Singapore-based statue producer XM Studios Premium Collectibles announced on Facebook that the company has been asked to halt production on all X-Men releases, including its nearly complete Sentinel Diorama that features iconic characters like Colossus, Nightcrawler and Rogue.
The post, which went up Monday, reads,
Folks, it's been a sad day for us... due to reasons we aren't at liberty to disclose, we have been asked to put a hard stop to all X-Men characters for now. That means Cable can't be released, and neither can the awesome Sentinel Diorama which we've all been so looking forward to. Still, we continue to have faith that this isn't an indefinite red light forever and you can have our promise we will be back to producing these dream pieces once the coast is clear - no matter how long it takes!
Though the Fantastic Four isn't mentioned in the original announcement, as subsequently noticed by Bleeding Cool, XM Studios responded to a fan's suggestion of a Galactus Avengers diorama with, "No Fantastic 4 too... same issue." Notably, the live-action rights to both the X-Men and Fantastic Four are with 20th Century Fox, not the Disney/Marvel-owned Marvel Studios.
While in-development projects like the Sentinel Diorama and their recent Cable figure have been halted indefinitely, however, XM confirmed that their Phoenix statue is "safe and good to go!"
CBR has reached out to XM Studios for further comment.
Check out a few of XM Studios' X-Men projects below.