Last week I discussed the Diamond Select Toys Marvel Gallery Netflix statues and Guardians of the Galaxy statues. But of course, DST isn’t abandoning the line’s roots. And so, also on display at the New York Toy Fair 2017 were new comics-based Marvel Gallery Sam Wilson Captain America (Falcon), Miles Morales Spider-Man and more! (Oh, and there was also an MCU Black Panther. Which, by the way, looks glorious…)
UPDATE 3/23/2017: Holy pre-orders, Batman! (Wait. Wrong universe.) Diamond Select Toys opened pre-orders this week for not one, not two, but three new Marvel Gallery statues! The Marvel Gallery Netflix Daredevil, Sam Wilson Captain America and Civil War Black Panther statues are all now up for order with a $5 pre-order discount for each!
While a lot of the focus at the 2017 Toy Fair was on the live-action additions to the Marvel Gallery figure line, that didn’t mean that comics fans were left behind, as there were some treats on-hand for comic purists as well…
The DST Captain America Sam Wilson Marvel Gallery statue, however, is anything but disappointing. Falcon has a humongous wingspan, a great pose, paints that really pop and even a pretty fun base with his emblem on it.
The other new comic book-based 2017 Toy Fair Marvel Gallery reveal is unfortunately the first entry in the line that does disappoint me: Miles Morales Spider-Man. I love teenage Miles a ton, so it was a pretty big letdown to see that his Diamond statue is just a repaint of fully-grown adult Peter Parker Spider-Man.
This is unfortunately the worst costume choice to repaint Peter into, as Miles should be sized differently and the pose seems wrong for him. As a one-off piece I liked the original version of this statue enough, but the Miles Morales version with the claw hand and awkward stance with one leg hanging over the air just doesn’t work. Hopefully Miles get a unique statue down the road.
The final new reveal for the series was a movie-based statue that hasn’t fit into the theme of any of the articles I’ve posted so far (including this one), because it’s the first Marvel Gallery Civil War statue: Black Panther!
Iron Studios put out a terrific 1:4 Black Panther statue last year, but for those who don’t have an extra $600 they’re not using, the DST Black Panther is a pretty neat alternative at 1/20th of the price.
The crouching pose, the paint deco and the sculpting detail on Marvel Gallery Black Panther are all pretty top-notch–for the super-cheap prices these PVC statues sell for, this T’Challa is definitely coming home to me later this year.
Gwenpool is still pretty obnoxious to me as a character, and I won’t be buying her for that reason, but even her statue did look very nice in person.
Marvel Gallery statues are available for order online with a $5 discount from EE, with new PVC figures in this ongoing series being solicited and put up for order throughout the year. I’ll update the site and our social media each time a new character goes up for sale, so check back soon if any of these upcoming statues catch your eye.
Now that I’ve finally talked about all of the many new Diamond Select Marvel Gallery statues that were unveiled at New York Toy Fair 2017, what do you think, Marvel collectors? What do you think of the advancement of this series, and which figures (if any) are you hoping to collect this year?