Robert Drake was born in Tipano, New York, to William Robert Drake and Madeline Beatrice Bass-Drake. Bobby discovered his mutant ability to create ice while in his early teens, yet kept his condition hidden from everyone but his parents. When he is on a date with Judy Harmon, and a local bully by the name of Rocky Beasely tries to take Judy away for himself. Knowing Judy cannot put up a good fight, Bobby points his hand at Beasely and encases him in a block of ice. Later, the local townspeople, having heard of the incident, come looking for him in the form of an angry mob. The local sheriff has no choice but to put Bobby in jail for his own "protection". While Bobby sits in his cell at the sheriff station, the outer wall is blown open, and a man named Scott Summers walks in and offers to take Bobby with him. After Bobby turns him down, the two mutants get into a short battle, which is soon ended by Professor Charles Xavier. After Xavier has sat down and talked with Bobby and his parents, Bobby's parents suggest that he go with Professor Xavier to his "school for gifted youngsters". Bobby takes the suggestion and leaves with Professor Xavier and Cyclops to become the second member of the X-Men.
I’ve always dug Iceman he’s a cool character. Now its no secret I was never a huge X-Men comic reader. Aside from a few story arcs I never really got into them. I did enjoy the cartoon from the 90’s and I do enjoy the films. Iceman was always a character I liked. I really enjoyed him on the short-lived Spiderman and His Amazing Friends cartoon from the 80’s. I don’t, or I should say didn’t own a single Iceman item until now. Diamond Select Toys has just released a limited-edition resin statue from their Premier Collection of Iceman. And I have to say Its pretty damn cool
Lets look at the head and torso. As you can see I have him by styrafoam to show off the Blue shading. Now I have to say this looks like blown glass with shades of an off blue used to create the ice look, but its actually resin. I have never seen a resin design look so much like ice, ever! Its remarkable how well crafter and designed this piece is. Now sadly as it is like looking at an ice sculpture there are not tons of things to point out. You can see the head is sculpted and shaped with eyes, nose, mouth, cheeks, the whole thing. It looks exactly like Iceman does in the comics. And yes, as you can see he’s kind of see through The neck and traps show a lot of the sculpting that went into it as you can see all the real world muscles sculpted into the piece. You can also get a good shot of the chest muscles and quads in this pic as well. The adding of the blue at different spots really makes this come alive and look like there is a big ice statue on your desk.
Moving down you can see more of the body design. Its amazing at how great a job that went into this piece. A typical statue like this would normally just be a carved shape relying solely on the ice gimmick. But Diamond Select always goes above and beyond with these and sculpts the entire body to match the character perfectly. You can see all the muscles and lines. You can even see Iceman’s X-Men belt buckle above his shorts. Take notice of the rib outline by the abs. It’s a very well done statue. The blue shading is used very effectively as it not only gives it the ice look, but is shaded in just the right areas to give the muscles and placement added depth
The back shows off the back muscles that are also shaded in just the right spots to give the piece a more three-dimensional look and feel. Just like the placement of the hands. Iceman creates ice bridges to travel from and this statue show that off to its fullest extent. I love how both hands are stretched outward and he’s placed at a more side angle. The right hand is shooting the ice blast, while he is balancing with his left. With the placement of the legs its like he’s riding a surfboard of ice. You can really see the light hitting in this picture as well. Notice all the blue and how it shines all over. I cant stress enough how much this looks like ice when you see it in person.
The front side shot shows off the ice blast. Like I stated Iceman’s right hand is creating this wave of ice and you can see the top of what he’s created here. A giant blast of ice that goes every which way like an explosion. Love how it is sculpted to be ridged, and disproportioned like a real chunk of ice would. It goes every which way in not rhyme or reason. Its spraying out of his hand with force. Notice also how there is no real shading done on this part, as it hasn’t had a chance to hit any type of normal temperature. Its just a puree block of white ice. That is a detail you don’t see from other companies, and one of the many things that sets Diamond Select apart.
The base is simple. A blue and white, almost gray circle, done to look like a block of smooth ice. The ice bridge is thick at the bottom and slightly shaded as well. It flows up perfectly. I like how its also white, but with just a bit bluer to separate it from the rest of the piece. Its not to fancy and that good as you don’t want anything to take away the look and feel of the statue itself.
This is a great statue and a must own for collectors and X-Men fans alike. Not be warned. Only 3000 of these were made so you better act fast to get one as they will sell out quickly. I have mine next to my Wolverine in Snow to give it an even cooler look. Go get one today.
Overall 5 out of 5 Stars!
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