A Nightmare on Elm Street: Freddy Krueger Sixth Scale Figure from Sideshow Collectibles Review

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With the final production shots of this figure hitting the net and people overseas starting to show pictures of this figure a few weeks ago, people anticipating this figure suddenly split into two groups: those not happy with the decisions made and applied to this figure and those happy to get a new Freddy nonetheless.

I was in the latter.  I wanted my first sixth scale Freddy Krueger figure.  There was a space for him waiting to go along with my Jason Voorhees (Friday the 13th) and Ash Williams (The Evil Dead) figures that I got from Sideshow Collectibles this year. Check out those features if you haven’t yet!

Hell or high water, this figure was coming to me and I wasn’t going to cancel.  Sometimes it is better to have figures in hand and see them with your own eyes before blowing a gasket.  After having this figure for a couple of days, I can definitely say that there are some good things about this figure but there are some head-shaking bad stuff with it, too.

To boot, my figure has a huge issue: an insanely loose torso.  It’s hard to really put into words, so I’ll suggest you check out the video embedded at the end of this feature from my YouTube channel.  I have sent a video to Sideshow and hopefully they’ll toss me a replacement.  If they do, I’ll update this feature accordingly.

The packaging is done well.  It features the figure that you get in the box posed in a boiler room.  Smoke effects are added and the lighting really make the figure look bad-ass.  The back of the box has another lighting effect and brings out the excellent sculpting on the face.

 

Seeing how this is a sixth scale (1/6) collectible, this figure measures in at 12″.  The articulation on the figure is pretty solid for the most part, minus the loose torso I mentioned.  I had no issues with the shoulders, elbows, writs, legs, knees, or ankles.  When spreading the legs vertically, the joints seem looser than I’d like but the legs provided no issue to me when posing.  It was just the torso that kept wanting to move forward.

 

The details on the hands are what you’d expect from a Freddy Krueger figure: the burned, melted skin with the exposed muscle tissue is top notch and this continues onto the face sculpt/portrait, which I’ll get to momentarily.

The pants are sewn well and server their purpose.  There’s nothing really special about them and there isn’t any paint or weathering on them.  The boots are finely sculpted and look better than what I usually wear on my own feet.

The sweater is decent for the most part.  I know some are complaining about the colours being off, but to my semi-colourblind (colour differentiated, perhaps) eyes, it seems fine. The front looks like it has some soot on the front of it, making it look like it has spent some time in the boiler room.

There is weathering and tattering on the cuffs of the sweater, around the bottom of it, and the neck hole.  The work done to make the sweater look like Freddy’s worn and used outfit is done pretty well at the bottom of the sweater and the cuffs, but I really don’t like the neck hole.

The neck hole looks like it pulls too much to the left of the figure.  It also droops too much in the front and looks really uneven.  It’s almost like they pulled it from the machine too early and it got stretched.  It’s very distracting and unappealing.

One other thing I’m not a fan of, and I’m mentioning it here because you can see it in the picture below, is the length of the neck.  It just seems a tad too long.  The work on it, sculpt wise, is damn good, but I’m just not sure Sideshow got the length right.  I could be wrong.  In the promo shots it doesn’t seem as long as it turned out and most of the promo shots feature Freddy with his head tilted down.

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The portrait gets major points for making the figure really look like Freddy. I think the detailing with the sculpt lines really bring Freddy’s disfigured look come alive.  The ears match the character’s movie look, too.

I find the right eye of my figure to be looking a little too much to the right where the left eye/pupil is looking ahead.  I wish both were spot on in the middle.

The work on the teeth, along with the overall scowling expression, give the figure Freddy’s demonic personality.   I know Sideshow could have chosen an open, yelling mouth or a closed mouth, but this expression works if the figure is just “standing” around or if you’re posing him to attack one of his unfortunate victims.  I’m really happy they didn’t choose “humorous” Freddy.

The main piss-off with the head sculpt has to do with fedora.  I have no idea why, but the people at Sideshow decided to sculpt the hat on the head. Why? I think one of the last Freddy figures I’ve purchased that the head was sculpted on was a McFarlane Toys Freddy from the mid-90s! We’ve moved on from stuff like that!

I said in my video review that I know I probably wouldn’t pose Freddy without his hat on anyway unless this figure was based off of the second film in the series, Freddy’s Revenge.  That head (or second head) would have the brain exposed for the iconic scene where Freddy pulls back the skin on his head to expose and pulsating brain.

If the hat was going to be sculpted on because they figured most people would keep it on anyway, why in the hell is it so high on the figure’s head? It just looks like it’s floating there.  It looks worse from the side profile.  I just don’t understand the rationale behind these decisions and seeing how Sideshow is still sitting on their limited run of 1000 of these figures on their site, maybe other collectors decided to pass or cancel their orders because of all of this.

For the accessories Freddy comes with, he has a pointing left hand and close left hand.  All the additional hands (and gloves I’ll discuss in a minute) all have their own pegs, which is great.  I love that Sideshow includes pegs for all the hands.  It’s something Hot Toys needs to start doing.

In addition, we get a basic black hexagon stand with the A Nightmare on Elm Street logo on the top.  Behind the little stand pole, there’s a bunch of legal mambo-jumbo that should have been left to the bottom of the stand.  Not sure why it had to be on the top.

The figure comes with three gloves.  The regular edition that you’d buy at a retailer would only come with two, though, because the item that is exclusive for this “Sideshow Exclusive” is the third glove.

Before I showcase all three, I want to say I think it’s ridiculous to make a glove an exclusive.  For the price we pay for these figures, and how iconic Freddy’s glove is, all figures should come with three gloves.

Would there be a need for three gloves if we just had one glove with articulated fingers?  Sideshow made C-3P0’s fingers articulated, so why couldn’t they do that here? There’s a $30 difference in the price of the two figures so why couldn’t it be done?

The first glove, the one he comes packaged with, is the one below.  I do like the sculpting working and the paint on the glove.  The blood spots on the razors are done well and feature the right amount of splatter.

The second glove that everyone will get with the figure no matter what edition they buy is an opened glove.  It features the same detailing as the one above.  It’s perfect for a slashing attack.

The third exclusive glove features a pointing finger.  You’d think we would have gotten something REALLY cool for the exclusive like the syringe gloves from the third film, Dream Warriors, but nope…we got a nose pickin’ glove.

I just couldn’t resist doing some Freddy vs. Jason shots.  As well, a certain other character decided to show up. Fans have been demanding this cross-over for years and years.  Ash just wants to play.

So here we are at the end. The figure does look good from some angles and does have some positives.  It’s too bad the negatives outweigh it, though.

This figure was supposed to be available at the end of this year (according to when it was pre-ordered) and it wasn’t shown at this year’s SDCC.  Was Sideshow deciding whether to delay it or go forward as is?  I actually thought the no-show meant it was going to be delayed but the notices went out a few weeks after the biggest show of the year saying it would be arriving early.  Final production shots came out when others across the pond began posting figures they had in-hand stirring the pot and confusion.  I don’t know what happened here but I know this isn’t the best Sideshow can do.

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As well, just like their Jason Voorhees figure, this Freddy isn’t really based off of one version of Freddy.  The closest one it really resembles is Dream Warriors Freddy.  I’m not sure how licensing works but perhaps Sideshow could only get the rights to the character but not a particular film? If not, why make a figure at all?  If this was a Dream Warriors Freddy, why couldn’t we get the soul chest sculpted under the sweater, the Freddy puppet, or a mini Freddy worm? There was so much they could have included here.  The price for this figure should easily be $50 lower than what it is.

If I get a replacement and the figure’s eye  is a bit better, the sweater isn’t as brutal at the neck hole, and the torso on it is tight, I’ll edit this or do a stand-alone feature I can link this to so I can communicate any updates.

Anyway, enjoy the video to see the torso issues in action and to hear some stuff I may have missed while writing that I talked in my usual, blabbing, off the cuff style.

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