Never in my life did I expect to purchase a piece of Crash Bandicoot merchandise—but that expectation was shattered when First4Figures announced their Activision licenses and started showing off their masterpieces. While the first resin Crash and Spyro statues won’t be arriving until next year, the PVC Crash Bandicoot Exclusive Edition went up for sale in the summer and is starting to arrive now. Is the Crash PVC up to the usual F4F standards? Read on for my review…
And unlike Link, an exclusive edition Crash Bandicoot was created to be sold through the F4F website (where he’s currently on Wait List—get on the list now if you want one)! What does this first PVC Exclusive bring to the table? Let’s take a look…
The box that arrived on my doorstep this afternoon was much like every other F4F box that I’ve received this year, which is fine by me—the sight of these First4Figure logo shipper boxes always brings a smile to my face (although the courier tried to shame me, sarcastically saying “Crash Bandicoot? That’s kid stuff!“, clearly not realizing that when it comes to collecting, I know no shame).
It probably wasn’t necessary to add the extra artwork to the sides of the inner shipping box of this piece, but as usual, First 4 Figures believe in going all-out with little touches, and the attention to detail impresses (as always).
The graphics on the Crash EX box look absolutely fantastic, with a great wooden texture across the entire box, as well as Aku Aku Masks on the sides, a Crash Bandicoot logo on the front and an image of the statue on the back.
As far as style goes, this box has it in spades and is a real treasure. Many collectors would balk about the “exclusive” part of a statue being the packaging, but when the packaging is this good, it’s tough to be a Scrooge.
The “crate” is held closed magnetically, but the flap can be folded open to show off the interior of the box, including the authentication card (two cards if you ordered on Day One!) and yet another box (covered in tissue paper) that the actual Crash Bandicoot figure is within.
The art cards look wonderful as always, and I can always use more Alex Davis autographs in my collection. I got two art cards since I ordered on Day One, while later orders won’t come with the autographed card.
I also got my first bonus “Day One” sticker, as Crash is the first First 4 Figures statue I ordered during a Day One event to arrive (Link on the King of Red Lions had a “Zero Hour” sticker, of course).
First off, let’s talk size. While this F4F Crash Statue is retailing for less than a quarter of the cost of typical First4Figures resin statues these days, that definitely doesn’t mean it’s puny. In fact, the Crash statue is about 9” tall, and doesn’t look out of place at all next to my Link on Epona Statue!
From a sculpting perspective, this figure is positively bursting with personality. The spiky hairs on his head, the wacky tongue protruding from his mouth, the crazed eyes—I daresay that this is one of the most expressive sculptures that F4F has ever released.
Although Crash Bandicoot has never had the most detailed character design around, First 4 Figures really managed to capture every possible detail on this piece. From the subtle fur texture on his back to the creases in his shorts to the bumps of his eyebrows, the sculpting detail on this statue is unquestionably top-notch.
The paints chosen for this piece are eye-poppingly colorful, and I love the bright, cheerful color scheme on Crash. Combined with the animated sculpt, the Crash PVC statue is a real attention-grabber—even in a display with larger and much more expensive pieces.
The circular black logo base for the statue is simple, yet elegant. The logo keeps it from being too plain, but at the same time the base is still simple enough to not draw attention from the actual sculpture at all. The black is also a great complement to even out the otherwise super-bright palette of Crash Bandicoot.
There was also a little brochure packed in with the statue, which gave 500 F4F Reward Points and featured silhouettes for the Spyro statue and the upcoming resin Crash Bandicoot statue. It’s a cool insert, but it’s tough to match the unbridled excitement over Rider Link and the Sheikah Slate being announced within BOTW Link’s brochure.
The only thing I don’t really like about the sculpt on this figure is that there’s one very obvious and distracting seam line running from the middle of the right side of his mouth to his armpit. It sticks out enough that I know my OCD won’t allow me to ever display the figure from this angle.
Whereas I found the Breath of the Wild Link PVC statue I reviewed in the spring to be near-perfect as far as paint deco goes, my copy of the Crash Bandicoot PVC falls just a little bit further from the proverbial bullseye of perfection.
First thing I noticed about Crash’s base as I pulled him out of his packaging was little discoloration spots in front of his shoes. They’re not big, but because the base is black, they stick out. I tried wiping them off with hot water, but to no avail—the little spots are here to stay.
There’s various other minor paint imperfections on my Crash EX as well: various places where the red and white paint bleed on each other on his shoes, a paint scratch on his right glove, the aforementioned ugly seam line on Crash’s right side, some inconsistent paint lining on his teeth where the paint went outside the lines a bit.
Overall: If I were grading the F4F Crash Bandicoot Exclusive Edition PVC solely based on packaging (which is some of the best I’ve ever seen for a statue) and sculpting, he’d be an ‘A+’ easily. However, I’ve got to factor in the minor paint inconsistencies and the seam on his right side, which bring him down a notch.
Even so, I think this is a fantastic PVC Crash Bandicoot figure for the price-tag, with some of the best presentation I’ve ever seen from a statue company packaging-wise. This figure is both fun and fantastic-looking—he’s just not quite at the level of perfect that I’m used to from resin First4Figures statues and the previously released Link PVC. If you like Crash, however, this is easily the best piece of merchandise for the character that’s ever been released to date. Highly recommended.