Dedicated readers may remember the Majora’s Mask replica we reported on last year. It was pretty impressive, right? It certainly was, but that hasn’t stopped artist Riley Planalp going above and beyond to further push his artistic talents in order to provide an even better, far improved version.
The new version is accurately to scale, with a length of 18 inches from horn to horn. The back has also been sculpted out so that it appears as a proper mask from all angles. Of all the Zelda crafts we’ve featured, this has to be among the top tier – it’s so stunning that it looks just like an official merchandise product.
For more images, information and how you can get your eager mitts on a mask, hit the jump!
While the last mask was submitted to Etsy, the artist has now moved camp over at Kickstarter. The funding goal is set for $2000, which Planalp says is the required amount to cover the costs of the necessary materials in order to mass produce the masks for sale.
There are two types of mask available to buyers: the completed version you see above; or a DIY version that you can paint yourself, with a built-in guide to help show where the sharp details need to be designated. Here are the prices and rewards for backers of the project:
- $5 or more - ”Keep up with this campaign with backer-exclusive updates. You’ll also receive TWO 3″ Majora’s Mask vinyl stickers.”
- $155 or more - ”A raw cast of Majora’s Mask made from fiberglass resin and filled with a rigid foam. An instructional video will be available to guide you through the painting process! Here’s what you get: ONE raw cast (white), TWO sets of vinyl decals for the mask and TWO 3″ Majora’s Mask vinyl stickers. If you think you’ll need more than the two vinyl decal sets, just add $7 to your pledge amount and we’ll send another set your way!”
- $285 or more – “A completely finished Majora’s Mask! For those of you that aren’t daring enough to take on the raw cast, a limited quantity of finished Majora’s Masks will be available. Here’s what you will receive: ONE finished Majora’s Mask replica painted to resemble the one shown in the gallery pictures and TWO 3″ Majora’s Mask vinyl stickers.”
While the artist toyed with the idea of making the mask wearable, he decided against it as the shape would prove uncomfortable, as well as the fact that making eye-holes or other means of seeing through the mask would destroy the artistic integrity. With that in mind, I believe the right decision was made.
Fellow artist and friend Zachariah Perry had this to say regarding the project:
“Every detail line on the mask is a slightly raised ridge, which makes the painting process incredibly easy. In addition to these 3d detail lines, we’re including a colored vinyl kit with decals that correspond to every detail, making the hardest part of finishing your mask incredibly simple. These masks are not going to be offered again, so be sure to get in on this exclusive run.”
Whew, there’s all the information. Now feast your eyes on some more images of the beautiful mask, and you can also catch some progress photos of the moulding stage on Planalp’s Flickr.