Arnie Kim Strikes Back…

HOT off the press comes this electrifying image of the latest sculpt from the legendary Arnie Kim. it is unclear at this time whether or not this revised sculpt of Christopher Reeve will be the final one used in Hot Toys upcoming figure release.
Whereas I thought very highly of the prototype figure, to my eyes, this is the visage of the Superman from the first two movies with his slightly broader face, thick neck and more rounded hair (featuring a much-better defined ‘S’ curl!!) the eyebrows & chin are a marked improvement also. Comparing this with the prototype makes the latter look like an older, slighter version of Reeve similar to his appearance in Superman IV with his straight hairline and thinner face. As I’ve stated before, Hot Toys are that rare breed of company that listens to their fans so there is a real opportunity here – lobby their facebook page and tell them just how good this is and maybe, just maybe we’ll be lucky enough to get it…

UPDATE: The bust pictured top is a ‘painting simulation’ of a private 1/4 scale by the artist. Due to the overwhelming positive reaction Arnie Kim has reassured his fans “Please don’t worry, Hottoys (sic) is perfect!” on his facebook page, hinting that tweaks may well have been made for the final figure…

Metropolis Auto Breakers Yard Find…

This latest addition to my collection is a generous gift from fellow SuperFan Alexei Lambley-Steel who, after inquiring about a single prop was offered a large set of screenused items!
Shown above is a genuine set-used/screen-used prop US car numberplate from Superman IV: The Quest For Peace. The timing of this acquisition could not be better in view of the fact they are now clearly identifiable on the recently-released Blu-Ray disc (and not, unfortunately, from the DVD screengrabs above) proving the plate 774 LPS makes its first appearance on Lacy Warfield’s car as it pulls up outside the UN. It later adorns the front of a white sedan (far left in screengrab) whose roof is torn off during Nuclearman’s attack before finally being scorched by the car next to it as its engulfed in a fireball. Constrained by budgetary restrictions, the same vehicles appear over and over on the Elstree set, including a portion stripped of their engines and crushed by the battle with the first Nuclearman from the deleted scenes (bottom pic)…

Super Spassvogel…

The Global selling of a Super-Sequel often yields some interesting slants on advertising besides providing some great imagery. Despite its status among critics and fans as where the ‘rot’ started to set in conceptually, Superman III remains a literal comic-book brought to life (made all the more watchable on Blu-Ray thanks to digital wire removal).

Shown above is the art for the three main Poster campaigns adapted for European promotion – From the top; Larry Salk’s US 1 sheet painting and Daniel Goozee’s art from the UK Quad both from German magazines, (see more of Goozee’s III Poster concepts here) poster art from an unknown artist (can anybody help identify?) from a French Movie mag that was also found on the Japanese program and UK Poster Magazine and bottom, oversize Trade Ad from the UK…

All ‘New’ Picture Card Series Cont’d…

Hot from the PC of Alexei Lambley-Steel come these ‘Portrait’ test shots for our evolving mock vintage Superman IV trading Card set. These prototypes represent the last of the try-outs before we begin the set proper. Alexei informs me the only amendment will be the typeface which will be even closer to the ‘real’ thing on the finished cards. My contribution (besides the images) is to produce the titles and copy for the card backs – there will be a title card, possibly a checklist and maybe even a sticker set to round it off in true retro style. Enjoy and check back for updates and a preview of the finished set…!

\S/ For Stanley, Not Sheldon…

…Stanley Chow, that is. Further to the post here about his first fantastic Superman Illustration, Stanley has done it again with this marvelous take on the movie version of Clark Kent. Now available as everything from print to Gelaskin, go here to visit Stanley’s webpage where he states simply about his subject; “My love for Christopher Reeve as Superman will never die”…