Thursday, November 17, 2011

Kitbash 1/6 scale Samuel L Jackson as NYPD Detective John Shaft

"Pulp Fiction (1994)" was widely considered the most influential American movie of the 1990s for its outrageously violent scenes, time-twisting events and most interesting characters.

The Oscar-winning script by Quentin Tarantino and Roger Avary intertwines three stories, featuring Samuel L Jackson (as Jules Winnfield) and John Travolta (as Vincent Vega), in the role that single-handedly reignited his career, as hit men who have philosophical interchanges on such topics as the French names for American fast food products; Bruce Willis as a boxer out of a 1940s B-movie; and such other stalwarts as Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Christopher Walken, Eric Stoltz, Ving Rhames, and Uma Thurman, whose dance sequence with Travolta proved an instant classic.

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When you search images of "Pulp Fiction" on the internet / worldwide web, the most seen image is that of the two hit men Vincent Vega (John Travolta) and Jules Winnfield (Samuel L Jackson) with guns raised and aimed at "Man #4". This image has been parodied many times.

I could not resist putting the 1/6 scale John Travolta as Vincent Vega 12-inch Figure which I had kitbashed in the previous post side by side with this Samuel L Jackson as John Shaft 12-inch figure I had kitbashed much earlier HERE (but now updated with a new overcoat) since I don't have a 1/6 scale Jules Winfield (Samuel L Jackson with Jheri-curled wig, NOT a giant afro as originally scripted) 12-inch Hitman Figure to complete the pair.

Shaft is a 2000 American action-crime film directed by John Singleton, and starring Samuel L Jackson, Jeffrey Wright, Christian Bale, Pat Hingle, Toni Collette, Busta Rhymes, Vanessa L Williams, and Mekhi Phifer. This film is not a remake of the 1971 film of the same name, but rather a sequel, since it features Richard Roundtree briefly reprising his role as the original John Shaft.

In the 2000 "Shaft" film, New York City police detective John Shaft (nephew of the original 1970s detective) played by Samuel L Jackson, goes on a personal mission to make sure the son of a real estate tycoon Walter Wade Jr (Christian Bale before he became famous as Bruce Wayne / Batman) is brought to justice after a racially-motivated murder.

After Pulp Fiction, Samuel L Jackson received multiple scripts to play his next role: "I could easily have made a career out of playing Jules over the years. Everybody's always sending me the script they think is the new Pulp Fiction."

Scroll down for more pictures of this updated kitbash of my version of 1/6 scale Samuel L Jackson as NYPD Detective John Shaft 12-inch action figure.

Director Gordon Parks who had a hand in composing the "Theme from Shaft", described the character of John Shaft as the "black private dick / who's a sex machine / to all the chicks"

The lyrics describe John Shaft's coolness, courage and sex appeal, and Isaac Hayes' lead vocals are punctuated by a trio of female backup singers. At one famous moment, Hayes calls Shaft "a bad mother —" before the backup singers interrupt the implied profanity with the line "Shut yo' mouth!"

This 1/6 scale Samuel L Jackson head sculpt and 12-inch figure body was released in 1999 by BBI as part of their Elite Force 12-inch line of figures. I think it has pretty good resemblance to the actor and Samuel L Jackson's likeness is very well captured.

Scroll down for more close-up pictures of this 1999 released BBI Elite Force 1/6 scale Samuel L Jackson head sculpt

Samuel L Jackson will go on and shoot his mouth off in the 2006 American horror-action-thriller film "Snakes on a Plane". The film gained a considerable amount of attention before its release, forming large fanbases online and becoming an Internet phenomenon, due to the film's title, casting, and premise.

In "Snakes on a Plane", Samuel L Jackson plays Agent Neville Flynn, an FBI agent assigned to protect Sean Jones on his flight to Los Angeles. The US TV edit of the film purposely dubbed its foul language with nonsense words for a broader audience. The most notable example is Samuel L Jackson's famous line toward the end of the film, which is replaced with "monkey fighting snakes on this Monday to Friday plane".


One Shot said...


Rash said...

hey, where's the cool Afro for Jules kitbash?

alex teo said...

Not Jules but John Shaft ;p