Review: Bubba, King of the Zombie Hunters by Hasslefree
Okay, I admit that the folks at Hasslefree don’t actually call him the “King of the Zombie Hunters.” But when confronted with a chubby Elvis impersonator (at least one assumes he’s an impersonator) armed with a .357 and a guitar it takes a better man than I to resist the temptation to pun. I hope you can forgive me. Thank you, thank you very much…
Okay, I’ll stop now. Kidding aside, while I was originally attracted to this mini by the sheer craziness of a zombie-hunting Elvis, I was soon blown away by the incredible attention to detail that is the trademark of Hasslefree’s ace sculptor Kev White. It’s pretty much a given that with one of Kev’s figs you won’t be dealing with any weird anatomy issues like bulging heads or tiny legs. I don’t know why the human form is so difficult to model properly, but for whatever reason one seems to see more oddly mutated figures than “normally” proportioned ones.
The “King” is nattily attired in a lovingly-detailed bejeweled jumpsuit of the sort that became a trademark during the bizarre later phase of Elvis’ career. The whole chest (stretched tight over a period-correct paunch) is taken up by a gloriously odd smiley-faced sun design that really captures the wretched excess that defined the look of the era. Throw in a huge ornate belt, some bangles down each leg and some huge bellbottoms and you have a pitch-perfect encapsulation of the “Vegas” King.
The amazing detail extends to the head and face as well. From the slight bulge of a neck wattle to the swoop of his trademark pompadour and vast sideburns, Bubba is the very image of the King. Even the famous sneer is perfectly captured.
Just about my only complaint about Bubba is the positioning of his gun hand. The weapon is sort of flopped out away from his body in a strange and unnaturally limp-wristed pose. It doesn’t seem to fit with the way he’s holding the rest of his body, and it doesn’t seem to be caught in mid-motion or anything. It just looks odd to me. If I were a better hand at conversions it would be childsplay to reposition the lower arm and hand just a few degrees, but since I’m pretty ham-handed with that kind of thing I decided to just deal with it since it really is a minor issue.
One tiny quibble aside, I flat-out love this fig. He’s so incredibly characterful that any gaming group will be hard-pressed to resist doing Elvis shtick the minute he hits the tabletop. Whenever anybody sees my collection of zombie hunters for the first time, Bubba is inevitably the one they pick up first. Add in the incredible attention to detail in both anatomy and clothing and you have a solid winner that belongs in any zombie junkie’s collection.
Pros: Great anatomy, Amazing attention to clothing detail, It’s a zombie-fighting Elvis!
Cons: Odd gun positioning
Final Verdict: 5/5
MSRP: 4 GBP
Popularity: 13% [?]
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