Green Goblin Mini-bust
I never planned on collecting mini-busts. God knows, I collect enough
stuff that I didn't need to get sucked into something else.
Several years back, when the Bowen mini-busts first started to hit, I saw
them...I was deeply tempted...but yet I found the strength to resist.
But eventually, between Palisades, and Sideshow, and Gentle Giant, and
Bowen, and Diamond Select, and Dynamic Forces, etc. etc. etc., there were
simply too many cool licenses being done in the format for me to resist any
longer. Now I have three full shelves, with a fourth to start soon.
My latest addition is the Diamond Select Green Goblin. This
mini-bust was sculpted by the infamous Digger, head of the gonzo group known
as Art Asylum. This is part of their 'Rogues Gallery' collection, and
is limited to 7500 pieces. Next in the series, and also sculpted by an
Art Asylum inmate, is Electro, due in January.
The bust retails for around $40, but you may be able to find a better
deal at your local comic shop. I have some great on-line suggestions
for you at the end of the review.
Packaging - ***
It's a box. Okay, it's not that plain and does have photos of the bust,
but it lacks the nifty window to allow you to see what you're really getting in
all it's glory.
What gives this score a little boost though - other than the very secure foam
insert - is the nice, large and colorful COA. I wish all busts came with
ones this nice.
Sculpting - ****
Homina, Homina, Howaa! I've never said that about a guy before, let
alone one with green skin. But this sculpt is really amazing work.
Digger outdid himself on this project, and the level of detail vs. comic book
style is absolutely perfect. The sculpt also implies motion and movement
perfectly, and you can easily imagine that the big green is riding on his
glider, coming right for you.
This particular style may be too modern for some folks tastes, as this is
certainly not the Goblin of the silver age. But for modern fans, the huge
ears, wild hat (didn't Digger used to wear one just like this?) and insane
expression are perfect.
Paint - ****
The perfect sculpt is highlighted with perfect paint ops. The work on the
face is particularly good, but the rest of the bust is also done with expert
Each of the colors is consistent and clean, with great definition between
them and no slop, even around the whites of the eyes. The beautiful color
of the flaming pumpkin bomb contrasts perfectly with the harsher colors of his
uniform and the various pumpkins around the base There's plenty of variety
and detail, all done with care and quality.
Design/Quality - ****
The quality of the sculpt and paint, along with the exceptional design, is
what sets this bust apart from the pack.
By using a multitude of pumpkins around the base, you're treated to more
detail and color than would be otherwise possible. And the
transparent/translucent red fiery tail of the flying pumpkin bomb looks
Okay, so a big bad like GG probably wouldn't have his name monogrammed on the
front of his purse. But if you can overlook that little detail, you'll see
one of the coolest and most active designs in a mini-bust all year.
Value - ***1/2
I do wish that busts weren't in the $40 - $50 range. The market is
allowing it though, and compared to other busts in this price range, this is an
exceptional piece. This is easily my favorite Diamond Select bust,
although I have to admit I only own a handful currently.
Overall - ****
I haven't passed out that many four star ratings this year - less than two
dozen out of almost 200 reviews - and I'm pretty sure this is my only four star
bust review. But this thing really ranks up there with the best,
especially with the extremely cool design. This bust is neck and neck with
my Gentle Giant Boba Fett as the favorite in my collection.
You may not like the design though - this raving lunatic Green Goblin may not
be the goblin of your childhood. But for me, this bust is exceptional all
Where to Buy -
Comic shops will have them of course. On-line options include:
- Alter Ego Comics doesn't
have this particular bust listed on their site, but you might want to check with
them, as they do have the Jean Grey listed at $36.
- Red Planet Toys (a new
sponsor so new I don't even have their graphic up on the main page yet) also
has the Jean Grey on the website, but no sign of the Goblin. Since
they carry Diamond Select busts, you might want to give them a call.
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