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Fantastic Cora

Creature Arts 1/8 Fantastic Cora

By Tom Grossman

Date of Review July 2006 Manufacturer Creature Arts
Subject Fantastic Cora Scale 1/8
Kit Number Primary Media Resin
Pros Beautiful detailing, excellent casting! Cons
Skill Level Intermediate MSRP (USD) $49.95

First Look

One of my favorite sci-fi flicks of the ‘60s was Fantastic Voyage. This special effects masterpiece was based on the book of the same name by Isaac Asimov. The whole of the movie was appealing. One of the best parts of the film was the lovely Raquel Welch in her role as Cora Peterson. As assistant to Arthur Kennedy as Dr. Peter Duval, she was a valuable member of a dauntless team undertaking a never before done mission. What an attractive woman! Brains and beauty!

Fantastic CoraSo I was very excited when Fantastic Cora premiered on CultTVMan’s table at Wonderfest ‘06. The recognizable yet coincidental resemblance to Raquel was sculpted by Joe Simon. The kit is cast in seven parts with crisp detail and some flash. The finished model is 9” in height. One of the best parts of the castings is the lack of bubbles! This is, in places, accomplished with vents that will need to be trimmed off. But I’d rather do a little trimming than a little filling! The mold lines have been thoughtfully placed so as to miss the natural seams in her dive suit.

Fantastic Cora has Raquel’s figure. Dressed in her dive suit and sporting Cora’s hair do, she carries a nicely rendered laser rifle. Her utility belt has a very well done bundle of rope clipped to a ring on the belt. Her boots have well-rendered laces. Dive suit details are very well done with zippers in the cuffs and teeth in the zipper at Cora’s neckline. Hands and face are well done with good proportion throughout.

Her base is a work in itself. With lots of organic, microscopic looking features, the includes 3 piece base is reminiscent of the incredible sights inside the body of Jan Benes, inventor of the miniaturization process that saved his life. The creatively sculpted base adds a great finishing touch to the presentation of this ‘60’s sci-fi subject.

Little can beat a great kit of a sexy subject at a great price. Visit CultTVman’s Hobbyshop at There you’ll find Fantastic Cora for $49.95. Of course, watching the movie a time or two to refresh one’s memory is a definite must!