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Friday, September 4, 2009

Figure Review: Sideshow Gandalf the Grey

All Lord of the Rings fans need no introduction to Gandalf the Grey. One of the most iconic characters in the Lord of the Rings world of Middle Earth, Gandalf plays a key role in the fight against the Dark Lord Sauron and his legions of Orcs.

This 1/6 scale figure of Gandalf the Grey was released by Sideshow Collectibles sometime around the 3rd Quarter of 2008.


Gandalf came packed with a reasonable amount of accessories. These include his iconic Glamdring Sword, 2 Wizard Staffs (one with a crystal, the other without) and a Haversack. In addition, the Sideshow Exclusive Edition also comes with a 1/6 scale Balin's Journal.

And of course, Gandalf comes suited in his usual wizard outfit complete with wizard’s hat, robe and a cloak. Extra sets of interchangeable hands for different poses are also included.

Head Sculpt

The head sculpt of Gandalf is stunning. The likeness to the actor who portrays Gandalf in the 3 Lord of the Rings films is undeniable.

The color painted on the head sculpt is good and gives a very realistic overall skin tone.

(Note: The pictures taken by me and posted here do not accurately depict the figure's actual quality due to poor lighting control during the photo taking.)

Overall Figure

Overall figure poseability is good. Although my Gandalf’s base body does not come with joints as tight as I would like them to be, they are good enough for the figure to be able to hold its poses well.

Another plus point is that the figure can basically stand on its own without the need for a figure stand.

Overall Rating

This is a wonderful figure. Not only is it screen accurate but the reasonably large amount of accessories included in the package gives a collector no reason to complain. On top of all these, consider the great tailoring job and good choice of fabric materials for the outfit and we have an awesome 1/6 scale Gandalf.

Therefore, a high rating of 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5) is a fair award for this figure.

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