Apr 22, 2012

Spider-Man Statue from Bowen Designs – centrepiece for the discerning comic book geek.

I haven’t posted about Spider-Man yet so it’s certainly about time. I’ve been following his adventures and collecting the comics since the late 1980’s and he’s always been my favourite super hero.  The Bowen Designs Classic Spider-Man statue was always on my list of must haves and last year I was finally able to get my hands on one!

A classic Spider-Man pose faithfully recreated by Bowen Designs.

Since his introduction in 1962 by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, Spider-Man has been through hundreds of adventures and there has also been countless comic spinoffs, merchandise, TV shows and movies, including the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man film due out July this year.  Over 50 years he has become one of the world’s most iconic and recognisable comic book characters, alongside Batman and Superman.

Amazing Fantasy 15 - Spider-Man's first appearance.

Besides having any of the original Spider-Man Silver Age comic books (would be nice though!), there are certain collectables that any fan would consider the ultimate addition to the core comic book series. At the top of this list would be a Bowen Designs statue. The Classic Spider-Man statue from Bowen Designs has all the hallmarks of their trade, beautifully sculpted, with intricate attention to detail and a painting finish that has made their work synonymous with the best you can get.

There's a lot more detail that goes into a Bowen Design statue than you first notice.

Spider-Man’s motto, “With great power comes great responsibility” is painstakingly captured in this statue, which was originally released in 2001 to much fanfare and geeky approval. Along with other iconic Bowen statues, such as the Batman Dark Knight statue from 1992, it immediately became one of the most sought after statues in their ever expanding range.

The Bowen age of high end collectables

Randy Bowen became well known in the 1980’s as creator of superbly detailed ‘garage kits’. Eventually he created Bowen Designs and went on to do work with Marvel, DC and many others, always setting the bench mark for a new era of high-end collectables that fans would eagerly anticipate. Visit Bowen Designs to keep up with the latest info and release schedules.

Randy Bowen working at his studio. Love that Death Dealer Statue.

Over the years there has been a lot’s of characters from the Spider-Man universe created by Bowen Designs including a Black costume Spider-Man, Mary Jane and Gwen Stacy plus lots of villains such as Venom (which is amazing) Scorpion, Sandman, Rhino and of course Green Goblin. Of course, these would awesome as a collection… I’m hoping one day I will get to see that happen.

There’s a very active fan base for all of Bowen Designs statues and the good guys over at Statue Marvels have a great forum where you can chat with  fellow collectors, discuss upcoming releases and showcase your collection.

Randy Bowen himself drops by from time to time to answer questions and support the people that have helped his work become as well known and respected as it has. Click here for a link straight to the post. Here’s a link to images inside Randy’s office, very cool! Please note: image of Randy has been used with Statue Marvel’s kind permission. 

Although 5,000 might seem like a lot, there's a lot of dedicated Spider-Man fans out there would want one.

Garage Kits and Japan’s love for Spider-Man

Garage kits are model kits that are often produced by amateur, dedicated hobbyists who weren’t able to find the stuff they were interested in any other way. In the early days, these were available at conventions or through mail order and there’s still a big following today. In Japan, there is a massive collector’s base for Garage Kits and often these are produced in very limited numbers selling out within minutes at Anime conventions across the nation.

You can buy garage kits built and painted for a premium, but mostly they require assembling and finishing yourself  if you have the patience and skill. I remember a Ren and Stimpy garage kit i bought in the early 90′s… it didn’t end well!

Japanese Spider-Man TV Show – a great precursor to the Power Ranger series.

A little off topic, but worth sharing – if you haven’t seen this before, I highly recommend you check out this amazing take on Spider-Man created in Japan during the late 1970′s.

Produced by TOEI Company in the late 1970s, the series follows the exploits of motorcycle racer turned super hero Takuya Yamashiro (not Peter Parker), as he slings and swings, battling the evil Iron Cross Army along the way.

Marvel Comics now feature most of the episodes for you to watch at your leisure.. it’s the kind of thing the internet was created for :)

Click here for the episodes!

Wrapping up

A statue to compliment your collection is really an awesome addition. Most of these sell out quickly as they are limited editions, so collectors order in advance if possible to make sure they can get one.

Finally, let me know if you would like to feature your collection on Stuff We Collect! Contact details are at the top of the page.

Spider-Man awaits the call of another person in trouble.


  • This indeed is one great Spidey collectible! I have one and still enjoying it as much as the first day when I put it on display. Great article!

  • I enjoyed the latest Spidey Movie. I’ve never really collected much ‘stuff’ except maybe Sci-Fi books and a few toy Robots. But now I’m starting to collect Marvel Ultimate: the new stuff. I like the modern graphics. I started with Hawkeye because my son looks frighteningly like a teenage version of Hawkeye from the Avenger’s movie: just like James Renner’s younger brother.

    Nice blog, and I’ll have to check it out now and then.

    The software I was talking about before is at:

    Watch the video’s and ask yourself how much you’d pay to have a good hobby? This will vastly increase your experience of writing: so much so that I can see you asking to have it at work as well!

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