With his true identity hidden by a purple mask and a red helmet adorned with a dragon on top, he only shows his long white hair. And with his body covered by a white mantle over a blue tunic, and with a red armor covering only his shoulders from which emerge long silver spikes, the human representative of the goddess Athena raises his left palm casting energy beams as one of the most powerful characters in the universe, over a base with the steps of Athena`s Sanctuary. One of the most awaited statues by fans and collectors, Iron Studios proudly present “Pope Ares BDS – Saint Seiya – Art Scale 1/10” their first statue from the praised and celebrated Japanese series Saint Seiya in this scale, that opens another incredible line that should form a diorama set with the most beloved characters from the series.
Chosen among the most virtuous and strong Saints, usually from the Gold Saints, Pope Ares (Known in many countries as the Great Master) is Athena’s right hand. He must be very wise and respected, because his job is to zeal for the Sanctuary and lead the Saints as their military expert and strategist. As their religious leader, many times he’s the only one that has the permission to communicate with the goddess Athena, and the only one with permission to go to Star Hill, a hidden place in the Sanctuary, hard to reach even to the Saints. Besides his strength, authority, and wisdom, Pope Ares has at his disposal some divine items, gifts of Athena herself or inherited by the Mythological Era. The next Pope is frequently chosen by Athena at the end of a Holy War, and remains in command until the next era, but if he feels that he has become too old, he can choose a successor among the most strong and fair Saints of the new era. The power of Pope Ares also comes from his great knowledge, because he has access to old books kept in the Sanctuary’s library and Star Hill’s observatory. The main antagonist of the Sanctuary Arc, he’s the identity used by Gemini Saga, from the Gold Saints, that was consumed by his evil personality, murdering Pope Ares and pretending to be him to control the Sanctuary and promote his ambitions. A morally complex character, with two sides of his personality in conflict.
Originally created in the manga by Masami Kurumada in 1986, and adapted to anime by Toei Animation between 1986 and 1989, the series Saint Seiya tells the story of five mystic bronze warriors that fight to protect the human incarnation of the goddess Athena, wearing sacred Cloths, based on many constellations. Presented in firsthand at CCXP 2022, and revealed in detail on the Inside Iron Studios Day show of February, Pope Ares marks the opening of one of the most awaited lines by Iron Studios. Already available for Pre-Order, check out soon other future releases from this collection and much more.
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