Last week, collectors jaws dropped and their wallets trembled at the beautiful sight of the Sideshow Collectibles’ Venom Premium Format Figure. As beautiful as that figure may be, though, not everyone has $600+ to blow on one. But for those who love Venom and also love not being broken, there is an alternative–the Gentle Giant Venom statue is now up for order! And hey, if you opt for this Marvel Collectors Gallery Venom statue over the Sideshow version, you may even have some cash left to buy some new Spider-Man bookends…
And as fate may have it, Gentle Giant Ltd. has their own Venom statue lined up and being solicited just days after Sideshow’s! Let’s take a look…
At the 1/8 scale, the Gentle Giant Marvel Collectors Gallery statues are exactly half the size of the 1/4 Sideshow, so they obviously won’t make such a humongous statement on a shelf as the Sideshow PF figures do.
Even so, I have to admit to being disappointed by the modern look of this 1:8 Venom Collectors Gallery statue. Rather than looking lethal and intimidating, the new look for Venom look brutish and a little dumb.
Gentle Giant did a beautiful job faithfully recreating this look for Venom, but this interpretation of the character just is not for me.
I bought the Mandalorian bookends GG Ltd. put out last year and I really like them, so I’m definitely thinking I’ll pick up these $59.99 Spider-Man ones as well.
The Gentle Giant Venom statue and Spider-Man bookends are now up for order, and are scheduled to be released sometime in Q2 2017. Not coincidentally, that’s just in time for the big Spidey push for the Spider-Man: Homecoming movie… crazy, huh? If you know that you’re going to want either of these items, BigBadToyStore is offering 10% off of each of them for pre-orders. That brings Venom down to just under $144, which isn’t a bad price for a 1/8 resin statue at all…!
What do you think of Gentle Giant’s take on Venom, Marvel collectors? How do you think it compares to Sideshow’s new Venom statue, and are you considering it for your home? For that matter, anyone else seriously contemplating some Spider-Man bookends for their shelves besides me?