When I mentioned in my last post that my resolve to stop collecting lines isn’t always very strong, someone on the AFB Forum added “..or your resolve for starting lines, or only getting certain items from them, or….”
It’s a good laugh, but I must admit it’s pretty true. There are certain characters who can influence me into starting pretty much any line of toy or statue!
The pathway to ending up owning the Sideshow Colossus Legendary Scale Bust, however, is a bit more circuitous, and I’m not taking all the blame for this one!
It all began when someone on the AFB Forum was looking to sell his Alex Ross Style Nightcrawler 1:2 Scale Bust, and I said that was much as I loved Kurt Wagner as a character, I was holding out for Sideshow to produce him in their Legendary Scale Bust line. Someone else then commented (in fact, it was the same someone else as the person who posted the above playful dig at my collecting habits!) something to the effect of “Yeah, but then you’d need the Colossus Bust to do along with him.”
Once that idea got into my head, I was sunk. As you can clearly see, however, it really wasn’t all my fault this time!!
I’d looked seriously at ordering Sideshow’s recent Colossus Comiquette, but there was something about it that just didn’t look quite right. That was just the regular version – I’m not even talking about the Exclusive version with an extra un-armoured head for Piotr, which can be put on his armoured body. Um…
The Colossus Legendary Scale Bust, however, grew on me in photo form each time I looked at it. So, knowing that the Aussie dollar is amazingly strong at the moment and that I really would need Colossus to go alongside my favourite blue furry mutant teleporter, I took the plunge.
Happily, I am far from disappointed with the purchase. The scale is pretty much as I imagined it – at 12.5” high, it’s about the size of a full-sized statue. As you would expect, his shoulders are very broad, coming in at 14” at his widest point. Colossus isn’t always drawn with as huge a neck as he has here. It works for this piece, as it gives it the kind of bulk you’d expect from Colossus, but were it a full body piece, he’d have a pinhead for sure.
Colossus’ armoured face has often been drawn as quite expressive. What’s shown here is a serious expression, but by no means blank. The sculptors have obviously put thought into how a man’s face would be formed if it transformed to metal, and the result is still something that looks very human, but with angular lines, particularly around the nose and jawbone. I’m particularly impressed with how this has been done, as underneath the metallic angles, you can see not just the shape of a man’s face, but that of a Slavic man as Piotr Rasputin would be – the high cheekbones and wide features of a good Russian boy. This could just be my imagination at work, but I’ll give Sideshow the credit – it’s impressive.
Something else I love about this piece is Colossus’ hair – it’s black, but as shiny and metallic looking as his skin, as it should be. I like how it reflects the light. To help this effect, his uniform has been painted with a duller sheen to contrast. It works very effectively! All up – this one is a real winner.
I won’t be starting on any kind of completist rampage with this series, due to cost and space. I have subsequently picked up The Thing bust as part of a trade, and was quite surprised at how much shorter it is than Colossus. I think Thing may be one of the earlier pieces, but the contrast is that great they really can’t be displayed together, which is a shame. As for other purchases, I would love to find a Captain America for a price less than a kidney…..
Now all I need is for Sideshow to hold up their end of the deal and produce a Nightcrawler Legendary Scale Bust so that this great piece can compliment it!
In the meantime, just remember – this particular piece was not all my idea! Honest!!