Sideshow's Armored & Prometheus Bodies

Posted: Sunday, February 24, 2008 by Shaun in Labels: , , ,

It was great to read about the new Armored & Prometheus bodies from Sideshow's Production Blog. They were jointly developed with Hot Toys.

The official spiel...
"Some great new developments are being made in Sideshow figure design to create exacting character representations, including the use of two new 12-inch male bodies! The Prometheus body, created by the Sideshow Collectibles Design and Development Team, has forms to fill out traditional garments more naturally, with smoother contours and muscle features. It also employs ball-joints at the wrists and ankles to give these areas a very wide range of articulation! The Armored Figure body, created in collaboration with Hot Toys, has a slimmer build to fit into armored costumes without looking bulky. Click on the following photo to get a closer look at the two and how they compare to our classic Art S. Buck bodies, and watch out for these new bodies in action as they’re used in some fantastic new 12-inch figures, such as our new Indiana Jones and General Obi-Wan Kenobi and many more to come!"

I think this is a great move forward for Sideshow who've been dissed time and time again for the Art S Buck bodies, which don't pose well and look quite bad. Great to see the neck joint for the new bodies will be compatible with Hot Toys heads, and I'm guessing the entire neck joint can be removed for kitbashing fun. The wrist joint on the armoured figure looks more compatible with Hot Toys hands, while the ones on prometheus look more suited for Sideshow hands.

Bottomline is, it's nice to see an American company take it's customers comments seriously, unlike others which insist on using bodies with sub-par articulation that takes away from the aesthetic aspects of a figure. Hint: The company in question touts it's figures as sixth scale, yet they turn out an inch taller than most sixth scale figs.

Anyway, if you're looking at nude bodies for kitbashing, I've some pix that you may find useful.

Medicom, BBI 3.5 and Hot Toys True Type Bodies

Barrack Sergeant Brave Body

Hot Toys Muscular Body

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