I'm not sure what you're questioning, Joe. It looks to me like one of those overwrought airbrush illustrations more than an odd prototype pic. The arms are in the back position and look like they're too far away from the body - bad artist's rendering. The perspective of the feet looks off too. Would have to see the actual catalog page for sure to know what's actually going on.
The description does say "Finished in two-toned (something) gloss enamel." Has to be a nickel plate that matches the on/off chest piece. Since they also did the silver MECHANIZED, it's not out of the realm of possibilities that there would be a hybrid. But why release a photo of this for marketing when they knew the bulk would be all black? Seems odd...
Interesting that is says "Operated on MEDIUM flashlight batteries." Definitely not short legs pictured, though.
That looks cool! How big is the scale? What did you make the saucers out of?
For anyone stopping by LA, there's a great exhibit of Harryhausen original models at the Academy in Beverly Hills going through August 22. I was hoping to see more from EARTH VS. THE FLYING SAUCERS, but they did have two original saucers and some of Ray's original storyboard drawings.
Wow, I didn't know about Frazetta until this post. Sad to hear this. Just 5 days before his death, I was staring at one of his original paintings at the May 5 Heritage Auction Gallery in Beverly Hills - the first one I've seen.
It had a reserve of $150,000 (with BP $179,250) for an opening bid and didn't wind up selling.
Warrior with Ball and Chain, Flashing Swords #1, paperback cover, 1973. Oil on board
A famous Chesley Bonestell in the same auction sold at $77,675 (including the BP).
Saturn Viewed from Titan, c. 1952. Oil on board. 18.25 x 23 in
There's a nice documentary on Frazetta made by a friend of a friend called PAINTING WITH FIRE. Worth checking out if you're a fan.
I was never happy with the litho color on the face of the 1990s version - too greenish and pale compared to the original 60s toy. It looks a little better in your 2010 version pic, Scott, do you think that's the case?
He was a pioneer. Takes me back to the early days when he used to run his ads in the back of Antique Toy World and Toy Shop. Always looked forward to his catalogs and seeing the many great items he would bring to the Glendale Toy Show. I bought some of my first nice pieces from Ray.
A very quiet guy, there were a few meetings that left me guessing whether he remembered me at all. But if you could get him to warm up to you he had great information and stories. He once told me how he had a case of X-27 EXPLORER spacemen (Future Toys #163) that he sold to someone in the early 80s for a few hundred dollars (yes, the whole case) to give out as party favors! Who knew?