Pennywise is a shape-shifting creature known as a Glamour who is billions of years old. Although It lived on planet Earth for many years, It originated in a void/dimension outside the regions of space known as the Macroverse. Since Its true identity is unclear, due to its shape-shifting abilities and being from another universe, Its real name and species are called Deadlights, but few know this, which is why it is referred to as IT. The form of a female spider seems to be Its true physical form on Earth (or at least that is the closest thing the human mind can comprehend), living deep below the fictional town of Derry, Maine. It can morph into any other person, animal or object (including combinations thereof). This ability is useful for A) appearing as the target's loved ones or friends to manipulate them or lure them into a trap or B) appearing as the target's worst psychological fear. However, Its favorite and most common form is that of a circus performer named "Pennywise the Dancing Clown," as most small children love a clown and generally, it seems that the people in Derry happily accepted the presence of a stray circus performer.
It's real name (if indeed, it has one) is unknown. Although, several times in the novel, It calls itself by the name Robert “Bob” Gray. This may be an allusion to real-life child cannibal Albert Fish, who reportedly used the name "Robert Gray" as an alias. He may also get his first name from Robert "Bob" Bell, the man who originally portrayed Bozo the clown.
It's primary goal is to feed on humans, generally preferring children over adults since they were easier to scare and manipulate. According to the creature, frightened flesh tastes better and uses fear to "salt the meat".
Is there really anyone alive that doesn’t think the new version of IT is better than the original? I mean of course that’s a rhetorical question as it was better. Both the original miniseries and the new films were fantastic. Of course Chapter 1 is better as the kids are more interesting than their adult counterparts, but this is not a film review. I remember how people were outraged by the announcement of the remake stating the Tim Curry was so iconic in his role as Pennywise. Well, no one is saying that now as the new version knocked it out of the park. Diamond Select Toys, who if they are reading this need to make more horror statues, has just released a Pennywise statue based on the new version, but this one is different. This one is Pennywise as a Jack in the Box toy.
Lets look at the face. Perfectly sculpted to not only look like a Jack in the box Puppet, but to look like Bill Skarsgard did in the new films as well. This this is creepy. The big head and the slightly puffed out cheeks giving way to that evil smile that shows off the 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 normally ghastly white ,however as in this incarnation he looks like a puppet he’s more of a brown, almost dirty sock color if that makes sense. Colorful, but not overly bright. There are shades of a faint grey, almost light brown smeared throughout to really give him a dirty look, especially above the rim of the mouth, The massive forehead is full of wrinkles and various frown lines and tattering etched in. He has the same wrinkles around his eyes and cheeks as well, which makes sense as he technically is very old to say the least as well as a filthy puppet. His hair is the trademark bright orange that instead of sticking out like in the film is more slicked back in this incarnation. Its all etched throughout to give it a realistic, yet still a puppet look. It’s a very huge head 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. I especially love how instead of the mouth a crazy weird fangs this one has two simple buck teeth.
Moving down we get into the outfit 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. Starting at the top 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. Moving down we see the outfit. A light grey filled with black and dark grey shading inside the etched in wrinkles. The outfit is an exact match. Right down to the fluffy red buttons and red ropes around the waist and arm areas. The outfit it designed to be filthy but the red is incredibly bright. If you notice it matches the red in the face to make a perfect blend. The entire outfit is just something to behold as so much work has gone into it. Everything is bunched up, wrinkled, puffed out that you would think it’s an actual cloth outfit on the piece. This is just remarkable. Take not of the lining inside the right arm. The detail is so fine you can see the fully sculpted dirty white lining of the costume sticking out where Pennywise’s gloves are coming out. It really looks like it’s made of cloth
Looking at the side you can see Pennywises arm and also get a good look at the ropes used to tie the arms of his outfit. The proportion is fantastic as you see the bunched up material at the top that slowly gets smaller into an almost stretch look at the forearms before fluffing out again. The costume is essentially two colors not a lot of variation from other views. You also, of course get a great look at the box he’s sitting in. Dirty, scratched, almost ghastly. The old crank looks damaged beyond belief. The box is authentic, filthy, but authentic. You see the latches holding the top, and even the little red lever that makes it pop up. This is done so well that you can see how its hollowed out and shaded to it really looks like an authentic Jack in the Box and Pennywise is sitting in it. You can even see little stars on the side plate. Its adds a really nice horror element to an already scary piece.
The base is just the box itself. It looks like it was originally blue and over the years it became damaged and turned almost grey which is a great touch, not only to make it look old but give it a horror look as well. Its sculpted with dimples in the paint, scratches, etch marks, everything. I love how it had faded stars on the top and sides like a real classic box would, and the addition of a cartoon style version of Pennywise on the back and front give it a great look. I love how the drawing is made to look child friendly like this is a toy you would by at an old school dime store, but faded and creepy enough to make it look like a possessed toy of pure evil.
Overall this is an amazing piece for any horror fan to add to their collection, or any statue collector for that matter. The children’s Jack in Box touch is priceless, and really adds to the creepy factor. This is just a really cool piece, and definitely is one of the most unique items I have ever seen. I highly recommend picking one up today.
Overall 5 out of 5 Stars!
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