Josh Blake and I would like to showcase a recent grail addition to both of our collections. What you are looking at represents the earliest stages of the final process for rescaling Micro Collection figures to 1:1 ratio. These boards were used, by the chief engineer, to track the progress of tooling during the creation of the steel molds that would ultimately be used for mass production. The tracking process began with the back row. Each figure is represented (with exception to a few casualties) as unpainted squeezings. These examples allowed for inspection of detail within the molds cavity and are the final sign off samples before phase 2 (zinc casting) occurred. The middle row represents the first zinc “first shots” that were approved before phase 3 (vendor paint masking) took place. Lastly, the front row represents the 1:1 paint master for every Micro Collection character. Nearly all of the painted figures look identical to its production predecessors, but many show early paint variations that are distinctly different from production quality examples. Written in front of each figure is the sign off date that each character, during that given stage, was approved. The engineer had implemented a process known as the P.E.R.T. system, wherein each project within Kenner followed a set of guidelines for streamlining production, while reducing wasted time during preproduction stages. In short, these boards were used to keep production on schedule. This find is one of the most significant Micro Collection finds to have occurred over the last decade and we are both thrilled to showcase it here for everyone to see!
The Story: As Josh and I began the process of research for the upcoming Micro book, he and I knew we would eventually cross paths with the man who was in charge of the lines development; Jim Golden. Jim is a character, as most of you may have heard on earlier pod cast episodes – namely the story Ron S. told about Virginia Jarvis Brooks. Jim had some enlightening stories involved in the lines development, even though his facts on what he actually worked on was in question. Josh and I did a series of interviews, both on the phone as well as email. The last interview resulted in Jim inviting Josh over to his house to see the infamous boards very few collectors have known about for well over a decade. When Josh arrived, Jim caught him completely off guard by explaining that, since he had no children to pass his legacy on to, he would like to see these boards go to a good home(s). Josh called me immediately and explained what Jim had said and that a deal was agreed on (one dollar + a watermelon down as first payment). We were both beyond excited, but realized that we weren’t at all prepared to drop that kind of cash for something we didn’t know we would be offered. We knew that we would have to go in on the deal together to offset the high dollar purchase – and we did! The end result is, Josh and I determined that we would not cut the boards, but preserve their integrity by leaving them in their original state. We simply determined which boards we each wanted most and the rest is history
If anyone would like to see them in person Josh will be bring them out to my house for the collectors social - Saturday November 16