Kevin wrote asking which shark, and which paintjob and gore was most accurate?
Great Questions, and the answer is: Yes, all of them.
It depends on what your favorite scene is. All our sharks are mathematically scale perfect and based on over 11 gigs of reference material.
The thing is that there were 4 sharks and assorted heads and fin rigs. That's 2 platform sharks, one tow shark, the studio tank shark built from what survived location shooting for the Hooper cage attack and other pick-up shots, an explodey head, the miniature sinking body, and the fin/tail tow frame rig. Something else too but I can't remember right now???
Add to this all the various sharks were experimental and very rushed and were all padded differently and stretched over different shape-frames, and jointed differently. This is why junkyard Bruce looks little like screen used Bruce. Every skin replacement was also a new test to see if things could be made better. Every repaint was a trial and error experiment and just as different.
Add to this that the skins were replaced as often as time allowed. Add to this that they painted them differently, some darker, some lighter, some sharp and some with soft grey/white demarcations.
The gore and even the teeth arrangements change from sequence to sequence as well. Not to mention that a fresh new shark looked nothing like a well worn shark. Night and day.
Carefully measured reference material and simple math does not lie; the honest answer is that you just have to pick which scenes you like best and then just work with us to communicate exactly what you want.
Send me some screen-grabs that match each other so there is no confusion as to what you love most and I'll match them for you.
I would like to make this question and answer an article for our wall here, so soon i'll have some photos up to illustrate what I mean. Thank you for asking and I look forward to building your future most favorite display!
Have an AWESOME weekend!
It just never gets old for me. Every time I open up one of these production molds out comes another perfect shark casting. And boy, do I mean perfect. Seams that can practically be rubbed off with your finger nail kind of perfect! These are not those crappy one-copy plaster molds that you see from how-to videos or the product of some fevered rush given some poor pressured contestant on a reality show. These are premium production molds. Everything about them crafted to last hundreds of copies.
Spared no expense, as the saying goes.
And the care doesn’t end with the molds but extends into each casting. Multiple layers of varied premium resins and materials. Sort of like a dollar bill with varied materials used together to make the shark last the tests of shipping and ravages of time. I honestly don’t know how many sharks we shipped last year, but we only had one shipping damage. One out of many hundreds. But from every shark and every unexpected result such as that one shipping damage we learn. Now our sharks ship with even another layer of material embedded in them to make them stronger than ever before. Stronger than any foreign-made polystone knick-knack, and stronger than most fiberglass taxidermies!
But the reason for this article is that we still receive great satisfaction from what we do. From cracking a mold open and seeing yet another perfect casting, to that overjoyed customer writing us and posting photos of them and their new prize of their shark collections. Just never gets old.
We have quite a bit in store for the shark lover this year. A few hopeful movie deals being discussed, some long overdue sequel sharks to release and maybe a surprise along the way... you never know around here. We hope that this family and especially this fun fan community never gets old for you either.
Be safe out there everyone, and try to live this week like it’s truly something special..
Mike V. Schultz
On The Bench...