So what happens when the factory sends a whole bunch of figures that aren't up to snuff? Well...you use them for customs!! Rocket World's Patrick Ma has been putting together some AMAZING custom bears. He had one displayed at the MTV book release party at Toy Fair...and here are 2 more custom bears. How cool are those mini guns and that nylon gear?
We're back with the second part of our write-up of the creative process behind Blackwater Toys' Kuggs line.
The factory we are working with in China requested some turn arounds to build us a prototype. We did do the turn arounds but thought how in the hell can they tell that we want this edge round or the leg is more "rounder" than what you draw in the turn around? So we thought maybe we can build a rough clay model, that way it would be easier with the factory to see what we want.
We though it can't be that hard? So we googled and did some quick research - looks easy enough. Got our shopping list together and went to Pearl Paint - aluminum wire for support, wire mesh for shaping, a box of Super Sculpey, and some materials for molding (I forget what that was - it was a recommendation from the person who worked there). After, we went home and started to try to sculpt.
Rocket World has received samples of their 5 newest bears. Each of them are limited to 100 serial numbered pieces. Below are the estimated release dates for the line. Learn more about them in the Rocket World Forum.
left to right:
Midori the Eco-Bear / release date TBD
Sun Tzu the Panda Bear / release date July 2006 Comic Con Exclusive
Septimius the Black Bear / release date late April 2006
Henson the Polar Bear / release date late April 2006
Peary the Bloody Polar Bear / release date late April 2006 Kid Robot exclusive
*septimius and henson will be available at your favorite vinyl dealers.
Fugitive Toys is having a MASSIVE sale to help make room for new toys coming soon. Almost the entire store is on sale! And some things are almmost 50% off. Be sure to check out all of the sale items here.
Dhube, otherwise known as Isabel, has sent word of her plush creations. Isabel lives in Spain and produces hand-made plush dolls with varying personalities. The photo here is of one of her characters named Lebasi.
A new line of designer vinyl figures is being designed by Phetus. Damaged Gudz is the line and Eow and Oof are the first two characters from the line. They are a dog and cat that have been...well...damaged! I'm glad to see Phetus designing some new toys. These should appeal to both adults and children.
Toy2R and Ox-Op are releasing an 8" Egg Qee from Jeff Soto. The figure is a limited edition of 500 figures. They should be available later this month and are an Ox-Op exclusive...however they'll be available from some regular retail outlets.
Ron English has a brand new figure up for preorder - Big Yang and the Yang Bangers - from Toy Tokyo. They were displaying this figure at Toy Fair - as well as another Ron English figure (Cathy Cowgirl) in the STRANGEco booth. The above figure is listed at $59.99.
McFarlane Toys has released a number of new Corpse Bride products. If you enjoyed Tim Burton’s film, you’ll find yourself in love with these figures. They are the spitting image of the movie characters.
The Corpse Bride 2-Pack was released as a commemorative set for the release of the movie on DVD. The set contains two 6” tall action figures of Victor and the Corpse Bride. With the characters having such long legs, I thought this might be an obstacle in creating action figures. However, McFarlane uses small, attachable bases that help keep the figures balanced.
Votes have been tallied and we now know who is advancing to the second round of the March Madness Toy Tournament. The field has been cut down from 64 artists to just 32. Voting for the Second Round has begun and will end at 12:01 am on Monday March 20th. Remember that your votes do count and it's up to you to support your favorite toy artists.