The Emperor of Outworld - Shao Kahn!When it comes to iconic imagery in the world of Mortal Kombat, few symbols are as thoroughly dread inspiring as the skull-faced helmet of the conqueror of realms - Shao Kahn!

Dominant since his first in-game appearance as the final boss of Mortal Kombat II (1993); Shao Kahn has spelled punishment and brutality for all who would opposed him in the years that followed! Inspired by his most recent appearance, Syco Collectibes have paid tribute to the Emperor by recreating his likeness in half-scale bust form [under threat of unspeakable torture, no doubt]!

Fit for display in any Outworld throne room; the 1/2 scale bust stands an ominous 16" x 16", atop a base decorated in skulls and symbols. Cut-off beneath the shoulder (with full chest), this paint master highlights the inclusion of fresh battle wounds, oozing red on the left shoulder and right pectoral.

The stand-out feature of the bust is undoubtedly the samurai-inspired warlord's helmet, framed nicely by rows of spikes that adorn his iconic shoulder pads. Pierceing red eyes gaze out from beneath the helmets skull facade, recalling some of the earliest images seen in trailers for the 2011 game. Those eyes allude to an impressive extra, the fact that the helmet can be removed to reveal the rarely glimpsed face of Shao Kahn!

First revealed in the official Mortal Kombat II comic and featured extensively by Malibu Comics in their series -- the unmasked face of Shao Kahn was first introduced into the world of the games by the 2005 action-adventure spin-off, Shaolin Monks. A strong jawline compliments the masked statue without compromise, while the face beneath is spared no detail, bearing an apt expression you might call proud, or regal.

Shao Kahn is the second 1:2 scale bust in the series, following the lead of Scorpion. Cast in polystone resin, Shao Kahn will cost $249.99, with customary 20% discount purchase link alternately available.

Several of Shao Kahn's minions will receive the statue treatment, with Skarlet, Ermac and Rain in various stages of production, and Mileena already complete. Motaro will feature as a 14" sculpt to scale with the standard 10" series, selected and previewed by Mortal Kombat Online [full story]. Shao Kahn is also set to get the action figure treatment, appearing soon in deluxe format with throne playset from Jazwares [full story].

Questions about this release and many more can be asked through the official Syco Q&A; thread in the Merchandise forum. Celebrating twenty years of MK, Shao Kahn will appear in Round 2 of the most comprehensive character vote ever, as MKO asks, Who is the Supreme Mortal Kombat Champion? For galleries and updates, follow @MK_Online and like us on Facebook.