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Old 02-18-2008, 12:26 PM   #1
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Rules and Glossary of Common Statue Forum Terms


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Old 02-18-2008, 12:26 PM   #2
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Glossary of Common Statue Forum Terms


ARTIST PROOF (AP) – An unnumbered bust or statue that is usually held in reserve for replacements. They are initially unnumbered and used to replace returned/damaged statues. Any that are left over after replacements are issued are the AP's. A certain number of AP's of each statue are given to Marvel as part of the licensing agreement. NOTE: There are several definitions of Artist Proof and Manufacturer’s Proof. For the sake of simplicity I’m using this definition.

Build-A-FigureSee Build-A-Scene.

Build-A-Scene – A Diorama type of display wherein all of the pieces fit together to make a complete scene (usually a cover reproduction). Often, Build-A-Scenes include a bonus piece that requires you to collect all the pieces in the set in order to complete the bonus figure.

Comic Book Scene Cover Replica - A statue or diorama based on the original comic book cover artwork that reproduces the covers’ original details in 3-D.

Comiquette - A larger-than-usual sculpt (typically 1:4 or 1:5 scale) of a comic book character. From Sideshow Collectibles.

Diorama - A three-dimensional scene in which figures are arranged in a dramatic way (usually an action or battle scene).

Edition Size - the number of specific pieces that will be produced

Exclusive - A statue or bust that is only available via a particular source. Some Exclusives are available only at various conventions. These are usually labeled Convention Exclusives. Some Exclusives are available through memberships from different companies. For example, the Bowen Designs Collector’s Club (BDCC) offers Exclusives to their members. Some Exclusives are available at both conventions and through club memberships.

Factory Control Sample (FCS) – Production samples from the factory that are sent to the company for approval.

FS – Abbreviation for Full-Size Statue

Full-Size Statue - A full-figure sculpt of a character. Usually done in 1:6 or 1:8 Scale.

Life Size Bust - A bust that recreates a character’s head in 1:1 Scale.

Life Size Statue – A statue that recreates a character in 1:1 Scale.

Manufacturer’s Proof (MP) – Similar to Artist Proofs, MPs are extra unnumbered pieces manufactured and used for different purposes such as photography, replacements, etc.

Maquette – In regard to statue collecting, a Maquette is a small scale model/statue that usually serves animators/prop makers/illustrators by allowing them a full 360 degree/all angle point of reference. Maquettes are sometimes produced and offered via retail to collectors.

MB – Abbreviation for Mini-Bust

Medium Statue - A full-figure sculpt of a character usually measuring between 8” and 10” tall. Medium statues are often part of a larger group of statues or part of a Diorama.

Mini-Bust - A tremendously popular form of collectible created by renowned sculptor Randy Bowen. This type of sculpture usually measures between 5” and 7” tall and depicts a character’s head, shoulders, chest, and usually (but not always) the arms. The inclusion of the arms adds extra detail and dynamism to the sculpt, and serves to distinguish it from traditional “armless” busts. Resin is the usual material used for mini-busts.

Mini Statue - A full-figure sculpt of a character usually measuring between 5” and 7” tall. Mini-Statues are usually licensed, smaller/miniature reissues of previously released full-size statues.

Mint/Near Mint - The condition applied to a bust/statue. Mint/Near Mint indicates that the piece has no visible defects, has not been repaired, and that it has a great paint job.

Mint in Box - A Mint piece in its original packaging.

Mint in Mint Box - A Mint piece in its original unblemished packaging.

Mixed Media - A statue/figure made up of two or more artistic media, such as resin and cloth.

Pre-Paint – A bust/statue previewed before it has been painted.

Premium Format Figure (PF) - A 1/4 scale figure composed of mixed media. Sideshow Collectibles is noted for these highly detailed and highly popular figures.

Prototype – A finished painted piece used for reference.

Recast - A Recast is a counterfeit copy of a licensed original manufactured by someone other than the original company/sculptor that produced it.

Reissue - A Reissue is simply a second or later edition of an existing sculpt. It is an idea that is almost universally despised by collectors.

Resculpt - A brand new sculpt of a character who has already been offered as a bust or statue. For example, there have been a couple of Spider-Man Full-Size statue Resculpts from Bowen Designs. The first Spidey statue was Spidey on the tall brick edifice. The second Spidey statue (which is the first Spidey Resculpt) is Spidey standing on the Spidey icon base (two versions of this were offered: red/blue and black). The third Spidey statue (which is the second Spidey Resculpt) is the John Cleary version.

Resin - General term for polyresin, which is any petroleum based, two-part polyester resin (plastic). Resin/Polyresin is the substance most often used to make collectible statuary.
Polyresin - General term for any petroleum based, 2 part polyester resin (plastic).
Cold cast porcelain - Cold cast porcelain is a polyresin containing crushed porcelain powder, which provides the finished product with a porcelain "feel."
Cold cast resin - Another term for cold cast porcelain.
Scale: In statuary terms, Scale is a classification of size. Examples: 1:1 Scale – A piece of statuary that is produced in its actual size. For example, a 1:1 scale lightsaber is a reproduction lightsaber made to the exact dimensions of the actual prop. 1/2 Scale – A piece that is produced to one half actual size. 1/3 Scale – A piece that is produced to one third actual size. Most mini-busts and full-size statues are produced in scales ranging between 1/6th and 1/8th scale. 1:1 scale for a 6 foot (72 inch) character would be 72 inches tall; the same figure at 1:2 scale would be 36 inches tall; at 1:4 scale it would be 18 inches tall; at 1:6 scale it would be 12 inches tall, etc

Sneak/Sneak Peak – A preview picture(s) of a statue or bust in any stage (rough/unfinished/pre-painted/etc.)

Variants - Variants are existing sculpts that are tweaked so as to offer a new take on the same character. Variants can be broken up into more than one type: Repaint Variants and Tweaked Variants which have been tweaked with additional sculpting. Examples: Clear Iceman is a Repaint Variant of regular Iceman (although in this case instead of being repainted, Clear Iceman was cast in translucent resin). Gold Yellowjacket is a Repaint Variant of Regular Yellowjacket. One example of a Tweaked Variant is Mr. Fixit, which is a modified Bowen Designs Hulk Mini-Bust.

Work In Progress (Abbreviated WIP) - A statue or bust shown in a rough, incomplete stage, and/or unpainted stage. Forum Vernacular

Ass Clown - A clown who is also an ass.

B.A.D. - Bust All Defenders - Honorary membership for those who want to see the Defenders get made as busts and statues by Bowen Designs.

Banned – When a forum member is naughty, sometimes a time-out away from the forum is in order. Some Bans are temporary, while serious or repeated infractions may result in a Permanent Ban (PermaBan)

Bastich - A nice way of saying bastard.

BBT - Bowen Bust Treatment

BDCC - Bowen Designs Collector's Club

BFST - Bowen Full-Size Treatment

B.O.T.H. - Brothers of the Hammer

Bowen Noser – Someone who ALways goes on and on about Bowen Designs.

Company Abbreviations:
BD - Bowen Designs
DCD – DC Direct
DST – Diamond Select Toys
HH - Hard Hero
MR – Master Replicas
SS - Sideshow

LCS - Local Comic Store

Meh – An expression of disdain or disinterest toward a character/piece/etc.

MIB - Mint In Box

MIBWS - Mint in Box WITH Styrofoam

MIBWOS = Mint in Box WITHOUT Styrofoam

MIMB - Mint In Mint Box

Modscum - A term of endearment used by Statue Forum Members for their beloved Moderators.

Pass – A one-word post that indicates that the poster has no interest in a piece previewed or offered for sale.

Phase – The period of time for which Bowen’s contract with Marvel is in effect. As of this date (12/29/07), we’re nearing the end of Bowen Phase III. Phase IV will end March 2010.

R.O.A.R. - "rip open and read"

SDCC - San Diego Comic Con

T.T.I.S. - "thumb through in store”
"I thought, 'What is this half horse-looking character?' By the end I said 'I get this and I like it.' My first instinct was that I was a bit unsure. He's the only one who can pick up the hammer. He's a worthy from another planet. But he looks like a horse."
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