Iron Studios X-Men Vs. Sentinel BDS Art Scale Series: Colossus Statue Review

In The Beginning

Colossus is one of those X-Men characters that always impresses in whatever format he’s produced. Whether he be an action figure or a statue, the sheer weight and size of the beefy, metallic super hero makes for an ever-impressive collectible. Iron Studios as been producing plenty of X-Men in their 1:10 scale X-Men Vs. Sentinel line and Colossus fits right in, bringing his usual star power with him. Unlike some of the other proximity pieces offered in the line, the Russian mutant is only available as a single release.

Background

Created as a member of the second, more international iteration of the X-Men, Colossus first appeared in Giant-Size X-Men, Issue #1, in 1975. Joining an all-new team alongside the likes of Wolverine and Storm, Russian-born Piotr Nikolayevich Rasputin is a gentle soul who’s born with the mutant superpower to turn his skin into organic steel, gaining super strength when he does so. Over the years, Colossus has gone through plenty of changes, from gaining the mantle of the Juggernaut to betraying the X-Men and joining Magneto’s Acolytes. Heck, he even died once by sacrificing his life to cure the mutant-killing Legacy Virus, but it didn’t stick and he was back on the team a few years later. Comics, everyone!

Packaging

If you’ve seen one of these X-Men Vs. Sentinel series boxes, you’ve pretty much seen them all. I don’t say that to complain, by the way. The design, showcasing promotional photos of the Colossus statue inside, against a bright yellow and blue color background, is quite attractive. Everything inside the box is packaged securely and safely. There really is nothing to complain about here except that we have technically seen it all before. That said, I appreciate the uniformity in the line and these boxes will look great on the shelves lined up beside each other.

Sculpt

It’s not easy making a character with skin made of steel appear to have actual working muscles and tendons underneath, but Iron Studios has somehow managed to do it. Without sacrificing the solid, metallic appearance of Colossus’ steel flesh, they’ve added an amazing level of detail to his posing. I feel as if it’s my own calves extending or biceps bulging just looking at this piece, though I’ve got some exercising to do if I want mine to look even close to this. 

The different textures of the costume do a solid job of differentiating the clothing from his smooth, metallic skin. The leathery look of his boots and outer sections of his shirt, in particular, are amazing. 

Colossus’ portrait is full of emotion with an exaggerated grimace that really sings. The furrowed brow and prominent lower lip are well done. Just one glance at that face and I know I would hate to be the guy on the other end of that Sentinel wrist piece he’s about to toss. Speaking of the Sentinel wrist, it is impressive as well. The loose cables hanging out from under it are a nice touch, complimenting an already good-looking addition to the statue.

Paint

The paint job on Colossus is, at first glance, perfect. The silver paint, which can be notoriously difficult to work with, is applied smooth and clean. The red and yellow of his costume comes off nicely, especially where there’s black wash or shading to give it some definition. Even the gold of the belt looks free of any issues. However, upon closer inspection, there is some slop here and there, though nothing to totally ruin it for anyone. There’s some silver bleeding or splatter here and there, a few scratches on the top of Colossus’ head and his bracelet right out of the box. Also, I do wish the lines along the figure’s silver body had a heavier black wash to better define them. 

What’s right, to be sure, is done much better than what’s wrong. The wrecked Sentinel wrist looks good, as does the wear of Colossus’ costume, especially his boot bottoms. Not a perfect paint job, but a damn good one, despite any issues.

Base

Generally speaking, I consider the courtyard-set bases to be the least visually interesting of all the bases in the diorama series. The splintered, shredded floorboards of the mansion are just more striking to look at. However, when given some extra real estate to work with due to the larger scale of the figure, Iron Studios is obviously able to give the courtyard some welcome life. 

The rubble littered all over the ground, especially the bigger columns, look great and send the message that things have gotten messy in this epic battle. There’s a darker brown wash of paint on the base here than, say, Cable’s, which just gives the whole thing some extra realism. The moss and grass growing between the stones are the cherry on top. Overall, this base looks better than it has any right to and I love it.

Accessories

Colossus comes with no swappable parts or extras.

Quality

Colossus, as far as I can tell, is a mixture of mostly polystone and plastic. I’m far from an expert, but the arms, head and torn-off Sentinel wrist seem to have some flex to them, leading me to assume those are the sections made of plastic. I originally was disappointed to learn this, but in retrospect I understand that this likely aids in weight distribution and minimizing breakage, so I’ve come around on my opinion. Anything to help these statues last longer is okay with me.

In The End

I’m a sucker for a hefty collectible and this Colossus certainly delivers. With a solid paint job, excellent sculpt and surprisingly cool base, this entry in the X-Men Vs. Sentinel line makes for a nice piece on the shelf, diorama or not. If you’re a fan of classic or 90s X-Men, this guy is a no-brainer.

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