13 Jan, 2012
Sideshow Collectibles Gollum Premium Format statue review
Posted by: Dr_Teng In: Statues
Up for review this week is one of the more interesting statues previewed last year, the Sideshow Collectibles Gollum Premium Format statue! Sideshow was nice enough to shoot over one of these and I was sure excited to crack it open. As a huge Lord of the Rings fan, I wanted to know if Sideshow could do justice to such a unique and essential character to the trilogy. Let’s find out!
One of the coolest things about this release was when Sideshow announced they were going to add an extra bust display base, which doubles your display options. Instead of getting one collectible, you’re getting two! You have a full statue, which you can display as either Gollum or Smeagol, with an interchangeable magnetic nameplate. Then you place the other one on the bust display and attach the other nameplate to it as well. It’s a sweet setup!
Gollum’s base is rather tall, which is understandable due to his short height. Totally works with the movie given how many mountain ranges they climb or cross over. The base is nicely sculpted and well painted with properly applied highlights throughout. The bottom of the base is a round silver design with interlocking rings and worn paint. The magnetic nameplate fits in quite well with the base, no obvious separation.
The premium format portion of this is limited but I doubt anyone is surprised, considering Gollum wears very little. What he does wear looks good but it’s not exactly difficult to make front and back fabric straps like that. The fabric is properly weathered along the edges as it should be.
On to the statue! I started with the Smeagol top since I liked the look of wonder on his face. He’s holding up the One Ring and looks like the happiest little fella in Middle Earth. The sculpting on this is just superb so be sure to check out some of the high-res shots for much larger than life pictures. Some particularly good areas to check out : the varying sizes and wear on the teeth, the emaciated musculature, particularly around the chest, and the lines of expression around the face.
The paint on this is really good! Gollum might look like he’d be simple to paint but there are so many details, a half-assed paint job would’ve made this flat and boring. You’ve got the varying amounts of dirt on his feet, knees, and hands, exactly where he’d have most of it. The purple/red tones visible across his skin, particularly the most emaciated parts of him, and even some nicely done vein work. And look at those baby blues! I can’t say whether they’re decals or not but they’re definitely applied correctly.
The Gollum top is just as good as the Smeagol one. He looks downright vicious, as if someone is threatening to take his precious from him. His teeth are sharper and more menacing (which I’m not sure is movie accurate, do his teeth change during the movies? Possibly!), his intense expression is really evident in the lines across his face. The paint, as with the Gollum top, is excellent.
5/5. Thanks again to Sideshow for providing the review sample. This is a fantastic addition to a Lord of the Rings statue lineup and I couldn’t find any issues with mine. Pose, paint, sculpt, base, it’s an excellent statue all around.