Height: This will vary between 6-7 inches depending on the stance you choose. It appears that the stance with the Railgun pointed in the air is the tallest, adding another half inch or more to the total height.
Width: The base is 3.5 inches wide. However, the overall statue will be slightly wider, again, depending on stance chosen. It appears the stance with the sword drawn is the widest, adding another half inch or more to the total width.
Cost: $89.99 U.S. dollar
Okay on with the pics! (As always, click to make bigger)
While this next pic isn’t the model itself (it’s the small one), it shows you how the layers separate. If you want to put the statue back in to box with the styrofoam, I suggest numbering the styrofoam pieces as you take them off, so you know how they go back together again. Each styrofoam piece is laser cut to fit the statue snugly between them. That’s very good packing on the part of Sandboxr!
Here’s the model itself. This Spartan measures 6.25 inches tall by 3.75 inches wide. If you’re wondering which armor/helmet I chose, the armor is Hellcat armor, while the helmet is the Cypher Voynich helmet. I used Coal as the primary color and the darkest yellow (apologies that I can’t remember the actual color name of that ATM). The black color you see is part of the default pattern for the Hellcat armor.
As you can see, the Halo 5 Guardians banner is prominently display at the front of the base.
Now let’s look at closer up shots!
As you can see, the model has a bit of a shine to it. This is actually part of the binding chemical used to help fuse the model together. So the shine is a cool by-product of the chemical.
If you look close enough, you can see the layers here. The material used is a form of polystone. While plastic could have been used, I was told by the owner himself that the current available plastic doesn’t have enough of the vibrancy of color that they wanted to use, so they went with polystone instead.
This shot shows the layers a bit better. There is a TON of detail here folks. Oh, I should point out that the layers are not that noticeable when viewed at arm’s length, which is about the minimum one would likely display their model.
The texture you may be noticing is from the polystone.Plastic may have been smoother, but again, wouldn’t have the vibrant colors. It was a decision that Sandboxr had to really consider.
Overall evaluation: The amount of detail overall is great. The shine to the model does not detract from it. You may find the shine to not be as even throughout on your model, so keep that in mind. The only thing I’m a little disappointed with is the texture. I would have liked a smoother model. But again, since Sandboxr is using polystone in 3-D printing, this is the best that can be achieved with this material at this point in the technology.
Value: At $89.99 this may seem a little pricey with the model being only 6-7 inches tall. One thing I want you to consider though is that there is no other company out there producing individual Spartans. You can choose from ANY of the armor and helmets you have unlocked as well as ANY of the primary and secondary colors, not to mention visor color as well. That is something truly remarkable. As a one-off in this case, you are likely to have the ONLY version of this spartan to ever be made. Let that sink in… It is one-of-a-kind. So for that, as well as the great detail and color, I think this is a good value.
Rating: I give this 9 out of 10 stars. The reason for the point off is just for the texture. Again though, at normal display distances, you won’t notice this as much, if at all.
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