The Rocketeer is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books originally published by Pacific Comics. Created by writer/artist Dave Stevens, the character first appeared in 1982 and is a homage to the Saturday matinee serial heroes from the 1930s through the 1950s. The Rocketeer's secret identity is Cliff Secord, a stunt pilot who discovers a mysterious jetpack that allows him to fly. His adventures are set in Los Angeles and New York in 1938, and Stevens gave them a retro, nostalgic feel influenced by the King of the Rocket Men and Commando Cody movie serials (both from Republic Pictures), and pinup diva Bettie Page. The character was adapted into the 1991 Walt Disney Pictures film The Rocketeer by director Joe Johnston.
I love The Rocketeer, plain and simple. I was a huge fan of the comics, and I found the film to be one of the most underrated movies ever made. The look of the character is simply amazing to say the least. Alex Ross did a few covers for the IDW comics and they are a thing of beauty. A combination futuristic space man and 1930’s cool it is a perfect blend. Cliff Secord is an everyman with a jet pack. A nice guy that most anyone can relate to. His adventures are very serial formulaic, almost like Indian Jones with a rocket. Diamond Select Toys has made my dreams come true with this beautiful resin statue inspired by the movie.
Let’s take it from the top. I love the helmet. It’s like a giant motorcycle helmet from the future. A dull gold color, but just bright enough to be the focal point of the outfit, the helmet also doubles as Cliffs rutter to help steer, thanks to the big fin on the back of it. The eyes are completely blacked out as to not get debris in your eyes when flying. You can see all the bolts in the design showing where it’s held together. The mouth is actually five indents with just a faint opening to breath. And the top shows the beginning of the giant fin. This is as comic, and for that matter film accurate as you can get. Scuffed up and completely battle worn and rustic as opposed to the brighter PVC version they have made, yet etched and shaded to make it look like real metal welded together. It’s definitely the first thing you see.
I always say Diamond Select Toys are at the top of the detail game. Rather than just blend the helmet into the coat you get to see the throat of the man wearing it as in would be hanging down a bit after takeoff. The jacket is great. A pale brown leather coat that looks like real leather. Its shaded in darker specs of brown as well as having multiple wrinkles and lines sculpted in to give it that real leather look. You can see the darker brown straps shaded in a faint black on the top being covered under the shoulder straps as well as a perfectly detailed silver zipper at the bottom of the neck line. I love how the paint for all the buttons is a bright speckled gold to really make it pop out. I have always loved the jacket and this piece replicates it to a “T
Moving down we can see the white, almost tan pants that are tucked into Cliffs Boots. The pants have a baggy look about them as they are most likely full of air from lift off. Completely etched with wrinkles throughout, you can even see the seams sculpted in where the front zipper is. Notice slightly above the boots where they are tucked in, you can see how its sculpted to be completely bunched up and wrinkled. Its these little things that really set this apart. A very real world look. It’s just amazing. Speaking of amazing look at the boots. A very dark brown with black shading, these not only look like real leather they look completely worn and dirty, no doubt from all the fire that the rocket shoots out. You can even see the shoe laces knotted and tied in the boots. Plus the fact that the pants are bright yet still dirty in some aspect and the boots dull they both work to really accentuate that this is more based on the film as opposed to the comic book.
This side shot gives you a great look at the blast and the rocket side. You can also see the detail in the jacket really well from the angle as well. It really and truly does look like real leather. Notice the shine it has in the light, it’s an eye catcher to say the least. I love the gloves. Tan leather work gloves that are completely filthy. A different color from anything on this statue really helps them to stand out. Dirty old brown with lots of black shading and sculpted to make a perfect fist. You can see Cliffs thumb is placed above the fingers so he can push the rockets start button, which if you look really close you can see that is sculpted into the hand as well. You get a nice side shot of the rocket as well. You can see all the nuts and bolts in the rocket as well from this angle as well as the flames shooting out. I love the placement of the legs on this piece. The right leg is tilted back while the left is slightly arched. Giving it the full look of takeoff.
Here is the rocket itself. Bright bold silver fully designed to be an exact replica. You can see the fan along with the blades inside sculpted dead center on it. You can see all the nuts and bolts through the design. Every little thing has been recreated for this piece. I especially love how the silver is not only the illuminating color that shines in the light, but also slightly dirty in plain sight as I mean let’s face it, jet packs get dirty. Every bolt is sculpted in and every vent and line is as well. It is incredibly well done. The gold tips on the shoulder areas give it that fine touch of contrast. It really is designed to look exactly like a steel rocket pack, and I’ve saved the best for last. Off to the left side you can see the pink piece of chewed gum that Peevy used to patch up the pack when it got punctured by a bullet. Now that is detail at its finest. Sure that played a big part in the film but who else but Diamond Select would have thought to actually incorporate it into the piece itself. It’s just fantastic to say the least. As you can see the fire coming out of the jet pack is almost like looking at a glass based design. The red, oranges, and hints of white are blended together so majestically that it truly gives the appearance of real fire coming out of the pack. What really makes it pop is that it does not come down in a simple shape. Its all over the place, with twists, and turns, that wind it down to the base. Even then it still has fire like blow-back so it really looks as though is taking off. Throw in the fact is all done so bold and vibrant it really puts the exclamation point on an already great piece
The base is a simple roof top edge. Brown and black with scuffs of grey. It’s a simple yet effective way to mount the character. Dirty and chipped it takes nothing away from the brown boots, even though this base is brown itself. Diamond select knows how to use different shades of the same color to put everything together. And what better base for this then a rooftop that Cliff would be launching off of. I really like how its almost triangular in shape it makes it different then most pieces. Its very well done and very effective.
Overall this is a great piece and the resin statue that all Rocketeer fans need. Its very limited with only 3000 of these made. They come with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity so these will sell out fast. I recommend picking one up today. Like right now. Stop reading and go order it!
Overall 5 out of 5 Stars!
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