Alas, the little park near my home is being worked on or torn down, so it's surrounded by massive walls of corrugated metal. As much fun as it might be to do the shoot within those walls, I did not have my pole vaulting equipment on hand, so instead I did the shoot on the ledges of the many pretty flower and plant boxes in the area. There were many onlookers, and lots of smiles all around.
|This version of Stingy Jack is called Toxic Marshmallow. Here we can see how the nose and stalk were hand sprayed in each version.|
|This is a good chance to look at an interesting difference in the way Jack's five o clock shadow was brought out.|
|In the first release, a very subtle spray was applied to the bottom half of the head to create the effect.|
|Yet in the second release, the top of the figure was sprayed, with the contrast provided by the unpainted bottom half. Very nice.|
|Another big difference between the two is the first Jack had a clear body, while the second is solid black. Here I hoisted the pair onto some kind of ventilation contraption to create perspective for a bottom up shot.|
|Let's take a look at the bodies.|
|I like the way continuity was provided with the off-centered free spray on the buttons on each release.|
|The boys gave us a rare look at the traditional nose rub greeting ceremony.|
|After the shoot, the Jacks demanded a tasty beverage. This is my machine of choice, which gets more of my 100 yen coins than it should.|
|Discriminating canned coffee drinkers heartily endorse Wonda Morning Shot. The Jacks give it two cigars up.|
And that's a look at the first and second versions of Stingy Jack. Putting together this Side by Side was a lot of fun, especially since folks from the local community stopped by to have a look and even get involved. It really warmed up a cold winter's day. Thanks so much to Brandt, CP, and Tomenosuke for the opportunity, and for making such wonderful toys.