ISUV-002 “Alexander” is a 54mm scale white metal figure sculpted by Ho Seo. The figure depicts the character of Alexander the Great as portrayed by Colin Farrell in Oliver Stone’s 2004 movie “Alexander”.
As we begin the review proper I feel I should reiterate that this figure depicts the movie character, and not the historical personality. As such there are naturally historical inaccuracies in this figure, and as such any historical criticism should be levelled at Hollywood rather than the talented sculptor, Ho Seo.
Alexander is dressed in a style akin to a Companion Cavalry officer. Under his white thorax (cuirass) he wears a white long-sleeved outer tunic. Clasped at his right shoulder, he wears a white Macedonian cloak (chlamys).
On his feet Alexander wears boots that resemble modern infantry boots rather than the cavalry boots worn throughout Alexander’s cavalry (the latter consisted of a soft leather lining “sock” held in place by a strap-work over-boot with a heel and sole).
Tucked under his right arm he holds his helmet. It is interestingly styled in the form of a lion’s head, with two white feather plumes and a central red horsehair plume. It is an excellent reproduction of the helmet worn by the lead actor in the movie.
Hanging at his left hip, Alexander carries curved sabre (presumably a kopides).
ISUV-002, cast in white metal, comes in a kit form consisting of ten pieces. The figure is shipped in a hard cardboard box with the pieces securely sandwiched between two pieces of foam.
The figure consists of the following pieces: head and torso; legs and tunic skirt; cloak; left arm; right arm and helmet; curved sabre; horse hair plume; two feather plumes; and base.
The head and torso are very nicely sculpted. The face bears a striking likeness to Mr. Farrell and the swept back hair is realistically textured. The thorax is well detailed, with a plate across the chest clearly bearing the face of an ancient deity, and individually sculpted scales around the abdomen. Other fine detail include: the piping and small plates on the shoulder straps of the thorax; the clips that link the thorax and the shoulder straps; and the cloak clasp on the right shoulder.
Sadly my sample had a very fine seam line running the length of the left cheek, as well as at least two across the top of the head across the strands of hair. Due to the positioning of these lines modellers will be hard pressed to remove this without damaging either the face or strands of hair. Apart from these two glaring problems, this piece had a few more seam lines. Fortunately these will not be visible when the figure is full assembled.
The two legs are sculpted together with the lower tunic. Once again Ho Seo demonstrates some fine sculpting from the leather strips around the waist to the laces on the cavalry boots. If I could fault the sculptor on one thing here it would be that in my opinion the legs lack enough muscle definition.
Once again the casting disappoints. Casting seams run the length of the back and front of both legs and boots. I also found a particularly rough spot of casting below the left thigh. Modellers will have to use an extremely fine grit sandpaper to remove these lines.
The right and left arms, the right arm holding the helmet, are masterfully sculpted. The folds in the sleeves flow and gather nicely. The helmet, however, is what shows one just how talented this sculptor is. The detail on it is quite striking. Sadly, I have to say, the same cannot be said for the cast. In this case it appears as if the two halves of the mould itself were misaligned.
The cloak is fairly well sculpted. I say fairly well because on dry-fitting it does not appear to have a natural drop from the figures buttocks, but rather appears to protrude outwards to the rear. That said the folds are nice sculpted. The seams on the cloak were very fine, and easily removed. But what does detract are the two rather large casting blocks left on the shoulders of the cloak.
The sabre is pretty basic, as were all weapons of that period. Apart from the casting block right at the point of the weapon, my sample appeared to have lost the guard along the way. I cannot be sure if this was a casting problem, or a handling issue. That said it will be partially covered by the cloak and left arm of the figure.
The three plumes, consisting of two feathers and a horsehair plume, have very fine detail. One can see the sculptor went to great effort to texture them. These items had varying amounts of flash, but it is nothing a sharp blade and fine grit sandpaper will not remove.
Not much can really be said about the base. It has the correct texture and appearance of rocky ground. Although the figure stands easily on it, I would have preferred a more defined foothold for the raised left foot.
This figure, by way of its sculpting, has the means to be a very nice figure. In fact, my wife identified the figure as Mr Farrell immediately. Unfortunately the casting has let it down. Poor casting aside, this figure will make a nice addition to the collection of any movie or Colin Farrell fan.
A fantastically sculpted figure of the movie character, which is sadly spoilt by disappointing casting.
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About Rudi Richardson (Tarok) FROM: VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA
I'm a former Managing Editor of the Historicus Forma historical figure modelling website. While my modelling and history interests are diverse, my main figure modelling focus lies in Sci-Fi, Pop-Culture, Fantasy, Roman and WW2 German subjects. I'm a firm believer that armour and vehicles accessorise...