the fine sculptors at Distortion Unlimited and included a
wide variety of different monsters. Each creature came
complete with its own biography — straight from the mind
of its creator!
Since the molds were destroyed after the subscriber’s
run, the masks became collectibles right away.
This is no longer offered, but there is something
exciting on the horizon. The new iteration — Monster of the
Shadows — will be an individually purchased item instead of
a monthly subscription like Monster of the Month was.
Only three or four masks will be made available a year,
and will remain secret until after the masks are shipped.
Like the previous offering, the molds will be destroyed
after the production run making them instant collectables.
The ordering deadlines are strict, so do not delay in signing
up if you are interested. Watch their website for more
information on this outstanding opportunity to own one of
these fantastic creations.
Is that Man or Machine?
One of the most innovating and exciting line of props
are the Shocktronics — a combination of an animatronic
and a live actor (Figure 19).
When triggered, the prop begins its animatronic
routine before a live actor leaps from the scene. The effect
is fantastic and always seems to be successful in producing
a startled victim!
This combination shows just how effective animatronics
can be when used in conjunction with live actors.
A Tale of Two Companies
After having the opportunity to visit both Legacy
Effects and Distortions Unlimited, it has been eye-opening
for me to see the contrasts between the methods and
objectives of each company. Although they both build
animatronics, they approach their efforts in entirely
different ways. If you would like to read more about the
incredible work done at Legacy Effects, please check out
my article in the August issue of SERVO Magazine.
Legacy Effects produces fantastic characters that can
uncannily appear to actually be alive. The stringent
requirements that each character must meet in order to
play their role is extensive. They are able to do this because
of their huge staff of talented creators from many different
The budget and time they have to create each
character is enormous in comparison to that available to
Distortions Unlimited. Before I hear back from my friends at
Legacy, let me say this: I do know for a fact that there is
never enough time or money to suit a true character
creator. It does not matter if you are making something for
the newest hit movie or for your local haunted house; we
all wish we had more of both!
Legacy may produce several different versions of a
particular character to meet the needs of the producer.
Their creations need to perform flawlessly for the camera,
but once the shot is complete, they may not ever be
needed again. That is unless a sequel comes along!
Companies such as Distortions that supply the vast
Figure 19. Be prepared for the
unexpected when checking
these props out!
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Tips and Tricks
I want to share another hot glue gun tool with you this month. Oftentimes,
when working on a project, I am building without easy access to power. This
restricts the use of my power tools, so I am always looking for battery powered
Seeing as glue guns use a considerable amount of power, I didn’t expect to
find a satisfactory cordless model. Fortunately, a suitable solution is now
available. Ryobi has come out with a 18V cordless glue gun (Figure A). It’s
available without the battery at under $30 (see Resources). If you are not already
invested in the Ryobi line of products, you will need to purchase a battery and
I was skeptical about the
performance of a cordless
glue gun, but since I already
had the battery and charger,
I felt it was worth the
gamble. After using mine
several times, I must say that
I am impressed! It heats up
and works as well as my
corded model without being
tied to an extension cord.
Not only are you no longer
tied to an outlet, but there is
no cord to tangle and get in
your way when working!
This tool has worked
flawlessly for me and has
found a permanent spot in
glue gun is