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Old 01-06-2017, 03:42 PM   #91
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I'm just now getting into Bowen busts but they are fantastic. I really wish we'd gotten Madame HYDRA, Silver Samurai, Spiral and Typhoid Mary.
If I remember right, correct me if I'm wrong, there was a FS Spiral in the works. That would've been great. I'm right there with you on Silver Samurai. At the top of my list for a MB or FS. I only trust Bowen with it, though...:^(
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Old 01-06-2017, 09:32 PM   #92
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If I remember right, correct me if I'm wrong, there was a FS Spiral in the works. That would've been great. I'm right there with you on Silver Samurai. At the top of my list for a MB or FS. I only trust Bowen with it, though...:^(
Don't remind me. I'm still sad about that.
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Old 01-07-2017, 03:53 AM   #93
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The Bowen line is what got me interested in this medium. While there are some amazing pieces coming out from other manufacturers like Prime 1 and Sideshow, the cost and size keeps me away.

I have the Spidey comiquette from Sideshow. It is an amazing piece, and IMO the best Spidey sculpt done to date. It is too big.... The upcoming Return of the Dark Knight statue from Prime 1 is amazing. At $1000 and a 1/4 size it's too much... (That said I'm getting it... it's simply too good and I am a huge Batman fan).

It's just sad. The 1/6 size Bowen line was a perfect size and could be purchased at a cost that was much easier to swallow for the average joe. In addition, Bowen truly captured an iconic feel and representation for these characters.

Seems like the market is ripe for a new 1/6 line, especially for tge DC characters. Maybe the market has moved on and evolved past this?
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Old 01-07-2017, 05:37 PM   #94
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Looking at what 1/6th pieces are going for on the secondary market, I think it's safe to say there's still plenty of interest in the scale. It's just a matter of no one producing them. Koto counts, but barely. Probably comes down to profitability. Companies like SS, XM, etc. have 1/4th that they can sell for big bucks and Koto has their cheaper 1/10th lines that seem to be profitable enough for them to basically sideline their 1/6th line. 1/6th might be in that awkward grey area...too big to keep production costs down (in limited runs) and not big enough to demand a high enough retail price. ...all a guess, but I find it hard to believe that companies wouldn't already be in the 1/6th market if it would make them enough money.
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Old 01-07-2017, 07:49 PM   #95
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I was a Bowen collector at one time, had quite the Collection, Hero's, Villains, etc.etc. Hell I still have a few pieces, that said, in hindsight he had to multiples, seemed like every phase there was an Ironman, Captain America, and Thors + variants, if you followed they where starting to make some changes, little to late, certain pieces will fetch more than others but some steals can be made also.
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Old 01-08-2017, 01:03 AM   #96
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Still have all my Bowen pieces and will keep them as long as continue to collect statues. His pieces were the reason I got into this crazy hobby in the first place. There is just something majestic about them in my eyes. Their like a vintage silver aged marvel comic book. Classic look that will never go out of style in my book regardless of how big and detailed these statues become.
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Old 01-10-2017, 10:26 AM   #97
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Bowen will never die! Just got Old Man Logan and it looks terrific!
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Old 01-10-2017, 10:34 AM   #98
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Back market on more common pieces has dropped but your choice hero/villains can fetch big bucks. I love them still have almost 50 of them
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Bowen was always about quality and variety at an affordable price. This combination will always be popular as long as people collect statues. The point about size is also a big factor. I haven’t looked at prices in a while but I know at one point they dipped after BD closed shop but it sounds like they are back on the rise or have settled in where they should be. If/when BD starts up again you can be sure the older stuff will rise in price again as demand for the line comes back. I am planning to downsize my collection to a degree and hope to hold out until the tide rises again. I am surprised someone hasn’t stepped into the hole created by the BD departure from the market. Eric sculpting for Koto was where I thought it would occur but that didn’t happen. Bowen could step right back into that hole tomorrow and be successful immediately IMHO.
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Old 01-10-2017, 02:02 PM   #100
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^ agreed. When Bowen stepped down I expected some other company to fill the gap too, but that hasn't happened. This is an attractive scale and the variety was and still is unmatched. As long as BD pieces have that part of the market cornered their product will at the very least hold it's value.
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