I like it a lot, but for $700 I'd prefer the original costume to the "New 52" one.
I may end up getting it, but I'm still on the fence a bit with the price.
It's definitely the best 1/4 scale GL statue I've seen yet.
If I was getting a tax refund this year instead of paying, it would probably already be ordered.
I'm just not sure if I'm ready to enter XM or Prime 1 Studios territory when it comes to a "luxury item" like a statue. As much as a GL freak as I am, $700 is a lot of lettuce. I can think of 100 better things I could spend my "discretionary income" on, like a down payment on a new Yamaha FZ-07 at this time of year for one.
I've been actively paring down my statue collection the last couple of years. Surprisingly, I find myself feeling good about it. At the height of my collecting mania, when I had dozens upon dozens of statues and all but a few of the complete line of Bowen mini-busts, the "geek" factor was actually sort of oppressive. I always had a palpable feeling that I was really going a bit overboard whenever I'd look at the collection, like I'd lost control of my impulses to a large extent. Now that I have a much more manageable amount of my absolute favorites, that bothersome feeling has finally abated. In that respect Randy actually did me a huge favor by taking a break, because god knows how many more statues I'd have by now without having that hiatus to reflect on where my collection was heading.
If I started spending several hundred dollars for a statue at this point, even of my #1 favorite character, I'm a bit worried I'd end up in the same boat. I think I'd much rather fill out the GL collection with things like the upcoming $119 Koto statue and and some of the resin GL kits that are available. The kits in particular are comparatively cheap and actually painting them to your liking yourself adds a personal factor to the finished product that you just can't get from a pre-painted statue. Nothing wrong with spending tons of cash on what you like, it's just not where I find myself at this point in my collecting.
I can definitely agree about the pairing down part True Faith.
It does feel freeing plus less to dust.
The "dusting" part is something we all could live without in this hobby.
Even though I keep all of my statues behind glass, even the tightest display cabinets allow dust to enter and accumulate over time. With 10 display units, 7 of them detolfs, while dusting can be delayed somewhat, it can't be completely eliminated.
Last month I removed all of my statues and busts from their cabinets, took out all the shelves and gave everything a complete cleaning. It was the first time I'd tackled that chore in over 2 years and it was startling to discover just how dirty everything was. Huge amounts of paper towels and Windex later, the display cabinets are back to pristine condition, but what an amazing amount of real WORK it proved to be. To say nothing of the nerve-shattering trepidation of having to move all of those statues and busts.
Once the cabinets were cleaned, the amount of years of dust on the statues and busts themselves became even more evident. Physical dusting with a soft brush just wasn't cutting it, so I took Randy's advice and subjected many pieces to a complete wash in mild, soapy water and let them air dry. (he suggested this on the now-defunct Bowen Designs website under "statue care".) The results were incredible in many cases and I highly recommend it. The pieces looked brand new as if they had just been unboxed and it returned the paints to their original luster. You really have no idea of the subtle effects of time and dust on your statues until you try this and although it can also be a nerve-wracking process, it is well worth the effort.
Luckily, I've kept all of the hundreds of Eaglemoss figures I own in small completely air-tight display cases since the day they were purchased. I can't imagine what would be involved in having to do the same to all of them.
I guess great minds think alike. I too am reducing my number of statues. I will have a lot fewer Bowens and replace them with a few larger scale statues. I'm also shifting to DC characters now that we are seeing a surge in quality DC statues. I have a Marvel side and a DC side in my office. Can't get rid of all the Bowens though, will have to put a few in storage.