WELCOME TO THE ANNUAL STATUE AWARDS!


At the end of every year we, as collectors, gather together the best of the best and come to a consensus on the best statues of the year.

Each year there are more and more companies continually competing for our dollars and our display space.  It seems that producers are upping the ante with unique and creative designs to catch our attention.

Our Statue Awards team works throughout the year to evaluate hundreds of statues across various categories, and we are pleased to present our nominees for each category at the end of every year.  Remember, these are only our nominees, and collectors can vote for any statue you like, even if it is not on our list.

The following categories are included in our event:


BEST SMALL STATUE (1/8 SCALE AND UNDER)

Think Koto Artfx+ and Iron Studios’ 1/10 Art Scale series…there are some impressive statues to choose from here.  These statues are definitely no small potatoes…

Prior to 2019, all genres were included in this category. Starting in 2019, this category applies to the Comics/Movies/Originals genre.


BEST MEDIUM STATUE (1/7 TO 1/6 SCALE)

Although Bowen is not currently making statues, some people will still refer to this category as the “Bowen Scale”.  Many companies are still thriving in this scale, like Kotobukiya , Tsume, DC Collectibles, Kinetiquettes, Tweeterhead, and Weta.

Prior to 2019, all genres were included in this category. Starting in 2019, this category applies to the Comics/Movies/Originals genre (1/7 and 1/6 Scale) and the Anime/Manga genre (under 1/4 scale).


BEST LARGE STATUE (1/5 TO 1/4 SCALE)

Considered by many collectors as the marquee category, this category will consider pieces such as Sideshow’s Premium Format Figures and Comiquettes, XM Studios, Blitzway, Pop Culture Shock, Prime 1 Studio and many others.

Prior to 2019, all genres were included in this category. Starting in 2019, this category applies to the Comics/Movies/Originals genre (1/5 and 1/4 scale) and the Anime/Manga genre (1/4 scale and over).


BEST X-LARGE STATUE (OVER 1/4 SCALE)

The ever-growing 1/3 scale figures are starting to occupy more and more of our display shelves, so this category gets more and more exciting each year.  This category also includes those other overly large pieces like the Prime 1 Transformers (even though technically their scale is smaller than 1/4) are included in this category).

Prior to 2019, all genres were included in this category. Starting in 2019, this category applies to the Comics/Movies/Originals genre.


BEST BUST (ANY SCALE)

Busts occupy a unique zone of the collectible hobby and deserve special attention.  That’s why this year we are separating all busts, no matter what size, into their own category!

All sizes and genres are eligible to compete in this category.


BEST GAMING STATUE (ANY SCALE)

Many of us spent at least some of our free time gaming, whether online with some friends or an immersive single player campaign.  The characters and stories of these games have become meaningful parts of many people’s lives…that’s why these statues deserve special recognition.

All sizes are eligible to compete in this category.

*note* Prior to 2019, there was some overlap with the gaming statues and some of the other categories. For 2019 and beyond, Gaming statues will remain only in this category.


STATUE OF THE YEAR (2014 – 2018)

The winners from each of the above categories will be entered into a Statue of the Year tournament.  Prior to 2017, we conducted a bracket style voting tournament, where the eventual Statue of the Year had to make it through several 1 on 1 rounds of voting.  However, in 2017 and the foreseeable future, the Statue of the Year tournament will be a single round, winner-take-all style!


FAVOURITE STATUE COMPANY

Every year it seems that new, exciting companies join the hobby to compete with the industry stalwarts.  Quality and design are continually being pushed to the forefront of the hobby, making this a great time to be a collector!  The best statue company should be chosen based on quality of product, creativity in design, customer satisfaction, quality of customer service, and just who makes the coolest stuff in general.


CRITIC’S PICK (2017)

In the past we have been asked what our choice would be for Statue of the Year.  So, we have decided to add the Critic’s Pick award (name subject to change), where our voting panel will reveal our personal choice for best statue of the year.  This award is a fun way to see how our choice may differ from the voting collectors.


Industry Award (2019 and Beyond)

Starting with the 2019 Statue Awards event, we introduced a brand new Industry Award! For this award, we poll various sculptors, painters, concept designers, and other industry professionals for their choice of Best Statue for that year. We are pretty excited about this one, and hope you are, too!


PREVIOUS WINNERS


The 2019 Award voting is ongoing NOW! Head here to cast your vote!


2018 STATUE AWARDS


Best Small Statue: Hulkbuster BDS Art Scale 1/10 by Iron Studios
Best Medium Statue: Portgas D. Ace HQS by Tsume-Art
Best Large Statue: Majin Vegeta HQS+ by Tsume-Art
Best X-Large Statue: UFO Robot Grendizer by Tsume-Art
Best Bust: Joker: Face of Insanity Life Size Bust by Sideshow Collectibles & Pure Arts
Best Gaming Statue: Capcom’s Morrigan by Hand Made Object
Statue of the Year:
Capcom’s Morrigan by Hand Made Object
Best Company: Tsume-Art


2017 STATUE AWARDS


Best Small Statue: Venom Artfx+ by Kotobukiya
Best Medium Statue: Hashirama Senju by Tsume-Art
Best Large Statue: Darth Vader Legacy Replica by Iron Studios
Best X-Large Statue: The Dark Knight Returns Batman by Prime 1 Studio
Best Bust: Deadpool Life Size Bust by Sideshow Collectibles
Best Gaming Statue: Link on the King of Red Lions by First 4 Figures
Statue of the Year:
Darth Vader Legacy Replica by Iron Studios
Panel Pick: Cable by XM Studios
Best Company: Tsume-Art


2016 STATUE AWARDS


Best Small Statue: Lord of the Rings: Frodo Baggins by Weta Workshop
Best Medium Statue: Dragon Shiryu by Tsume-Art
Best Large Statue: Ghost Rider by XM Studios
Best X-Large Statue: Deathstroke by Prime 1 Studio
Statue of the Year:
Dragon Shiryu by Tsume-Art
Best Company: XM Studios


2015 STATUE AWARDS


Best Small Statue: Hulkbuster Iron Man Artfx+ by Kotobukiya
Best Medium Statue: Magneto vs Sentinel Battle Diorama by Iron Studios
Best Large Statue: Magneto by XM Studios
Best X-Large Statue: Optimus Prime: Dark of the Moon by Prime 1 Studio
Statue of the Year:
Magneto by XM Studios
Best Company: XM Studios
Best Community Custom: Red Sonja “Bloody Chainmail” by Warren Rossi


2014 STATUE AWARDS


Best Small Statue: Batman Black & White Harley Quinn (Bruce Timm) by DC Collectibles
Best Medium Statue: Batman & Catwoman: the Kiss by DC Collectibles
Best Large Statue: Captain America by XM Studios
Best X-Large Statue: Megatron by Prime 1 Studio
Statue of the Year:
Megatron by Prime 1 Studio
Best Company: XM Studios