When Chronicle Collectibles first announced that they would be producing items based on Jim Henson’s classic film, Labyrinth, there were two items that I immediately wanted to see. One is a highly detailed statue based on Jareth the Goblin King, and the other was the adorable ‘Ello Worm from early in the movie. Thanks to a collaboration with ThinkGeek, fans can now own a life size version of the ‘Ello Worm from the film! Created using the original puppet from Henson’ Studio, the ‘Ello Worm features tufts of hair, a fabric scarf and a logo base themed after a brick in the Labyrinth. The collectible statue is available for purchase now via ThinkGeek, at a price of $59.99.
Chronicle Collectibles sent along a sample of the statue for us to check out. After the jump you can see the photo shoot, as well as my thoughts on the collectible.
Jim Henson’s Labyrinth ‘Ello Worm Life Size Statue by Chronicle Collectibles
- Excellent sculpt
- Great paint work
- Perfect size to fit on almost any shelf
- Reasonably priced
- Hair can be styled
- Hard to get hair style to look like the film.
The statue is packaged in a windowless box, featuring photos of the statue, as well as screen shots and artwork from the film. The statue itself sits in a taped styrofoam tray. No assembly is required, however, the hair of the statue will likely require some grooming to be ready for display.
The statue is cast in a polyresin that gives it a nice bit of weight. The hair is acrylic (similar to a Troll doll), with a fabric scarf. That statue measures about 6″ wide, and about 5.75″ tall. If you’re a fan of the film, then you should be quite pleased with the sculpt here. Chronicle went back to the original puppet to craft this release, and the results are excellent. By bringing in acrylic hair and a fabric scarf, the Worm looks even more authentic. The logo base is handled nicely as well, with creepy puppet eyes popping out of the bricks and a nice Labyrinth logo sculpted into it. The paint work is pretty good too. While the base color of the worm is almost a light skin tone, there multiple color washes over it to add depth to the texture work. Detail lines around the eyes are crisp and clean. The only thing I’d ding this for is that the hair is a bit on the tough side to get styled properly. It looks good once you mess with it a bit, but I didn’t want to overly handle it for fear of some falling out (though that did not happen as I messed with it).
At just $60, I think this is a great piece for fans of the film. There’s so little merchandise for this classic film, so it’s great to see such care taken in bringing a life size item to fans at a budget friendly price. Check out a few select photos below and the full gallery after that.