Junkies, Gentle Giant Ltd. has released their latest solicitations for April 2018. It's never too early to start planning for the holidays or dropping hints for your birthday Junkies. In fact, some of the items may be the perfect thing for your tax return. Take note, we give you our take on each item! #AFJ4LIFE
Press Release: Ah, Spring is in the air! And you know what they say? "April showers brings ... awesome new collectibles from Gentle Giant LTD.! We are revealing FIVE all new products today including our 17th character in our Marvel Animated Statue line, the 5th bounty hunter in our Collector's Gallery line, the 2nd Logan in our Wolverine series of Collector's Gallery statues. But that's not all! We also have an incredible 1:8th scale Man-Thing statue based on a classic Marvel comic cover AND the return of our Marvel Desk Accessory line!
The fun in April doesn't stop there, because in the next 2 weeks we will be rolling out our 2018 Premier Guild collectors club and announcing the new, 2018 exclusive gifts!
4-LOM COLLECTORS GALLERY STATUE ($159.99)
Gentle Giant: 4-LOM, a rusty droid with insect-like features, was originally a protocol droid, but logic glitches in his systems allowed him to escape and forgo his original programming and become a fearsome bounty hunter. 4-LOM is one of the bounty hunters summoned by the Empire to meet with Darth Vader aboard his mighty flagship, The Executor. 4-LOM was paired with Zuckuss to find Han Solo and the Millennium Falcon but they were beaten to their prey by fellow bounty hunter Boba Fett. Here we find 4-LOM later in his story standing in the sands of Tattooine, searching for his next bounty… but who is his prey now?
4-LOM is the fourth statue in Bounty Hunter 1:8th Collector’s Gallery line celebrating over 40 years of the Star Wars universe. Each limited edition, hand-painted piece is cast in high quality polyresin with crisp details. This statue also comes individually numbered with a matching certificate of authenticity. Pre-Order HERE.
AFJ's Take: It has taken a long time but 4-LOM (better known to old-school fans as Zuckuss) is getting the love he (it?) so deserves. 4-LOM's Hasbro Black Series has just landed in stores and now Gentle Giant will complete the Bounty Hunters for their own collection.
VENOM MARVEL ANIMATED STATUE ($64.99)
Gentle Giant: Sometimes a villain, sometimes an antihero, the alien Symbiote know as Venom strikes fear into the hearts of the Marvel Universe! When he is a villain, the hulking brute that is Venom is one of the deadliest foes of Spider-Man. But, what about his down time? In our latest Marvel Animated Statue, we find the fiendish Venom… out on a stroll enjoying his favorite, friendly neighborhood snack!
Venom is the 17th release in our popular and adorable Marvel animated statues based on the Marvel comic books covers done by fan-favorite artist Skottie Young. The Venom Animated Statue was digitally sculpted and carefully printed on state of the art 3D Systems 3D printers. The high-resolution prints were then used in the creation of prototypes needed to produce this animated collectible. Each animated statue is hand-cast, hand-painted, and hand-numbered with a limited edition certificate of authenticity. Pre-Order HERE.
AFJ's Take: The perfect mix of scary and cool, which pretty much sums up Venom. With the new film set to land this October, this Gentle Giant statue belongs int he home of every Venom fan. The lollipop is a fantastic touch! In fact, this whole line is step up from the same old statues we have been seeing since the dawn of high-end collectibles. Kudos to you Gentle Giant!
MAN-THING COLLECTOR’S GALLERY STATUE ($189.99)
Gentle Giant: Dr. Ted Sallis was a humble biochemist doing research in the Florida Everglades. His goal: to recreate the legendary Super Soldier Serum that created Captain America. When terrorist organization A.I.M tries to steal the formula, Dr. Sallis destroys it and injects himself with the only samples. Tragically, he crashes his car into the swamp while attempting to escape. Left for dead. A combination of science and magic saves him, but he emerges from the bog forever changes into the monstrous MAN-THING!
This new 1:8th scale statue is inspired by artist Mike Ploog and his classic comic book cover from The Man-Thing #5 “Night of the Laughing Dead” as well as the vintage Power Records book and record set adapting the same story. The limited edition Man-Thing Collector's Gallery Statue has been digitally sculpted, and hand-painted by the amazing artisans of Gentle Giant Studios and every one comes hand numbered with a certificate of authenticity. Whomever knows fear BURNS at the touch of the MAN-THING! Pre-Order HERE.
AFJ's Take: There certainly has been a turn for the lesser known characters in the Marvel Universe. We are thrilled to see that Gentle Giant is giving Man-Thing the royal treatment and a fantastic creation from issue #5. This is a museum quality piece and perfects to rest on your bookshelf next to your hardcovers.
WOLVERINE ’92 COLLECTOR’S GALLERY STATUE ($159.99)
Gentle Giant: In 1992, long time X-men writer Chris Claremont left the book and John Byrne and fan-favorite artist Jim Lee took over the creative duties for the popular comic. Jim Lee’s priority with his new art duties was getting Logan out of his brown costume and back into a variation of the blue, black and gold classic “tiger stripe” look. With the launch of X-Men Vol.2 Wolverine was back in his blue and gold costume by issue 4 and stayed with this costume for close to a decade into his X-Men Blue Team phase. The 92 Wolverine “tiger stripe” costume was also popularized for a generation because of the long-running X-Men Animated Series.
Gentle Giant celebrates almost 45 years of Wolverine with our newest 1:8th scale Collector’s Gallery Statue. The Wolverine ‘92 is the second statue in our recently announced Wolverine Collector's Gallery series. The Wolverine ‘92 Collector’s Gallery statue comes with real metal claws, an attitude of “being the best at what he does” and is inspired by the cover art for Old Man Logan Vol. 2 #23. The Wolverine ‘92 Collector's Gallery Statue has been digitally sculpted, and hand-painted by the amazing artisans of Gentle Giant Studios and every one comes hand numbered with a certificate of authenticity. Pre-Order HERE.
AFJ's Take: Again, the tiger-striped Wolverine returns! It looks as if the nineties are back in full force. This is Logan in his hay day glory, long before Old Man Logan, or the Ultimate version, just the berzerker that we all thought we knew and loved.
IRON MAN HELMET DESK ACCESSORY ($149.99)
Gentle Giant: Tony Stark is a resourceful man. Wounded, captured and forced to build a weapon by his enemies, the billionaire industrialist instead created an advanced suit of armor to save his life and escape his captors and became known to the world as Iron Man! You don’t have to build an iron super –suit to be as resourceful as Tony. You just need to pick up the new Iron Man Helmet Desk Accessory. Now you can use old ‘Shellhead’s” famous noggin to keep your desk and office supplies neat and tidy with the newest entry into Gentle Giant's line of exciting Marvel desk accessories!
This unique, conversation-starting piece comes in the shape of Iron Man’s classic helmet and could be mistaken for a piece of art, but it contains secrets! The Iron Man Helmet Desk Accessory features two secret compartments: the first a drawer in the base large enough to hold business cards, the second is a chamber hidden behind the faceplate of the helmet. Inside the hidden compartments, you can store your push pins, post-it notes or miniature arc reactors. If you need to keep your desk organized this founding member of the Avengers can help! Pre-Order HERE.
AFJ's Take: The Junkies, we know we have an affinity for helmets here. This is classic Iron Man digitally screams to be placed on our desk! This is the look and feel of Iron Man that all "older" fans know and love. We further appreciate the helmet's functionality (follow the pre-order link above). What an incredible feature. Gentle Giant clearly knows what the fan community wants.