Apr 09, 2009
Huck Gee – Minosu & The Golden Bull + Interview
Huck Gee continues his Gold Life saga with probably his most complex limited-edition piece to date – Minosu & The Golden Bull. This two-figure set features a bad ass Minosu Ushi-Oni (modified custom Munny – yes the blank was an April Fool’s joke) riding atop the 100% Huck original Golden Bull. This is the first Huck in-house release to feature an original character sculpt – maybe a sign of things to come. The Double Bulls has some added significance – Huck’s sign is Taurus and he was born in the Year of the Ox. Limited to 10 signed and numbered pieces, Minosu & The Golden Bull drops this Friday, April 10th @ Noon PDT from Huck’s store for $1500 per set.
Since this is a first for Huck, we thought we’d ask him a few questions about the release and potential new directions. Enjoy the mini-interview.
Hi Huck. Beyond your army of production toys, you've been incredibly successful with limited-edition custom releases. How did that start and are you at all surprised that demand is still amazingly high with sets of 10 selling out in under a minute ?
I think “Surprised” would be an understatement. The last few years have been quite a rollercoaster ride. The demand has been quite overwhelming at times… it’s flattering. And I’m thankful for all the love. It continues to open up new doors for me. Some amazing projects are coming.
This set marks a first and a bit of a departure from your previous releases. In addition to the custom Minosu Ushi-Oni Munny ride you have an original bull sculpt. Have you been wanting to create and produce an original sculpt in-house for awhile ? How did it go ? Any surprises?
Patience. Sculpting, casting… so much time is spent waiting around for something to set. And if something does go wrong during the process… well, you just lost a lot of your time, sometimes days. It’s too easy to get frustrated.
It’s always a learning experience, learning new techniques, new lessons… Trial and error, they can be my best teachers at times.
Are you considering an all-original release in the near future ? While the Dunny/Munny is a very popular platform, do you feel it constrains your creativity ?
I’m not sure that it constrains it… using those shapes as a basis for this run has been quite challenging at times. And I’m enjoying the little story that’s spinning out of it… but I do have a few ideas up my sleeve that take things a step or twelve in another direction. I’m quite looking forward to it.
Vinyl is not an archival medium by any means. Does it's questionable durabity over time concern you with respect to your more limited 'art' pieces ?
That’s something that’s been on my mind for a while now. It’s a great medium to play with but what’s the shelf life of this stuff? The great masters of sculpting and painting, you can still view their carvings, their oils today. How long is vinyl going to hold together? That new vinyl smell we all love? That’s plasticizer being released, the same stuff that creates that “new car smell”. How long does that evaporate for? I wonder if I should be concerned? Should I be looking into other materials?
[Thanks to Huck for taking a bit of time away from the time-consuming work on Minosu and the Golden Bull for this interview. We’re looking forward to what’s next from Mr. Gee.]
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