Mel Birnkrant's “Annotated Archives”
THE BOARDS - SERIES I
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These are the original “Boards” from which the final figures were crafted. There were two identical sets of seven "Boards". I kept one set for cross-reference, and the duplicate set was sent to the Orient. Each board showed the proposed figure, blueprint-like, in three views: front, side and back, drawn to scale. Some complex elements were on acetate overlays. Colors were suggested using Cello-tak a rub-down transpar film. I marveled at my newly discovered ability to render these unseen entities from every angle as if they were standing there before me.
There was also an additional board, with all seven figures standing next to each other, to show their relative size. Well, actually, EIGHT figures were shown on the comparative size board, because….I clearly viewed Matt Mason as the eighth figure in the series. I recently came across my original set of boards for the first series, which had been packed away for 30 years. I was surprised to see that I had actually mounted a real figure of Matt Mason, under a blister on the comparative size board. I did this both for scale and to make it clear that the Outer Space Men were intended to be of the same construction, quality, and feel as the Mattel product.
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