Nobel Prize-winning biochemist Dr. Michael Morbius creates a cure for his rare blood disease that turns into a curse! Attempting an experimental treatment, he transforms into Morbius–a pseudo-vampire with superhuman powers and an overwhelming bloodlust. Like a real vampire, Morbius needs to drink blood to survive. However, after drinking his victim’s blood, his mind returns to normal, and he becomes fraught with guilt, remorse, and self-loathing.
Morbius has always been a favorite character of mine. Ever since he appeared in Amazing Spider Man I have always been fascinated with the character. His own comic, as well as his run during the Midnight Suns era of the early 90’s was fantastic. Although was to short lived. Now we have a movie on the horizon that looks quiet promising, and this. Yes Diamond Select Toys is unleashing a Morbius statue and it is amazing
Starting at the face you can see its all done in the classic pale grey. The hair has the trademark parted in the middle look and it hangs down in and off the face. You can see how its etched to look like real hair, yet still smooth as it’s a comic book style piece. The forehead is sculpted down into a menacing frown, while the cheekbones are raised as the mouth is open exposing Mobius’s fangs. The reason that is so important is as it shows how evil the eyes look. With everything scrunched together, combined with the magnificent shadowing the eyes really stand out. To further make them stand out they are blood red, nothing more nothing less, blood red. The shading of a faint black mixed with the grey skin tone really highlight the scowl in the face. Its beautiful to say the least. The mouth is open showing off Mobius’s fangs. There easy to spot with those blood red gums. The teeth are all individually sculpted and combined with the frowned forehead you get the impression Morbius is about to bite one of his enemies. They even have the trademark goatee on the chin, which if you look close is also molded and etched to look like hair as opposed to just being a painted on patch.
Looking at the body you can see the over exaggerated comic book style when it comes to the muscles. Morbius is shredded to say the least. Take a quick look though at the face first. Notice how the nose is slightly pointed out and the ear is slightly sticking out of the hair. That’s a nice attention to detail. Moving down you can see the dark faded blue costume with blood red collar and sash for a belt. I always liked how the costume is disco inspired. The open lapel, the sleeves that are short and end around the forearms. It matches the comic perfectly. Take notice of all the muscles that are sculpted underneath the outfit. I mean every single muscle in the human body is sticking out. Morbius may be the most muscular statue I own. He really is the comic book come to life. You can see every ab muscle, rib cage, chest, arms legs, hell his fingers have muscles. The shading used in the outfit is perfect and help to accentuate all of them.
The back shows off not only the ungodly amount of back muscles Morbius possesses but his awesome red wing cape as well. The cape looks fantastic. Patterned after bat wings this matches the comic book perfectly. It’s the exact same red used in the sash and collar of the costume so it blends together perfectly. You can see all this little etching that went into the design as the cape is fully scratched. It has all the points at the end like a real bat wing would. I love how it’s a blood red color, but not too bright. This is a “Moody” piece and the blend of dull colors really work well. You can see the back is arched and you can see every muscle flexed out in full form. A tiny bit of hair is sticking over the collar, and in one more awesome detail you can see the sash is full of wrinkles, just like a real one would be. I really like the placement on this as well and this shot really sets it in frame. The hanging over, almost perched look really adds to the tone of the piece.
Here’s a side shot to show you the detail that went into the arms, and hands. Notice how the hand itself has the bones and veins molded in. Just like if a real hand was outstretched in this position. Even the knuckles are sticking up and out, so the pose matches the anatomy to a “T” you can see the red on the skin just before the pointed black nail begins. Like all Diamond Select items each finger is sculpted and this one has amazing spacing. Which the pose, and the extension and side twist of the hand. It gives you the impression you, or most likely an enemy is about to cut a slashing.
Here is what has to be one of the coolest bases I have ever seen. It’s a gargoyle, that I assume is part off a rooftop. Its done in a dark grey and fully designed to look all scuffed up. Filled with cracks and dents and scratches this looks exactly like an old school Manhattan roof piece. Its dark gray but with plenty of black shading to make it more lifelike. Its sculpted amazingly and looks like the real thing. Everything about this seems authentic. You can see his boot planted down on the left side while his right leg is resting behind the head. It’s a great base to use as it helps to add to the horror element and yet still not draw attention away from Morbius himself.
As I said I love Morbius and I am glad to finally have a statue of him to display. I have him with my Spiderman stuff and he looks great. This is yet another must have piece from Diamond Select Toys. Pick this one up and add it to your collection today.
Overall 5 out of 5 Stars!
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