Pros:Good representation and likeness of the character; excellent detailing
Cons:Not a fan of the pose; needs to be even more ferocious
The Bottom Line: Bowen Designs: Sabretooth Mini-Bust could have been better with a more dynamic pose to show off the ferocity of this character. It's an injustice to keep him tamed like this.
Sabretooth is a vicious assassin and a paid mercenary. More importantly, though, he is a huge thorn in Wolverine’s side. Both have similar abilities with rapid healing abilities, superhuman senses and great agility. In essence he is Wolverine’s equal. It’s not surprising that this ferocious killer gets the mini-bust treatment with the Sabretooth Mini-Bust from Bowen Designs.
It has been long speculated that Sabretooth was once Wolverine’s father. Then it was thought that he was Wolverine’s brother. Both of these ideas have been debunked with Victor Creed’s history still a mystery. But he and Wolverine did serve together on a CIA covert ops team called Team X. Both have also been participates in the Weapon X program. Over the years, they have developed great animosity toward each other to the point that one will eventually kill the other in battle.
The outfit that Sabretooth wears is the one he wore during the 1990s. It’s a more updated look but still has that untamed appearance of a wild animal. He has a confident pose with his arms crossed together, as if he knows that he will always best Wolverine in battle. His face has a very ferocious look with fangs emanating from his mouth as he smiles. His eyes are devoid of any pupils so it is all white. It just makes him look even more dangerous.
He never used to wear a cowl of some sort but does now. In a way it masks his huge mane, which I kind of miss. You can see some of his tousled blonde hair on the top and muttonchops peering out of the sides. What really amuses me is the fur on his costume. These are placed around his shoulders and look like it’s part of a fur coat. In actuality, this was scaled down to what his outfit used to look like in the past, which made him look like a feral disco dancer. The outfit looks more practical even with the brown and orange colouring. I do like that his claws can be seen on his hands.
The mini-bust was designed by Randy Bowen and sculpted by the Shiflett Brothers. This was released during the time when mini-busts were hot commodity, which accounts for its high product run. I guess the thought was that a popular Wolverine character would catch on fire. In all honesty, this version of Sabretooth is too subdued for my tastes. I would have loved to have seen something more feral like the Weapon X mini-bust. Sabretooth’s lustful rage needs to be on full display.
The Sabretooth Mini-Bust isn’t terribly bad but I was never a fan of this outfit in the first place. I think the half cowl look is what throws me off because he doesn’t seem to suit him at all. His face is what makes this character come alive and I feel this puts a restraint on him. It looks like someone tamed to kitty.
Sculpted by: Shiflett Brothers & Randy Bowen
Released: November 2000
Order of Release: Phase I (bust #25)
Edition Size: 7,000
Bowen Designs Mini-Busts
Phase I: The Incredible Hulk (#1) || Thor (#2) || Iron Man Silver Age (#6) || Wolverine 25th Anniversary (#17) || Wolverine Brown Variant (#26) || Rhino (#27) || Spider-Man (#28) || Green Goblin (#29) || Giant Man & The Wasp (#31) || Doctor Octopus (#33) || Rhino (#34) || Weapon X (#36) || Captain America (#38) || Juggernaut (#39) || Black Widow (#40) || Daredevil Red (#41) || Loki (#62) || Bucky (#67)
Phase II: Wolverine Classic (#124)
Phase III: Snowbird Sasquatch Transmutation (#130) || Snowbird (#137) || Iron Man Original Armour (#142) || Shaman (#172) || Iron Man Hulkbuster (#199)
Phase IV: Aurora & Northstar 2-Pack (#206)
Phase V: Planet Hulk (#267)
***This is part of my 2012 Funny Pages Write-Off. Let your inner geekdom out. You have until the end of July.
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