Beautiful collection khufutaron.
That Black Bolt is a truly amazing piece.
I feel almost honored for the opportunity to see up close a statue that I'd probably never get the chance to see anywhere in person.
Thanks so much for sharing!
Thanks guys! I'm really liking Black Bolt more and more. I knew it was a great looking statue, but that screaming/floating pose just has so much presence. Its just one of those perfect poses that conveys a ton of action/emotion.
I received my XM Dr Strange last night and I'm happy to report, yes it is awesome. This is personal grail for me, but quite honestly, I think it might just be a grail for anyone who collects Marvel statues.
Yes, this statue is better than Magneto. Its without a doubt the best statue in my collection from a character, delivery, etc... standpoint. I know a lot of people might disagree, but in my opinion, its not eve close. Absolute perfection!! Now some pics:
The classic portrait is phenomenal. I think is perfect representation of the character.
As always the paint and lines are flawless.
This is really hard to get a picture of, but the Orb of Agamotto is really cool with. Its deep black with tiny little sparkles.
The book stand is so cool. Its like its own little mini-statue. It definitely gives you display options being able to move it around, and the details are perfect.
The base is one complete piece attached to Dr. Strange's cape. There are two light-up options, and they are accessible by removing the middle eye part (it just rests there - no magnets or latches). I'm using the light rotation red to green to yellow etc...
Here he is in all his glory!! I currently have him bunking with the FS Ant-Man, but I'll probably remove him. Speaking of Ant-Man, another great statue, I have his ants roaming around my display and his mini-statue in with Wolverine lol. I'm going to start looking for another Besta, Pax, etc... setup.
Congrats! I think my favorite XM pieces are the Black Bolt (and I would have done the same options as you), Magento (prefer with the helmet on) and Doctor Strange.
I was going to ask what your plans were for more shelving because clearly at the rate you are going will need more. You decided against all of the Spidey Villains right (or was that someone else? Can't wait to see all of those in 1/4 scale together.
Have/PO'd: SS Spider-Man, SS Green Goblin, Halimaw! Symbiot, XM Kraven, XM Mysterio, XM Sandman, XM Scorpion, XM Lizard, XM Punisher, XM Venom.
Have/PO'd: XM Daredevil, XM Moon Knight, XM Black Panther, XM Iron Fist, XM Black Bolt, XM Kingpin, XM Dr. Strange, XM Ant-Man, XM Thanos, XM Ms Marvel, XM Hulk
Want: XM Classic Iron Man or XM Mark VII Iron Man (still deciding)
There will end up being a fourth display if anyone ever doses Cosmic characters: Silver Surfer, Captain Marvel, Nova, etc... I have an ambitious list, but with the planning I've done with my XM source, I think I have everything but the "wants" lined up. I'm hoping the pace stays about the same as 6-7 statues a year is the sweet spot for me. I only have Kraven/Mysterio on the horizon with maybe Sandman coming Q4 (likely next year though). So, once I settle on my Iron Man, it's going to be quiet for quite awhile. It's just been a crazy couple of months with Daredevil, Ant-Man, Black Bolt, & Dr. Strange all landing about the same time.
That Doctor Strange is epic and a fine addition to an already awesome display.
And there are certainly worse situations than having one's personal display "master plan" subject to the scheduling whims of a statue manufacturer.
Talk about "third world problems", LOL.
We should all have those kind of annoyances.
My XM Sandman came last night. I had originally asked my source to hold one for me, then XM changed it up, and I forgot to cancel my reservation. So, I went through with the order anyway, and I'm actually really glad I did. It turned out really well. I'm still missing the mallet/hammer arm, and the shipping ($420 USD) was awful. But, its absolutely amazing in person. Think 1/4 scale Bowen Sandman - the paint, the text, etc... its all there. The pose is a little limiting, but with how I displayed it, the action it gives off is outstanding.
Both portraits are well done. I wish the normal head had better stair-step hair highlights, but the sand portrait is perfect. I prefer the normal version because of the action pose - like he's rising up and out partially transformed.
The sand color and texture is perfect. The paint, clothes, etc... are great as always with XM statues.
The sand spike and hand are HUGE... I'm 6'5" with medium-ish hands - these things are beasts. And, the spikes are dangerous - sharp, heavy and solid - no joke be careful with them.
Here he is in all his awesomeness:
Bonus - This is how I have him displayed right now - normal head & spike hand. The pose and action on this statue lines up perfectly with Sideshow's recent Spider-man PF. They look great together!