We’ve been waiting patiently and with great anticipation for the Sideshow Collectibles Poison Ivy Premium Format Figure to be released. This statue was beset with production delays arriving almost six months behind schedule, but we are happy to say that it’s finally shipping to customers. Sideshow’s Poison Ivy is a collaborative effort between Imaginary Friends Studios, a design studio based out of Singapore founded by DeviantArt artists who provided the concept artwork for this statue and Sideshow Collectibles who transformed the concept art into the final statue. From the moment our eyes saw the prototype photos for this piece, we fell in love with it; the pose, flowing hair, bold colors and facial expression are captivating. Now that we have the statue in-hand, we can say with confidence that the translation from concept art to physical medium was a success.
As mentioned in our review of the Kotobukiya Poison Ivy Bishoujo statue, Ivy’s look has transformed throughout the years from wearing a strapless swimsuit to the more revealing outfits we are now accustomed to seeing her in. The Sideshow interpretation of Ivy is of a costume made entirely out of leaves.
Ivy ships in a large decorative green box which has a portrait of Ivy based on the concept artwork by Imaginary Friends on one side and Poison Ivy written on the other side. The two smaller edges of the box carry concept artwork for the man-eating plants. Unpacking Ivy from the box reveals seven individual pieces (6 if you have the regular edition) that make up this statue. You get a base, the entire Ivy figure in one piece, four man-eating plants (3 regular edition plants, one exclusive edition larger plant) and a plastic vine with a small man-eating plant that attaches to the base of the statue.
Assembling Ivy was a bit trickier than anticipated as the holes on the base of my statue were not perfectly lined up requiring a bit of wiggling to get the statue to fit onto the base. The design is a bit odd as the main body which includes her the stems of her plants attach to the base at no less than four different locations at adding to the complexity of attaching her on the base. The pegs on the statue and holes on the base don’t line up perfectly equating to some nervous moments as you try and wiggle her into place. The man-eating plants attach to their stems through metal pegs that slide into holes. Mine again required a bit of wiggling before they slipped into place as the holes themselves were blocked by some paint residue. Included with the Exclusive edition of the statue is an additional man-eating plant which is larger than the regular edition versions. You can mix and match between the regular and exclusive edition man-eating plants as you see fit.
Ivy’s sculpt for lack of words, amazing. Ivy makes the transition from a two-dimensional to a three-dimensional medium perfectly. The statue is faithful to the original artwork and gives us one of Sideshow’s best female sculpts and certainly my favorite to date. Her curvaceous body is accentuated by her sexy and suggestive pose further complimented by the intricately detailed leaf outfit that is directly sculpted onto her body. When Sideshow updated their product photos for this piece with the final production photos, many people cried foul based on the way the head sculpt looked in those photos. The eyes and lips looked off and did not match the prototype with the eyes, in particular, looking far too angular. I am happy to report that the head sculpt is perfect. The eyes match the original prototype images, and the mouth is perfect on the final production piece. It is possible that the lighting used on the Sideshow production photos caused the eyes and mouth to look differently. No Poison Ivy is complete without her iconic red hair and Sideshow does not disappoint, the hair is intricately detailed and given a flowing characteristic which adds a dynamic feel to this piece. Other sculpt details include small vines sculpted directly around Ivy’s legs and a heavy polystone base that features rock formations, more vines, and some moss. The edition size, which is 1500 for the exclusive edition, is written on the underside of the base.
Ivy arrives with large plant stems that are physically attached to the statue and are made of durable plastic that can withstand the weight of the man-eating plant heads that attach to them without bending or sagging. The man-eating plants are well sculpted with the Exclusive edition ones standing out. While the regular edition versions of the man-eating plants add to the look and compliment the statue, the exclusive version ones bring it to life. The exclusive man-eating plant sculpt is much larger and far more menacing with an open-mouthed plant that is ready to defend her mistress giving this piece a sexy but dangerous feel. A small plastic attachment attaches to the base and adds an extra vine with a much smaller man-eating plant that fills in space in front of Ivy’s feet.
Moving on to the paint application of this statue and this is where we start to encounter some production issues with this piece. The head sculpt features an excellent paint job with perfectly painted flesh tones that are consistent across the remainder of Ivy’s exposed skin. The eyes are perfectly painted and dead on, no googly eyes to worry about here. The lipstick and small amount of blush around the edges of the face give this sexy siren an extra level of allure. The hair benefits from a well-applied paint job that features bold reds that are washed with darker tones to fill in the intricately sculpted details. The leaves which cover a good portion of Ivy’s body feature different shades of greens including highlights and shadows and are so well painted that they add a dimensional feeling to the leaf outfit. The rock formations on the base are adequately painted and feature a good paint application with the vines and moss painted in an extremely clean manner with no paint sloppiness or smearing to be seen. The plastic plant stems that attach to the base are uniformly painted and don’t feature any real details besides the odd leaf or small vine and are generally painted with one color. The man-eating plants feature an impressive paint job that borrows from different color pallets including reds, yellows, greens and purple that tie in together to bring these monstrosities to life.
If you are wondering why am I complaining if everything looks so good it is because I purposely left the bad part of the paint job for last. I wanted to highlight all that is good about this statue before having to talk about the one thing that keeps it from being one of Sideshow’s best pieces to date. If you look at the statue as a whole, you can appreciate the craftsmanship that has gone into the sculpt and the overall paint job. It is when you move down to the vines that are directly sculpted on the legs that you are confronted with the hideous and sloppy paint application. The brown paint on the vines smears across Ivy’s green skin and vice-versa. There are certain sections on my statue where it appears an attempt was made to cover up a bad paint job with even more paint leading to the paint pooling then drying up causing bumps on the skin. Stray paint blemishes abound around the vines which wrap around Ivy’s thighs. The artist, if you can call him or her that, didn’t even bother to follow the contours of the vines on some areas and just painted the brown vine tones directly on the skin. The person who painted these vines cannot be the same person who painted the rest of the statue since the other vines on the leaf-covered outfit and the base don’t exhibit these same issues. Some will call this the nature of the beast when it comes to hand-painted statues; I call it sloppiness. I can appreciate the difficulty of painting such vines and the time it takes to do them right, but considering the attention to detail that went into the other vines elsewhere on the statue, this is simply a case of someone hurrying to get the job done and fat fingering the paint job in the process.
I am torn when it comes to rating this statue. One the one hand, you have one of Sideshow’s best female sculpts to date and for the most part, a really good paint job. It’s the paint application on the vines around the legs which when viewed in person have a much more detracting effect on the look of this statue than the photos can convey that gets me fuming. If Sideshow had decided to take the extra time to fix this issue before shipping, I would have rated this statue as PERFECT. In its current state, I cannot give it anything higher than a recommended. Collectors spend a lot of money on these high-end pieces and expect the best for their hard-earned cash. Unfortunately, someone on Sideshow’s production line ruined what could have been a masterpiece. I sincerely hope that other collectors out there don’t run into the same paint issues I encountered with my statue, or at the very least not as prevalent as they are on my statue. A simple fix would be if Sideshow would provide us with the matching paint so we can fix the paint defects ourselves, but something tells me that is not going to happen. With all that is said, I still recommend this statue based on the outstanding sculpt and overall paint job with the only detraction being the horrid paint job of the vines on the legs.
This product was purchased by the reviewer and was not provided by the manufacturer for this review.