The paint job on this guy might seem very basic, but the more you look at him the more detail you discover, especially on the fur. His body has been molded in dark brown, but there’s this great dry brush effect of light brown topping it off. There’s also a light gradient of brown over his chest where the hair is thinnest. This helps give the figure that spontaneous look of real fur. I also love that they used gloss on his horn and finger/toe nails. Then there’s his glowing red eyes which couldn’t look more evil.
The negative part about the Shadow Beast using Gygor’s articulation is that he’s also as limited in movement as the big ape. His head is on a ball joint, but it doesn’t have the range of movement Gygor does. The Shadow Beast can only look down slightly and can’t look up at all. His shoulders and ankles are swivel hinges. He’s also got swivel biceps, wrists, and hips while his elbows are hinge joints.
The biggest problem with Gygor, and now the Shadow Beasts, is that they gave them swivel/hinge ankles but only swivel wrists. The majority of this sculpt’s movement takes place in the arms, while the legs hardly pose at all. Cutting the swivel/hinge joint out of the ankles and putting it into the wrists would add so much to this figure’s animation. They might not have known this for Gygor, but there should have been ample time to change this for the Shadow Beast.
The Shadow Beast comes with one accessory, a giant club. The word club doesn’t really do this weapon justice though. It’s literally a tree stump. There’s some great sculpting on the outside to make it look like bark, and the top actually looks like the chopped off end of a tree. You can even count the rings! To make the weapon that much more deadly, there are some metal spikes nailed to the outside. Plus, there’s a bit of electrical tape wrapped around the end for a much more comfortable grip while cutting down on the splinters and blisters.
The biggest problem with his weapons is that he doesn’t hold them well. I know Shadow Beasts don’t usually use weapons, but this still kind of sucks since it’s made for him.
This is actually a really great figure. I think I like him even more than Gygor because he’s actually from my childhood. He’d also be a perfect army builder if it wasn’t for the fact that he’s $30. I ended up buying two of him, and I don’t regret it. But I don’t think I’d buy more without some changes. I’d like to see Matty rerelease him in his classic purple colors. Then maybe brought back one more time in black with his double-horned 200X head (In “Classics” style of course). That way we could have a nice army of these guys without them all looking exactly the same.