June 30, 2014

Review: Elvira - Mistress Of The Dark Statue by Tweeterhead

If you like the quality of Hot Toys but are put off by assembling toys and unpacking various parts, you can always opt for a one piece maquette. Sideshow Collectibles offers a variety of sculpted statues that are ready for display within seconds after removing them from the box. That includes this gorgeous Elvira cold cast porcelain maquette. It's a limited edition offering made by Tweeterhead and sold by Sideshow. There are less than 30 pieces remaining, and it's easy to see why. This Mistress of the Dark sculpture captures the likeness of the character and includes plenty of details to drool over. See?

It was packaged snugly in styrofoam and simple to remove from the box. There were just two pieces: Elvira and a base sculpted and painted to resemble stone. The statue fit into the base securely and easily (my favorite!). Every aspect of the statue is sculpted from the hair to Elvira's jewelry. Her dagger and ring feature sparkling Swarovski Elements crystals that contrast nicely against the black of her dress. She's holding a whip and looking mischievous.

The fabric of her gown is sculpted and painted to look realistic. I especially like the tattered and lacy look of the sleeves and bottom of the dress. The bright and rich red lipstick is just the right shade and so is the color of the blush - and those cheekbones, wow. While I like the eyeliner application, something about the eyelid details doesn't look quite right to me. That said, most people aren't going to be looking at the statue's face from a couple of inches away and it doesn't interfere with the expressiveness of the eyes. This looks an incredible amount like Cassandra Peterson.

It can't be denied that Cassandra Peterson and her character Elvira have a distinctive silhouette, and this statue possesses her grace and allure while also presenting a touch of intimidation and sass.

Overall, it's a high quality and intricate maquette with a lot of personality. If you're a big Elvira fan, go ahead and put it on your wishlist or buy it immediately. The 1/6th scale figure is 14.5 inches tall; Elvira was sculpted by Trevor Grove. You can order Elvira - Mistress of the Dark from Sideshow Collectibles for $274.99 (there are also payment plans).

See even more photos of the figure at my Flickr account.

Full disclosure: the Elvira statue was provided by Sideshow Collectibles for review purposes. This did not affect my review of the product.

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