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December 18, 2007

{     Glenn Barr - Hell's Proprietor - By Dark Horse     }    


Dark Horse is bringing the pain. With several amazing pieces released so far this year, DH have stepped fully into the designer-toy limelight and proven themselves a force to be reckoned with. They've significantly upped the ante in terms of detail and overall quality, and they've continued to prove that they have an eye for interesting and unique properties waiting to be given the 3D vinyl treatment. That said, Hell's Proprietor may be their finest piece yet.
For those of you who haven't yet seen this piece in person, be warned. Hell's Proprietor has positively MASSIVE presence, he seems much more ginormous than the 11-inches indicated by the design specs. This may be a side-effect of his cartoonish girth, but it's also in the details; of all Dark Horse's vinyl releases thus far, this piece has one of the finest paint applications I've seen. All those fades and blends you see in the picture above are expertly managed, giving this guy an amazing level of vibrancy, particularly in regard to the fireball he's cupping in his palm. The sculpt is dead-on, from the whimsical curves of the pitchfork to the perfectly shaped bowler cap, this rendering brings Barr's character to incredible 3-dimensional life.

I am also very happy to see that a similar level of attention has gone into the packaging. What you get is a very nice window-box, that wraps from the front of the box back over the box top, allowing ample light and a clear line of vision on the piece itself. The illustrations that adorn the box are in keeping with the carnival-poster presentation style Barr originally envisioned for the character. Essentially, he's going to look great whether you decide to keep it in the box to display or whether you remove him. My only complaint (and it is a small one) is that the paperboard used for the packaging is a bit on the thin side. After seeing how well the packaging was managed for their Hellboy 8" Qee earlier this year, I was hoping for something of a similar weight and durability for this release, but this in no way detracts from the overall visual appeal of the total package.
If I'm going to Hell, and this guy's meeting me at the door, then things aren't looking so bad for the afterlife after all.

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Cool! I knew Barr was working on a Coco figure as well but that may be released only in he future. The Hell's Proprietor is a great teaser for all his series though!

Posted by: Tacita at December 22, 2007 6:08 PM

He's actually got a line dropping soon ('08) with Dark Horse: The "Janes", four kewpie-esque sirens flying domed saucers. I'll have something posted on them soon, you just have to see them to believe how amazing they are.

Posted by: Adam at December 23, 2007 2:47 AM
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