"Venom Unbound" Fine Art Statue by Kotobukiya
…new Venom statue by Kotobukiya does this dastardly villain justice.”
Wow. Just a few days after I was enamored with Kotobukiya’s statue of the Joker (for more on the Joker statue, click here), I get this press release sent to me. I don’t know about the rest of you but Venom, from Marvel Comics’ Spider-Man series, has been one of my favorite comic book villains of all time. And the new Venom statue (called Venom Unbound) adds a great dimension to this beloved character.
The story behind Venom, for those few of you who don’t know, started in 1984, with the iconic “Secret Wars” comic. It was during the epic battles between the universe’s most popular heroes and villains that an event occurred that would change Peter Parker’s (Spider-Man’s) life forever. When his original suit is damaged, he finds a gooey black substance that flows over his body, creating a new black and white costume that seemed too good to be true. It was. It was later revealed that this substance was actually an alien parasite, having its way with him. He eventually ditched the substance, which found its way to one Eddie Brock. Eddie became Venom, which ended up being one of the most popular villains in all superhero lore, and one of the coolest looking characters to ever be released.
I’m glad to state that the new Venom statue by Kotobukiya does this dastardly villain justice. The Venom statue looks to be detailed down to a T (I don’t have the statue itself, but will be glad to give a more detailed review if Kotobukiya would ever grace me with one of their prized items). Venom is crouched low, ready to strike, with every muscle adding to a well-sculpted alien physiology that shows how the symbiote can shift forms. It looks imposing as all hell, to say the least. It’s standing in the ruins of destroyed concrete, with its arms and claws outstretched to the side, and its evil tongue maliciously snaking out of its mouth while he gives his trademark Venom grin, creepy teeth and all. It has the usual Spider symbol in white on its black chest, enormous eyes gleaming with pure alien evil.
The work was sculpted by Erick Sosa, who did a hell of a job. You can just tell by looking that he put a whole lot of love into this creation. Venom Unbound stands nearly 10” in 1/6 scale. As if that’s not enough, the base of Venom Unbound is specifically created to create an integrated battle scene with Kotobukiya’s previously released Amazing Spider-Man Unleashed statue.
The statue is officially released in June 2013, with the standard retail price being $209.99 and can be purchased at your local comic-book or toy shop. Simply awesome!