Anthony “Tony” Masters is born with a natural ability that enables him to replicate observed action. He uses it to duplicate Super Hero moves and becomes the criminal, yet sometimes government-sanctioned, trainer known as the Taskmaster.
I will be the first to admit my Taskmaster knowledge is pretty limited. I have of course read comics that he was in, but not very many. I can tell you though that he is a very cool looking character. My son knew who is was right away from his appearances in video games. A combination Grim Reaper, Medieval Knight this is one fantastic design. It makes me want to go out and find more comics he was in to read up on him.
The face is fantastic a light grey and black shaded skull complete with dirt marks and indent lines. Hollowed out black eyes with just a hint of the actual pupil inside that, combined with the sunken in cheek and pulled back mouth really make it look intimidating. The shading is amazing as it really looks like a dirty old skull. Filthy white teeth, which I must point out are all individually sculpted are crooked in parts, but in full display giving it a sinister look. His face is cloaked with his white hood that is actually part of his cape. The hood is a bright white, fully molded to show all the wrinkles and lines throughout, as its bunched up and over his head. You can even see how the neck line is done to show the hood coming prominently out to really give it that life like look. Combined with the shading on the inside of the collar this looks almost three dimensional, and very very cool to say the least.
The body is incredibly bright. Blue, orange and white make up the actual costume. You can see in the blue areas that it is done to give it a sort of Kevlar look. Notice the little beading and perforations especially in the leg. That’s a very good touch of detail. Like with all the superhero pieces you can see the muscles sculpted underneath the costume to make it look anatomically correct if you will. As I mentioned for a b ad guy he is definitely wearing a colorful outfit. The bright orange and clean bright white look fantastic combined with the blue design. The adding of the white is great as it gives the colors a sort of separation. The orange neckline and forearm bands are separated by a white band in each case. There is even a white codpiece of sorts under the belt. Speaking of which the light brown weapon holders look great. A chest wrap, utility belt, and of course leg holsters all add to the fact that this is a bad guy.
This side shot you can see his sword in full display. Its incredibly detailed. Clutched by the left hand with white gloves, the sword is a shiny silver complete with forged line in the center. Its being raised up and over Taskmasters head and the angle in which the arm is done, pulling back and twisting, really gives in an in your face look. The handle of the sword is a slightly darker silver with the same variation of orange in the center. I like that the same color scheme is used throughout it really makes everything flow. You can see how the inside of the cape is bright orange, whereas the outside is the bright white. Its connected to the outfit via big copper colored pins.
This other side shot shows off Taskmasters huge shield, that has the exact same color pattern as the rest of his ensemble. Bright white in the huge circular outlie. Although its painted bright its full of scratches, dents, and nicks throughout to show its battle damage. It’s also got hints of light black and gray shading to accentuate the damage. The center design is a bright blue, with the dead center being a triangular orange pattern. Like the rim the center is shaded and designed to look damaged as well. The highlight of all of this being the three yellow bullet hits sticking out on the shield. Done to look almost like a smoke style crystal, they stick prominently outwards and really look like the shield is taking bullet damage. Throw in the fact that the yellow used is also very bright it really stands out.
Before I get to the base I want to point out from the back how good this cape looks. Hanging down yet still almost blowing in the wind as Taskmaster prepares to leap into action. Once again notice all the small etchings and lines throughout all the bends and folds. You can even see the back blow from where Taskmaster in hunched over ready to attack. The cape is definitely a huge part of the costume, and this is just spot on. Look at the shoulders where the cape is lifting up with the body. That’s an attention to detail you don’t see very often. The shading done through is beautiful as can be. Never taking away from the bright color. It just simply adds to the realism of the bend in the cape itself.
The base is simple. A standard piece of ruble that the Taskmaster is doing battle on. Completely demolished you can see hundreds of cracks, holes, and imperfections designed throughout. A deep grey with lots of black and faded grey shading this really looks like a filthy piece of rock. I love the addition of the two bright yellow bullet explosions, just like on the shield, added to it. It really shows that Taskmaster is in a battle. Bullets flying by his feet as well as hitting his shield. This is just a fantastic bright colored piece in every sense of the word. From the base to the outfit itself, nothing is ever outshined by another element. This flows perfectly.
As I said I don’t know a ton about the Taskmaster, but I know this is a great looking statue. Bright and colorful done in that comic book style that I enjoy the most. It’s a must have for fans of the character as well as fans of Marvel statues in general. Pick this one up right away for your collection.
Overall 5 out of 5 Stars!
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