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  • Distributor: Gentle Giant Ltd.
  • Can I Play With It?: I recommend home movie reenactments.

Clash of the Titans: Kraken

Kraken Gets Turned Into Statue, Again

By John Denning     October 17, 2006

Clash of the Titans: Kraken
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Gentle Giant Studios' 3D scanning work for a variety of films and animation translate perfectly into the world of designer toys. Their early involvement with films allows them to utilize scanning done for a film's production to create toys, busts, and statues for the collectable market as well. What's new about Gentle Giant's latest batch of toys, however, is that the film they're based on came long before 3D scanning, when stop-motion animation was making a name for itself.

Clash of the Titans is a classic film in the world of special effects and these collectable toys reflect the reverence the Studio has for its iconic monsters. Using scans of the original maquettes from the movie, Gentle Giant built the toys more like replicas than action figures. The details are solid right down to the paint work, which retains the earthen matte tones of the film. Ray Harryhausen himself gave full support to the studio in the creation of the toys and it's not hard to see why.

All three of the figures are worth the buy if you've ever loved the film, but special attention has to go with the Kraken. As an original interpretation of what's commonly no more than an over-sized squid, Harryhausen's Kraken is the signature monster of the film. The mottled scales of the figure are both aquatic and serpentine, with four arms, an impressive length of tail, and a bass-mouthed face only the Creature from the Black Lagoon's mother could love. This is the kind of attention to detail every toy needs and while there isn't any real articulation, I'd still recommend buying two: one for the display case and a second for the kids to play with in the bath to terrorize rubber ducky.


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