While it seemed like it might be a bit of a risk when the line first launched, the Skottie Young Marvel Babies-inspired Gentle Giant Marvel Animated statues line has really blossomed into a fan favorite series that has gotten much deeper than most collectors expected. And now that the line has proven itself, Gentle Giant Ltd. must feel confident enough to try something a bit different: a two-in-one statue! It’s the most expensive entry in the series to date: the Marvel Animated Spider-Man & Mary Jane statue is now up for order!
To celebrate the launch of Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #1 as part of the Secret Wars event, an alternate cover by Skottie Young was released depicting Marvel Babies Spider-Man putting a ring on it and proposing to Mary Jane Watson. The cover was a hit with fans—and now it’ll be immortalized in resin form forever!
After seeing Gentle Giant tackle a really risky (as far as sales go) character in Squirrel Girl last time out, I was curious to see how they would follow up. But I don’t think anyone could have predicted this out-of-left-field announcement that the next statue is actually two characters: Spider-Man and Mary Jane!
Not only is this the first time Gentle Giant is releasing two characters at once in their Marvel Babies statues line, but it’s also the first time a character is being revisited. A solo Spider-Man Animated Statue was released as a limited SDCC 2017 exclusive, but not only is this Spidey a whole lot cuter than the previous one, but this time Gentle Giant Ltd. is making enough to go around!
This piece is something totally different from the rest of the line, and really seems like an excellent choice as a stand-alone piece. The base with its grass terrain and giant heart in the background is super cute and the diorama elements really bring this piece together.
I’d love to see more “deluxe” Skottie Young statues like this one, so hopefully this piece does well despite the quasi-high price tag.
The Marvel Animated Mary Jane and Spider-Man Statue is now up for order, and is scheduled to ship out in Q2 2018. BBTS has the best price around for this statue that I’ve seen, with $11 off for pre-orders.
How do you like this unique addition to the Skottie Young Marvel Animated line? Would you like to see Gentle Giant release additional statues in this more expensive style, recreating more complete covers? Or do you prefer the simple and cheap individual character statues?