I can’t say the phenomenon is something I’m particularly familiar with, but the images Undead Backbrain has been given of the 5Finity Productions Premium Sketch Card set based on Joe DeVito’s Kong, King of Skull Island look pretty cool.
As you may remember Kong, King of Skull Island is a book, a comic series and a proposed movie, based on characters created by Merian C. Cooper for the 1933 giant ape classic, King Kong (US-1933; dir. Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack). For the latest on the DeVito-inspired film see the Undead Backbrain article, Intimations of Kong.
Anyway 5Finity produce sketch card packs, and their Kong, King of Skull Island set looks as epic as the film itself. The series run consists of 650 packs, featuring at least one sketch card per pack drawn by some of the most popular sketch card artists. Among the 650 sketch card packs, there are random Special Packs dispersed as follows:
- 120 Rare Artist Sketch Cards (1:6 packs)
- 40 Hot Packs with 2-3 Sketch Cards (1:22 packs)
- 40 Joe DeVito Autographed Cards (1:22 packs)
- 10 Gold Signed Joe DeVito Autographed Cards (1:65)
- Plus, buybacks and surprises!
The odds of receiving a Special Pack is 1 in 3 packs!
The bad news is the set was released on August 15, 2011 and sold out before it hit the stores! However, a 5Finity representative commented that singles should be appearing on eBay and the sketch card forums.
Meanwhile, here are three of the “sketches”, by Anthony Hochrein, Mark McHaley and John Johnston respectively:
For those who are interested, here is the artist line-up:
Alfred Lopez Jr
Frankie B Washington
Victor “Victoman” Rodriguez
- Source: Steven L. Frank for 5Finity, via Avery Guerra. Written by Robert Hood; 5Finity website.