by: Mario Matijasic [ ]
Studio McVey is a company specialized in producing miniature resin figures. Formed in 2007 by Mike and Ali McVey, the company works with the very best sculptors in the miniatures industry to create a very high quality range of resin miniatures for collectors and painters. All the miniatures are sculpted in 35mm scale and each piece is limited to 750 castings.
The package from Studio McVey arrived 6 days after being dispatched from UK. The figurine was safely packed in zip lock bag and additionally protected inside a bubble wrap. A very nice touch is addition of a signed certificate indicating the casting number of this particular miniature, which is limited to 750 castings. Again, as with other Studio McVey limited edition miniatures, there will be a free prize draw… once the full run has sold out, guys at Studio McVey will randomly draw a number between 1 and 750, and the holder of that particular certificate is going to win the studio painted version of Lisbeth.
The creative concept art for this figure came from Christophe Madura... there were different ideas what Lisbeth should look like; you can see some of those incarnations on the picture I attached to this article. Finally, guys at Studio McVey settled with a darker, more serious look. The creative process was finalized by the talented Yannick Hennebo, who sculpted the miniature. Lisbeth is a six-piece resin figurine supplied with a 40mm round plastic base and a scenic resin insert.
Everything about this figure just shouts „cyberpunk“... Cyberpunk usually depicts the futuristic world as a dark, sinister place featuring highly advanced science and information technology, coupled with a radical change in the social order. Lisbeth really does remind me of classic cyberpunk anti-hero characters... the marginalized, alienated loners rebelling against oppressive society.
Yannick has once again done a marvelous job... the sculpt is absolutely amazing. Lisbeth is depicted speeding trough derelict terrain on her air-board to escape her pursuers. The sense of movement is achieved perfectly, and the complex sky-surfing pose balanced really well. Lisbeth is firing a pistol at her pursuers and she also carries a bent bat on the back. Her outfit is a typical boarder setup... tank top, baggy pants and skater shoes. The protective gear includes goggles, gloves, knee pads, shoulder protectors and the helmet decorated with small devil horns. I just love the addition of skull shaped necklace pendant and several watches strapped to her left arm.
Lisbeth's air-board is a very imaginative futuristic concept... a mix of surf and skate boards with twin hover-engines. The resin base insert is a very welcomed addition to the kit; depicting a rubble terrain, it completes the scene really nicely.
The casting is absolutely flawless and I’m again astonished with the level of crisp details in such a small scale figurine: the facial features showing emotions, peace sign belt buckle, the delicate details on the knee pads, deep folds of Lisbeth’s pants… amazing. My only nitpick is a small notch at the back of the air-board, but some filler should do the trick well.
Assembly and Painting:
The assembly of this kit is pretty straightforward; there are small protrusions in the soles of the shoes which correspond to nicks in the board so there is absolutely no way of misaligning the pieces. The same principle applies to the board which fits well to the base. I had some fine-tuning to do with the left arm which has to fit perfectly both to the shoulder and to the fingers sculpted on the board.
As for the painting, this miniature will definitely shine if you let your imagination guide the brush. Choosing a cool board design, perhaps doing camouflaged pants and simulating twin board engine glow… I can’t wait to start throwing some paint on this one!