Who doesn’t want a Johnny Alpha Statue?
These sneak peaks are from the prototypes of an officially licensed, 1:6 12” model of everyone’s favourite brooding mutant bounty hunter, designed by Alan Fisher, Prog 1’er and the first fruit of his company Fish Collectibles.
The images teased so far are, we gather, prototypes, Alan conscious of fan demand for accuracy in 2000AD figures.
A Brit by birth, but now living in the United States, Alan has plenty of experience in this field. He worked in the DC Comics team for Warner Bros Consumer Products in Burbank, Los Angeles, but his heart belongs to the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic, its spin offs and works by its alumni, hence the “Strontium Dog” statue.
(You may also recognise him as the designer of the Grandville Integrale collection by 2000AD luminary Bryan Talbot).
Alan is looking to produce Johnny via a Kickstarter, including pledge rewards such as Search Destroy badges and art prints drawn by a selection of Tharg’s droids. About 500 pieces will be produced and it’s likely to retail around the £150 mark.
Alan hopes the Kickstarter will launch in February. Keep your eyes peeled.
If successful, Alan is looking to creating more statues of characters from the Nerve Centre.
Let’s hope this happens. ThreeA Toys , the company established by Australia comic artist and designer Ashley Wood and Kim Fung Wong, teased a Strontium Dog figure in 2016, seen at New York Comic Con in 2016, but the company sadly cancelled their 2000AD line in 2018, before releasing it, and announced its closure in 2019.
Kim Fung Wong now runs his own figure company, ThreeZero, offering a wide range of licensed figures, while English writer T.P. Louise and Australian artist Ashley Wood have formed 7174 Publishing as the production house umbrella “to encapsulate their vast array of original stories, characters, and worlds they create and develop together for comic books, film, television, novels, videogames, and collectible toy lines”. They’ve released three books of art by Ashley, available here from their official site.
(Additional reporting by John Freeman)