The Good: There is a great 1:1 bust done as a commission – and some of them pop up on ebay from time to time. This sculpt is so impressive that Bowen took notice and decided – with a few tweaks – to make it into a Bowen bust. Man, am I glad he did – the 1:1 is over a grand – where the Bowen one is a little more affordable. Also, the way the market is right now works out perfectly because an A-list character like this that usually has run into the 1000s has a bit more of a conservative run of 800.
The paint application is fantastic on mine – and I love the color they used for the metal. The damage they put on the shoulder plate is a fantastic detail from the storyline. I have heard some pieces are a bit sloppy with the paint at the base – but luckily mine is not one of them. The detail that Bowen went to with this bust is exceptional – even adding in the veins around obedience disc.
Let’s talk about the base for a moment – the cracked column is very cool – but I would have liked to see something a little more wild and distinct to the storyline – like the base for the FS. Maybe add in a little weaponry – Hulk’s big ol’e axe or something! But like I stated before the base is still very cool and fits nicely with the character.
The Negative: The sculpting seems a little “soft” around the mouth – there is not enough of a distinction where his lips are. Also, there is no scar – he is the Green Scar – and both the FS and this bust are scar-less! This helmet is pretty much the same design, although this one is colored better – but the feathers at the top are closer together on the bust – and therefore when the paint was applied it looks a bit chunky – although it does look more comic accurate.
The Conclusion: I had very few negatives to discuss as I was extremely happy with the way the bust came out – not only that it’s pretty damn large! It might be a bit bigger than the 2008 busts that came out – but I forgot to compare. But ultimately this is a must have for any Hulk fan – and even more so for fans of the storyline! Grade: A