Saturday, 26 November 2011

Resident Evil Figure Prototypes

I never find any bargins on eBay. Mainly just common figures with ridiculous price tags and rare figures with even more ridiculous price tags. So, I was searching for Resident Evil action figures as I usually do and I come across this:

This is the prototype model for the Palisades Jill Valentine resin that came out years ago.

I'm pretty sure this has been on eBay for a while now, I've just never really thought to mention it. It's an absolutely gorgeous figure and it's such a shame that it's just a prototype.

The prototype is on the left and the mass produced version on the right. Just look at the difference! The face on the prototype is stunning! As well as her skintone and the overall paint job. To be fair, the released version is an ok figure but compared to this it just looks awful. It's just such a shame so many changes were made, the prototype really does look like Jill.

Also, that price tag. I know she's probably the only one in existance but £1,420.82? Dayam.

Here we have Leon, not bad. Not amazing either.

I really don't like this one, it's ugly as hell and has a weird pose. According to the listing, this was a scrapped first sculpt of the Palisades Series 2 Claire Redfield. I'm glad it was scapped, I prefer the final release.

Now this would've been cool. Two resin figures were to be released (one of Claire and one of Leon) and when put together would have recreated this scene. Claire was made but unfortunately Leon wasn't T_T (though, these might also have been prototypes for action figures instead. I'm not sure I'm just guessing here).

However, I'm glad Claire didn't end up looking like his. I don't know what was up with that face sculpt but it just looks terrible. According to the listing, Palisades originally wanted to release the Claire statue in this varient, without her jacket, but Capcom weren't having any of it and rejected the idea.

Personally, I like her jacket, as sexy as she is without it. :p

Oh, and there was also this little gem:

A Barry Burton action figure. Because one didn't exist, some guy made his own and now it could be yours for just £2,200!! What a bargin!

I bet you some insane collector will buy this and then some company like Hot Toys will release a Barry Burton figure. Just you wait.

Blurry photos ftw! The pictures are so bad it's hard to tell how bad this figure actually is. Or if it's even good. I like the hair and beard though.

The S.T.A.R.S. badge is pretty cool too.

Sure, I'll happily give you more money than you're asking for. I mean, this is an absolute bargin!

And the questions are the best part, especially that bottom one.

I can understand some custom figures going for a lot of money but generally I don't see modified Action Man/Ken dolls going above £100. I just find this figure somewhat creepy, the blurry dark pictures with the black eyes do not help in the slightest.

Oh and also, I wanted to link this:

Good Smile Company have posted a few tips on how to recognise the increasing amount of bootleg figures in circulation.

Bootleg Warning

Remember: be careful what figures you buy at conventions and on eBay as they're the most likely places to find them. If the price is too good to be true then it's probably a fake. ^_^


  1. I have the Leon upainted statue prototype, and i let it just near the Claire they released,perfect!

    I have a friend collector who has the Claire statue prototype without jacket, very nice too, and the base was soo nice, too bad they changed their plan...

    1. Wow, that's awesome, I'm so jealous! How do you come across all your prototypes (I've noticed you have a few)? eBay?

      I'd love to own a prototype, especially that Jill one above. She's gorgeous.

      (Btw, I love your site. It really helped me figure out which figures I needed when I started collecting again ^_^)

    2. Thanks!
      I have 50-60 prototypes in total.
      Figures, statues, cancelled products...
      I just love prototypes, Palisades did such a nice job on resident Evil, too bad they're not on business anymore...

      How did i get them?
      A few on E-bay (many years ago palisades sold their prototypes on e-bay, was good old days...), but i got most of others from other collectors and from ex-employees of Palisades.

      I have the Jill vynil prototype, but regular size, not the big one shown here.
      The big prototypes are so nice, the Wesker one is perfect 0_0

      (Thanks, glad it can help people in their collection, i just realized i haven't post a lof of prototypes in the "prototypes" section of my site, have to do it soon!)

    3. 50-60?! Wow, that's amazing! And yes, please do! I'd love to see the prototypes you have. I like comparing them with the released product to see how much has changed. ^_^

      I know, it's a shame about Palisades, they were my favourite action figure manufacturer.

      I hope your collection continues to grow. ^_^