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2D Kombat Klassics

Discussing the 2D MK Klassics: Everything from the Original to Rereleases.
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Mick-LuciferPosted: 04/28/2013 12:44 AMStatus ::
NetherRealm Studios Recover Original Shokan Models

Extreme flooding in Chicago's Midwestern suburbs has had an impact on NetherRealm Studios figurehead and Injustice: Gods Among Us Creative Director, Ed Boon. As he tweeted recently, natural disaster was turned to archival gold as the Chicago native uncovered undamaged, classic memorabilia from the early days of Mortal Kombat!

Original stop motion models from Mortal Kombat and its two sequels have been added to the NetherRealm Studios collection, discovered amongst "20+ years of paraphernalia & swag."

Shokan characters Goro (MK), Kintaro (MKII) & Sheeva (MK3) were each accomplished through the magic of stop motion animation and digitized photography. The method - a trademark of the series in its early incarnations - allowed four-armed behemoths to appear opposite live-action actors with awe inspiring effect.

As series co-creator John Tobias explained in a Mortal Kombat Online anniversary interview; the method of animating models was partly inspired by classic cinema: "We wanted to have a brutish character as our boss and I remember thinking of the old Ray Harryhausen films..."


Goro as he appears in classic Mortal Kombat (1992) attract screen.

The discovery comes as Mortal Kombat II marks its 20th anniversary. The first sequel is still widely regarded as a high point for the series, responsible for adding a wealth of new elements considered definitive to the franchise. MKII introduced Kintaro as replacement sub-boss in an upgrade to the model work of the first game. Goro was the iconic first model featured in the series.

Dive deeper into nostalgia by joining the discussion in the 2D Klassic Kombat forum! There you'll find timeless discussion for topics like the first part of our John Tobias Interview.

raidenthefridgePosted: 04/28/2013 09:13 AMStatus ::


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RE: NetherRealm Studios Recover Original Shokan Models

I remember reading that the Goro figure eventually fell apart due to being posed in so many different ways.

They look so cool though I wonder how much they would be worth now, Kintaro kinda looks like ass here though, like an angry black man with white facial hair.

Thanks to MINION for taking my Siginity!
Noob7SmokePosted: 04/28/2013 01:35 PMStatus ::


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RE: NetherRealm Studios Recover Original Shokan Models

Thats awesome.

big thanks to flameshang for the sig.
OnagaPosted: 04/28/2013 06:22 PMStatus ::


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RE: NetherRealm Studios Recover Original Shokan Models

raidenthefridge Wrote:
I remember reading that the Goro figure eventually fell apart due to being posed in so many different ways.



They look so cool though I wonder how much they would be worth now, Kintaro kinda looks like ass here though, like an angry black man with white facial hair.


Funny you should say that because that is exactly what I thought he was as a kid when I used to pass his character card on the way down the kombat ladder in MK 2. I thought he was an African dwarf in white robes who was going to beat my shins in with a walking stick. Imagine how shocked I was when I finally saw him later on.

RazorsEdge701Posted: 04/28/2013 06:28 PMStatus ::


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RE: NetherRealm Studios Recover Original Shokan Models

Kintaro's underpants appear to be missing.

Perhaps he and Goro only ever had one pair between them?

daryuiPosted: 04/28/2013 07:58 PMStatus ::


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raidenthefridge Wrote:
I remember reading that the Goro figure eventually fell apart due to being posed in so many different ways.


I think that was in his bio card. IIRC, Ed mentioned keeping the other one.

Edit: I never knew Kintaro only had one shoulder pad.

GorozillaPosted: 04/28/2013 08:00 PMStatus ::


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That is awesome that they found those . Sheeva looks blah and Kintaro is going commando, but Goro looks great. I always wish they gave the Shokans the horns on their foreheads like they had in the John Tobias comics. I would love to visit NetherRealm Studios and see all the classic Mortal Kombat memorabilia they have there.

Spider804Posted: 04/28/2013 08:34 PMStatus ::


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RazorsEdge701 Wrote:
Kintaro's underpants appear to be missing.



Perhaps he and Goro only ever had one pair between them?

I can't decide whether to laugh or vomit after reading this. Bravo, good sir.

ShadalooPosted: 04/29/2013 12:45 AMStatus ::


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Sweet find! Shame about Kintaro's other shoulder pad though. That and no pants...maybe this is what he looks like after an all-night bender.


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RazorsEdge701Posted: 04/29/2013 03:05 AMStatus ::


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The other shoulder pad might just be on his back, the straps are on lopsided.

KlaudioPosted: 04/29/2013 01:30 PMStatus ::


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RE: NetherRealm Studios Recover Original Shokan Models

where is from Motaro?
he`s off course from Shokan

RiyakouPosted: 04/29/2013 01:55 PMStatus ::


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Onaga Wrote:
raidenthefridge Wrote:
I remember reading that the Goro figure eventually fell apart due to being posed in so many different ways.



They look so cool though I wonder how much they would be worth now, Kintaro kinda looks like ass here though, like an angry black man with white facial hair.


I thought he was an African dwarf in white robes who was going to beat my shins in with a walking stick. Imagine how shocked I was when I finally saw him later on.


When I first saw him in the Battle Plan I thought he was a bulldog.

Once I got up to him, I wasn't sure if he was still a dog or a weird-looking tiger. Turns out it was the tiger.

mwgrant0Posted: 04/29/2013 09:15 PMStatus ::


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The flooding has been really fucked up though.

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PickleMendipPosted: 05/01/2013 02:09 PMStatus ::


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RE: NetherRealm Studios Recover Original Shokan Models

Mick-Lucifer Wrote:
... NetherRealm Studios collection, discovered amongst "20+ years of paraphernalia & swag." ...




FINALLY! Someone who actually used the word 'swag' in its correct context. I was beginning to think all intelligent life had died off this planet.

Anyway, it is a lucky find. These figures need to go into a nice display case somewhere watching over and silently guiding the creative hands of NRS (like Julie Newmar in 'To Wong Foo...' lol).

STATE FED LIES CHARM EMPTY EYES. Anon.
Tetra_VegaPosted: 05/02/2013 07:00 AMStatus ::


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RE: NetherRealm Studios Recover Original Shokan Models

Tis buried treasure, mateys.

I used to think it was Smoke on the battle plan, I was like, "wtf". Why doesn't he(Kintaro) look like the picture?



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