Disney’s Black Hole: V.I.N.CENT returns

One of my favorite films when I was a wee tyke was Disney’s Black Hole, and a couple of my favorite toys were Mego’s 3 ¾” inch V.I.N.CENT and Maximillian robots (the humans I couldn’t have cared less about). While they were arguably ersatz versions of R2D2 and Darth Vader, respectively, the young Poe still thought they were awesome and the old Poe retains a nostalgic fondness for them.

I haven’t watched the movie in years, so I have no idea whether it holds up, but I’m excited by this bit of news from MINDstyle:

“The Black Hole” was the Walt Disney Company’s first PG-rated production – big news 30 years ago, but times have changed! Directed by Gary Nelson and starred Maximilian Schell, Anthony Perkins, Robert Forster, Joseph Bottoms, Yvette Mimieux, and last but not least, Ernest Borgnine the motion picture has found a loyal fan base. With this being the 30th anniversary of The Black Hole and only rare limited merchandise available, we were all too excited to be working on a limited edition art toy collectibles (ATC) figure of V.I.N.CENT for collectors.

Everything starts with the concept art. Since there was little content for us to reference, we created the line art with DCP. The process got under way with the sculpting and raw resins as shown here.

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Whether or not I’ll get one will depend entirely on price and the degree to which it’s a “figure” rather than a resin statue of some sort (for instance, will the claws, “feet,” and head retract?), but as of right now, I’m definitely interested.

Thanks to TNI for the heads-up.

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  • Definatly keep us posted on this one. I'm with you on the robots being the focus of what was an otherwise boring movie.

    But the term "art toy collectable" makes me nervous. Those three words probably add like $150 to the price tag, which is a bit out of my toy budget.

  • @Poe

    Thanks for posting this. I love the Black Hole also, and had a V.I.N.C.E.N.T. figure back then. It was cool, because it was in scale already with the Star Wars figs at the time, and could be an additional droid used for play.

  • I don't think I've ever even heard of this movie; I may have to check it out. The less-known Disney films usually turn out to be some of my favorites.

  • It may not have been Star Wars (and boy did it wish to be….) but I still loved it as a 9 year old, and I loved it because of the Robots. I still have a Mego Vincent, Maximillion and STARR in with my Micronauts on my 70's shelves and I am pissed off to this day with never finding Old Bob.

    So this is great news, but I agree that I hope it isn't too "high-end" so that I can actually afford one. Keep us posted Poe.

  • the term “art toy collectable” makes me nervous. Those three words probably add like $150 to the price tag

    Sad but true!

    Thanks for the update Poe! This is the first non-DCUC/MOTUC/TF news bit that I've been really exited about in a long time! I love The Black Hole. If you haven't seen it, its definitely worth checking out. They gave it a decent release on DVD a few years back, you should be able to find it at Wal-Mart for about $10. It is kinda corny by certain standards, but its still an intriguing movie, and the ending takes a page right out of Kubrick's 2001. Plus the overture is haunting and mezmerizing, which is I think what first made me love the movie so much.

    I'm with Poe & the others. It all depends on price & quality, and is it a toy or a statue…

    -x

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  • If you were to go by their Dark Crystal statues, the price could range from 75.00-125.00. The cost is dependent on size of said statue and perhaps the limited edition released. This is more of a vinyl maquette than an action figure. I would be very surprised if there is any moving pars.