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DARK HORSE DEBUTS GOON STATUE
After showing off a pretty sweet Cal McDonald statue, Dark Horse Comics was not yet done with its products at Toy Fair 2015 in New York City. The publisher also revealed a new statue based on Eric Powell's The Goon. If you've never read The Goon, you're missing out. It's a pulpy horror book mixed with slapstick humor dealing with the ongoing misadventures of the man they call The Goon and his sidekick Franky as they battle the legions of the undead.
Back in 2012, Blur Studios, Dark Horse Entertainment, and Eric Powell ran a successful Kickstarter campaign to create a feature-film-length reel based on The Goon. Originally, Blur Studios had produced a very limited-edition faux-bronze statue, scuplted by Sean McNally, as one of the rewards. Now Powell and Blur Studios are set to release this gorgeously painted brutish statue to the public and the growing legion of Goon fans.
"One of the great things about developing the Goon film has been so many great artists contributing their takes on the character. Especially when it comes to Sean McNally," remarked creator Eric Powell. "His paintings were the first concept pieces I saw when Blur was pitching the idea of an animated film and contributed to me falling in love with the idea. His Goon statue captures everything I always wanted to convey in the character."
"I don't think there's an artist in our studio who doesn't have at least one high-end collectible at their desk, so it seemed like a very natural decision to offer a special-edition statue as one of our Goon Kickstarter backer incentives," noted Blur Studios' Jeff Fowler. "We shipped about two dozen of the statues, which were created in a faux-bronze style. It really is a fantastic sculpt, and when Dark Horse contacted us about potentially creating a new painted version, we jumped all over it! The paint job on our prototype was created by another of Blur Studio's artist alumni, Chuck Wojtkiewicz. We were aiming for a muddier, grittier, tougher-looking Goon than anything previously produced, and we think it turned out great!"
The statue stands over eight inches tall and was revealed at the Dark Horse booth at Toy Fair 2015 in New York City. It will be a limited edition, but the exact quantity has yet to be determined. The Goon statue will be packaged in a full-color, oversize collector box and it's estimated for a summer 2015 release with a suggested retail price of $150.
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