and detail of the paintwork is absolute perfection. Note that Vampirella's costume and boots are made of real leather. If I was a perfectionist I'd have to criticise her boots because they are too long. However, I think she suits thigh-length boots and they look great on her.
Here's a close-up of Vampi's friendly little bat. Once again, the detail on the bat is incredible. It looks like a real bat.
Finally, here's a close-up shot of Vampirella's head. I love the way her hair is flowing out behind her. Just look at her eyes and see how beautifully painted they are. The more I look at her the more I fall in love with her! Is this my all time favourite figure of Vampirella? A resounding yes! She is sheer perfection!

14 comments:

  1. Absolutely breath-takingly beautiful Bryan. Both the sculpt and painting are astonishingly good, and indeed is that red costume of hers actually made out of material rather than resin as it looks that great? I can easily see why someone who enjoys Vampirella so much would spend that kind of sum on so gorgeous a statue. It will undoubtedly take pride and place within your impressive collection and quite rightly so imho. Its a pity the artist for "Vampirella/Army of Darkness" didn't pay as much attention to his subject matter as this statue's sculptor clearly did ;-)

    As for my largest wargaming miniature, well that award has to go to my 270mm Ziran the Tester "Heroclix" model, which I had to buy and get shipped from America. I am planning on repainting him at some stage. But want to build up to painting something so enormous :-)

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    1. She most certainly is "breath-takingly beautiful" Simon. Yes, her red costume and boots are made of leather, which just goes to show why she is in Sideshow's Premium Format range. No expense has been spared on her. She has taken pride and place in my lounge as she takes centre stage on my china cabinet.

      I had never heard of Ziran the Tester before, so I did a Google search for him and found some photos of the Heroclix figure you must have. Blimey, he is tall! I can see why you'd want to repaint him as his paint-job is very basic. Incidentally, my tallest Heroclix figures are my Sentinel robots, measuring 16cm tall. Don't ask why, but I ended up buying five of them! If you don't have one, let me know and I'll send you one for free.

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    2. Many thanks for the gracious offer Bryan, but I have three Sentinel robots myself :-) I've actually disassembled two ready for painting but just haven't got the time at present. Perhaps after I've got my "Nexus Miniatures" X-Men done I might finally start to put some paint to them. Ziran is indeed a beast of pre-painted plastic, so much so that he'd crush my Gotham City rooftop if I used him for that :-) I have a few of the larger models but for all of them its about finding the time sadly, and you constantly distracting me with wonderful minis and kickstarters doesn't help ;-)

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    3. No problem, Simon. I guess you felt as I did that one Sentinel was not enough. :-)

      Dare I tell you about the next Kickstarter I'm backing? More news on that next post, although if you kept a close eye on the Board of the Living Lead forum you'll know already.

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    4. Seen in and already in it, dear friend. Couldn't resist something which will let me have some nice-looking Super-hero capers and zombie invasions :-) And the Fire Station has just been unlocked as well. Great stuff!!!

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    5. Good for you, mate. It does look awesome, doesn't it? It's proving to be a huge hit and it's great to see the Fire Station unlocked.

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  2. She is indeed magnificent. As for the boots; if it's one thing I've learned about women, is they tend to have a footwear collection. I assume this goes for vampire women as well!

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    1. I can't argue with your logic, Mr. Teufel!

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  3. Well my largest figure is 54mm (plus helmet plume) so I guess you beat me by quite a way.

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  4. Way out of my league - it makes my largest models look tiny (and that's probably including buildings and terrain as well).

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