This week I added my very first Lord of the Rings collectible by Sideshow to my personal collection. Previously all my LOTR stuff has consisted of Gentle Giant’s fantastic animated style statues, but this piece looked cool enough to draw me into the Sideshow stuff. Here’s my review of the Ringwraith Legendary Scale Bust with photos.
Not only was this my first Lord of the Rings collectible from Sideshow, but it also was my very first Legendary Scale Bust. I’ve been tempted by some of the Marvel LSB’s (particularly the Daredevil, Iron Man, and Dr. Doom pieces) in the past but have held out on actually getting anything in this scale until now. Now that I have a Legendary Scale Bust in my collection, I’m kicking myself for not jumping at the chances to get some of those old ones when they were originally available. This thing is fantastic!
The Ringwraith is about 14″ tall, 12″ wide, and 15″ deep. He has a lot of weight to him and really has the heft and feel of a quality collectible. The box he comes in is pretty massive, as tends to be the case with a lot of Sideshow items lately. In the box, the Ringwraith comes in two parts: the main torso and a separate hand holding his sword. The hand plugs easily into a rectangular hole in his arm.
The pose on this statue is a very imposing one. We have the wraith reaching out with his left hand while drawing back with his sword in his right hand. His hooded head is tilted forward so that under most lighting, a deep shadow will be cast inside his hollow cowl, giving him the menacingly empty look the Nazgul are known for.
The sculpting is top notch, from the folds and wrinkles in the cloak to the armor and sword. The armored pieces on the Ringwraith’s gauntlets are a highlight of the bust. They are polystone cast but look convincingly metallic, and they are sculpted onto the hand in a very believably detailed manner. The sword, likewise, has a great metallic look to it, standing out as one of the featured parts of an already great statue.
The base sits on a sturdy faux-marble support, atop which sits a short gold column decorated like the One Ring. Elvish writing is sculpted all the way around, tying this piece in with the rest of the Lord of the Rings Legendary Scale Busts. The bust and its base come together to make a great item that belongs in any LOTR fan’s collection.
As of the time I’m writing this, Sideshow has the previously sold out Ringwraith back in stock with a Second Chance offer. Do not miss out on this if you’re a Lord of the Rings fan! Here’s the link where you can grab one for your own collection for $179.99: Link.