Castlevania has long been a bit of a niche franchise that’s popular with hardcore video game fans. But that’s changing this year thanks to millions of new fans being exposed to Castlevania thanks to the Netflix series. And the timing couldn’t have worked out any better, because after debuting in the Season 1 finale of the series this summer, a fan-favorite vampire is coming in Statue form: the First 4 Figures Alucard Statue debuted at NYCC 2017!
From both sculpting and paint perspectives, this is easily among the absolute most detailed pieces that First4Figures has ever done.
There’s a rich texture on Alucard’s coat that contrasts nicely with the smoothness of his cape, and the sheer amount of paint hits this figure is going to require during production looks like it’s going to be off the charts.
One of the craziest aspects of the detailing on this figure is lost in photos taken from a few feet away—there’s actually an intricate pattern of black designs printed on the inside of Alucard’s coat! This is a detail that I think a lot of companies would have missed that I think adds a lot to the overall piece.
I thought that maybe Alucard’s left hand was missing at the convention because F4F was withholding something super-secret about it, but it turns out the hand was just left in the box during assembly for the show and couldn’t be retrieved from storage. The left hand will be holding the cape on the final statue.
I’ve heard some gripes about the base for Alucard being a bit plain, but seeing it in person, I was really okay with it. The cobblestone terrain that Alucard is standing on looks appropriate and doesn’t distract away from the exquisite detail of the figure itself.
An ornate gold rim is going to be added to the base to make it pop more, at which point I think it will win most folks over.
Overall, I think that the First4Figures Alucard is an exceptionally classy piece that’s one of the clear candidates for “Best Statue in the Show Overall” category for NYCC 2017–not just from F4F, but from any company attending.
The Castlevania Alucard F4F Statue is expected to go up for sale on the F4F website this winter, and I’ll update with official photos, ordering details and an FAQ once those become available. The Exclusive Version of Alucard wasn’t shown at NYCC, but should come with a fantastic extra accessory of some sort, since it’s confirmed that the EX item won’t be a more elaborate base.
Lots of fans have been waiting for this reveal, so let’s hear it, F4Fans: how do you like the Alucard Statue? Is this figure everything that you hoped for, and is he a “buy” as he is right now?