Warren Comic book cover, Issue #1. Note the price.

Here are a pair of kits I picked up on eBay based on the comic book heroine 'Vampirella' created by Forrest J. Ackermann of all people. For the uninformed, Forrest was the creator and editor of Famous Monster's of Filmland magazine, a staple of my misspent youth.

The comic tells the story of a race of vampire beings living on the planet Drakulon and the turmoil on it which results in Vampirella ending up on modern day Earth. I am not at all familiar with the comic nor am I with the film which starred former Bond girl Talisa Sota. Though Ms. Sota is pleasing to the eye, it wasn't enough to get me past the 15 minute mark when I attempted to watch this horrible film produced by Roger Corman (who else?).

Vampirella Kit #1

In any case, the standing Vampirella is roughly 1/6 scale and has five parts: the base, a pair of boots, an arm and the rest of the body. This sculpt is based on a much larger work by Susmu Sugita which has been OOP forever. The resin kit was very clean and required very little prep work although painting her red outfit was a chore since there was little demarcation between her skin and the skimpy costume.

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Vampirella Kit #2 Sculpt by Vance T. Rudzinskas

The seated version is a bit larger ( 1/5 scale?) and has a much more interesting base. The eight piece kit was sculpted by Vance T. Rudzinskas and was very clean. It had a few seam lines to clean up but nothing out of the ordinary. Painting the figure was about as difficult at the previous for the same reason.

As far as the base is concerned, I added ground foam, real dirt and tea leaves to add debris and texture to the base and gravestone. Spent paint brush bristles provided materials for the dead weeds located throughout and a piece of driftwood stood in for an old log lying near by..

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Both kits were very easy to build and look great although I prefer the seated version simply because it was a more interesting display. It is a limited edition run so grab one before they're all gone. 10/28/18

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