When we kicked of this new feature series last week, we showcased an impressive 18” sculpt of the big-screen demon Pumpkinhead by State of the Art Toys (SOTA for short), which is long discontinued, but relatively easy to come by for the time being. This week, we're expanding our scope to browse through the SOTA archives, where we found some beautiful large-scale renderings of classic monsters created for their “Now Playing” line. As the title implies, the Now Playing series is dedicated to horror movie icons, and there are some excellent anti-heroes, villains and monsters represented in their production line, many of which were released in 2006. One of the coolest is this 1/6 scale bust of Tim Curry as “Darkness” from Ridley Scott's Legend:
Horror heroes in the series include both mini-busts and full figures of Darkman released exclusively for Tower Records stores (the bust includes alternate faces, just like Darkman himself), and an impressive likeness of Troma's Toxic Avenger.
Zombie fans will appreciate the SOTA's action figure line for George Romero's Land of the Dead, including the Big Daddy, Butcher and Blade zombies (the latter of course being a likeness of Tom Savini - see detail at top), with bloody chunks of their victims adorning the bases.
The American Werewolf in London sculpts include creepy replicas of the dream-sequence Nazi werewolves, and of course a 1/6 scale bust of the title monster itself.
Rounding out their prior Now Playing projects is my personal fave: a classic 1/6 scale model of the notorious “Norris Head” from John Carpenter's The Thing...
As with the Pumpkinhead figure, many of these are still available through online retailers and can be tracked down pretty easily, plus the prices are still pretty reasonable as of this writing. You can see more images from the Now Playing series in the SOTA archives, as well as news and pics of their latest and upcoming releases here.