Monday, July 18, 2016

Collectible Time #62: Polar Lights King Kong '33 and Wizard of Oz Wicked Witch '39

My friends at Z&Z Hobbies attained two Polar Lights specialties for me: pre-painted editions of the resin Willis O'Brien/Marcel Delgado "King Kong vs T-Rex" and "The Wizard of Oz"/Margaret Hamilton Wicked Witch of the West. 

Both pieces are marvels to behold, as evidenced by the featured photos. 

The 9" Kong diorama captures the mighty ape's fury (and superiority) over the ferocious (and in this case, defunct) Tyrannosaurus. The model was sculpted by Gabriel Marquez, who depicts "long face" Kong's chest-pounding intensity to the point where one can practically hear his victorious roar. 

This one is a remarkable achievement, and though pricier than most Polar Lights entries (running about $150), it's a bargain compared to similar Kong kits. 

On the more whimsical side, the 8.5", David Wilson sculpted Wicked Witch salute not only features Margaret Hamilton's iconic likeness, but one of her cute, winged monkeys; and within her crystal ball, there are figures of Dorothy, the Cowardly Lion, the Scarecrow and Tin Man, as they trek down the Yellow Brick Road. (Incidentally, one has the option to display the Wicked Witch with her broom; also, like Kong, the Oz entry costs about $150.)

Both models have been painted with delicacy and require only minor assembly. (Raw resin editions are also available.)

Considering that Polar Lights has previously offered a superb, resin "Alien"/Executive Officer Kane diorama (see Collectible Time #43: Oct '15), I wonder if the company may not produce more advance-modeler/pre-painted kits. If so, it would be a fun to see what other movie eras and characters it covers. If what exists currently is any indication, we're likely to experience some impressive additions. 

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