Sunday, 11 June 2017

Maniac Cop posable resin statues.

 Heyoo!

He's in-store now at bigmantoys.bigcartel.com
Just $75 for a fully painted deluxe version, and $39 for a blank.
 
I had a really good time at Toycon this year. Got to meet up with my old mates and get to know some new ones better. Regardless of my stance on the whole custom Dunny thing, credit where it's due - the art was excellent.

Also got reminded how fickle the whole bootleg art toy scene is. You're only as good as your last gimmick a lot of the time so I thought eff it, I'm going to sculpt Maniac Cop.
 Matt Cordell has been done before by the likes of Homemade Horror and another very rare 12" resin kit I've seen around. I wanted to make my own version, not quite as literal to the movie, but more cartoonish - kind of like something from Monster Squad or Scooby Doo.
 He took me about a solid working week to sculpt, including base. I've represented every detail - from the zippers and buttons, to numbers on his badge and name-badge.
The deluxe version is polished and painted to the max, with 3 points of magnetic articulation. I'm only making 5 of these. After that, he'll be only available in kit form, for people who like to sand and paint their own.








Sunday, 16 April 2017

Treegarr the 13th.

It's already in store and as I write, there are just 2 left. Sorry I haven't written about it here earlier.

This the 13th Edition of the full size classic Treegarr (not including a few one offs and *ahem* "tribute" figures out there). I've been on a real Friday the 13th binge - finally watching all of them in order for the first time. I even watched Jason X, God bless me.

For this one, I really wanted to have fun trying new things out and as is always the challenge with indy toys, do something no one could rip off easily. I've wanted to add a mask of some kind to the original 'Garr for years. I love Neca's retro Mego-style line of figures for all the little details and extra features so decided it was a good time to have a crack at it.


 Treegarr's mask is all-rubber. I made a few resin ones but they kept chipping the paint on the eyes. Even when I coated them with PU varnish (used for boats) and left in the sun for a couple of days.
The PU rubber holds a wash just great, as well as opaque paint on thicker, less flexible parts.

 The machete is cast in English pewter. Pretty much indestructible. I've recently invested some time and money into learning pewter casting. Resin weapons look great but no one can pretend a 4mm thick resin handle is going to last forever. I give these a black wash, acetone rub, and weather with a mix of different sandpapers and files.

The story I have in my head for this crossover is based on Jason Goes to Hell - where he becomes a possessive ghost. Treegarr is basically the same thing, except he possesses plant material rather than humans. Both of them are mute, without reason, but also intelligent and ruthlessly driven. Kind of a good match.

Also available are a limited number of Jason Voorhees masks that fit all full-size Treegarrs. For people that own a Treegarr and don't want to buy a whole new one.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

REANIMATOR, and Clutter edition Death Adder.

Been a busy few months of sculpting, and planning. I've been trying every trick in the book I know to put a real new spin on the classic 5.5" barbarian format action figure. Been mixing 3D printing with putty and wax sculpting, and I don't think I've ever made so many experimental waste molds. What I've distilled from all the playing around is a couple of rock solid ideas that I'm going to try and save until the whole PAGAN toys thing is ready to rock. I used to think people were crazy for keeping work-in-progress a secret. Not like anyone is reading blogs for ideas to rip off before they're ready right? Any self-respecting artist would surely want to know they've put something original in the world, no? No. I've seen so many carbon copies of things people have been working on, as well as a few things that are scarily similar to my ideas (of people I didn't expect to know of my existence) get done at almost the exact same time, that I too have fallen victim to wanker-phobia. Aaaaaanyway, here's what I CAN show you because you can buy it right now. Herbert West - REANIMATOR! Ever since I saw that Shapeways offer a full-color service, I've wanted to get on it. It's a real strength of the 3D printed format in that as it is no more labor, the price is the same as a monochrome figure. I'm really proud of the sculpt - I wanted it to be like SLUG Zombies or Monster in My Pocket in the way that it tells a story, rather than merely represent the character's likeness. Needle, severed living hand in bag, and blood on the sleeve. I could never have gotten Jeffrey Comb's cartoonised likeness this tight if I'd sculpted in wax or clay either. It's a real gem of an example of the benefits of digital. I still spent a ton of time on it, though. I'm amazed at how well they came out and how affordable the full color versions are. Naturally they are also available in the same range of monochrome colors as my other killer horror minis, over at: . https://www.shapeways.com/shops/bigmantoys
I've also made a goddamn gorgeous giant-size Death Adder in some of the lushest colors you'll ever see - available at the Clutter shop here: The Clutter Magazine store.

Thursday, 26 January 2017

The Bigmantoys CHEAP CREEP CLUB!

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Gold Dober's Jade

5 years in, and I've finally had the privilege of working with the guy who taught me on one of his figures. I was honoured to sculpt the head for his next figure "Jade" a 3.75 version of the Green Baron Mego figure, complete with rocket-pack.

You can read more about it and get updates on Austin's blog here:
https://micronautshomeworld.blogspot.co.uk/2017/01/jade-pics-late-monday.html

Sunday, 25 December 2016

Double Dragon rubber keshi, crystal clear minifigures, MF Gallery.

Merry Xmas or whatever you're into!

Life, if you're lucky enough to live somewhere like I (and likely you) do is like a video game - you pick your quests, your skills, and you dig deep when you get to the last stage and you think you have a chance of winning. Looking at it like this, my passion for making toys has been at an all-time high. If I have anything going for me at all, it's the fact that I enjoy the game of trying to get by as an independent artist and the variety that is an essential part of keeping it interesting.

I'm working on something you will have noticed if you follow my Instagram with a bunch of my most-trusted and serious 5.5 toymaker friends from Europe; Goodleg Toys, Peer Brauner, Ralph Niese, and Viktor's Vintage. It's a ton of work and will mean a lot of the non-fun stuff like business and money and whoring. I'll write more on it when we're a bit closer to having models finalised.

In the meantime, in the spirit of all surviving independent artists, I'm keeping the hand-cast stuff coming and bringing out designer-toys in new materials and colours all the time.

Just up in store is a super limited run of crystal clear Puppet MUSCLE (Puppet Master-inspired non official) minifigures, Double Dragon, and a re-release of my Mortal Kombat and Robocop (sculpted by Oscar Torres) minis.




Also, I'm very happy to say I've got a few pieces for sale at the MF Gallery in Brooklyn. Dave Brockie was a friend of the people running the show and had pieces displayed there. He's the only famous person I ever cried about when he died. Literally crying on the bus when I read it on Instagram. I made a special cross-hatched GG Allin bust. If I get invited again, I'll make something especially in Brockie's honour. I consider him one of the few realist workhorses to have made a success of themselves in showbiz - like Trey Parker and Matt Stone.




Also, I know you're supposed to make out like you're chancing culture forever somehow every time you make a good size art piece these days and get people to do raffles at cons to sell your stuff (fucking works too! People really will buy an idea if you convince them it's got value to others) but I made another Skeletank. 40 or so hours of 3D printing with a military paint-job, and a Skeletor headed Wo-man in hand cast resin.
BITCHKREIG!
I know everyone with Facebook is the new Bill Hicks but you know, the world really is full of desensitized people who want to see other people killed at the moment. Can't stop feeling so lucky to live where I do. There are toddlers right now who are dealing with heavier concepts than I've ever even had to imagine. So I suppose this is a little satire on the vulgarity of pursuing war.

Friday, 21 October 2016

5.5 Resurrection. Treegarr, Wo-man, and Remco-style rubber guys. Keepin the fire alive.

 As I've got a lot more time to spend in the resin room, I'm really churning out stuff and trying to keep the shop full, keep coming up with new figures, and continuing on my current lines.

Treegarr is too much fun to play with so I'm releasing 4 new colorways; Emerald Ending, Radtacular Blood-sucker, Blazing Cold, and Maxx'd-Out. 



 

I'm planning on making them ltd.to 3 of each, maybe even 2 if the molds don't hold up too well.
 I've fixed Wo-man's molds so I can at least finish the quota of 20 original colorway, and 10 Faker. I think it got to 7 original and 3 faker left (I'll have to check) so I'm introducing Slime-pit Wo-man (clear green) to give people more choice, and something for people with a complete Wo-man collection so far.



I also have quite a few flawed rubber bodies from my Remco-style buck (the static 5.5" body I've used for all my MOTU-style releases the past year or two). I'm going to stick random parts on them and put them in store as bootleg-style toys for super-cheap. I just need to clear out and I'm sure people will enjoy having a 5.5 you can throw down the stairs and never break.

On a day-to-day, BMT is growing for the first time in a long time. Having more time to give to it, I've been able to work on new ideas in the background and keep producing,and keeping the store interesting.

Inspiration is always there. Just cruising the right topics on Youtube or reading interviews with sculptors, and toymakers usually gets the juices flowing. New techniques in Z-brush, stuff people have made on Thingiverse, etc. usually stop me from picking up a joypad and procrastinating.
Before I'd ever made a single thing, San Francisco Toymakers (who made WCW and ECW figures at one poing) used to have a feature on their site in the early 2000s on how they sculpt, and tool their figures. That whole thing really excited me and I didn't forget about it until I was ready to start doing it myself.

Right, back to it. Cheers! :)