I crafted this Noknor around the same time as the Noknor figure from Book I: The Roots of Evil, I think but Iâ€™m not 100% sure I did them at the same time. To be honest, I donâ€™t even remember exactly when (even the specific year) I made these, but definitely after 2007 as thatâ€™s when Book II came out. I want to say it was 2008, as I did my first Barnes & Noble book signing event in December â€™08 and both these Noknor figures were in attendance.
I made this Noknor in pretty much the same fashion as the first one. The core figure is another 8â€� scale WWE wrestling action figure, although not Kane. I donâ€™t know who this wrestler is (was?), all I recall is that he was a big bald guy and since I couldnâ€™t find another Kane figure I went with it. Interestingly enough, this one is just slightly shorter than the other, itâ€™s not that noticeable until to put the two figures next to each other.
Again, I started first by reshaping the bulbous head somewhat with a razor then painted the whole thing green and painted the eyes red. This wrestler was not wearing pants, so I just painted his legs black. The shirt is air-dry polymer clay, the same used forâ€¦well, all my art projects. I tried, again, to make the figure somewhat articulate, and so I left some space between the shirt and sleeves to allow arm movement; you can see some of the green paint poking through.
In Book 2 Noknor is not quite so stylish; losing a major war and then being a hunted criminal constantly on the run will do that to a guy. His dress and accessories are admittedly quite simple in the book, so I translated that into the figure. He wears a very plain cloak with a hood, so I gave him a real felt cloak and a wooden walking stick made from a dowel and clay painted black.
Also, in Book 1 Noknor (*SPOILER ALERT*) loses his right hand. Out came the trusty hacksaw and unknown WWE wrestler lost his right hand too. I superglued a magnet (a small but oddly powerful one) onto the stump and paint it gold. Then I made three separate attachments also with magnets that easily come on and off the stump: a hand in a black glove and an axe (both used through-out Book 2) and a fist made of solid gold (read: painted hacked off wrestlerâ€™s fist) which is mentioned in Book 2 and used in Book 3.
Although I love the interchangeable hand feature, overall Iâ€™m not very pleased with this figure as a whole, certainly nowhere near the level that I am with the first Noknor or other action figures Iâ€™ve done. I think I rushed it too quickly; it looks sloppy. I also donâ€™t like the axe, itâ€™s comically oversized and weird looking, I had some intentions of redoing it, but to date Iâ€™ve moved on to other things. Iâ €™m also not too thrilled with the figure I used, I wish I could have found another Kane figure to work with. This one has an odd smirk and seem a bit too chubby, although I will admit that he does look quite a bit like a green Michael Chiklis. Hmmmmm, I may need to update my Movie Wishlist.