Marvel Premier Collection: Spider-Gwen by Diamond Select

With how many piles of Marvel Legends figures I have lying around this place and waiting to be opened, I really shouldn’t be taking any detours. Maybe in the future, I’ll start covering other Marvel stuff on different days, but for now, let’s take a brief hiatus from the Legends landslide and have a look at a new statue that landed at my door a few weeks back. This is my very first foray into DST’s Marvel Premier Collection, as I just could not resist another Spider-Gwen piece for my shelf. At the same time, I’ve been an admirer of Clayburn Moore’s work for a long time and while I have some figures he’s worked on, I really wanted one of his statues in my collection.

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This is a pretty sizable box, made all the more impressive by its width. And that’s understandable because the statue is pretty big. While the back of the box claims she’s 12-inches tall, she’s actually closer to 14-inches. She’s not quite Sixth Scale, as the base elevates her quite a bit, but between her height and the fact that her arms are stretched out in opposite directions, she has quite the presence. The box is fully enclosed with lots of pictures of the statue and features a sticker with the limitation on it. Inside the box, the resin cast statue comes wrapped in plastic and encased between two styrofoam bricks. The only assembly required is plugging the figure into the base via a metal post in the left foot.

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All set up, Gwen makes for an impressive display piece. Moore is an accomplished sculptor when it comes to the human form, particularly the ladies, and it certainly shows here. The composition is one of the things that drew me to this statue when I first saw it and I just love the balance of this piece. Gwen stands on the pedestal on her tip toes with her right leg drawn up. She’s bending forward and reaching out her right hand, ready to THWIP! and her left hand is stretched out behind her.

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Because Gwen’s costume is fairly simple, the bulk of the sculpted detail here comes in the definition of her muscles. It’s particularly well done in her thighs, back, and abdomen. You do get some sculpted detail in the web pattern cut-outs on her arms and under-arms. Of course, she’s got curves in all the right places, too!

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Likewise, Gwen’s outfit doesn’t require a whole lot of detailed paint work. It’s mostly black and white with turquoise used for her slippers and purple and turquoise used for the web patterns. The paint applications here are overall very good. The lines are fairly sharp and the white paint is very clean, even, and vibrant. The paint we get in the production piece is never as good as the promotional pics, but the work here is still solid.

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The portrait is pure Clayburn Moore. Once you know his work, it’s impossible not to spot it a mile away. I find that people tend to either love it or hate it, but I place him up there with J. Scott Campbell in terms of sheer distinctiveness of style. So, yeah, I’m a big fan. Here you get more of the web pattern inside her hood and her hair is blowing off to the side as she gazes upward and looks for a target for her the web she’s about to shoot. As with the costume, the paint here is pretty solid. I’d say the eyes could be a little more evenly applied, but the lips are sharp and I really like the warmth conveyed in her complexion.

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The base is a simple pedestal painted to look like cracked marble with a metallic purple middle and more painted webs to match Gwen’s costume. The statue is hand numbered on the bottom. Mine is 2,427 of 3,000. It’s by no means a strict limitation, and yet considerably less than that of DC Collectibles Cover Girls runs.

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As I said in the beginning, Gwen is my first foray into DST’s Marvel Premier Collection and I’m very pleased with how she turned out. This isn’t a very expansive line right now, but there are a few other pieces I’m interested in, particularly their 90’s Rogue and modern take on Gamora. Whether or not I can fit those in the budget next year, however, remains to be seen. The last thing I really need to do is to start collecting another line of statues. With that having been said, Diamond released Gwen with an MSRP of about $130, but I was able to pick mine up for a little under $100 and that felt like a solid deal. I feel as if she’s roughly comparable in quality to DCC’s cold cast porcelain offerings, although she is a lot bigger. Not the trick is to find a shelf for her to live on.

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