I have always been a little more critical of Sideshow with their products than most other high end collectible companies. Sideshow has certainly had some comic fans divided over the years as they have produced what some consider the absolute best that anyone has ever offered. Others, like myself, have voiced their preference to want the charters reflect what is shown in the comics. Sideshow has always chosen a more realistic style that has worked with some pieces (the original Hulk PF comes to mind – still to date the absolute pinnacle of what SS is capable of producing) while other pieces suffer (The Hulk Comicquette, buzz cut and all).
Recently SS released a Hulk Maquette that I was on the fence about ordering but ultimately scrapped the idea due to the multiple releases of the same sculpt. I never really thought much about buying anything SS ever again until I got a glimpse of the Hulk vs Wolverine Maquette. From the get go this project got me excited! Seeing progress updates on Statue Forum kept my interest piqued as it looked as though they were finally releasing a Hulk that looked like it jumped right off the page!
Even the original SS PF Hulk is criticized for looking too “ape-ish” – a complaint I take with a grain of salt since the Hulk did have simian features in the silver age – but the moment I saw pictures of the Hulk I saw the creators were leaning toward an enraged, classic looking savage Hulk! In classic SS fashion there are still more realistic details and when I heard there will be an inclusion of metal claws I went to my LCS immediately and discussed ordering this dio.
The last dio SS offered with the Hulk was the Planet Hulk vs Silver Savage – the unfortunate thing about that piece is the size was a bit underwhelming. Here, size is certainly not an issue! This thing is massive and impressive! This piece is almost 2 feet tall! I can not express enough how large and intimidating this piece is! I even had a hard time getting the box into my car to drive it home!
The Hulk’s shaggy hair and wildly rageful expression is perfectly captured as he stares upward to a gritting teeth, angry Wolverine. The base is even a refreshing but still familiar look as the Hulk’s foot splinters a large log in a rocky terrain. The Wolverine seems to be slashing as he jumps at the raging behemoth. I have never been a fan of the high end collectibles based off of the movie versions – just not my taste – and usually SS has priced themselves out of my price range – but every once in a while the stars align and everything comes together to create a perfect piece of Hulk memorabilia that every Hulk collector should own!
The original Life – Sized Bust was controversial at best. I was not a fan of the large teeth, tiny nose look of Sideshows original attempt. The new bust (above) looks more impressive – I shudder to think what the price tag might be but its certainly a beaut!
My wife has a unique problem. She WANTS to get me Hulky goodness for Christmas but I have pretty much everything. Finding things I don’t have is quite the quest. Lucky for her Diamond Select released a statue – well, a large figure, or statue, or just a big Hulk – whatever you want to call it. It’s certainly an eye catcher! The Hulk isn’t one of those super detailed Bowen masterpieces – but it is worth a look.
The Hulk has an animated style to it that reminds me of Bruce Timm a bit but also has it’s own unique look to it that has it’s own appeal. The paint applications are not the best – especially the pants – but they are also not distractingly bad. The face sculpt is has a bit of a blandness and a wash might’ve brought out a few more details but it isn’t terrible. The only real issue I can harp on are the obvious seams that appear at the neck line.
Still, the price is right on these statues and, posed correctly, look nice. This is worth the pick up without a need to haggle over how much you have to pay.
I’m pretty sure, even though the man has stopped making statues at the moment, if you said Randy Bowen to any statue collector it would bring a sense of enjoyment to their faces. Even if they had moved on to collecting bigger and fancier Bowen SHOULD mean something to every collector. He’s the reason we have such a variety of choices these days. Every collectible business out there now should have a debt of gratitude to the man himself – and here is your chance to meet him! He will be at Jerseyfest this year! Some are hoping to hear an announcement of some sort – one about a return to greatness with a new Marvel License, or maybe a DC License? Either way – it will be good to see the man out and about with his fans – an added plus – he’s doing a tutorial on creating your own Hulk bust!
I know this statue is old news by now but I’ve had it since it first came out and I never blogged about it. I never shared it on this blog – which is weird since I did blog about the variant (which is easily one of my favorite statues ever produced) and this one has remained on my shelf unblogged about. It’s actually a little sad if you think about it. But here it goes: The Savage Hulk Statue from Bowen!
When producing statues these days you can either create the thing and then sneak teases to get people all into a tizzy – and then release the full image only to have people give you a tepid reception – OR – you can keep asking your customer base to give you input all along the creation process. The latter is how Bowen does things. That may be a good or bad thing – but overall, it seems to have served him well. I know what you may be asking yourself – wait, I can maybe have an effect on the product served to me? How? Where? Who? When? Was? Well, maybe not the last one…
Actually, it’s pretty simple, sign up for Statue Marvels and you too can be part of the process! As far as I know, that’s how we ended up with the 2 versions of these statues. The alternate head (or variant, if you’re more comfortable with that) was one of two choices for the head of the new Hulk statue. since the votes were pretty split and there were many suggestions to do both as FS Randy finally decided to do just that. Originally I was going to pick up neither – and then I saw the variant and knew that my hard earned cash was going to be spent! And then, seeing in hand pics of this behemoth and the very Buscema-esque face I told myself not to think twice. It really captures the Hulk from the 80’s in the comics – and it’s different enough from the variant, including the color, that it dodn’t seem like a waste picking up this beautiful piece form the innovator of comic style high end collectibles.
Mine is #394 out of 1900. My friend tells me that the statue market is pretty dead. From what I’ve seen out there I can tell you that the market isn’t what it used to be. I still love the statues but my statue buying days might be behind me. My LCS told me that they have the Planet Hulk statue from SS in. I looked at it – and am still considering it – it’s just so expensive and… well, space is a consideration. Never mind the fact that just because something is bigger doesn’t mean it’s better. But hey, You buy what you like, right? And I really love this green goliath!
I think of all the statue companies out there now no other company had been more inconsistent than Kotobukiya. If you’re confused as to if that is a compliment or not – I can tell you I am confused as well. Each release has a lot of promise – from the Ed McGuinness inspired Fall of the Hulks statue what is spot on to the art it was inspired by – but fell short when the paint application failed to coat the ripped shirt around his waist with a solid white color. The Classic Hulk – an AMAZING sculpt was again plagued with paint issues – so much so that I didn’t even bother picking one up. This release was an interesting, new, and beautifully handled statue.
First off, the statue is more of a fully painted kit which you end up putting together. The head and arms come completely off – you attach it yourself – to a couple of small magnetic bases. Of course, it being Koto, there is plenty of tid-bits to pick on. The seams on the arms are pretty obvious and terrible. The seam on the neck is not as bad – but it’s there. The real issue I have, and I’m not sure how apparent it is when you see the pic, but the knee joint looks square and terrible. It doesn’t take away from the piece when you see it as a whole though.
The head sculpt is fantastic and beautiful – reminds me a lot of the Keown Hulk that has graced the variant covers as of late. The unique part of this piece is that it is a single unit of a six piece “diorama”. The other characters, that are sold separately (which I did not purchase), are Black Widow, Iron Man, Thor, Cap and Hawkeye. Anyone who has bothered to purchase the whole set should send me some picks and a review of what you think – I will post it here. All I can tell you is that if you want an inexpensive, great looking Hulk piece you can’t go wrong with this one! Grade: B-
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-