From The Mouth Of The Creators:
RS: What have you done with Sideshow Collectibles and before?
TM: With SSC (that I can talk about): George Washington (AKA the guy on the quarter), Alex Krycek (X-Files), Giles (Buffy), Lorne (Angel), Kit, Bib, and Plo.
While I love working with SSC, I spend most of my time working with the McFarlane Design Group (Mike G rocks). Most of the portraits are for their sports lines but occasionally I'll get on a movie, television or music license.
RS: You're making a name for yourself as the go to guy for great Alien portraits with you Kit Fisto, Bib Fortuna, and Plo Koon sculpts. Are aliens something you prefer over other iconic characters, or have these gigs come to you out of the blue?
TM: I'd been sculpting celebrity portraits for a few years before I got to work on the Star Wars aliens, so they've been a great change. Doing the aliens is a nice switch, but I still approach them as if I were doing a regular portrait. Of course, that presents a whole range of new challenges when working on characters like Plo Koon.
RS: Between Attack Of The Clones and Revenge Of The Sith, Lucasfilm altered Kit Fisto's appearance considerably. When you began working on his portrait how much freedom did you have in your interpretation of the character?
TM: When I'm doing a portrait, alien or human, I try NOT to take ANY liberties. Usually I'm given very specific photos of what SSC or McF want in terms of expression and so forth, and I really try to capture just that image. With Kit specifically, I had been given reference that only reflected his ROTS makeup so that's what I went with. I had originally thought it would be great to do him with the gleeful smile he wore whilst slashing through droids, but I think what we ended up with was a much better choice for the figure. He's one of the few figures I have on display in my office.
RS: Were you involved in the hand sculpts for your Star Wars alien figures?
TM: I sculpted the hands for Kit and Plo, but not Bib. As far as Kit's hands go, I've seen that a lot of people were disappointed that he only came with one pair. That was my fault. Kit was my first Star Wars character to sculpt and I wasn't completely clear on the concept of two pair of hands. Sorry guys.
RS: While you probably can't comment on what you are working on now, is it safe to assume we'll see more of your sculpts in the Star Wars line, and if so, will you stick with the aliens?
TM: Um... what's the emoticon for whistling inconspicuously?
RS: Assuming you haven't already sculpted your dream portrait --Star Wars or otherwise-- what are you looking forward to taking a stab at?
TM: There's a few characters within the Star Wars-verse that I'd like to tackle, and one or two that I hope I've done justice to (sorry to tease). Outside of Star Wars, I'm wanting to start work on some biblical figures soon. As for kicks, maybe I could do some BONANZA figures too, that'd be pretty cool.
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