Goldfinger Pussy Galore by Sideshow Collectibles
By John Medeiros
The Bond films have become synonymous with glamour and style. Adventure, exciting stunts, beautiful women, exotic locations, fast cars and innovative gadgets have become the trademark of the James Bond films. There have been five 'Bonds' through the secret agent's forty years of film experience. The series began in 1962 with Sean Connery, followed by George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton and the current James Bond, Pierce Brosnan. Did I also mention there were beautiful women?
This past year, Sideshow Collectibles launched their "Bond Girl" line with the debut of Honor Blackman as Pussy Galore for the film, "Goldfinger". The 12" Bond line has been created with a focus on character likeness, tailored clothing, authentic looking weapons, and are packaged in special 40th anniversary collector boxes, utilizing the unique movie posters released over the past 40 years as the front cover. Each figure is a limited edition ranging from 5,000 to 10,000 units world wide.
According to the liner notes in the dolls' presentation boxes, "the powerful tycoon Auric Goldfinger has initiated "Operation Grand Slam" a cataclysmic scheme to raid Fort Knox and obliterate the world economy. James Bond (Sean Connery), armed with his specially equipped Aston Martin, must stop the plan by overcoming several outrageous adversaries. First there's Oddjob, the mute servant who kills at the toss of a hat; next the beautiful Jill Masterson, who gives new meaning to the phrase 'golden girl" and finally, sexy pilot Pussy Galore (Honor Blackman), whose romantic feelings for Bond complicate her involvement in Goldfinger's high-flying scheme."
The Pussy Galore doll uses a body with at least 29 points of articulation that I can find. Sideshow has started using a pinker color to the vinyls used in the figures and it makes a huge difference in how realistic they appear.
Her head was sculpted by Oluf W. Hartvigson and is a terrific likeness of the actress. The face paint is realistic and subtle. Her molded hair is in the correct style for the film and period. I only wish that Sideshow would start using rooted hair and wigs on their dolls. Since the Froud Faerys have wigs and the new Kate Beckinsale Van Helsing doll has gorgeous real hair, perhaps the tide is turning and we will see more figures without molded hair. The 1/4 scale Van Helsing figure will also have real hair.
She comes wearing one of her signature costumes from the film the form fitting and beautifully tailored suit are made of soft black velvet with gold lame faux cuffs. Her gold lame vest is backed with a black material and very well made. Unfortunately she comes with the black painted shoe-feet that the Buffy doll also is made with so redressing possibilities are limited.
Her accessories include a dart gun, an S&W 45 pistol and a stand with 007 logo, her name and the film title on it.
The deluxe packaging allows the doll to be removed and replaced easily. The box art features a close-up of Pussy Galore, 007 poster are and lots of bio information. A very nice "first Bond girl" to get us started. Next up..Halle Berry as Jinx!