|Pic courtesy of Jean St. Jean|
But in 2015, he's returning with his very own line -- CREATUREPLICA!
Prepare to enter the primordial woods and frozen wastes of the world and explore it’s darkest corners. There are things undescribed by science on the fringes, stomping through the forest, chittering in the shadows. Join us in our quest. And Beware.
Jean was recently generous enough to take some of his time to speak to the LBC via email, to talk about the line and some of his other action figure/collectibles work. All pics come courtesy of his collection.
Some of your best-known work is on the Diamond Select Universal Monsters line -- was it working on this line that triggered the idea of creating a line based around cryptozoology, or did you have a pre-existing interest?
The opportunity to Work on Universal Monsters with DST was a dream gig in itself. They give me a creative freedom to develop lines in the way that I’ve always wanted to see them produced, as a fan myself. Cryptozoology has always been another interest of mine since I was in grammar school and first came across still from the Patterson-Gimlin film. (the famous 1960s film of "Bigfoot")
Would you look at expanding the line in future series to cover similar paranormal territory like alien abduction?
Describe a little about your creative process for the Creatureplica line -- does it start with sketching, or do you go straight for the modelling clay?
I prefer to just start pushing clay around to design. I think better in 3-D. The Cryptids have been haunting me for a long time, so they just sort of poured out of my subconscious once I had the opportunity to create them with an actual goal to produce them on the horizon.
|Darkness from Legend|
|Pumpkinhead from SOTA Toys|
Depending on when they hit, obviously Halloween will be an added advantage to selling our monsters. In addition, we have a few side projects that we’re developing as well that will take everyone by surprise!
You can also check out some of Jean's other work by visiting his DeviantArt page!
|The Mole Man (Diamond Select Universal Monsters)|
|The Phantom of the Opera (Diamond Select Universal Monsters)|
|Mumm-Ra (Thundercats, Mezco)|
|Lily and Eddie Munster from The Munsters (Diamond Select)|