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