TOYS- GALACTUS-THE WORLD DEVOURER: GALACTUS LACKS GALS ?

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GAEA, THE EARTH MOTHER GODDESS, REJECTED GALACTUS OUT OF HAND AFTER HE HAD DEVOURED ALL LIFE ON HER WORLD, "I WOULDN'T MARRY YOU IF YOU WERE THE LAST BEING IN THE COSMOS !!!"

 

GALACTUS ACCEPTED HER CONDITIONS, "DONE."

 

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This attempt to put the "Gal" back into "Galactus" was way too tricksy. I shot the very large action figures (around 40 to 45 centimetres tall apiece) seperately just so I could keep them in focus, then isolated them in photoshop, where I also painted the devastated Earthscape.

 

The somewhat tedious bit was putting the straw and feathers back into Marilyn's headdress. Lots of feathery fun.

 

The lighting provided lots of amusement. I set the figures up on a light box so I'd get a nice soft glow coming from beneath them. Used a super bright L.E.D to highlight the Big G's face and a masked off torch to light up his hand. Simon Imberger, a filmmaking chum, has supplied me with some black foil and a good selection of cloth scrims to help grade the lights with.

 

I didn't mess with Ms. Monroe much lighting wise, just a bit of scrim over the bulb to soften her already creamy features a bit. I had to rig her gown with a fair bit of invisible thread to get that swirl on the hem.

 

The Galactus is the Marvel Legends composite action figure, and Marilyn is my partner Gail's most excellent Franklin Mint doll.

 

The concept of Marilyn as a giant personification of Gaea comes from John Varley's epic Science Fiction trilogy (Titan/Wizard/Demon) which I think is one of the jewels in the crown of the genre.

 

Except, now I've seen Galactus in "The Superhero Squad Show" with the amazing George Takei doing the character's voice this probably takes a whole new, even more bemusing meaning! Good on you George, hilarious performance!

 

 

 

  • bootsartemis 9y

    cherchez la femme
  • ROB JAN 9y

    The spirit of Alexandre Dumas salutes that comment bootsartemist!
  • holly van voast 9y

    the lighting is really otherworldly here - fitting - great job on that, and the work you put into this is impressive. even small in a thumbnail it's so glowy.
  • ROB JAN 9y

    Cheers lensjockey! Ta for the commenty fave.

    I'm fair dinkum proud of the lighting which I tried hard to render luminously, if dementedly apocalyptic. I'm quite chuffed that it registers well in the thumbnail...more a matter of serendipity I reckon.
  • Michael Flyger 9y

    ^_^ this is really an awesome image
  • ROB JAN 9y

    -Ta for the awed fave cybermanikan!
  • ROB JAN 9y

    ta for the fave elDave!
  • Julie Miller 9y

    ZG, this is one hot couple. They look like stars ready to grace the covers of say, "People" magazine or...erm...something like that. I think Gaea is one hot momma and Galactus looks stunning and sooo John Travolta in blue! Nice capture of a joyful moment.
  • ROB JAN 9y

    Gaea and Gal at the Galactic Disco Inferno....

    Ta for that HaggisVitae...just at the moment I'm 'specially keen to capture joyful moments!
  • ROB JAN 9y

    Thankee kindly, bVince, for the fave!
  • ROB JAN 9y

    ta for the fave library_mistress!
  • Addam 9y

    I thought that galactus was bigger!
  • ROB JAN 9y

    So did Galactus addamaddam09, but Marilyn...er, Gaea...has a way of cutting men down to size!
  • NMCIL 8y

    Can't wait to see the new film -
  • ROB JAN 8y

    Absolutely NMCIL ortiz domney!

    The trailer is bloody marvelous..... :)

    The Surfer looks terrific in CGI, and Doug Jones (veteran of so many alien and monster movie roles) is the perfect person to provide the motion cpature template.

    Actually, I've been pondering what kind of Galactus photoshoots I can play off the film. My thoughts are starting to crystallise around the concept of actually having the Big G on a filmset....he's agreed to participate because he wants a bit of positive publicity for once, instead of everyone running around screaming and pointing at him....

    ;)
  • ROB JAN 8y

    Thanks again for the fave sdobie!
  • ROB JAN 7y

    Ta for the fave cecild1966.
  • ROB JAN 7y

    Thankee kindly for the fave Teslagrl !
  • LOOKIN @ 7y

    good one sooo lovely!!!!!!!!
  • ROB JAN 7y

    Ta LOOKIN @
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