Ultimate Chris Walas Gremlin 1/1 replica from the first "Gremlins" movie

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by batgremlin, Dec 2, 2011.

  1. batgremlin

    batgremlin New Member

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    Hi Gremlins fans!

    I'm proud to show you what (as a Gremlins nut, fanatic, extremist!), I consider to be the first complete and, let's say 99% faithful replica of a Gremlin from the first Gremlins movie!
    It had been a dream since my childhood, and as nobody else seemed to do it, I decided to take the time (and money) to complete the project myself. However, my work as a movie and SFX maker does not allow me to stop working during the six months it would have required… so here is how I proceeded:
    I decided to start from the best replica of a Gremlin that was ever available: a small and rare japanese model kit. Then I ordered a 3D scan of it. After that, I hired a 3D artist (I don't master any 3D sculpting software) to work with: adjustments after adjustments (and from every gremlin picture I could find), I guided him to catch the best likeness possible. It was very tricky as that design is quite subtle. Then, I ordered a life-size 3D print (size was calipered from an original prop). It was quite rough, and I had to polish it, then texture each individual scale of the skin. I also had to adjust and resculpt several parts and details.
    In the end, I was able to mold it (the original broke into pieces when demolding!), to get this result.

    So far, I have made one of these: molded in supple polyurethane foam on a wire, poseable armature, and with a removable hair stripe. The eyes have been custom ordered at a professional taxidermist and the teeth and tongue were molded from the original movie sculpt (the only original part that was possible to find).

    It has been a long trip, and I can't wait to hear the fan's opinion… so feel free to let me know what you think!

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  2. Rusty85

    Rusty85 Sr Member

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    WOW! It turned out great!
  3. christrom

    christrom Well-Known Member

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    It really made me smile looking at these, everything is perfect and the personality is spot on. This is the definitive replica.
  4. Apollo

    Apollo Legendary Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Looks awesome.

    Well worth all the time you put into him!
  5. batgremlin

    batgremlin New Member

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    Hey, I'm flattered :)
    Thanks, it means a lot !!!
  6. Dutchman

    Dutchman Well-Known Member

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    I'm a HUGE fan of the Chris Walas Gremlins and Gizmo. Love Rick Baker as an artist, but the New Batch had a bit too much of a Muppet vibe, instead of a realistic feel (IMHO).

    This replica is amazing!! Very, VERY well done!! :)
  7. madmanmoe64

    madmanmoe64 Well-Known Member

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    It's amazing how posable he is, do you have any working pics?
    Pictures 5&8 are truly terrifying, I don't think I could sleep knowing he was somewhere in my house.
  8. steveo3002

    steveo3002 Well-Known Member

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    looks great..more pics would be nice :)
  9. Skelatorious

    Skelatorious New Member

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    Wow, the quality is outstanding! Both the sculpt and the paint job.
    It's like looking at an original straight off the set. Never seen a full body gremlin like it!

    I want one.......seriously!

    Brilliant work.
  10. TylerHam

    TylerHam Well-Known Member

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    Is this 1:1 scale, or filming miniature scale???
  11. OdiWan72

    OdiWan72 Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    How much??? ;)

  12. allosaur176

    allosaur176 Sr Member

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    oohhh amazing!!! I want one!!!!!
  13. batgremlin

    batgremlin New Member

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    It's lifesize, calipered from an original (about 24 inches high)!
  14. batgremlin

    batgremlin New Member

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    I should be able to post a Junkyard thread soon with him. I'll keep you posted!
  15. steveo

    steveo Sr Member

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    Great job! Just watched this one the other night and then have been watching the commentary with Chris Walas the past few nights. He looks super! Is there a Gizmo from the original in the works as well?
  16. batgremlin

    batgremlin New Member

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  17. mbmcfarland

    mbmcfarland Sr Member

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    Amazing work... Really captures the feel of the original! I'm especially digging the poseable ears.
  18. Jedi2016

    Jedi2016 Sr Member

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    [Insert what everybody else said here]

    Really cool, amazing work! Reminds me of how much this movie scared me when I was a kid. Of course, now I have it on Blu-ray.. methinks a watching is in store soon (it is a Christmas movie, after all!!)
  19. Monteburns

    Monteburns Well-Known Member

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    Your hours really show in the finished piece as it turned out killer. :eek
  20. JoeLuna33

    JoeLuna33 New Member

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    This thing is amazing! I can't think of anything else to say. It would scare me to own one, its so realistic.
  21. Onlyalad19

    Onlyalad19 Active Member

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    Beautiful work! I would say a perfect replica.
  22. fettster

    fettster Sr Member

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    Nice job
  23. batgremlin

    batgremlin New Member

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    :) thanks!!!!
  24. BobFett

    BobFett Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Looks perfect! "Milk Duds"
  25. Guardian Devil

    Guardian Devil Sr Member

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    Unbelievable :thumbsup I'm so impressed!

    I love the Gizmo too, I'd seen pictures of him in the past but didn't know his background. :love
  26. Trilogy

    Trilogy Sr Member

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    Outstanding work. Well done.
  27. Nial

    Nial Active Member

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    My jaw is on the floor! WOW! As a Gremlins fan myself this is truly AMAZING the the way it looks under those lights just like right out of the film. Thanks for sharing.
  28. Darth Milo

    Darth Milo Member

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    Outstanding.. it can't get better than this :thumbsup
  29. Black Knight

    Black Knight New Member

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    Looks awesome! You do excellent work. But I already knew that from your film. Great job Sacha
  30. vfxhamilton

    vfxhamilton New Member

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    Really love this. My Gremlin was stolen by my old roommate when he moved out. Good thing it was not as good as this or i would have been pi@@ed
  31. Filandrius

    Filandrius Well-Known Member

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    Pure perfection, straight off the set. Incredible job!
  32. jedi_master_adam

    jedi_master_adam Well-Known Member

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    Like everyone else said. Amazing job!
  33. Donnie Darko

    Donnie Darko Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    This is absolutely amazing.

    As much as I am a huge fan of Rick Bakers work, I never liked the sequel Gremlins as much as the Chris Walas originals.

    This is the one of the best things I have seen on this site in a while.

    I'll be watching the Junkyard for these. :love
  34. Simmon M

    Simmon M Sr Member

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    Hands in the air ... I want I want! :)

    That is a beautiful replica. Incredible work!
  35. allosaur176

    allosaur176 Sr Member

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    Yep, this is my Holy Grail of prop collecting!
  36. paplooo

    paplooo Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    GREAT !
    any chance to get a copy?.. just the raw version so i can paint it

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