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Old January 12th, 2014, 12:49:46 AM   #1
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Hi & welcome to our website! I'm Al aka HoldyourfireAl. I am the co-owner of Statue Marvels. My business partner is Gene aka Jack Daddy. Jack Daddy is responsible for the programming side of this site & handles all the technical issues. I am more or less the ringmaster here. I'm the one that creates the site index of all the different sections & am the "face" that you will see here on almost a daily basis.

Statue Marvels was created at the end of 2008, after I had lost my job of 23 years. At the time, I was an Operations Manager for a Shop Rite grocery store in South Jersey. I oversaw about 500 employees. Having no idea what to do with myself after I lost my job, I took up photography during the year I was out. The main subjects that I wanted to snap were my beloved Bowen Designs Statues & Mini Busts! Jack Daddy, my business partner, who is also my brother-in-law saw how passionate I was about my photography & he was also aware of my stint as a member of another statue collecting site. He knew that I wasn't pleased with a lot of the behavior at that site, especially how they treated fans of Bowen Designs & the owner of Bowen Designs, Randy Bowen. I had decided to start an alternative forum for Bowen fans, free of the mocking & rudeness. I initially tried using a free message board-type service, but it wasn't coming out as robust as I would have liked. Jack Daddy suggested we invest some money & start our own website. I would give him ideas & he would program everything.

And so, we created Statue Marvels & started inviting our fellow statue & mini bust fans to join us. One of those people was Randy Bowen. Randy supported Jack Daddy & me from day one. Because of our faithful members & Randy and Rocky Bowen, we were able to compete with the "big boys" who had been around long before us. The difference was that no one had to feel any shame for being a rabid devotee of a certain producer here! If you were someone really into Bowen Designs, you weren't called a "Bowenoser" here. You were referred to and welcomed as a Bowen Designs fan! The same went for the fans of Sideshow Collectibles, ARH, Hard Hero, Gentle Giant and so many more. We enjoyed that people had individual likes and tastes. Statue Marvels was created to celebrate that!

Since our official "opening" during January of 2009, Statue Marvels has grown and changed and continues to evolve. Personally, I am a fan of Classic Marvel Comics and things like Japanese Super Robots, Godzilla, Ultraman and a lot more nerdy greatness, but we welcome fans of all different eras of nerdness! Make Statue Marvels your home on the internet and invite your friends to join us!

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Old January 12th, 2014, 01:41:38 AM   #2
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Predator31, who helps me inspect & pack all our orders for the Statue Marvels Store and will cry if Randy Bowen doesn't sculpt his Western Ghost Rider!
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Old January 12th, 2014, 01:42:29 AM   #3
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Old January 12th, 2014, 01:42:56 AM   #5
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Old January 12th, 2014, 01:43:11 AM   #6
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Old January 12th, 2014, 01:43:21 AM   #7
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Old January 12th, 2014, 01:43:27 AM   #8
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Old January 12th, 2014, 03:10:29 AM   #9
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Love it! Good to put faces to the names! Curious to see the others...love TouchE's pic! Lol! Drunk bar karaoke night for him...or is that sober Steve...?


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Old January 12th, 2014, 04:14:10 AM   #10
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Yup, nice to finally "meet" the heroes of SM. A big THANK YOU!
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Old January 12th, 2014, 05:39:02 AM   #11
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Heh! I love it! Always good to put faces to the names

Having now seen Predator31, how can anyone deny that face his Western Ghostrider on Horseback?!

And SD's quite da big boss man, isn't he? Getting chauffeured around while he snacks. Sweet!
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And SD's quite da big boss man, isn't he? Getting chauffeured around while he snacks. Sweet!
I'll tell you why SD is in the backseat...it ain't because he's being chauffeured. Look at that pic again. He ain't eating that burger - he's mugging down with it!


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I'll tell you why SD is in the backseat...it ain't because he's being chauffeured. Look at that pic again. He ain't eating that burger - he's mugging down with it!
That's gotta be a Five Guys burger! Somewhere in the car is a greasy translucent brown paper bag filled with cajun fries! Nom nom nom!
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That's gotta be a Five Guys burger! Somewhere in the car is a greasy translucent brown paper bag filled with cajun fries! Nom nom nom!


LOL! Actually it was an "In & Out" burger ANIMAL style...!!! No way can it go down pretty...


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LOL! Actually it was an "In & Out" burger ANIMAL style...!!! No way can it go down pretty...
Sure SD, the only animal you resemble is a fish. Nibbling and making queer smooching noises doesn't make a tiger!

And the game is up on Touch - he used to be one of 'em Milli Vanilli fellas. That's a whole lotta emotional outpouring going on with the Celine Dion number...
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lolz asome pics glad to have u guys as the team
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Such a cool thread. A big thanks to all the SM gang! This is the only website I'm always on and thoroughly enjoy!
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Glad to see TrueFaith added his pic!
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