I don’t know about you, but I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Shazam earlier this year. I thought all of the performances were quite good, the movie was crazy fun, and it actually had some poignant—and creepy—moments to season it further. I was happy to see Diamond Select announce a line of products for the film; and, while I’m still waiting for the Vinimate to hit stores, the Gallery statue is at last here. Diamond was good enough to send us one for review, so let’s dig in.

Say my name

The pose is right on the money. If you can’t tell what’s happening here, then you haven’t seen Shazam—or read much of him in the comics for that matter. Young Billy Batson has said the name of the wizard Shazam, and has transformed into Captain Marvel. Now, with Nick Fury—and his beloved cat Goose—by his side…

Sorry, I think I bit my tongue.

Anyway, you know what’s happening here, and I think Diamond’s sculptor(s) did an excellent job capturing this moment.

A pretty good likeness

Character likeness is the most important part of these film-based statues. And when you’ve got a character who doesn’t wear a mask, it’s much harder to hit the mark. I wouldn’t call this a perfect take on Zachary Levi, but it’s a very good one, enough so that you aren’t distracted by it. Mission accomplished.

The details on the suit are very nice, as well. I’m not comparing my product shots with stills from the film, but the gauntlets, boots, cape, and textures all look pretty close to what I saw on-screen. The color of the suit is a bit muted, but not so much that it seems completely off. I wish the bolt on his chest was somehow brighter, but I can live with it as it is.

 

The lightning looks okay, but that’s about it. It’s got to be tough trying to sculpt immaterial energy out of plastic—or even resin, for that matter—but that was the task given, and it doesn’t look terrible. I’ll allow it.

The base is super plain.

That is all.

Overall

Diamond’s take on Captain Sparklefingers is a great one. Yes, there are things that could be a little bit better, but the overall picture is pretty accurate, and most of the details are reproduced quite well. Find yours in stores on August 28.


DISCLAIMER: Batman News received this collectible from Diamond for review.


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