I didn’t do a Best/Worst list for 2010, not because there wasn’t enough things released but, because I didn’t want it to seem like I was picking on Sideshow. SS released 2 Hulk pieces this year – and BOTH missed the mark, in my opinion. The problem is simple, really – the Sculptor’s are missing the mark on the most important part of any Hulk sculpt.
See, any sculptor worth his weight in clay has a good understanding of anatomy – and sculpts it enough it becomes almost second nature – that’s the easy part. The hard part, and also the part where artistic interpretation comes into play. Let’s start with the first release – the Life Size Hulk Bust:
Ultimately, with both the Legendary Scale and Life Size Busts SS decided to go with the Hulk bearing a full set of chompers. This isn’t the best expression to go with – yet they have now done it twice! Not to mention, if you look at the brow – he’s doesn’t look angry exactly! What were they going with then? Content? Constipated? I think he certainly fits the latter. We don’t need an angry Hulk though – that would be fine – if it still looked like the Hulk! The other main issue with this bust is the tiny little nose they gave him. There is no bridge at all to his nose – it is squished in between his eyes! Even worse? This huge mutha retails for $500. That’s right – you have to spend a ridiculous half a grand to get a huge bust that hardly even looks like the Hulk! If you check ebay – for an auction that ISN’T a BIN – you will see that these pieces usually tops out at about $300. So now we are left with a piece that is flawed in the sculpt and in price. I am happy I never picked this one up – my instincts were spot on here – I think in the future we will see this piece go even lower.
SS other release was the comiquette. While most collector’s agree that the LSB is a disaster – the comiquette is more of a heated debate. There are collector’s out there that feel this piece will de-throne the PF as the king of Hulk collectibles – I strongly disagree. I think there are a few issues with this piece – starting with the face. The face makes or breaks a Hulk statue – and this one is a little too Alfred E Newman for me. Some even say Mike Tyson – I don’t give it that much credit. The pose is another issue - get that he’s supposed to be landing from an enormous jump – but he looks more like he’s slipping on a banana peel. Not to mention that there is obvious anatomy problems – the head is too tiny – the fists are too big – and he has love handles. There are just too many issues to ignore with this piece – and again SS is asking almost $400 for it. Never mind that the exclusive is a print – that statue is the same, it just comes with a color copy of the original artwork. I think the most glaring issue is the mid 90′s army buzz cut that the Hulk is sporting. Ugh – it’s just too ugly! Like I said, time will tell if this Hulk will increase or decrease in value – my money is on losing value over time. What do you think?
Now – this being a fan site – I decided to get another perspective on the comiquette. An avid Hulk collector – who I would love to showcase his collection one day – he has the best customs! – Well, he bought the Comiquette for its sculpt and pose. He customized his – take a look: