Mr. Roland wrote me to provide some new background about the toy, including photographs of his Freddy sculpt.
“I took a few photos for you to see the original size of Freddy’s head, close up and un-painted.”
“It’s my artist’s proof casting at full scale of the polished wax sculpt super-master I created, that eventually would be burnt out of the mold, lost wax method. This way they have bunches of seamless vinyls to use as masters and go into production. Castings shrink 3.5% each time, so by the time it gets to market it’s 7% smaller than my original.”
Mr. Roland also passes along the news that his love of monsters runs in the family. His daughter, Tina — who at age 5 was terrified of the Freddy Doll in her living room — has gone on to design several interesting characters and creatures of her own. You can check out Tina Roland’s web site, here.
I want to thank Mr. Roland for sharing with me and the readers some more history behind the creation of such a memorable 1980s collectible…