DC Xtreme- The Lost Bust Series
April 17, 2007


A look at one of Tim Bruckner’s "lost" pieces

DC Xtreme Joker Bust

About five years ago sculptor Tim Bruckner pitched an idea to DC Direct for a line a small scale busts called "DC Xtreme". The concept was to push well outside the box to create versions of well known characters with a decided twist.  This would have been an interesting alternative to the standard "heroic" and or iconic busts being done by many companies including DCD. "DC Xtreme" was about pushing the envelope and giving fans a new interpretation on some classics.



This Joker (5.25" tall) was something Tim created in his own time to illustrate the point and pitch to the DC powers that be. DCD expressed some interest and so, for a couple years, it remained in discussion. "The point of the project," said Tim, "was to offer fans something cool (hopefully), different and inexpensive." The target price was to be about $25.00. Unfortunately the project never materialized. After awhile, whenever the project was mentioned it was discussed as either part of a larger project, as in pieces in a chess set or that it was considered too outside of mainstream taste to be successful.

This bust has been shown around a few places, on a few sculptor boards that Tim visits, on Tim’s site, there was even an unpainted casting of it Tim gave to a fellow DCD sculptor that showed up on Ebay a few weeks back. I thought our 2nd anniversary was the perfect time remember this "lost" piece that most fans have never seen.

Last year, master sculptor Tim Bruckner launched his own website showcasing much of his work over the past 10 years. It’s not a complete history by any means, as there are still items that he wishes he could re-do or that would never have seen the light of day. But it is well worth taking some time to poke around and see what the original figures and paint masters look like before they change in the manufacturing process. Tim not only does the photography for all of his work, but he paints and casts all of his own figures as well. Seeing those original paint masters alone is worth carving out some time in your day to poke around the new site and see all the angles. Tim’s site not only shows off his extensive body of work for DC Direct, but also work from other toy companies and a few surprises if you dig deep enough..

Make sure you check www.timbruckner.com web site for a no where near complete look at Tim’s work!

A big "Thank you" to Tim Bruckner for this opportunity to take a closer look at this lost piece

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, Time.com, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post, CNN.com, AssociatedPress.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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