Iron Studios X-Men Vs. Sentinel BDS Art Scale Series: Iceman Statue ReviewJose Lopez
In The Beginning
Iron Studios has set out to produce the ultimate X-Men statue display, making all the pieces in this diorama series in 1/10 scale. The smaller size allows for larger characters, like the Sentinels, to truly stand out against human-sized heroes and villains, such as Iceman here.
Iceman is available as part of the larger X-Men Vs. Sentinel Diorama #3, which includes other X-Men such as Storm and Kitty Pryde in battle against the giant robot. There is also, however, this single release, which features the X-Man atop a different base.
Iceman is one of the original members of the X-Men, having appeared as part of the roster in the very first X-Men, Issue #1, published in 1963. While he first looked like a walking snowman wearing a pair of boots, the mutant known as Robert Drake eventually grew to look like the Iceman we all know and love. He possesses the mutant superpower to decrease the temperature of water vapor in the environment, which is a fancy way to say he can create ice out of seemingly nowhere. Besides the X-Men, Iceman has been a member of X-Factor, the Champions, and the Defenders, but he always finds his way back to his first family. Once an X-Man, always an X-Man.
The now-uniform look of the X-Men Vs. Sentinel series of statues from Iron Studios is here, which is simple and sleek, if a little unexciting. The promotional photos of Iceman on the front and back tell us what’s inside the box, while contrasting it with stark blue and yellow colors. Blue and gold are, of course, the Xavier school colors. The BDS Art Scale 1/10 scale statue logo is there, as are those for Iron Studios and Marvel Comics. Everything inside the box is packed securely in styrofoam trays. Everything regarding the packaging is standard and predictable but, hey, that’s a good thing here.
Iceman’s sculpt is a special case where a bad job would be on full display thanks to the clear resin used to make the figure. There’s no paint work to hide behind here and I’m happy to say that Iceman doesn’t need it, because the sculpting is excellent. What is effectively a man in a bathing suit should be a dud of a figure, but this isn’t any man. This is an Ice Man. The sculpt manages to give enough definition that the figure isn’t lost in the translucence. Sure, looking at the statue with a strong light source behind it helps define the features, but it is entirely possible to make out, say, Iceman’s smirk with little effort.
I appreciate that the sculptors gave the figure sharper-than-normal edges on his muscles and hair, subtly conveying the “frozen” nature of his body. They did also give his left arm an FX flourish, showing a flash of ice power forming an icicle out of his palm. It’s straight out of the comics and I love it.
Keep in mind when inserting Iceman into his base that, instead of the standard metal rod used with other statues, this one has a translucent resin rod. Iron Studios obviously did this to ensure uniformity in the “ice” appearance, but that resin rod is definitely more fragile than the metal variety, so have care.
There’s not much to discuss in Iceman’s paint category, for obvious reasons. The clear resign does all of the work of simulating the icy body and slide of Robert Drake. Iron Studios has saved a bundle on paint supplies, that’s for sure. However, the small base at the bottom is indeed painted and it looks just as excellent as the other Xavier Mansion floor bases in the series.
All of the bases in this series have been outstanding, especially considering the diorama aspect of them all. However, Iceman’s really steals the show and it’s all down to this exceptionally done ice slide. Ever since I was a child and I first read a comic book starring the frost-powered mutant, I’ve been fascinated with the goofy fun of the ice slide. It makes little sense, but it looks so darn cool.
Iron Studios has outdone themselves with this piece, capturing the jagged, chunkiness of the ice, sculpting it at a curve that gives the illusion of it spontaneously forming before our eyes. Not only did they do the slide, but they even have it forming out of the floorboards of the Xavier Institute, giving Iceman specific placement in the diorama and adding another element to liven it up. This is my all-around favorite base of the proximity pieces, hands down.
Iceman comes with no swappable parts or extras. An alternate portrait with the more square head, reminiscent of a more classic-style Iceman, would have been stellar, but it would have probably broken up the clear resin sculpt.
I’ve received many statues in this line and the one thing I’ve become accustomed to has been, sadly, sub-par quality. There’s just no telling whether or not you’ll receive one of these with breakage and/or paint slop or not. That said, color me surprised that this Iceman piece, of all statues, arrived with no issues whatsoever. I definitely would have pegged this entry that is nearly completely made of resin to have something wrong with it, but I would have been wrong. The quality of this particular statue is top notch and I’m over the moon that is the case.
In The End
Even amongst the many, many X-Men statues in this diorama series, Iceman stands out thanks to his unique appearance. I have yet to tire of studying the details and sculpt of this piece, especially held up against a light source. This is definitely a fun and attractive entry in the line.