Initially, without even knowing it, I had been a big fan of Joe Laudati's work for several years now. I have been an avid modeler since I was a little kid but I
really got into the hobby when I started building resin kits about three years ago as a big kid.
Since immersing myself in the world of the
so-called garage kits and their more prominent counterparts of 'serious' merchandising, Mr. Laudati's efforts have always found their way onto my “I gotta get my hands on that freakin' kit!” list. Part of it was his ability to capture in resin
the best work of one of fantasy cinema's greatest artists, Ray Harryhausen.
Harryhausen (whose tribute page is elsewhere on this site) twisted
my eight year old mind in such a way that it has yet to recover when I first saw “The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad” in a darkened theater with my buddies. From that fateful day in 1958, I was subsequently exposed to many of Ray's other creatures
without really having a clue as to who the master actually was much less even knowing his name.
Which brings us to Joe Laudati. Echoing my 1958
experience, as I delved deeper into the world of resin, I kept seeing more and more truly impressive works of art by various sculptors of fantasy and science fiction film character interpretations. Of those artists, Joe was and is, in my opinion, the best
in the field.
Mr. Laudati's efforts have served up a double whammy in his ability in displaying his talents. Firstly (and I don't
know anything about the kit generation process so please forgive me if I'm in error here) was his choice of subject matter. Whether he came up with the 'idea' for a certain sculpture or it was proposed by a manufacturer is irrelevant. The final conceptions
are invariably on the mark and visually compelling.
Secondly, is his execution of the fantastic. Joe can either capture the excitement of an
established cinematic scene such as the deadly duel between Kong and the Tyrannosaurus Rex battling over the lovely morsel known as Ann Darrow or to create a 'what if' scenario if two of the cyclops from '7th Voyage' tag teamed on the Dragon from
the same film.
This page is an effort to display Joe's not inconsiderable talent to the uninitiated or to provide an avenue to those that would
like more access to Joe's kits. I call them “Joe's” because no matter who manufactures them, they'll always be Joe's kits as “Jason And The Argonauts” will always be Ray Harryhausen's film regardless of who directed it.
As far as access is concerned, you can go to Joe's home page (http://www.joelaudati.com/) to see and purchase his work OR you
can go to online stores such as Monsters In Motion (http://www.monstersinmotion.com/) OR my favorite go to source, eBay.
eBay is particularly helpful in that you may have opportunities to purchase some of Joe's (there I go again) out of production resin kits at fair prices (some times).
Below are photos of Joe's kits that I have made over the past few years. Each has a larger section elsewhere on this site with more photos but here are intended as teasers (if you will) as to what is out there and hopefully
spur interest in the viewer. As I build more of Joe's kits, and I'm sure I will, I'll be adding them here. Enjoy.