Review published: 23 December 2015
I always thought the G scale figures from POLA G, Preiser and others were (too) expensive for my liking, especially if you want to fill up your layout or passenger cars with a decent amount of people.
While casually browsing eBay for some G scale stuff, I came across some cheap G scale figures sold by eBay user ‘everestmodel’. The item description claimed the scale of their figures is ‘1:22,5 – 1:25’. The brand is listed as ‘Everest’, unfortunately I couldn’t find much more info about them outside eBay.
So I thought they’d be nice for a review, and ordered a twelve-pack of both painted and unpainted seated figures. I expected these figures to be a lower quality than the offerings from for instance Preiser, so I went for the seated figures as their possible lower quality will be less noticeable when they’re seated inside a passenger car.
I paid roughly 20 dollars for the painted and 14 dollars for the unpainted figures. In Euro’s, the total cost was about € 33. Not bad at all!
Here they are, each bag contains six figures.
Let’s look at the painted figures first. Here are the first six:
… and the other six figures:
Overall, they look quite nice. Clearly there was some good effort put in by adding different colours, but not all of them were perfect (see picture below). Not sure if this is a painting issue or shipping damage though.
Oh, and some of them have really creepy eyes, haha.
The unpainted figures have different poses from the painted figures, so if you want to put in the effort to paint some figures yourself, you can have 24 different poses. Awesome.
A mix of painted and unpainted figures side by side:
Comparison with other figures:
I had a pack of POLA G figures lying around, and to my surprise (or maybe not…) the eBay figures looked very familiar. I also checked the Preiser catalogue, and found some of the same figures in there as well. Yep, the Everest figures are clear rip-offs.
Ethical concerns aside… Let’s compare them.
Immediately I noticed the Everest figures are slightly smaller than their POLA brothers (or sisters). Also, the Everest figures have a larger diversity in colours, as for instance jackets have a different colour from the t-shirts. The POLA figures are a bit simpler, but still look good. Their skin tone is more natural, and the figures have a nice matte finish. The Everest figures have a more shiny look.
The POLA figures have no eyes, the Everest figures have creepy eyes 🙂 .
Let’s place them inside the popular Harz narrow gauge passenger coach from LGB. Both figures look good size-wise.
The POLA figure looks a lot more natural, with a well defined facial expression. The Everest figure, not so much…
The same figures, this time inside a PIKO G standard gauge ‘Umbau’ coach.
Ethical aspect aside, these cheap eBay figures are pretty nice. I would not use the painted figures in ‘exposed’ parts of my layout, e.g. sitting on a bench on a platform. I would only use them inside passenger cars, as they look pretty good in there.
Compared to the POLA figures, the Everest figures are a bit smaller. Again, if they’re seated inside a coach, you won’t notice. The POLA figures have a nice matte finish, the Everest figures not so much. They are more colourful, maybe a bit too colourful?
If you don’t mind adding a bit of colour yourself, the unpainted figures add a welcome variety of different poses.