Mike Strick has announced his latest piece...and it's a creepy one. Victor Blattodea's Manual Over-ride is a fully assembled, hand-painted and weathered display piece. It's been hand-cast in thirteen individual resin parts. Measuring almost 9.5 inches long, from tip of finger to rear edge of wheel, the piece will be available for pre-order at ToyCon 2016 from the SUVB table at the Toy Chronicle stand (1-3). A £20 deposit (about $28) will secure you one at the special ToyCon price of £180 plus shipping (balance payable before shipping). These will be made to order on a first come, first served basis.

The back story is as follows:

Victor Blattodea was born behind a basement wall of Castle Frankenstein. It is impossible to know whether he gained his remarkable intelligence and opposable thumbs thanks to exposure to the many strange chemicals in the castle’s laboratory or by a simple twist of nature. Either way, none of his forty-three siblings shared his gifts. Growing up so different from his brothers and sisters, Victor was lonely and spent much of his time secretly watching the Doctor at work. He found that he could easily understand the experiments and it wasn’t long before he spotted the flaw that was making them fail and causing Frankenstein so much frustration. Stepping out of the shadows he took a deep breath, introduced himself and began to explain what he had worked out. He was surprised to be greeted only by shouts and a flying wrench. It seemed that the Doctor was well aware of his fragile sanity and was not ready to accept advice from a talking cockroach. Running back to safety, Victor decided that he would continue the research on his own. There were plenty of spare parts and materials in the laboratory left over from the Doctor’s failed experiments. Collecting them on foot under a barrage of thrown hand tools would be dangerous, so first of all he needed transport...

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