Super heroes have
been a mainstay of comic books very nearly 100 years, in
one form or another. Some of the classics, such as Superman
and Batman, go all the way back to the 1930's. But there
are so many popular characters, from Spiderman to Batgirl,
from the X-Men to Lobo. Every comic book fan has his or
her all time favorite.
Of course, models of super heroes have been around since
the 1960's and still flourish today. No matter how old you
are as an adult, super kits are everywhere. They're dynamic
and action oriented. With poses that reflect their personalities.
They're colorful, to match the the high colors in the comics
that burst out from the book's pages.
Plastic kits are the major force in model building and collecting,
but you can find just as many in resin and vinyl kits. Your
typical super hero model builder is usually familiar with
all the mediums, and doesn't have any problems assembling
a model from any material.
But it's not the model building per se' that makes them
stand out. It's the amazing paint jobs they receive. Every
fold of fabric, every steely eye, every punch about to be
thrown is brought to life with pallets of colors you never
knew could look so good. There are some real masters at
painting figures. You can't help admire them and want to
build the model kit yourself.
Moebius models has began producing kits at a quick rate,
recently following previous successful kits with their classic
1966 Batman line. The Batman, Adam West, and the Catwoman,
Julie Newmar are out now. (I hope someone also does a resin
replacement head to convert the model to make Eartha Kitt,
that would be awesome!). The Boy Wonder Robin, and The Penguin,
are scheduled to be next (and soon).
Moebius did well before with their Marvel Comics Ironman
models. I think they made about 3 different ones. They also
did the War Machine and the ever popular sexy Black Widow.
Of course, they offered other Marvel kits such as Spiderman,
and even the Green Goblin. Two great comic book characters
that make great model kits.
Round2 has issued several as well, from Superman to Wolverine.
Comic book models continue to thrive! Now Dragon Models
has done very well with their Marvel Avengers series (Ironman,
Hulk, Nick Fury, Thor) and let's hope they keep producing
Of course there are some resin and vinyl kits too, many
of them from companies no longer in business. But they're
still popular and sought out by super hero model builders.
Screamin', Horizon, Biliken. Just to name a few. Well known
names for classic figure model kits.
So whomever is your favorite, it might be time to build
a super hero model. They're colorful and fun, and would
be great in your collection.