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tinister
05-14-2012, 01:49 AM
I haven't updated this thread in a long long time. I recently found some old pics of the first generation of officers I made. These were posted on another forum. I'm scheduled to do a small run of these after Dredd, Anderson, and Kane. So I figured I'd upload these old pics to revive this thread.

The new version will use the same patterns, but will be more movie accurate since at the time these were originally made -I had very little reference materials. Now - I've got more sources.
I'll set up an interest thread when I'm ready to start the run.

Here are the first generation pics:

http://signalburst.org/tintruong/Dredd763921/thx1.jpghttp://signalburst.org/tintruong/Dredd763921/thx2.jpghttp://signalburst.org/tintruong/Dredd763921/thx3.jpg
http://signalburst.org/tintruong/Dredd763921/thx4.jpghttp://signalburst.org/tintruong/Dredd763921/thx5.jpghttp://signalburst.org/tintruong/Dredd763921/thx6.jpg
http://signalburst.org/tintruong/Dredd763921/thx7.jpg



I took these pics of my custom THX1138 Detention Officer just before I sold him a couple years ago. I plan to make an updated version at some time since my abilities have improved since I made this version about 5 years ago.

I made him pretty much from scratch. The suit is a combination of pleather and leather. All the studs, baton, and accents in the helmet are metal.

The boots were combination sculpted sole and pleather neck so ankle articulation is complete.

The helmet I sculpted from scratch because there's really no existing 1/6 scale early 70s motorcycle cop helmet out there. Also - the helmet needed to be underscaled to look right on the head.

The head was more involved than appears. The heads in the movie weren't just generic mannequin heads spray painted silver. The relation between the forehead, eyes, nose and mouth was pretty specific.

The body I made from a Medicom body. I had to extent the arms, legs, and torso to give him the creepy tall lanky look of the officers in the movie.

The box is a design I made for a box that I may get around to producing for the new figure.

http://signalburst.org/tintruong/THX89442/thx_01.jpghttp://signalburst.org/tintruong/THX89442/thx_02.jpghttp://signalburst.org/tintruong/THX89442/thx_03.jpg

tinister
05-14-2012, 01:49 AM
http://signalburst.org/tintruong/THX89442/thx_04.jpghttp://signalburst.org/tintruong/THX89442/thx_05.jpghttp://signalburst.org/tintruong/THX89442/thx_06.jpg

tinister
05-14-2012, 01:50 AM
http://signalburst.org/tintruong/THX89442/thx_07.jpghttp://signalburst.org/tintruong/THX89442/thx_08.jpghttp://signalburst.org/tintruong/THX89442/thx_09.jpg

tinister
05-14-2012, 01:50 AM
http://signalburst.org/tintruong/THX89442/thx_10.jpghttp://signalburst.org/tintruong/THX89442/thx_11.jpghttp://signalburst.org/tintruong/THX89442/thx_12.jpg

tinister
05-14-2012, 01:50 AM
http://signalburst.org/tintruong/THX89442/thx_13.jpghttp://signalburst.org/tintruong/THX89442/thx_14.jpghttp://signalburst.org/tintruong/THX89442/thx_15.jpghttp://signalburst.org/tintruong/THX89442/thx_16.jpg

elvis1976
05-14-2012, 01:59 AM
That is amazing!

EVILFACE
05-14-2012, 02:04 AM
That is a nice looking figure. I hope someone offers them sometime.

tinister
05-14-2012, 02:27 AM
That is amazing!


That is a nice looking figure. I hope someone offers them sometime.

Thanks guys! I put a lot of little details in to him. If you look closely - there are two little loop straps sewn into the side seams of the the torso of the jacket. In the movie - the officers would use these loops to brace the long taser poles against their bodies.

And there's a similar strap on the center of the taser poles for the officers to loop around their wrists.

Fangs of Death
05-14-2012, 02:43 AM
Awesome! And you can now improve on that? Look forward to following this intently!
:clap:clap:clap

olbertfrog
05-14-2012, 05:18 AM
Saw it a while ago funny to discover it was your work.
Hope you make some set available like for kane ;)

fosing
05-14-2012, 05:39 AM
damn, even the tailoring is top notch. :clap:clap:clap

VintijDroidGutzz
05-14-2012, 05:41 AM
WOW - very very VERY nice work mate! :rock :rock :rock

One of my favourite films - love the box you've got there too - true retro gold!!

Well done man. :clap

tinister
05-14-2012, 11:38 AM
Awesome! And you can now improve on that? Look forward to following this intently!
:clap:clap:clap

Thanks Fangs of Death :wave

I think the area I would improve would be the boots. They're a little too bulky for my taste. The boots in the move were riding boots and had a really cut look.

tinister
05-14-2012, 11:40 AM
Saw it a while ago funny to discover it was your work.
Hope you make some set available like for kane ;)

Thanks Olbertfrog :hi5:
I *may* make a couple available. This one would be a full figure rather than a kit like Kane. The suit is pretty much made to fit the body so it would be hard to make just a suit and have it fit whatever body you end up putting it on. I will let you guys know if I decide to make him available.

tinister
05-14-2012, 11:41 AM
damn, even the tailoring is top notch. :clap:clap:clap

Thanks Fosing! :hi5:

Kuzeh
05-14-2012, 11:42 AM
Awesome work!!
:clap!
Thanks for sharing!

tinister
05-14-2012, 11:44 AM
WOW - very very VERY nice work mate! :rock :rock :rock

One of my favourite films - love the box you've got there too - true retro gold!!

Well done man. :clap

It's funny but when my family came here from Vietnam - my childhood image of movies was filled by images from two Lucas films: "Star Wars" and "THX1138". I didn't find out til much later that Lucas directed both.

I don't like the new added THX scenes though. Some worked really well, but the ones that didn't were pretty bad.

Thanks for the complements on the box. It's definitely retro - Mego style. :)

tinister
05-14-2012, 11:45 AM
Awesome work!!
:clap!
Thanks for sharing!

Thanks Kuzeh! :hi5:

Mr. Fusion
05-14-2012, 12:07 PM
Dude... that is sofa-king awesome! Great work!!!

tinister
05-14-2012, 01:47 PM
Dude... that is sofa-king awesome! Great work!!!

Thanks Mr. Fusion. :hi5:

automaton
05-14-2012, 02:34 PM
LOVE IT......

cplhicks
05-14-2012, 08:22 PM
That looks amazing!!!:clap

VintijDroidGutzz
05-15-2012, 01:12 AM
It's funny but when my family came here from Vietnam - my childhood image of movies was filled by images from two Lucas films: "Star Wars" and "THX1138". I didn't find out til much later that Lucas directed both.

I don't like the new added THX scenes though. Some worked really well, but the ones that didn't were pretty bad.

Thanks for the complements on the box. It's definitely retro - Mego style. :)
Certainly two good places to begin your point of reference. :wink1:

Yeah, some of the new THX scenes are a little so-so, but overall it's still pretty good.

It's a shame there aren't any custom heads of a young Robert Duvall getting around, otherwise you could have the perfect duo - hunter & the hunted! :cool:

tinister
05-16-2012, 05:21 PM
Certainly two good places to begin your point of reference. :wink1:

Yeah, some of the new THX scenes are a little so-so, but overall it's still pretty good.

It's a shame there aren't any custom heads of a young Robert Duvall getting around, otherwise you could have the perfect duo - hunter & the hunted! :cool:

Oh yeah. I've planning for years to make a custom Duvall HS. Not just to go with this THX figure. I'm a HUGE Duvall fan. I'd use it for "Apocalypse Now", "Lonseome Dove" and "Godfather" - just to name a few.

VintijDroidGutzz
05-17-2012, 12:01 AM
You could also potentially use the cop outfit from the HT T-1000, to make a custom Officer Bob Hodges from "Colors" too. :wink1:

elar
06-29-2012, 03:44 AM
Wow, this is fantastic figure! Amazing job on it!

tinister
04-09-2013, 03:33 AM
I haven't updated this thread in a long long time. I recently found some old pics of the first generation of officers I made. These were posted on another forum. I'm scheduled to do a small run of these after Dredd, Anderson, and Kane. So I figured I'd upload these old pics to revive this thread.

The new version will use the same patterns, but will be more movie accurate since at the time these were originally made -I had very little reference materials. Now - I've got more sources.
I'll set up an interest thread when I'm ready to start the run.

Here are the first generation pics:

http://signalburst.org/tintruong/Dredd763921/thx1.jpghttp://signalburst.org/tintruong/Dredd763921/thx2.jpghttp://signalburst.org/tintruong/Dredd763921/thx3.jpg
http://signalburst.org/tintruong/Dredd763921/thx4.jpghttp://signalburst.org/tintruong/Dredd763921/thx5.jpghttp://signalburst.org/tintruong/Dredd763921/thx6.jpg
http://signalburst.org/tintruong/Dredd763921/thx7.jpghttp://signalburst.org/tintruong/Dredd763921/thx8.jpghttp://signalburst.org/tintruong/Dredd763921/thx9.jpghttp://signalburst.org/tintruong/Dredd763921/thx10.jpg

tinister
04-09-2013, 03:35 AM
Also: Can a moderator please move this thread to the customs section? Thanks!

abake
04-09-2013, 08:34 AM
Awesome!
Can't wait to see more details about this.

tinister
04-09-2013, 01:48 PM
Thanks abake! These were built on Medicom bodies that i elongated at the thigh and upper arm areas to give them the creepy lanky tall look. The new version will likely be updated to taller bodies which I would have to still alter the limbs to be lanky, but at least they would be taller. Look for these around the late Aug early September window - unless I manage to get Dredd, Anderson, and Kane out of the way sooner.

sparkstron73
08-15-2013, 01:50 AM
Wow can’t believe what I’m seeing.
Have wanted one of these for a while so made my own
http://www.sideshowcollectors.com/forums/showthread.php?t=7272&highlight=thx+1138&page=11

Yours is slightly better I’ll admit:)
And your making it better?
If you can make me one I’d be over the moon.

tinister
10-15-2013, 06:07 PM
Hey guys. I just wanted to let everyone who has been following this thread know that I will be putting the THX Officer figure shown in the pictures below up for sale. If you are unfamiliar with my trials lately - the short of it is that I need to raise some money to help pay for some medical bills.

The figure for sale is the exact one below. It is the prototype. I made a handful of duplicates for sale years ago. And I may end up making a new version down the line, but that may be way down the line.

This is the one original surviving prototypes that I've always meant to keep for myself. Truly one of a kind.

He will come in a nice custom box (not the box shown earlier in theis thread (that was just a conceptual rendering), but a nice box in its own right. And will include a certificate authenticating that it is a genuine one of a kind prototype from yours truly.

I will create a sales thread for it very soon. Stay tuned.

Tin

http://signalburst.org/tintruong/Dredd763921/thx1.jpghttp://signalburst.org/tintruong/Dredd763921/thx2.jpghttp://signalburst.org/tintruong/Dredd763921/thx3.jpg
http://signalburst.org/tintruong/Dredd763921/thx4.jpghttp://signalburst.org/tintruong/Dredd763921/thx5.jpghttp://signalburst.org/tintruong/Dredd763921/thx6.jpg
http://signalburst.org/tintruong/Dredd763921/thx7.jpg

abake
10-16-2013, 09:45 AM
Such a shame that you have to let go of this amazing figure!
Here's hoping that all goes well.

tinister
10-23-2013, 04:24 PM
Thanks Abake :)

tinister
10-23-2013, 04:26 PM
I'm happy to announce that I've found a new home for the THX Officer. I will post pictures of the final figure with display box presentation in about 2 weeks. I had to special order both the box for this guy and Kane - as they both require different sizes from the DREDD box.

Thanks everyone. Tin

sparkstron73
10-24-2013, 02:09 AM
Glad you found a good home for him and congrats to the new owner, amazing figure.
Love that film and the officers are so oppresive.The creepey, sinister, fake concern in the voice, with the blank expression and police natziesk looking uniform really is disturbing.
Best thing george lucas made, way ahead of its time and influentional and still relevant today, maybe more so.

tinister
10-24-2013, 06:21 PM
Thanks sparkstron. THX - along with Star Wars was the two American movies that captured my imagination when I first came to the US as a child. So despite the disappointment I have with George Lucas's recent works; I still hold him dear to me as a filmmaker because of these two movies.

sparkstron73
10-25-2013, 05:25 AM
Yeah both classics and lucas disapointed alot of people.
So did ridley scott but everyone makes mistakes:)

tinister
10-31-2013, 01:58 AM
Since the THX Officer Prototype is coming on 10 years old now - I decided to update a few things on it for the buyer. I updated the headsculpt to have a stronger chin and I've used a chrome process that wasn't available to me 10 years ago. The end result is a much more reflective than regular silver or platinum. And has a very clean mirror finish.

I also updated the helmet to be more shiny. And I updated the boots a bit and made it more glossy to balance out with the shinier head and helmet.

I'll post pics of the final figure soon. The chrome takes a long time to cure properly.

http://signalburst.org/tintruong//Nostromo_Kane_56693/thx_revised3.jpg

abake
10-31-2013, 06:33 AM
Soooooo envious...


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olbertfrog
10-31-2013, 07:55 AM
Damn i seriously cant wait to own one of your art piece mate!

tinister
11-02-2013, 04:06 AM
When I made the original head 10 years ago - I didn't have nearly as much reference material as I do now. So I decided to make a whole new head that looks more faithful to the movie. The pupils look weird in these unpainted pics, but once chromed - they should look pretty good. That's the hard thing about sculpting this face - it tends to look completely different when in the clay form.

http://signalburst.org/tintruong//Nostromo_Kane_56693/thx_revised4.jpg

tinister
11-02-2013, 12:00 PM
This is the new head all cleaned up and primed. Notice that the face area extends farther out from the head more than natural. If you watch the movie carefully - you'll notice that this is the case since the masks didn't all fit perfectly over each actor's faces. They tried to compensate by making the necks wide. This added to the creepiness in my opinion, and I wanted to capture that.

Note the groove on the forehead. That allows the helmet to stay in place rather than slide around. I originally wanted the helmet to be removable, but the issue is that the helmet would constantly wear out the chrome finish over a short amount of time - even if I padded the interior of the helmet. And I couldn't have too much padding or I'd have to make the helmets a little bigger. I didn't want to do that since the size of the helmet to the heads in the movie is important. So I decided against a removable helmet since in the original cut - you never really see an officer without his helmet.

http://signalburst.org/tintruong//Nostromo_Kane_56693/thx_revised5.jpg

tinister
11-02-2013, 01:11 PM
Here's the new head chromed. Definitely looks closer to the movie than my original head. Also has more of that passive but menacing quality.

http://signalburst.org/tintruong//Nostromo_Kane_56693/thx_revised6.jpg

abake
11-02-2013, 03:45 PM
Amazing work Tin!


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tinister
11-03-2013, 02:50 AM
Thanks Abake! I'm really happy with the new head. Completely transforms the figure.

http://signalburst.org/tintruong//Nostromo_Kane_56693/thx_revised8.jpg

http://signalburst.org/tintruong//Nostromo_Kane_56693/thx_revised7.jpg

tinister
11-03-2013, 10:20 AM
My camera has really bad lens distortion so the head looks a little big in those full profile pics.

sparkstron73
11-03-2013, 12:55 PM
You nailed that sculpt spot on;)

vialli
11-04-2013, 01:22 AM
What is the movie this figure is based on?

Alice
11-04-2013, 01:36 AM
THX-1138.

xxxx

tinister
11-04-2013, 01:38 AM
Thanks Sparkstron73. Unfortunately - the chrome finish is now oxidizing - which I was anticipating, but hoping that it wouldn't. The mirror finish is clouding up and minute wrinkles are showing up on the surface. So I'm trying another technique that won't be quite so mirror shiny, but will at least be stable so I can control the look of the head. I don't want the buyer to discover after a couple weeks that the head has completely transformed.

I myself am not a big fan of the mirror finish anyways as it obscures details on a head this tiny. Makes the details vague.

Will post new pics soon.

Vialli: This character is from a movie George Lucas made before he get famous for his Star Wars movies:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0066434/?ref_=nv_sr_1

tinister
11-04-2013, 03:09 AM
This is the new paint finish on the THX head. Not the mirror finish like before, but much more stable and durable. And it doesn't obscure the details like the chrome mirror finish - especially around the eyes. It looks more scaled in my opinion. The mirror finish looks toyish. The enhanced details with this new finish makes the face more menacing.

I also altered the cowling sides of the helmet so that it covers more of the sides of the head (and at an angle) - and is more padded (noticeable from the front profile). Again - to be more accurate to the movie helmets.
It's tough because like with Alien - the helmets used in the movie weren't all the same. It was a relatively low budget movie - so they had to use what they could find. So I just went with the ones I thought looked the coolest.

http://signalburst.org/tintruong//Nostromo_Kane_56693/thx_revised12.jpg

tinister
11-04-2013, 03:10 AM
I also updated the shoulders on the suit to be more streamlined like the movie suit. There were huge piping detail on the original shoulders that didn't look very scaled - I did away with the piping and extended the shoulder flaps down more on the upper arm. It gives the shoulders a more police feel. I also added leather knee reinforcing patches to the pants.

http://signalburst.org/tintruong//Nostromo_Kane_56693/thx_revised14.jpg
http://signalburst.org/tintruong//Nostromo_Kane_56693/thx_revised10.jpg

abake
11-04-2013, 09:53 AM
A true labor of love, and it shows!


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tinister
11-05-2013, 09:16 AM
Thanks Abake! All I have to do now is wait for the box to arrive, customize it, and then he's ready to go out.

sparkstron73
11-05-2013, 08:04 PM
Shame I liked the polished mirror look but still looks excellent.
Have you thought about doing the bike?
Don't know what the base bike is as havn't asked but theres a guy selling thx1138 officer sculpts on ebay and he's made the bikes aswell, they look really nice.
Don't want to hijack your thread or put his links up but thought you might like to see his?

elar
11-07-2013, 04:25 PM
New sculpt looks really nice!
http://www.joehallock.com/wp-images/2006/10/10202006_01.jpg
http://www.tasteofcinema.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/thx1138.jpg

naide
12-11-2014, 02:36 AM
Awesome work !!!!!
Is this head and helmet avaliable?