This is the latest Bowen Statue I picked up. If you read my blog at all then you know I am a bargain shopper and I was able to talk the owner of one of my LCS into trading this to me for some unwanted pieces in my own collection – and a little extra. So, in other words, I got this for a song.
Bowen has been making Marvel collectibles for over two decades. His pieces are easily the most accurate and amazing portrayals of the comic characters we all love. The busts and statues look as though they have just straight off the pages of our favorite funny books and a 3-D version landed right on our shelves. I proudly have every Hulk related Bowen piece – but could not believe my eyes when he announced that he was creating a FS (that’s Full Statue for the non-collector) of one of Hulk’s oldest frenemies. Doc Samson started out in the comics in The Incredible Hulk #141 as a man who created a cure for the Hulk – and even helped Banner be rid of the Hulk once and for all. But Samson’s ego proved too fragile as he had to expose himself to gamma rays to see if he could turn himself into a super-strong version of himself. Banner could not take the attention that Betty was showing to the new and improved Samson – so after another quick dose of gamma – a battle of the ages was born. If you’re interested, read the full synopsis here.
The great thing about Bowen Designs is that you really get to see unique and rare characters that most other collectible companies would never take the time to produce. There are a few other collectors out there that know how this Samson statue came to be. It started on a forum called the Statue Forum where one of the people on the forum called Al begged and pleaded for a Samson statue. When things went south on the boards between Bowen and the people in charge (and some of the regulars) Al created a new forum for statue collectors – a site called Statue Marvels. A while later, maybe even as a thank you (and because there seemed to be a bit of interest from other collectors) Bowen finally announced he would be doing a Samson FS. I know I was one of the people ecstatic over the news. I mean, we had a mini-bust – but a full sized statue? I never thought I’d see the day!
As usual Bowen didn’t disappoint. Samson, and his long green locks, are on full display on this statue masterpiece. Every detail, including the lightning bolt shirt, the yellow boots and the tough-guy mugging. As usual, the base is very similar to the other Hulk statues – that way displaying the characters together makes it look better – more aesthetically pleasing. I feel as though this is one of the things that really sets Bowen Designs apart from the other collectible companies – of which there are many now – and mostly due to Bowen getting the ball rolling. It seems as though a lot of forethought goes into the design and idea of how these statues may be displayed. This is certainly one for the ages! Pick it up today! Grade A-