Sideshow Exclusive Spider-Verse Spider-Man Statue Up for Order!

Sideshow Collectibles has been on a Marvel hot streak lately, with their new Wolverine, Silk, Spider-Gwen and Green Phoenix statues all being gorgeousness. But that roll may be coming to an end with this week’s new solicitation, which I get the feeling is going to be a divisive piece (at best). The Sideshow Exclusive Mark Brooks Spider-Man Spider-Verse statue is now up for order, but this is not looking like it’s going to be one of the better-received Spidey statues…

Sideshow Spider-Verse Spider-Man Statue Poster

When it comes to Spider-Man statues, I’m a pretty easy mark. Spidey is one of the most dynamic characters in existence, which means there’s almost an infinite number of versions of the character you can make figures of while remaining fresh. So rarely do I see a Spider-Man statue that I don’t at least think about picking up.

But this latest one–the Sideshow Collectibles Mark Brooks Spider-Verse Spider-Man statue…? Yeah–this is one that I’m all-but-certain I’m going to be passing on.

Mark Brooks Spider-Verse Collection Statues Silk Spider-Gwen Spider-ManWhen I first saw this statue on display at New York Comic-Con 2017 in October, I was so hyped about the Silk and Spider-Gwen statues displayed alongside it that I didn’t really pay much attention to ol’ Spidey. But when I circled back to look at my own photos of him, I was definitely not impressed.

Sideshow Mark Brooks Spider-Man Statue BaseWhile I think the actual Spider-Man figure itself here looks pretty nice, I utterly loathe the base on this piece in a way I can’t recall hating a base before. It looks like Peter is riding around a tornado made of webbing, with random (but relevant!) trash stuck to the webbing.

Size Scale Photo Spider-Man Mark Brooks Spider-Verse Statue Sideshow CollectiblesI thought maybe Sideshow could still win me over on this piece with a great Exclusive Edition and a solid value for a price-tag, but it was not to be. The price on this is $400 for EX—an almost unthinkable amount for a statue that’s just 12” (yes, twelve inches) tall.

Spider-Man Statue Sideshow Collectibles Mark Brooks CollectionI really dug the early 1/5 Avengers Assemble statues that were priced at $360, but there’s just no way that this dinky 1/5 Spider-Man is worth $400 (at least, not to me).

Side View Sideshow Collectibles Spider-Verse Spider-Man StatueAs much as I like Mark Brooks’ art style and the Spider-Verse statues collection as a whole, this particular statue really disappoints me.

Mark Brooks Spider-Man Exclusive Spider-Sense Head

My hopes for the Exclusice Version to save the piece were also dashed when I saw it—a creepy bilaterally cut “Spider-Sense” Peter Parker/Spider-Man Head. Seriously—I get a real serial killer vibe off this. Do not like.

I’ve seen this type of effect used in comic books hundreds of times when Peter’s spider-sense goes off in his civilian clothes, but I’m not sure I’ve ever seen it cut to half-Peter face while Spidey is masked.

Sidehow Mark Brooks Spider-Man Exclusive Head Peter ParkerThe Sideshow Mark Brooks Spider-Man Exclusive statue is now up for order, and is scheduled to be released in Q4 2018. Given that an ultra-popular character like the Spider-Gwen in this collection has a low edition size of just 750 pieces for the Exclusive, I wonder if the final edition size for this much less well-received Spidey statue might end up being ultra-low–like 350 pieces or less. That’s something to keep an eye on in the coming months!

What do you think about the latest Sideshow Collectibles Spider-Man statue, Marvel collectors? Is the general criticism that this statue is receiving deserved? Or is this an underrated piece that you think will grow on folks, with collectors kicking themselves for skipping this Spidey down the line?


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Sideshow Exclusive Spider-Verse Spider-Man Statue Up for Order! — 1 Comment

  1. I actually pre-ordered this and was in love with the Ditko style Spidey sculpt from the beginning. I agree about not liking the base…but I hate most bases except for Yamato DC ones truth be told. The exclusive head is creepy but I got the exclusive version mainly for rarity and will never display it with that head anyway . Shocked how far apart we are on this as I usually am on the same page as you, but to each their own. This is literally the first non Symbiote Spidey I have ever been tempted to get personally.

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