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Spare Parts Have Never Looked This Good!!

September 10th, 2012

Take a look at this:

A few years ago, I was patrolling the vendor aisles at Chiller Theatre and came across a display of very cool items new to me.  They were an assortment of sci-fi and horror characters like Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, Leatherface and Aliens made out of…well, spare parts.  Now, I’m sure you’ve all seen the little statues, cars and airplanes made from metal parts but they don’t come close to what this guy produces.  I wandered over to the small Predator display and moments later I owned these two beauties and had a much lighter wallet.  But, worth every penny, the detail is amazing.  Take a look at these close-ups:

An amazingly artistic combination of sheetrock screws, motorcycle chains, ball bearings, metal tubing, nails, bolts, gears and pounded metal all combined and expertly welded together.  Not little tiny guys either.  The Metal Pred (I like that) without the helmet (on the left) weighs in at 17 lbs (7.711 kg) and stands 22″ (55.9 cm) high.  He is holding a ball and chain – not really standard Predator gear – but the ball weighs about a pound and is covered with 25 one inch screws which would make one hell of a weapon.  He can be disassembled, he screws together at the waist with a heavy duty bolt.  His “dreds” are made of 16 lengths of motorcycle chain.  They are completely moveable.

His partner with the helmet (right) is 16 lbs (7.257 kg) and 19″ (48.3 cm) high.  An amazing collection of screws, nuts and bolts with a very cool shoulder cannon fashioned out of heavy duty metal tubing.  He also has heavy duty motorcycle chain for dreds and pounded metal armor.  And, yes, those are spark plugs acting as hydraulics on his arms and legs.

They were crafted by a guy from Thailand (is all the talent in Thailand?) who refers to himself as Metal Dude.  At the time I bought these two (as well as an amazing King Ghidorah) Metal Dude was making these types of statues available in the $500 range.  Since they are hand made out of “junk yard parts”, no two are the same – they are one-of-a-kind.  Since then, he has stopped making these statues and now only does commission work of larger pieces – check out the Alien Table on his web site.

So kids, am I willing to part with them?  Probably not. Of all the Predator items in my collection, these two are my favorite and since a) they are one of a kind and b) Metal Dude is no longer cranking them out, I would never be able to replace them.  Having said that, everything has a price.

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