Friday, June 18, 2010

McFarlane Series 1: Jack

I love the LOST figures released by McFarlane Toys. Acutally I don't think of them as toys, but rather as works of art that happen to feature characters from LOST. A lot of creativity and craftsmanship is on display in these figures. This is the first of a series of posts that will try to capture in words and in photos the artistry involved.

Series 1 was released in November 2006 and features Jack, Kate, Locke, Sun, Jin and Shannon. Let's start off with our hero, Dr. Jack Shephard.

Jack is showcased in the iconic scene from the pilot where he stumbles upon the wreckage of Oceanic 815.

I love the way they've captured Jack's body language. The wreckage itself is also well done. Jack's elevated stance makes this an imposing piece which is equaled only by Series 2's Sawyer.

The positioning of the figure with respect to the backdrop is a bit askew, but I suppose this was intended to add to the sense of confusion and disarray inherent in the subject. Note that both his arms can be moved forward and backward, and his head can be turned somewhat to either side.

The body sculpt is amazing, the face a little less so. Apparently the actors' heads were scanned to create the sculpt, but perhaps in this instance a little more art on top of the science was in order. I'm seeing a bit more Val Kilmer here than I would like.

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