It is the title character in Stephen King's 1986 horror novel It. The character is an ancient cosmic evil which preys upon the children of Derry, Maine, roughly every 27 years, using a variety of powers that include the ability to shapeshift, manipulate reality, and go unnoticed by adults. During the course of the story, It primarily appears in the form of Pennywise the Dancing Clown. King stated in a 2013 interview that he came up with the idea for Pennywise after asking himself what scared children "more than anything else in the world", and feeling that the answer was clowns. King thought of a troll like the one in the children's tale "Three Billy Goats Gruff", who inhabited a sewer system. The character was portrayed in its Pennywise form by Tim Curry in the 1990 television adaptation, in the 1998 television adaptation by Lilliput, and by Bill Skarsgård in the 2017 film adaptation and its 2019 sequel It Chapter Two, which was released on September 6, 2019. This particular bust is based off of Skarsgard’s portrayal in IT Chapter 2!
It was a great mini-series in 1990 and a great movie in 2017, and 2019 respectively. The performance that Skarsgard gave was unbelievable. Bringing both humor and more so a chilling presence to the screen. Diamond Select Toys has been pulling out all the stops with their Pennywise statues, and there still going strong. I already have the full body statue with him holding the red balloon, and the new Jack in the Box design as well. Well last night I received the newest incarnation. A ½ scale resin bust of Pennywise from IT Chapter 2, and I gotta say its fantastic.
Perfectly sculpted to look like Bill Skarsgard did in the new films this is terrifying. The big almost dome like head that filters down into the slightly puffed out cheeks giving way to that evil smile that shows off the bucked teeth he uses to eat people with. He’s designed to look dirty, like his makeup has been through the ringer a bit. He’s a ghastly white but not overly bright. There are shades of a faint grey, almost light brown smeared throughout to really give him a dirty look. The massive forehead is full of wrinkles and various frown lines to the extent it looks like a cracked globe in spots. He has the same wrinkles around his eyes and cheeks as well, which makes sense as he technically is very very old to say the least his hair is the trademark bright orange that sticks out at the sides, and has a curl with an almost upward point at the top. It’s all etched throughout to give it a realistic, yet still sleek look. It’s very bright so it sticks out and definitely draws attention to the piece. The red makeup lines above the eye, on the tip of the nose, and running from under the eyes to connect to the mouth are all there. It’s a very haunting face to say the least, and it captures the film version perfectly.
Moving down we get into the outfit, or in this case the neck itself. Now I am not exactly sure what to classify this costume as, so after doing a lot of reading it seems to be a combination of Victorian, Elizabethan, Medieval, Renaissance eras combined to create a doll costume. The outfit is movie accurate to say the least, and incredibly filthy. You can see the dirty white, almost light brown ruffle collar that has an amazing amount of detail to it. Fully sculpted with etched in lines and wrinkles for each layer as well as shaded to give it a 3D look that really pops out at you. I love the old weathered look it has to it. It just adds to the creepy factor. Its also very very large to say the least. This pic does not do justice to how massive it is. It really sticks out overtaking the majority of the base. It’s a great way to give the piece a 3D look and feel
The back shows a lot of the little detail that went into this one. From all the layers in the ruffle on the collar to the stitching, and the general filthiness this is a highly detailed piece. The giant ruffle collar is gorgeous to say the least. It’s a massive part of the outfit. Each layer sculpted and lifted up, it’s a giant piece of the outfit. I love the Victorian Era seam going straight down the back. Etched in to look (and actually feel) like a real seam it’s a large part of the back and looks really impressive when you see the detail that went into it. The back, as you can see is just as dirty as the front, and just spot on in terms of the look of the film counterpart. I also love how the giant mound of orange hair is all fully sculpted and etched to look almost real. Using such a bright orange for the hair, combined with the dirty white almost grey collar really makes everything come to life on this one.
The base is simple, as on all busts. This one is a great little concepts however as it’s a broken sewer pipe. A dirty grey pipe with lots of cracks and lines sculpted throughout. Its even got a big gaping hole right in the center where the front of the head is. That to me is a great touch as it gives you the impression Pennywise is breaking out of the sewer. Everything is painted and shaded to give it a really dirty look. It’s also a good nod to the film as in not only part 1 but part 2 as well the Losers Club battles Pennywise in the old sewer system in town. It’s a perfect choice to accent this piece and something very different to help it stand out.
I love all the IT stuff Dimond Select is putting out and this is no exception. Its right next to all my other Pennywise items. Now this one is very limited. Only 1000 of thee were made so act fast and order before they are gone. IT fans, and horror fans will want to add this one to their collection now!
Overall 5 out of 5 Stars!
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