by: Mario Matijasic [ ]
“The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” is a 1966 Italian epic Spaghetti Western film directed by Sergio Leone, starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach in the title roles respectively. It is a third and final installment in the Dollars Trilogy, revolving around three gunslingers competing to find buried cache of gold amid the violent chaos of the American Civil War. Although the critical opinion of the film on initial release was mixed, the movie is now seen as a highly influential example of the Western film genre and one of the greatest films of all time.
(adapted from IMDB)
There is something special about recreating famous scenes from movie classics in scale... Oniria Miniatures recently introduced their 7th Art figure series for this particular purpose: to bring iconic movies to life in form of miniature vignettes. After delivering memorable moments from The Wild Bunch, Cross of Iron and Kelly's Heroes, Oniria Miniatures released a new 1/48 scale vignette depicting the graveyard scene from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
The kit is packed in a hard cardboard box. Inside the box is a zip-lock bag containing all the kit pieces and a color box art photo showing the assembled model painted by Angel Aparicio, the man behind Oniria Miniatures himself.
The kit is cast in white metal with the parts molded really well; there are some minor seam lines to clean, but other than that the cast looks good. One of the revolver barrels in my sample is slightly bent and needs to be straightened out carefully. The kit consists of 11 metal parts for assembling 3 full figures:
The Good (Blondie - Clint Eastwood) - full body, 2 optional right arms,
The Bad (Angel Eyes - Lee Van Cleef) - full body, right arm with weapon,
The Ugly (Tuco - Eli Wallach) - full body, left arm, 3 optional hands,
and a scenery piece specific for the graveyard movie scene.
Sculpted by Antonio Zapatero, these 36mm (1/48 scale) miniatures are true works of art. The proportions and anatomy of the figures look good, with all the robe details and equipment delivered identically to that worn by the actors in the movie. The sculpting talent really shows on the facial features of the figures… these are easily recognizable and portray the actors amazingly well in such a small scale.
An added bonus in the set are optional arms and hands for the Blondie and Tuco figures. Using different arm/hand setup enables the modeler to depict the graveyard scene with Arch Stenton’s wooden grave marker included in the set, or the three-way standoff scene at the very end of the movie. Nice!
Inspired by The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, this 1/48 scale set is a true masterpiece. With beautifully sculpted figures, nicely cast metal miniatures and scenery item, it delivers a perfect little vignette in the box. Get the figures, put the famous Enio Morricone’s soundtrack in your boombox and enjoy painting these gems… it doesn’t get much better than this.