Sunday, 6 July 2014

Axe of Gold Wave 1 playset can be all yours as of July 11th!

It's on!

Full details below but for those who just want to get their hands on them toys, here's the most basic details.

For just $110 and limited to SIX SETS, the full set includes:

  • Battlebeak, the steed.
  • The "Battle King" barbarian. 
  • A sword.
  • A thief (US variant is blue, rest of world is green).
  • A potion for US customers, or a joint of meat for rest of world.

US customers need to purchase from RAMPAGEO INDUSTRIES STORE. (Check for times)

Rest of World need to purchase from BIGMANTOYS STORE. Going live @ 21:00 GMT 11/06.

...AND HERE'S WHAT MAKES THIS SET SO DAMN LEGENDARY!

Dropping July 11th Comes the Vintage Style Axe Of Gold Set.
In a world where Gods, monsters, and men battle endlessly by sword and by spell, might can only be acheived through allegience.
 Joining forces with a powerful beast named Battle Beak, a sword weidling barbarian they call “The Battle King” must fight all who challenge him, in a quest to poseess the great Axe of Gold! Whoever might hold this weapon, will be granted the favor of the Gods and become ruler of all.”



 

Neo-vintage resin action figure makers Bigmantoys and Rampageo Industries are teaming up with one of the most elaborate 5.5″ scale playsets ever!
Heavily inspired by 16 bit gaming, MOTU, and all things barbarian, Axe of Gold wave I consits of a completely new mount (Battle beak), dwarf, and accessories, sculpted, and produced by Bigmantoys. The barbarian rider “Battle King” painted with the finest Monster Kolor Paint by Rampageo Industries using a Realm of the Underworld buck with kind permission from Zoloworld.
These are all completely compatible with lines of similar scale, meaning the advetures are limitless.
As if that wasn’t cool enough, this playset will be shipping out of the US and UK to save collectors shipping costs, with variants exclusive to each store!
 The sculpts for this project took a beating in the molding process so numbers are limited to how long the molds decide to hold up. At a price of $110.00 (USD) plus shipping for the  set, this is a box of awesome both Bigmantoys and Rampageo Industries are very proud to present. In the interest of bringing you the best possible product this will be a limited pre order from July 11th until July 18th, and production will start after the pre order peiord ends so please allow some time for orders to ship.. Sets will be available from Bigmantoys store, and the store on DoomKick.com. The DoomKick sets will ship out of the US and include The Battlebeak Mount, The rider, sword, a thief in blue, and a potion. The BMT sets will ship out of the UK (for international orders), and include the Battlebeak mount, the rider, sword, a thief in green, and a joint of meat.

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!

I'm producing a minifigure and accessories for this, but that's plenty of work for one guy with the mount, too. So I will be collaborating with Rampageo Industries (the creative force behind Doomkick) - they'll be adding the actual figure to the set. Plus it means we can ship out of the States which will work well for most toy collectors.

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.

The playset should be ready in a few weeks and drop in my store and Rampageo's at the same time (we'll have slightly different variants each).

 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.

Friday, 18 April 2014

Eating the steak and leaving the fat + MORE BURNING CHOP FIGURES + GLYOS ANIMAL HEADS.

 Half of the alpha wave of Burning Chop are still in store @ http://bigmantoys.bigcartel.com/product/burning-chop-alpha-wave Also been working on some Glyos animal heads (available individually) for fellow Battle Beast dorks.

I was reading an article the other day about weight training, saying that 80% of our results come from 20% of our effort. I imagine that rule loosely applies to most things in life. You just never know what will be THE thing that gets you to where you want to be. You can crank yourself to the edge with effort in something, then some fluke side-project you half started can catch on like wildfire and take you further than all your hard work ever could have.

The reason I'm writing about this on a toy-maker's blog is it's a principle that been present in everything I've tried in life. I won't lie, a lot of things I've been involved in, I've had the unfair advantage of being able to make people laugh which instantly makes them treat you favorably. I never planned this or put effort into it, but it has undoubtedly helped a lot.

I went along to Toycon UK again this year but didn't take any toys. My goal was to talk to my friends, look at some toys and have fun. I walked away with a couple of new contacts in the toy industry and some vague talk of vinyl production somewhere if I do the right sculpt. I won't strain myself trying to make these things happen - I'm just going to keep on enjoying what I do, sleeping at least 7 hours a night (most nights), and working only on the ideas my heart is invested in. I've even started working on my own gym in my bigger shed to make sure I don't lose my weight training progress to toy work. There's no need to let that happen.

Toycon was a ton of fun without business to worry about. Getting to see TruTek is always cool as we have so much to catch up on every time we see each other, as well as Dan and Ian from Unbox, Luke and Rob from Triclops, Chris from TheTarantulas, and Rich from Umetoys. I wasn't talking shop for the most part, and as a result, I left with more motivation to make toys than ever. I got to meet Jon Rampage and had the pleasure of realising our mutual expectation of the other guy being a dick was the opposite of the truth. I could have lived that day 3 days in a row and still been filling my inspiration glass by the end.

On the toy side, expect 5.5s by the bucket this year.

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Fröstkronna!! The 2nd 5.5 collab from Galaxxor+ Bigmantoys!

I'll be upping some snaps of the forthcoming alpha release of Burning Chop this weekend, but first it's time to reveal BMT and Galaxxor's Frostokronna. Check out Galaxxor's blog for the details here: http://galaxxor.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/frostkronna-cyborg-space-barbarian-c2e2.html

I always enjoy working with Ben. He's one of those people that simply likes to help and has a very non-cynical fun-driven approach to making toys and helping others do the same. I'm really blown away with how he once again took something where it was tough to see another dimension to it, and dramatically re-invent it once again. The choice of colorway for this femme space-barbarian is of course a homage to Frostkron based on my Wo-man buck, with Ben's Space barbarian helmet, casted of course by TheGodBeast. The reds and yellows jumping off the beautifully glossed and glittered bod, and the super sci-fi colored axe are really cool.

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Burning Chop!! バーニングチョップ!

I've added a feed from my Instagram account at the top there to keep up to date on here via my new phone. I'm not the type to pay out so I really had to wait for a phone that can handle Instagram on my contract. I love it! :)

最近からやっとインスタグラッムできる形態を貰って適当に玩具を作りながら写真をアップできる!楽しいよ!上にIGへのリンックが乗せてる。

While I was casting the Bull Monsters, I started playing with Glyos fit-function joints by sculpting on top of joint hubs with Milliput. I was playing a lot of Fire Pro Wrestling on my phone at the time and remembered how awesome the quirky scale of the wrestlers was, and how cool it was to be able to customise them however you want.

ブルモンスターを作りながら適当にグリオスの上にプロレスぽい体を粘土にかかって「ファイヤープロレスのちょっと形が変キャラクターがいいね。好きに誰でも戦士を好きに作ってゲームで使えて楽しかったな」と思った。やっぱり、玩具にしないといけない!

I mailed Matt at Onell design and like the awesome little-guy-supporting legend he is, he gave me his blessing to go ahead with this. I'm totally thrilled at how well it's working out!


グリオスをデザインしたMATT DOUGHTYと言うインディフィギャーの神様に「僕もグリオスと使えるフィギャーを作らせて」と聞いてOK!と言われた。ナイスガイだよ、彼!

What good is making plastic toys if you can't make exactly what you want?!

今にかけて超楽しいし、まだ女、デブ、色んなボディタイプを作ってるけどもう買いたい人が多いので今月に小さいリリースはしたね。何百も作る気がある!

So yeah, I've been going crazy having fun with this. Like Wo-man, it's something I did totally based on my own taste, not worrying too much if it sells, but I'm really pleased to find out a lot of people like and 'get' it. The interchangability with Glyos brings all my toy worlds together, giving the potential for weird alien/sci-fi wrestling characters. There's going to be hundreds!
I'm working on a female buck, a fatter body, and different boot typed at the moment. Hopefully should have something to offer by the end of the month!