The Iron Giant. A1999 American animated science fiction film produced by Warner Bros. Feature Animation and directed by Brad Bird in his directorial debut, It is based on the 1968 novel The Iron Man by Ted Hughes (which was published in the United States as The Iron Giant) and was scripted by Tim McCanlies from a story treatment by Bird. The film stars the voices of Vin Diesel (voicing the titular character), Eli Marienthal, Jennifer Aniston, Harry Connick Jr., Christopher McDonald and John Mahoney. Set during the Cold War in 1957, the film centers on a young boy named Hogarth Hughes, who discovers and befriends a gigantic metallic robot who fell from outer space. With the help of a beatnik artist named Dean McCoppin, Hogarth attempts to prevent the U.S. military and Kent Mansley, a paranoid federal agent, from finding and destroying the Giant.
One of the best animate films ever made is now an amazing statue from Diamond Select Toys It now sits on my bar right across from my table which houses my resin Bust of the Giants head. This thing is beautiful. As you can see it’s a perfect replica of the Giant in the junkyard. Striking a superhero like pose this is simply breathtaking. It is sculpted to perfection and really resonates the simplistic look the cartoon had.
Starting with the head you can see it’s a light grey as it the entire Giant. He has the big light white green eyes that are inside two sunken in holes. The eye holes are very subtly shaded to give it depth but not enough to break up the monotony of the rest of the grey as it’s supposed to be all one shade. The fin on the top of his head goes straight down to where the end of a nose would be. Its bolted on the sides just like in the film. His head is slightly cocked with almost a simple smile to his face. You can see the bolts on each side of the head to show where his jaw is bolted on. Moving downwards you can see the series of shafts all with the three bends in them to look accurate. These also have a very slight shade to make it look more three dimensional but not enough that you would notice the change in the color. Inside all the shafts in simple black base, with a thicker layer of iron surrounding it you can see the base is actually the bottom of his head piece which would be what is inside the torso. Its all enclosed by a huge shoulder pad that has all the bolts sculpted in to show how its connected.
Moving down to the body you can see the big “S” plate on the center of the chest. I mean come on it had to have this. The Giant turned out to be a superhero after all. The “S” is made to look like bent metal from the junk yard. It’s a rust colored red with a almost faint yellow and grey combination from the center to accentuate it from the rest of the grey. The same style of coils that connected the Giants head to his body is used to connect the torso to the leg area. I cant really call it a crotch as it’s a circle that has legs connected. The body is massive. All smooth no nicks, scratches, not even much in terms of shading. Simple grey plates held together by grey bolts. Its exactly like the film, which if you recall was done in the most basic animation possible to give it that 50’s look and feel. The placement of the hands on the sides in a heroic pose only ad to the charm. This has a classic superhero pose which is perfect as if you recall the Giants last words before he stopped the missile and saved everyone was “Superman”
The back shows off the neck design. The simple rings from the back of the head to the shoulder then down to the base line. Its done exactly the same as in the cartoon 4 rings if you don’t count the bottom of the head all in silver, with black spacers in between. It trails down to a big ring that is secured onto the shoulder section, then begins to flow a more tight silver and black down to the base. The shoulders themselves are perfectly accurate with the two bars on each side. Its open in the center almost like a spine. Twisting to the right side with the hands resting on the round cylinder used before the legs connect it looks downright stoic. You can see that the hands are balled into fists, and that each finger is individually sculpted in. I like how everything is the same color but the bolts still stick out and are noticeable due to the perfect molding into the piece.
The base is absolutely incredible it’s a section of the junkyard the Giant lived in. all a reddish brown like dirt it really stands out. You can see all the clumps of dirt and rocks going throughout it. There’s an old steam pipe stove and a broken wheel in the background as well as a piece of the barn with the open door. But if you look under the giants left foot you can see a crushed station wagon of sorts. At least I think it’s a station wagon. It’s a bright orange and red color that really stands out. It may be crushed but Diamond Select even have the silver door handles, taillights, bumper, and headlights sculpted in. This may be one of the first things you notice. I mean as the statue is grey this part will really catch your eye. Colorful enough to ad depths, and a good laugh, but not enough to take away from the Iron Giant himself. This is an amazing base to say the least.
Overall this is a fantastic piece for a phenomenal film. Iron Giant may have not been a winner at the box office but luckily it has developed a massive following over the years. In my opinion it may be the perfect animated film ever made. It sure has the perfect message as well, “You are who you chose to be!” Watch it again. And then hurry and buy this statue. It’s a must own for anyone.
Overall 5 out of 5 Stars!
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