Tuesday, September 19, 2006

SEASON PREMIERE OF NCIS

NCIS has its season premiere tonight at 8 p.m. on CBS. Today also marks the birthday of one of its featured performers, David McCallum. Although I’m only a casual viewer of the show, I am a big fan of David McCallum, stemming from the fact that he co-starred with Robert Vaughn in one of the coolest shows of the 60s, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. David McCallum is one of those stars that you feel like you’ve grown up with. I’ve really enjoyed him in everything I’ve seen him do. He even delivered a good performance in the otherwise awful U.N.C.L.E. reunion movie from 1983.

On NCIS, McCallum plays medical examiner Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard (yeah, I know, but it’s a Donald Bellisario production). Ducky is a rather uptight, bookish fellow who’s often dispensing advise and wisdom to his much younger co-workers. As with other roles, McCallum brings the character to life in a way that raises Ducky above what could be a caricature. He imbues the character with a certain charm and dignity that makes you really like him, even when he’s telling one of his rambling stories.

Anyway, in honor of the NCIS premiere and Mr. McCallum’s birthday, I present my custom action figure version of Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard. The head is a resin creation courtesy of Dale Van Slyke (visit his eBay store at Diver4’s Treasure Chest), attached to a generic action figure body. The doctor’s scrubs I purchased from Old Joe Infirmary. They have a terrific Web site where they sell individual pieces for custom action figure creations. Their address is (http://www.oldjoeinfirmary.com/).

I’ll get back to my usual childhood recollections tomorrow.

7 comments:

Farad said...

I can personally attest to the resemblance of this work - as it sits atop my computer as I type this! Great job with Ducky - the face is a wonderful recreation of the real image! I too love David McCallum and the Ducky role is perfect for him (I especially love the episode of NCIS where Gibbs actually says that in his youth, Ducky looked like Illya Kuryakin - great in-joke!) Thanks Neal - excellent work!!! -- Fara

PUPPETBOY said...

Where's Abbey

jd said...

This is awesome? Can we get a gibbs one?

jd said...

this is increiebl - I would love a get a gibbs one...can u telll me how to go about it?

thanks!

jd said...

This is incredibly awesome! I would love to get gibbs and abbey...can you tell me how to get it done???

jd said...

This is incredible. I would love to get gibbs and abbey...can you tell me how to get this done? This is awesome....beautiful job!

Neal P said...

Thanks for your comments, jd! The only way I know to put together custom action figures is to scrounge for pieces that might work. Check out the Web site and ebay source I mentioned in the post for action figure pieces. There's actually a Cy Girl punk figure that might be a good start for Abbey, and Diver4's Treasure Chest might have a Mark Harmon head available. Good luck!