An Afternoon Spent With $350 Worth Of Lara Croft

You know you're about to unwrap something expensive when a box that you know contains a Tomb Raider collectible needs to be carried into my house by two people.

Sideshow's new Lara Croft piece, announced last year but only just recently released, depicts the classic character as she appeared in 2010's Guardian of Light (read our review here).

Which was a while ago, sure, but thanks to licensing the toy world can be a slow-moving one. And besides, this is Lara Croft, not some one-game wonder. It's not like she has to be tied to a single timely release.


- 1x Lara Croft (comes partially disassembled), 1x base


This is a polystone statue. If you don't know what that means, it means you've got some tradeoffs to consider. The positives are that it's got a wonderful glow to it, especially her skin. It's also heavy in a way that you can put it down and never, ever need to worry about it toppling over.

While Lara's skin, hair, boots and Uzi are polystone, her outfit is real fabric, which on smaller figures can look a bit stupid, but on a piece this large (it's nearly 20" tall) it looks great.

I also really liked the design of the base and her pose; it's easy to make marketing Tomb Raider "sexy", but given the character they're working with here Sideshow have played it pretty straight.


OK, so polystone is a tradeoff. The negatives are that it's expensive. This statue clocks in at USD$350. It also doesn't allow for quite as much detail as you'd expect from, say, a smaller action figure, so some aspects of this - like her face and hair - look a little bland (though to be fair part of this is down to the game's particular character design as well).


OK, so USD$350 is a lot of money, but it's also standard pricing for Sideshow's Premium Format statues, so it's not like this is out of the ordinary. If you can stomach that sort of outlay - and really, it's not uncommon in the collectible world for a piece of this size - you'll be getting one of the most dynamic and colourful (not to mention big and heavy) pieces of gaming memorabilia around.

You can buy Sideshow's Lara Croft from the company's online store.


    At that sort of size you wouldn't want it made out of anything *but* Polystone. The PVC they often use for smaller, cheaper figures isn't strong enough and would immediately start to sag, and ABS would work but it's brittle.

    $350 for a 20" statue (assuming that measurement is right, it's really hard to get a sense of scale from the photos) is kind of cheap. Don't particularly like this sculpt based off the photos. The detail's there but it feels underdone.

    Fabric eh....

    *goes to find scissors*

      Time to find out how much detail they really went into here...

    Not a fan of this one but their Arthus is truly amazing. And I am not even a big WoW fan.

    Thats gotta be one of the most sterile paint jobs I've ever seen. The vegetation on the base is appalling.. for that kind of money one would expect at least some depth to the paint work.


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