Inspired by Tad Stones and Jeff Matsuda, the look of the Hellboy Animated is quite different from the Mignola comics with its contemporary, stylistic feel. Taking a cue from that look, Dark Horse Deluxe will release two full-size limited-edition statues, both sculpted by Tony Cipriano, that will appear on store shelves just before the holidays. The first of these, Hellboy, features the muscular red demon in his billowing trench coat, posed with his gun ready to fire. Hellboy’s amphibious confidant, Abe Sapien, is posed and ready for action as the second statue.
The Hellboy Animated line continues in full-force in early 2007, with the release of an original digest-size comic drawn in the animated style, a boxed set of three four-inch PVC figures, the first in a series of mini-busts, and sculptural refrigerator magnets.
The busts are sculpted by top talent Tim Bruckner, and represent his first work for Dark Horse.
“We are delighted to have Tim on board as we’ve been fans of his work for years,” David Scroggy, Dark Horse’s Vice President of Product Development, noted. “He really captured the new look of these characters, and was very successful in breathing life into them.”