Toy Fair 2016: Diamond Select Toys Marvel Gallery Statues!

Look out, Kotobukiya–you’re about to have some stiff competition stateside from Diamond Select Toys! One of the displays I was most surprised to see at New York Toy Fair 2016 last week was a quartet of additions to the recently-announced line of DST Marvel Gallery Statues including Deadpool, Hulk and Spider-Man! Beautifully sculpted and economically priced at under $45, this line has “winner” written all over it…

Toy Fair 2016 Diamond Select Toys Marvel Gallery Statues

I was a little confused when DST announced their Spider-Gwen statue a few days before the 2016 Toy Fair was part of a heretofore unannounced line of statues called “Marvel Gallery” and not the popular “Femme Fatales” series.

Luckily, I didn’t have to be baffled long, as the New York Toy Fair 2016 Diamond Select Toys booth shined the spotlight on four more Marvel Gallery statues–all of which heavy-hitters, and all of which in a scale compatible to the Marvel Femme Fatales line.

Marvel Select Giant-Man Ant-Man Marvel Gallery StatueI talked about the Diamond Select Ant-Man/Giant-Man figure on Valentine’s Day, but three other characters premiered that day as well: Deadpool, Spider-Man and the Hulk. All three are classic comic book versions, and look absolutely outstanding.

Marvel Gallery Deadpool Statue New York Toy Fair 2016The Marvel Gallery Deadpool was the standout for me in this group, as I love the action-oriented nature of Wade’s pose, dual-wielding swords while leaping out of semi-translucent clouds of smoke.

2016 Toy Fair Diamond Spider-Man 9 Inch Statue Marvel GalleryThe Diamond Spider-Man Marvel Gallery statue looked really nice as well, although the base only connecting to one of Spidey’s feet while the other hovers over the void seemed a bit weird.

Toy Fair 2016 DST Marvel Gallery Hulk StatueMeanwhile, Hulk wasn’t quite as detailed as his comrades, but was still a very well-done (and large) depiction of the classic green Hulk character. If I were to pass on one of these statues it’d likely be Hulk, but with the bargain pricing of this line, I genuinely think I’m going to end up being all-in.

Marvel Gallery Hulk Statue Close-Up Diamond Select ToysThe closest comparison to the Diamond Marvel Gallery figure line of 9″ scale statues is probably Kotobukiya’s ARTFX+ Marvel line of 1/10 scale statues. I’ve been a fan of the Marvel ARTFX+ statues series since it began in 2013, but Diamond has several clear advantages over it with their new line.

Deadpool Marvel Gallery Statue Diamond Select Toys

The Marvel Gallery statues look to be slightly larger than Koto’s, will feature elaborate diorama-like bases instead of plain black rectangles, and perhaps most importantly, will be much cheaper than what Kotobukiya is putting out.

With the most recent Koto ARTFX+ X-Men statues retailing for $59.99, DST is undercutting that cost by 25% with their Marvel Gallery statues. That’s quite a feat, given the other advantages of this line!

I know I probably sound like a commercial, but I was really impressed with what I saw of this series at the DST booth at Toy Fair.

New York Toy Fair 2016 Diamond Select Spider-Man 9" StatueThus far only the Spider-Gwen Marvel Gallery statue has been placed up for pre-order, but the other four characters announced for this line are expected to go up for sale in the next few months and be released from summer through winter 2016. For a first-year line, I think Diamond Select Toys has put together a very solid lineup, and I’d be surprised if it doesn’t end up doing great things for them!

What do you think of DST’s new 9″ line of Marvel statues, collectors? Do any of the first five statues revealed catch your attention? Are you planning on picking up any (or all!) of the first year’s entries to this series?


Toy Fair 2016: Diamond Select Toys Marvel Gallery Statues! — 5 Comments

  1. I wonder if this will make the ARTFX+ line drop in price. Because I’m sure that these will cut into Koto’s marketshare. It won’t surprise me if they don’t. I’ve found that companies would all to often charge too much for items and then stop making them entirely because people don’t buy them when prices get to high. Making a little less money would be better than making nothing at all…maybe that’s just me.

  2. This is a HUGE move by DST! I think this price-point and quality is going to be a giant success! Really looking forward to see this line expand. I usually stick to 1/6th scale, but I am going to fully support this line. I even went back and pre-ordered the Femme Fatale ones that are in the same scale, and I turned my LCS guy onto them and he ordered a bunch for the store.

  3. I collect action figures but have never collected statues. This Spider-man at this price might be my first. I notice in the pictures, though, that his fingers are broke. That is a little concerning. It could have just been an accident at setup, but I would be disappointed if I received it and they were broke or if they easily broke when unpacking.

    • The prototypes at Comic-Con are hand-painted prototypes that had to be mailed across the country for the show. The actual statues will be made of PVC and nigh-unbreakable.