Vladimir Lenin (Ulyanov) was a communist revolutionary, bolshevik and leader of the October revolution in the Russian Empire in 1917. He was then leader of the newly formed Soviet state and his development of Marxism was called Leninism. After his death monuments in his memory were erected in almost every place in Soviet Union and many of them can be still seen in former USSR countries, like Russia, Ukraine but not only limited to them (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_statues_of_Vladimir_Lenin).
Armor35 is a resin manufacturer from Russia that was initially focused on the railroad accessories and then expanded to their own line of figures and other products. Their series “monuments” has a monument of Stalin, Soviet pioneers, Bismark and now Lenin. They are basically 75mm figures sculptured by various Russian sculptures exclusively for Armor35.
The set comes in a small cardboard box with item show on the front including the basic information about it. The sculptor of this figure is a well-known Sergey Traviansky (mastermind of Evolution miniatures) and he also did the Stalin monument for Armor35. Inside there are several zip lock plastic bags with grey coloured resin parts: oval base, torso with head, separate hands. Torso and hands come on separate casing blocks.
The sculpture is similar to other works of Sergey with great attention to detail and realistic clothing folding. The monument depicts Lenin with right hand pointing forward and another hand holds some papers. This is a classic variant of the monument and usually those papers symbolize first laws that were issued in Soviet Russia – like peace decree, land decree and so on. One of the most famous phrases from Lenin was (and still is) – “we will go another way”. The facial features of Lenin are well done as well and you can easily identify him in that monument. Style of clothes depicted is also characteristic for him and for that time period.
The casting quality is very good overall, however I had a minor defect (a line) on the left hand. This is easy to fix with a hobby knife and some polishing afterwards. The hands are casted so that they fit the torso firmly and one has to be careful not to trim the edges of the hands because they fit only if you keep them the way they are casted. Some putty and polishing would be again necessary to make the joining line invisible.
Overall, this is a very welcome resin monument which would be useful in many settings and different countries. Time period would range from the Second World War to nowadays (f.e. vandalism against Lenin monuments in Ukraine). The above mentioned minor issues should not stop anyone who would like to get such figure/monument as the sculpture is very well done and everyone can use the putty and sanding sticks.
Highs: Very useful figure/monument for Soviet era settings (diorama, vignette, anything that fits your idea).Lows: Minor amounts of putty are necessary for hands, small defect in my sample. Verdict: Recommended.