The Jessica Rabbit Premium Format comes in a brown shipping box with your edition number written on the front. The other side has a "Welcome to Sideshow Collectibles" envelope. There is a booklet inside about the company, their offerings, and their achievements. Sideshow is known around the word for their expert work on statues, prop replicas, busts, and premium format figures. The company started in 1995 and have come from working out of a cramped garage, to a fully functioning and successful company.
Over the years, Sideshow's catalog of work includes characters from Marvel, Lord of the Rings, Alien, Predator, Terminator, Star Wars, and Disney. Even famous directors Guillermo del Torro (Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy) and Frank Darabont (Shawshank Redemption, The Walking Dead) are faithful customers.
Once receiving my Jessica Rabbit Premium Format figure, I was instantly taken back at the quality of the piece. First off, there is the box. There had been no clues to what the box would look like, and other Premium Format figures had some outstanding images for their packing box. The box for Jessica is very nicely done. There is a stunning photo of her on the front. It's outlined in a purple art-deco border with the movie logo prominently at the top. At the bottom, Jessica Rabbit finally has her own logo, in the style of the movie with slender lettering. Both sides of the box have a dark shadow of Jessica, with only the purple curtains visible behind her. The back has a big black and white closeup photo of the figure, with the movie logo in the bottom corner.
I was a little disappointed to see no photos of Jessica from the movie, or info/bio written on the back like some of their Premium Formats, however it's hard to complain about a box. The colors are rich, the printing is clean - and just the box alone gets you excited to have this piece. The only differences in the boxes between the regular and exclusive versions will be the gold and black Sideshow Exclusive sticker on the bottom left of the box, and the Edition Size sticker on the very bottom.
First out we have the penguin waiter from that memorable scene in the Ink and Paint Club. This figure comes in both the Regular and Exclusive version of the figure. The small base with the pink top is for the penguin. He has a metal peg coming out of the bottom of his right... flipper? For my figure, the flipper does not sit flat down on the base, leaving a bit of a gap as you can see. It really is not too big of a deal by looking at it - you can't really tell. The peg did take some work getting in and out of the slot, so while the fit is tight, it should be fairly secure on the base.
The top part of the base is a translucent white hard plastic. In the very center you will see the slot were Jessica will stand. It is square shaped so that can effect the placement of the light switch, but it does not make any other difference. The boarder around the stage is pink. Around the base they have sculpted a design which mimics the archway of the Ink and Paint Club stage. The button for the light is cleverly disguised by the dark bottom trim. It's a simple push-button switch. The stage does glow very well and quite bright. I have been reading some complaints that the white part of the stage has a bubbled texture. I had noticed it on mine as well. I thought there was a clear plastic film, but it didn't seem like there was anything to remove. Some are saying there IS a film on here that you can peel off. *UPDATE* There IS a plastic film over the top of the stage to be peeled off.
Finally - there's the Jessica figure herself. I was surprised by the weight of the figure. It feels sturdy and is very well put together. The paint colors are all correct. People complained that the dress was too red. This is something commonly done with Jessica. Her dress is normally a maroon color, but often gets changed to red and sometimes red glitter. Still, the red here is very bold and looks great for the figure. The difference between a statue and a premium format are details like the real clothing. Jessica's dress is a very lightweight material, which you don't get the impression of from seeing it in photos. Her gloves and shoes are painted in a slightly pearlized finish, and there is gloss paint on her lips and possibly her eye. She does have two eyes and you can slightly see the other one behind the hair. From top to bottom there is some slight shading work to the hair, skin and gloves. They even have a gold painted earring.
There weren't any noticeable gaps or paint slop on mine. So far, a couple of people have gotten a figure with some imperfections like missing paint or scratches. The only issue I could see with mine is I noticed the heels of her shoe are much closer to the bottom of her shoe than on other figures. Even as picky as I am, it's not something that bothers me.
With all that information to absorb, if you got the figure or are planning to, there are some things you will need to look out for when you open and set her up for display. There are no challenges with the Penguin waiter that I could see other than the tight fit of the peg into the slot, so be careful of his flipper feet when placing it in there.
It's been a long time since we were first teased with these images. It was well over a year ago that the Jessica Rabbit Premium Format Figure was revealed. At the 2011 Comic Con Jessica made her full debut and people were amazed how well they captured her likeness. I have to say, there is nothing quite like seeing it in person. The details are great, adding in touches like the rock in the scotch glass, the light up base, and even a purple thong. Sideshow captured not only the vibrancy of the colors, but the essence of the character as well. Jessica's face FINALLY looks like Jessica. The impossible body proportions are almost magically recreated here in three dimensions. The work on this piece is far beyond anything I've seen or ever owned.
The figure has some minor issues like the glitter, dress hem, and the tight peg - but it's clear to see that Sideshow Collectibles really put in time and effort into the Jessica Rabbit Premium Format Figure.