The original, and longest running awards showcase for the Statue Collecting hobby is back for the 6th consecutive year!

Wow! What a year it has been! We say this every year, but 2019 was the most difficult ever for us to decide our nominations, and we feel safe in saying it will be a difficult decision for you to decide, too! We believe in the collectors choice, with their discerning eye for quality and fine craftsmanship.

We have made a few changes to the format for this year’s event. First, we have created several genre/style divisions…some new, some old. Statues will be separated into Comics/Movies/Originals, Gaming, Anime/Manga, and Busts. There will be NO CROSSOVER between divisions.

Second, the Statue of the Year showdown is no more. In its place, we have created a brand new award…the Industry Award! Find out more about this exciting new award below!

Now it’s time to decide the best of the best for 2019!

Before you head down to the vote form to have your say, be sure to read the rules of the competition below.


Shortcuts

Rules & Eligibility
FAQ
Results Reveal on Shelf Space
Industry Award

Comics/Movies/Originals
Best Small Statue
Best Medium Statue
Best Large Statue
Best X-Large Statue

Gaming
Best Gaming Statue

Anime/Manga
Best Medium Statue
Best Large Statue

Busts
Best Bust

Favourite Company


RULES & ELIGIBILITY

How are nominees selected?

Throughout the year, we tracked the reveals and releases of over 50 companies, which resulted in over 500 statues in 2019! With our own extensive research and internal deliberations, along with your fan write-in nominations (which ran from December 1st to December 24th), we have curated a short list nominees in each of our categories that we feel best exemplify excellence in this wonderful hobby. When considering statues, we are looking for distinction in design, sculpt, paint, quality of the end product, and innovation.

We stand by our nominees, but we recognize that not all collectors will agree with our selections. That is why our nominees are only meant to highlight what we feel were the best releases of the year, and we DO NOT restrict your votes to these statues. You can use the ‘Other’ option on the form to cast your vote for whatever statue you feel is worthy in each category.


Timeline

Voting to determine the winner of each individual category will commence on January 10th, 2020 at noon EST and close on January 17th, also at noon EST.

Results will be revealed LIVE on Shelf Space, January 19th, 2020 starting at 2 PM EST. Be sure to tune in and participate in the live chat!


Photo Credit

Photos used in our banners are generally official product images from each individual company. We’d love to credit all of the great photographers responsible for these images, but that information is generally unknown. However, we would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to these people for providing such excellent quality images! A handful of the photographs used are our own, or from our talented friends. Individual photo credit, if known, is given on the statue’s individual blurb below.

Please note that the side by side images on the banners are not to scale and are not meant to indicate the relative size between statues.


Artist Credit

This industry has so many talented artists involved, whether it be sculptors, painters, concept designers, mold and cast makers, cut & sew experts, engineers etc. We have done our best to credit individuals where possible, but the names of the artists involved with each project are not always easy to find. If a name is missing, it simply means we could not find that information. If you know of any names missing, please feel free to contact us!


Eligibility Period

Statues released during the period of December 26, 2018 to December 25, 2019 are eligible for the 2019 Statue Awards.  The statue must be shipped and IN HAND with collectors during this period in order to be eligible for the 2019 Statue Awards.


Licensed Only

We can all appreciate some of the great “fan art” out there, but this competition is for licensed statues only.


Statue Size

The statues in our event are generally separated by scale, as noted in the categories below. However, some statues have to be moved around to a category that better suits them. Transformers, for example, strictly speaking would usually fall into the Small Statue category based on scale. However, these whopping 30″ plus statues simply do not belong there, and get moved to the X-Large category that is much more applicable. So, basically, we’re saying that there are exceptions to every rule. We carefully consider each statue and where it belongs in our competition.


Errors

We do our best to make sure all of the information about each statue is accurate. But, we are only human, so if you see any errors or you can fill in some of the missing information, feel free to contact us!


RESULTS!


INDUSTRY AWARD


1st Place: Thor, Breaker of Brimstone by Sideshow Collectibles – 17.2%
2nd Place: Thanos 1:1 Bust by Queen Studios – 9.4%
3rd Place: The Encounter by Infinity Studio – 7.8%


A brand new award for the 2019 Statue Awards, and we are incredibly excited about this one!

We have polled some of the best and brightest from the statue collecting hobby – sculptors, art directors, concept designers, painters, and industry professionals – to determine their singular choice for Best Statue of 2019!

This poll was conducted in secret prior to the fan vote portion of the event. So, the results are already determined, and are completely unaffected by the results of the fan vote.

We want to extend a very special thank you to everyone that took the time to vote on this inaugural award! For 2019 we had a responses from 32 amazing judges! Below is a list of some of our judges, and there were even more amazing artist that chose to remain anonymous.


1st Place: Thanos BDS Deluxe Art Scale 1/10 by Iron Studios – 20.9%
2nd Place: Doctor Strange Artfx Premier by Kotobukiya – 14.3%
3rd Place: Gandalf Deluxe Art Scale 1/10 by Iron Studios – 13.5%


This category generally includes statues roughly 1/8 scale and smaller. Last year’s champion, Iron Studios, had another strong showing in 2019, but the competition is fierce…does Iron Studios have enough (End)game to repeat as champion in 2019? Here is the list of our nominees for Best Small Statue of 2019 from the Comics/Movies/Originals genre :


Jurassic World Owen and Blue

by Chronicle Collectibles

Artists: Dean Tolliver, Sean Dabbs, the Chronicle Collectibles Design & Development Team
Size: approx. 8.5” tall x 12” wide x 8.5” deep
Edition Size: 300

The Jurassic World Owen and Blue 1:9 scale Statue was designed to show this relationship between man and beast. The concept design for this piece came from a photo in the Jurassic World periodical from Entertainment Weekly. The pose was decided after working closely with Universal and Industrial Light and Magic.

Sideshow.com

Batman: the Devastator

by DC Collectibles

Artists: Jason Frailey, Ed Bradley, the DC Collectibles Design & Development Team
Size: approx. 9.1” tall
Edition Size: 5,000

…a nightmarish fusion of the only two beings capable of taking on the Man of Steel—Doomsday and Batman…this statue captures the imposing essence of the Devastator—an all-powerful creature in which the unstoppable might of Doomsday fuses with the unmatched brains of Batman.

DCComics.com

DC Artists Alley: Wonder Woman

by DC Collectibles

Artists: Irene Matar, Chrissie Zullo, the DC Collectibles Design & Development Team
Size: approx. 7” tall
Edition Size: 3,000

Sword at the side, shield on her back, Chrissie Zullo’s Wonder Woman is ready and excited to take on all challengers. Modeled in traditional Amazonian battle garb, we see a heroine who embraces her roots as she stands for what she believes in.

DCComics.com

Venom Animated Statue

by Gentle Giant

Artists: The Gentle Giant Design & Development Team
Size: approx. 5” tall
Edition Size: Limited

When he is a villain, the hulking brute that is Venom is one of the deadliest foes of Spider-Man. But, what about his down time? In our latest Marvel Animated Statue, we find the fiendish Venom… out on a stroll enjoying his favorite, friendly neighborhood snack!

Big Bad Toy Store

Thanos BDS Deluxe Art Scale 1/10

by Iron Studios

Artists: The Iron Studios Design & Development Team
Size: approx. 14.1″ T x 5.5″ W x 10.2″ D
Edition Size: Limited

Based on the likeness of the powerful warlord from Avengers: Endgame, Deluxe Thanos comes with a fully detailed base, Die Cast sword, interchangeable left arm and portrait and a LED light-up Gauntlet!

Sideshow.com

Gandalf Deluxe Art Scale 1/10

by Iron Studios

Artists: The Iron Studios Design & Development Team
Size: approx. 9″ T x 6.6″ W x 6.6″ D
Edition Size: Limited

Based on the likeness of Sir Ian McKellen from the film, Gandalf is hand-painted and comes with a dynamic base inspired by the film.

Sideshow.com

Magneto: Dominant

by Royal Selangor

Artists: Mufizal Mokhtar, Alan Quah, the Royal Selangor Design & Development Team
Size: approx. 11″ T x 10.5″ W x 9″ D
Edition Size: 3,000

As Magneto, with unlimited ability to harness the power of magnetic fields and manipulate metal telekinetically, combined with a cynical opinion of humankind, Erik is one of the most powerful mutants, and the X-Men’s most dangerous foe.

This work showcases the combined creativity of Malaysians Alan Quah and Mufizal Mokhtar, artists highly respected by the international comics and collectibles communities.

RSFigures.com

Check out our review of this statue HERE!


Doctor Strange Artfx Premier

by Kotobukiya

Artists: The Kotobukiya Design & Development Team
Size: approx. Height: 9.8″
Edition Size: Limited

Smaller than the size of a quarter, each statue’s face is packed with expressive and lifelike detail. The textures in the outfit are depicted with sublime beauty from the paint job that can be seen in various hues based on the lighting and angle; from a sky blue in normal lighting to a slight green color. The cloak of levitation can also be seen as red or purple based on the beautiful wave gradient that was used specifically for this statue.

Kotous.com

1st Place: Batman “Bat Family” Q-Master by Quantim Mechanix – 20.0%
2nd Place: Iron Man & Ultron by oyal Selangor – 16.9%
3rd Place: Storm Fine Art Statue by Kotobukiya – 13.5%


The Medium Sized Statue genre is as strong as ever! Many collectors are starting to run out of space (and money!), meaning that they are turning to this category to scratch their collecting itch. These mostly 1/7 to 1/6 sized statues prove that smaller size does not mean a compromise in presence or detail! Here are our nominees for Best Medium Statue of 2019 from the Comics/Movies/Originals genre:


Arwen and Frodo on Asfaloth

by Weta Workshop

Artists: Jane Wenley, the Weta Design & Development Team
Size: approx.19″ T x 13.6” W x 9.25” D
Edition Size: 750

Sculpted by hand, this collectible defies expectation for what can be captured in polystone. The robes of our heroine billow out as she wields Hadhafang, etched with Elven runes, against the Nine. The first time Weta Workshop has crafted water in such a way: near clear, water-effect resin appears to splash up from the River Bruinen itself.

Wetanz.com

Super Powers Catwoman Maquette

by Tweeterhead

Artists: Jack Matthews, the Tweeterhead Design & Development Team
Size: approx.17″ T x 17” W x 5” D
Edition Size: 250

Alluring yet devious, Tweeterhead’s Super Powers Catwoman Maquette is a must-have for any fans of sultry supervillain Catwoman and DC Comics.

Sideshow.com

Super Powers Martian Manhunter Maquette

by Tweeterhead

Artists: Paul Harding, Jason Wires, the Tweeterhead Design & Development Team
Size: approx.18″ T
Edition Size: Limited

One of the initial members of the Justice League of America, the all-powerful Martian Manhunter in his classic outfit stands about 18-inches tall on a Mars-themed base. Designed and sculpted by Paul Harding, with the prints, casting, and paint master by Jason Wires.

SpecFictionShop.com

Iron Man & Ultron Replica

by Royal Selangor

Artists: Suheryanto Hatmaja (original sculpt), Studio HIVE (original design), the Royal Selangor Design & Development Team
Size: approx.14″ T
Edition Size: 300

Royal Selangor’s 1/6 scale replica reproduces every detail of XM’s impressive original. A polished pewter Iron Man, in his classic Bronze Age suit, stands victorious over the mangled remains of Ultron’s robotic horde, sculpted in bonded porcelain.

RSFigures.com

Storm Fine Art Statue

by Kotobukiya

Artists: Erick Sosa, the Kotobukiya Design & Development Team
Size: approx.15.3″ T
Edition Size: Limited

The latest entry in Kotobukiya’s Fine Art Statue line of high‐quality cold cast resin statues sculpted by Erick Sosa is the Omega Level Mutant and one of the most respected heroes amongst the X‐Men, Storm!

Kotous.com

The Encounter

by Infinity Studio

Artists: Maria Panfilova, the Infinity Studio Design & Development Team
Size: approx.13″ T
Edition Size: Limited

The ‘Encounter’ was originally created by Maria Panfilova, a well-known CG artist in Russia. This design was selected as a startup screen by the software: Substance Painter. The work depicts the unexpected encounter of a dragon and a mouse under a dead tree. Simple, quiet, and full of imagination. 

Sideshow.com

DC Designer Series: Nightwing & Batgirl

by DC Collectibles

Artists: Ryan Sook, Paul Harding, the DC Collectibles Design & Development Team
Size: approx.13.7″ T
Edition Size: 5,000

Workplace romance is never easy, and doing it behind a mask while protecting the streets of Gotham City takes the difficulty to new heights. But being able to embrace your beloved while hanging upside down via grapnel-gun cable makes it all worthwhile. This polyresin statue is inspired by the art of Ryan Sook and is designed to stand upright or be mounted on a wall so the characters can hang inverted in their embrace.

DCComics.com

Batman “Family” Q-Master

by Quantum Mechanix

Artists: Mohammad “Hawk” Haque, the Quantum Mechanix Design & Development Team
Size: approx.15.5″ T
Edition Size: 5,000

Batman the ultimate loner, is paradoxically all about family. You can see it in everything he does, everything he is. The death of his family made him. He fights to make sure no one else ever has to suffer the loss of loved ones like he did. And despite his protests to the contrary, he is forever building a family around him. That’s what QMx Creative Director Mohammad “Hawk” Haque endeavored to capture in this figure, titled simply “Family”

Qmxonline.com

1st Place: Dark Phoenix by XM Studios – 21.1%
2nd Place: Thor, Breaker of Brimstone by Sideshow Collectibles – 16.9%
3rd Place: Spider-Man by XM Studios – 15.7%


The Large Statue category (featuring 1/5 and 1/4 scale statues) has always been a fan favourite in this event. Many see this category as a perfect blend of size, detail, and presence, giving these statues a museum quality and feel. Here are the nominees for Best Large Statue 2019 from the Comics/Movies/Originals genre:


Punisher Legacy Replica

by Iron Studios

Artists: Tiago Rios, Daniel Siqueroli, the Iron Studios Design & Development Team
Size: approx.27.25″ T x 10” W x 10.5” D
Edition Size: 1,000

With no help from the police to get justice for his family, he emblazoned his armor with a symbol of death’s head and exacted his revenge. Since then he has fought crime as The Punisher.
This quarter scale statue stands approximately 28 inches tall and features two heads, interchangeable hands with weapons, and a base with magnets to attach empty cartridges from the firearms. 

Sideshow.com

Check out our review of this statue HERE!


Scorpion Alien Premium Masterline

by Prime 1 Studio

Artists: Geng Gi, the Prime 1 Studio Design & Development Team
Size: approx.39″ T
Edition Size: 500

Prime 1 Studio is bringing back the 1:4 Scale Scorpion Alien inspired of the front cover #101 Aliens Comic Book published by Dark Horse Comics in 1995… in this highly collectible 39 inches tall statue, skillfully crafted to ensure unprecedented quality and unbelievable attention to character detail.

Prime1Studio.com

Watch Prime 1 Studio’s unboxing HERE!


Rogue Maquette

by Sideshow Collectibles

Artists: Will Harbottle, Ian MacDonald, Alfred Paredes, Alex Pascenko, Matt Molen, Andrew Huerta, Esther Skandunas, Tim Hanson, Chadwick Anderson, Adam Smith, Kat Sapene, Factor 31, the Sideshow Design & Development Team
Size: approx.22″ T x 14.5” W x 13” D
Edition Size: 1,000 (EX), 2,000 (REG)

Measuring just over 22” tall, the Rogue Maquette defies gravity in this dynamic and exciting composition that features the mutant’s marvelous powers on display. Flying over a detailed Danger Room environment base, Rogue wrenches an intricate mechanical buzz saw from the floor, ready to take a swing at any unwelcome X-Mansion guests.

Sideshow.com

Check out our review of this statue HERE!


Thor, Breaker of Brimstone

by Sideshow Collectibles

Artists: Daniel Bel, Matt Molen, Adam Smith, Bernardo Esquivel, Esther Skandunas, the Sideshow Design & Development Team
Size: approx.25.5″ T x 18” W x 12” D
Edition Size: 1,500 (EX), 2,500 (REG)

The Thor: Breaker of Brimstone Premium Format™ Figure measures 25.5” tall, as the God of Thunder summons the strength of Mjolnir to fight his molten foe Surtur. As Thor descends into the realm of Muspelheim, plumes of lava erupt from around the fire giant-themed base.

Thor, the Son of Asgard, has a godly physique with detailed musculature and a portrait with flowing blonde locks that truly captures his berserker fury. Worthy of Mjolnir’s might, Thor prepares to swing the mystical hammer, which bears its famous enchantment etched into the side.

Sideshow.com

Dark Phoenix

by XM Studios

Artists: Marthin Agusta, Studio HIVE, the XM Studios Design & Development Team
Size: approx.28.5″ T x 17.5” W x 13” D
Edition Size: 999

The all powerful Dark Phoenix is immortalized in amazingly detailed 1:4 scale cold-cast porcelain. Each painstakingly handcrafted statue is individually hand-painted with the highest possible quality finish. With 3 alternate display portraits, each depicting a different emotion, this incredibly intricate statue will thrill and hold all attention with its flaming Phoenix base and dark aura.

XM-Studios.com

Check out our review of this statue HERE!

*Photo Credit: Charles Cecilia


Great White Shark (Carcharodon Carcharias)

by Infinity Studio

Artists: Ding Darren, the Infinity Studio Design & Development Team
Size: approx.29.5″ T x 26.75” W x 26.75” D
Edition Size: 128

Witness the great escape from The Great White Shark with Infinity Studio’s Museum Series shark and seal pup 1/4 scale statue!

Made of polystone, PVC, and PU, this enormous collectible stands 26 by 26 by 29 inches on its base, seemingly ready to jump to life at any moment.

Big Bad Toy Store

Spider-Man

by XM Studios

Artists: Soefara Jafney Jaafar, Mufizal Mokhtar, Paul Tan, Marthin Agusta, the XM Studios Design & Development Team
Size: approx.31″ T x 22” W x 16” D
Edition Size: 880

Your friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man swings into XM as an amazingly detailed 1:4 scale cold-cast porcelain statue! Each painstakingly handcrafted statue is individually hand-painted with the highest possible quality finish.

XM-Studios.com

Check out our review of this statue HERE!

*Photo Credit: Gary Tonge


Astronaut ISS EMU

by Blitzway

Artists: Hai Lim, Hyeok Jeon, Master-B, Hai Lim, the Blitzway Design & Development Team
Size: approx.35″ T x 22” W x 28” D
Edition Size: Limited

In this project, we tried to express realistic and sophisticated images of the actual NASA astronaut’s appearance and robot arm shape as fully as possible, and vividly reproduced the extravehicular activities in zero gravity. In addition, We have been approved by NASA and Canadian Space Agency for use in the artistic interpretation of space suits and robotic arms.

Blitzway.com

1st Place: Hush Superman by Prime 1 Studio – 23.9%
2nd Place: Optimus Prime by XM Studios – 17.3%
3rd Place: Yoda Legendary Scale Figure by Sideshow Collectibles – 14.1%


One-third scale 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, an industry leader in this size, had won this category 4 consecutive years until they were dethroned in 2018. Can they take back the crown? Here are our nominees for Best X-Large Statue in 2019 from the Comics/Movies/Originals genre :


Mohawk Maquette

by Elite Creature Collectibles

Artists: Steve Wang, the Elite Creature Collectibles Design & Development Team
Size: approx.31″ T x 24” W x 18” D
Edition Size: 299

This museum-quality statue is constructed from heavyweight polystone and translucent resin, each piece individually hand-painted capturing the finest detail, with handmade hyper realistic resin eyes and synthetic fur making this the ultimate tribute of this mischievous Gremlin. 

Elitecreature.com

Judge Dredd Cursed Earth

by PCS Collectibles

Artists: Justin McMillan, Mike Najera, Jerry Macaluso, Amos Hemsley, Ralph Cordero, Miguel Argueta, the PCS Collectibles Design & Development Team
Size: approx.28″ T x 12.5” W x 15” D
Edition Size: 200

Pop Culture Shock is proud to pay tribute to Mega City One’s most recognizable lawman with the biggest Judge Dredd statue they’ve ever produced. Standing almost 28 inches tall, this 1:3 scale collectible was sculpted using a mix of digital and traditional sculpting techniques to bring Dredd to life as only PCS Collectibles can.

Sideshow.com

Dog Alien Maquette

by Cool Props & Prime 1 Studio

Artists: Abner Marin, David Munoz Velazquez, the Cool Props and Prime 1 Studio Design & Development Team
Size: approx.26″ T x 29” W x 25” D
Edition Size: 800 (DX), 1,000 (REG)

During the production of the 1992 movie “Alien 3”, filmmakers used costume suits and props of the Dog Alien character. CoolProps and Prime 1 Studio have developed the Dog Alien Maquette based on the mold of the puppet and 3D data from the movie. 

This is an excellent piece that captures the moment when the dog alien aggressively runs off, and you can enjoy this very moment with various angles.

Sideshow.com

Watch Prime 1 Studio’s teaser video HERE!


Superman Hush

by Prime 1 Studio

Artists: Rodrigue Pralier, the Prime 1 Studio Design & Development Team
Size: approx.42″ T x 28” W x 15” D
Edition Size: 1,500 (Fabric), 750 (Sculpt)

The statue is based on the scene where Batman and Catwoman retreat to the underwater system of Metropolis to escape from Superman, who is mind-controlled by Poison Ivy. Although he is under Poison Ivy’s control, there is still a part of Superman’s true intellect that keeps him from using his full strength against the Dark Knight.

Sideshow.com

Check out our review of this statue HERE!


Optimus Prime

by XM Studios

Artists: Andrew Griffith, Studio HIVE, Suheryanto Hatmaja, the XM Studios Design & Development Team
Size: approx.39″ T x 31” W x 25” D
Edition Size: 650

Crafted from scratch, every nut, bolt and wire is lovingly designed and sculpted ground up by a team in mad love with the Transformers G1 era of cartoons. Inspired by one of our childhood favorite 80s cartoon, we took the G1’s iconic form design and XMized them with modern details, to better fit in today’s expectations of sophisticated robotry designs. We have spared no effort and designing these original pieces took our core team almost 2 years, resulting in an amazing balance of retro beauty with a sleek modern details.

XM-Studios.com

Check out our review of this statue HERE!

*Photo Credit: Bmutha


Yoda Legendary Scale Figure

by Sideshow Collectibles

Artists: Matt Black (Sculpt), Alfred Paredes (Sculpt), Alex Pascenko (Design), Rachel Roubicek (Design), Joe Allred (Design), Casey Love (Paint), Tim Hanson (Costume), Esther Skandunas (Costume), Melissa Love, Daniel Staig, Chadwick Andersen, Brenton Henriques, the Sideshow Design & Development Team
Size: approx.17″ T x 11.5” W x 11.5” D
Edition Size: Limited

From his detailed portrait down to the sculpted nails of his hands and feet, this collectible lovingly captures the magic of Frank Oz’s original puppet. The Yoda Legendary Scale Figure has a custom-tailored fabric costume with weathering to reflect the aging of Yoda’s Jedi robes. The wise Jedi Master has a contemplative, peaceful expression on his detailed and wrinkled portrait, complete with synthetic hair elements. Yoda even has his blissl instrument hung around his neck, just as he wore it in the swamps of Dagobah.

Sideshow.com

Check out our review of this statue HERE!


Treebeard Masters Collection

by Weta Workshop

Artists: Troy Nickel, Daniel Falconer, the Weta Design & Development Team
Size: approx.40″ T x 21” W x 18” D
Edition Size: 333

Four years and 2,800 hours in development, this fine art 1:6 scale sculpture is the realisation of a long-held dream for the crew of Weta Workshop, who brought the character of Treebeard to the screen nearly two decades ago.

Wetanz.com

Watch Weta’s unboxing HERE!


Shockwave

by Prime 1 Studio

Artists: The Prime 1 Studio Design & Development Team
Size: approx.37″ T x 35” W x 36” D
Edition Size: 888

Shockwave was left to watch Cybertron by Megatron long ago, arriving on Earth to hunt for the AllSpark shortly after Megatron. A peerless scientist with deadly efficiency and a cold devotion to logic, he is one of the very few who could rival Megatron. Shockwave is ready and willing to destroy the Autobots with his arm-mounted AstroMag Cannon.

Prime1Studio.com

Watch Prime 1 Studio’s unboxing HERE!


1st Place: Animus Altair by Pure Arts – 22.7%
2nd Place: Mr. Freeze by Prime 1 Studio – 16.9%
3rd Place: Zero by HMO Collectibles – 13.2%


A lot has changes since the 8-bit days, when a lot of us got started into gaming. Video games have evolved into an art unto themselves since those days. The characters and stories of these games have become meaningful parts of many people’s lives…that’s why these statues deserve special recognition.   Any size of statue from any type of video game (PC, Playstation, Nintendo, SEGA, XBOX…Colecovision…any platform) is eligible to take home this award. Here are the 2019 nominees for Best Gaming Statue:


Samus Varia Suit

by First 4 Figures

Artists: Salvador Felix, Kaushik Manna, the First 4 Figures Design & Development Team
Size: approx.20.5″ T x 17” W x 13” D
Edition Size: 2,100

First 4 Figures is proud to showcase Samus in the Varia Suit. Instantly recognisable from games as far back as the original Metroid game on the NES, the Varia Suit has remained a series mainstay, and is here depicted as it was seen during Metroid Prime 2: Echoes. Captured in a stunning ¼ scale in hand painted polystone, Samus measures an awesome 20 inches tall, standing upon a base inspired by the series insignia.

First4Figures.com

Check out our review of this statue HERE!


Alucard, Symphony of the Night

by Gantaku

Artists: Fabiano Carlos Coelho, the Gantaku Design & Development Team
Size: approx.19″ T
Edition Size: 1,000

Adrian Fahrenheit Tepes™, better known as Alucard, is a character in Konami’s Castlevania series of video games. His first appearance in the series was in the 1989 game Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse, but he is best known for his role in the critically acclaimed Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, released in 1997.

Sideshow.com

Capcom’s Zero

by HMO

Artists: Mufizal Mokhtar, James TCE, the HMO Design & Development Team
Size: approx.23″ T
Edition Size: 350 (Red), 150 (Black), 75 (Ultimate)

Bringing the ultimate hero from the Mega Man X line was no easy task as HMO’s ZERO was created and recreated countless times by our creative team to capture the living essence of Zero for you, the fan. Sculpted with precision and painted to simulate realistic metallic weathering, Zero’s detailed body armor can be removed (just like HMO’s X) to reveal a set of high tech internal machinery for you to display in a multitude of configurations. Multiple switches out parts add to the pleasure of configuring a precision produced piece for display.

Hand-Made-Object.com

Goro

by PCS Collectibles

Artists: Joseph Jung, Jerry Macaluso, Hector Ace, Mike Najera, the PCS Collectibles Design & Development Team
Size: approx.35″ T
Edition Size: 150

This half-human, half-dragon Shokan has been the champion of the Mortal Kombat tournament for 500 years. This high-quality mixed media collectible stands approximately 35 inches tall on a base littered with skulls and remains. 

Sideshow.com

Watch Sideshow’s unboxing HERE!


Mr. Freeze

by Prime 1 Studio

Artists: Nillo Samyr, the Prime 1 Studio Design & Development Team
Size: approx.35″ T x 22” W x 29” D
Edition Size: 350 (EX), 700 (REG)

Victor Fries was a brilliant cryogenicist whose beloved wife, Nora, was stricken with a fatal degenerative disease. Fries placed Nora in suspended animation while he obsessively searched for a way to cure her, but the corporation that funded his research – and Nora’s life – pulled the plug, and triggered an accident that transformed Fries’ body into a cold-blooded form that must always be kept at absolute zero.

Sideshow.com

Watch Prime 1 Studio’s unboxing HERE!


Assassin’s Creed: Animus Altair

by Pure Arts

Artists: The Pure Arts Design & Development Team
Size: approx.24.5″ T x 21.7” W x 16.5” D
Edition Size: 1,500

Capture the moment Altaïr materializes from the Animus synchronization with this 1:4 scale polyresin statue! Illuminated by LED lights, this statue gives a whole new atmosphere. Showcase this statue in your home with the lights down and feel the Animus effect!

PureArts.com

Lara Croft

by Weta Workshop

Artists: Daniel Cockersell, Daniel Falconer, the Weta Design & Development Team
Size: approx.22″ T x 20” W x 17” D
Edition Size: 750

The imminent showdown with the jaguar catches Lara unaware. She is struck with the epiphany that she must become like the jaguar to stay alive. With stealth, Lara must stalk through the undergrowth, attack abruptly then disappear like the predator.

Weta Workshop concept designer Daniel Falconer was charged with reimaging this scene from Shadow of the Tomb Raider. His design was then transformed into 1:4 scale polystone by sculptor Daniel Cockersell, who worked digitally in Zbrush to immortalise Lara Croft as a collectible figure.

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Check out It’s Sisko’s unboxing HERE!


Mai Shiranui

by Kinetiquettes

Artists: Yunjin Chae (Sculpt), Wandah Kurniawan (Sculpt), the Kinetiquettes Design & Development Team
Size: approx.20″ T x 15” W x 14” D
Edition Size: 650

This is a diorama designed and supervised by Stanley “Artgerm” Lau at every stage of development. The base of this statue is inspired by her iconic Fatal Fury stage depicting the bamboo raft on water as she gracefully steps over it. For the first time in Kinetiquettes’ history, this diorama features mesmerizing acrylic eyes and hyper-realistic translucent resin skin; and clear resin for the flames to achieve the best interpretation of this character to date.  

Sideshow.com

Check out our preview of this statue HERE!


1st Place: Kaneki vs Yamori by Figurama Collectors – 55.5%
2nd Place: Saitama HQS by Tsume-Art – 16.6%
3rd Place: Light & Ryuk by Oniri Creations – 10.0%


The market for high-end anime or manga themed collectibles has exploded in the last few years. When this event started, there were only a handful of companies in this field. Now, it seems there are more and more new companies every year competing for this crown. With this burst in competitiveness, we have created a special category for Anime and Manga. However, this category includes ALL statues below 1/4 scale. That said, here are the nominees for Best Medium Statue of 2019 in the Anime/Manga genre:


Kaneki vs Yamori Elite Fandom

by Figurama Collectors

Artists: Daniel Kamarudin, Daniel Simon, Keita Okada, the Figurama Design & Development Team
Size: approx.25″ T x 17” W x 14” D
Edition Size: 800

Rearing 63cm (over 24in) high on the newly-spawned fourth tentacle of his crimson kagune, Kaneki hovers in midair as Yamori lunges up to meet him, snarling and bearing his incomplete clawed kakuja. The cracked tile floor of Yamori’s torture chamber erupts with cinematic Easter Eggs as predator and prey throw themselves into combat—knocking aside trays of torture instruments, a bucket of blood, and the rusty chair that restrained Kaneki for over 10 days. 

Figurama-Collectors.com

Check out our unboxing and review of this statue HERE!


Neon Genesis Evangelion EVA Unit-01

by Infinity Studio

Artists: Ding Darren, the Infinity Studio Design & Development Team
Size: approx.12″ T x 27” W x 12.5” D
Edition Size: 666

Based on the Operation Yashima episode from the anime Neon Genesis Evangelion, this statue of EVA Unit-01 measures about 27 inches long and is constructed of polystone and plastics.

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Death Note Light & Ryuk

by Oniri Creations

Artists: Sheridan Doose, Guillaume Vanson, Kevin Ferrer, Studio HIVE and the Oniri Créations Design and Development Team
Size: approx.19″ T x 11.4” W x 11” D
Edition Size: 999

The statue features the two main protagonists, Light Yagami holding a scythe and Ryuk the God of Death who keeps a close eye on the use that Light will make with the Death Note. The base represents the Shinigami World. Light comes with two switch-out left hands, one holding the Death Note, and the other an apple that Ryuk craves so much.

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Sasuke Uchiha

by Ryu Studio

Artists: David Puertas, Miki Lopez, Hugh Lee, Studio HIVE, the Ryu Studio Design & Development Team
Size: approx.21″ T x 15” W x 20” D
Edition Size: 700

Ryu Studio is proud to introduce the third product from Naruto Shippuden: Sasuke Uchiha. The character is 1:6 in scale with dynamic posing and setting. The origin idea of this statue is from the scene of Sasuke versus Orochimaru. This statue comes with two Sasuke’s form: Normal Form and second state of Heaven curse mark. The Heaven curse mark is a cursed seal branded by Orochimaru and second state of the seal transforms Sasuke’s skin color, lengthening his hair, giving him claws and a pairs of wings. Both forms come with his Sword of Kusanagi.

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Saitama HQS

by Tsume-Art

Artists: Cyril Marchiol, Cyril Farudja, Giorgia Lenzi, Fabiano Carlos Coelho, Patrick Tran, José Ku Chio Lu, Guillaume Hemery, Mickaël Gros, Eric Jolivalt, Laurent Roussel, the Tsume Design & Development Team
Size: approx.24″ T x 19.5” W x 20” D
Edition Size: 1,800

We have decided to show him bursting effortlessly a monster while doing grocery shopping. His expression either remains careless or serious, depending on one of the faces you want to use for display. The sculpture aims to show the power in his punch with the startled attitude of the monster. The painting switches between shiny and matte areas and gives out a slimy touch to the skin texture, which is somewhat similar to amphibians.

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Toshiro Hitsugaya HQS

by Tsume-Art

Artists: Cyril Marchiol, Cyril Farudja, Saesa Kiyokawa, Alvaro Ribeiro, Patrick Tran, José Ku Chio Lu, Guillaume Hemery, Mickaël Gros, Laurent Roussel, the Tsume Design & Development Team
Size: approx.18″ T x 16” W x 9.5” D
Edition Size: 1,000

We paid a lot of attention to the sculpting of the wings to ensure the transparent resin would look like ice, while keeping a featherlike feature. They were painted with a gradient of blue, going from opaque at the base to transparent at the top.

Hitsugaya seems to float, carried by the dragon wings, ready to strike with its Zanpakutō.

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Kenpachi Zaraki

by Ryu Studio

Artists: Miguel Lopez & Javi Lopez, Studio HIVE, the Ryu Studio Design & Development Team
Size: approx.21″ T x 15” W x 20” D
Edition Size: 700

Kenpachi Zaraki is the captain of the 11th Division within the Gotei 13. He has a wild and aggressive appearance, fitting with his personality. He lives for battle and enjoys a good fight more than anything. He restrains himself in battle in order to prolong and savor the fight. Kenpachi believes that injury and death are nothing more than the price one pays for a good fight.

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1st Place: Vash the Stampede by Figurama Collectors – 56.2%
2nd Place: Broly, Legendary Super Saiyan HQS+ by Tsume-Art – 12.4%
3rd Place: Guts, Berserker Armor by Prime 1 Studio – 10.2%


Another new category for the 2019 event…Best Large Statue in the Anime/Manga genre! A slight variation from the standard criteria of year’s past for this size, we have included ALL statues 1/4 scale and above in this category. We hope this category becomes a favourite, and it no doubt will be hotly contested! Here are this year’s nominees:


Vash the Stampede Elite Exclusive

by Figurama Collectors

Artists: David Giraud, Jarold Sng, Three Eyes Studio, the Figurama Design & Development Team
Size: approx.23″ T x 27” W x 26” D
Edition Size: 400

Figurama has crafted a dynamic 1:4 scale figure that depicts planet unsmoke’s most feared outlaw dodging a barrage of bullets while directing his own deathly arsenal from the end of a modified .45 Long Colt toward the bad guys. Reaching 55 centimeters (over 21.5 inches) in height, this exquisite statue is concisely crafted from high-density polystone and some PU material for added details. Our talented sculptors produce the cleanest cuts you’ll find in the figure collectibles industry, masterfully capturing Vash’s signature crimson duster coat billowing in the breeze of the bullets.

Figurama-Collectors.com

Check out our review of this statue HERE!

*Photo Credit: Bmutha


Spike Spiegel

by First 4 Figures

Artists: Narudol Rachartirach, the First 4 Figures Design & Development Team
Size: approx.20.5″ T x 10” W x 11” D
Edition Size: 1,000

Spike is a nonchalant, unconcerned, and sometimes sarcastic character. He is usually seen passing the time by lounging, watching TV, or sleeping. In some rare occasions, he is seen practicing Jeet Kune Do, a martial art that he is very skilled in. Spike is almost always seen with a cigarette in his mouth – smoking despite the rain or “no smoking” signs around him.

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Neon Genesis Evangelion EVA Test Type-01

by Prime 1 Studio

Artists: Marco Plouffe, the Prime 1 Studio Design & Development Team
Size: approx.30″ T x 24” W x 27” D
Edition Size: 750 (EX), 1,000 (REG)

Neon Genesis Evangelion continues to be one of the most enduring anime franchises in history with some of the most beloved characters of all time not least of which are the incredible giant robots known as Evas. Ultimate Diorama Masterline series brings to life the most famous and popular of the Evas known as EVANGELION TEST TYPE-01! A tall, lanky cyborg machine piloted by the Third Child Shinji Ikari, Unit-01 is a humanoid with thin limbs, reinforced knees and chest, shoulder extensions, and its iconic horned head.

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Guts, Berserker Armor

by Prime 1 Studio

Artists: Berto Souza, the Prime 1 Studio Design & Development Team
Size: approx.37″ T x 22” W x 20” D
Edition Size: 500 (EX), 1,000 (REG)

This Ultimate Premium Masterline Berserk series brings to life the popular Japanese dark fantasy comics/manga and crafted with attention to details and true to the original design of the character. The Berserker Armor statue stands at an impressive 37 inches tall with his Dragonslayer sword on the shoulder. This is the ultimate piece for all Berserk fans.

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Check out Prime 1 Studio’s unboxing HERE!


Natsu Dragonslayer HQS+

by Tsume-Art

Artists: Cyril Marchiol, Cyril Farudja, Saesa Kiyokawa, Giorgia Lenzi, Muhammet Ay, Cyril Farudja, Patrick Tran, Maxime Roudaut, Aurélie Nagot, Christophe Sperto, Eric Jolivalt, José Ku Chio Lu, Jonathan Vigo, Laurent Roussel, Muhammet Ay, Guillaume Hemery, Mickael Gros, Eric Jolivalt, the Tsume Design & Development Team
Size: approx.31″ T x 31.5” W x 30” D
Edition Size: 777

The realisation of this statue was born from the perfect combination between digital and traditional sculpting. Natsu and the flames were made in 3D, while Ignis was sculpted traditionally, each scale made on by one.  

The paint work aimed to find the smooth feeling of the anime while working on subtle gradients.  

This is one of the most ambitious TSUME creation and has involved over 15 people in the process. 

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Broly, Legendary Super Saiyan HQS+

by Tsume-Art

Artists: Cyril Marchiol, Cyril Farudja, Pierre Marie Albert, Patrick Tran, José Ku Chio Lu, Jonathan Vigo, Muhammet Ay, Guillaume Hemery, Mickaël Gros, Eric Jolivalt, Laurent Roussel, the Tsume Design & Development Team
Size: approx.30″ T x 17” W x 27” D
Edition Size: 1,500

Designed by Akira Toriyama and created by Shigeyasu Yamauchi, he appears for the first time in the movie  “Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan”.  Due to his popularity, he made a come back in another movie “Dragon Ball Z: Broly – Second Coming”. 

We wanted to pay tribute to his power by adapting the scene where he dominates his fight against Goku and holds the powerless hero by the head.

The 1/4th scale highlights the impressive stature of the Saiyan and allows for finer details and textures of the bodies and diorama elements.  

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Monkey D. Luffy

by Unique Art Studio

Artists: The Unique Art Design & Development Team
Size: approx.19.7″ T x 15” W x 14.5” D Edition Size: 2,000

Luffy is the main protagonist of the One Piece manga series, created by Eiichiro Oda. Luffy made his debut in One Piece chapter N.1 as a young boy who acquires the properties of rubber after inadvertently eating the supernatural Gum-Gum Fruit.

The 1/4 scale Luffy statue inspired by ONE PIECE Log Collection DVD illustration

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1st Place: Thanos 1:1 Bust by Queen Studios – 27.6%
2nd Place: Balrog, Flame of Udun by Weta Workshop – 14.2%
3rd Place: Venom Life Size Bust by Sideshow Collectibles – 12.4%


When the statue focuses on the face, you get a direct view into the emotion that drives the character. You look directly into its eyes and feel what it feels…is it a hero, or does it want to swallow you whole? When you are standing “face to face” with a collectible, you have a chance to connect, and this is why busts are a special type of collectible and why all busts, no matter what size, compete in their own special category!  Last year’s winner, Pure Arts, won with a mask style Joker bust…can they repeat with a similar style Terminator? Here are the nominees for Best Bust from 2019:


Legends in 3D: Rorschach

by Diamond Select

Artists: Joe, Menna, Rocco Tartamella, Jason Wires, Joe Allard, Chuck Terceira, the Diamond Select Design & Development Team
Size: approx.24″ T
Edition Size: 1,000

The anti-hero of the Watchmen movie is now an epic 10” bust, with detailed sculpting by Rocco Tartamella. Limited to only 1,000 pieces, it’s the ultimate Watchmen collectible!

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White Ranger Life-Size Bust

by PCS Collectibles

Artists: Hector Ace, Justin McMillan, Jerry Macaluso, Mike Najera, the PCS Collectibles Design & Development Team
Size: approx.25″ T
Edition Size: 200

When Zordon teleported Tommy back to the command center and bestowed upon him the power of the White Ranger.

The Pop Culture Shock Exclusive White Ranger bust stands an impressive 25” tall and features an LED light-up Power Morpher base and certificate of authenticity and is limited to only 200 pieces worldwide!

Sideshow.com

T-800 Endoskeleton Life-Size Bust

by Pure Arts

Artists: The Pure Arts Design & Development Team
Size: approx.18″ T
Edition Size: 800

The T-800 Endoskeleton Art Mask with LED-lit eyes overlook a painstakingly detailed base showing the ruined city after “Judgment Day”. Standing at 18 inches high and made out of electroplated cold-cast resin, this mask is definitely a must have for any Terminator fans’ collection.

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Thanos Life-Size Bust

by Queen Studios

Artists: The Queen Studios Design & Development Team
Size: approx.31.5″ T
Edition Size: 666

The Queen Studios Thanos 1:1 Bust is based on the Thanos we see in Endgame. His Golden armour and helmet is made of Resin, and his soft skin is made of a high-quality medical-grade silicone. Taking a closer look, you will notice that his head is slightly pointed down, with his eyes menacingly staring forward. This 1:1 bust captures the evil which is Thanos in the form of statue art.

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Venom Life-Size Bust

by Sideshow Collectibles

Artists: Ryan Peterson, Simon Garcia, Chadwick Anderson, Matt Molen, Casey Love, Anthony Mestas, Steve Riojas, Richard Luong, the Sideshow Design & Development Team
Size: approx.27.5″ T
Edition Size: Limited

The fiberglass Venom Life-Size Bust has been sculpted with painstaking detail to capture his monstrous presence.  His muscular shoulders are detailed with dynamic black symbiote textures, providing a stark contrast to his glossy white eyes and the raised spider-symbols on his chest and back.  A sleek, simple black base puts the focus on Venom’s terrifying silhouette, while complimenting the other Marvel Life-Size collectibles from Sideshow.

Sideshow.com

We got an up close look at this bust at NYCC 2018 and SDCC 2019!


Chewbacca Life-Size Bust

by Regal Robot

Artists: The Regal Robot Design & Development Team
Size: approx.24″ T
Edition Size: 50

Based on his appearance in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, this new collectible was developed with access to an original production-made face skin and teeth castings, along with hands-on examination of the original costume, mask and hair used in the original trilogy films.

Each bust takes hours of hands-on work by our artists, from hand paint to carefully hand-glued FX style hair, and features custom acrylic prosthetic eyes, translucent resin teeth with silicone tongue, and a display stand.

RegalRobot.com

Check out this “How To” video by Regal Robot!


Lizard 1:4 Scale Bust

by XM Studios

Artists: Kucharek Brothers, the XM Studios Design & Development Team
Size: approx.14″ T
Edition Size: 200

The doctor who tragically turned into reptile monster is immortalized in amazingly detailed 1:4 scale cold-cast porcelain. Each painstakingly handcrafted statue is individually hand-painted with the highest possible quality finish. The vicious and ferocious monster has superhuman strength, razor sharp claws and teeth, with a tail powerful enough to shatter concrete.

XM-Studios.com

We had an up close look at this bust at STGCC 2017!


The Balrog, Flame of Udun Bust

by Weta Workshop

Artists: Jamie Beswarick, Jules German, Ben Wootten, the Weta Design & Development Team
Size: approx.19″ T
Edition Size: 666

Two decades after he helped design fell creatures for The Lord of the Rings, Weta Workshop sculptor Jamie Beswarick revisited the Balrog, this time capturing the unfathomable terror as a highly detailed polystone and resin bust. The Balrog’s snarling visage was created using the same traditional physical sculpting techniques honed on the trilogy.

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Check out Weta’s unboxing HERE!


FAVOURITE COMPANY

1st Place: Figurama Collectors – 51.0%
2nd Place: Tsume-Art – 10.4%
3rd Place: XM Studios – 7.5%


With so many producers competing for your hard earned cash, it is absolutely a great time to be a collector! Whether you are into gaming, anime, manga, comics, movies, television, or original art, there is something out there for you.

This award is not only about who puts out the coolest looking stuff…although that does play a part in it! It’s also about presentation, customer service, fan interaction, product quality, and meeting expectations. There is so much to consider here…all that said, which company captured your attention in 2019?


Statue Awards FAQ

Why isn’t statue X a nominee?

For various reasons, we want the event to run in early January. Since we all have day jobs, that means we need some time in December to prepare behind the scenes. For this reason, we cut off eligibility at December 25th…so statues had to start shipping before that time. Statues released after December 25th are considered for the 2019 Statue Awards (they are not forgotten!).

We also do not consider variants as eligible. If a statue released this year is a straight-up variant of a previous statue, it is not eligible no matter how awesome it is.

In addition, we have a cap of two statues per company per category (collaborations between companies are considered unique entities). Why? First, we believe that having too many entries from one company is a double edged sword: yes, it showcases that the company had a great year, but it also severely impacts their chance to win by splitting their fan’s votes. Second, we firmly believe in showcasing the global nature of the hobby. These aren’t the “Company X” awards, they are the Statue Awards, and we strive to include the entirety that this robust hobby has to offer. This competition may show you something you have never seen before and open your eyes to new corners of collecting. The global nature of this event makes it unique, and this is a fact that we take pride in.


My favorite statue is eligible, but isn’t nominated, what gives?

When our nominees are released, please remember these are just the statues that WE feel were the best for the year. If a statue is left off, it does not mean that we do not like the piece. It is an extremely difficult task to whittle down such a massive list of collectibles to only a handful each year.

We use a variety of criteria when judging the statues: Sculpt, Design, Paint & Mixed Media, Accuracy, and Production Quality. When considering ALL of the criteria, a charmingly simple 6″ statue can be equally as impressive as a monstrous 36″ statue. A statue could be the most detailed and technically accurate statue we’ve ever seen, but if 75% of them show up to collectors with major problems, that is going to hold it back in our eyes.

That said, YOU can still vote for whatever statue you want, provided it was released between December 26, 2018 and December 25, 2019. Simply type the name of your choice in the ‘Other’ box on the vote form. Ensure the statue you want to vote for is licensed and meets the criteria of the category, otherwise your vote will be wasted!


How do I vote?

You simply have to use the handy vote form above, and log in with your Facebook account. You can only vote 1 time! Don’t bother trying to cheat, we will catch you!


What happens if there is a tie?

Bmutha saves his personal vote until the end. In the rare event there is a tie (it has happened in the past), Bmutha will break it with his vote, so that there is one distinct winner in each category.


How can I help Statue Awards?

Statue collecting is our passion, and we gladly put in the work throughout the year to bring this event to collectors around the world. But, if you truly want to help, all that we ask is that you consider giving our Facebook page and Instagram page a ‘Like‘, and subscribing to our new YouTube channel. Doing so truly does help, so we appreciate your consideration.


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