Posts Tagged ‘Gentle Giant’

ObiWanKenobi00

This Obi-Wan Kenobi is part of Gentle Giant’s Star Wars animated statue series. I’ve posted a lot of their pieces in this style here already, and the Star Wars line is one I regret getting into late. I have all of the classic trilogy releases, as well as most of the Prequel and Clone Wars statues, but I missed out on a few key Clone Wars / Prequel characters that came out at the very start of the line. Some of those (Padme Amidala in particular) have become prohibitively expensive on the secondary market, so it’s likely that this will be a collectible series I don’t complete, barring a lottery win.

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TwilightWitchKing00

This Twilight Ringwraith was the final piece (so far, and probably ever) in the Lord of the Rings animated statue series Gentle Giant produced. I really love all of their animated-style collectibles, and I wish they would add a few more characters into this one. The Twilight Ringwraith is a very cool statue, but it’s always struck me as odd that they made him before making Aragorn, Arwen, or any of the Hobbits.

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Palpatine00

I’m gradually making my way through this Project 365. Getting all these photos taken and posted every day for a year is more grueling than you might imagine, so every once in a while I’m falling back on pictures I took a long time ago but haven’t posted yet. That’s what’s going on today as I take a break from the DC busts I’ve been posting and show off an older one, the Emperor Palpatine animated statue from Gentle Giant’s Star Wars series.

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VentressDooku00

Today I’m featuring another Star Wars statue from Gentle Giant, this time taking an animated character and turning her realistic. Asajj Ventress is one of the antagonists in the Clone Wars cartoons, and here she’s draped on her Sith master, Count Dooku, lightsabers at the ready. This is a really cool full-size statue that I picked up as a one-off, as I don’t generally collect the full-size non-animated style Star Wars pieces from Gentle Giant.

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SavageOpress00

I’ve mentioned previously that I’m a huge Star Wars fan but am woefully behind on the Clone Wars cartoon. Sadly, that’s still the case, but I’m determined to catch myself up on all of that before Episode 7 comes out in a couple of years. Still, I’m a completist and big fan of Gentle Giant’s line of Star Wars animated style maquettes, so I’ve added several Clone Wars characters into that collection, even though I haven’t encountered them yet in my viewing. Savage Opress is one such character, and he’s the newest one released, joining our merry living room display just this week.

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Sauron00

I don’t have a ton of Lord of the Rings collectibles, compared to the number of pieces I have from other franchises and media I enjoy (Star Wars, Marvel, DC, etc). The pieces I do have fall squarely into two occasionally overlapping categories: animated maquettes and bad guy busts. I really like the villains’ designs in the LOTR movies, so I’ve made it a point to collect a few items from that corner of fantasy. This is the Sauron bust Gentle Giant released a while back as part of their Ringbearer series. The series is called “Ringbearer” because each of the busts in the line has a hidden drawer just the right size for holding a ring. I haven’t found a practical use for the drawer in this Sauron bust just yet, but it’s kind of a neat feature.

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Jason00

This is kind of a weird one. After having successful animated statue lines based on Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and some other properties, Gentle Giant looked to New Line’s horror franchises for inspiration. They released cartoony statues from both Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street, and this is their Jason Voorhees animaquette. He’s in scale with the other statues in this style, and there are a lot of neat details worked into the piece. He’s stomping on a Camp Crystal Lake sign, and his overall look is creepy and goofy at the same time. The victim slung over his shoulder is a bit morbid, but this is Jason Voorhees we’re talking about.

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Amidala00

The Star Wars Classics series came out several years ago from Gentle Giant and, by all accounts, was a failed collectible line. The busts released featured various characters from both Star Wars eras, represented as smaller-scale sculptures. There was a lot of backlash from collectors about the small sizes of these pieces, and that extended to a Lord of the Rings series they did in this same scale as well. Only a few characters were made in each line, and I thought they were all pretty neat little busts.

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DarthMaul00

I very nearly forgot to post a new collectible today, breaking my daily streak and completely ruining my Project 365 aspirations. As luck would have it, I remembered with less than an hour left in the day, and I grabbed these old photos I took a long time ago of my Darth Maul maquette from Gentle Giant. Hopefully I’ll manage to snap some new shots of another piece tomorrow!

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ScoutTrooper00

I love the animated maquettes Gentle Giant makes. It started with the Star Wars ones based on the original 2D Clone Wars cartoons and blossomed into all kinds of crazy animated stuff. We have a huge display in our living room that is a mixture of animated style statues from Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and Buffy, and it covers the majority of a full wall. The newest addition to the cartoony Star Wars line arrived this week, and it’s this Scout Trooper getting beaten up by Ewoks. This one is exclusive to an online store other than our own, so I had to buy him from the distinguished competition. Aside from feeling a little weird about that, I’m really happy to have this piece in our collection. He’s limited to 1000 pieces, and ours is number 700-something.

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