Carnage was once a serial killer known as Cletus Kasady, and became Carnage after merging with the offspring of the alien symbiote called Venom during a prison breakout. The symbiote amplified his psychotic nature making him even less mentally stable than he had been previously, and therefore even more dangerous. An interesting note is that, unlike Venom, Carnage is a singular entity, referring to himself as "I" instead of "We", because the symbiote has actually merged into Kasady's bloodstream.
Let me start off by saying Carnage is one awesome character. A red homicidal Venom to be specific. I have always loved the character, and the design since he first appeared all the way back in 1992 in Amazing Spider-Man #359 The character was so evil he forced Venom to team up with his most hated enemy, Spider-Man to stop him. There has always been a lack of Carnage merchandise but now Diamond Select Toys, along with Gentle Giant are changing that with a limited edition resin Carnage bust.
Lets zoom in on the head. You can see the bright (this entire piece is bright) white evil eyes that take up most of the head. Pure white with no shading outlined in a deep black. They twist up to the top of the head giving it a real look of terror. The mouth is done in a fang style all done in black for the teeth with a pale flesh colored inside as to not take away from the red in the piece itself. The head nods down just a bit and truly looks horrifying. You can see the piece is all a bright blood red with the black alien veins running throughout it. The black veins are all sculpted over the piece itself so you can actually not only feel them, but they look to be pulsating hence giving the bust a real 3D look and feel to it.
Looking at the body you can see how bright it is. There is no variation of color when it comes to anything on this piece. Aside from the inside of the mouth all of it is red and black. The body does have a slight bit of faint black shading throughout it however. That combined with the anatomically correct muscle variations used you can see the human body of Kasady inside Carnage. The shading used is just enough to not take anything away from all of those black veins running all over the piece. I really like how its twisting slightly to the left giving it a look like its almost spawning from the base. It’s a great placement of body on the base
This side shot give you a goo look at the claw like hands of Carnage that are formed on each side ready to slash an enemy. Each finger is sculpted individually which is always a trait I love about these pieces. You can also see how the mouth is hinged open from this view giving you a better look at the inside of the mouth and the pale almost pink color used for it. You also get a shot at how pointy the teeth are as well. The hand placement is great as it also just builds upon the terror that Carnage can unleash.
The back of the bust also uses the same faint shading that the rest of the body implemented. Just enough to help accentuate the muscles in the body itself. Other than that it’s a bright bold red with those black veins running all over it. You get another good look at the weird twisting position its set it. You also a good look at the base which is a standard black circular piece but this one is covered in the black symbiote veins that are running all throughout the piece itself. The addition of those really make this stand out in my opinion.
This is a great look piece. Its definitely one of the brighter ones I own, and without a doubt the most evil. I highly recommend picking the guy up, but you better hurry as only 500 of these were made making it extremely limited. Each one will come with a certificate of authenticity so act fast as these will sell out fast.
Overall 5 out of 5 Stars!
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