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Sunday, February 07, 2010

Bowen Busts Galore!

After a long wait, Bowen Designs has released two new mini-busts which I’m excited to add to my collection. Bowen does a great job of giving us not just the A list of Marvel characters, but the odd surprise as well, and this latest pair delivers both.

As a big fan of SQUADRON SUPREME, I was delighted to see the Hyperion Mini-Bust solicited, and this doesn’t disappoint. Paintwork here is perfectly done, and I love the flow of his cape. The only quibble I might have here is that his mouth seems a wee bit small, but hey, some folks have small mouths I guess. Nothing could take away the excitement of having one of the lead characters from one of my all-time favourite stories. I own the classic Nighthawk, but I am probably going to have to pick up the Squadron version that’s been gathering dust at my LCS sooner or later to go along with this great piece.

Cable isn’t a favourite character of mine, but as I am trying to focus my Bowen collection around the X-Men / Avengers / Defenders (bring on Valkyrie please!), he’s a needed element. Having said that, this bust is great looking and I was surprised by how much I liked it. There is fantastic detail here in his costume and weapons.

Cyclops isn’t a new bust, but it’s one I’ve been eyeing for some time, and I finally managed to snag it on sale while on holiday in Brisbane. This is probably Cyclops’ most iconic Modern Age look, and worth having even if there aren’t many other busts from this era. There is a bit of rough texture on the body that makes the paintwork not look as smooth as it could – quite unusual for a Bowen Bust. The pose and facial expression really works, however, and makes this a very welcome addition to the collection.

You can see more pics at Facebook, discuss this at the AFB Forum, and comment on this post to enter the February AFB Comment of the Month Contest.

Until next time!

7 comments:

chopa said...

Do like cyclops. shame every cyclops thing ends up looking plain.

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chrismandesign said...

yeah... those minibust look wonderful, the pearled/metallic finish is fantastic, and all those incredible features for an affordable price, seems to be a good deal... i hav the Nighthawk Squadron Supreme version minibust, so i know exactly what Bowen Desings quality means...

Westy said...

They all look terrific, mate. And I think the Cyclops looks fine with the paint app in photos (very much like it was inked and coloured in the 90s).

demoncat said...

i am glad to see the squadron getting some over due loving merch wise. and hope the statue is the first of many of the squadron in busts and maybe figures. as for the cyclops and Cable ones like father like son both have that so serious look on their faces that or Cable and cyclops are mad that they will never get solo films.

Prowl26 said...

While bust's and statues aren't my thing, these look pretty good especially the Hyperion bust.

Freak Studio said...

I really like the Cyclops one. Never knew why, but I always liked that character. I know most people love to hate him, but he always seemed cool to me.

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