Behind the Plastic: Green Lantern vs Sinestro
October 22, 2005

DC Direct’s Green Lantern vs. Sinestro Statue

AFI is pleased to bring you this exclusive behind the scenes look at the recently announced DC Direct Green Lantern Vs. Sinestro statue sculpted by Tim Bruckner. This is such and interesting and dynamic piece it’s hard to capture how cool it really is with a single solicitation photo, so we felt it was worth a closer look. Not only did we get additional turn around and close-up shots butt we also have some exclusive shots of the unpainted piece and some fascinating insight into the development and production of the piece.

For anyone that has ever spoken to Tim Bruckner about sculpture you know he is a walking art history lesson. He calls it "stealing from the ‘greats’" but when you really look at one of his pieces you know that it is so much more than that. He knows who’s work to look at and what pieces he’ll need to make a project work.

The the Green Lantern vs. Sinestro statue he was inspired by Jean-Antoine Houdon (1741-1828), an absolutely brilliant portraitist. He did those amazing portraits of Franklin, Jefferson, Voltaire. according to the National Gallery of Art:

Houdon’s career coincided with an extremely turbulent period in French and American history, spanning two revolutions, the Directoire, and the empire under Napoleon. His images of the key figures of the time provide fascinating insights into history as well as the history of portraiture.

Born at Versailles in 1741, Houdon received the best academic education available to a young sculptor and won the Prix de Rome in 1761. While in Italy he showed an unusual interest in anatomical studies, creating his famous figure of L’Ecorché, or flayed man, during his stay at the Académie de France. Although trained to work for the French court, Houdon became the preferred sculptor of leaders of the Enlightenment, especially Frédéric Melchior Grimm (1728-1807) and Denis Diderot (1713-1784). Through them he received commissions from foreign patrons. He traveled to the German court of Saxe-Gotha twice in the early 1770s and later worked for the court of Catherine II of Russia.

It was, however, with his famous bust of Denis Diderot (1713-1784) (1771), exhibited at the Salon of 1771, that Houdon’s career as a portrait sculptor was launched. He was to portray most of the great intellectual, military, and political figures of the Enlightenment in France and in the United States. He was to revolutionize portraiture, rendering his sitters with a remarkable degree of physical accuracy (often using either life or death masks) and with extraordinary psychological insight. Houdon’s real genius lay in his capacity to show the individual as a whole.

 

 

Drawing off of that Tim has a real desire to push DC Direct’s statues to the limit. In the history of DC statues there have been quite a few "guys in tights waiting for a bus" type scenes. They’re called action heroes for a reason. And drawing from the inspiration of Houdon you get a real sense of kinetic energy with this sculpt. There was a moment that happened before this 3-D snapshot and in mere seconds all hell will break loose. The desire of this piece is for the viewer to be involved in a sensory experience of bodies in motion, propelled in action through action. When you look at you should actually be able to feel the kinetic energy.

Tim, by his own admission isn’t under the impression that he’s come anywhere close to what Houdon could do or did. He says it’s taken him twenty years to just scratch the surface. Green Lantern vs. Sinestro was the first statue where he was able to apply a little of this theory and have it make sense to him in 3D.

Tim was kind enough to pass along these shots of the unpainted piece, and you are able to see much more of the detail and energy of the original sculpt than you could ever get with a single solicitation photo. You can really see these two life-long enemies above a deserted moon getting ready to nock each other’s block off.

UNPAINTED SCULPT

PAINTED TURNAROUNDS AND CLOSE UPS

A very special thanks to Tim Bruckner for sharing these shots with us.

 

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Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website www.ActionFigureInsider.com. Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on MSNBC.com, Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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