Amongst the many strange and wonderous creatures of Thra, the gentle Landstriders towered above, picking their way quietly along forest paths on stilt-like limbs.
Tall, elegant beings, Landstriders sipped nectar with long tongues; their thread-like whiskers and twitching ears ever alert for signs of danger. Gathering in small herds, they could defend their young with powerful kicks from their rigid legs, but a Landstrider’s greatest defence was its speed. On open ground a Landstrider could run like the wind, covering vast distances at a tremendous pace.
In their quest to heal the Dark Crystal, Jen and Kira called upon a family of the long-legged creatures to help ferry them cross the vast desolate wastes surrounding the Skeksis castle. The Landstriders also defended their Gelfling riders, bravely battling a horde of slave-bearing Garthim despite being outnumbered. Courageously they fought, lashing out with kicks and thrashes until the odds overcame them, buying Jen and Kira the time they needed to free the Podling captives and escape.
- 1:6 scale;
- Limited Edition of 440;
- Pays tribute to the swift and looming mounts of the Gelfling;
- Sculpted by creature expert Kim Beaton;
- Base environment filled with a variety of flora and fauna from the world of Thra;
- Made from high-quality polystone.
SPECIAL BASE DESIGN
The three different sized circular bases across our 1:6 scale Dark Crystal range represent the Three Suns in the skies of Thra; the dying sun, rose sun, and great sun. Familiar iconography from the floor of the Crystal Chamber is featured around the outside. Spy the symbols of the urSkek, which have since been appropriated as signs of discord and Skeksis aggression.
Reflecting on our childhoods, every one of us can pinpoint moments of profound impact that affected the direction our lives would take. Seeing The Dark Crystal back in 1982 at the age of seven was one such pivotal event for me. The world that Jim Henson and his creative collaborators had crafted was so rich and enchanting that I could think about little else afterwards, and that fascination has stayed with me my whole life. It shaped the trajectory of my career. Celebrating the world of Thra and its characters in collectible form now is literally my dream come true.
Daniel Falconer - Art Director & Senior Concept Designer, Wētā Workshop
Landstrider has a set edition size of 440. No more, no less.
Please note: Images are of a pre-production prototype. Each piece is hand painted and some variations may occur.
OUR DARK CRYSTAL COLLECTIBLES
So rich and visionary was Jim Henson’s 1982 passion project that it inspired dreamers across the creative arts, including a whole generation of film effects artists now working at Wētā Workshop. Released at a time when many of our crew were young and beginning to explore their own creative energies, The Dark Crystal was an eye-opener: it was possible to bring imaginary worlds to life, and it could be a career!
Now more than 30 years later we have the great pleasure of breathing life once more into this magical world, celebrating the creativity and passion that inspired so many of us today. We hope you’ll join us in reliving the world of Thra and its inhabitants as we continue to explore Jim Henson’s 1982 The Dark Crystal.