“First we live. Then we die. In between is just blood and noise.”  

What happens when the KGB captures a Russian serial killer and experiments on him in hopes of creating a super soldier akin to Captain America? …Nothing good, that’s what. Unfortunately, that is the fate of Arkady Gregorivich Rossovich, who was transformed into the monster known as Omega Red, now in 1:4 statue form courtesy of XM Studios. 

Sculpt & Design – 3.75 out of 5 Stars 

+ Both portraits are extremely detailed 

+ Anatomy/musculature is well done 

– The pose is unnatural and not wildly intimidating for such a character 

– It’s hard to find a good angle to display the statue because of the tentacles and hair blocking his face 

Firstly, it’s awesome to see an Omega Red statue get the green light from XM Studios. He is an amazing villain that doesn’t get enough exposure. As is to be expected, this statue is a well-crafted piece of artwork. There are a few critiques to be made about the sculpt, but overall, it’s beautiful.  

Omega Red stands atop a strangely compact base. There’s nothing wrong with that, but it is unexpected for a character of his mass. The base appears to be some kind of factory, which may be a throwback to Omega Red’s origins as it has a weathered look to it. There is also snow covering parts of the base, supporting the idea that this is somewhere in Russia. The base design is pretty cool. There are several little details to appreciate like the circuitry and the tubes that look like they may have contained the near-indestructible carbonadium that Omega Red’s tentacles are made of.  

Omega Red himself look really good, with one small caveat. The pose XM Studios chose to capture him in is somewhat disappointing. For a hulking mass of a monster such as Omega Red, the choice of an awkward “Captain Morgan doing ballet” pose is a head scratcher. It’s hard to tell if he is stepping forward into battle, or leaning back due to the awkward nature his body is twisted in. Also, it would have been nice if his tentacles went out further, rather than slightly covering his face. This limits the angles available for full visibility of the statue. 

Pose aside, the statue shines most everywhere else. His musculature is menacing and his veins are popping out slightly on his arms. There are scratch marks on some of the armored portions of his suit, clearly due to a prolonged battle with his arch-enemy Wolverine. There is some great detail with the belt and shoulder pads, including some pouches and grenades of some kind. His fingers are clinching inward almost as if a muscle contraction is controlling his tentacles. 

Omega Red comes with two portraits and he looks just as angry in both. In one portrait his mouth is open as if he’s making a great battle cry, while the other has his teeth clinched shut in frustration and anger. Quite a bit of detail was put into the facial expressions and it is much appreciated. He also has circuitry showing on the side of his face which is very cool.  

Paint – 4.0 out of 5 Stars  

+ Great shading and detail throughout suit 

+ face complexion and skin look great 

+ Parts of the base are messy 

The paint work on this piece is really good.  The base is probably the weakest part. It does a lot of things right with having the dials visible and some nice bronze finish for the wires and machinery. There are just some parts of the base where the paint is a bit messy. Also, the snow effects aren’t anything to write home about.  

Omega Red’s suit looks great. His boots have a bit of a darker red towards the bottom. The silver used for the shinpads, tentacles, and belt looks fantastic. The shading on the red parts of his costume comes off well, and the darker red works very well in contrast to the lighter red on the lower parts of the suit. The shading around his anatomy is also top-notch. 

Maybe the best part about the paint lies in Omega Red’s pale skin tone. Looking at his arms, you immediately notice there are feint elements of blue visible, really driving home the idea that this guy lives in the arctic cold of Russia. Whether this is solely because of the experiments he went through, or just due to the effects of long-term exposure to the cold is unknown. Either way, it looks great. 

Moving up to Omega Red’s face, you can notice the very same paleness in his complexion, and both portraits look great because of this. He has the face of a stone-cold killer, and not just because of his pale complexion. His red eyes strike fear in the hearts of anyone who would cross his path, and his gruesome black and yellow teeth are just sick. The paint on both portraits is awesome. The choice of color for his hair also deserves praise. Rather than making him blonde, XM gave his hair kind of a beige tint which works really well. 

Value – 3.75 out of 5 Stars 

+ Awesome to finally have Omega Red in statue form 

– Less extras than some of the other XM Studios statues. 

XM Studio’s Omega Red is a welcome addition to the X-Men statue family. It’s awesome to finally have a statue of this criminally underused villain. That said, this piece left a little something to be desired due to some design issues such as the pose.  At the end of the day, it’s still a very good statue that certainly holds up to the usual standards of XM Studios. If anything, their high standards might make it easier to be critical of this piece. The cost is $1,150.00 SGD, just like the XM Studios Gambit. The Prestige price is $1,035.00 SGD. 

Extra Features 

  • Two (2) Portraits – Closed mouth portrait, open mouth portrait 
  • Art print by Carlos Dattoli 

 Artists 

  • Studio HIVE (Illustrator, Design and Concept Collaboration with XM Studios) 
  • Alvaro Bernardes Cota Ribeiro (Sculpt) Kucharek Brothers (Art Direction) 
  • XM Studios Design and Development Team 

Marvel Premium Collectibles Series Statue Details  

Materials 

Cold-cast porcelain 

Product Size  

30cm L X 44cm B X 60cm H 

Box Size 

64.5cm L X 58.5cm B X 41cm H 

Product Weight 

10.6 Kg 

Shipping Weight 

18.6 kg