Rogue is a fictional character appearing in most of the Marvel Comics X-Men related titles. She was created by author Chris Claremont and artist Michael Golden, and debuted in Avengers Annual #10 (November 1981) as a villain. An earlier story, intended for Ms. Marvel #25 (June 1979) went unpublished until 1992. Rogue was born as a mutant. More so than most, Rogue considers her powers a curse: she involuntarily absorbs and sometimes also removes the memories, physical strength, and (in the case of superpowered persons) the special and unique abilities of anyone she touches. For most of her life, this potentially fatal ability prevented her from making any physical contact with others, including her on-off romantic love interest, Gambit, but after many years Rogue finally gained full control over her mutant ability.
Hailing from Caldecott, Mississippi (a fictional county), Rogue is the X-Men’s self-described southern belle. A runaway, she was adopted by Mystique of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants and grew up as a villain. After Rogue permanently absorbed Ms. Marvel’s psyche and Kree powers, she reformed and turned to the X-Men, fearing for her sanity. Writer Chris Claremont played a significant role in the character’s subsequent development. Rogue is unusual among the X-Men as her real name and her early history were not revealed until more than twenty years after her introduction. Until the back story provided by Robert Rodi in the ongoing Rogue series began in September 2004, Rogue’s background was only hinted at. Her name was revealed as Anna Marie, although her surname is still unknown. She has sometimes been called Raven which is really the first name of her foster mother Mystique.
Rogue has been one of the most popular and consistent members of the X-Men since the 1980s. She was #5 on IGN’s Top 25 X-Men list for 2006, #4 on their Top Ten X-Babes list for 2006, #3 on Marvel’s list of Top 10 Toughest Females for 2009 and was given title of #1 X-Man on CBR’s Top 50 X-Men of All Time for 2008. She was ranked tenth in Comics Buyer’s Guide’s “100 Sexiest Women in Comics” list. Rogue has been featured in most of the X-Men animated series and various video games. In the X-Men film series, she is portrayed by Academy Award-winning actress Anna Paquin. Her visual cue is often the white streak that runs through her hair.
Packaging: As usual for the packaging of statues produced by Sideshow Collectibles, this one could not escape from this rule, being composed of a carton box, with art themed according to the character (in this case, art is from the most renowned and, in my opinion, the king of the “almost pin-ups“, Adam Hughes). The pieces are all individually protected by a material similar to wax paper and then packaged in small plastic bags, after all parts are embedded in polystyrene, providing adequate protection for the material of the statue (coldcast resin).
Sculpture: The sculpture of this Comiquette (statue made 100% resin without fabric parts and of a smaller scale when compared to Premium Formats) is very close to the “Art Concept” by Adam Hughes, in other words, very sensual, full of curves. The base details are really well done, depicting the debris generated by a wall destroyed after being “pierced” by Rogue with her invulnerability and super strength, throwing bricks and blocks to all sides. The lightness in the design features of Adam Hughes were brought to life with magnitude, impressing on the plasticity of movements, the way the legs are crossing the wall, her smile, and most impressive, the way the glove is being removed was portrayed (almost gives the impression of having been made in real latex), outstanding work of sculptors from Sideshow Collectibles.
Painting: The pieces made by Sideshow Collectibles, either the Comiquettes or Premium Formats, are always hand-painted and the quality standards were maintained. The face is nicely painted, showing the makeup of the character, however, when comparing the end result, we realized that was not 100% faithful to art originally done by Adam Hughes. The metallic tone chosen for clothes simulates with extreme fidelity the colors and texture of clothing of this genre, made of latex and so worshiped by fetishists on duty. The base is nicely painted and finished, ensuring great realism to the blocks and bricks of the wall destroyed by Rogue. A perfect work performed by Sideshow Collectibles artists.
Joints: Not applicable (soon we are talking about a statue).
Accessories: The figure does not include accessories (excluding the base items: Bricks).
Clothing: There is no o parts made of real fabric as in the Premium Format statues, the uniform is attached to the character’s body as part of the sculpture. The uniform does not portray one of my favorite Rogue stages (being that the one it was designed by Jim Lee, which served as inspiration for the Premium Format, which you will soon see a review here), yet, its implementation is exquisite (again the highlight is the glove being removed). The boots are also very realistic, with extreme attention to the soles of them.
Release Year and Manufacturer: 2008, Sideshow Collectibles.
Number of pieces produced: 1000 (exclusive version, which comes with concept art by Adam Hughes) and 1500 (regular version).
Dimensions: 40,64cm (H) x 22,86cm (P) x 25,4cm (D); 5,44 Kg.
Price: On the release date, the piece price was USD 149,99,but now, you can find the same between USD 250.00 and USD 300.00.
Where to buy: The figure used for this review was purchased directly from a reseller in US, but is worth consulting our partner store in Brazil, Toyshop Brasil.
A gorgeous and sensual piece for fans of X-Men, pretty rare and a compulsory piece for fans of Adam Hughes or even the Comiquette product line of Sideshow Collectibles.
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