It wasn't so long ago that I finally made a start on collecting some figures for a Tintin league, probably for use with the Pulp Alley rules:
- Tintin & Snowy: http://colgar6.blogspot.co.uk/2016/05/tintin-and-zorgls.html
- Captain Haddock: http://colgar6.blogspot.com/2016/09/28mm-captain-haddock.html
At the time of the latter, I bemoaned the fact that 1st Corps had hinted they would release some "not Tintin" figures in the near future - just after I'd gone to a certain amount of effort to find a suitable figure to represent Captain Haddock! Well, for completeness (and because they have produced a lovely model of Professor Calculus) I just had to have some...
1st Corps Nosey Youth and Companions
For the very reasonable price of £5 (plus postage, of course), 1st Corps now produce this set of 4 models. I'm not going to pretend: they do look a great deal like Professor Calculus, Captain Haddock, Tintin and Snowy to me. However, they are listed in the catalogue as "nosey youth and companions", so if you want to find them then search for that instead.
I'm not very familiar with 1st Corps as a manufacturer and so I have no idea if these are representative of their sculpts or not. Overall, I'd rate this set as "good" rather than "excellent", I think.
- Professor Calculus: This is easily my favourite figure from this batch. He has a goatee & glasses and is wearing his trademark coat and hat. One hand is holding an umbrella and the other is reaching for his fob watch; quite the absent-minded academic! If I had any criticism at all, I'd say that I always thought of the professor as a rather small man, whereas this miniature is of average height.
- Captain Haddock: A perfectly acceptable figure; the captain is slouched and listless with his recognisable large, flat nose and slightly shapeless clothing. Possibly the trousers have too sharp a crease for the not-exactly-elegant Haddock, but that's a bit nit-picking, really. I'd have preferred the model to be carrying a bottle rather than a gun, mind.
- Tintin: Of the three humans, I think that this is the least successful sculpt. Whilst it's immediately identifiable as the boy reporter, the head is a bit too much egg-shaped for my taste. Also, Tintin's ears are overlarge and his eyes too high to be believable. Mind you, I'll still use the figure; he's good enough for my games!
- Snowy: Finally, we come to the dog. Snowy is a Fox Terrier; this model is usable as such, but it isn't brilliant. In fact, it's a bit of a blob. I'll use it anyway - I'm not over-fussy - but purists might seek elsewhere.
For the record, here are the earlier figures that I painted: