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Retroband's Interpretation of "The Oily Maniac" Revealed!

Several months ago we announced that horror figure maestro Aaron Moreno of Retroband Toys was undertaking a very special project for PlayToy and Unbox Industries: an officially licensed figure rendition of "The Oily Maniac", the monstrous protagonist of the Shaw Brothers Studio film of the same name. And now we're getting our first looks at the finished design! But before we get to it, let's recap what the film is about for those that haven't seen it. A campy, cult horror classic, The Oily Maniac (子鬼油) was released in 1976 and was based on the Malay ghost myth of the Orang Minyak, which literally translates as "oily man". In the Ho Meng-Hua directed film version, Sheng Yung (played by Danny Lee Sau-Yin) is a lawyer crippled by polio who is given a secret spell by his dying uncle that will turn him into an oil-covered monster. After initially using this power to become a superhero, avenging those who have been wronged, the "oily maniac" begins to take over and Sheng Yung can't stop killing while in this monstrous form!
With the design by Moreno approved by the Shaw Brothers Studio, "some quick designs" for which are pictured above, the next step is to turn his small-scale sculpture into glorious soft vinyl. And while Moreno sculpted the original figure at a small-scale, it was packed with so much detail that it was 3D scanned by Unbox and has been increased to a nearly 12-inch tall (30 cm) height — the same process by which Moreno's own "MEATS" was made! Moreno made sure to "keep him in his classic form but also give him a slight aggressive edge", his clever shoulder angling allowing for "simple articulation" that "compliments the Maniac's character and movements." Apparently set to have articulation at the waist, shoulders, and wrists, this piece looks fantastic already… And I love the proposed oil drum accessory leaking black goo. Already highly anticipated, Unbox are "honestly not sure" how they will be handling (pre)orders for this piece yet, "but it is our intention to not frustrate collectors and try to ensure everyone will have an opportunity to obtain an edition at one point or another without having to rely on resellers."

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