A couple weeks back, I placed my pre-order for the Sideshow Gamora Exclusive Premium Format Statue, confident it would be the only high-end state ever made of the character in her comic costume. Well, at New York Toy Fair 2016, Diamond Select Toys made a fool out of me, where they debuted not only a new Marvel Premiere Collection Jim Lee Rogue Statue–but a modern Gamora statue as well!
But the one item at the DST Booth that Most caught me off-guard was definitely the Marvel Premiere Collection Gamora statue.
I don’t have any idea how the first two statues in the Diamond Marvel Premiere Collection–Wolverine and Thor–sold, but I suspect the sales weren’t that swell, given the overwhelmingly critical response I’ve heard to those pieces.
It may be for that reason that DST has changed the line to a completely different scale and type of poses with the new museum-style Gamora and Rogue statues. You can see from the photo above that I took that these two new statues vary wildly from the style of Wolverine and Thor.
There are parts of this Diamond Rogue statue that I think they absolutely nailed (the costume, the pose), but other parts that I think went askew somewhere along the line (the hair, the face, the weird flying base that looks like water).
Both statues are about 12″ tall, have been sculpted by Clayburn Moore and carry a $150 MSRP (although BBTS offers pre-order discounts on this line). For a 12″ resin statue, $150 is a rock-bottom price that no other Marvel collectible manufacturer can compete with. With Bowen Designs out of the game for now (or forever), it’ll definitely be interesting to see how well these Bowen-styled museum-posed 1/6th scale Marvel statue sell.
Marvel Premiere Collection Statues are available for order online, and both Rogue and Gamora are scheduled for release in Fall 2016. Rogue just went up for order last week, with Gamora to follow soon (most likely in March). Rogue is a limited edition of 3,000, while the edition size hasn’t been announced yet for Gamora (though I can’t imagine it being any higher than Rogue’s LE number).
What do you think of the Diamond Select Toys Rogue and Gamora statues, Marvel collectors? How do these compare with Sideshow and Kotobukiya’s takes on the characters, and are you planning to pick either up later this year?