Weta Workshop will produce a pair of high-quality figures for the upcoming release of the “Ghost in the Shell” big screen adaptation starring Scarlett Johansson. The figures are highly detailed and have a price point and limited release to match, with only 500 going into production.
The first figure features Johansson’s the Major character in her thermoptic suit—pistol held in one hand, the decapitated head of a robotic geisha in the other. One foot rests on the robot geisha’s disemboweled torso, while the other rests on the figure’s accompanying stand, right next to one of the geisha’s arms. The figure's detail goes deep, right down to the ooze pouring from the geisha’s gaping neck slot and the pores on the Major’s face. The figure stands at 1:4 scale and retails for $449.
The second figure is a fully-intact kimono-clad robot geisha with replaceable head. The geisha stands at an angle, arms twisted in front of her. The figure features a removable head that can be replaced with one splayed open, revealing the bronze faceplate and metal circuitry working beneath. The geisha stands on a circular base reminiscent of formal Japanese flooring. The figure stands at 1:4 scale and will retail for $449.
Weta Workshop is known for its figures and weapon replicas, but the company is also an accomplished Hollywood prop maker that typically ends up selling recreations of the props it produces for the films on which it works. Such is the case with “Ghost in the Shell.” Weta Workshop spent over ten months designing roughly 3,000 props, prosthetics and animatronics for the “Ghost in the Shell” live-action remake.
Both the Major and Geisha “Ghost in the Shell” figures are predicted to begin shipping in March of this year.
“Ghost in the Shell” is a live-action remake of the seminal 1995 anime film about a cyborg police woman and her partner who track down a hacker called the Puppet Master. The film imagined a post-human world in which the rich or government-backed could transfer their consciousness into cyborgs called ghosts. When the Puppet Master starts hacking into people’s ghosts, the nature of free will comes into question.
Debuting in theaters March 31, “Ghost in the Shell” is a production Paramount Pictures directed by Rupert Sanders that stars Scarlett Johansson as the Major, Michael Pitt as Kuze, Juliette Binoche as Dr. Ouelet, Pilou Asbæk as Batou, Takeshi Kitano as Daisuke Aramaki, Chris Obi as Ambassador Kiyoshi and Adwoa Aboah as Lia.