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REVIEW: Ridley Hooper

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Background

Ridley Hooper is the reluctant protagonist of Bob K.'s cult black and white horror serial - Elsie Hooper. The character’s main objective is to find his younger sister, Elsie, and battle the shadwomen along the way. Ridley is the first character in a limited run of figures from the Elsie Hooper serial that will be produced and released by Patch Together.

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The Facts



Ridley Hooper
Series: Elsie Hooper
Manufacturer: Patch Together
Artist: Bob K.
Material: Resin
Dimensions: 7” tall
Points of Articulation: Zero
Accessories: Shotgun, pink lawn flamingo, sidewalk base

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Packaging

The Ridley Hooper figure is packaged in what’s become Patch Together’s standard packaging. It’s a blank white box with Styrofoam on the inside. (Styrofoam is a personal enemy of mine...it always seem to get everywhere)

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Our Opinion

I had never heard of Elsie Hooper or Ridley Hooper or even artist Bob K. It’s a shame that it’s taken so long for me to find out about this black and white serial (it’s been around since 2002). Apparently, there have been talks about producing a film based on the cult comic.

The Ridley Hooper resin figure is packaged in four pieces: Ridley Hooper, hot pink lawn flamingo, shotgun and sidewalk base. The Ridley figure can fit into pre-cut slots in the base, but it’s a balancing act (I guess you could glue it in there). The shotgun can be held in his hand or slung over Ridley’s shoulder. And the flamingo can be placed in the base (there’s a hole for it) or stowed in Ridley’s clenched right hand.

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This sculpt is based on the “changed” portrait of Ridley Hooper – I won’t give it away, in case you’re interested in reading the story. But the sculpt is a fairly good likeness of the character – from the face to the sweat suit. The only issue I might raise is the flamingo. The entire comic is done in black and white, so the flamingo isn’t “true” to the material. But it probably looks better than a white or gray flamingo would.

As far as the price goes…$49.95 seems to be a lot for a 7” tall production resin piece. I know that the artist has addressed this and Patch Together will be selling subsequent figures from the Elsie Hooper line around $29.95. That sounds much more reasonable. But if you’re a huge fan of the black and white serial, I’m sure you’ll pony up the cash to get the only Ridley Hooper figure out there.

You can pick one up at the following:

PatchTogether.com: $49.95

Ridley Hooper Grades

Figure Quality: 8/10
   Sculpt: 8/10
   Paint: 8/10
Accessories/Outfit: 7/10
Packaging: 5/10
Durability: 6/10
Fun Factor: 8/10
Value: 5/10

Overall: 7.1/10

Plant Spirit WIP

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Here's another work-in-progress shot from Patch Together. Named Plant Spirit, it definitely qualifies for one of the more intricate sculpts from the folks at PT. We'll let you know if this one gets to production stage.

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The Purring Gryphon

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Patch Together has posted these work-in-progress shots of The Purring Gryphon. So what are your thoughts of this sculpt? I'm assuming this will be a resin piece...and that's one huge tail.

Patch Together’s D-Rex

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Patch Together's newest figure is the D-Rex resin figure. A mixture of a Dragon and a Tyrannosaurus Rex, the character was designed by artist SuziDragonlady. This 8" tall piece is available for a pre-order price of $44.95 each.

Mobster Anubis

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Patch Together has posted a few photos of their Mobster Anubis resin figure. From artist Samotage, this is set to be an 8" tall resin piece. It makes complete sense since whenever I think of mobsters, I think of Egyptian gods.

Patch Together Challenge – Childhood Story Characters

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Are you fascinated by characters from fairy tales and children stories? Do you still remember them from your childhood? Do you have a favorite who you wish to see made into a figure?

If so, this month's challenge from Patch Together is for you. Send in your personal interpretations of your favorite fairy tale characters. The submission deadline is June 30th 2010. And the prize is $100 cash plus a $100 store credit. More details here.

Floxy the Fox

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Floxy - the soon to be released blindbox series by Patch Together - was designed by artist Soma. Even though they're waiting for prototype/coloring approval from the participating artists, they have sent along two esigns that will be a part of the series.

X-Ray Floxy (VISEone) will be changed a little to adjust the size of the print. But it will be glow-in-the-dark and there are plans for a NYCC exclusive colorway. The Original Floxy (Soma) is pictured below. Look for these 6" tall vinyl to retail around $9.99 each.

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Clockwork Assassin Pre-Order

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Patch Together will start taking pre-orders on June 1st, 2010 for their Cute Animal Warriors challenge winner. The winning design - Clockwork Assassin - was done by Dave "Oddling" Montes. This edition of 50 numbered pieces will be 6" tall and made of resin. You'll be able to pre-order them for $49.95 each.

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Tiny Horus

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Patch Together has made Claire Hummel's (artist name Shoomlah) Tiny Horus figure available for pre-order. The 5" tall resin piece has an obvious ancient Egyptian influence. You can pre-order the figure now for $34.99 with an estimated shipping date sometime in June 2010.