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Buffy The Vampire SlayerUber-Vamp mini-bust Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Mwctoys.com Review
Monday 5 September 2005, by Webmaster
Moore Action Collectibles did a series of busts before they went, well, bust, based on the popular series Angel. They did busts for Angel (modern and origin), Spike, Lorne, Cordelia, and Faith. Both Lorne and Spike actually had multiple color variants on the outfits as well.
But when MAC followed the buffalo, Diamond Select Toys stepped in to pick up where they left off. They’ve been producing figures, statues and mini-busts, and have already released 7 of their own in the same scale and style as the previous series. Rather than being based on Angel, these are based on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and have included Giles as a Fyarl Demon, D’Hoffryn, one of the Gentlemen, the Judge, Kulak, Oz and Werewolf Oz.
They have just released their eighth, the Uber-Vampire. You’ll remember this guy from the final season, when he was operating as a pawn for Caleb and the First. Following closely behind this bust should be several more, including a couple Buffy’s and a Spike.
Packaging - ***1/2
Sculpting - ***1/2
The leather tunic looks great, and the undead skin texture works perfectly. Some folks think you need to have an asymmetrical sculpt to look ugly and scary, but the ubervamp proves otherwise.
Paint - ***
Design - ****
The base is also adorned with a symbol that fans will appreciate, and connecting the bases to the characters this way is another nice touch. Although the base isn’t identical to the other bases, the style still matches up.
Value - **1/2
He’s also a limited run of 2000, but that’s probably pretty accurate for the current demand.
Overall - ***1/2
On the flip side, I’m very happy to see them keeping the monsters in the same style. UberVamp fits right in with the other monsters from both MAC and DST, and will look fantastic on the shelf next to them. The paint ops were a tad weak, but the sculpt and design make up for any slight failing.
Where to Buy - You can find them at most comic shops, or online at:
Amazing Toyz has him for $38.
CornerStoreComics has him for $38.
Alter Ego Comics has him for $38.25.
Time and Space Toys has him for $40, but if you’re a Buffy Collector Club member, you can get him for $36.
Related Links - I’ve reviewed some of the past busts:
here’s a review of the four monsters, Giles as a Fyarl Demon, the Judge, D’Hoffyrn, Kulak, and The Gentleman.
and of course, you should check out the Diamond Select site for more info.