Iron Studios Magneto – X-Men Vs. Sentinel Series BDS 1:10 Art Scale Statue ReviewJose Lopez
In The Beginning
You can’t have an X-Men line of collectibles without Magneto. This is an inarguable truth, whether you’re discussing statues, action figures, LEGO sets or whatever format the X-Men franchise has gotten their ever-popular paws into. The Master of Magnetism is the X-Men’s greatest frenemy and is as much a part of the core idea as his opposite, Professor X. So it was a given that we’d get a Magneto piece in Iron Studios’ 1:10th scale X-Men Versus Sentinel Battle Diorama Series. While Magneto is also included in the larger X-Men Vs. Sentinel Diorama #2 release, alongside the likes of Juggernaut and Gambit, we’ll be discussing the single release.
Yet another creation of those genius workhorses at Marvel Comics, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, Magneto has the honor of being the X-Men’s very first foe. The megalomaniacal villain first appeared in the inaugural issue, X-Men, Issue #1, back in 1963. Written as a stereotypical crackpot of a bad guy, obsessed with ruling the world and creating a race of underlings, the character wasn’t very interesting at first. Decades later, writer Chris Claremont would not only reinvent the X-Men title itself, but Magneto as well. Now a Holocaust survivor and world-weary champion of mutantkind, the man known as Magnus or Erik Lensher was a three-dimensional anti-hero who only committed the worst deeds born out of the best intentions. Over the years, Magneto has both fought against and alongside the X-Men.
The X-Men Vs. Sentinel BDS line’s trademark design gets the Magneto treatment this time around, with the artbox being adorned in the villain’s trademark color scheme. There are some nice promotional photos of the statue inside, altered to fit the overall look of the packaging. Overall, this is an attractive box that would definitely tempt me on a store shelf. Of course, inside, styrofoam trays hold everything safely and securely in a collector-friendly manner.
Magneto shines when it comes to what the sculptors over at Iron Studios have managed to do with his dynamic pose. There’s something extremely striking about how well they’ve captured the character with this piece. I can almost feel the mutant power of magnetism spilling out of Magneto as he rages at some unseen foe. Not only does his posing just scream “power”, but the finely crafted muscles under his costume leave little to the imagination. This is not someone you want to mess with, mutant abilities or not.
The statue comes with two portraits for Magneto, helmeted and un-helmeted, both sculpted to perfection. Everything from the iconic helmet sculpt to the face of Erik Lensher underneath is well-done on the primary portrait. The secondary one, though, is no slouch either, with amazingly detailed hair and some great facial structure. I tend to classify the helmeted head as his “villain” look and the one sans helmet as his “hero” head, since that’s a neat visual shortcut the comic artists would use to tell the reader what side of the bed Magneto woke up on in any particular issue.
The mutant sometimes-villain is positioned perfectly, appearing to hover over an incredible base that is almost worth the price of admission alone. The decapitated Sentinel head is a joy to look at, whatever angle you choose to do so. There is so much detail present here, from the robotic head itself to the various cables and girders that have impaled it to the splintered floorboards it rests upon. As much as I love the figure, this base grabs my attention away every time I focus upon it. Not only does it say everything it needs to about just how powerful Magneto is, but it also exhibits the character’s rage. This element of the statue make it better in all the right ways.
As magnificent as everything is with this deluxe piece, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention what is in many ways the star of the show: the cape. Iron Studios has flexed their sculpting muscles with the dynamically posed cape of Magneto’s, which billows far behind the Master of Magnetism. I’m still waiting for the sheer weight of this beautiful appendage to cause my statue to fall backwards, but it has yet to happen due to the impressive design.
With few exceptions, the paint on this line of statues has been exceptional. Sure, there are some faces that I haven’t loved on a couple of the female characters, but this Magneto has none of those issues. The vibrant red and purple color palette for the character looks great. There’s just the right amount of dirt and grime present, particularly on the cape and boots, to give the figure a real-world feel. The shiny metallic finish of Magneto’s helmet pops right off of the shelf, as does the excellent detail work on the Sentinel head base. There’s some minor paint slop here and there, but honestly, if you’re not photographing this statue with a macro lens, you’re not likely to notice.
The aforementioned alternate portrait for the figure is the only accessory included, but it is a much-welcomed one. I’ve always been a sucker for interchangeable heads since they can easily give a statue or figure an entirely different vibe. The Magneto sans helmet look is exceptionally crafted and offers a very different-feeling character look. While the helmeted head is particularly evil-looking, with its soulless eyes, this second option is more “human”, giving collectors a look at the man beneath the helmet. Both heads attach easily via magnets, so swapping between them is quite simple.
Well, this is a tough one. On one hand, this statue is obviously well-made and looks very good. One the other hand, I had many quality control issues with mine right out of the box. The statue comes in pieces that link together. The torso connects to the waist, but mine couldn’t due to a buildup of resin of some sort, which I had to sand off myself with a Dremel tool. The magnet in one of the heads fell out while I was reviewing the piece, which I then had to superglue back into place. Finally, there were a few spots where Magneto had nicks in the paint. All in all, not a great experience, despite how good this release is in other ways.
In The End
Despite the QC problems I had with Magneto upon opening him up, this is one of the more impressive single releases in Iron Studios’ X-Men Vs. Sentinel line. Magneto’s dynamic pose, the excellent Sentinel base, and two beautiful portraits for the character all add up to a solid release, whether or not you’re collecting them all.