Mr. Freeze Painted Hardcopy (Toy Fair Catalog Photography Sample)


Showcased here is a painted Mr. Freeze hardcopy. It is cast in a grey resin and is totally handpainted. Even the rope hoses are painted purple. The helmet differs slightly from the production version as it lacks the small tabs to insert it into the torso. The tab holes are absent from the torso as well.

This is the exact Mr. Freeze prototype used for photography in the 1986 Toy Fair catalog. The above photo shows the prototype in use many years ago. The history of the piece is well documented and adds to the appeal of this prototype.

Above, you can see the figure back exhibits a small hole for placement of a pin. During the catalog shoot, figures were mounted onto a board for photography. This clearly explains the presense of the hole. Many of the prototypes used in the photography session were resin dynacast hardcopies with a coat of grey primer beneath the handpainting, while a few were internal first shots cast from low yield aluminum molds. Samurai and Mr. Miracle were both IFS's, while Cyborg, Golden Pharaoh, Tyr, Mr. Freeze, Orion, and Cyclotron were all hardcopies. I'm uncertain which material Plastic Man and Shazam were cast in. Check out the 1986 Toy Fair Catalog to see the full pages.

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