The Creature - Volume XIII

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  1. Stephen Charter Lounger

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    Thanks guys. I have number 29 BTW.
     
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  2. Otto Verbal Diarrhoea

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    zhong wrote 5 hours earlier »
    Unpack it, pass the door, repack it, and then unpack video :cool: :D

    Lol Zhong.
     
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  3. phil the sixth Charter Lounger

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    :cool:
    Do they deliver on sundays in the UK?
     
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  4. Lars Keymaster Staff Member

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    Stephen wrote 7 hours earlier  » 
    Creature has arrived... the box... [​IMG]
    It barely squeezed through the lift doors, and when I got it downstairs it wouldn't fit through my main door. So right now I'll either have to remove the front door or unpack in the narrow hallway.


    Something has to give and in this case, it clearly is the door. :cool:
     
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  5. Otto Verbal Diarrhoea

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    The box is huge lol.
     
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  6. Lars Keymaster Staff Member

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  8. WingdSoldier Little Miss Chatterbox

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    Stephen wrote 1 day earlier »
    Creature has arrived... the box... [​IMG]
    It barely squeezed through the lift doors, and when I got it downstairs it wouldn't fit through my main door. So right now I'll either have to remove the front door or unpack in the narrow hallway.

    Is the Creature box even larger than the one for the Predator, Steve?
     
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  9. Enzucho Opionated

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    I just want to see you face and hear ur voice most of all! :cool:
     
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  10. Lars Keymaster Staff Member

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    Enzucho wrote 33 minutes earlier  » 
    I just want to see you face and hear ur voice most of all! :cool:

    Qft! :top:
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    [size=0,5]The Creature is nice too, though, lol[/size]
     
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  11. Stephen Charter Lounger

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    WingdSoldier wrote 6 hours earlier »
    Is the Creature box even larger than the one for the Predator, Steve?

    Yes Dieter it is.
    I have him unpacked now. Just working on uploading the video and a few pictures. Will write some impressions shortly.
     
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  12. Stephen Charter Lounger

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    Great looking pics Steve
     
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  14. Lars Keymaster Staff Member

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    yeahh! :laola:
     
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  15. Stephen Charter Lounger

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    Video will be live at the link below when it has finished processing in a few hours. Please check back.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPDMJSYFrcg&feature=youtu.be
     
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  16. Stephen Charter Lounger

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    Okay the video is going to take a couple of hours to upload and process I fear, so in the meantime some textual impressions.
    The box
    Even without the statue inside the art box is chunky, heavy, and comes lined with the traditional soft velvet that has been Cinemaquette's hallmark for ten years. A special mention goes to Nita Kearney - Cinemaquette's Art Director - who creates the designs for all of the boxes and manuals. Nitai has created artwork that glides across the entire box like the Creature himself. Unlike say Superman, the Predator, or Bruce Lee, Nitai has done a surprisingly good job of creating an evocative box in the absence of any particularly iconic imagery to work with.
    The base
    Is this the greatest Cinemaquette base ever made? Well yes and no. In terms of sheer scale it's on a par with the Predator, and probably just as heavy. The narrow profile of the Creature's stance means you'll see much more of the base when compared to say the Predator - whose wide stance dominates the base. The Creature base thus affords the viewer ample scope to soak up what is conceptuslly at least, the base to end all bases.
    The composition also works really well. The rocks and log frame the statue nicely, and the addition of the (plastic) reeds and Iguana adds a sense of life to the environment. Other little details such as the puddles of discolourations in the water, and fossilised Creature's hand are there for those who want to take a second or third look.
    It's true that the ripples that were present in the water of the prototype are clearly missed here, and yet looking at it now this isn't quite the deal-breaker some claimed. Yes of course it would have been nice, but the water looks really convincing to me regardless. The overall tone is also several shades lighter than the prototype, and there's the aforementioned mud effects going on in places, so much so that you could be forgiven for claiming this to be some form of rock pool rather than a fast-flowing stream.
    That said, I did feel that the actual shape of the base was odd when I first saw it back at the Comic Con, and that hasn't changed now. The placement of the front nameplate simply doesn't work for me, and I really wished they'd flattened out the front and attached it evenly across the centre. Worse still, the nameplate isn't detachable, leaving me either to display the piece at an odd angle, or otherwise display it front on with the nameplate directed off to the side.
    It's simply a bizarre piece of art direction, and one at complete odds with what is otherwise a beuatifully composed piece of sculpture by Steve Wang.
    The Creature
    And so finally to the Creature himself. Tthe first thing to say is that all of Steve Wang's sculpture work has translated perfectly to the finished article. There's no apparent loss of detail. This clearly was the labour of love Steve Wang claimed it to be and it shows in every minute detail.
    The gold highlights give the Creature a very ornate finish which I'm very pleased with. I think they kept the highlights to just about the right amount - the green still shines through so you're not left thinking this is a sculpture of a bronze statue situated in a forest somewhere. Under the right lighting the tones really do pop out at you and the sculpture comes to life.
    The hands and claws aren't up to the work you'd expect from someone like Raf and some gloss would have helped here I'm sure. There's some nice highlighting around the face, and the lips have a subtle greenish red tint that just sets them apart from the rest of the model without being garish. The eyes are up to the usual high standard we've come to expect from Cinemaquette.
    Overall presentation
    Overall the piece presents very well indeed. It has a good size to it, the base is enormous, and Wang's skills as a sculptor and his love for the character as the World's self-professed number one Creech fan are clearly evident. I just can't help but feeling however that this would have been a total knock-out had the water effects inside the base been retained, and the oddly placed nameplate been reconfigured.
    But with that said I think every piece in the line has something that doesn't work as well as it might, so I can't penalise the Creature too harshly for certain digressions which are also evident amongst its peers. Suffice to say that I'm very pleased with the Creature and indeed it does make for the perfect complimentary piece alongside the Predator and Alien.
    I'm happy to have taken this jaunt into the realms of classic creatures, but think this is as far as I'd ever want to go into the Universal line. For the next piece I really, really do hope Cinemaquette get back to the more familiar territory of modern cinema.
     
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  17. Patriot666 Demands Audiences

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    Great review Stephen. I enjoyed the read! Thanks buddy and congrats! :king:
     
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  18. zaleem Lounge Lurker

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    Awesome Stephen !! :laola:
     
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    Oh man video is private
     
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  20. Stephen Charter Lounger

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    rrjrstatueman wrote 2 hours earlier »
    Oh man video is private

    Should be viewable now. :top:
     
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