The Silver Surfer is a humanoid alien with metallic skin who can travel through space with the aid of his surfboard-like craft. Originally a young astronomer named Norrin Radd on the planet Zenn-La, he saved his home world from the planet devourer, Galactus, by serving as his herald. Imbued in return with some portion of Galactus' Power Cosmic, Radd acquired vast power, a new body and a surfboard-like craft on which he could travel faster than light. Now known as the Silver Surfer, Radd roamed the cosmos searching for planets for Galactus to consume. When his travels took him to Earth, he met the Fantastic Four, who helped him rediscover his nobility of spirit. Betraying Galactus, the Surfer saved Earth but was exiled there as punishment.
Silver Surfer was a silver age comic that I had a complete run of at one time. One of the most valuable issues of that run was issue 4 which featured Thor. It was about Loki, determined to defeat his brother Thor. He looks for someone that he can use to accomplish this. He comes across the Silver Surfer and tests his abilities. Loki tricks the Surfer into thinking that Thor is Asgard's enemy. He agrees to help the Surfer escape Galactus' barrier if he helps defeat Thor. Surfer attacks Thor, but soon realizes that Loki may have not been telling him the truth. When Loki realizes that the Surfer was becoming wise, he sends him back to Earth before his scheme could be revealed. Nothing special, but it turns out it was a pretty rare issue. I was around 15 when I sold my copy. I got about 100.00 for it. I bought a new skateboard. Today there’s one listed on eBay for $2860.00. Yeah it makes me sick. The cover was iconic to say the least. The surfer flying down with Thor kneeling down ready to strike. Diamond Select Toys has made two limited edition resin statues to commemorate this cover. I reviewed Thor about a month ago, and now I have the Silver Surfer here as well.
Let’s look at the head and torso. Now I have to say this looks like a pure piece of sterling silver with shades of a faint black mixed with a deeper silver to give it a nice almost metallic look, I have never seen a resin design shine like this, It’s remarkable how well crafter and designed this piece is. Now sadly as it is not a costumed character 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 Surfer does in the comics. The mouth is fantastic as its opened wide letting out a battle cry just like on the cover of issue 4. You can even see his silver teeth. 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. His arms outstretched with all his fingers spread apart really give this an almost menacing look and feel. You can also get a good shot of the chest muscles and quads in this pic as well. The adding of the various mixes of grey for the shading in different spots really makes this come alive.
The side shot shows off the surfboard. Like I stated this is all silver, so the board matches the color and shades of the Surfer himself. It has a magnet on the bottom to attach to the base. You can see it’s a sleek shiny design and the center of the board has the trademark lines going through the center just like in the comic books. You get a great look at the placement of this piece as well. With the right leg bent down and the toe are firmly planted as the heel is lifted up, and the left leg stretched completely back and in the same foot position. This not only matches the comic book cover but it also looks exactly like a real person would be planted on a surfboard. You can see the high amount of detail that went into the sculpting as all the rib and quad muscles are sculpted to perfection. This is a simple piece in terms of color but its one of the most highly detailed in terms of the shape and symmetry I have ever seen.
The base is simple. A blue and black, circle that rises up to a point. Its smooth and the design painted on it is done to look like the galaxy the surfer is flying through. And yes it is the exact same background as the comic book cover. Its very fancy and I love how it not only angles up but turns a bit and slopes down to leave the surfer in an almost hanging state. As fancy as the base is, it takes nothing away from the look and feel of the statue itself. It’s a perfect base to have the Surfer on, as he’s flying in the air on it. It’s a great exclamation point to a remarkable piece.
This is a great statue and a must own for collectors and Marvel 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 Thor where it not only matches but belong. Here you can see the two together. Pick these up and have them displayed in your house today.