Kotobukiya had been showing off a very cool 1:6 Spider-Man Homecoming ARTFX Statue at conventions this summer and fall, so we were all expecting Koto to put a new Spidey statue up for order right about now… just not this Spidey statue! Swinging in from absolutely nowhere (and I mean that on multiple levels—read on), the Kotobukiya Spider-Man Webslinger ARTFX Statue is now up for order!
Well, it looks like the destiny of that particular Homecoming statue is really going to be thrown into question now, because a totally unannounced comic-based Spider-Man ARTFX has now appeared and gone up for order instantly!
We’ll have to wait and see what fate has in store for that Homecoming Spidey, but for now, let’s take a look at the Kotobukiya Webslinger Spider-Man Statue…
Kotobukiya’s Erick Sosa Spider-Man Statue is among the most-loved (and expensive) statues of the Wall-Crawler ever produced, so it was only a matter of time until Koto went back to the dynamically-posed Spidey well once again. And while we didn’t have a lot of warning (Spidey sense must be failing), that time has now arrived!
The concept here is pretty simple: Spider-Man is swinging around a building. But in 15” statue form, with Spidey firing off a webline and connected to the base solely by the heel of one foot… this looks pretty dang cool. I don’t know that I prefer it to Sosa’s myself, but I’ve heard some collectors already say that they do. High praise, indeed!
Like all ARTFX statues, this sixth scale Spider-Man (Webslinger) figure is made of PVC plastic. But this time, there’s a twist! While Spidey himself is plastic, the skyscraper base is cold-cast resin!
Supposedly this is to give the building a different aesthetic feel and allow more details, but I think it’s actually for a practical purpose: to make sure the statue doesn’t tip over. I can’t recall seeing this type of hybrid style used before for any major Marvel collectible, so I’m interested to see the visual contrast between the two portions of this statue in person, regardless of the reasoning behind it.
Of course, while this is a gorgeous 1:6 scale Spidey statue, that’s not to say that it’s without flaws. As I mentioned in the intro, Spidey’s webline is just hanging in the air connected to noting. I’m not overly enamored with this design choice, as not only does a disconnected web strand look weird, but I’m also concerned about the PVC in it warping and drooping over time.
The rationale behind the price is that the skyscraper base is cold-cast resin instead of the PVC that Spider-Man is made of, greatly driving up the price of this piece. I love me some resin, but if that’s what Koto wanted to do here, I’d have preferred Spidey be resin as well. This hybrid concept just doesn’t work for me, personally, when it means paying “almost resin” prices where the figure itself is made of plastic.
The Koto Spider-Man (Webslinger) ARTX Statue is now up for order, and is scheduled to be released in March 2018. BBTS is giving $15 off for pre-orders for the statue, which takes a little bit of the edge out of the SRP on this I’ve seen a lot of positive buzz surrounding this piece already, so despite the sure-to-be-unpopular price-tag, it sounds like this should be a hot item for Kotobukiya to end winter with.
What do you think of Koto’s latest Spidey, Marvel collectors? If we never get the Kotobukiya Homecoming Spider-Man Statue they’ve preciously shown off, will you be heartbroken? How do you feel about the hybrid style (and price) of Webslinger Spider-Man, and are you contemplating picking one up?