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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

eBay Watch: Rainman Custom 1/6 12" Lee Van Cleef

From time to time I will post interesting items that I see on eBay that would be of interest to a LVC fan. These are not endorsements of the sellers, just merely my observations of interesting or rare items.

There has never been a mass produced LVC action figure or statue available, but from time to time there are limited run or custom figures made.  This auction is for one of the finest I have seen.

About the item: You are bidding on one of only 15 produced custom Rainman Artwork Full Figure Set of the "Gunman 1873" showing Lee Van Cleef in his classic villan role as Col. Mortimer in Sergio Leone's "For a Few Dollars More". The South Korean 1/6 artist known as "Rainman" has become world known for his impeccably crafted, accurate figures. He possesses an uncanny sculpting ability to capture the essence of the character and his painted heads are truly works of art. Quality of this high caliber cannot be produced in large numbers. Typically, he will produce a very small number (15-20) of Full Sets which include everything and some extra items. There will also be "uniform sets" that come with painted heads, and then some unpainted head sculpts. All of which sell out within minutes of being put on sale. This is the Full Set of Gunman 1873 which includes the secret item which was the Colt brass frame "Cloverleaf" House Pistol.

The full set is as shown and includes:

  • Headsculpt with hat (non removable) hand painted by Rainman
  • Col. Mortimer's signature meerschaum pipe
  • White shirt
  • Vest
  • Necktie
  • Black jacket
  • Pants
  • Black long "duster" coat
  • Leather boots
  • Belt with holster
  • Brass bullets (please note that full set did not come with enough rounds to totally fill belt)
  • Colt Single Action Army "Buntline Special" long barreled pistol
  • Colt brass frame "Cloverleaf" House Pistol
  • Winchester Saddle Ring Carbine lever action rifle
  • Hot Toys body with relaxed hands, gripping hands, neck post, and stand
  • Custom Rainman Artwork box
  • All paperwork including instructions, certificate of authenticity signed by Rainman
Condition: This item was purchased and on display in dust free showcase our store since purchasing direct in 2009. It is in new condition as received from Rainman. The long barreled single action pistol does have a small mark on the handle from where the figures hand has rested on it for the past 3 years (he was displayed in the pose shown above with the pipe and hand on pistol butt). The long barrel also has a slight bend to it. It was like this when it arrived from Rainman, but since it was going to be displayed in the holster, we did not care. I am only mentioning the smallest of defects to keep everything on the up and up. 

SOLD FOR - $1,226.99

Photos below for archival purposes.  Click to enlarge.


  1. I agree, Aaron --- Rainman is one of the best AF sculptors out there. Here's another item (not AF, but resin model) now on eBay, professionally painted:



  2. Ooop -- pic didn't pop, but u can c-n-p it into a new page (I just tested to be sure), and the full URL to the page is below the JPEG URL. DCG.

  3. That is pretty cool! Now I know what to get Kelly, Alanna and the other girls for Christmas!

  4. It isn't missing part of one finger!

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