Crackers! - Biscuits! - Toonhound reckons
these new Pirates! figures
Harrop Designs are their best ever. And that's saying
something, given that this super studio has produced
desirable editions over the years...
Oh, hang on. Let's step back a bit before our enthusiasm
with us. If you've been stranded on a desert island,
you won't know
that The Pirates! are the stars of Aardman Animations'
stop-motion extravaganza. "The Pirates! In an Adventure
Scientists" has just launched on blu-ray/DVD here
in the UK.
It's adapted from the hysterical historical books
Defoe, and nimbly directed by Aardman co-founder Peter Lord.
They're pirates, certainly, but not as we know them
a) they're rubbish, and b) they exist in a strange anachronistic
with ultra-modern pop culture references, and stuffy historical
behaving inappropriately. Think Terry Pratchett meets
if you like. And Toonhound does like. A lot.
Meanwhile, we have Robert
Harrop Designs. What can we say about
them? Well, if you love animated characters as
much as Toonhound,
and if you love to collect things associated with 'em, then
know this jolly talented team produce the best collectable
in the UK. Fact. Discussion. End of.
Harrop have recently struck the figurine Mother Lode
Animations. They began producing limited-edition Wallace
figures a couple of years ago, and they haven't looked
super-special limited-edition Wallace & Gromit Christmas
have been incredible. You'd have thought they were unbeatable.
But they've done it. Robert Harrop Designs have surpassed
And here's the proof. It's a range of eight extraordinary
figures, plus a collection plaque, that are simply to die
look like they've just stepped straight off the screen. The
piece depicts the Pirate Captain. He stands around
7" high. Tiny
Polly, meanwhile, is just 2.5" tall. But rest assured,
big or small,
there's no reduction in the detail. It's amazing. The Pirate
beard is reproduced in all its luxuriant curling glory.
brocade on his jacket, the notches on his blade, even the
creasing of his leather belt - there's so much to savour
And then there's dear Polly, she's almost transluscent, her
feathers are pluckable, surely.
Black Bellamy and Cutlass Liz are just as grand. Bellamy's
all those fab swirls on his boot lining and a proper
flintlock in his hand. Liz is curvy in all the right
places, there are
bright eyes in the skull on the handle of her sword,
skull and crossbones in her navel jumps out. Mr Bobo,
is spat-tacularly presented, with a fab droll
face, and a tray
with an exquisite miniature brandy bottle and glass.
We could go on. But you don't need a superlative-filled
for every piece. You just need to know that these are
creations. The Hound's photos barely do them justice.
get up close to them for real, it's like you're standing
Barnacle's Face with them...
Best of all, these figures are super-special limited-editions.
limited? - Well, turn 'em over and you'll spy an edition
the base. The Pirate Captain and Polly are restricted
to a mere
200 editions. And the rest of the crew are even rarer. Harrop
produced just 150 editions of these. Each comes in its
Pirates! box, and there's a teeny-tiny numbered certficate
authenticity too, to reinforce how collectable they
The Hound has just over half the collection, thus far,
raiding his piggy bank as you read this, so's he can
the rest of these merciless misfits before they disappear.
Because they will. And quickly too. Here's the complete
The Pirate Captain
The Pirate With
(AR04) Black Bellamy
(AR05) Cutlass Liz
(AR06) The Pirate With Gout
(AR07) Charles Darwin
(AR08) Mr Bobo
(ARCP) The Pirates! Collection Plaque
A collectable figurine should look exactly like its
shouldn't it? And if it's based upon a stop-motion character,
a fan could hope for would be for that figure to look
and feel like
you're holding the self-same puppet in your hands. You're
for that very particular, tactile sensation, aren't
you? - Well, you
get that here, in spades. Once these nautical wonders
are in your
paws you just don't want to let go of them.
For more information on these exclusive figurines, row on
to the Robert
Harrop Designs website!
Pirates! at Robert Harrop