R3VIEW – Coarse Fluid, Flake and Float 1:1 Lifesize Statue

Posted: April 28, 2012 in Toys
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“Go big, or go home…”

That could have been the motto for Coarsetoys in the early days. In 2004 Coarsetoys (now just Coarse) came out with their first production toys: the 12 inch vinyl Fluid, Flake and Float set. (I’ll be doing and in-depth review of those soon). Then there was not much else from Coarse for 3 years until 2007 saw them go big…really, really big and release the series as lifesized 1:1 scale fibreglass statues.

The statues really come in two flavors: a production run of 25 that was sold to collectors and another version that were provided to retailers as a display item.

There are not a lot of details on the display versions of Fluid, Flake and Float but I’ll summarize what I know.
Early Coarsetoys had a strong partnership with the Vans stores, having 2 of the original 12″ FFF figures sold in and branded with the Vans store logo. From what we can tell a lot of the Vans stores received a 1:1 FFF statue as a display piece. These store versions come with a single head, either Fluid (long-haired surfboarder) or Flake (short-haired skateboarder, also known as Pain). As far as I know, no store version has the Float head (skateboard truck).
The store versions that sport the Flake head all seem to be the same and are in the Pain motif – that being grey shorts with blood splatters. I know of two versions of this: one at Rotofugi (still there) and one that was at RedHotRobot that was sold to a private party a few years ago.
The Fluid versions seem to be typically what was displayed in the Vans stores. These have varying color shorts and also different color hair. Most of these that have shown up on the collector scene are in various states of disrepair. Over the years a number have shown up – mostly in Great Britain and throughout Europe. With one in pretty bad shape from England showing up on eBay in 2011. I’ve seen 4 of these show up and get passed around between collectors over the years. And no one really knows how many more there might be and what condition they might be in.

Now the other version – the 25 production pieces sold to collectors.

Again a lot is not known about all 25. As far as I’m aware the one I have is the only one that has been seen and photographed and discussed publicly. Since I’ve been collecting Coarse I’ve never seen another one in the wild, so while the run was 25 it is unknown how many were actually made and sold to collectors since anyone who has one doesn’t talk about it.

The biggest difference in the production run is the inclusion of all three heads which are interchangeable on the statue. The version I have both the Fluid and Flake head are ‘pain’ versions with blood splattered on their face or dripping out of their nose. All the heads have a metal bolt that snaps into the neck of the statue to keep it secure, while letting you swivel the head into whatever position you’d like. The set also comes with two chest-stands so the two heads not on the statue can still be displayed.

The body itself comes in 7 pieces each using metal bolts and spacers to hold the prices together while letting some articulation and varying positions. There is the torso, both arms, both hands and both legs as separate pieces. A wooden base is also included for the display. A metal pin is screwed into the wooden base and goes up into the left foot that secures the entire statue so he can’t fall over.

Also included are three necklaces, one for each head. These are the same necklaces that Coarse gave away for free on Facebook in 2011. The fact that they had a number of these for their giveaway lends me to speculate that they had them made for the 25 1:1 figures, but not all 25 were sold leaving them with a number of necklaces left over and available for gifts.

There are also 3 blood splatters that come with the figure and can be placed on the wooden box. Also a small jar of touch-up paint is included for any small scratches or nicks that might occur on the piece.

Some random thoughts:
– Both Fluid and Flake heads have eyebrows. Something that the later versions of Pain don’t have. Some people don’t notice or mind the eyebrows, while some find them horrible to look at (James…). 😛
– The 1:1 and the 1:3 Pain are very similar in sculpt and style with the 1:3 version you get some new small refinements like the addition of the belt and chain and slightly longer shorts.
– Both have the same Vans sneaks on that the original 12″ figures also have included.
– The 1:1 does not come with any skateboard or surfboard. Although I’ve bought a full sized skateboard and primed it to hopefully someday have Sven do a sketch on it to display with the 1:1. I’ve also toyed with buying a used 3-fin surfboard and paint it as the ones that come with the 12″ but haven’t gotten up the gumption to go that far yet. 🙂
– The 1:1 has the chest bandage on the right pec, the 1:3 has it on the left. The 1:1 also has a leg bandage that is not on the 1:3.
– Float’s wheels are separate pieces that actually spin and have Coarsetoys branded on them.

All and all he’s definitely the most striking and noticeable piece of art in my house. It’s fun changing up the heads from time to time to give him a different look. Personally my favorite is the Float head so that is on the statue more than the other two. Followed by Fluid and Flake being the last. It’s also fun having the other heads around the house. They on their own are amazing pieces of art and worthy of display even without the 1:1.

If you have any question or comments about the 1:1, feel free to ask. Or if you know of any more information on other ones out there let me know. It’d be cool if this could become a place to keep track of the known 1:1s and what information is available about them. And if you have one and are cool with it, I’d love to post pics of the other ones out there – especially the Vans store versions where they have different hair and short colors.

Thanks,
Geoff

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