Captain Scarlet Stands Tall
These days we are spoilt for choice when deciding what collectables and memorabilia to buy for our displays at home. So how do you choose from the countless items available from that far, far away Star Wars galaxy, the streets of the cities inhabited by DC’s heroes and villains, or indeed from Marvel’s ever-expanding universe?
The answer could well be to buy something older, that is to say, new collectables from a bygone age.
Britain’s very own BIG Chief Studios has a strong portfolio of classic brands that celebrate Great British Characters from shows including Doctor Who, Sherlock, Thunderbirds, and Captain Scarlet.
Want more? Well. they even have James Bond - the whole film franchise! Beginning with the ever-popular Goldfinger (1964), the range is starting out with retro favourites and is set to expand with the other Bonds, girls, henchmen and the infamous villains that make 007 the world’s most beloved spy series.
Place BIG Chief’s figures next to the actual actors, and apart from their size, you’d hardly notice the difference! Standing approximately 12 inches tall, every figure is hand finished from delicately painted portraits through to their hand-tailored clothing. They all come complete with their own display base as well as a host of accessories for alternate display options, and each comes beautifully packaged in a special collector box.
Following on from their already successful Doctor Who line-up, BIG Chief is now embarking on FAB new ranges for Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet.
Recently previewed at the UK Fanderson Convention, long-time fans of Supermarionation will be delighted to know that BIG Chief has specially commissioned original art by Lee Sullivan for their retro Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet packaging.
Many of the original voice artists, puppeteers and technical members of the crew were on hand at the event and gave their approval of BIG Chief’s work.
Mary Turner, the designer and maker of the original Captain Scarlet puppets, was there to compare the figures for likeness. Shane Rimmer, the original voice of Scott Tracy, brought BIG Chief’s figure to life once more by adding his own voice to the occasion.
Rimmer, who also starred in a number of the Bond movies, also cast his eye on the upcoming Goldfinger, Oddjob, and Sean Connery 007 line-up noting that Bond will return in Live and Let Die with Solitaire, Baron Samedi and, of course, Roger Moore.
Whether you’re a fan who likes to re-create iconic scenes or just simply display them at home, BIG Chief’s attention to create accurate representations makes their figures a MUST HAVE.
Check out these great new additions to BIG Chief’s line on their website www.bigchief.shop or ask at your usual participating collector store.
FIGURES RANGE FROM RRP £169.99 TO £249.99
Assemble the Merch!
Anticipation is growing for the latest DCEU offering, as Justice League hopes to keep the ball of positivity rolling after this year’s critical and financial DC hit Wonder Woman. So, with this said, we punched in the data on our STARBURST supercomputer (found in our cosy and not at all dark and moody cave) and searched for some early League-related merchandise. Undoubtedly there will be a boom in JL gear soon but over at merchoid.com, this range of Justice League shirts are a great start.
Each shirt is modeled on one of the League members - our personal favourite is ‘Testing the Waters’ (who’d have thought the much-mocked Aquaman would, in 2017, be a possible badass show-stealer?) - and these great-looking shirts are perfect for assigning positions in your very own League of mates that will be braving the crowds come the movie’s release. Also online, at smythstoys.com to be specific, we found this ace little collection of Mystery Minis figures. There is an impressive roster of characters to collect too, from the A-Listers like Batman and Superman to the faces that will be making their big screen début in the forthcoming film, like Steppenwolf!
JUSTICE LEAGUE: TO THE BATCOMPUTER!, SAVIOUR OF THE GALAXY, ONE EYE OPEN, HEART OF GOLD, BACK IN A FLASH, TESTING THE WATERS - £15.99 EACH
ALL AVAILABLE AT MERCHOID.COM
MYSTERY MINIS: JUSTICE LEAGUE - £5.99 EACH
AVAILABLE AT SMYTHSTOYS.COM