is a company specialized in producing miniature resin figures. Formed in 2007 by Mike and Ali McVey, the company works with the very best sculptors in the miniatures industry to create a very high quality range of resin miniatures for collectors and painters. All the miniatures are sculpted in 35mm scale and each piece is limited to 750 castings.
Beauty and the Bot is the piece which first introduced me to Studio McVey range of miniatures; I really liked the “pulp” concept and wanted to know more about figures released under this label. Browsing Studio McVey website, I found a real treasure of imaginative ideas and amazingly sculpted miniatures. After contacting Mike and running a news story to introduce Studio McVey portfolio to Historicus Forma readers, I got the chance to review some of their miniatures as well.
Beauty and the Bot:
The parcel from Studio McVey arrived in less than a week after being dispatched from UK. The figurine was safely packed in zip lock bag and additionally protected inside a bubble wrap. A very nice touch is addition of a signed certificate with Beauty and the Bot concept art, indicating the casting number of this particular miniature, which is limited to 750 castings. Again, as with other Studio McVey limited edition miniatures, there will be a free prize draw… once the full run has sold out, Studio McVey will randomly draw a number between 1 and 750, and the holder of that particular certificate is going to win studio painted version of the miniature.
Beauty and the Bot
is one of the most recent additions to Studio McVey range of miniatures. Christophe Madura did the concept art which was transformed into a beautiful sculpture by the talented hands of Yannick Hennebo. The idea behind this miniature is very hard to miss; inspired by the 1950s pulp movies like “Forbidden Planet” and “The Day the Earth Stood Still”, the figure kit shows an automaton robot carrying unconscious beauty down the palace steps and to safety. Beauty and the Bot is a 60mm tall, 6-piece resin miniature supplied with a simple 40mm round base and a resin scenery base insert.
The concept art shows a classic “pulp” movie scene and the transformation of the idea to the miniature was once again very nicely rendered. Yannick did a great job of portraying a robot not just as simple automaton but with a distinctive human touch… you can almost see the emotions showing trough his cyclopean eye and a gentile grip on the unconscious beauty.
The robot is depicted as a humanoid automaton with “muscular” torso and long, finely detailed limbs. It is comprised of 5 nicely sculpted pieces; the whole body with right leg, two arms, left leg and the head. All the mechanical details, bolts and rivets look really good, suggesting a complex robotic design. The bot head has a single centered cyclopean eye and some kind of a vocalization device. The beauty is a one-piece sculpt, looking very similar to the girl on the “Forbidden Planet” movie cover poster. She is barefooted and wearing a very revealing evening dress; her pose and the long falling hair display very graceful unconsciousness. The resin base shows ornate steps on which the robot is descending while carrying the beauty to safety… making it a perfect finishing touch to the entire vignette.
The casting is, as with all Studio McVey miniatures I reviewed so far, absolutely perfect. I really think this level of details would be impossible to replicate in any other medium other than resin and Studio McVey obviously hired the very best casting companies for producing their miniatures… all the robot rivet and bolt details are wonderfully defined as well as the intricate folds of the beauty’s dress and her unconscious facial expression.
Assembly and Painting:
Assembly is pretty straightforward with excellent fit of parts. Although there is a projections-and-crannies system of attaching bot pieces to their corresponding places, be patient when fitting the beauty to bot’s arms and the arms to his torso. I decided to use thin brass rods for an extra support to the figure. As for the painting, there are some pictures of the painted miniature on Studio McVey's blog
which could help you out… I added those to this review as well. With all the details and crisp casting, I really think this miniature will be extremely fun to paint.