10.08.2008

The Odyssey

It has been a while....Well over the last month and a half tons of things have been going on. We had a new addition to the house with the birth of our second daughter, Cirie Alice Doughty, and I went on a trip to China, Hong Kong and Japan. Sorry for such a spell of silence, but it has taken longer than I had anticipated to get back in the groove. While in China I visited the factories that make the Glyos figures and Beantown Toys. It was wild to see the process first hand. I actually worked on the assembly line while the new Sarvos figures were put together. Working with the factory's QC team was great, a bunch of production problems got solved from just meeting in person. The latest figures that we just had made are by far the best to come straight from the factory. I actually don't have to fix anything on them (which is a first). A Typhoon hit while I was in Hong Kong and I got sick as hell during it. I was on the 25th floor of a hotel in Kowloon in the middle of an insane Typhoon, alone and ill out of my mind. To top that little section of the adventure off, one of the bay windows in the room BLEW OUT and was hanging by a tiny support arm, causing a freaking vortex in the room. It was awesome. And it sucked.

The Japan leg of the journey was absolutely glorious. Massive thanks to Don "Datadub" Kratzer for putting me up and literally being the best damn host in history. Don, I owe you a million. The insanely talented LAMOUR Supreme was also docked at Don's and the three of us went on a toy expedition that was ridiculously mind blowing. We also managed to release the first part of the Shadow Set during our time in Japan. Built a small set and took a series of pics in Don's backyard to chronicle the toys while we were at it. Got to meet a lot of vinyl heroes as well. Mori from Real Head was an incredibly generous person, with his time and his attention- not to mention his amazing toys. The Gargamel and Super 7 crew threw a great party at the Thrash Out Store with tons of US collectors crashing the show. So much activity in such a small time frame, it wiped me out. I'll put up some small blips of info and pics detailing the whole trip over the next few weeks. I'm glad to be back.

Me working the assembly line at the factory in China.

The steel tool mold for Buildman.

The factory at work.

Pile O' Pelvis...

...and feet.

L'amour doing his thing.

L'amour and Mori from Real Head.

Mori, Don and L'amour.

Quick backdrop for Japan shoot.

7 comments:

  1. Wow, sounds like a great adventure. Glad to hear you made it back in one piece and to hear you are that much closer to releasing some new goodies.

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  2. Glad to hear you're back, safe and sound. Can't wait to see what comes of all of this . . .

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  3. guys thats so awsome an terrible im glad you guys are back i really missed your updates .im stoked about these new buildmen .its good to see you guys and i miss you guys .i just made a 3 inch creyboth to goalong with my 6 inch pheyden .:) well i digress ill let you guys get back to work

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  4. Matt it was an amazing time. Thanks for keeping me and Don in stitches the entire time. The Shadow tour was a great success.

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  5. I knew something had to be up.
    I'll try to call you tomorrow - have off for the holiday.

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  6. Awesome buddy...So glad the tripped turned out to be something you enjoyed..I finally got a pic of a huge chunk of my collection, it should be in your email now.

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  7. Glad you made it home all safe and sound! What an amazing time I bet you had. I love that you sat down in the line and worked right there with the factory! They must have freaked out to have you just sitting working on it all with you. That is SUCH a clean factory! Looks amazing! Can't wait to see what comes of this whole trip! you rock!

    george

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