The Dark Crystal (1982)

Manufacturer: Black Star Models

Sculptor: Unknown 

Material:  Resin


“Another world, another time, in the age of wonder. The land was green and good until the Crystal cracked and a single piece was lost. Strife began and two races appeared; the cruel Skeksis and the kind Mystics. The Mystics live in a dream of peace. Their ways are the ways of natural wizards. Yet now there are only ten. A dying race numbly rehearsing the ancient ways in a blur of forgetfulness….” (excerpt from The Dark Crystal)


This model is a representation of the kindly creatures created by Brian Froud and brought to life by Muppet creator Jim Henson. I say representation because it is not an exact rendering of the Mystics in the film. It is however an excellent version.


I do not know who sculpted the kit and probably never will since Black Star Models is defunct. But of their line of kits, I think this is one of their best. The design, detail and execution of the piece are great. The casting was excellent with little clean-up which made the build of this kit a pleasure. When completed it stands 7” tall. The kit includes the figure and staff, no base, and 2 heads – one with sculpted hair and one without hair. 


I chose to go with the “no hair” version so I could add my own coiffure to the little guy. In addition to the application of hair to Mystic’s head, I added fur to his costume. This texture was sculpted into the kit but I figured since I was using real hair I certainly couldn’t go with sculpted fur. Both were applied in layers, over several days, using Elmer’s glue. I also added some additional costume details such as braided cords with beads around his neck and on his back.


The figure was hand painted with acrylics and very little airbrushing. I added multiple layers of washes to get the textures I wanted and highlighted by dry-brushing.


Everybody needs something to stand on so I had to make a base. I used a wood base from the craft store and added sand to recreate the Mystics’ magical patterns as seen in the beginning of the film.


The hair and fur made this a time consuming project but well worth it. The kit screams to be customized as elaborately as you like and the results can be very effective.







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