She’s Marvel’s favorite telekinetic female hero, she’s Jean Grey, the Phoenix. Today we’re looking at a Jean Grey figure made by Sideshow with Phoenix transformation accessories. Let’s take a closer look at our heroine.
Sculpt and Design – 4 out of 5 stars
Starting at the base, Jean Grey hovers over a snowy battlefield from which rocks and tendrils of telekinetic energy emerge. Her legs are posed in a beautiful static position, one knee bent slightly, looking graceful as she waits to take off.
Jean’s arms are spread and angle slightly behind her, as if she is ready to unleash the full power of her Phoenix force. She looks over her right shoulder at the viewer with her auburn hair windswept behind her.
Overall it’s a very dramatic pose. Jean’s back is arched in such a way that makes her chest and rear end pop out dramatically. It’s a little unrealistic, but true to comic depictions of most female heroines. She’s definitely ultra-feminized in this pose, but you get the sense she could easily vaporize anyone who underestimates her.
For this figure, Sideshow has gone for the 90s era X-men suit with shoulder pads and an open cowl. The classic yellow and blue costume along with the black and red X belt buckle give her an iconic look, the kind of Phoenix we grew up reading and watching.
There are a couple of interchangeable accessories. When Jean Grey transforms into full Phoenix, there’s a unique portrait that changes her expression from placid to determined. Her eyebrows arch, her eyes turn milky, and she looks ready to annihilate her foes. Flames sprout from around her shoulders, the trademark of the Phoenix.
She also has an extra set of hands for her Phoenix transformation. Flames lick at the backs of her hands and her wrists. You just know that those flames are a warning to enemies that more fiery destruction is on its way.
Jean’s “normal” portrait is nothing to sneeze at. She may look somewhat peaceful but her eyes are fierce, letting the viewer know that she is prepared to fight if she needs to.
Especially captivating about the sculpture here is the clear delineation between the yellow undersuit and the blue accessories overtop. It’s not merely a difference of paint. The sculpt makes it clear that these are two separate pieces of material layered on top of each other. It’s particularly visible on the straps of her gauntlets.
It’s also nice to see a sculpt with details like fabric texture changes. The fabric of Jean’s costume wrinkles with the bend of her knee. There’s also obvious texture change at her shoulder and thighs.
Paint – 3.5 out of 5 stars
Starting at the top this time, the best part of the paint work here on Jean Grey is her magnificent flowing hair. Shades of brown, red, and rust work together to make a gorgeous auburn hue. Together with the color of her eyebrows, she looks like she either has the most beautiful natural hair or she just got done at the salon getting a dye job.
The paint on both the Jean Grey and the Phoenix portraits is also quite lovely. Jean’s eyes are a mesmerizing green, and her cheeks are just barely tinged with a rosy glow. Her lips are glossed and shiny — perhaps not the best for combat, but a good look for the figurine.
The Phoenix portrait turns Jean Grey’s eyes a milky white and darkens the redness on her cheeks as if the flame inside her makes her glow from the inside out. Her lips are again glossy, though perhaps not for long.
The blue portions of Jean Grey’s costume have a high gloss to them. Although it’s visually striking and makes for a nice contrast to the flatter yellow portions, it comes across a little unrealistic.
On the other hand, the yellow portions of her costume are beautifully painted, resembling a thin leather or similar fabric. The details where the fabric changes texture are painted superbly and are a credit to the artists.
The telekinetic tendrils that rise from the snowy base are rendered in a shade of pink that is very pleasing to the eye. It makes a lovely contrast with the rest of the figure, and distinguishes itself nicely from the removable flames on the other pieces.
The flames themselves are painted well with shades of orange and brown and just a hint of yellow. There’s no mistaking the namesake of this mutant.
Value – 3.5 out of 5 stars
With an original retail price of $585 for pre-order, we think this is a pretty decent value. It’s a Sideshow exclusive with an edition size of 1000 and is not yet sold out. Considering the popularity of the character and the extra pieces available, we think this is a solid addition to any collection.
● Mark Newman (Sculpt)
● Adam Smith (Mold and Cast)
● Kat Sapene (Paint)
● Chie Izuma (Paint)
● Richard Luong (Design)
Materials – Polyresin
Height: 21″ (533.4 mm) | Width: 13″ (330.2 mm) | Depth: 11.5″ (292.1 mm) | Weight: 10 lbs (4.54 kg) *
Height: 12.00″ (304.8 mm) | Width: 18.00″ (457.2 mm) | Depth: 25.00″ (635 mm) | *
24.00 lbs (10.89 kg) [Intl. 33.00 lbs (14.97 kg)]