Buildman, something that has been a true mixture of fun and hell at the exact same time. After a year and a bit of trying to nail this guy down the time has finally arrived. Consisting of nineteen separate parts to go crazy with, Buildman opens up new possibilities for customizing your own creations. As a special thanks to everyone for their endless patience, Buildman Ranic will be offered at $8 out of the gates. I hope this makes things a little easier to tinker with in these hard economic times. Thanks a million to all that have supported the journey of the Buildman, you kept us going and are the backbone of what we do. Don't forget to look around for the secret stores- can you decipher the passcode?
Jesse Moore and I were recently lucky enough to participate in the special artist's sketch card sub-series for the next round of Star Wars collector cards from Topps. I did four, the animal Jesse did about eighty. Big thanks to the Sucklord for the hook up and Dave Waldeck at Topps for the cool project. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for a ton of other artists from our community appearing in this set.
Jesse Moore brings another beast to life for Peter Kato's Astromonger's Monster Challenge show sponsored by Toy Tokyo. The gallery will be open Jan 16-18 at Toy Tokyo's Showroom in NYC. If you're in the city make sure you check it out. Special thanks to Megan and Peter for hooking this up!
Put this custom together for Japanese toy shop Pop Soda's Many Many Many Mey Dynamite Custom Show. The industrious Datadub of Fig-Lab got us involved with this very cool project, he is always looking out for us! Thanks d! The original form of this guy was a sinister looking beast meets Oliver Twist looking character. It was cast in GITD and had a movable waist, shoulders, head and hands and a removable hat and cane (again, forgot to take a pre-chopped pic). He was pretty tall as well. After tinkering around for a bit and playing a bunch of Metal Slug, this thing manifested. Nicknamed the "Many Machine", it can be flipped upside down to form either a "PopDuster" snub fighter mode, or the "SodaCrusher" hovertank mode. Piloting this rig is the Pheyden known as "Hades". After playing with this thing for a night I really want to make a vinyl vehicle for our little guys to pilot. There might be something at NYCC to illustrate this thought. Speaking of which, this show is supposed to be on display for its USA leg of the tour at Mishka's new store during NYCC (Feb 6th -8th at the Javits Center). We will be set up at Rocket North's booth (thanks Boris!) in the Small Press area with new stuff (Buildman?!). Hope to see some of you there!
Real X Head, one of the most forward thinking Japanese Vinyl companies out there, always inspires me here at the workshop. During the trip to Japan last September I personally got to meet Mori , the man behind RXH, and spent an evening talking toys and work (huge thanks again to Don "Datadub" Kratzer). Mori is a one man super machine, absolutely dedicated to his business and family. It's pretty incredible when you look at what he has accomplished in a relatively short amount of time. He was also insanely generous, piling his figures on us as gifts and allowing us access to his then unseen designs. Just an impressive person. Which leads to this entry. I have become slightly obsessed with his mini figures. Something about the proportions and feel just seem right to me. I love the big boys, but those damn minis make me crazy. So I had to cut up my favorite one, mini Hone Borg, and make an endoskeleton for him. Being that I'm a long time customizer it just always sorta happens that I end up doing this kind of thing. Now that I have access to piles of junky Glyos parts I can make some strange inner mechanics to suit up. This figure was created by carefully cutting the original mini Hone Borg on the seams and then building a basic endoskeleton out of Glyos parts. Half of a quarter muncher bubble was also used to keeps that big head sturdy. The figure can now move quite a bit, is very playable, stays together... and may even breakdance. It is with the highest level of respect to Mori and his amazing creations that I post this little custom here on the blog.