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Old January 20th, 2011, 11:53:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Figured I would start a blog about my collection and the direction I am taking it.

Not to mention it gives me some nice down town while at lunch.

When I first got into collecting statues it was a very slow process. As a poor college student I couldnt really buy all that much so I would just look at the pretty statues and think to myself 'someday'.

Well, pretty soon I was a working man married to a working women who supported my collecting. Soon enough I was buying statues left and right and my wife was surprising me with loads of busts and statues for my birthday, Christmas, ect.. It seemed like every holiday was a statue holiday.

After several years of working I finally found myself out of work. At which time I had to cancel loads of statues and resolve myself to just 'looking' again.

It took about a month before I set foot in my dork cave as for awhile doing so made me depressed. But when I finally did, I saw my collection in a whole new light.

Looking at some of the statues I owned I had to ask myself, why did I buy that? Not that they didnt look cool, but they didnt have that 'extra' meaning behind it.

There was a time when every time a got a new statue or bust it was like a personal milestone. A goal that was finally reached.

So, I made the decision to sell off a good part of my collection and start anew.

My focus would be to buy those statues that I always wanted while I was in college but could never afford - heck, maybe even a bronze some day.

As I get a new statue etc. I will post a pic and explain why I bought the statue and how it fits in to what I already have. I will also post why I have sold certain items.

Feel free to comment at any time...this is an open forum after all


Plan for 2014

Want to try and get 1 of the following:
Bowen Valkyrie
Bowen Painted Surfer
Bowen Batman on Gargoyle (w. box!)
Bowen Hellboy Statue

We'll see what happens!

Check out my mom's Etsy shop.
https://www.etsy.com/shop/ForYourAngelsCheeks
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I like the idea, maybe it'll start a trend!
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Joined the Bowen Designs Collectors club again today. I let my membership lapse and then re-instated it just recently.

I also placed the Mockingbird bust on order. It is a very good looking bust and think that it will fit in great with my current collection.

Wanted to pick up the Firestar bust but passed as I want to see it in person first. I love the idea of creating a 'Spiderman and His Amazing Friends' display some day...just not today.
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That would be cool
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Going to pick up a new display case today. I found one on Craigslist for $100 and couldnt pass it up. It is going to go on the 'Bowen' side of my room. I will post pics tonight.
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Got this case for $100 the other day. It has mirrored sliding doors in the back (not shown) which are in great condition.

I am going to fix the light box and alter what the bottom looks like a bit (dont like the current faux finish).

It also needs to have a wider base built for saftey reasons. It is very top heavy and I am affraid that my 4 year old would tip it over

The base will have sliders on it so that it moves easily. I thought about making it front opening, but it isnt worth the extra work.

It will stand 34" tall when I am done with the base. It is also 48" wide. It will also have several adjustable shelves.

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Death statue by Bowen. Had to get her to go with Thanos. I missed out on this one while I was unemployed - Thanks Touch

Sold Emma - Image Deleted -

Emma by CS Moore. I am going to devote three cases+ to stuff by CS. Met him at Comic Con a few years back and was blown away by how nice he was. Decided I would start getting more (no pun intended) of his stuff. There is another Emma, two Black Cats, and a Wolverine that I still want to get. I know that he has done two Spider-Mans, but I am not a big fan of those.

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COOOOOBBBRAAAAA!

Throw back to the 80's. Randy, if you ever read this blog, please consider a GI Joe line. I would freaking love it!

Palisades had a great thing going with this line. The Mini-busts and Mini-statues are all killer. I got these two off of Ebay recently.

Cant wait to grab 'em all!
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Sold 90% of my CS Moore Stuff - Image Deleted

David Mack's Kabuki Twins busts by CS Moore. Got these off of Ebay as well.

This is a double whammy for me. I met Mack at the Portland Comic Con and was again taken back by how nice a successful creator can be.

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Just talked over a bid to have a custom case done for me. It would be 30"x30"x16" made of black melamine with either hindge or sliding glass doors w. adjustable shelves. The price is about $500 (which is several statues), but it would be able to house all of my 'extra' busts with ease.

The plan is going to be to purchase two of these things before the end of the year. The reason for the size is that they would be able to fit perfectly behind the sectional couch we have in my room (the width is 60" and the height is 30"). They will have mirrored backs and would be lit with LED's.

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Death statue by Bowen. Had to get her to go with Thanos. I missed out on this one while I was unemployed - Thanks Touch


Emma by CS Moore. I am going to devote three cases+ to stuff by CS. Met him at Comic Con a few years back and was blown away by how nice he was. Decided I would start getting more (no pun intended) of his stuff. There is another Emma, two Black Cats, and a Wolverine that I still want to get. I know that he has done two Spider-Mans, but I am not a big fan of those.
You're not getting my Wolverine!!!!

Seriously though, the Moore Wolverine in the sewer diorama is one of my favorite statues. It's a great representation of that era's Wolverine and a clear connection to one of the all time greatest storylines in comic book history.
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You're not getting my Wolverine!!!!
Seriously though, the Moore Wolverine in the sewer diorama is one of my favorite statues. It's a great representation of that era's Wolverine and a clear connection to one of the all time greatest storylines in comic book history.
Don worry, I wouldnt want to take him from you

Should be getting some busts shortly from a fellow member and the 1st. Bowen Sandman statue some time this week.

CANT WAIT!
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Update -







Well, thanks to SsKaar I no longer need Marv, Magneto, or the Shadow. BTW, the Shadow is a killer bust.

Now I only need to get my hands on Colossus and Chrome Ultron and I will have ALL of the busts from Phase 1 - 3.
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David Mack's Kabuki Twins busts by CS Moore. Got these off of Ebay as well.

This is a double whammy for me. I met Mack at the Portland Comic Con and was again taken back by how nice a successful creator can be.
Where do you get those acrylic risers? I've seen them in a few other people's collections, but can't find them anywhere. I am currently using the 2"x2" and 3"x3" "U" shapped stands, but out of every dozen, probably only 2 are cut evenly. The rest are useless as they cause the bust to lean since once side is shorter/longer than the other.
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Where do you get those acrylic risers? I've seen them in a few other people's collections, but can't find them anywhere. I am currently using the 2"x2" and 3"x3" "U" shapped stands, but out of every dozen, probably only 2 are cut evenly. The rest are useless as they cause the bust to lean since once side is shorter/longer than the other.
Well, the riser in the background is an old iPod case

What I really like to use are the acrylic cases you use to store baseball cards in.

They are square, durable, and look just fine when used.

The laser creations U-Shaped risers can be a pain, but I plan on sanding down the ones that tilt.
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Case Update:

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The new base is wider and deeper then the old one. It is also shorter so it fits under the window.

Next I am going to line the base with older comic book covers and ad some LED lights.

This will most like happen MUCH later. Since it is a back load case I am probably going to fill it with Sideshow statues as the years progress.

This means that I am not going to add shelves to it as I originally thought. I am nervous that something that doesnt have a wide base (i.e. a bust) would tip over while moving the case for cleaning etc.

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Got the Mole Man bust today. It is an A/P - but doesnt have a box. I will probably pick up another bust later and have the A/P finished in a Bronze look.

Also received the Bowen original Sandman statue today. This is a statue that I always wanted to get, but could never afford to buy.

But, thanks to the net and a seller in Texas I was able to finally pick one off. The box is a total mess, but I have an idea of how to remedy that. It also doesnt have the foam insert, so I will just have to make my own I think.

Regardless, I am happy to have him as part of my collection. Now I just need to find the bronze one!

I will post pics tonight.
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As promised here are the pics of my latest statues -


First Sandman


Mole Man


While placing these guys I noticed that I need to do some major cleaning. Well, maybe not that major, but there was a lot of dust in my cases. Ah well, such is life when dealing with statues.

Thanks for looking folks
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very cool brother. your collection is amazing!
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Next I am going to line the base with older comic book covers and ad some LED lights.
i had a similar idea and found it was "too busy" and my pieces were kinda lost in all the color. good luck though!
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