The second statue from Kotobukiya’s Marvel Now! ARTFX+ collection features The Avengers‘ Russian femme fatale The Black Widow.
Kotobukiya’s Marvel Now! Black Widow ARTFX+ Statue was released a few months ago, and is the second of six snap together model kits based on artist Adi Granov’s interpretation of the Marvel Comics superhero team from the Marvel Now! relaunch of 2012. The first statue, The Hulk, was released earlier in the year, click here for my review.
This seven and a half inch (or 1/10 scale) model kit comes in four pieces – torso, legs and hands – and is supplied ready painted. No glueing is required to assemble the model/statue and Black Widow‘s belt buckle and wrist bands cover up the seams between the pieces quite nicely. The model/statue/whatever also comes with two guns that fit snugly in her hands.
As with The Hulk statue Black Widow comes with a fairly uninspired square black base. The base is magnetic and clearly meant to hold up the statue but it’s dull nonetheless and the statue looks better without it (it also stands perfectly well without it too).
Similar to The Hulk statue the sculpting and colour work on this model is first rate. The shiny leather feel of her catsuit contrasts nicely with the matt of her skin and the gold on her belt buckle and wrist bands is realistic and well painted. I particularly like the wavy moulding Kotobukiya have given the hair as well as the fine paint work on her green eyes. Although this statue is smaller and lighter than The Hulk model it feels just as sturdy and well made.
The Black Widow ARTFX+ statue retails for around £/$50. Shop around for a cheaper price though – I found this one at Orbital Comics in London’s West End for £30.
The Marvel Now! Black Widow ARTFX+ statue was released a few months ago and Kotobukiya are supposedly releasing statues based on the other four members of The Avengers – Captain America, Hawkeye, Iron Man and Thor – on a six-week schedule throughout the remainder of 2014. However the Captain America statue is already a month late which will no doubt have a knock-on effect on the release dates of the other remaining models. I’ll post some images when the next statue is eventually released.