Friday, December 09, 2005

Manitou Free Traders Offers Corps of Discovery Figures

Manitou Free Traders, LLC. In conjunction with the bicentennial celebration of Lewis and Clark's exploration of the lands encompassed by the Louisiana Purchase, a new historical figure producer has announced a line of 12" figures of members of Lewis and Clark's Corps of Discovery.

"The Corps of Discovery opened the way for westward expansion, with a good map and detailed knowledge of the rigors facing the courageous undaunted opportunist. Each detail of the figures and their equipment has been researched ad nausea. Credit is due to the writers and illustrators of the various books and movies that have appeared around the Corps bicentennial. Without the research these people have completed this project would still be in development. The box illustrations are used courtesy of Michael Haynes, and can be found in the book "Tailor made and trail worn". The head sculptures of Lewis and Clark are modeled after the portraits painted by Peal. The likenesses of Sacagawea, Charbonneau and York are conjecture, although Sacagawea is based on contemporary bone structure of people from the Shoshone nation."

Although Meriwether Lewis and William Clark are both dashing in their period uniforms I think my favorite figure of the line is Sacajewa's husband, Pierre Toussaint Charbonneau. However, at $79.95 he is a bit spendy compared to the Lewis and Clark figures priced at $59.95. This puts them in the range of the Ignite figure line even without real metal weapons. I can't help but be tempted, though, as each figure has a production line of only 1,000 pieces.

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