XM Studios’ teased a prestige, classic Superman statue release back in June. Now, they’ve revealed not one, but two different versions are now available to pre-order. And, the difference isn’t just size and color.
The best Superman statues use bases that portray the presence of a villain. Sideshow Collectibles incorporated design elements of Brainiac’s ship when it came to their exclusive statue release. The firepits of Apokolips are another great design choice as their monochrome and gloomy metal are the darkness to Kal-El’s light. XM Studios takes Superman to the domain of Darkseid for these statues.
Superman is in his unmistakable take-off pose with one hand raised and the other locked in the chamber at his side with one leg raised while the other remains straight. The suit is as classic as you can get as was XM’s studio’s intention when designer Mark Brooks first got to work on it. The emblem, the belt, the briefs, the cape, and the boots are elements we’re all familiar with. But how, they are detailed is what makes this statue so unique.
Here’s a look at the 1/6 scale statue:
The suit is defined with wrinkles and creases in some areas as it maintains a spandex-like texture. They hug his comic book muscles in such a detailed and bold way that shows Superman’s herculean side. XM Studios’ painted the cape with such textures that it actually looks like felt. The creases are also well done and detailed, so it actually looks strained and not stiff. Other finer details include a vein around his neck and an explosion at the base as Superman takes off from the surface of Apokolips.
The base itself also knocks it out of the park with the design. Apokolips has always been a metallic hellscape with obelisks and buildings made out of machinery and computers. Orange, red, and black is the dominant colors here in contrast to Superman’s yellow, red, and blue. For the landscape, XM Studios sets the scene here beautifully with a cluster of debris in every shape – a circular power core, a cylinder-like cell, and protruding servos.
This is version A of the statue. Version B offers more with the torn cybernetic remains of a Parademon in Superman’s raised hand. It’s a torso with all the limbs missing except a single arm and its head. There is a lack of gore, and the creature appears to be entirely robotic – meaning Superman isn’t holding back. This is also evident with his eyes now sporting a glowing red for his heat vision. The other arm of the Parademon is in his other hand at his side. The Parademon remains are also impressively detailed, incorporating their trademark green to their rusty-bronze armor.
XM Studios’ polystone statues are premium because of their quality and quantity. Version B of the defeated Parademon is only available in the 4th scale size. The 1/6 scale statue is starting at $829 at GFX Distribution and $999 on XM’s website with only 499 being made. The 1/4 scale version is only available for preorder at XM’s site at $1,329 with 199 made. Version B of the statue goes for $1,529 with 299 made. Any premium collector that got XM Studio’s Revival Superman statue can now match his black suit with his iconic, standard one.
XM Studios’ new Superman statue is also the first of their “classic” line, where they also plan to do 1/6 and 1/4 scales for Batman and Wonder Woman. You’d have to be a pretty premium collector to complete the full set.