A few months ago we caused an international web incident by reporting on the work of artist Scott Pettersen, who sculpts and otherwise cobbles together an amazing assortment of 12-inch Blade Runner action figures.
Pettersen reproduced likenesses of Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer and Sean Young so lifelike you can count the beads of future noir sweat on their foreheads.
Any sane creative talent would have just kicked back and coasted on those achievements for the rest of the decade, but evidently Scott Pettersen isn’t your ordinary artist, as his facebook page reveals a terrifying horde of new projects. There are amazing figures of Daryl Hannah’s Pris and Edward James Olmos’ Gaf (in Spinner Pilot Mode and Natty Rooftop Mode), an excellent Robert DeNiro Taxi Driver likeness, and what looks like the beginning of a fantastic James Mason Captain Nemo figure from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, complete with steampunk diving suit.
My personal favorite is the Clint Eastwood Dirty Harry replica—after we did the piece on his Blade Runner figures in Geek, Pettersen actually sent me a Dirty Harry head as a thank you. Not only is it a dead-on reproduction of young Clint Eastwood, right down to his early ‘70s bouffant hairdo, but it includes a pair of sunglasses just like the ones Eastwood wore early in the movie.
On any typical, half-assed celebrity action figure, these glasses would extend all the way back to go over the ears—making the figure look like a stupid G.I. Joe. Pettersen’s Dirty Harry sunglasses actually end where the figure’s hair begins, creating a perfect illusion of real hair the way the glasses sit on the face. Pettersen even included a little .44 Magnum for good measure. So you just have to ask yourself one question, punk. Do you feel lucky?