Rogue's real name and the identities of her parents still remain unknown. She grew up in Caldecott County, Mississippi near the banks of the Mississippi River. Early in her teens Rogue discovered her mutant powers when she kissed a boy named Cody Robbins. He fell unconscious and her mind was suddenly filled with his memories. She soon learned that she had the power to absorb the memories and abilities of other people by touching them, but she could not control this power. The distraught Rogue found refuge with the mutant Mystique, who was like a second mother to her. When Rogue grew older she joined Mystique's terrorist organization, the third Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. In battle with Carol Danvers, the original Ms. Marvel, Rogue absorbed her memories and superhuman powers. But, for unknown reasons, Rogue unintentionally absorbed them permanently rather than, as usual, temporarily. Thus Rogue gained Ms. Marvel's superhuman strength and ability to fly. As a member of Mystique's Brotherhood, Rogue battled the X-Men, the Avengers, the original Spider-Woman, the Dazzler, and Rom. But Rogue grew increasingly upset over her inability to control her absorption power and her fears that Danvers' psyche would overwhelm her own. Unable to find help from the Brotherhood, Rogue turned to her enemies, the X-Men, instead. Convinced of her sincerity, Professor Xavier admitted her to the team, and she quickly proved herself a loyal member.
I always dug Rogue. Great character in the comics and the animated series. She was cool in the films, but there she was basically just reworked using Kitty Prides old storylines. Yes the comics and the animated series were her best incarnations. I always dug the dynamic of her and Gambit. And as I have many X-Men statues I was excited to find out Diamond Select Toys had a big resin Rogue that I have to say looks amazing next to my big Ice-Man.
Rogue looks just like she did in her first big run in the comics. Now, like I always point out, this is a comic book style statue, so it will be smooth like the drawings as opposed to the fully etched real world look. She looks identical to the drawings. Shoulder length light brown hair that flows down and back with the trademark white streak taking up the top as it blows in the wind. Here eyebrows are painted slightly up to give her a bit of a menacing look. Her head is turned slightly to the right allowing her hair to give an impression it is blowing in the wind. Her lips are done in the classic comic book red style as I like to call it, with a slightly longer jaw. I love how the hair is sleek like the comic book style but still bunched and etched to give it somewhat of a real hair look. Very minimal shading is done on this as it is a comic based piece but I can say it is definitely spot on to the books. They even remembered her bright green headband to keep the hair out of her face. They even have the classic half cut leather jacket with the red zipper. The jacket has the sleeves rolled up so its completely bunched up at the biceps. It looks fantastic.
Her body is done just like the comic style as well. Dressed in her original yellow and green outfit everything is a match. I really like the brown belt with the red X. It gives it a more bold look that really pops out as opposed to a standard two color outfit. 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 outfit where it would be slightly bunched, or with sewing lines.. It really is an exact match for the Marvel Comic Book counterpart. The “X” belt buckle really does pop out on this as it’s the only part of the outfit that is anything other than green and yellow. Another great thing to point out is the shading on this piece. Rather than use faint black they used variations or orange with blend amazingly well into the yellow.
The side shot gives you a great look at Rouge’s fist. Wearing her yellow gloves you can not only see her knuckles underneath the gloves but you can see the fold on the bottom of the glove as well. Each finger is individually sculpted which it a given when it comes to these Diamond Select pieces. You can see how sleek her outfit look under the light from this side as well. Notice how the green shines when the light hits it. It looks bright and smooth. The yellow is shiny as well but not as much. It’s a fantastic contrast between the two colors. Another great thing to point out is the calf muscles on Rouge’s lifted leg. You can see how there sculpted underneath her boot. That gives it a great added touch of depth. This is a tall piece that barley fit in my display case to take these photos
From the back you get to see a bit of the detail that went into the jacket and arms. The jacket Rogue wears is the long style that cover most of the forearms but its rolled up so only the top of the arms are covered. Notice the lift on the jacket on the top to give her added movement. Also take note of not only the molding to give the hand area a bunched up look where her jacket is rolling up as her hand if out flexed, but look at her fingers as well. The green on the forearms is a much sleeker paint job to give it a heightened look of shading from the jacket. You can see her belt which matches the jacket and also take notice of the positioning. Her right foot planter firmly down, with the left outstretched and pulled slightly back
The base is simple and effective is a very dark olive green platform with a copper wrap at the bottom. There is a mold sculpted to look like air to give the impression Rogue if flying. It’s a bright blue with slightly speckled black going throughout cloud of sorts. It comes up from the center of the base and it flows up into the back of her boot, which is angled up and pointing down. It looks really nice, and adds a little more color to the piece. It’s a small base, which I like on these bigger statues as it takes nothing away from the character itself.
A very cool statue that I was thrilled to add to my X-men collection. This is a perfect replica of Rogue from her early days in the books and animated series and I have her placed right next to my Iceman. Collectors will want to pick this one up fast as it limited to just 3000 units. Order it today and add it to your collection.
Overall 5 out of 5 Stars!
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