Long ago in a distant land
I, Aku, the shapshifting master of darkness
unleashed an UNSPEAKABLE evil
But a foolish samurai warrior
wielding a magic sword
stepth forth to oppose me.
*klang klang klang*
Before the final blow was struck,
I tore open a portal in time
and flung him into the future
where my evil is law.
Now the fool seeks to return to the past
and undo the future that is AKU.
I've been a fan of Samurai Jack for a very long time, pretty much as soon as Cartoon Network arrived on Belgian television (even before that thanks to flash games ). The show is unique, combines a lot of different elements (like 20's gangsters, Spartans, high tech bounty hunters, ...) and has a very distinct feel. The style is very cinematic and only a few words are needed to tell the story. (The creator of Samurai Jack made the original Clone Wars afterwards, and gives the same feeling.)
As for as the build goes: Jack is built in my 'Tanoland' scale, which is about Miniland scale but with super articulation. (for more general info on my new 'Tanoland' figures: 'Tanoland' articulated miniland scale figures ) Since I wanted to maintain the articulation, I went with a brick built kimono, which is able to move with the legs. The hands couldn't be attached thanks to an 'illegal' connection so that'll have to wait until I get the parts for Jack. I just realised I forgot to add the scabbard, so that'll be added later on. The head was quite a challenge and I've wrestled with the design for a long time but I think I've now captured the iconic shape and style of his head and body.
TL Samurai Jack LDD by Gaetano Dooms on Flickr
TL Samurai Jack in action by Gaetano Dooms on Flickr
Samurai Jack doing his typical 'HIIIYAAAA' attack. The hands and sword are left out since they won't attach. As you can see, the brickbuilt kimono can (more or less) move with his legs, so the articulation remains intact.
Designing it was quite tricky though. I think it looks great (better than I expected), can't wait to build this irl to see how it works. Making poses in LDD is quite difficult thanks to the many articulation points but I think it gets the picture across. I've added the LDD models to this post and will do so for the upcoming figures aswell. (So you can see the techniques or just look at it in 3D.)
I'll be working on many more characters from Samurai Jack in this scale, so stay tuned!
Comments and constructive critcism are appreciated as always.
Edited by Rufus, 05 May 2012 - 10:51 AM.