I have today bought the incredible Beast Comiquette (regular edition, #224 / 500) and am very happy with it.
This comiquette had been on my wishlist for quite some time and when I got to chance to add Dr. McCoy to my collection I dod not have to think twice before I pulled the trigger!
The first thing I noticed about the Comiquette is how heavy it is. This really is a solid and heavy piece so be careful when placing it on a thin glass plate in a closet.
The second thing I noticed is the incredible amount of details which you can see: from Henry's glasses to the books he is reading (in the open book Henry is studying you can see coloured pictures and text) to the detailed base Henry is sitting on... there is no denial that the sculptor and painter definitely had a great eye for details! :buttrock:
I am starting to like the Sideshow Comiquettes more and more: I already had the Colossus and Psylocke Comiquette and IMHO the Beast Comiquette is an excellent and outstanding addition to this line-up.
This Comiquette is cool guys because it shows Henry McCoy in all of his glory: at one hand the strong, experienced and agile mutant hero he has always been and at the other hand the studious and inquisitive, brilliant biochemist who found the cure for the Legacy Virus.
Henry McCoy is all about brains and muscles and this statue shows every aspect of this intrigiung and interesting character.
Henry may look like a beast but underneath his blue fur and animalistic looks a kind, dedicated , talented and light-hearted man can be found and as such he has been as much a cornerstone of the X-Men as Cyclops of Professor Xavier have been.
A big 'THANK YOU!' has to go to Timothy (a.k.a. Lieutenant Marvel) for kindly allowing me to add this statue to my collection. Timothy, it was a great pleasure meeting you and you are one of the kindest and most dedicated fan and collector which I have ever met. I am looking forward to the pics of your collection room once it is finished and would like to wish Kavita and you all the best in the future!
I have taken some quick shots of Beast this afternoon but unfortunately they have turned out a bit dark. I will take some more pictures tomorrow morning and hope they will turn out a bit brighter.
I hope you will like the pics so far nevertheless.
"If you think education is expensive, try ignorance”
- Derek Bok -
“There are three classes of people: those who see. Those who see when they are shown. Those who do not see.”
- Leonardo da Vinci -
“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.”
- Albert Einstein -
"I have called this principle, by which each slight variation, if useful, is preserved, by the term Natural Selection"
"It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change."
- Charles Darwin -
Powers and Abilities
It is possible that Beast's mutation is a result of genetic atavism.
However, he also possesses neotenous characteristics, which may explain him having a super genius intellect despite his animal physique. He possesses also superhuman strength, speed and agility. He is an excellent hand-to-hand combatant, employing a unique style of acrobatic combat, from combat training he received at Professor Xavier's and coaching from Captain America.
Originally, Hank McCoy retains the basic features of a normal human alongside a generally simian physiology (e.g., elongated limbs and enlarged extremities) equivalent to that of a Great Ape. This mutation gives him superhuman strength, speed, reflexes, agility, flexibility, dexterity, coordination, balance, and endurance.
He is equally dexterous with all four limbs; able to perform tasks with his feet or hands with equal ease. Because of his talents and training, Beast can outperform any Olympic-level athlete, contorting his body and performing aerial feats gracefully. His strength and dexterity allow him to climb vertical surfaces with just his hands and/or feet, jump great distances and survive falls that would kill any ordinary person.
He also possesses enhanced senses and can track people for great distances over open terrain  and his feet are sensitive enough to detect electronic signals (from bombs, listening devices, etc.) through solid walls and floors.
Later, Hank mutated further (from drinking an experimental solution of his own making) through the growth of grey fur covering his entire body and the enhancement of all of his existing abilities, especially his strength, and he also gained a nearly instantaneous healing factor.
The psychological impact of this first transformation caused Beast to experience short-term amnesia and also made it difficult for him to control his animalistic instincts, which would cause him to slip into an uncontrollable berserker rage during combat.
However, his body suddenly mutated again after a short time, changing his fur color from grey to black (although comic book printing technology depicted it as blue), returning his strength back to previous levels, and losing his healing factor.
He was also able to more easily control his animal instincts after this second mutation.
Beast gained the ability to emit mood altering pheromones, causing sexual attraction in women. During this time he was occasionally depicted with claws and fangs, but these were not a part of his original mutation.
Hank McCoy briefly returned to his humanoid/simian form with his hair color now being depicted as black, not reddish-brown. However, as a result of being touched by Infectia his strength began to increase exponentially while his intellect began to decrease.
After Infectia's kiss restored Hank to his simian physique, his intellect had stabilized and returned to his previous genius-level, and his strength had increased to superhuman proportions.
Beast's fangs and claws became a consistent part of his appearance after this return to his "blue and furry" form.
After being critically wounded, Hank's body undergoes a secondary mutation, jump started by Sage. The result is a more feline appearance equivalent to that of a big cat. His strength, speed, stamina, sturdiness, and senses increase further with this change. He gains cat-like agility, flexibility, coordination, and balance, and all his senses are enhanced to twenty times that of a normal human being. In addition, Beast develops an accelerated healing factor that allows him to repair mild to moderate injuries within the span of a few hours.
However, as his hands and feet change from simian to feline (going from a normal human set of four fingers to just three, retaining the opposable thumb), he loses his superhuman dexterity, once admitting that he used to play the guitar, but is now learning to play the drums instead. Following the X-Men's relocation to San Francisco, Beast discovers that he had regained some of his old manual dexterity. In the first issue of Warren Ellis' Astonishing X-Men run, Beast also comments he no longer needs full sleep.
Hank possesses a brilliant intellect. He is a world-renowned biochemist, having earned a Ph.D. in biophysics and genetics, and is the man who cured the Legacy Virus.
He frequently functions as both field medic and in-house physician for the X-Men, despite not technically having an MD.
His intelligence and expertise in genetics rival that of Professor X, Moira McTaggert, and Kavita Rao. Despite this, he has never received a Nobel Prize or been elected to the United States National Academy of Sciences.
A Renaissance man, McCoy is well-versed in many fields including languages (fluent in English, German, French, Latin, Spanish, Japanese, Arabic, and Russian as well as the fictional language Latverian), literature, philosophy, psychology, and sociology, history, art and art history, anthropology, linguistics, and music, as well as in political science and economics with a special affinity for science and technology and a penchant for quoting literary classics. His vast scientific knowledge ranges from theoretical physics, quantum mechanics, differential equations, nanotechnology, anatomy, biomedicine, analytical chemistry, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering to the construction of a hyper-magnetic device.
An electronics expert, he often repairs Cerebro and makes upgrades to the Danger Room settings. He has made several deus ex machina devices on par with Reed Richards, including a device that strips entities of cosmic powers.
"Oh, my stars and garters. What have we here?"
"Every study has shown that genetic mutants, people like us, have very specific energy signatures… more powerful energy signatures. Think about it. Last week there were over a million mutants across the planet… and now, all but a comparative handful of them appear to be nothing more than human. So as a scientist, I’m simply wondering…Where did all that energy go?"
- Henry McCoy -
Thanks for checking out this thread guys!
I am sorry that the first set of pics turned out so dark and am currently thinking of ways to prevent that from happening again.
I hope my comments will be useful to you:
-1. Beast's head is fixed and cannot be turned.
If I remember correct the Exclusive version contained not a change of head but a change of hand (in the regular version which I have Henry holds his glasses in his right hand; in the Exclusive version you have the choice to display Henry as well with a closed book in his right hand)
-2. Henry is looking down but IMHO he is not looking straight at the book.
Instead it is as if he has just read something interesting and looked up from the text to ponder and think about what he has just read.
Henry is gazing down but a bit to the left as if he is contemplating the knowledge he has just gained or the theory he has just read about.
Please let me know in case you have any further questions and in case you do decide to pull the trigger on this statue please do not forther to post pics!
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Looks like I will be getting this awesome statue from bigsilva77 !
But there looks to be a problem when I try to send the money as a gift.
In my Paypal account there are just the options "Goods" and "Services/Other"
and I can´t find the Send to friend and family button/option anywhere!
I have gone through all my paypal account options, buttons, tabs everything and I just can´t find that option. Is it because it is a Premium Account?? Or could it be because it is in the Paypal.com.mx Domain? (from Mexico)
This is bad, I need to pay him somehow, but can´t seem to be able to pay him as a gift, and he is not cormftable accepting a payment for goods because he is shipping to a unconfirmed address. Have you guys any suggestions?
Do any of you know if it is actually because my account is a Pemium Account?
Sweet. Great detail; especially with the ponderous posture and facial expression. It really looks as if the sculptor may be an actual fan of the character. A lot of design thought went into this one. Nonetheless, not my cup of tea. Congrats!