H.P. Lovecraft and Cthulhu
H.P. Lovecraft can be defined as one of the most prolific and undeniably influential writers of the 20th Century. A man truly before his time, Lovecraft wrote horror fiction in the 1920s and 30s; however, it would not be until after his death in 1937 where his works would propel the writer into the annals of famous writers' history. August Derleth, author and friend to H.P. Lovecraft, created the Cthulhu Mythos, a shared fictional universe based on the writing of Lovecraft. These Cthulhu Mythos works would expose the world to Lovecraft's writings and go on to influence countless books, movies, TV shows, Manga and Anime productions, Role Playing Games (RPG), video games, art, and an incredible list of music right up to present day.
"My somewhat extravagant imagination yielded simultaneous pictures of an octopus, a dragon, and a human caricature.... A pulpy, tentacled head surmounted a grotesque and scaly body with rudimentary wings." - H.P. Lovecraft: The Call of Cthulhu
H.P. Lovecraft described his mythical creature, Cthulhu, as spoken through one of the characters in the pages of one of his more notable tales, The Call of Cthulhu
, which was first published in pulp fiction magazine, Weird Tales
in 1928. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos would be the inspiration for the RPG, Call of Cthulhu
(CoC) from Chaosism
Idol of Cthulhu
Model No. KUBLN02
Size – 90mm
MSRP – 38.00€ / $41.85 US
Character Design: Aurelio Lecis
Sculpture: Irek Zieliński
Art Director: Rodolfo Goglia
Lovecraft’s description, along with a hand-drawn pictogram of Cthulhu, would seem to be the inspiration for the creation of Kabuki Models’ Idol of Cthulhu
statuette. The Idol of Cthulhu
stands 90mm tall (including base), and is cast solidly in urethane resin. The figure is sold in a clear blister pack with a foam insert to protect the contents for shipping. There are five pieces to this kit; once assembled they create the Idol.
The idol comes in four parts with an upper body consisting of the head, torso and wings cast in one solid piece of resin. The two arms are cast separately, and lastly, the lower section of the body; this consists of the legs and tail positioned atop a pile of skulls. The base to the figure is a square monolith with steps and columns incorporated into it to create the impression of the statue being of a large size. All of the parts are cast extremely clean with some minor flash, which is typical of the casting process, being present around the wing sections of the figure.
The Idol of Cthulhu
is highly detailed and closely represents the scribbled illustration by Lovecraft in 1934. The monolithic base is more ornate and has been sculpted with amazing detail and gives the appearance of a solid marble or granite structure holding up the idol. The Kabuki
design has incorporated a meticulously sculpted pile of skulls giving Cthulhu a nice resting point. The base itself is of particular significance as it sits at the entrance to the lost city of R’lyeh where the "Great Ancient One" is supposed to lie sleeping, awaiting the day he awakened.
The Cthulhu figure depicts the massive creature right in line with Lovecraft’s drawing and description from his tales. The humanistic qualities and tentacle- covered head are the creature’s prominent features and the wings have been popped open showing the rippled, flesh-like qualities to them. While the body does not appear to be scaly in nature per se, the artist’s rendition gives an almost gill-like feel to the creature’s skin, which certainly sells the reptilian covering he is supposed to have.
Aside from some minor cleanup of the miniscule flash and a light seam line produced from the mold during the casting process, the figure almost assembles itself. The parts all have small, square-shaped key-wedges to aid in the installation of the parts. I found only one such key-wedge that needed to be trimmed slightly to fit into the corresponding set point. All of the parts were secured through the use of cyanoacrylate adhesive (CA – superglue).
The Idol of Cthulhu
from Kabuki Models
is an amazing cast resin piece. The transcendent theme of Cthulhu has been portrayed extremely well, allowing the essence of the mythical creature to shine through. The sculpting is beautifully mastered and the casting exceptional, leaving little cleanup for the builder to contend with. This piece would ideally make for a fine addition to any fan/player of the Call of Cthulhu (CoC) RPG
, as well as it would make for a fun- filled painting projects for any fantasy figure painters out there.
I wish to thank Kabuki Models for providing the Idol of Cthulhu for review.