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Marvel Comics Model Kits: The New Face of Freedom

posted by JamieH 12:36 PM
Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Let’s face it. Sometimes things just don’t turn out right. If you are lucky enough you can get a makeover. If you are really lucky you get to put on a brand new face… okay, I’ll can the puns and get on with it.  Let me show you the new face parts we’ve come up with for our Captain America kit.

We were pretty excited to land the license to do Marvel Comics model kits. As I’ve said before, I’m a comic book collector and so is Bob and Andy, our web manager. Hard core comic collectors tend to think of themselves as either Marvel or DC fans. I can’t say I love one more than the other. My two favorite characters are Batman and Wolverine. Having to choose between the two depends on how the publishers handle them in a given month. So to say the least, I’ve been overjoyed to work on THE Batmobile and now I get a chance to work on some other iconic superheroes.

Spider-man will be out in the next couple months. We’ll follow him up with Captain America shortly after that. In reviewing the kits, it was pretty obvious what Cap needed. The original face sculpts though roughly reminiscent of the vintage kit was just… eew! I really can’t find words to describe it. One word that could not describe any of them was “heroic”. So that’s what we set out to change. It was a tricky job to capture just the right amount of realism and still keep a silver-age Marvel comic style. We found that going all the way Jack Kirby didn’t quite work out. It wouldn’t allow a “realistic” build. Plus, the rest of the body didn’t necessarily carry the chiseled look of a Kirby illustration. We settled it down to a John Buscema or Jim Steranko level and added just a touch more real life to temper it a bit. Hope you like it.

7 Responses to “Marvel Comics Model Kits: The New Face of Freedom”

  1. Bats says:

    I like the new sculpts, but I feel the original face sculpt should be left in for nostalgias sake.

    Is the Spidey kit going to be all new? Or is it a re-issue of the re-issue? I personally think it’s time for an all new Spidey kit. JMO.

  2. Bats says:

    Woops! Answered my own question about Spidey! I looked at the new releases page for polar and I see you are re-issuing the kit with a cardboard backdrop. This should have been done the first time around, JMO and I think in the case of the figure kits, they should have been left the original size. The larger scale might be easier to paint, build, blah blah blah, but I liked the original and comic scenes versions Aurora put out. Again, just my opinion.

  3. I like the new faces. Keeping the Aurora face would’ve been okay by me. But all the previous “new” two faces provided were 1- a laugh and 2- a point of departure for one’s own sculpture. I’d gladly build either Cap straight from the box.

  4. spock62 says:

    This a big improvement over the previous release. Wasn’t planning on purchasing this, but that might change now. That sound you ask? It’s my wallet moaning….

  5. liebevision says:

    Just read that Tommy Bought RC2 and some people are under the assumption that they won the molds for your kits while others are saying that your independent of them.

    Can you set the record straight as to if this will affect Round 2?

  6. JamieH says:

    I heard that on Friday through the press release just like everyone else did. I had not heard of this being a possibility prior to the announcement. I’m pretty far removed from that whole working relationship but I don’t think it will be an issue.

  7. OT Grouch says:

    The new face is nice but couldn’t you try another pose. He’s been stepping in that puddle for 40 years. he’s getting trench foot!

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