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Polar Lights Models: Thor box art

posted by JamieH 10:32 AM
Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Although we just announced our upcoming Marvel Comics Thor model kit recently at Wonderfest, the kit has been in the works for some time. The Thor box art was just turned in this past week, so we figured we would show off a preview.

The first step in starting a kit like this is getting control drawings or turnaround drawings done of the model so that we can get the idea of the kit submitted to the licensor and also supply a clear vision of the kit to the sculptor. I did the drawings myself for the Wolverine kit. (I just couldn’t let the opportunity pass me by) I wasn’t quite as attached to Thor as a character. He has always been around as one of the key characters in the Marvel universe and an Avenger of course. My heart was always with the X-Men though. I knew what he was all about, knew his background and powers etc., but I wasn’t sure about the details and idiosyncrasies of the character. I needed to find someone that I knew I could bounce my overall idea off of and would be able to flesh it out form there. Joe Jusko came to mind. Though he is known as a painter, he had done a few pieces of line art for us for our Captain Action line so I figured I would run the job past him. As it turned out not only was he familiar with the character, he was a huge fan having read the Jack Kirby and John Buscema comics from the “Silver” and “Bronze” age of comics.  Not only that, he also had a fondness for the old superhero models that we are all familiar with and was excited by the opportunity to turn one of his favorite characters into a kit.

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So, I explained my idea of trying to translate one of Kirby’s classic poses into a kit that would feature a modern, realistic but stylized sensibility. The one thing I was hung up on was what to do for the base. I like a figure to tell a story similar to the old Spider-man kit. Joe suggested a broken rainbow bridge along with some rubble and Thor-centric accouterments. As long as we could make sense of the goofy-footed Kirby-esque stance I was up for anything. He came back with an awesome drawing of everything we had discussed. I had to plan on editing it down a bit due to concerns for the cost, but for the most part, it was exactly what we needed.

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Of course Joe’s next question was “any chance I could do the box art?” After some quick negotiations, we were able to come to terms to allow him to do just that. The exact pose he had drawn actually fit our established figure box layout quite well. So we decided to just keep working with that angle. The question then became, “Okay, what’s in the background?” Of course the remainder of the rainbow bridge and Asgaard of course, but I threw a bit of a monkey wrench into the works when I brought up the idea of the box turn reveal of a bad guy. I had used the same approach for the MPC Hulk & Spider-man kits and in a more overt way on Wolverine. Joe figured out a way to incorporate a fallen storm giant. Again, I trusted the Thor fans intuition and let him run with it.

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I think the end result turned out great and I was glad to have such an established and respected artist like Joe. I also feel fortunate to have found that he was a true Thor fan and was able to contribute to a kit of one of his favorite characters.

All images subject to licensor approval.


3 Responses to “Polar Lights Models: Thor box art”

  1. derric1968 says:

    Jamie! Great to see a new post from you! Thanks for the update on the Thor kit. I’m very much looking forward to this one, as well as Wolverine, of course. Kudos for getting Joe Jusko for the cover art. That looks like a darned cool painting. I’m hoping that Thor and Wolverine are just the beginning of a long line of Marvel Comics kits from Polar Lights. I have a bunch of those old Toy Biz Marvel kits in my stash, and while I love them for their goofy charm, I’ve been craving more respectable renditions of these characters in styrene. Based on everything I’ve seen of the Wolverine kit, it definitely looks like you guys have stepped up your game. Keep ’em coming!

  2. fortress says:

    Love what Round 2 models is doing with the superhero
    figure market can’t wait to get the Thor kit. What I also
    dig is the designs are inspired by comic artists such
    as Jack Kirby looking forward to more offerings.

    My pics for future figure subjects would be;

    Marvel Doctor Doom/ Jack Kirby
    Marvel Ghost Rider
    Marvel The Punisher
    Marvel The Sliver Surfer/ Jack Kirby
    Daredevil/ John Romita
    Steel/ DC Comics
    Green Lantern/ DC Comics
    The Flash/ DC Comics

    Keep up the fine work Jamie and Round 2


  3. Joe Jusko says:

    This was a blast to work on, and you were a pleasure to work with, Jamie! Can’t wait to see the kit!

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