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Mysterious old Bob Ridolfi ninja, circa. 1990


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This figure came with a few old circa. 1990 lead minis from the Random Box O' Goodwill project.  It was signed "Ridolfi" and "90" on the bottom, but remained a mystery until I ran into Mr. Ridolfi himself:

 

Last mystery solved!

 

I talked to Bob Ridolfi about the ninja figure with his name and the probable 1990 date.

 

If I understand right, Ridolfi says that back in 1988 when he was just starting out sculpting he made a test batch of figures, about forty of them, and had them cast up and put in baggies and went around asking game stores if they were interested in selling them.  He identified this ninja figure as one of that group.

 

Ridolfi told me that about 100 of the ninjas were cast, and maybe half of them sold.  The rest were melted down.

 

So apparently it's a little piece of history.  I'm going to try to paint it up nicely.

 

 

My martial arts friends tell me that fighting with two sais is silly, like fighting with two shields.  Oh well.

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Original WIP here.  I finished him on the Memorial Day Weekend Paint Binge.

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One can fight just fine with two sai.  One is for trapping, the other for striking.  Or deflect with both...  Or strike with both (not double damage--but one might be deflected), etc...  Now, having one sai behind your head, as your ninja friend there...that's a bit silly.

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One can fight just fine with two sai.  One is for trapping, the other for striking.  Or deflect with both...  Or strike with both (not double damage--but one might be deflected), etc...  Now, having one sai behind your head, as your ninja friend there...that's a bit silly.

 

I agree.

 

It can be done, maybe not the most regular combo, but it can work fine when skilled.

 

That being said, nice mini, a great find.

Well painted ( as usual)

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