I have to tell you – I was dead set against picking this up – not because I don’t like the character or was disappointed in the way it came out but more because of the sheer size of this mother! True to the character, this massive statue is bigger than any of the Hulk statues that Bowen has released. Even better – it’s obviously Byrne inspired from Uncanny X-Men #140.
Classic cover and now classic statue! It’s amazing how some sculpts made in 3-D can work so well, and that’s one of the things that Bowen does better than anyone else. You would be hard pressed to find another company who can make statues of our favorite comic characters that look as though they’ve popped off the page!
Now, I told you I was pretty much resigned to not picking this up but I walked into Comically Speaking in Reading, MA and I was floored when seeing it in person. Not only did I pick it up but when I got home I instantly got busy making the perfect display. I’ve always thought that Bowen’s 1st appearance action Wolverine went well with the Smack-Down Hulk – but without Wendigo in the mix the display is missing something.
Just like the Wendigo bust (which has the greatest base ever!) the FS base is scattered with skulls. While the bust was certainly Trimpe inspired – Bowen went another direction this time, as I mentioned before, with a Byrne inspiration. But this time we at least get a peek at that HUGE tail! The tail and the mane (which was Byrne’s real contribution to this character) are probably my favorite parts of this statue.
I mentioned how large this piece is – but unless you can see it you will never fully realize what I mean. Factor in the frailty of the tail and claws – you are seeing a very rare piece. I know Bowen only released 450 of these (and when I say 450 I don’t mean 450 regular with another 450 exclusive - for all of you math illiterate people out there it means there are actually 900 statues out there, yeah – BD doesn’t play that way) and if that seems low to you – it is. If you have a chance to snatch one of these up – DO IT!
So, in closing, we are very lucky to have a company like BD doing comic statues like these and for as long as he has – because we are getting characters that I never dreamed of seeing as busts and FS. Who else thought we’d see a Ring Master bust? Not I! And a Wendigo FS!?!? So, let’s support BD – if this is not you’re cup of tea – that’s fine, you’re nuts, but that’s fine – BD has something for everyone. Check it out for yourself!
Now for a shot of the display: