Thursday, 6 November 2014

Toys are my primary concern. I can't complain.

Not really much about designs or anything. Just thought I'd share some thoughts with the handful of people who read my blog. Instagram is the new god of internet - I've reached out to more people, been more inspired, and found myself led to more fun work via the 24 hour picture party than almost anything else so far. But I know a few people are still taking a look at the old blog so here's some insight into this mediocre artists' workings.

One thing that really surprises me is politics in independent art. Unless someone's ripping your ideas or dodging you for money, it could be said that all other bitching is sour grapes. That's how I see it anyway. If someone wants to glue a He-man head to a lighter and call it "Dope Fresh Dogg" and cast it in resin for $30 a pop, fine. I never had an interest in the lighter-based resin toy market anyway. If they get lots of money and more popular than me and my contemporaries for doing it, it's still not hurting me. I could possibly make a lot of money selling insurance to old ladies or casting up Dope Fresh Doggs, but it's not ALL about the money. Art for me is about getting my kicks from doing stuff I find challenging, and knowing my all has paid off when people buy it.

You've got to be grateful to live in a country where people can spend hours online debating action figure production values and moaning about the price of an item they know nothing about the involved cost of. How seriously fucking lucky we are that we can finish work at five, and fill our lives with nothing but the passions that drive us. We are the lucky ones. I worked like a dog all week, barely sleeping, and came home to a really nice home, sat at a desk in perfect peace, and made some toys for people who really appreciate them. Elsewhere some poor Chinese kid is working her 16th hour straight so one of us can get a deluxe action figure at the cost of one hour's work. She'll probably sleep in the factory too. I think of this and I know complaining is not something I'm very qualified to do.

I've never been able to afford a car, but when I think about all the things I've had around to inspire me, I really am lucky. I used to hang out a comic shop when I was a kid where people were bringing in resin toys they'd made, 'zines, banned movies, it was a treasure trove. I absorbed it all... and if you can't get inspiration from the internet? You'll never have it.

Now I get to work on sculptures and drawings and actually  share them with people all over the world. I've shipped out to 5 countries this week alone. My DNA splattered over the planet. More than I ever could have asked for.  Cheers!



Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Moribund. Time for the real Evil resin figures to get down.


  • Image of Moribund.
  • Image of Moribund.
  • Image of Moribund.

Thursday, 2 October 2014

BATTLE... GAZE... BACK FOR GOOD. SUNDAY!!

It's back. For good!
 
WHEN?!

They'll be available Sunday, right here: http://goodlegtoys.storenvy.com/

WHAT?!

These are articulated 5.5 action figures with accessories (yet to be revealed), with an astute focus on cocks/dicks. The universe and backstory is well established, and supporting artwork and literature will all be revealed over the coming weeks. 

Last month, I took all I had left of the original BattleGaze figures to Berlin, so I could spend a few days with Goodleg Toys.  We re-vamped the ideas, sculpts, and made molds with all new tooling and finishing to produce the figures that I didn't have the knowhow/time to, 3 years ago.



Even though I came up with the backstory and did the original sculpts, the look and quality of the figures is all thanks to the eye and knowhow of Goodleg Toys.

 WHY?!  WHY?!  WHY?!

There are lots of reasons Goodleg Toys and I wanted to do this. The main one being that the toys actually make us laugh out loud upon seeing them. The accessories and gimmicks that will be revealed on release simply flip on the fun-switch in my brain. It's a full commitment to the stupid ideas you have as a kid that make you laugh. Like the dirty cartoons that gave us poops and bogeys (British for "boogers) - the joke isn't funny until you make it real. And this is as real as it gets!

My favorite movie is Flesh Gordon II. I like intelligent humor, and it takes a lot of intelligence to do stupid humor right.

To summarise for our art-toy friends:
 It's a fucking big dick on a really well made action figure that looks kind of like He-man! Or if you prefer, it's a commentary on a fucking big dick on a really well made action figure that looks kind of like He-man!




Sunday, 3 August 2014

GILIUS and CHICKEN LEG in store NOW! Golden Axe action figures in tha' houuuussseee!

Sorry to anyone who checks this blog first. Really my Instagram feed at the top is the most up-to-date thing.

 After a  day of casting/whatever, my brain is poopied and I tend to forget little things like announcing drops etc. Anyway, you can now pick up my 5.5" Gilius dwarf, Chicken-Leg and the thief minifigure, all separately at www.bigmantoys.bigcartel.com. You haven't missed out. Still got just under half the quota of the original colorway Chicken Legs left, and most of the Gilius' (Guiliusses? Giliii?). I've only limited the colorways based on how long the mold is likely to last. I want to do at least 10 in experimental colorways/custom casts. Just depends how many shots I've got in the molds!

Barely advertised so still got some stuff left. I can't wait for people to get them. Really proud of what I've produced here! Seriously can't stop playing with these months after making the steed.

Man, Blogspot's being a doofus today. I don't know HTML and don't feel I should have to learn it to get my pics to go where I drag 'em.

Golden Axe action figures!! I still can't get over it! I'd take them to work if they weren't so big and conspicuous.

Right, got a little bit of finishing to do and tomorrow I start shipping out.

Thanks to everyone that's bought one so far! Exceeded expectations, especially on the Chicken Legs side. Now to get on with the 4th issue of Mystical Warriors of the ring!




Been a weird old couple of months. So busy it's hard to keep track of what's going on. Then some mornings on less busy days, I walk into my resin room and realise I've made a shelf full of dwarves and beasts that I'm about to ship out to collectors around the world. Pretty nice!


Friday, 25 July 2014

Gilius from Golden Axe? Oh yeah, I made him.

If you're kind enough to read my blog, sorry I don't give as much time to it these days. I suppose it's gotten to that point where I'm doing bigger stuff and so the time it takes to get that satisfaction you first get when you pop a mold open and feel a desperate need to share what you made with the world gets longer and longer. Not that I'm complaining. The tricks I've been shown over the past couple of years mean that there really are very few limits to what I can produce now except for time.

My obsession with Golden Axe (and I am no hipster on this - Ive played scrolling beat 'em ups non stop since 1987!!) is kind of taking over. Getting MAME running on my phone with a clip-on joypad has really got me looking forward to long journeys.

As soon as BAttlebeak (Chicken Leg) was done, I had people asking about doing Gilius (the dwarf!) and I had this image of a very D+D style 5.5 dwarf with joints that allow it to sit atop a mount. Now the problem with resin, especially most of the stuff we get here in the UK, is that it's prone to wearing easily. 
 I don't use anything toxic. So that rules out a few products but I've found something that never wears. It's weird to work with. Tough to cut neatly and weird to sand but for the nice basic torso shape, works pretty good.
The limbs are ball-jointed and I made them using a weird trick I thought up and can't believe works.

I'm really happy with the sculpt. It's exactly how I wanted it to come out. I did most of it in castilene and I'm totally sold on it as the best material for detail. I might never go back to putty given how durable and easy to use this stuff is.

I'm probably going to drop this in about a week. If it looks like people are digging the project, I'll probably start working on Death Adder or something.

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Axe of Gold - Golden Axe Inspired project... and loads of 5.5s!



I sat down with a Dreamcast homebrew Golden Axe game and remembered just how cool mounts are. It just adds a completely new element to things. Especially toys. A mount + a figure in the toyshop as a kid was the most deluxe format you could get for me. Throw in other stuff like minifigures and weapons and that was a happy x-mas for me.

So I just sat down and sculpted something inspired by Chicken Leg (golden Cockatrice) from Golden Axe. Took a lot of time and casting was scary (the mold is about 8lbs! If it hadn't worked, I would have flipped!!) but look at it!



The other figures are just to show size and comparability.  MOTU, Remco, ROTU, and collectors of resin counterparts such as COTU etc, will be able to mount their figs on these beauties.


 Also made a new Titan for the Strong Combatants/Gotterdammerung range.
Skarghossa!

Standing at about 12", this is one of the priestesses that birthed Skargh before he escaped to roam the worlds of the Viking gods. Her alignment? Not evil per se, but does need to eat the eyes of men to compensate for her constant loss of precious fluids through her gaping acidic tits.




TREEGARR.
He's coming back SOON! There are already casts being prepared by SUPERIOR artists Duboseart! That's right - that resin maestro has taken on production of the Treevil one. Get excited!

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Street Trash (Inspired Minifigures)


Heyooooooo!

Thanks for reading this blog. For those of us in the toymaker community sat uncomfortably between KidRobot rip-offs and politically ironic 3.75s it's often an incestuous, nerdy, lonesome and under-exposed world where the wrong things go right and the right things go wrong.

Anyway, have you seen Street Trash? Yeah?! Then this will make perfect sense.

A few years ago, when VHS became cheap thanks to DVD, my housemate and I built a good collection of cult horror VHS such as Street Trash, Braindead, and Savage Streets. Weird how rare Troma VHS always seemed to be here in the UK.

Anyway, Street Trash naturally appealed to everything I like. Really witty, well made, good characters, and utterly disgusting. So I've made this rubber MIMP inspired mini as tribute. Available right here: http://bigmantoys.bigcartel.com/product/street-trash-inspired-toilet-guy

Most of them are neon colored rubber but I've found time to do a handful of handpainted. Really pleased with these little turds. Based off the cover to the VHS copy I have.
If you're into minifigs and you haven't seen the film, I'd encourage you to see it. There's a lot of the DNA that inspires this vague 80s horror gore revival thing that seems to be happening (and I'm happy to see).






ALSO! I'm dropping a handful of neon rubber Treegarr Saplings. Limited to 5, one time only, and FREE subject to conditions, as of tomorrow night.




















Additionally, I'm working my knackers off on the quiet with an onslaught of 5.5 projects that i've got reason to be excited about. I love making my minis and I personally thought Burning Chop is the toy the world needed, but there's something so satisfying about making a figure then being able to pose it next to a MOTU and have it look in place.