By Zack Smith
Heeeeeeeeerrrrreee’s Johnny! All work and no play might make Jack a dull boy, but there’s nothing dull about this 1/6 scale figure inspired by Jack Nicholson’s portrayal of Jack Torrance in Stanley Kubrick’s film of Stephen King’s "The Shining."
Brother Production has posted pics of a custom 1/6 figure called “RedruM” that all-too-accurately captures the crazed look of Jack Nicholson as the tormented writer in Kubrick’s film – and it’s one figure with whom you wouldn’t want to be trapped with inside a snowed-in hotel.
Available for pre-order at KGH Hobbies for $120, the figure includes “regular” and “injured” heads, realistic clothing, 35 parts of articulation and a wide variety of accessories, such as:
- Cigarette packets
- Cigarette x 1
- Outlook Hotel red wine
And yes, the typewriter has a piece of paper with “All Work and No Play Make Jack a Dull Boy” typed over and over. I need one of these to sit beside me at my own writing desk, boring into my skull as lack of inspiration slowly drives to the point of madness, compelling me to…
…where was I? Sorry.
The figure will be available the third quarter of 2013, part of a banner year for fans of The Shining. Kubrick’s film is getting a rerelease in some theaters soon, in tandem with the release of Room 237, an acclaimed documentary about the many detailed theories fans have about the mysteries of the film version.
And if you’re a stickler for the original Stephen King novel, he’s revisiting the Torrance family with Doctor Sleep, which deals with the grown-up Danny Torrence. Hopefully he’s not too messed up from his dad trying to kill him and barely escaping a demonic hotel and being psychic and everything.
Who knows if they’ll have more figures based on The Shining film? I’m as terrified as you are by the thought of a plastic Shelly Duvall, which wouldn’t be that far from…okay, that joke’s just mean. As long as they don’t do a toy of that guy in the dog costume or the old woman from the bathtub…damn, that movie gets to you.
But Scatman Crothers needs his own action figure. Hong Kong Phooey and Jazz from the Transformers only half-count.
Unsurprisingly, there are no plans for a figure based on Steven Weber from the 1997 TV miniseries remake.
Excited for this figure, toy fans? Any other horror icons you’d like to see in toy form?