As we gear up for Statue Awards voting, which begins on January 7th, we begin to reveal this year’s nominees! Today we start with opposite ends of the spectrum, here are the nominees for 2018’s Best Small and Best X-Large Statues! Stay tuned for more reveals in the coming days…
Best Small Statue
This category generally includes statues roughly 1/9 scale and smaller. Last year’s champion, Kotobukiya, has a “forceful” entry this year…can they repeat as champion in 2018, or will one of these other nominees steal the throne away from them? Here is a list of our nominees for Best Small Statue of 2018 (from left to right on the banner above):
1. Spider-Man by Royal Selangor
Sculpted by: Mufizal Mokhtar, Design by: Alan Quah, Retail Price: $500 USD, Approx. Size: 11.5″ Tall
Why we chose it: Royal Selangor has been quietly producing quality pop culture themed collectibles for some time. but what makes them special is the medium they are produced in: pewter. Their statues have to be carefully textured and sculpted to fully utilize the tin-copper metal alloy, allowing the various washes to bring out the detail. We believe this Spider-Man really represents what they have been doing so well thus far.
2. DC Bombshells: Batman & Catwoman
Sculpted by: Jack Matthews, Design by: Ant Lucia, Retail Price: $250 USD, Approx. Size: 11″ Tall
Why we chose it: Ant Lucia’s retro, 1940’s inspired re-imagining of the DC universe has been successful for many years, spawning statues, mugs, t-shirts, variant covers, prints etc. The statue line has been going strong for 5 years now, with this Batman & Catwoman being the 27th piece in the line. This playful diorama proves that the line is showing no signs of slowing down, as it masterfully captures the retro feel.
3. DC Cover Girls: Batgirl by Joelle Jones
Sculpted by: Jack Matthews, Design by: Joelle Jones, Retail Price: $125 USD, Approx. Size: 9″ Tall
Why we chose it: Joelle Jones has become a huge star in the DC Comics universe, and her amazing art and writing accolades include important runs on Batman and Catwoman. Her unique style has also been used to create an ongoing statue line. The acrobatic nature of this Batgirl Cover Girls statue shows that Joelle’s art makes no compromises as it transcends to the 3D medium…we absolutely love the design of this piece.
4. Spider-Man & Mary Jane Animated Statue by Gentle Giant
Sculpted by: Unknown, Design by: Skottie Young, Retail Price: $114.99 USD, Approx Size: 4.75″ Tall
Why we chose it: A faithful recreation of Skottie Young’s cover for Renew Your Vows # 1, this animated statue from Gentle Giant depicts the famous couple as only they can be shown…an upside down proposal! This statue is proof that simplicity is sometimes the best approach!
5. Hulkbuster BDS Art Scale by Iron Studios
Sculpted by: Unknown, Design by: Iron Studios Design Team, Retail Price: $289.99 USD, Approx Size: 20″ Tall
Why we chose it: Iron Studios 1/10 Art Scale line of statues continues to grow, and we mean literally with this massive Hulkbuster! Based on the worldwide blockbuster, Infinity War, Tony Stark’s giant killing suit of armor is meticulously and faithfully re-created in this incredible release.
6. Emperor Palpatine Artfx+ by Kotobukiya
Sculpted by: Unknown, Design by: Unknown, Retail Price: $99.99 USD, Approx Size: 5.7″ Tall
Why we chose it: Who wouldn’t join the dark side to get their hands on this statue? Seated in his throne with hands at his sides, yet somehow, he never looks more dangerous! Kotobukiya adds yet another hit to their incredibly successful Artfx+ lineup.
7. Gandalf on Gwaihir by Weta Workshop
Sculptedby: Gary Hunt, Design by: Weta Design Team, Retail Price: $125 USD, Approx Size: 4.05″ Tall
Why we chose it: New Zealand’s Weta Workshop gives us Gandalf the Grey atop the mightiest of Eagles and his trusted ally, Gwaihir. Sculpted by original Lord of the Rings crew member and Weta master sculptor, Gary Hunt, you can be sure this pint sized collectible is full of on-screen accuracy! Can this piece follow in the footsteps of Frodo, and take home another trophy for Weta?
8. Wonder Woman Deluxe Art Scale by Iron Studios
Sculpted by: Unknown, Design by: Iron Studios Design Team, Retail Price: $179.99 USD, Approx Size: 11.8″ Tall
Why we chose it: The second Art Scale 1/10 piece from Brazil’s Iron Studios features the Amazonian Princess from the blockbuster movie, charging into battle atop a powerful steed. No one in their right mind could say no to Gal Gadot, especially when she looks this good!
Best X-Large Statue
One-third and larger statues not only occupy large parts of our displays, but also large parts of our hearts, as this category of statue continues to increase in popularity. Prime 1 Studio is an industry leader in this size, and has won the category 4 years running. Can anyone stop them this year? Here are our nominees in this marquee category (from left to right on the banner above):
1. UFO Robot Grendizer by Tsume-Art
Sculpted by: Cyril Farudja, Design by: Tsume Design Team, Retail Price: 1,199.00 Euro, Approx. Size: 32″ tall
Why we chose it: Tsume has taken home the Medium Statue award two years in a row, and this year has their sights set on expanding their dominance. A 32″ tall robot with tons of switch-outs combined with their signature dynamic style, Grendizer is one of Tsume’s most ambitious projects to date. Have a look at the unboxing video from Tsume here.
2. Killer Croc by Prime 1 Studio
Sculpted by: Unknown, Design by: Prime 1 Design Team, Retail Price: $1,399.99 USD, Approx. Size: 35″ tall
Why we chose it: Prime 1 Studio’s Arkham series of statues is continually expanding, and with this new Killer Croc addition, we mean it literally! An absolutely massive statue that adds all kinds of detail and production quality to help it stand out in any collection.
3. Gremlins 2: Gizmo by Elite Creature Collectibles
Sculpted by: Miyo Nakamura, Design by: Steve Wang, Retail Price: $1,900 USD, Approx. Size: 14″ tall
Why we chose it: A classic moment from a classic film, when cute, cuddly Gizmo goes full Rambo on those nasty gremlins! Although this statue had some distinct differences between the production piece and the original prototype, the insane quality collectors have come to expect from ECC is still there in spades. From the authentic hair to the hand made glass eyes to the melted gremlin on the base, the attention to detail in this statue really helped it stand out in 2018.
4. Kitana MKX by PCS Collectibles
Sculpted by: Unknown, Design by: PCS Design Team, Retail Price: $699.99, Approx. Size: 28″ tall
Why we chose it: This 10,000 year old princess doesn’t look a day over 9,999! Actually, she looks darn good with her hand stitched vibrant blue outfit and blue-steel fans…she looks absolutely worthy of leading a Netherrealm army to conquest, but can she capture the first Statue Award for PCS?
5. Conan the Barbarian by PCS Collectibles
Sculpted by: Jerry Macaluso, Design by: PCS Design Team, Retail Price: $849.99, Approx. Size: 29″ tall
Why we chose it: What is best in life? To crush the competition in the 2018 Statue Awards, that’s what! All of PCS’s hard work capturing the details from the film and likeness of the actor paid off, as Schwarzenegger gave his personal seal of approval.
6. Wonder Woman by Prime 1 Studio
Sculpted by: Hossein Diba, Design by: Prime 1 Design Team, Retail Price: $2,099 USD, Approx. Size: 40″ tall
Why we chose it: Although she had a relatively small role in the Batman v Superman film, Wonder Woman arguably stole the show! Gal Gadot’s debut as the Amazon princess captured the hearts of many fans, and set the stage for the success of her solo movie. This statue captures her likeness from this initial debut, with film accurate armor and weaponry. Overall, a fine production from Prime 1 Studio that any Themysciran would be proud of!
7. Darth Vader Legendary Scale Figure by Sideshow Collectibles
Sculpted by: Legacy Effects, Design by: Legacy Effects, Retail Price: $2,550 USD, Approx. Size: 47″ tall
Why we chose it: Our 2017 champion (Iron Studios’ Darth Vader Legacy Replica) proved that the Dark Side is indeed the most powerful! Now that we know the power of the dark side, can this 1:2 scale version of the Dark Lord continue on the legacy? An imposing 47″ tall statue with tailored costume (based on Episode IV: A New Hope) and light up feature…can Lord Vader force choke his competition into submission? Have a look at Sideshow’s Out of the Box video here to help you decide.
8. Master’s Collection: Gollum by Weta Workshop
Sculpted by: Jamie Beswarick, Design by: Weta Design Team, Retail Price: $1,799 USD, Approx. Size: 16.5″ tall
Why we chose it: The master artisans of Weta Workshop spent over two and a half years developing this masterpiece. Featuring hand placed hair, realistic skin, real leather clothing, and unparalleled movie accuracy, Weta has given collectors and Lord of the Rings fans the ultimate Gollum collectible. Will a 2018 Statue Award become his new ‘precious’? See more about this piece from Weta here.
Don’t forget we have a MASSIVE giveaway planned! FOUR awesome statues up for grabs…all you have to do is vote, and you will be taken to the Giveaway page!