Batman: The Dark Knight Returns is a 1986 four-issue comic book miniseries starring Batman, written by Frank Miller, illustrated by Miller and Klaus Janson, and published by DC Comics. When the series was collected into a single volume later that year, the story title for the first issue was applied to the entire series. The Dark Knight Returns tells an alternative story of Bruce Wayne, who at 55 years old returns from retirement to fight crime and faces opposition from the Gotham City police force and the United States government. The story introduces Carrie Kelley as the new Robin and the hyper-violent street gang known as the Mutants. The story also features the return of classic foes such as Two-Face and The Joker, and culminates with a confrontation against Superman, who works on behalf of the government.
The Dark Knight Returns is my favorite comic book of all time. I was fairly young when it came out, but it hit me in such a way that I cannot explain. Batman was always my favorite character, but this version, although separate from the monthly titles really set the stage for a change in the character in general. After this everyone began doing Batman more and more dark and brooding. Watch any Batman movie (sans the 1966) and you see this style of Batman in everyone. Hard, violent and Dark. It’s a book you should all read, and now it’s a statue from Diamond Select Toys you should own.
Lets start off with Batman, styled after the comic book he is sculpted in that blocky and bulky way Miller drew him. Big hands, almost square face, just a massive hulking version of Batman. It’s the classic colors of Blue and Grey, with a black bat signal on the chest (Missing the yellow circle) and the bright yellow utility belt. You can see the wrinkles that have been molded into the design throughout the entire costume. The flexing left arm is in perfect view as you can see not only all the folds in the spandex grey outfit, but the muscles undeath that are causing the costume to wrinkle up. The gloves, on the giant hand feature the side wings and you can see each finger also has the costume wrinkles in it. The cowl is the traditional old school blue with the pure white out eye lids. And the mouth is exactly like Miller drew the Dark Knight. Huge tan face with the angered look where you actually see his red gums coming around his clenched white teeth. Its spot on to the comic creation.
Moving over we see Robin. Yes in the future (if you have never read the story) a girl picks up the mantel of Robin when she essentially saves Batman from the mutants. She’s decked out in the classic Dick Grayson style red and green outfit with the canary yellow cape. As opposed to the batman colors hers are bright and bold. Like Batman her outfit is etched and molded to show all the individual wrinkles in her costume. The legs and arms, are shaded perfectly. Its comic book style so not all the anatomic sculpting but still shaded out to give it depth. She’s even holding her trademark slingshot, which is wrapped around individually sculpted fingers, while wearing her green and yellow tinted glasses to hide her identity. I like how her toes are pointed up and she’s placed next to, but still semi sideways next to Batman. It gives the piece a more rounded look.
From this back shot you see the base, which is a really cool rooftop with chimney pipes throughout. There’s even smoke bellowing up from the back ones on the sides. Its caved to be a combination of cement blocks, and concrete. A very dirty grey that’s completely scuffed up and worn looking. The main part of the back is still the giant flowing blue cape on Batman. Its massive not only does it hang down to the base, but it flows around it as well. Its completely draped around Batman’s boots. Like the rest of the costume its sculpted to flow and wrinkle with variations of blue and grey used to give it a shadowy look in spots. The boot as you can see features those same wrinkles but is done brighter than the cape to separate them as you look. The cape is a major part of the outfit and this one looks great.
Here is a shot of the left side where you can see more of Batman’s flowing cape. Its also a good look at the pipes on the roof as well as the pool of cape hanging on the base. Notice all the lines and shades in the cape from the side as well as in his boots. This is a really well done piece in terms of detail as it matched the comic book to a “T” You can see the smoke by his boot as well. I like how he is done so big and Robin was done much smaller. She’s barely visible from the back and this side shot.
This shot gives you a good look at the rest of Robin, as well as more of Batman’s cape which is flowing into her space. Her cape is incredibly bright but much smaller its also sculpted to show all the lines throughout as are the sleeves on her costume where her arm is slightly bent. You also get a good shot of the “R” logo standing out on her costume. Batman just towers over her from the back as she is almost tucked into his arm while he readies a punch
This is a great piece. Miller designed Batman much different than anyone else who has drawn him so this is definitely a standout Batman piece as much as it was a standout Batman comic. The look is a perfect match to the comic counter part and this is a must for any Batman fan. It’s a must have for your collection
Overall 5 out of 5 Stars
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The Hobgoblin is one of Spider-Man's enemies from Marvel Comics. He accidentally discovered the Green Goblin's secret hideout and modified the costume and weapons to become the next goblin villain in Spider-Man's life.
Hobgoblin clashed with the Green Goblin several times, and they both hate each other. Hobgoblin has joined such villain groups as the Sinister Six and the Sinister Seven.
Hobgoblin's true identity was kept a secret for a long time, until it was revealed to be Roderick Kingsley, a billionaire who owned a perfume company.
The current Hobgoblin is Phil Urich, the nephew of reporter Ben Urich who is a regular character in the Spider-Man and Daredevil series.
Roderick Kingsley returned and defeated Phil Urich. Phil Urich was allowed to continue being Hobgoblin if Kingsley got a cut of the profits that Urich made as Hobgoblin. Phil Urich was defeated by Superior Spider Man. Phil Urich joined Green Goblin and became Goblin Knight. Roderick Kingsley is the current Hobgoblin.
Hobgoblin was always way way cooler looking than the Green Goblin, added to the fact it took forever to find out who he was (at first) only added to the mystery surrounding him. Looking like an old school horror movie villain I have always been a huge fan. Kingsley was my favorite character to portray him but the costume always stayed the same. Diamond Select Toys has just released a limited edition resin Hobgoblin statue limited to 3000 pieces and it looks great. No matter who your favorite was this is a stand out piece.
Lets start off looking at the front. This is one bad ass evil looking statue. The mask is as spot on as you can get. The pale brown almost greyish yellow decayed color is so eye catching. Every little scratch and dent in the mask only makes it more evil. The shading of dark greys and light blacks in all the ridges and bends make it looks like a horrible demon, but if you really look to the right side you can see its simply the bad guys mask. They red eyes and red mouth even have a latex look when you look up close. I love how the eye hole area is a lighter, almost orange shade of red to give it contrast. The teeth are incredibly well done each one is made a dirty white almost grey color with black and brown scum like etching around each individual tooth. The entire mask is of course covered by the bright orange hood that, as you can see is very bright, yet completely tattered and wrinkled. Every single line in the hood is etched it to give it that weathered real look. The shading on the hood as well as cape and chest piece (Its all one piece of the costume) is so well done. Bright in most areas, but still shaded and scuffed in others. I just cant get over how well the mask is done.
Moving to the middle you can see the bright orange cloak that is designed to look weathered as well. As the head is tilted and bent, even the outfit follows the anatomically correct pattern by twisting and wrinkling to the side. And in each wrinkle is a slight variation of shading to give it just a bit more depth. The brown tattered belt and scratched across the chest is beautiful. A light brown leather color full of scratched and nicks all individually sculpted. Even the silver belt buckle stands out which is hard to do with the vibrant bright blue leggings and sleeves that are done almost like the skin of a snake. Each piece is bumped and bubbled and painted a bright blue with a touch of light blue and a hint of white here and there to make it not only bright but to give it that look of armor as well.
From the side we see the wrinkled orange boots on the foot holds of the glider as well as the orange glove. Quick note look at the back of the cloak you can see the top of the hood twisting in the wind fluffed out and scrunched up as well. Notice how my flash really reflects off this pain job. I have this one on display under light so you can really get that feel for how amazing it is. Now lets look at the tattered Spiderman costume. It’s ripped and shredded and missing pieces as its clutched in the Hobgoblins hand, which as you see has all the different fingers and thumb under the glove. The costume is spot on for Spiderman. Bright blue and red with the black webbing lines and bright white eye holes. This thing matching so perfectly its almost scary. The detail that went into this is incredible
Here is a quick shot of the glider. You can see its done in a dirty battle worn grey full of scrapes and dents. The two trademark horn are sticking up in full effect and the nose, and eye pieces are perfectly shaded a darker grey almost light black color to give it a more sunk in look. All the lines in the armor are exactly how they were in the comic book drawing and its lifted up and slightly to the side under the smoke design base to make it appear its flying. Even the boot straps are done perfectly covering the goblins orange boots.
Lets take a look at the cape from the back. Just like an old Halloween costume. Bright orange but full of rips and holes. Notice how the end is completely tattered and worn out as opposed to a smooth look. The wrinkles and flaps in the cape are all molded in and shaded a brown and black combination for the weathered out dirty look. It sticks straight out from the back as its flying in the wind. It’s a huge cap so have plenty of room to display this as it does stick out quiet a bit.
From the back (below the cape) you can see the rest of the orange and blue costume. You get a good look at the satchel that the Hobgoblin carries his pumpkin bombs in. It looks like a piece of real leather. Scuffed up and dirty a bright brown full of dark brown and black marking shaded into all the creases and folds. The buckle on it is a nice silver and it even has the black with silver button snap when the shoulder piece hooks. You can see the back of the boots are very worn and dirty no doubt from all the exhaust coming from the glider. The back is bent and you can see all the wrinkles where the back muscles would be twisting during flying.
The base is a cloud of smoke from the tail pipe of the glider. Its very well done. It’s a huge cloud of grey smoke but as you can see there are red, orange, and yellow blended under all the grey to show off the fire that illuminates from the engine. Its almost pure red coming out but filters throughout the huge cloud turning the pure smoke color of black and grey in the front. It’s a great base for a great statue making it not only all one big piece but really making it look as if its flying.
The Hobgoblin has always been one of the coolest designs in comic books. He’s definitely one of Spiderman’s greatest villains and this amazing statue give him the treatment he deserves. As I states only 3000 of these were made so grab them while you can. Its one of the best pieces you can have in your collection
Overall 5 out of 5 Stars!
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Before her descent into madness, Dr. Harleen Quinzel was a promising psychiatrist assigned to Arkham Asylum, Gotham's home for the criminally insane. But after meeting the Joker, the young doctor became obsessed with the crazed criminal's warped mind. Sensing opportunity, the Joker manipulated her, driving his therapist so mad that he was able to control her. Harleen fell in love with the villain, broke him out of Arkham and devoted her life to making him happy and spreading his bloody brand of mayhem
Athletic, agile and dangerously unpredictable in a fight, Harley Quinn is a formidable opponent in her own right. She is willing to do anything in order to further the Clown Prince of Crime's goals—no matter the cost to anyone else or even herself. Her energetic, affable and animated personality is enough to make almost anyone drop their guard—a mistake that could easily cost them their life. Deranged and psychotic, Harley Quinn is the poster girl for chaos' terrifying allure.
Harley Quinn is my favorite female comic book villain of all time. She is my wife’s favorite comic character by far. In fact my wife has a large amount of Harley Quinn statues, cloths, purses, jackets, pants, shoes, you name it. Now I personally prefer the classic Jester look of Harley but the Suicide Squad version is cool too. This review covers the brand new Suicide Squad Harley Quinn that was portrayed by Margot Robbie in the film.
Starting with the face you can see this is a perfect match for Margot. The cheekbones, red lips, villainess smile its all here. It’s a dead ringer. If you notice you can tell it’s a flesh colored design that has the white makeup over it. Even the teeth are individually done. The eyes have the pink and blue smeared makeup below and partially around them while the head is slightly tipped at an angle. From the chin to the eyebrows it’s a dead ringer. The ears are done in a slightly more pinkish color with the gold hoop earring in full effect. The hair has the part and comes down the sides of the face in the trademark pigtails. The left pigtail has the pink coloring at the bottom, while the right has the baby blue keeping it true to the film version. The gold necklace is painted incredibly bright and shines in the light, which also helps to show the makeup contract between the fane and neck. It’s a very nice added touch to give this piece depth. My only issue is the hair, while etched to make it look real seems a bit rushed. It’s not as meticulous as some of their other pieces. It looks like it should I just wish it would have had a bit more details added to it.
The top of the body is accurate with the red and white “Daddy’s Lil Monster” shirt being covered up by the sating red and blue baseball jacket. The jacket has the bright speckled look which I really like as it just stands out. The zipper, as well as the gold lining around the jacket is there as well The shirt is a dirty white with the red top, and if you look you can see how the shirt is even etched to be wrinkled under the jacket which it sculpted to be lifted a bit on the sides as Harley has he arms slightly up. The body design is sculpted to give it the real film look. Everything about it is right on the money.
Moving down you can see her trademark studded belt. Its scuffed and shaded to give it a dirty worn out look. The gold studs are shiny however to make it stand out. Also note the bottom of Harley’s shirt. Very dirty with holes exposing parts of her skin. If you look closely you can see the holes in the shirt were sculpted to give it a true wrinkled look that bunches up in areas. The wrinkles are shaded and sculpted throughout with the dirty areas being almost smeared. It’s scary how real it looks. You can not only see Harleys tines short shorts which are painted red and blue with the speckly design mixed in to match the jacket but her fishnet stockings as well. Before I get to the stocking you can see “”Lucky You” tattoo above her waist line coming out her slightly lifted shirt. The stockings look great and you can see the skin tone on the legs as well as accents of where her knees are bent to give it a realistic pose. And yes her tattoos are visible and individually done to match her film character. They are, on her right foot a heart (has Mr J in the center) that says Puddin above it, day line marks, a jester head, “I’ll wait forever”. The left leg has I (heart sign) puddin, Harley + Puddin, her trademark triangles “Let me tell you a sekret” and another heart. There not blurred, they were all painted on to match exactly.
From this side shot you can see the blue and gold side of the jacket which is a bright and bold color that really pops out. Her dirty red fingerless glove with the black lines is exceptionally well done as ear finger is sculpted and bent to make it look all the more real. She has her gold spiked bracelet and you can see the cuff of the jacket below it, which is sculpted with the lines going down to show where it would be stitched, and it even has the two gold lines painted on the top and bottom. Her purse hangs down via the chain handle and its actually really wrapped around her arm. It’s a crafted chain that dangles a her small studded silver purse. Its just hanging from her hand so it’s a separate piece that was hung from her hand. It’s a fabulous touch showing that extra effort Diamond Select goes to when making these.
The other side features her bat. Once again each finger is done separate, and you can see the blue and red alternating fingernail polish. This jacket side has the bright red side with the gold stripping. The bat is done to look like really old dirty beaten up wood. Its shredded in spotted, dented, tattered, you name it. It has the “Lights out” painted on it, her trademark diamonds, and her nusery ryme and babble. For those wondering what it says, here you go.
“Blue and Black words:
Hush little baby don't say a word
Moma's gonna kill for you the
whole damn world. And if the
world should wonder why Moma's
gonna make it cry and cry.
All the weirdos and freaks cant
Lay a finger on me 'cause anyone
Kraus whos is my baby. Hahahaha!
Hay baby, want me to Teach
these losers a lesson? Eat your
heart Out. Hush little baby
dont say a word. Momas gonna
kill for you the whole damn
word. And if the world should
wonder why Moma's gonna
make 'em cry and cry
Laugh and laugh I Hear
Tears of laughing. Oh my
God. You're so funny
You're killing me!
Laughter and lie
puddin and pie
All the weirdos are
freaks. Can't lay a finger on me. Everyone knows who's my baby My boss likes me to wear smile to work Good thing I like to swing this bat. Does that make me batty ? Hahaha you're killing me Or am I killing you ? Wanna play Daddy? Haha!
Red words: Hush little baby
Moma's gonna kill for you
You're the whole damn world
you're so funny
no I am
Hush little baby
you're killing me
or am I killing you?
The base is a simple piece of rubble that’s etched in different colors of black and grey. It looks really nice and the dirty look of it really shows off the brightness in her high top almost boot style white, red, and black sneakers. There’s a split in the shoes where you can see her stockings, and her laces are done separately to give it a realistic look.
This is a great Harley Quinn statue to add to your collection. As I stated I have lots of Harley Quinn stuff so there was a home for her right away. It’s a great piece from Diamond Select that you should pick up right away.
Overall 4.5 out of 5 Stars!
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Scarlet Witch is a fictional superhero appearing in Marvel Comics. The character was created by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby, first appearing in The X-Men #4 (March 1964) in the Silver Age of Comic Books. She is first portrayed as a supervillain along with her twin brother Quicksilver as a founding member of the Brotherhood of Mutants. In most depictions she is portrayed as a mutant, a member of a fictional subspecies of humans born with superhuman abilities, and, for much of the character's history, was considered the daughter of the mutant Magneto. Scarlet Witch possesses abilities to alter reality in unspecified ways and is a powerful sorceress. Scarlet Witch is later depicted as a regular member of the Avengers superhero team. She also becomes the wife of fellow superhero and teammate Vision. In current timelines in both film and comics she has been a member of the Avengers , The House of M, and others.
I have always been a fan of the Scarlett Witch in comic book terms, primarily during her run in the 80’s. The film version is not appealing to me as although not heavily altered it lacks the classic look which I have stated before in the case of most comic characters I am a fan of. I love the old school Pink and Red Bombshell version of Scarlett Witch and Diamond Select has delivered the good with this limited edition Resin Statue limited to 3000 pieces. I have number 349.
Looking at the head the first thing I noticed was the trademark longer jaw line that all of these characters were drawn with. She has the original mask from the comics that actually sticks out on the top and both sides of her head. The lips are painted bright red as is her helmet to give it that comic accurate look. The hair is sculpted real word to give it all the texture with brown and red highlights and molded to flow and curl over her shoulders, around her ears, and down her back. The one aspect I really like is the placement of her hand She's holding it up as if she's casually waiting to cast a spell. It comes up to her face making it a great accent to this piece as it adds to the depth.
Her body is done just like the comic style as well. Dressed in her red and pink outfit everything is a match. I really like the red gloves and boots over the legs and arms. It gives it a more bold look that really pops out as opposed to a standard one color outfit. The same can be said about the shading and flowing around the bright red cape, which actually gives the statue more depth. The body is anatomically correct but in an animated way. As opposed to seeing all the muscle lines what you have is a sleek statue of a woman. The curves are all there just in that comic book style. You can even see the lines in her corset style outfit The hands look great as each finger is sculpted out showing the movement in the fingers on the right hand and the casual placement of the left hand hanging behind the shoulder on the opposite side. It really is an exact match for the Marvel Comic Book counterpart. The cape looks amazing wrapped around her shoulders and draped down the back onto the base.
This side view gives you a good look at how Scarlett Witches right arm it outstretched with the fingers twirling ready to battle. Notice how each finger is sculpted individually. You also see the extra effort done when presenting her cape I really like how her cape is blowing over to the other side leaving this side open for view. You can notice the shading throughout the costume. The hair even flows straight down but it’s still sculpted to give it a scrunched up look atop the base of the neck. The craftsmanship on this is just fantastic to say the least as you can see how light just shines off the brightly painted colors.
The back is pretty much cape. And that's cool because it's etched to show every line where it would be blowing and moving in the real world. The bright red colors with dark red shaded in really makes the cape come alive as it appears to twist to the right in the wind. The hair as you can see is finely done with the mixture of reds and browns. Nothing overly fancy, but comic accurate to say the least.
The base is pretty simple yet effective. It’s a base of black and grey etched stone surrounded by a light blush, almost faded pink wave of what I believe to be her psychic aura. Its as if its rising from the ground to protect her. As I said its simple, but very effective. The lighter pink looks great with the bright red and it really looks like its flowing in with the rest of the piece.
This is another great comic book piece. The fact it’s a resin statue only adds to the beauty as it makes it just shine. I would recommend any collector pick this one up and fast. As I stated only 3000 were made and the will sell out fast. Grab yours today.
Overall 5 out of 5 Stars!
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Angela has almost a two part origin as she first was used by Todd McFarlane in his Spawn comics. She was then awarded to Neil Gaiman during a lawsuit between the two and moved over to Marvel Comics. This Statue represents the Marvel design but here is a brief origin Angela is an angel and a bounty hunter, working under the auspices of Heaven to oppose Spawn. She attempted to kill Spawn upon their first meeting, but was defeated despite her significantly greater experience. Later, he came to her aid during her trial in Heaven, where he testified that she had permission to kill him. They were temporarily trapped in a pocket dimension when Spawn's cloak acted to protect him from her weapons. Spawn's restructuring of reality allowed them to return from the pocket dimension, and also erased Angela's 'permit' to use her weapons against him. While returning to Earth they started a romantic relationship. However, Angela was killed during the battle with Malebolgia. Spawn returned her body to the angels, who presumably brought her back to life.
During the Age of Ultron storyline, Angela is revealed to be alive and has been pulled from Heaven as a result of Wolverine's damage to the Omniverse. In a combination of rage and confusion, she charges towards Earth from outer space, only to be intercepted by the Guardians of the Galaxy, leading to her joining the team.
During the Original Sin storyline, it is revealed that she is Aldrif, the daughter of Odin and Freyja, making her sister to Thor and Loki. She was "killed" as an infant during Asgard's war with the Angels of the Tenth Realm called "Heven." This crime resulted in Odin severing the Tenth Realm from the other nine as punishment for their attack. Thor learns of his sister's existence when he is exposed to the secrets of Uatu, the Watcher's eye, by the Orb. He returns to Asgard to confront his mother about his sister's existence, and subsequently travels to the Tenth Realm with Loki to learn more about his sister
My Spawn collection of statues is basically zero, but my Marvel one is high. So I had no problem finding a spot for Angela. She’s a great character in the Marvel Universe, especially paired with Thor, which is exactly who this statue sits next to on the shelf
First take note that this is a side view statue, hence the pose. I'm going to start with the face. It's perfect I can't say anything else. It looks like the drawing has come to life. From the lips to the eyes to the warrior mask this is amazing on every level. Lips, nose, cheekbones you name it. It's perfectly sculpted and painted to look like a comic book drawing. The red hair looks great with the golden helmet mixed into it. It looks great as the hair is sculpted like it's blowing. Its not a simple paint job. The bright red on the lips and on the mask around the eye is really bright which adds to the comic touch.
Moving down you can see the almost bombshell design. Her hair, and part of her band hangs down over the shoulder draped over her armor. The armor is etched and colored very bright. Gold, and Silver but if you look closely its also speckled throughout to give it a brighter look. I really like the attention to detail when it comes to the arm reaching around as you can see the muscle under the armpit as well as the twist in the abdomen. That combined with the shading really make this pop. Notice how the thigh is even shaded to give it a comic book look. I mean even the belt is etched and shaded to give it a roughed up leather look. Everything just looks like its flowing.
Looking a the front, or in this case side you get a better look at the costume. The chest plate armor and boots match in a vibrant gold color also with the speckles throughout. The skin is shaded and you can see a giant part of the reddish orange hair blowing off to the side. You get a nice look at the boot design here as you can see the lines etched throughout. Notice the sculpting and shading on the legs again. Everything is smooth like a comic drawing, yet anatomically correct in terms of shape and muscle. The black band around the right leg really gives it a good stand out look. The sword as you can see is very well done. It looks just like her sword in the comics. The gold tipped brown handle looks great, and the fact its angled makes it look even more threatening. Notice the purple gloves. Each finger is individually done to give it the extra touch. I would want to display this side forward, but then I couldn’t see her head.
Here is shot from the other side to give you a better look at the sword. You can see its starting to come out of the sheath. The sword is a dirty silver color with the gold speckled armor around the tip with a blue green jewel in the center. The sheath itself is wood looking in grain and etching. It also has the matching gold and blue green jewel on the bottom as well as the golden armor markings on the top. It’s a great blend of grey, mixed with various browns. I really like the red wrist band on the hand with the purple gloves. Its not only comic accurate but it but because of the bright bold colors it really makes everything stand out.
From the back you can see how the big hair flows down past the shoulders to the end of the back. One thing you have to take notice of is the muscle sculpting under the white leg wrap. The wrap in question looks fantastic as it’s a bright white and you can clearly see all the folds and bends thanks to the shading and sculpting. You can also see where the legs would be under the wrap because of the way its folded in parts. That is true attention to detail . That along with the fantastic painting and shading give it not only a real look, but true to the comic at the same time.
The base is simple yet effective. A small piece of rock with blue green crystals raising out of both sides. It's shaded in to look like a dirt and sand have formed over the rock . Adding the small crystal is simple, yet just enough to give it a slight touch of color
Overall this is yet another amazing statue from Diamond Select Toys. I couldn't wait to open mine and place it right next to my comic book style Thor, which I previously reviewed. Collectors need to go out and add this to their collection now.
Overall 5 out of 5 Stars
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“You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can drip and it can crash. Become like water my friend.”. ― Bruce Lee.
Bruce Lee, was a Hong Kong-American actor, director, martial artist, martial arts instructor, and philosopher. He was the founder of Jeet Kune Do, a hybrid martial arts philosophy drawing from different combat disciplines that is often credited with paving the way for modern mixed martial arts. Lee is considered by commentators, critics, media, and other martial artists to be the most influential martial artist of all time and a pop culture icon of the 20th century, who bridged the gap between East and West. He is often credited with helping to change the way Asians were presented in American films. He is now brought to life by the fine folks at Diamond Select Toys.
Lets just hit the ground running and start off with the face. Its Bruce Lee. I love how he has that trademark slightly turned head with the eyebrows raised just a touch as if he’s ready to fight. The eyes are so well done they stare at you. It just looks like he is ready to start beating somebody’s ass. The cheekbones and lips are a dead ringer, the whole thing is a dead ringer. Even the indent under the lip is perfect. The expressionless, yet still hidden smile look on the lips is conveyed through the amazing shading on this. If you look closely you can see how the face and behind the neck vary in color, giving it an almost lighted look. Same is done around the sides of the nose. The hair is done in that trademark bowl style, but as its Diamond Select you can see its not simply painted but fully etched and shaded as well. Heck even the eyebrows are etched and shaded. This simply put is as real looking as it gets.
It doesn’t just stop at the face, the body is sculpted identically to Bruce as well. From the traps, to the biceps to the abs this is spot on just as he looked in life. The amount of detail that has gone in to creating the body shape is fantastic. As the pose is slightly twisted you can even seen the ribs coming through the skin. They form symmetrically to the abs which are spot on. They pop slightly out as they would on the human body. The painting is done so well and like the face parts are painted lighter than others to give the muscles a shadow look. You can see how the inside of the neck is painted lighter than the chest muscles below it. Bruce had no body fat and was shredded beyond belief, just like he is in this statue. The pants are really cool as they are a black and grey color, to give it a wrinkled worn out look, but the shadowing is all done in blue which really makes it pop out and give it more character
Bruce always talked about water and this side shot shows how it was incorporated. Flowing up from his arm and blending into the air is a great wave. You can see, before I forget to point out, the detail in the forearms, biceps, and triceps in the arm, which is shaded like the rest to give it depth. Even the hands are fantastic, as each finger is sculpted and painted individually. The water looks great. It flows straight up into the air painted in various shades of blue and white. It looks like real water with the waves and splashes coming around the forearm and hand. You can see the drops even by the finger tips. Its very slick how the hand aimed down (this one) has the water going up where as the hand raised up has the water flowing down giving it a perfect circular motion of grace and beauty and adding a touch of class.
From the back you get a much better shot of the pants. Designed to look not only wrinkled and worn but bunched up on the bottom so you can see the white sock and the trademark slip on shoes. The blue lining in the pants is so cool to me, it really makes everything just stand out. You can see the back muscles forming that perfect “V” shape. From the shoulder muscles to the back muscles everything is sculpted to match the anatomy to the human body. Shaded for all the light drops to make everything more lifelike. The head tilt from the back looks really cool as well. You can even see how the water wraps around from, the back.
The base is actually quiet clever. Bruce Lee always preached balance and harmony which is what this base displays. It looks like a part of a sculpted lawn. From the green grass, which, and I hate to sound like a broken record is also sculpted and shaded. Surrounded by rocks and landscaping its right on the mark. Each rock is shaded and sculpted to look like they are laid out as opposed to just lumped in and molded. There are even birds on the ground not being disturbed by Bruce’s fighting stance. You can even see slight indents in the grass where we can only assume people have walked. You can also get a good look at the slip on shoes. Notice how they are also shaded a different color of black in spots to give it a worn out look. Then the rims are painted the born color of the sole. Throw in the white socks and you have the look down pat.
This is a must own for any collector, and fan of Bruce Lee. I have never seen a statue capture his look and aura they way this one does. It’s a great piece for the collection, and I cannot wait until they add more. Like Bruce Lee would say, this statue flows like water. Pick one up today.
Overall 5 out of 5 Stars
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Marvel Comic Gallery Dazzler PVC Diorama
A Diamond Select Toys release! Disco never dies! The mutant Dazzler has had a number of looks over the years, but her most famous look is still her disco outfit from 1980. In her silver jumpsuit, the pop starlet has a microphone in one hand and her trademark light effect emanating from the other. And who can forget her roller skates and disco ball necklace? Measuring approximately 9 inches tall, this PVC diorama was sculpted by Alejandro Pereira based on a design by Uriel Caton. Packaged in a full-color window box. (Item #FEB192445, SRP: $49.99)
DC Comic Gallery Deluxe Dark Knight Returns Batman & Robin PVC Diorama
A Diamond Select Toys release! The Dark Knight returns! As seen in the classic Frank Miller mini-series, an older Batman teaches the finer arts of slingshot usage to his newest Robin, Carrie Kelly. This 9-inch-scale Deluxe PVC Diorama measures approximately 8 inches tall, is made of high-grade plastic, and features detailed sculpting and paint details. It comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Shawn Knapp, sculpted by Alterton! (Item #MAR192441, SRP: $69.99)
Batman is the secret identity of Bruce Wayne. Witnessing the murder of his parents as a child leads him to train himself to physical and intellectual perfection and don a bat-themed costume in order to fight crime. Batman operates in Gotham City, assisted by various supporting characters including his sidekick Robin and his butler Alfred Pennyworth, and fights an assortment of villains influenced by the characters' roots in film and pulp magazines. Unlike most superheroes, he does not possess any superpowers; he makes use (to the best that he can) of intellect, detective skills, science and technology, wealth, physical prowess, and intimidation in his war on crime
Although variations have changed over the years Batman is the one character who's origin has actually kept the same central basis, and now he's the focal point for this Diamond Select Toys PVC Diorama Review from the DC Comic book inspired line. I could not wait for this one. And I was not disappointed
First off let's start at the body this time. I love how finally after all these years Batman is wearing grey just like he always has in the comics. That stupid black movie costume is gone. Diamond Select has captured this perfectly. The battle worn grey suit with the black bat emblem, and blue cape and cowl comes springing full force. Notice how the outfit is just slightly battle damaged. I really like how Diamond Select Toys designs these to depict the hero in battle. From the etched battle cuts in the cape, to the variations of shading used to accent dirt and scuff marks this is a perfect way to show off the caped crusader. Throw in the Bat signal on the chest and it's a beautiful design. Another thing I want to point out is how comic book accurate it is. I miss the yellow circle bat-signal but this is still the best I have seen the Caped Crusader look in a long time. And let's not forget to notice the comic book version of the utility belt.
Moving up to the face you can see the white eye piece under that cowl. From the jaw line to the lips this statue is a dead ringer for Batman. Throw in the fact the eyes are squinted up and you can see his teeth as if he is almost in a primal yell and that makes it stand out more. I love the cowl design as well. Notice how it's sculpted to show all the wrinkles and folds from cowl to cape. It even has a slight lift in the shoulder area to show how the cape is blowing as Batman leaps into action. The eyes of the cowl are the most important however as they form that trademark scowl look the Batman in known for. You can feel how angry and determined he looks by the bending of the brow in this design.
The arms and legs on this side view sow the 3D detail that went into this piece. Clutching his fists you can almost feel how Batman is drawing back ready to throw it. All the fingers are individually sculpted to show the firm grasp he has clutching his cape, and you can even see the wrinkles in the gloves as he arches his wrist slightly back. As we work are way to the leg notice the cape. I love how it not only flows with the design if the statue but the extra touch of all the tatters and wrinkles along the bottom make this look even better. The bent shooting out leg is the topper for the 3D look. If you look you can even see how the boot has dust and dirt etched and painted on it to give it the full battle look.
Before I get to the base I want to point out from the back how good this cape looks. Hanging down yet still almost blowing in the wind as Batman prepares to leap into action. Once again notice all the small etchings and lines throughout all the bends and folds. You can even see the back blow from where Batman is holding the cape in is fists. The cape is definitely a huge part of the Batman costume, and this is just spot on. Look at the shoulders where the cape is lifting up with the body. That’s an attention to detail you don’t see very often.
Finally lets look at this base. It looks to be a section of rooftop from possibly Wayne Manor, or I guess any weird building in Gotham. It’s a gargoyle statue on the base of a ledge with gate behind it. The shadowing in the black and grey paint job is amazing. It has a really dirty and really grittiness about it. The gargoyle is amazing. Everything is sculpted to make it look real. From the eyes to the toenails on the feet it look great. I also think painting the gate on the base was a nice touch to give it more contrast.
Batman is my favorite hero of all time, and I never cared for the movie looks. I love the comic book look through and through and this new statue from Diamond Select captures it perfectly. Its already got a spot next to my DC Superman statue. I can recommend this one enough
Overall 5 out of 5 Stars!
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