Has anyone produced or found any paper minis or models from the 1956 movie "Forbidden Planet"?
I've been hunting around the Web the past few days, and even the cast resin, metal and plastic offerings seem few and difficult to source.
In the more typical gaming scales, the easiest to find are the three Polar Lights plastic kit models of the C-57D Space Cruiser. These include a (now rare) 1:72-scale model which comes with some crew figures, Altaira, Robby and the Id Monster, and a detailed interior of the craft's crewspace, but whose spacecraft has a diameter of about 28 inches/70 centimetres when complete! Imagine that in 28mm-scale!!!
I also found some resin accessories in 1:72 to go with the craft, including two main batteries, the tractor and Morbius' "car", but which cost about as much again as the ship model (and only seem to be available from two US suppliers, who don't give a manufacturer's name for the accessories kit).
Haven't come across any paper minis or models to match these so far, though. Any ideas?
Seems odd there's not more to me, given the film's intelligent, well known and has monster-battling combat in it. The saucer I can understand - its huge and domed - but less so the crew, equipment, Morbius' home (though that's domed too externally), or the Krell laboratory. The Monster from the Id's sufficiently "cartoony" (variant Tasmanian Devil?) to have caught the eye of some of our paper mini designers here, I'd have thought. And readily printable on transparent film, should anyone so choose...
Amongst my hunting, I did find a particularly interesting blog page with many photos and much discussion of the matte painting and other special effects from the movie, here:
which also includes the obligatory Leslie Nielsen "Shirley" joke, and what in retrospect seems the obvious "real" origins of the movie, Chuck Jones' Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century from 1953! Worth a look for the latter idea alone
It's funny you should mention this. I was thinking about having a go at some figures a year or so ago - after watching the move obviously. I thought about doing a a 'retro-sci-fi' range...
Please do! There's an odd gap in the paper minis here for stuff from those old '50s movies - even TV series into the '60s (Quatermass, Invaders, for instance). Forbidden Planet, as one of the key influences on the later Star Trek is perhaps the oddest omission though, particularly because of its weaponry. And the option for a transparent printable Monster from the Id, of course
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