Diamond Select Toys recently revealed the figure that will follow Colossus in their 7-inch-scale Marvel Select line, and it’s the Green Goblin, longtime Spidey foe and mainstay of the Marvel Universe. While he won’t be out until summer of 2012, we thought we’d sit down with DST director Chuck Terceira to find out how the figure came into being.
This figure is based on an earlier Art Asylum statue, correct? What prompted you to revisit those pieces?
DSTChuck: Robert Yee and I wanted to bring some of the designs we did for the old Art Asylum-DST Marvel statue line into the Marvel Select line. We’d designed a lot of those statues as “moment on the page,” as if we were people in the Marvel Universe coming face-to-face with one of these heroes or villains. With that in mind, we tried to provide our own detailed, realistic interpretation of each character, rather than attempting to reproduce a 2-D artist’s work — our Lizard bust referenced more zoology books than actual Marvel Comics.
How did you choose the Goblin out of all of those great pieces?
DSTChuck: We’d had requests for more villains in the Select line, and looking at what we’d done in the statue line, one that jumped out at us was Eli Livingston’s Green Goblin sculpt. He’s on his Goblin Glider, breaking through a cloud of smoke, and the muscles in his face are pulled back, like he’s moving really fast. We’d already done a Green Goblin, but that figure felt more like an accessory to the unmasked Spider-Man he came with — it was a Spidey figure set, not a Goblin figure. So we set about converting the statue to toy form, adding a full range of articulation, but keeping the smoke as a support for the glider and keeping his crazy, demonic appearance.
Something people have commented on is the two different greens on the Goblin prototype. What was the reasoning behind that?
DSTChuck: We wanted to differentiate between the material of his armor and the material of his mask. They’re clearly two different materials — one is rubber, the other is scaled metal — so we made them slightly different greens. The final product may see the greens coming closer together, but they won’t be exactly the same green.