Resident Evil – Action Figure and Statue Prototypes
The process in creating and releasing an action figure or collectible statue is very long and involves many people. The company that eventually releases the figure has to make a prototype for the company who owns the character to approve or disapprove.Resident Evil Action Figure and Statue Prototypes
If the prototype is approved, the figure goes into production. If on the other hand the prototype gets turned down, changes are made and the original model never goes any further. Check out these prototypes for many figures and statues (some that were never released!).
Keep in mind that most prototypes are made of quality resin (not plastic) and they are hand painted. Also, they are always much bigger than the final product (they make them bigger so that the detail and be examined more closely when it’s being evaluated). All of these insanely rare prototypes are being sold from the impressively stocked eBay store; The Corndog Doghouse.
Tyrant – Here’s the final boss from the first game. I’m pretty sure that everyone who has played the first game through to the end will never forget the Tyrant. This prototype is one of a kind… no other like this exist.
Albert Wesker – Wesker has been pulling the strings from the shadows through the entire series. He’s the guy you love to hate… This prototype is the only one known to exist.
Jill Valentine – This model is from Resident Evil 3 which featured the return of one of the original playable characters from the first game; Jill. This prototype was actually rejected by Capcom and was never released! The prototype was also never reproduced; which means this is the only one.
Jill Valentine Statue – This prototype was also rejected by Capcom. But, after some minor changes, it was eventually released. The weird thing here is that the final release looks like trash compared to the prototype! I’m not sure what Capcom was thinking with the choice on the face… maybe someone at Capcom didn’t have their coffee that day lol. This is the only prototype of this kind known to exist.
Chris Redfield – This prototype shows Chris with a brown leather vest! This was an odd mistake because, as far as I know, Chris never wears a brown vest. In RE1, he has a green one and in RE Code Veronica he has a black vest. Capcom quickly made that point when rejecting this prototype. This is a one of a kind item. No other exists.
Chris Redfield (2nd Gen) – This is the final prototype for the above mentioned figure. With a new paint job, this prototype was accepted. This is the only prototype of this kind known to exist.
Nemesis – There are actually two of these prototypes that are known to exist in the world (Nemesis with open mouth). This is one of those two.
Nemesis Statue – This unpainted statue is cast out of plastic. Though the quality of material is less then most prototypes, the design of this statue is amazing! Only 2 or 3 were ever made.
Claire Redfield – This prototype was not accepted by Capcom and nothing ever came from it. The reason was that the figure was not a generalized enough version of the character and the pose was unworkable to make an action figure. Still, it’s a great piece of work and this is the only one that exists.
Alexia Ashford (1st Sculpt) – This first attempt to design a figure for Alexia Ashford was turned down because the pose didn’t work for an action figure. Also, Capcom wanted something more serious looking and less anime. This prototype is the only one in existence.
Alexia Ashford Transformed (1st Sculpt) – This one was made at the same time as the other Alexia prototype mentioned above and was rejected by Capcom for the same reasons. The figure was never released and so this prototype is again, one of a kind.
Leon Kennedy Statue – There’s a funny story to this one… the prototype was actually made for a release of a statue of Leon Kennedy, but it was turned down because the statue project was going in another direction. But, rather than toss the entire model, the design was used for an action figure! This is the only prototype ever produced for this figure.
Licker – This prototype was accepted and used (with some minor changes in the paint job). Two of these prototypes are known to exist and this is one of them.
Cop Zombie – This is a rare case where the prototype is the actual figure. I guess they decided a random zombie figure doesn’t need as much attention as main characters and boss characters. In fact, the paint job on this prototype is terrible compared to the final release! But still, it’s about how rare it is… Only a few of these were ever made.Resident Evil Action Figure and Statue Prototypes