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RICK BAKER AUCTION - Lot 213 - Full Size Alien Edgar Bug Animatronic Character - Men in Black (1997)

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Lot #: 213 Full-Size Alien Edgar Bug Animatronic Character MEN IN BLACK (1997) The scourge of the galaxy himself, this lot is a full-size Edgar Bug alien created for use in Barry Sonnenfeld’s sci-fi comedy Men in Black. After crashing to Earth in search of a lost galaxy, Edgar spends much of the film cloaked by Vincent D’Onofrio’s human form, until finally shedding his “Edgar suit” and showing his true form to the Agents. As originally scripted, the Edgar Bug spoke at length with Jay and Kay before a brief confrontation, for which Baker was charged with developing this full- size alien puppet to converse with Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith. This massive creation was fabricated at great effort and expense, and was set up on set in preparation for filming. Concerned about the time it would take to shoot with such a massive piece, a decision was made to forego the puppet in favor of an all-CG character. There was a feeling that this version of the character was not bug-like enough, despite Baker's efforts during preproduction to push a more bug-like design. While this creation never had the day it deserved, it remains an impressive show piece for modern practical effects. The 12-foot tall alien is a complete mechanical creation, with a steel and fiberglass fabricated body containing extensive mechanisms to move the head and arms. The puppet’s skin is made from a range of materials including latex, foam latex, and rigid urethane. The puppet’s mouth was capable of talking and lip syncing via computer-controlled system. Edgar’s skin is open under the base of the tail and up the back to allow access to electronic wiring that was used to animate the puppet. Armature poles are also exposed on the back of the feet to allow for movement and puppeteering. The creature is incredibly detailed with an extensive, realistic paint effect throughout, and includes plastic pipe spines, mouth pincers, and acrylic eyes. Mounted via a metal support structure to a wooden base, this creature was on display for many years in the Cinovation Studios display room. It shows slight wear such as hardened foam latex, but remains in good condition. Please note special shipping services for this piece will be required, and it may need to be disassembled for transport. Inquire for additional details. Dimensions: 120” x 60” x 120” (305 cm x 152 cm x 305 cm)