Thanks go out to Sean and Cliff of MONSTREHERO for letting us be part of the awesome resin show they have curated for Super 7. With so many innovative artists on the roster, we feel humbled to even rub elbows with any of these guys.
The piece that was sent out West is one of two urethane castings of the original prototype for the Rig. The first cast went over to China to be sacrificed for the production run, and the other cast stayed here so that I could make a paint master and work out some ideas on applications for full production. Eventually the experimenting resulted in a very weathered looking "Old Rig". Usually these prototypes stay in the shop, but for this special event we are letting one out into the wild. The Old Rig will most likely be the last completely urethane version of the Rig ever made.
I remember years ago when we only sold urethane figures before we made the jump to overseas production. One Pheyden, with 13 parts, took me roughly 5 hours to cast, clean, dye, assemble and then paint. We sold them for $20 and they were fully articulated. Rechlen and Aves were a little smaller and were a tiny bit less labor intensive, but the paint applications were challenging. I remember making all those old urethane figures as if it was this morning, I think Ron still has nightmares about how much time we spent in the shop! Sometimes I think about digging those molds out for some crazy CC run, but that may be too nuts even for fools like us.
Thanks again to MONSTREHERO and Super 7 for pouring off a very cool show!
Here are some shots from the old days to give you an idea of the way things used to be (not much different).