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REVIEW: Medusa – Black Mamba

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Background

Back at New York Comic Con ‘09, Erick Scarecrow introduced collectors to a bundle of new characters and creations in vinyl, resin and plush. One of the figures he and ESC-Toy released was the Medusa rotocast vinyl. And while there were a limited number of the Medusa Black Mamba colorway (the initial colorway) at the Con, the rest of the limited edition run have made their way to ESC-Toy and retailers.

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The Facts

Medusa – Black Mamba Colorway
•    Manufacturer: ESC-Toy
•    Artist: Erick Scarecrow
•    Material: Rotocast Vinyl (mostly)
•    Height: 10”
•    Points of Articulation: 6 (neck and 5 snake heads)
•    Edition Size: 300 pieces

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Packaging

With two plastic windows, this figure is packaged similar to the Kissaki vinyl. The front of the box has a window cutout in the shape of a snake’s mouth, while the side window (also the snake design) shows off the figure’s face. The rear of the package has some great artwork by Scarecrow.

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Our Opinion

Erick Scarecrow has been known to put his own spin on some icons: the Statue of Liberty, tabletop arcade games…and now the Greek Gorgon sister – Medusa. While this figure isn’t likely to turn you to stone for looking at it, it brings all of Scarecrow’s identifiable design staples.

You have the female with the long eyelids/eyelashes and the small nose and mouth. The shoes are often a focal point of Erick’s figures. And with the black snake wrapping its way down to her footwear, you can see that the front of the sneaker has been transformed into a snake’s mouth.

The piece is predominantly rotocast vinyl, with the arms and snake bits as the exceptions. The quality of the figure is average for a rotocast vinyl of this size. You have a few places where the paint lacks “tightness”. But the sculpt is unique and it definitely works as an art piece.

You don’t need to be a Greek mythology buff to appreciate Erick Scarecrow’s Medusa. I expect future colorways to be released (who releases a figure with a specific colorway name and only releases one of them?), so if you’re not feeling this color scheme…you might have some options in the future.

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You can pick one up at the following:

ESC-Toy Shop: $60.00

Medusa - Black Mamba Grades:

Figure Quality: 8/10
    Sculpt: 8/10
    Paint: 7/10
Accessories/Outfit: N/A
Packaging: 7/10
Durability: 8/10
Fun Factor: 8/10
Value: 7/10

Overall: 8.5/10

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What do you rate this figure?

Comments

Smack6102
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I love it. I picked mine up at NYCC 09. I find the paint on mine is pretty tight. Also the Snake head foot on mine is articulated. The wrap around snake going into the sneaker is a great feature. Im diggin this Kisakki series. I cant wait to see what other color way/s come from this.

Smack6102
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I love it. I picked mine up at NYCC 09. I find the paint on mine is pretty tight. Also the Snake head foot on mine is articulated. The wrap around snake going into the sneaker is a great feature. Im diggin this Kisakki series. I cant wait to see what other color way/s come from this.

frogger
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Agreed. I want the next colorway.

frogger
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Agreed. I want the next colorway.

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