To cut to the chase: MINDstyle is making V.I.N.CENT ("Vital Information Necessary CENTralized" - featuring the voice of Roddy McDowall) from Disney's 1979 classic sci-fi film The Black Hole! Now someone has to start doing a production Maximilian! CLICK THRU to peep work-in-progress images and read more while I ponder how to get my hands on the movie and relive it all over again LOL
EXTRACTED-TEXT: With this being the 30th anniversary of The Black Hole and only rare limited merchandise available, we were all too excited to be working on a limited edition art toy collectibles (ATC) figure of V.I.N.CENT for collectors. Everything starts with the concept art. Since there was little content for us to reference, we created the line art with DCP. The process got under way with the sculpting and raw resins as shown here.
[Above: Line Art and sculpted raw Resins]
[Above: Product Shots of the (T-1’s) test pulls from the production molds]
[Above: Colors for painting via (DCP) Disney Consumer Group]
[Above: Paint Master provided to the factory for reference in production]
PRESS: “The Black Hole” is Disney’s 1979 science fiction film about a group of space travelers who come across a long missing spaceship teetering on the edge of a black hole, and their discoveries within the ship and beyond… the vast, empty nothingness where space and time end. Anything that crosses its border enters a universe of the complete unknown. And so begins a story that only Disney’s film magicians could tell. A story of robots and humanoids. Of human genius and madness. And a spectacular descent into nature’s ultimate mystery - The Black Hole.
“The Black Hole” was the Walt Disney Company’s first PG-rated production — big news 30 years ago, but times have changed! Directed by Gary Nelson and starred Maximilian Schell, Anthony Perkins, Robert Forster, Joseph Bottoms, Yvette Mimieux, and last but not least, Ernest Borgnine the motion picture has found a loyal fan base. With this being the 30th anniversary of The Black Hole and only rare limited merchandise available, we were all too excited to be working on a limited edition art toy collectibles (ATC) figure of V.I.N.CENT for collectors.
And while MEGO released a line of 12" figures back in the day, the robots were apparently left out of the production loop - but according to MEGO Museum.com, versions of V.I.N.Cent were produced in other countries - including the above shown Walking Vincent "(companion to the 12"ers) and his magnetic buddies only saw toy store shelves in Italy..." - and below shows both an original-release next to a prototype (images via megomuseum.com from Tory Mucaro)
[Original 1979 Movie Trailer]