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Predatorstuff Reviews the Angelina Jolie Tomb Raider 1:2 Scale Bust by Art Department!

August 3rd, 2009

Hello everyone, welcome to a new review of a very exciting piece by Art Department in their 1:2 scale bust line… it’s their Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft 1:2 scale bust kit and today we’ll check out this gorgeous kit, which has been painted up by my main man, Mister Joe Dunaway!

I Have been a Tomb Raider fan ever since Angelina Jolie took on the role on the silver screen, and I’ve been an Angie fan since her name first started appearing on movie credits.  I think she’s a fantastic actress, she’s gorgeous and her humanitarian work is second to none… you don’t see too many Hollywood folks half a world away on their hands and knees helping build outhouses.  So when Clubhouse member Pankey posted initial pics of this piece, I was VERY excited about it and couldn’t wait for him to update the thread day-to-day with the latest work-in-progress photos.  Much to my sadness, Angelina has really never been done properly in a decent sized scale, so I was PUMPED to see someone finally tackling the job.  I offered a ton of critique as Pankey posted updates, including the eyes, lips and the gun, which initially was way too small.  After many long months, she was finally done and my order was placed, and she was shipped off to Joe Dunaway of Modelzone.com fame for sweet paint lovin!

The bust is cast in a very heavy solid cold cast porcelain material, making the bust weigh in at over 10lbs and measuring about 13.5" in height when assembled.  She comes in 5 pieces…  base, main bust and head, gun, bottom section of the gun’s grip, and the braided ponytail.

The most important part of this bust for me was the likeness… It seems that Angelina’s likeness is hard to capture properly and I wouldn’t even consider this piece if it was a dead-ringer when unpainted.  A lot of folks don’t realize how the PAINT can make or break a likeness, but I wanted to make sure Joe had the best sculpt available to him when it came time to painting up Angelina to perfection.  I can honestly say that when I received the bust, I couldn’t believe how dead-on it looked like her.  Even my wife, who is usually horrible at identifying likenesses, looked over my shoulder and stated how amazingly close it was to the real thing.  Like most sculpts, there are a few angles where it’s a bit off, but generally it looks amazing and there no question who it is.  The best angles in my opinion are from the sides, she looks fantastic!  So, if you’re picky about likenesses, this is the way to go!

Unfortunately, this kit does have one flaw that makes it somewhat of a pain for model builders, and that’s the inferior low quality casting material that had Joe cursing every step of the way.  The best way I can describe the casting material is to imagine the same material used to make a dinner plate, except with a flat finish instead of shiny.  It’s hard as a rock and the castings aren’t very smooth, so the time you spend trying to smooth out lines and pits can take up MANY hours of your time, instead of maybe the 30 minutes it would have taken had it been a softer high quality resin.  I think Joe worked on the cleanup for a week on this bust and STILL couldn’t get it smooth…  thankfully the small pits and lines only show up when your nose is 8 inches from the piece and are pretty much invisible when she’s on the shelf.  So be warned… the casting material sucks and you’ll need a lot of elbow grease to smooth her down if you want perfect smooth skin.  I’m not sure if it’s the only material available where Pankey lives (I believe it’s the Philippines), but I did tell him the material was fairly terrible and should consider changing, but I have no idea if he changed it.

And then, Joe went at her, and what a job he did!  Unlike the predator kits he builds for me where I just let him do whatever he likes, I stuck my nose in this paint-up every step of the way… poor Joe was probably ready to stab me by the time it was done.  I had him tweak the skin over and over, change the eyes, played with eyelashes and God-knows what else until I was sassified!  When the final result finally showed up at my door, I wasn’t sure if I should put her in my office with the rest of my collection or place her on my nightstand in my bedroom… she was HOT!  He even swiped some hair from a gal at his work to make the trademark long pieces of bangs that hang down in her face.

Bottom line?  If you’re an experienced builder who loves Angelina Jolie and not afraid to take on casting material that’s as hard as diamonds and are comfortable with painting human pieces, then this is the way to go, I haven’t seen anything that can beat this in terms of likeness.  I also love the pose with the gun, it’s perfect and leaves no question as to who the actress is and what movie she’s from!

Now, we can’t have a review of Angelina with video can we?!  I’ve put together a little video review of the kit, so clicking HERE or the icon below to check it out on YouTube in HD:

 Video Available on YouTube!

Of course, we need sexy photos too!  Check her out from all angles by clicking the photo icon below and visiting the gallery:

 

I’m really happy I decided to go ahead and pick this piece up, she’s really my pride and joy in terms of female pieces in my collection and my only wish at this point is for a life-size piece lol!  Hope you guys enjoyed this piece and I welcome your thoughts and comments, so please be sure to click the comment button and leave me some feedback!  You can also contact me if you have any additional questions about this piece.

Thanks!
Dan 

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7 Responses to “ Predatorstuff Reviews the Angelina Jolie Tomb Raider 1:2 Scale Bust by Art Department! ”

  1. CHARLES SHIMMIN Says:

    Hi, I am a keen Lara Croft fan and have many figures and sculpts of Angelina Jolie. This is by far the best I have ever seen. You mention it is made by Pankey in the Phillipines. How do I buy the kit and how much does it cost?
    Your reply much appreciated.
    Charles

  2. The Art Department Says:

    Charles,
    You can get it from me fully paintede. Thanks for liking it.

  3. Predator Costumes, Models, Kits and Collectibles – Predator Stuff! » Predatorstuff Personal Collection is For Sale! Says:

    […] Painted Kit Lara Croft 1:2 Scale Bust $599.99 Produced by Art Department, this gorgeous bust is a dead-on likeness of Angelina Jolie and was painted by Joe Dunaway.  Check out the review of this piece by clicking HERE! […]

  4. Learn to speak Hindi Says:

    Super-Duper site! I am loving it!! Will come back again ?C taking you feeds also, Thanks.

  5. Craig Says:

    Loving this sooo much! Any idea how i can get hold of a pre-painted one and for how much in GBP? Thanks!

  6. The art departmnet Says:

    Hi Craig,

    Please email me.

  7. david Says:

    how can I get it unpainted? Is that in your article and I missed it?

    thanks

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