Iron Studios X-Men Vs. Sentinel – Bishop BDS 1:10 Art Scale Statue ReviewJose Lopez
In The Beginning
You can’t go too far into the 1990s era of the X-Men franchise without eventually reaching what some would call the poster child for that time in the comics, Bishop. The time-displaced X-Man from the future is a grim and gritty, no-nonsense lover of huge guns and capital punishment. Of course he was introduced in the 90s! While Iron Studios has made their way through plenty of characters in their X-Men Versus Sentinel Diorama Series, none were as much of a no-brainer as Bishop. Let’s dig in!
Unlike many of the long-standing X-Men characters, which were introduced in either the 1960s or the 1970s, Lucas Bishop was introduced in the early 1990s. He has maintained his popularity and presence in the comics consistently since then. Introduced in 1991’s Uncanny X-Men, Issue #282, Bishop was a mutant police officer from the future that travelled back in time along with two other members of his squad. Eventually remaining as the sole survivor of the trip, Bishop would join the heroes of his youth, the X-Men, hoping to avert their betrayal by an unknown, but current, member of the team. While the character has the super-power to re-channel energy and refocus it into power blasts, he’s more likely to depend on old-fashioned firepower. Bishop has gone through many iterations over the last 30+ years, even becoming a traitor of sorts to the X-Men himself, but remains one of their steadfast members today.
Iron Studios consistently kills it with the clean design of this X-Men series of statues. Just as the boxes belonging to the other members of the superhero team all sport a predominantly blue and gold color motif, so does Bishop’s. The vibrant golden yellow pops off of the front of the package, as do the crisp promotional images of the statue itself. Inside, the styrofoam trays hold everything safely and securely.
Bishop is one of the best-looking statues in this line, which is saying something considering that I’ve loved nearly all of them. The dynamic pose of the character running toward what is presumably a Sentinel or Evil Mutant, one hand charging with mutant energy and the other gripping his futuristic rifle, is excellent. The muscles bulging under his bodysuit are sculpted beautifully, giving us no doubts about just how many days a week this guy hits the gym.
Speaking of the costume, Bishop’s suit has plenty of details decorating it and they’re all sculpted to perfection by the artists over at Iron Studios. The various straps, belts, pouches , and chunky boots are very convincing, which makes this 90s comic book reader fill up with nostalgia.
The portrait is spot on, capturing the character’s comic book likeness, complete with sculpted “M” tattoo over his right eye. While I would have preferred if his hair was curlier so as to be a bit more comic accurate, I’ll forgive it since everything else found here is spot-on.
Most of Bishop’s figure is made up of his costume, which sports the Xavier School colors of blue and gold. The paint work here does a rare job of making those vibrant colors pop, while still maintaining the shading and wear of what is essentially a military uniform. There is a well-balanced wash of orange that brings out the details of the yellow trim around the figure, as well some nice shading given to the darker blue areas, as well as the character’s skin tone. The figure’s boots look particularly cool, decorated with different shades of metallic blue. Even Bishop’s weapons are handled well, with the rifle’s barrel appearing scorched, presumably from firing an abundance of laser blasts.
Every base in this series that features the interior of the Xavier Institute has been insanely impressive. Iron Studios has mastered the recreation of the splintered floorboards, wrecked furniture and torn rafters. Bishop’s base continues their insane attention to detail, giving the militant mutant plenty of dresser drawers and broken wood to run over.
Everything from the brass drawer knobs to the knocked over lamp brings this scene to life. I can’t stress enough just how much I love every crack or dent to be found in the environment. Sure, I love the Bishop figure that is obviously the star of the show, but this base brings it all together for me.
Bishop only comes with one accessory, which in itself is a technicality, but I’m counting it since it’s removable. A futuristic pistol fits into the holster on his back. The sculpt and paint work on the small weapon matches the quality of everything else, with some small splashes of dark red and silver giving it some pizazz. I’m not sure why you’d ever remove the pistol from his holster, but I like that they gave collectors the option nonetheless.
I had zero problems with this statue, with only a few pieces needing to be put together out of the box. The aforementioned removable pistol and the character’s right hand, which holds his rifle, are the only items that snap into place via magnets other than the figure itself, which attaches via metal rod to the base. The magnets are strong and everything is quite solid. There’s always the possibility of yellow paint rubbing onto the pistol when holstering it on his back, but one just needs to be careful when doing so.
In The End
Overall, this Bishop 1:10 BDS Art Scale statue is a definite highlight of the X-Men series. Iron Studios has not disappointed with any of their entries into this line, but Bishop truly does stand out. Between the powerful sculpt, the vibrant paint work and the absolute killer base that he stands upon, this release is a testament to what Iron Studios can do in 1:10 scale. Even if you’re not collecting the X-Men versus Sentinel line, you should consider picking this one up. It’s that good!