Oyama Creature from the Black Lagoon

      Over the years there have been a number of  statues produced by extremely talented artists that are considered "Holy Grail" kits.  Often they are produced in such small numbers that only a few exist and the individuals that produced them are sadly not heard from again.  The Oyama Creature from the Black Lagoon is considered by many to be a holy grail kit due to its large size, intricate detail and dwindling numbers. 

         The Creature from the Black Lagoon has long been considered one of the early  science fiction movie classics filmed during the 1950's.  While there have been a number of attempts to faithfully recreate the star of the movie over the years few artists have been able to accurately capture the creature with as much attention to detail as  Oyama. 

    As you can see in the pictures, the statue is intricately detailed and beautifully cast in a high density resin.  There is virtually no flash or casting imperfections in the resin whereby each piece was carefully packaged in bubble wrap until recently released by me.  The statue stands at least two feet tall making it one of the only Creature statues of its kind.  Pictured to the right is the only known Oyama statue that was assembled and expertly painted  currently residing in a private collection. 

    I have received a number of offers to purchase this kit but it is not for sale.  This holy grail kit will remain in my collection indefinitely or in the unlikely event it manages to escape.


  The Flying Gung Brothers Stalking Xenomorph
        The Stalking Xenomorph from the Flying Gung Brothers is one of the oldest statues in my collection and has always been one of the most impressive.  The artist is known for his interpretations of the classic HR Giger alien often adding his own personal touches to distinguish "his" alien concept from the others.  Interestingly enough, this particular piece remains true to the original with the exception of the dorsal tubes and head which incorporates a pattern or design very similar to those used in the design of the Alien Queen.  This statue is solid resin cast and stands over two feet tall making it not only a fairly large display but a heavy one as well.  Construction was fairly easy using two part epoxy and Aves Apoxie Sculpt to cover seams and casting imperfections.  I painted the creature with a flat black base coat, India ink washes, silver teeth, and airbrushed metallic blue, green and black undertones followed by burnt sienna drybrushed to highlight raised surfaces and textures.  I finished the alien with several coats of gloss clear varnish to protect the painted surfaces and give it a wet looking appearance. 

   The Stalking Xenomorph is long out of production and it is unclear as to whether or not the artist is still designing or producing any alien sculptures whatsoever. I had originally purchased two kits about 15 years ago whereby one still remains unassembled in a dark, forbidding air duct in the escape module near my house. There are very few in existence (probably less than forty) which makes this a very desirable collectible.

          This statue has only recently changed hands and is now stalking Jonah's otherwise peaceful household waiting, watching...


  The Space Jockey
     H.R. Giger's Iconic Statue from Prometheus
        Long before Prometheus uncovered the origins of the Engineer and his species, the mysterious 'Space Jockey' captured the imaginations of movie-goers around the globe. First encountered by the doomed crew of the ship Nostromo, the haunting discovery of the enormous lonely star gazer remains one of the most memorable moments in the Alien franchise. Based on the iconic bio-organic industrial designs of Swiss artist H. R. Giger, Sideshow's artists have faithfully captured every detail of the fossilized sentinel, a tragic traveler who fell victim to his own lethal cargo and was forever frozen, trapped in time and space.

        The Space Jockey has been recently recreated by the artisans of Sideshow Collectibles who crafted this masterpiece out of polystone and resin.  Its over two feet in diameter and almost two feet tall whereby its massive size and weight will certainly draw lots of attention.  Halycon recreated this statue several years ago but nothing comes close to the size and level of detail found in this statue.  I was hooked the moment I saw it.

  The Crouching Xenomorph by Bill Wieger
        The Crouching Xenomorph is one of the latest creations by the exceptionally talented artist Bill Wieger.  The detail on this resin cast statue is really exceptional and was originally designed using 3D software ZBrush which rendered excellent results.  The Alien's pose may seem a bit unusual but there is actually a story behind it.   The design of the kit is based on the famous test shot / publicity still of the actor Bolaji Badejo clad in Giger’s legendary ‘Big Chap’ suit design, sitting in a graceful, embryonic crouch with the tail curled up over his head like a wheel.

     This kit was cast in 1/4 scale so it satisfies my size requirement- the bigger the better. The kit  comes in 26 resin parts, including a vac-formed transparent plastic cranium dome and a nice circular base. The head and torso are large components and are cast hollow to save weight. A good idea, although it makes assembly rather more challenging.  The kit is cast by our friends at Timeslip Creations (Chicago, Ill) and was recently purchased with the hope that it arrives before Christmas.  I want to thank Paul Weaver whose Clubhouse thread I blatantly plagiarized but who helped me make the decision to acquire this stunning statue at a time when I had no intention of adding to my collection.
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