I am really going to try to get things back on track here! I will start with my review of the Mr. Fixit statue served to us by Bowen Designs. As of late BD has been facing some terrible set-backs. Paint flaws and weight issues seem to plague the statue company. First, the Thanos on throne statue was riddled with unfortunate, sloppy paint applications (some of the better ones subsequently were put onto ebay for triple + the money) and then the new Thing statue came in weighing next to nothing. Even the re-paints like the Faux Bronze Thanos were noticeably lighter.
All of these factors were making me nervous about the Fixit release. Now, in the past, I would have recommended becoming a collectors club member – but I never took the plunge – always preferring to support my local LCS and buying from them – as long as I could SEE it in person first – then make my decision. But my LCS has slowed down on ordering BD products – they didn’t get either of the new releases in.
I was pretty much figuring to go ebay – but then I walked into Friendly Neighborhood Comics in Franklin and I was ecstatic to see they had him! Now, I am not saying this was a no-brainer pick up – there were certainly things to factor in – such as: Fixit, although not feather light, is still a step in the wrong direction as far as weight is concerned. It has a substantial feeling to it – but earlier releases are leaps and bounds heavier! If weight is not a concern – then good on you – as the statue itself is pretty top-notch.
The only other minor complaint I have is that the base is so small – tiny in fact – and I am not sure what it’s supposed to represent? A casino floor? How great would it have been to have Fixit standing on a pile of poker chips? At least something with a little pizazz!
Now, the sculpt is pretty perfect – taking inspiration from the cover to Wolverine #8 – this is the Fixit straight off the cover! I do hope BD decides to make a Patch companion piece! More impressive is the little details like the ripping suit jacket. I think a pin-striped suit would have worked well, if not better, but since you know where this version is based from – I don’t think it takes away from the overall greatness of this piece.
BD really out did themselves with the sculpt – now if only they can work out the other issues with the production of these pieces. If they come out like Fixit did – then they should be okay – but with the 2 other Hulk scuplts heading our way (the Savage Hulk – and the website exclusive variant) I am hoping BD works out the kinks.