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Product Review: MONDO’S Hitchcock drives us “Psycho”

Sunday, September 24, 2017 | Sunday, Bloody, Funday

MONDO dives head first into the 1/6 scale 12-inch figure with their take on the iconic director of the classics PSYCHO (1960), THE BIRDS (1963), AND REAR WINDOW (1954), to name a few. The good news: ALFRED HITCHCOCK continues to make a big impression in a diminutive size.

Let’s unravel this 1/6 scale, Alfred Hitchcock collectible. A shortage of paper in China, used for the box that houses the figure, caused a slight delay in release. The box in question is a standard figure box in the black (noir) colour scheme. Hitchcock’s iconic facial logo is located on the front, with a shadowy likeness of the icon in his director’s chair. A Hitchcock signature and Mondo’s logo lettering (in small font) run down either side of the box and there’s a Velcro flap which, when opened, allows you to view the figure (through a transparent plastic window), without even having to open up the box.

I open the top of the box and pulled the transparent clam shell which houses Mr. Hitchcock, revealing several accessories (more on this later).

Once the top portion of the clam shell casing is removed, I carefully pull the plastic bag off his head so as to not disturb him (he looks to be in a very unimpressed mood).

First thing I notice is that it’s very light in weight. The next thing that stands out is the head sculpt paint; it’s remarkably spot-on and really sells the figure. The hair looks textured and has layering of different coloured grays – a great and lifelike detail. 

The facial features are spot on and no one will ever question who it’s supposed to be. The hands have wrinkles and are a tinge bit chubby, which also matches the figure well.

MONDO has given this creation many points of articulation, especially at the shoulders, elbows, knees, and ankles.  There is limited movement at the hips but, that being said, it’s easy to pose the figure without its base. 

The tailored suit is meticulously crafted, with snap buttons located on the coat that make it easy to remove. There are also open pockets where you can place cigar accessories (if you feel so inclined). The suit doesn’t have that tailored Hitchcock feel, but it may grow on me and looks better when the figure is seated. I also found that taking the coat off gave the figure a more realistic feel.

As for the accessories, I love that MONDO provided many pieces to accompany the figure, from a raven to a clapboard (check the date and cameraman written on the board). There are two sets of hands included, which snap on and off very easily. The iconic knife from Psycho is also included, and for some reason fits in one of the hands perfectly. There are two cigars included, one lit and one untouched (because Hitchcock loved his cigars). I couldn’t get them to stay in his hands so I shoved them in a breast pocket.

The last items included are a director’s chair (with Hitchcock lettering), which folds neatly into place, along with a stand and base, which are somewhat superfluous as the figure looks better standing on his own.

Overall I really enjoy what artists Trevor Grove and Michael Norman developed here. It’s not an easy task to take on one of the most iconic directors in a 1/6 scale figure. They nailed it perfectly with the head, paint, and accessories, my only quibble is that the suit may have needed a little more tending to. Still, I hope this opens up the door for more 1/6 scale figures from Mondo as they have an obvious knack for quality.

Price: $185 (USD) on sale now
Artists: Trevor Grove, Michael Norman
License: Alfred Hitchcock
Material: PVC/ABS/Fabric
Size: Approx. 12″/30.50cm in height

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Chris Hammond
As an avid horror fan and collector of horror merchandise for over 3 decades, I've had the chance to meet and write about some of the finest artists from all over the world. I've written for multiple websites on the art and collectible front. I've lived and nurtured the horror bug within me every since I viewed my first VHS rental of John Carpenter's Halloween.
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