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Silver Surfer Comiquette
Sideshow Collectibles

Sliver Surfer Comiquette statue by Sideshow Collectibles


In recent years, some of Sideshow's best work as been with large scale statues. Their Premium Format figures always rank high in the Best lists at the end of each year, and their work on the Marvel Comiquettes is quite impressive.

I don't own any of the Comiquettes, since the combination of price with the license (I'm more of a DC guy, as most readers will know), puts them off my radar.

But when Sideshow contacted me to see if I'd be interested in covering their new Silver Surfer comiquette, I jumped at the chance. Not because I was looking to add it to my collection (cool as it might be), but because it was perfect for not just a review but a giveaway as well.

Yep, that's right - I'm going to not just review this figure, but give it away to one lucky reader. This is in connection with my SDCC coverage this year, and all you have to do is follow me on Twitter. I'll be doing updates on Twitter from the show, and letting folks know when new photos are posted to my SDCC 2010 section, and at the end of the show on July 23rd, I'll be randomly selecting one Twitter follower to get this statue! You have to pay shipping, but otherwise it's completely free!

This is the exclusive version too, which retails for $335, is limited to just 600 pieces, and comes with a large (11 1/2 x 17 1/2") artwork print. There's also a regular version that's $325, lacks the print, and is limited to just 950 pieces.
Sliver Surfer Comiquette statue by Sideshow Collectibles
Sliver Surfer Comiquette statue by Sideshow Collectibles
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Sliver Surfer Comiquette statue by Sideshow Collectibles
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Sliver Surfer Comiquette statue by Sideshow Collectibles
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Sliver Surfer Comiquette statue by Sideshow Collectibles
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Sliver Surfer Comiquette statue by Sideshow Collectibles

Packaging - ***
This is a HUGE box, much larger than even most Premium Format boxes. That's because the multi-piece base requires lots of space and padding, as well as the extra arms and heads. The box does it's job though, and looks fairly good doing it.

Sculpting - ***1/2
This statue includes not one but three head sculpts, as well as multiple arm sculpts to give you the ultimate flexibility in your choice of pose.

All of the sculpts are nicely done, with sharp lines and realistic proportions. The muscled body is classically stylized, and I love the pose of the arms and legs on the rising board. The stance is perfect, but I did deduct slightly due to the angle of the neck and head. This is an aesthetic issue that may very well not bother you, but I thought the angle of the head was slightly odd and uncomfortable.

The oval base is thick and heavy, and doesn't have any annoying nameplate. The board rises up on a molten wave, and it looks very just like flowing metal.

While he might not be a Premium Format statue, he's still quarter scale, and overall the statue stands a whopping 24". It's also 22" deep from front to back, making it a shelf space hog. When the hog is this purty, it's worth giving up the space!

Paint - ***1/2
The entire figure and board are the same silver color, much like molten steel. The T-1000 might have done it well, but the Silver Surfer did it first.

I was worried when I first cracked this guy open. In the photos to the left, you'll notice a 'before' and 'after'. On the far left is what his stomach looked like right out of the box - yep, there was something (possible the foam wrap) stuck to the paint. It looked bad, and didn't simply rub off. I tried a little water - no luck. I was beginning to fear that it was embedded in the paint.

However, using a little glass cleaner and a little elbow grease, and it cleaned right up. The photo to the immediate left shows the what it looked like after the treatment. If you have any of this whitish residue on your figure, try a little non-abrasive window cleaner.

Once I had that spot sparkling, the statue looked amazing. The silver is consistent and even, and has a bluish tint to it in the right lighting. The eyes are painted white, with no pupils, and they are also clean and sharply defined.

Below the board is a wave that looks like smelted, running metal. While the entire statue is done in polystone (as you'd expect), they've managed to make it look very much like flowing steel. Much of this realism is due to the excellent paint work.

Accessories - ****
This is a statue, and getting ANY accessories or extras with a statue is unique. Getting this many - 3 heads, 5 arms, plus the exclusive artwork - is unheard of, and certainly worth of four stars.

The heads and arms all attach with strong magnets. they also fit tightly, with long posts and almost no gap, as the seams align perfectly with the sculpted muscle. That means the connections look seamless, as though the figure is one solid piece.

The three heads show Surfer with an expression of grim determination (the one in the center of the group photo), one with an expression of rage and battle (the far left), and one with an expression that seems to say "Oh, no, did I just step on that baby chipmunk?" My favorite is the simplest and most basic - the grim determination. However, your mileage will most certainly vary, and may also depend on which arms you prefer.

As I said, there are five in total. Two of the arms are outstretched behind him, palms open, but nothing flowing from them. This matches the artwork exactly. Two more are also posed behind him with palms open, but with molten metallic 'energy' flowing from them.

The fifth arm is a left, curled at the elbow with the hand in a fist. I didn't really find this one a good fit with either right arm, but again - your mileage will most certainly vary.

The important aspect is their inclusion itself, since you've got a far better chance of stumbling across a Dodo outside of Alice in Wonderland than finding another statue with this many options.

There's also an extra accessory with the exclusive version - the art print. This is done on heavy card stock, and is based on the sculpted statue's pose. It's fairly large too, coming in at 11 1/2" x 17 1/2".

Value - ***
At just around $300 for the regular edition at most retailers, this is an expensive statue. However, unlike other similar statues in this price range, he has a ton of personalization potential with the three heads and five arms. There's 18 different combinations you can create of arms and heads, although to be fair only 12 of them are really sensible. That kind of flexibility is unheard of with a statue, and definitely makes this one worth three bills.

Things to Watch Out For -
The joints where the magnets hold the pieces together are all very sturdy, but you still want to insert them carefully. And don't forget that while he looks like one big solid statue, there's 6 separate pieces here. Letting that simple fact slip your mind before picking him up could mean disaster.

Overall - ***1/2
A statue like this is just the sort of thing that makes me wish I'd been collecting the Marvel Comiquettes all along. The quality is exceptional, and the sculpt and paint will make this guy a centerpiece of your collection.

While there's a lot of excellent points here, I think the key aspect is that the swappable parts all look almost seamless. While this statue can be personalized to your preferred pose, the casual observer will have no clue that it's not one solid piece.

And don't forget - you can get this exclusive statue for just the cost of shipping! All you have to do is start following me on Twitter, where I'll be picking one random person on July 23rd to receive this statue. Good luck!

Score Recap:
Packaging - ***
Sculpting - ***1/2
Paint - ***1/2
Accessories - ****
Value - ***
Overall - ***1/2

Where to Buy -
Sideshow's regular version of the statue is sold out at $325, but they still have this exclusive version at $335. Online options for the regular version include these site sponsors:

- Urban Collector has him at $290.

- Alter Ego Comics has him listed at $292.50.

- Fanboy Collectibles has him at $294.

- Big Bad Toy Store has him at $300.

- or you can search ebay for a deal.

Related Links -
This is the only 'comiquette' from Sideshow I've covered, but I did check out there Premium Format Mystique awhile back.

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Sliver Surfer Comiquette statue by Sideshow Collectibles


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