Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Treegarr. Back Thursday. With friends...

For a limited run of 3 a piece, Bigmantoys' flagship 5.5" Etherian superbeast is back, Thursday the 15th @ midnight London time. In a blood red, and Totally Toxic colorway.


Moribund sold out fast in his first wave of 10 slime green and 10 white, so here he is again in Punk Pink, for  a limited run. He looks fucking killer!

Finally, Chicken Leg is back in slime green for just $55! First time he's been available in a non-classic colorway.

Thanks to everyone who's bought a variant of these guys and Wo-man over the years. They've been the backbone of Bigmantoys and encourage me to keep pushing over the years.

Cheers!

Thursday, 25 December 2014

ShoguNasty, and Day of the Slug

Flip, am I behind with the blog!

2014 has been great. I don't think many of my customers check this blog but if you are one, or even someone who "likes" my stuff on social media, thanks for letting me know my work's worth something to someone.

I've got two big projects happening in January. 

ShoguNasty! and "Day of the Slug".

 

SHOGUNASTY


This is going to be... VINYL!!!

Unbox industries asked myself, Zectron, Ironhauspro, and Tru:tek to come up with a kaiju-based minifigure for them to produce in affordable vinyl. This is basically as close as a designer toy company  has gotten to producing those fun Bandai sofubi that you can get of Ultraman and Godzilla, in terms of price. The colorways etc, are going to be experimental and insane!

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I sculpted the original with apoxy, a little sculpey, and some real rocks for the castle's "teeth" to keep the sculpt organic and irregular. I personally love the idea that the little rocks I picked up from Brighton beach are going to be immortalised in vinyl for all eternity.

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Unbox's experts in Hong Kong took a wax copy and made some minor changes to the sculpt for mold-ability etc.

Here's the backstory!


Hatano Hideharu, 1541 – June 25, 1579, was head of the Hatano clan, and successfully maintained independance against the impossible Might of Oda Nobunaga. For three years he and his clan hindered Nobunaga's march to Kyoto at Yagami Castle until he offered Nobunaga surrender, and was dishonorably executed.

His enraged spirit maintained itself in the stones of Yagami Castle, causing it to trmor, and deteriorate at a rapid speed. A thick, horrible electricity filled the halls of the castle, making it inhabitable. A proud caretaker remained for several decades alone, until the sound of breathing, living flesh in the walls became too terrible to take.

A year later, the castle was almost complete gone. Vanished. Old wives said they'd seen it slowly thundering through the forset, to the sea. No one believed them until now.

Hatano has returned.

Stone, flesh, muscle, monster, and cannons are destroying the best forces of the East Asian Experimental Mutagen Defence Force. Cannonballs rip through our cities and our best giantified martial artists are unable to offer any notable resistance.

What we can offer him to make him stop, we do not know. We must defeat him.

Japan besseches you, DIE! SHOGUNASTY!!!




DAY OF THE SLUG!

 

DROPPING JAN 5TH 2015! (store link at top!)

For the first time in so long with this one, I just had so much pure fun making these, I was almost loathe to do any "pimping", lest I stop enjoying it so much. But the way I'm releasing them is important I think, so here it is!




I want to make a minifigure that even though I'm making it by hand, I can sell at a price that makes it collectable enough to be a line, and with enough of a basic general concept that I can make infinite variants.
Day of the Slug will have 16 different sculpts coming out in year one - GUARANTEED! Unless I lose a hand or go to jail or something, I'll be releasing a set of 4 new figures every three months. If I get 1 person buying them or 100, whoever buys set one can be certain that 3 more sets are coming out in 2015. If it goes ok, I'll do the same every year thereafter! :)

I will make random batches of each sculpt in one-off and experimental colorways, these if you like, will be the "rare" figures. I will not be casting to order. If you see a weirdo in my store that hasn't been released in a standard run, you got a rare variant, at the cost of a normal.

The standard colors will be neon pink, yellow, black, clear yellow, green, white, blue, red, and purple. These are the colors you can order anytime in a value 4-pack. If I can find a reliable flesh pigment someday, that'll be an option too!

What's more, There's gonna be professionally produced glossy trading cards as an option with each figure! I want this to be as satisfying a collecting experience as I can pull off. Sculpting's part of it, casting's another, but making that moment someone opens the box genuinely exciting is what it's all about!

Intelligent slugs are not new to Earth. They're just small enough for us to not know about them. From the telekinetic deep sea nudibranch elders, to the hard-mantled terrestrial gastropod mollusc, their secrets are finally revealed - forcing them out into the open to live alongside, or battle mankind!!

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!