Tyr Sculpting

Original wax sculpting are considered by many collectors as the pinnacle of three-dimensional prototype stages to own. Aside from rough sculpts, occasionally accomplished in clay, a sculpting is considered the true parent that gives rise to every action figure for the particular character. The sculpt serves as the initial three-dimensional prototype stage. The photo above shows several components of the Tyr action figure sculpting.

The plastic discs are still present in the thigh as seen in the above photo. These discs serve as attachment and alignment points for the head and limbs in relation to the torso. Once a sculpting served it's purpose, to cast silicone molds used to make hardcopies, the discs were sometimes removed for re-use and in some instances the wax was melted down for other sculpting projects. While collectors view these sculptings as works of toy art, they were often viewed as a means to an end whose value was worth nothing more than the raw material once the silicone molds were poured; an action figure byproduct of sorts, if you will.

While the head and thigh are sculpted in pink wax, the underlying material of the right arm (missile arm) is made from the same material as the thigh disk (also know as a buck). All of the detail is built onto the buck in wax; it's a gorgeously detailed piece on its own. Sculptings are about as rare as hen's teeth, so these pieces are quite special in my eyes. Pink colored wax was commonly used on Kenner sculptings, but other colors were used as well including white and tan. Wax choice essentially came down to sculptor preference and availability.

A sculpting, like it's future hardcopy spawn, is slightly larger than the eventual injection molded production figure. The details are extremely crisp and noticeably more defined than its production counterpart since some of these details are lost or softened throughout the production process.

While I wish the entire sculpting survived and still hold out hope that some of the missing components may still surface, the photographed components may very well represent all that remains of the original Tyr action figure sculpting.

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