Green Lantern Painted Sample




  


This Green Lantern prototype is entirely hand painted, giving it at great appearance. The arms and legs are fixed in this pose due to the hand application of the paint. Viewers may notice I've labelled this piece as a "hand painted sample", although I've housed it amongst the protomolded (internal first shot) figures. It's related to many of the other protomolded figures and paint masters featured on the site by sharing the same ex-Kenner source origin, which is why I've placed it in this category. This piece is incredible since it features parts from various stages of the production process; the reason pigeon holing it into a single category is difficult as you will soon see.

Let's start off with a view of the figure's head. The photo shows it's clearly removable from the torso peg. Sure enough, it's cast in dynacast making it a painted hardcopy head.

Astute eyes have more than already realized the torso peg isn't a metal or plastic dowel. The peg is actually part of the torso and although different in shape from a production figure's head peg, the torso definitely appears to be injection molded. It's probably an early first shot torso given the different head peg style. It gets more interesting, so keep reading!

The feet lack holes; a characteristic common to hardcopies, protomolded figures, and some first shots. The milky white color clearly gives the legs away as being protomolded (internal first shot). The presense of glue and noticeable paint loss on the foot bottoms suggest this piece served as a display sample at an industry show or possibly a line review meeting. Regardless, it was definitely glued down at one point. The thighs present difficulty in gauging the underlying material since no areas of paint loss exist. Although not 100% clear, parting lines appear to exist suggesting the material might be injection molded plastic like the torso.

Prototypes exhibiting a mixed media of materials have surfaced on occassion for other Kenner lines. Although unusual, this piece's intriguing construction isn't totally unheard of. The material of a display sample is not absolutely critical. The figure simply needs to look attractive and presentable at the time of use; two requirements that were undoubtedly achieved.

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