Published on November 18th, 2013 | by James Hart14
Gordon Freeman Exclusive – Collector’s Model
Wake up Mr Freeman…
Time for something a little different here on HGR. Not strictly an “accessory”, but something fans of the Half Life series will appreciate.
Gaming Heads are a company that create collector’s models of popular game characters as well as plushie toys and other items. 2 years ago, I purchased the first in their line of Half Life 2 models, the Headcrab Zombie. Earlier this year they released the second in the series, Gordon Freeman, which on Friday finally landed through my door with a pretty heavy and large thump!
This is the exclusive model, as I have with the Headcrab Zombie. The main model consisting of base, figure and removable glasses are as standard, with the exclusive giving 2 removable hands, one with the iconic crowbar and one with a gun. All the features you know and expect from this character are there, the HEV suit, the crowbar and the geeky looking, spectacle wearing scientist looking just as he does in the game (or the promotional material at least). Being slightly pedantic, the facial features are not 100% like for like to the Half Life 2 posters, game art, etc, but it’s a high quality likeness.
It measures 20″ high, with the model slotting into a 2″ thick base, just as with the previous model. The build quality as usual is fantastic, each individual part is solid and as a whole assembled model, there is no breaking this unless you treat it with the worst of care.
I would have preferred a gravity gun instead of the SMG with the exclusive version, seeing as how it is so influential as a weapon and game mechanic, but that’s a personal preference and doesn’t detract from the product.
Finally, at just over £220, these models are clearly not your every day plastic merchandise purchase from the high street, but the price is very much reflected in the product. Putting a value on it is impossible, as they are worthless to some, priceless to others, it is a purely personal extravagance. However, considering most special editions of games these days cost over £80 to £1oo, this really isn’t all that crazy.
There’s not a great deal more to say really, this is a great addition to the series and I’m very happy with my purchase, even though everyone who I’ve told has responded with laughter! Very much looking forward to any future models…if my shelf space and girlfriend don’t put a block on it!
Gordon Freeman Exclusive - Collector's Model
Summary: Great addition to Half Life 2 model series, very happy with my purchase, even though everyone who I've told has responded with laughter!