Leonidas was a 5th century B.C. Spartan military king who bravely led a small force of Greeks – mostly Spartan (the famous 300), but also Thespians and Thebans – against the much larger Persian army of Xerxes, at the pass of Thermopylae, in 480 B.C. during the Persian Wars.
Sideshow Collectibles is proud to present the Leonidas statue from ARH Studios. The famed Spartan hero, braced for battle, comes to life in this high quality, finely detailed polystone statue. Product Type: Statue; Product Size: 19.5" H (495.3mm); Product Weight: 14.00 lbs (6.35 kg)
Standing 19.5 inches tall, spear and shield at the ready, the Leonidas statue from ARH Studios makes an impressive addition to any collection. The Leonidas Statue features: Alternate Display Option (Removable magnetic chest armor). Sideshow Exclusive: Variant costume featuring black crested helmet, skirt with black detailing, and shield pierced with arrows.
This looks to be a more accurate depiction of King Leonidas as he was at the battle of Thermopylae, where few stood against many. No retreats, no surrender, no regrets. A man became a legend, and two thousand years later that legend becomes a collectible resin statue!
Frank Miller's 1998 comic book 300, presents a fictionalized version of Leonidas and the Battle of Thermopylae, as does the 2007 feature film adapted from it.
In Frank Miller's version of the Spartans, the warriors didn't need any chest or body armor, preferring to go into battle completely topless except for a piece of loin cloth; and they looked real good doing it as well haha
Check out the close-ups of this Sideshow Collectibles Exclusive Edition ARH Studios Spartan King Leonidas PREVIEW
The basic elements of the ancient Greek Spartan body armor consisted of a shield (hoplon, from which comes the name hoplite for the Greek infantryman), helmet and a cuirass or breastplate.
Made from a combination of materials including iron and bronze, the shield could be very expensive (as much as the equivalent of a modern car, according to some experts). The Spartan Lambda Shield bears the Greek letter "Lambda", the fearsome symbolf of the Spartans!
Sideshow Exclusive: Variant costume featuring black crested helmet, skirt with black detailing, and shield pierced with arrows.
Personally I much prefer my Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece Series MMS114 1/6th scale King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) 12-inch collectible figure from the 2006 movie "300" :) and I got it for much less than this piece of stone ;p check out the pictures HERE