MI6 Review: Pierce Brosnan "GoldenEye"
- Sideshow Collectibles
In 1995 James Bond returned after a six year hiatus, with
a new face but the same classic 007 values. Pierce Brosnan
was finally free to portray the 007 of the 90’s in
what is seen as one of the finest Bond films of the recent
era. Sideshow Collectibles has added a new 12 inch Brosnan
figure, based on his first outing as 007 in "GoldenEye",
to their ever increasing Bond collection.
Collectibles, founded in 1994, has been exclusively
licensed to create a line of 12" collectible figures
in the likeness of all five Bond actors, key villains and
some of the famous women.
MI6 reviews the Sideshow Collectibles figures...
James Bond - Pierce Brosnan
Item No: 7725
Size: 12 inch (304mm)
Weight: 3.00 lbs (1.30 Kg)
Artist: Mat Falls
Online - Sideshow Collectibles
On a mission to stop a deadly satellite, 007 James Bond
must take on his once good friend - rogue agent 006!
The 12" figure comes with Robin's vest, watch,
AK-74 rifle, Walther PPK, Timer Mine, and figure stand.
Sideshow’s collector friendly packaging continues
with final US release posters for the cover of the Bond
boxes. The quality of the print and box is of the high standard
that you expect from SideShow. The back face features a
summary of Brosnan's role as 007 over the last nine years
and the gadgets, villains and Bond girls of GoldenEye.
Above: The front flap box art
The internal flap features images from the opening credits of
the film, ‘The Mission’ text summarises the 1995 adventure,
and a listing of the primary cast is present as with all the Bond
figures in the range.
As with all the Bond figures SideShow have issued, the level
of detail is subjective. This new Brosnan figure, however,
has to be one of the finest overall. Using the already established
figure from the earlier "Die Another Day" series,
the head and body remain the same.
The hands have been altered to perfectly weald the new
accessories which accompany this figure. Upon closer inspection,
finer details on the hands are visible including defined
veins, tendons and creases in the skin at the joints. Small
amounts of flashing can be seen on both hands that is a
shame, but does not distract from the overall appearance.
Bond has a slightly darker hue to his skin from the earlier
"Die Another Day" figure, giving Bond a slightly
tanned look to fit with the filming final locations. The
head on this figure has been brought over from Sideshow's
earlier Brosnan figure which was one of the strongest likenesses
they have created.
Extremely clean, solid lines with no bleed create a realistic
and well defined face. Further detailing is visible on the
boots, creating a weathered look. As with the James Bond
range, the footwear has always been detailed with a little
ware, and again is done to a believable level.
Using Sideshow's well established sixth scale male body, Bond
has all the movement you would expect to place him in the classic
James Bond poses. He features tight fitting joints from the head,
neck, ball jointed shoulders, chest, cut biceps, double jointed
elbows, and wrists. From the waist down he has a twistable waist,
hips, thighs, and knees and ankles. The loose fitting suit allows
for a full range of movement.
The figure comes complete with three accessories, featured
from varying moments of the film. The main item is a Russian
AK47, which is seen when Bond escapes a Russia military
complex in St. Petersburg to pursue General Ourumov across
the city. The machine gun comes with a separate clip that
can be added for full effect. Both of the figure's hands
are needed to hold the AK47 correctly, and the weapon can
also be slung over Bonds shoulders using the attached strap.
The detailing on the machine gun is outstanding and hardly
any flashing is visible.
Bond has his trusted side arm in the shape of his Walther
PPK, and the figure's left hand is molded with the perfect
pistol grip. The pistol is distinctly made and is a key
item to any James Bond figure. Finally the third accessory
is a set of two Magnetic Mines, that are seen during the
finale of the film. Fitting into the vests lower pockets,
the perfectly recreated mines are accurate to the film version.
As with all Bond films the watch is one of the key gadgets,
but Sideshow has equipped Bond with generic watch. The poor
quality of paint on the watch is a shame with bleed on to
the straps. It’s a small but noticeable oversight.
Above: Reverse box art
After putting Brosnan in a tuxedo in the "Die Another Day"
series, Sideshow have wisely chosen to put 007 in alternative
attire. The outfit worn by Bond is what he wears during final
assault on the Janus hideout in Cuba. 007 wears a green camouflage,
commando style suit with over vest. The trousers and shirt are
well made and display tight stitching. Featuring thigh height
combat style pockets and over socks that run up to mid calf, the
trousers are extremely close to the film costume.
The over vest is a slight darker green compared to the suit,
and features multiple pockets and pouches. It departs slightly
from the film costume due to scale, however the visual result
is just as effective.
Being dressed in jungle combat wear, Bond has walking boots that
have been given a good amount of detailing. There is clear weathering
and colour variation for the different materials that have been
emulated on the figure, however the laces have not been as skillfully
If you are a collector of Sideshow's Bond series this figure
is recommend over the previous "Die Another Day"
Pierce Brosnan. This second Brosnan figure gets right what
the earlier figure narrowly missed out on. The figure comes
with the Sideshow James Bond stand that is staple in their
Bond range. The overall product is one of the strongest
figures Sideshow has produced to date.
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Pierce Brosnan - James Bond
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