March 27th, 2016
I am REALLY sad that the new Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is absolutely getting torn a new one by critiques all over the world and is currently hovering at 29% on Rotten Tomatoes as I write this. I was SO excite for this movie, but equally disappointing when I learned it would be directed by Zach Snyder, whom I still haven’t forgiven for the mess he made of the Watchmen movie. Unfortunately the fears of many were realized as movie pundits started destroying this movie last Thursday. The concept, the costumes and the controversy were so exciting and I couldn’t wait to see this unfold on the big-screen, but alas, I’ll be waiting for the
torrent *ahem* Blu-ray to be available. Such a shame, especially after finally recovering from the pain around my ribs from laughing my arse off while watching the awesome Deadpool flic.
Luckily, we’ve got Sideshow Collectibles, Hot Toys and Prime 1 Studios absolutely KILLING it on the collectibles for this movie, and the statues are nothing short of stunning. I’m not going to list everything that you can find, but I wanted to show off some of my favorite pieces so far, starting with my favorite of the bunch, Sideshow’s Armored Batman Premium Format statue:
This thing is completely off the chain and the photos look so damn good! The piece is designed by artists Rachel Roubicek and Zane Yarbrough and sculpting and casting is handled by the very competent folks over at Ironhead Studio and they put together the beautiful master build for the prototype. This is really by far my favorite piece from the movie that I’ve seen so far, the sculpt and pose is amazing and the overall size makes this statue a giant Premium Format statue at almost 2 feet high. And the best part? Yeah that’s right… the light up eyes!
As most of my friends know, I am a huge Superman buff, so I’m a bit ashamed that I didn’t lead off with ol’ Supes, but I really dig the Batman armor suit so much, even though Superman would still kick the living snot out of Batman on any given day with his hands tied. So let’s follow-up with a Superman piece, and I am BLOWN-AWAY by this sheer size and beauty of this piece, the Superman Polystone Statue by Prime 1 Studios:
For the love of everything holy, GOOD LAWRD that likeness is bang on to Henry Cavil and the paint application is just insane, look at the quality of the skin tones from the translucent resin they used, wow! It would appear that since I was away from the collecting scene, there’s a new company in town putting out some AMAZING pieces, and that is Prime 1 Studios. I noticed them last year with some new pieces and believe me, my credit card was itching BADLY! The detail and paint on this statue is insane, and the best part? HALF SCALE! Yep, this badboy is 3 and a half feet tall, standing at 41″. Some other cool tidbits on this piece are the complete fabric costume (This is like a Premium Format statue on steroids), you can swap out between 2 different emblems on the base plus the base has LED lights on it for the display. If you have the budget this gorgeous statue commands, it’s worth every penny!
And finally, the Hot Toys Superman is a MUST, I have mine on order already and will be proudly displaying this guy at work in my office, which is slowly starting to look like a collection and I’m expecting a visit from HR in a month or two. Look at this guy:
Don’t have the Prime 1 Studios kind of budget? Here’s the next best thing because he too has the full fabric suit AND a bang on likeness on the Henry Cavill head-sculpt AND he’s fully pose-able so you can pose Superman in to whatever ass-kicking position you want! He comes with the usual awesome features all Hot Toys sets come with such as extra hands AND the exclusive version of the figure includes a light up rock of Kryptonite just in case Supes starts getting out of line and makes moves on your girl or attempts to pilfer your fridge.
So those are my favorites I’ve seen so far, what about you? Please leave a comment below and tell me which collectibles you love and what you thought about the film if you’ve already seen it – just keep a lid on the spoilers.
Happy Easter everyone!