With Valentine's Day upon us, learn about the creation of this adorable depiction of Spidey and MJ.
Gentle Giant Ltd has already delivered plenty of adorable offerings with their Marvel Animated Statue line, but they may have outdone themselves with their newest release, the Spider-Man and Mary Jane Animated Statue.
With Valentine’s Day almost here, we sent some questions over to the team at Gentle Giant to find out what went into this recreation of Skottie Young’s variant cover for SPIDER-MAN: RENEW YOUR VOWS #1 and its depiction of Spider-Man and Mary Jane’s love story.
Marvel.com: First off, every person who has seen the statue in the Marvel office has let out a huge “Awww!!” Does this go for you guys as well?
Gentle Giant Ltd: Absolutely! We were already in love with the 2-D art on the Marvel comic cover, but when it comes out of the 3-D Printer, the statue is cleaned up, assembled and painted… and then you see Mary Jane’s eager little face waiting for that ring and the connection between the two of them your heart just melts!
Marvel.com: This is the first time you have done two full characters together in this line. How did it come to be? Was this something you were thinking about doing for awhile?
Gentle Giant Ltd: This is the first time we have done two full-sized characters on the same Marvel Animated Statue. Last year we did an adorable animated statue of Groot holding Rocket that has become a real fan-favorite. We wanted to get another version of Spider-Man into our Animated Statue line and when we saw this artwork, we knew if we were going to release this statue it had to be in February!
The Skottie Young variant cover for Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #1 that inspired the new Gentle Giant LTD Spider-Man and Mary Jane Animated Statue
Marvel.com: Talk a bit more about using Skottie Young’s RENEW YOUR VOWS variant art. Did seeing that art crystalize how it could work as a statue?
Gentle Giant Ltd: We have been doing our Marvel Animated Statue line for almost 2 years and have based our current line on those variant covers that Skottie did for Marvel. Skottie himself has been a big fan of these statues and we are BIG fans of him! Skottie came and signed these statues for fans in our booth last year at San Diego Comic Con! As soon as we saw his cover for RENEW YOUR VOWS, the wheels in our heads started turning!
Marvel.com: Spider-Man is such an icon and has had so many interpretations. What do you think it is about the character that makes him so malleable?
Gentle Giant Ltd: It’s funny, when a lot of us were growing up as Spider-Man fans it didn’t seem like there were a lot of interpretations on the character. You had Spider-Man from the comics, and he was the same as Spider-man from the short-lived TV show and he was the same as Spider-Man from the “Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends” cartoon. Really the only variation was on “The Electric Company,” where he didn’t speak. Sometime around the original SECRET WARS, when Marvel gave him a new costume (which was shocking back in the day), they started opening up the character to some new versions and interpretations and once he started to permeate more media channels like animation, video games and feature films, Marvel really allowed the character to keep opening up and creators to be able to draw and write the character in new and exciting ways. You kids today are living in a golden era of geekdom!
Marvel.com: Meanwhile, Mary Jane has really stood out as a character who has moved beyond any simple “love interest” label and is popular in her own right. Was it fun to get to depict her for this project?
Gentle Giant Ltd: It really was. Despite her first appearance back in 1966, Mary Jane has not appeared in very much physical product. She has been an integral part of Spider-Man’s life and his story. We have always been a fan of their relationship and we are happy when we are able to celebrate it!
Marvel.com: Spider-Man is hanging upside down by his web in the original art, which has to be a huge challenge when turning this into a statue. Do you relish those challenges and finding out how to make it work?
Gentle Giant Ltd: It is always fun to be able to solve those sorts challenges in a sculpt. Our stable of artist really relish figuring out how to execute a piece like this. You can only have so many “guys waiting for a bus” posed statues in your collection, so we are always looking for fun and interesting new ways to get these characters on your shelf. It is always fun when a fan looks at your work and askes “How did they do that?” We did a fun Spider-Man hanging from a streetlamp statue in our Collector’s Gallery line last year. Spider-man might be the worst character ever to have posed standing. You want to see him in action!
The Spider-Man and Mary Jane Animated Statue can be pre-ordered now at GentleGiantLTD.com and will be released this month!
Preview the new Gentle Giant exclusive based off the art of Skottie Young!
Gentle Giant Ltd. celebrates Marvel’s flagship character with the Spider-Man animated Statue. This convention exclusive statue shows everyone’s favorite wall-crawler in the adorable animated style, in action, suspended over his base mid-swing, doing whatever a spider can! Spider-Man is the 12th character in their popular and adorable Marvel animated statue line.
The Spider-Man Animated Statue was digitally sculpted and carefully printed on state of the art 3D Systems 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.
Artist Skottie Young will be at Gentle Giant booth #3513 at SDCC signing for an hour each day starting at 2:00pm Thursday-Saturday and 11am on Sunday. If you’re not attending SDCC or don’t want to wait in line, you can join their Premier Guild collector’s club at www.GentleGiantltd.com and have an exclusive pre-order window for this SDCC collectible.
Captain America Gentle Giant Statue
Order Gentle Giant Ltd.'s Star Spangled Avenger statue now!
The Star Spangled Avenger makes many of his fans feel like kids again. This time, Gentle Giant Ltd. is having some fun and giving Captain America a childlike appearance! This adorable version of Cap is based off of artwork found in the pages of Marvel Comics.
Visit Gentle Giant to order now!
Captain America Mini Bust
Preview this new bust from Gentle Giant!
Steve Rogers could never have fully understood the decision he made when he agreed to undergo Dr. Erskine’s Super Soldier procedure. From fighting Hydra across the globe and across time, battling aliens to save the Earth and even waging war against artificial intelligence backed by a robot army — Rogers could never have imagined that these events would lead him into a conflict with his own teammates in Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War”!
Gentle Giant LTD is proud to present their Captain America Classic Mini Bust from this year’s blockbuster film! This collector’s item combines the timeless aesthetics of sculpture from Greek and Roman antiquity with one of popular culture’s most recognizable characters. Each limited edition, hand-painted polyresin bust comes individually numbered and is paired with a matching certificate of authenticity. To pre-order click here and for even more Marvel product from Gentle Giant, visit their website.
Spider-Gwen Animated Statue
Get your first look at the limited edition collectable from Gentle Giant LTD!
Gentle Giant LTD is pleased to announce the latest addition to their line of Marvel animated statues, Spider-Gwen! Passing the time while practicing her yo-yo, this adorable collectable is a playful take on Gwen Stacy, AKA Spider-Gwen.
The arachnid was digitally sculpted and printed on state of the art 3D systems printers and high-resolution prints were then used to create the prototypes needed to produce this animated collectible. This limited edition statue is 3.5” tall, hand-casted, hand-painted and hand-numbered with a limited edition certificate of authenticity. Available now for pre-order on GentleGiantLTD.com!
Your first look at the all-new jumbo figure from Gentle Giant LTD!
Transported to a strange planet by a force from beyond the universe, the Marvel Super Heroes are faced with destruction by some of Earth’s deadliest heroes forcing them to fight the Secret Wars through the use of secret messages! Digitally scanned from the original mint condition Marvel Secret Wars action figures, no details have been overlooked with Gentle Giant LTD’s all-new Secret Wars Spider-Man Jumbo Figure.
Reproduced in a 12” scale and made of durable plastic, this jumbo action figure captures a vintage feel with original articulation and a Marvel Secret Wars inspired backer card — featuring original photos and artwork! Designed with the collector in mind, the figure comes in a re-sealable plastic outer clamshell to help protect and display. Available now for pre-order on GentleGiantLTD.com!
Secret Wars Micro Bobbles
Gentle Giant recreates the original 'Secret Wars' with their new Micro Bobble line!
Secret Wars was a 12-part event from Marvel Comics that introduced the character of The Beyonder to the Marvel Universe. The Beyonder assembled a planet from chunks of other planets and dubbed it “Battleworld.” He then kidnaps several heroes and villains from Earth and transplants them to Battleworld to fight for his amusement!
Digitally scanned from the original 1980’s Marvel Secret Wars action figures and reproduced to a two and a half-inch bobble head, Gentle Giant welcomes Micro Bobbles! No detail has been overlooked as these figures feature PVC construction, accurate paint applications and a metal spring for the bobble head feature.
To further capture the vintage feel, Gentle Giant has packaged these Micro Bobbles with a Marvel Secret Wars-inspired backer card featuring original photos and artwork. Designed with you true believers in mind, the Micro Bobbles are in a re-sealable plastic outer clamshell to help protect and display these limited edition collectibles. Order yours today!
Black Widow Gentle Giant
See the first in a new line of statues; Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow!
Natasha Romanoff, aka Natalia Alianova Romanova, aka the Black Widow. Deadly and cunning, Romanoff’s troubled history is well known in the Marvel Cinematic Universe but what’s more known is her heroism as an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., friend to Clint Barton aka Hawkeye, and member of The Avengers.
Using scan data and digital sculpting, Gentle Giant Ltd has recreated the talented heroine in this amazing nine-inch statue. The original pieces used for manufacturing were printed on top of the line 3D-systems and printers. These high-resolution printed pieces made it possible to capture the intricate details of the character’s likeness, costume and accessories as seen in your favorite MCU movies.
The first in a new line of Gentle Giant’s Collectors Gallery, the Black Widow is an incredible representation of the femme-fatale as she appeared in Captain America: The Winter Soldier!
Visit here for more details and to order yours now.