I have been putting this review off because I had wanted to do a video review first, but I can't find my camera and I've got a busy work life...I may as well write a review now that I've got some time.
I ordered Kili, along with his brother Fili, on March 13. They both arrived on March 24, but had to pick Kili up at the post office the next day, since my mail box wasn't big enough to fit both of them XD
Since I had never owned anything nice like these collectibles, I had decided to get both brothers :)
Where to start.....For $249, plus shipping and paying $36 in customs, I am quite pleased! The sculpt and paint jobs themselves are to be commended, and Lindsey Crummet did a bang-on job from the overall appearance down to the small details, which I will talk about later.
First of all, the statue was well-packaged. The box itself came inside a protective cardoard box with the official Weta logo, the name of which dwarf you're getting, as well as the piece number within the 1000 that I got. Mine is #853 of 1000, which seems to indicate that Kili's well bought! As Warofoz mentioned, if you're sitting on the fence, lean over and get him before he's gone :) The official packaging itself is amazing, showing pictures of Kili in different angles, along with "Kili the Dwarf" and the official Weta logo on the front. The back showed some other merchandise that you can purchase on the website. The packaging has a the same description and side story for Kili as on the website here. The bottom of the box has the edition number. The only only thing I found weird confusing was that there was no "Limited Edition" marking, like it has on Fili's box, but there was a line that mentioned Kili as being an open edition piece. I don't know if it was just a printing mistake or if they're deciding on making him an open edition piece. Hmm...
On to the statue itself, this isn't those cheap plastic figures that you find at any toy store, where the character figures barely resemble the actors and actresses they're being portrayed by. This is one fine-quality heavy polystone statue sculpted down to the smallest detail, from the outfit to the weapons, to the appearance. There definitely is a resemblance to Aidan Turner. But expression-wise, my little guy's got this poker face, not that it matters to me. The strands of hair, the grooves on his bow, the details on his shirt, vests, quiver strap, vambracers, and the fur trimmings on his coat are just a few examples of how gifted a sculptor Lindsey Crummet is with very keen eyes for these types of details. For weapons, Kili has his dagger, bow, and a quiver with 5 arrows (not counting the one he's holding, and his sword (where the handle and the tip are protruding from both ends). The arrows are quite fragile, as they are made of soft plastic, as with the string on his bow.
The dark and earth-tone paint job makes the statue look accurately realistic and alive, including the skin tone.
With the pose, it appears as if he's alerted to something and is preparing to strike. Looking at the statue from the side makes it look even more deadly, especially with the hair covering his eyes.
The base itself is as fantastic as the sculpture with the map of Erebor carved on it with just as much details of pictures, runes and scrips. There is also a realistic-looking slab of rock attached to it with a hole, where the rod under one of Kili's foot is inserted into. The bottom of the base also has the edition number, along with Lindsey Crummet's name and signature, printed on it.
Overall, I have no regrets spending the money that I did on a whim for Kili. I
I would babble on and on, but if you're a serious collector itching to add Kili to your collection, or if you love Kili and would like something that is of excellent quality, I highly recommend getting him before he sells out!