Friday, January 22, 2010

Shame On HBO

So, HBO has gotten into some genre programming with True Blood. What type of merchandising seems unavoidable with horror genre product? Busts and figurines.

Look at the figurines. Well, first of all, they're busts, not figurines. They seem to use the two terms interchangeably.

But no, really, take a look at them. Anything seem off?

Like, I don't know, the faces of the actors clearly photoshopped on to the busts? That level of detail is not consistent with some bits in the busts.

While it is less clear on the Bill & Eric busts, it couldn't be clearer on Sookie. See the typical bust level of detail on Sookie's hair? Very much less detailed than the face, no?

Now compare it to the hair hanging down in Bill's face (the brunette of the bunch, if you're not a fan of the show). His hair detail that you can make out (which is, really, only what dangles in front of his forehead) is much more picture perfect than you get out of a sculpture.

It is clear that the face details are simply works of Photoshop. But nowhere on the pre-order pages do they warn that the images shown may differ from the final product. In fact, they urge people to order soon so they don't miss out...or, one might imagine, see a realistic representation of what the busts will actually look like.

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