Sunday, July 5, 2015

Cthulhu Fhtagn! Kirkby Edition.

I finally had some time to take a few shots of my bronze-finish Cthulhu idol from David Kirkby.  It's a beautiful piece and I couldn't be happier with it.

Frankly, pictures don't do it justice.  One of the things they don't convey is just how big it is.  Most of the idols in my collection range from 4" to 6" high, but this measures a hefty 8".  And when I say hefty, I mean it.  The solid resin casting is one of the heaviest pieces I own, quite capable of being used as a lethal weapon.*  Not to get all meta, but one of the pleasures of a physical prop like this is how it feels.  Mr. Kirkby's work not only has a reassuring mass, but a wonderfully smooth finish.  That's difficult to do in a sculpt this big without a lot of attention to the mold alignment during the resin pour.  The considerable mass of the piece also makes it feel cool to the touch, another small detail I really enjoy.

If  you're a collector I heartily recommend it.

* I find it somewhat disturbing that one of my go-to evaluations of a Cthulhu idol is it's suitability for lethal mayhem. 


bea said...

What are the base dimensions like? I thought it odd that he doesn't really tell you full dimensions.

David Kirkby said...

Four inches square, I've always left it purposefully vague for a number of reasons, one being that it often helps to start a dialogue with prospective customers ;) I've added a brief width.

Thank you very much for mentioning it and it's always a pleasure to see some pictures of my stuff in someones possession. Whats interesting is your comment about the weight, I actually had someone complain when they had theirs that it wasn't heavy enough. Obviously they needed to bludgeon someone to death with one hit rather than two or three.

Propnomicon said...

@ bea

My apologies for the delay. The base measures roughly 3.5" by 3.5". The overall figure is slightly wider because of projections in the sculpt.

David Kirkby said...

Ha! Yes, it is 3.5". I'm so used to saying 4" at its widest which is the wings sticking out at the back. I don't even know my own measurements.

bea said...

Problem solved, not that it was a problem in the first place.