Review by NekroDave
Cool Rockets are a line of retro style space ships designed by artist Jeff Brewer and influenced by his love of old tin toys and comic book science fiction. Although the style may look familiar, each rocket is an original design by Jeff and copyrighted. This rocket is called "Space Tub" and comes courtesy of Toy Freakz.
"Space Tub" is just one of many statues in this line and comes packaged in a solid white cardboard box, with an image of the ship traveling through space, along with appropriate information about the item, affixed to the front and top of the box.
The item itself is a pre-painted resin statue and ready to display right out of the packaging. The only thing you need to do is slide the rocket onto the base. No glue or cement or anything like that is required. Simply insert the end of the base into a hole in the back of the rocket and it's ready to go.
Once on display, the statue stands 8" tall and 11" long. The base is designed to look like exhaust billowing out to the rocket's engine and is a really neat way to display the rocket in flight. It will balance just fine when stood on a flat surface, but do be careful when moving it as it will topple over if that balance is upset. To protect against whatever surface you display this on, the bottom of the base features a smooth felt covering.
The simple design of the rocket harkens back to a more innocent age and, even though it's a new design, is very appealing from a nostalgic perspective. It reminds me very much of the wonder and adventure of the old serials like Flash Gordon, etc.. The ship is simple, but the detail is nice where it needs to be. For instance the tail of the ship is very well sculpted and the rivets along the seam of the hull give it that nice home-made rocket look. The ship is hand weathered to look like it's been on adventures already.
In a day and age when our toys are getting increasingly complicated and dynamic and ferocious looking, the simplicity of things like this appeal to me more and more. Although this is intended as an adult collectible, I think the best thing I can say about it is that it makes you feel like a kid again. Space Tub and other Cool Rockets are available from the good folks at Toy Freakz.
|Posted 30 September, 2008 - 13:05 by NekroDave|