Manufacturer: SideShow Models
Sculptor: Dan Platt
I have been a fan of Bernie
Wrightson’s artwork since his humble beginnings in the comic
industry of the early 70s. His macabre style caught my eye as a
young monsterfile and I was an instant fan. Through the years Bernie
has risen to become one of the most respected artists in his field.
So it is only natural that his work would finally be realized in 3D.
Sideshow Collectibles originally
produced model kits and eventually left that behind to purse the
doll/figure and pre-paint markets. But in their wake, they left us
with some very nice models to build. This is one of them.
Dan Platt did an incredible job of
bringing Bernie’s creature to life. The detail in the figure is
superb. The pose captures that exact moment of release from the
grave; giving the creature a look of excruciating pain and freedom,
frozen in time. The lantern and flowers lying before him have always
made me feel like he emerged just as a loved one was coming to
mourn. Just then, he pushes his way free from the earth’s cold grasp
….and scares the crap outta somebody!
The casting on this kit was superior.
The light gray resin was free of imperfections with no offset seams.
Clean up literally took a few minutes. The tooling was excellent
giving all parts a perfect fit. Prep and assembly was a breeze.
That, along with the detailed sculpt makes this a real “painters”
Being set in a wintery cemetery gives
you a fairly set guideline for painting the overall base but the
figure is a different matter. Painting him is pretty much open to
interpretation of the artist. I mean, what color was the last zombie
you saw crawling out of the ground? Was he green and oozy, dry and
brown or a combination of both? That’s the great thing about this
hobby; there is no right or wrong. He can be any color you want.
I hand painted this entire kit in
acrylics without once using my trusty airbrush. I have often
considered going back and redoing the snowy base with Woodland
Scenics snow to give it a more realistic look. But I’ve resisted. I
have way too many other kits waiting for my attention.
If you like zombie kits, this is one
of the best in my opinion. Get one if you can find it.