My collectible interests come and go, often in fits and bursts. The length of those bursts varies greatly (I had a strong two months of intense dinosaur collecting, while my Godzilla phase lasted nearly 15), with a very small group of exceptions: those things I seem to always come back to. Amongst them are Batman, Darth Vader and Lara Croft. I never played the original Tomb Raider games, but I was aware of the character. I saw, and mostly enjoyed, the first movie. I even find the sequel, "The Cradle of Life", to be fairly entertaining (if I don't stop and think too much), and I think Angelina Jolie seemed to really step into the role much more solidly. That was about the extent of my Tomb Raider experience. Nevertheless, I had accumulated quite a decent collection of figures.
That all changed when I caught I decent deal via ebay. So, here she is. After a decade of waiting, I've finally added SOTA's "Wetsuit" statue to the collection...
Let's get this out of the way first: the face is "off". It's not ugly, or sloppy, or anything like that, it's just not quite "Angelina Jolie". I was trying to figure out why, when my daughter walked in, took one look and said, "Her eyes are too small." Hit the nail on the head. I put the 6" figure beside the 10" statue, and what do you know? The eyes are nearly exactly the same size. So, yeah, maybe that's it? I think she could also do with a better sense of shading and eyebrow detail. But the hairline is better than on the action figure, and (like I said) it's not necessarily "unattractive", just not quite Angelina.
The rest of the sculpt seems to be proportioned pretty accurately. There's a nice level of detail to the hair and braids, as well as on the shoulder light.
The wetsuit itself retains those weird rib lines running over the torso and legs. Maybe the actual prop had those lines, but they certainly aren't as pronounced as SOTA made them on the statue or action figure (I have a comparison picture with the movie poster that this statue's pose is based on at the end - I can't see those lines on the suit).
The splashing water effect of the base is cute, if not a bit amateurish. I like the attempt, and it's not terrible, just not very "water-like". The rest of the base has come intricate detailing inscribed along the outside, and the golden "Lara Croft Tomb Raider The Cradle of Life" imprint.
The "Wetsuit" statue is a nice representation of Angelina Jolie's Lara Croft from The Cradle of Life. It stays largely faithful to the movie poster, and does a decent job of capturing the likeness and look of the character and actress. It's not what I would consider a "high-end" collectible, by any means, but it is a step up from the 6" action figure. It's a nice companion piece in the display, and is well worth what I paid for it. I won't be comparing it to, or displaying it with, the Gaming Heads version I currently own, or the one I have on pre-order, but with her other SOTA sisters, this Lara is just fine.