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Old 12-28-2017, 02:51 PM   #1
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2017 Statue Awards Nominees & Voting Link (NOW OPEN)



Hi everyone,

Welcome to the 4th annual STATUE AWARDS!

At the end of every year we gather together the best of the best and come to a consensus on the best statues of the year.

2017 was a pretty exciting year, as there are more and more companies continually competing for our dollars and our display space. It seems that producers are upping the ante with unique and creative designs to catch our attention.

Our team has worked throughout the year to evaluate hundreds of statues across various categories, and we are pleased to present our nominees for each category in the posts below. Remember, these are only our nominees, and you can vote for any statue you like, even if it is not on our list...just make sure that the statue you vote for meets the criteria (must be released between December 26th, 2016 and December 25th, 2017...meaning it must be shipping to collectors during that time).

The voting for the first round will open on January 1st (link will be provided in this thread) and close at noon eastern on January 3rd. The votes will be tallied and the winners from each category will go on to a single round, winner-take-all vote for Statue of the Year! Statue of the Year voting will open on January 4th and run until noon eastern on January 6th. Winners will be announced on January 7th.

This year we are proud to add three new categories to the already established BEST SMALL, MEDIUM, LARGE, and X-LARGE categories:
  1. Best Bust
    Busts are a unique breed in the hobby and after fan input from last year, we have decided to give these special statues their own category. Busts of all sizes are considered for this award, from mini busts to life size.

  2. Best Gaming Statue
    Gaming has entrenched itself into many people's lives. The characters and stories can be powerful, equally as important as movies and books for many collectors. That's why we have decided to recognize these characters in their own category so they get the share of the spotlight they deserve.

  3. Critic's Pick
    Our panel works hard each year deciding on the various nominees in each category. This year, we will also reveal the panel's choice for Statue of the Year. Each panelist will choose only one statue from across all categories, and the winner revealed alongside the fan's vote for Statue of the Year at the end of the competition.

Qualification to Vote:

You must either be a registered user on Statue Forum and vote with your SF username, or you must have a verified FaceBook account and 'like' the Facebook page (HERE). Yes, we do check your credentials, and no, your vote will not count if you do not follow these rules.

Also remember that you can only vote once in each round. Any subsequent vote after your first will not count.
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2017 BEST SMALL STATUE NOMINEES




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We start off our nominee reveals with the 2017 BEST SMALL STATUE category. These statues may be small, but they pack a big punch, as design and details are not spared on these pieces. Here are our nominees, in no particular order:
  • Psylocke Art Scale 1/10
    Made by: Iron Studios​
    Size: 1/10 scale, approx. 7.5” tall

  • Marvel NOW Venom Artfx+
    Made by: Kotobukiya​
    Sculpted by: Junnosuke Abe
    Size: 1/10 scale, approx. 5” tall

  • Star Lord Animated Statue
    Made by: Gentle Giant Studios​
    Size: approx. 4.5” tall

  • Batman & Robin Artfx+
    Made by Kotobukiya
    Sculpted by: Naoya Muto
    Size: 1/10 scale, approx. 6” tall

  • Spider-Man 2099 Artfx+
    Made by: Kotobukiya
    Sculpted by: Junnosuke Abe
    Size: 1/10 scale, approx. 5” tall

  • Deathstroke Art Scale 1/10
    Made by Iron Studios
    Size: 1/10 scale, approx. 9” tall

  • Punisher Art Scale 1/10
    Made by Iron Studios
    Size: 1/10 scale, approx. 8.25” tall

  • Gimli the Dwarf on Uruk-Hai 43
    Made by: Weta Workshop​
    Sculpted by: Brigitte Wuest
    Size: approx. 6.7” tall

  • Batman Black & White by Norm Breyfogle
    Made by: DC Collectibles​
    Sculpted by: Chris Dahlberg
    Size: 1/10 scale, approx. 7.8” tall

  • DC Bombshells: Katana
    Made by: DC Collectibles
    Sculpted By: Jack Matthews
    Size: approx. 9” tall

And the winner is:



We are Venom, we are the 2017 BEST SMALL STATUE winner! Kotobukiya’s Spider Verse themed line of Artfx+ statues has been extremely successful…and with good reason, they all look amazing and can be displayed singly or as part of a diorama. Spider-Man was narrowly edged out in this category last year, but his nemesis has finally bested him! Venom is the 2017 BEST SMALL STATUE champion! Congratulations to the team at Kotobukiya for once again taking home this crown (their Hulkbuster was the champion in 2015)!

1. Venom (Kotobukiya) - 21.6%
2. Gimli on Dwarf (Weta) - 16.5%
3. Punisher (Iron Studios) - 12.0%
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Today we reveal the nominees for BEST MEDIUM STATUE. Consisting of statues generally in the 1/8 to 1/6 scale range, these pieces can pack tons of detail and charm, making this scale a favourite among many collectors.

Let's not waste any more time, here are the nominees:

  • Vision Fine Art Statue
    Made by: Kotobukiya
    Sculpted By: Erick Sosa
    Size: 1/6 scale, approx. 16” tall

  • The Mouth of Sauron
    Made by: Weta Workshop
    Sculpted by: Sam Gao
    Size: 1/6 scale, approx. 18” tall

  • Kurosaki Ichigo HQS
    Made by: Tsume-Art
    Sculpted by: Muhammet Ay
    Size: 1/6 scale, approx. 12” tall

  • Ryu
    Made by: PrototypeZ Studio
    Sculpted by: Erick Sosa
    Size: 1/6 scale

  • Overwatch D. Va
    Made by: Blizzard
    Sculpted by: Dominic Qwek & Ehren Bienert
    Size: approx. 20.25” tall

  • Daryl Dixon
    Made by: McFarlane Toys
    Size: approx. 10” tall

  • Hashirama Senju HQS
    Made by: Tsume-Art
    Sculpted by: Muhammet Ay & Christophe Sperto
    Size: 1/8 scale, approx. 18” tall

  • Avengers Assemble: Black Widow
    Made by: HX Project
    Sculpted by: Adam Fisher & Mufizal
    Size: 1/6 scale, approx. 12.25” tall

  • Batman vs Bane Battle Diorama
    Made by: Iron Studios
    Size: 1/6 scale, approx. 22” tall

  • Batman: Red Rain
    Made by: Mondo
    Sculpted by: Nathan Mansfield
    Size: approx. 15” tall

And the winner is:



Hashirama Senju from Tsume-Art receives the honor of taking home the 2017 BEST MEDIUM STATUE award! The popular character from the beloved Naruto Shippuden anime is depicted in Sage Mode while wielding his incredibly mighty and iconic Wood release powers! Conjuring up and standing atop a wood golem, Hashirama’s unmatched powers are displayed here in full force. Great work by Tsume to bring this character to life, and this award is well-deserved.

1. Hashirama Senju (Tsume-Art) - 27.7%
2. Kurosaki Ichigo (Tsume-Art) - 14.6%
3. Overwatch: D. Va (Blizzard) - 12.4%
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For the first reveal today, nominees for BEST LARGE STATUE. Typically consisting of 1/5 and 1/4 scale pieces, these statues are definitely large and in charge...a favourite scale for many collectors. These statues typically have a museum quality feel to them, and demand attention in anyone's collection. Here is our list of nominees:

  • Geralt of Rivia
    Made by: Prime 1 Studio
    Sculpted by: Alvaro Ribeiro
    Size: scale, approx. 26” tall

  • Malavestros: Death’s Chronicler-Fool Premium Format Figure
    Made by: Sideshow Collectibles
    Sculpted by: Mark Newman, Mat Brouillard, Nathan Mansfield
    Size: scale, approx. 20.5” tall

  • Sylvanas Windrunner
    Made by: Blizzard
    Sculpted by: Alvaro Buendia & Brian Fay
    Size: 1/5 scale, approx. 18” tall

  • Venom
    Made by: XM Studios Premium Collectibles
    Sculpted by: Alejandro Pereira Ezcurra
    Size: scale, approx. 23” tall

  • Darth Vader
    Made by: Iron Studios
    Size: scale, approx. 23” tall

  • Bane Premium Format Figure
    Made by: Sideshow Collectibles
    Sculpted by: Martin Canale & Guillermo Barbiero
    Size: scale, approx 23” tall

  • Thor, Jane Foster Premium Format Figure
    Made by: Sideshow Collectibles
    Sculpted by: Martin Canale & Guillermo Barbiero
    Size: scale, approx 20.5” tall

  • Electro
    Made by: XM Studios
    Sculpted by: Daniel Bel
    Size: scale, approx. 22” tall

  • Cable
    Made by: XM Studios
    Sculpted by: Alejandro Pereira Ezcurra
    Size: scale, approx. 23” tall

And the winner is:



The Force is strong with this one…very strong! This Darth Vader from Iron Studios is full of faith and ready to rule the galaxy, and it all starts here with a victory as 2017 BEST LARGE STATUE! Iron Studios accomplished something major with this piece, impeccably showcasing Lord Vader at the peak of his power during the destruction of the rebel base on Hoth. The Dark Lord a suitable menacing pose, along with several display options for collectors…whether you want his lightsaber fully lit and ready to strike, or you want to see him using his considerable force powers, Iron Studios has you covered. The paint scheme uses different sheens to make the different areas of his costume unique, and the fully sculpted costume actually looks like it could be real fabric. This statue is spectacular on so many levels. Congratulations to Iron Studios for satisfying so many Star Wars fans!

1. Darth Vader (Iron Studios) - 22.2%
2. Cable (XM Studios) - 12.9%
3. Geralt of Rivia (Prime 1 Studio) - 12.2%
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We cap off today by unveiling our nominations for BEST X-LARGE STATUE of 2017! These are the giants of the hobby...the stuff you need to think long and hard about where you will put them and most importantly, how to explain to your wife why you NEED these in your home. We're with you all the way, though...you NEED these in your home and it will be oh so worth it!

Here are the nominees:
  • Batman Beyond
    Made by: Prime 1 Studio
    Sculpted by: Alvaro Ribeiro, Fabiano Carlos, & Christopher Cao

  • The Joker
    Made by: Prime 1 Studio
    Size: scale, approx. 38” tall

  • The Dark Knight Returns Batman
    Made by: Prime 1 Studio
    Sculpted by: Adam Skutt
    Size: 1/3 scale, approx. 33” tall

  • Lockdown
    Made by: Prime 1 Studio
    Size: approx. 25” tall

  • Batman
    Made by: Iron Studios
    Size: 1/3 scale, approx. 35” tall

  • R2-D2 Life Size Figure
    Made by: Sideshow Collectibles
    Sculpted by: Pascual Wawoe & Bernardo Esquivel
    Size: life size, approx.48” tall

  • Scorpion
    Made by: Pop Culture Shock Collectibles, Inc
    Sculpted by: Jerry Macaluso
    Size: 1/3 scale, approx. 28” tallSize: 1/3 scale, approx. 33” tall

And the winner is:



Frank Miller’s iconic the Dark Knight Returns is regarded by many as one of the most quintessential Batman stories of all time. Prime 1 Studio has captured the unique art style from the comic series for this statue…Batman is older, bigger, more definitely more grizzled…and that makes him look totally bad ass! This statue comes with several display options including three different portraits and several iconic bat-weapons. Fans of the character and the iconic comic series should be delighted by this piece, and Prime 1 Studio should be proud of this production. Prime 1 Studio has also won this category 4 years running! Congratulations!

1. Dark Knight Returns Batman (Prime 1 Studio) - 25.1%
2. Batman Beyond (Prime 1 Studio) - 18.8%
3. Batman (Iron Studios) - 18.6%
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Today is a reveal of a brand new category for 2017, BEST BUST! Busts are a unique style of statue that dates back thousands of years. Though they are only part a figure, they definitely deserve your full attention!

Here are our nominees for Best Bust of 2017:
  • Dog Alien Life Size Head
    Made by: CoolProps
    Size: life size, approx. 15.75” tall

  • Independence Day: Resurgence, Alien Life Size Bust
    Made by: Prime 1 Studio
    Size: life size, approx. 32” tall

  • Deadpool Life Size Bust
    Made by: Sideshow Collectibles
    Sculpted by: Ryan Peterson & Tim Niver
    Size: life size, approx. 28” tall

  • Stargate: Horus Life Size Bust
    Made by: Chronicle Collectibles
    Size: life size, approx. 36” tall

  • Freddy Krueger Life Size Bust
    Made by: Elite Creature Collectibles
    Sculpted by: Mitch Devane
    Size: life size, approx. 28” tall

  • Marcus Life Size Bust
    Made by: Elite Creature Collectibles
    Sculpted by: Steve Wang
    Size: life size, approx. 28” tall

  • Thor Scale Bust
    Made by: XM Studios Premium Collectibles
    Sculpted by: Kucharek Bros.
    Size: scale, approx. 16” tall

  • Venom Scale Bust
    Made by: XM Studios Premium Collectibles
    Sculpted by: Kucharek Bros.
    Size: scale, approx. 16” tall

And the winner is:



Maximum effort, maximum victory! Fire up some @$&ing chimichangas and get ready to party, because Sideshow Collectibles’ remarkable Deadpool Life Size Bust has taken home the inaugural BEST BUST award! Masterfully capturing the Merc with a Mouth’s trademark attitude, this Bust is sure to satisfy the growing legion of Deadpool fans worldwide. And with the sequel to the super hit movie coming out later this year, what better way to celebrate than winning 2017 BEST BUST? We certainly can’t think of a better $&*#ing way, that’s for sure!

1. Deadpool (Sideshow) - 26.1%
2. Venom (XM Studios) - 19.8%
3. Freddy (ECC) - 18.8%
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Our second new category for 2017, BEST GAMING STATUE! Whether you grew up in the era where Atari was cutting edge technology or Playstation 4 was your first love, chances are you've played some video game sin your lifetime. These characters and stories have stood the test of time, and deserve a special place in our hearts. Here is our list of nominees for best gaming statue of 2017:
  • Ryu
    Made by: PrototypeZ Studio
    Sculpted by: Erick Sosa
    Size: 1/6 scale

  • Overwatch D. Va
    Made by: Blizzard
    Sculpted by: Dominic Qwek & Ehren Bienert
    Size: approx. 20.25” tall

  • Dante, Son of Sparda
    Made by: Kinetiquettes
    Sculpted by: Wandah Kurniawan a.k.a Tioxic
    Size: 1/6 scale, approx. 13” tall

  • Batman Beyond
    Made by: Prime 1 Studio
    Sculpted by: Alvaro Ribeiro, Fabiano Carlos, & Christopher Cao
    Size: 1/3 scale, approx. 33” tall

  • Sylvanas Windrunner
    Made by: Blizzard
    Sculpted by: Alvaro Buendia & Brian Fay
    Size: 1/5 scale, approx. 18” tall

  • Geralt of Rivia
    Made by: Prime 1 Studio
    Sculpted by: Alvaro Ribeiro
    Size: scale, approx. 26” tall

  • Kintaro
    Made by: Pop Culture Shock Collectibles, Inc
    Sculpted by: Hector Arce
    Size: scale, approx. 21” tall

  • Kotal Kahn
    Made by: Pop Culture Shock Collectibles
    Sculpted by: John Cleary & Jerry Macaluso
    Size: scale, approx. 27” tall

  • Link on the King of Red Lions
    Made by: First 4 Figures
    Sculpted by: Kaushik Manna
    Size: approx. 25” tall

  • Tomb Raider: Temple of Osiris, Lara Croft
    Made by: Gaming Heads
    Sculpted by: Kaushik Manna
    Size: scale, approx. 18” tall

  • Devil May Cry, Dante
    Made by: Hand Made Object Collectibles - H.M.O
    Sculpted by: Mufizal Mokhtar
    Size: scale, approx. 20.5” tall

And the winner is:



The Legend of Zelda debuted way back in 1987 and spawned one of the most successful game franchises of all time! The hero of the series, Link has been well established as a fan favorite for decades, and First 4 Figures has captured the unique style of the Wind Waker game, which was released on Gamecube over 15 years ago! Although a much more simply animated look than say, the recent Breath of the Wild, there is no shortage of details on this amazing statue...whether it is the 25” tall sail, the determined look on Link’s face, the wooden texture of the boat, or our favorite, the unique water effect. Congratulations to First 4 Figures for going down in history as the first ever recipient of our BEST GAMING STATUE award!

1. Link on King of Red Lions (First 4 Figures) - 21.2%
2. Batman Beyond (Prime 1 Studio) - 13.9%
3. Geralt of Rivia (Prime 1 Studio) - 11.2%
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CRITIC'S PICK AWARD



2017's STATUE AWARDS also marks the inaugural CRITIC'S PICK award. Our panel (consisting of reviewers from across this great hobby, knowledgeable collectors, as well as moderators and admins from Statue Forum) works hard throughout the year evaluating a huge array of statues...we're not perfect by any means, but we do our best.

Before going any further, I want to extend a massive thank you to everyone that helps out behind the scenes...could not have done it without all of you!

And again, to all the fans that voted, we hope that you all have as much fun with the event as we do.

This year we deliberated hard on trying to decide our own pick. Everyone presented a detailed case for why their pick should win this award, and it was a tight race...several statues received strong consideration, but again, only one can come out on top.

** the outcome of this award is decided before the end of Round 1 voting. Each panel member was asked to submit their personal choice for statue of the year, and give their reasoning. **
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CRITIC'S PICK
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Cable, aka Nathan Summers…the son of X-Men leader Cyclops and Jean Grey clone, Madeline Pryor…is one of the most powerful mutants in X-Men lore. He is a man born in the present, infected with a techno-organic virus, sent to the future for his own safety, himself cloned (the clone being his nemesis, Stryfe), then re-emerging in the present for the world’s safety. Yeah, he’s got a bit of a convoluted backstory. So, it is perhaps fitting that this statue from XM Studios Premium Collectibles had its own tumultuous history. Cable was originally intended to follow hot on the heels of their mega hit, Magneto, building on the success of their X-Men line. Then, for reasons beyond their control, Cable was shelved indefinitely. But, just like his comic book namesake, the statue re-emerged on the production slate to much fanfare! Cable is a character that fans have been clamoring for, and XM Studios have not let those fans down, producing this powerful mutant to near flawless levels. Sculptor, Alejandro Pereira Ezcurra, and concept artist, Foo Tze Wei, joined together with the master craftsman of the XM Studios design team to produce one of the most striking statues of recent memory. Congratulations to the entire team at XM Studios involved in producing this gem, as you are awarded our very first CRITIC’S PICK AWARD.


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BEST COMPANY
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In 2016, Tsume-Art proved to be a force to be reckoned with, taking home 2016 Statue of the Year for Dragon Shiryu. In 2017, they can also claim the title of FAVORITE STATUE COMPANY. Tsume fans once again turned out in force to ensure their favorite company took home the honor. Year after year, Tsume-Art is consistently producing some of the top high-end anime related products. With upcoming products such as Portugas D. Ace, Broly the Legendary Super Saiyan,, and One Punch Man Saitama, they don’t look to be slowing down any time soon! Always pushing the boundaries with their unique designs, the team at Tsume-Art is well deserving of this award. Congratulations, Tsume!
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2017 STATUE OF THE YEAR



Wow, what a ride! This year's STATUE AWARDS has been an amazing run, and we want to thank absolutely everyone that took the time to vote, comment, and share throughout the event. Without all of you, this success of this event would not be possible.

Now, onto the results. This year's STATUE OF THE YEAR voting was the single closest race we have ever seen...about 1% of the vote separated first place from third place...truly amazing! But, there can only be one winner, so without further delay:

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2017 STATUE OF THE YEAR
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There’s no doubt that Darth Vader is one of the world’s most popular fictional characters. Check any ranking of character recognition that you can find, Lord Vader is somewhere in the top 10. Even though he is the scourge of the galaxy, people love him! And, what’s not to like:

- cool costume, check
- cool voice, check
- cool powers, check
- intergalactic badass, check

He basically has it all. So, making Darth Vader collectibles should be easy, right? Wrong.

Iron Studios has done something truly special here in making their Darth Vader stand out in the sea of Sith lord collectibles on the market. They meticulously researched the costume and general Star Wars mythos and combined it all into one of the most menacing and gripping representations of this character that means so much to so many people…not an easy feat. The vast array of display combinations that showcase his signature red lightsaber or his fearsome Force powers can satisfy most collectors. The paint scheme is marvelous, using different sheens of black and gunmetal to make different areas of the costume stand out from each other. The sculpted fabric looks so much like real fabric, you may not be able to believe your eyes.

The accolades for this piece are many, and now this piece will go down in history as STATUE OF THE YEAR for 2017! Congratulations to the entire team at Iron Studios!



Final Results (wow this was close):

1. Darth Vader, Iron Studios - 27.9%
2. Hashirama Senju, Tsume-Art - 27.5%
3. Dark Knight Returns Batman - 26.7%
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for small its a toss up between punisher and deathstroke for me
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