Nearing completion at this time is the second entry into the world of the “Crypto Legends”. One of the most mysterious creatures on the shadowy list of legendary animals, the Abominable Snowman or Yeti, is said to have inhabited the high valleys, forests and lonely slopes of the Himalayan Mountains for centuries. Often described by local folk, yak-herders and climbers in the more desolate regions of Nepal and Tibet as a large and hairy, man-like beast that occasionally cross their path in search of food.
Strange footprints left in the snow along some routes thru open country have added to the legends. Questions arise as to what kind of an animal may have left these tracks and there have been several suggested candidates such as a bear, a snow leopard or a monkey. Many researchers feel that any track left in the melting snow and wind can take on distorted shape leaving an oversized unrecognizable print which then becomes suspect and thereby adds fuel to the Yeti legend. This certainly could explain some of the discovered prints but perhaps not all of them. Too often has science dismissed the unusual as folklore and superstition only to be proven wrong in their quick disregard. Not everything that exists in our world is known and catalogued so there is always room for new discoveries.
Interestingly enough, in this region of the world during the prehistoric past there lived an enormous primate labeled Gigantopithecus, a great ape which is estimated to have stood over nine feet in height. Presumed extinct for over 100,000 years, this creature or an offshoot of it’s bloodline may well be a likely candidate to the enigma of the Abominable Snowman…if it does exist.
Taking into consideration the long history of these creatures it is hard to ignore the possibility of it being a true living species. Without doubt the Yeti has earned it’s place as a mystery beast and so was always planned to be an addition to the “Crypto Legends” line of model kits. As far as the look of the sculpture, much of my interpretation is based on documented local lore and the recurring descriptions found in dozens of eyewitness accounts over the past hundred years with an added element of modified Gigantopithecus to make it seem within the realm of possibility.
As soon as the sculpture is completed I will post images here and also announce the release date of the model kit.
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