This is the transcript of Collection Complete – Episode One, written out lovingly for those of you who would prefer to read instead of watch.
Robert Burnett sits in a room of his house surrounded by collectibles. Behind him sits a scale replica of the Enterprise, sixth scale figures of C3P0 and R2-D2, and a mask from his own film The Hills Run Red. Babyface stares eyelessly at him while he introduces himself.
“My name is Robert Burnett, and I’ve probably been collecting things since I could hold something in my hand that would make my imagination catch on fire.
“I think my love of sixth scale figures is probably based around my love of film because my favorite figures are those figures that are representations of characters that have been in movies.” His sixth scale C3-P0 spins on a lazy susan gleaming in the lights. This cherished character is one that almost every person in the world who has been exposed to American culture can recognize.
“One of the things I always loved was horror films, and if you love horror movies — for instance, if you grew up watching Texas Chainsaw or you watched Psycho, or you saw a favorite of mine, a French film called Eyes Without a Face.” These classic horror films are known to many, but if you haven’t seen them, we very much suggest that you do. We added clips to the video to remind you of the terror that lingers in these movies.
“Suddenly that leads you to people like Ed Gein then you start reading about real serial killers, and you suddenly become fascinated with their pathology.” He continues, “you know, real psychology — why do serial killers think the way they think? And then, if you like horror films, this whole pantheon of mass killers, whether it’s Cropsy in The Burning, or whether you’re looking at Michael Myers, or you’re looking at Freddy Krueger, or Jason Voorhees — I mean, all of these characters have real-life counterparts.” He lists the big players in horror as easily as most people rattle off their grocery list, and continues, “they were inspired by real-life people.”
“One of the great things that I was able to do, was I worked with my friend Dave Parker making a movie called The Hills Run Red. And in The Hills Run Red, you have a kid that wants to impress his father, and he literally sews a baby mask to his own face, which to me goes all the way back to Eyes Without a Face.” Shots of this titular film play, showing the very character of which he speaks. The sight is ghastly and uncomfortable, but undoubtedly fitting for a horror villain.
“You know, it goes all the way back to movies like Peeping Tom or whatever, and I was I was very fortunate to be able to work with a guy like Dave Parker. He had such a clear vision of what he wanted his psycho killer to be, which was this character — this is Babyface. This creature was sculpted by Mike Broom and designed by Dave Parker, and clearly, both of them have issues.” He stares into the eyeless mask while he speaks, and we have to agree with his assessment.
“No companies were making kits or figures of our favorite horror characters, but there were people doing it in their garage. Like if you wanted the Spider Head from The Thing, somebody would make a resin model kit. If you wanted the rabbit from Twilight Zone: The Movie that popped out of the top hat, somebody would make a resin model kit. Bleugh, that thing! I mean – that was- it was amazing. It was a great time to be alive, and you know there was no McFarlane Toys then, there was nobody licensing these things except these. It was either resin or as vinyl model kits, and you never knew what you were gonna get.
“I’ve met a lot of people in LA and stayed friends with them because there are collectors I mean people like Mike Mendez. I have dozens of relationships with people now all over the world because of the internet through collecting.
“I always wanted to create something, to be part of something that somebody would want to turn into a figure that I would later want to buy. There’s a company called Ones Customs, and they did a 12-inch Babyface figure that’s like dead on. When you have other people that are inspired to make a garage kit or a garage figure of something that you’ve made it’s incredible — my job, and one of my dreams is done and was achieved.”
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