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Robinson model figures

Gosh, I wish someone could make model figures of the Robinsons scaled for the Polar Lights Jupiter 2!
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Gosh, I wish someone could make model figures of the Robinsons scaled for the Polar Lights Jupiter 2!
When you get into likneses, you have to deal with the rights holder and or the actor involved. The Dr. Smith kit from Polar Lights did not bear a strong resemblance to Jonathan Harris for this reason I believe.
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When you get into likneses, you have to deal with the rights holder and or the actor involved. The Dr. Smith kit from Polar Lights did not bear a strong resemblance to Jonathan Harris for this reason I believe.
At that scale for the PL Jupiter 2, likenesses would be hard to duplicate. A generic head on a body painted the correct uniform colors would be more than enough to know who it represented without violating the actors rights.
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At that scale for the PL Jupiter 2, likenesses would be hard to duplicate. A generic head on a body painted the correct uniform colors would be more than enough to know who it represented without violating the actors rights.
Yup, that is the only way to go.
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Just a thought, what scale are the figures that come with the Polar lights Cyclops kit? Don't have mine handy to measure.
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Id say they are too big for the PL kit.

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Why are we even talking about the Polar Lights Jupiter 2, Moebius did not produce it?!
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When you get into likneses, you have to deal with the rights holder and or the actor involved. The Dr. Smith kit from Polar Lights did not bear a strong resemblance to Jonathan Harris for this reason I believe.
It is for this reason I do not really want model figures for my Moebius J2. If they cannot look like the actors but instead look like department store dummies, then I will settle for a lone robot B9 to stand watch. I guess the robot's likeness doesn't upset anyone.
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I agree with RSN that this is not the place to discuss anything other than Moebius kits. However, I will answer this one question on the PL J2, and then suggest that we move on.

The design goal of the PL J2 was different than the Moebius in that there was an attempt to reconcile the upper deck to the hero miniature contours by expanding the working radius. As such, certain liberties had to be taken with respect to spreading out the various components to the extent that it was not a match for the actual studio set. The concept is neither better nor worse than the Moebius approach, but simply different. The tooling and execution are obviously superior on the Moebius model.

As a result, the PL J2 scale is also quite different, despite the reference to 1/48 in the manual (which I never agreed with). Now, if you reference the scale of projected figures to the heights of the hatches and freezing tubes, which is something that I always advocated, some choices do become available.

My suggestion is to hunt down a kit of the old "Invaders" spaceship model, as it contains a number of figures that, when painted properly, become very believable selected members of the Robinson family. I actually used two of these for my scratch build, and I believe Cult still has the images on line. The one holding the microphone (on my model) looks remarkably like John Robinson.

I hope this helps.
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It is for this reason I do not really want model figures for my Moebius J2. If they cannot look like the actors but instead look like department store dummies, then I will settle for a lone robot B9 to stand watch. I guess the robot's likeness doesn't upset anyone.
Take a look at Tim Nolan's wonderful double Chariot build here in this forum, complete with figures. Thats as good as they will get and they are a larger 1/24 scale.
But they still bring the things to life!
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Robinson model figures 1:26 scale, 'one-of-a-kind set' (private collector)

Rights holder(s)! That's why I went a different route (as a private collector) and had my 1/26 scale Robinson famliy sets constructed (circa '2007) privately as a 'one-of-a- kind' project. Even at 1:26 scale there is a very strong facial and body recognition to the actors especially the three adult figures of, Guy Williams as Prof. John Robinson, June Lockhart as Dr. Maureen Robinson and Mark Goddard as Major Donald West. The scale figures complement my commissioned 1/26 scale, 24 inch diameter J2 ... Oops! Please note these figures are not being reproduced at any scale and therefore zero profit! "Please, no inquires regarding of casting copies!" I'm just sharing on what can be done by going the extra ($k) mile in ones 'unique-private collection'!
i.e. Prof. John Robinson, 1:26 scale (just under 3" inches tall), in "Cryo-sleep" mode, set #1 of 2)
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At 1/24th or 1/35th scale,it's too small for a noticable resemblance.Just call them Space Explorers and avoid any lawsuits this way.
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When the PL J2 was the only ship out there, there was an aftermarket figure of the Robinson made for the scale. I still have them as well as the other aftermarket parts for that ship like accurate seats for the front of the ship, lighting, even a large display base with sound.

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post #14 of 39 (permalink) Old 10-31-2012, 09:13 PM
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Why the Heck does'nt somebody recast the old 60's Remco "Switch n Go" set,they were Very nice figures with great details. They are worth a pretty penny now. I would DEFINATELY buy 2 sets!
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Why the Heck does'nt somebody recast the old 60's Remco "Switch n Go" set,they were Very nice figures with great details. They are worth a pretty penny now. I would DEFINATELY buy 2 sets!
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