Wednesday, 22 July 2015

"Oller", from Ironhaus Pro x Bigman Toys

A good while ago, Jimmy Rommel of Ironahus Pro and I were talking about doing a collab. I generally spend more time on 5.5" scale fantasy figures, whereas Jimmy's been a mainstay of the indy minifigure scene for longer than BMT has been going. Good news for 5.5 AND minifigure fans - Oller is a 5" static sculpt by Jimmy that comes with a minifigure companion....

 Cystoidz! Dirty, dangerous, cysts that serve the barbarian in his adventures through space. For more info on the backstory and more pictures, go to Jimmy's blog, here:


Saturday, 11 July 2015

Fugg the Slayer, Boss Krang, ZBrush and Shogunasty.

It's been another long period of collaborations and biz going on in the background. I miss having the time to make the blog as personal as I used to make it. I was recently talking with a friend of mine who runs a few businesses and he told me one of the keys to doing so well for him, was checking his mails only on certain days. Especially in indy arts based stuff, I find you can spend more time e-mailing, social media, and forums than you do actually MAKING the thing you want to sell.


I don't get enough time to wax lyrical about what a lot of this stuff means to me as I don't want to sound like an arse-kisser BUT working with Galaxxor has always been immensely satisfying for two reasons - One is that Ben Spencer is undoubtedly the most universally supportive guy in the indy 5.5 resin figure scene, which is a pretty big effing scene! There's stuff made in factories that would likely have never beeb thought of if it weren't for the garage resin guys. COTU (RobHexevo/ Ro3co) influenced all of us I'm certain, but Ben encouraged and advised me on making Treegarr, which was successful enough to give me faith to jump feet first into toymaking.
The other thing is that Ben's figures have always sold well and been respected as he's never half arsed any of them. The colors of the belts, boots, studs, and all that stuff are extremely carefully considered and the sculpts themselves are neat, great designs.
I won't harp on about Fugg here, I'll let you read about him from Mr Galaxxor himself:

BOSS KRANG (Available in my store NOW!! Link at top of page)

So a couple of months ago, My freind Enzo approached me about contributing to the recent Boss Krang show at the Acme Superstore in Florida. Again, it was just a pure pleasure for me. I contributed a canvas at first, then Enzo asked (while I was conventiently home sick) if I wanted to use my static 5.5 buck to make some Boss Krang figured based on a custom someone has made with a MOTUC buck. I sculpted the belt and harnesses using straps and casteline, and added pegs and holes to attach them all together on the figure. The other parts are bootleggaroonies. Hands are cast in rubber so they can hold the weapons without ever snapping. A BITCH to make and I won't be doing any more. Happy to keep the number to 5 so that the few people who own them know they have something special which I really think this figure is.

I've mentioned before about the Strange Monsters project with Unbox Industries (also featuring, Zectron, Trutek, and Ironhaus/ Jimmy Rommel), and my contribution, Shogunasty. I'm thrilled to get this thing out there. I've had this vision of a moving mutant castle in my head for years. I lived in Japan for 3 and a half years altogether and used to work out near the Imperial Palace. I used to walk around the outside quite a bit and have nerdy little fantasies in my head about filming some kind of schlocky horror/action film there. I also love kaiju/sentai shows where the costume is clearly making it tough for the guy inside to walk. So that's the design of Shogunasty. A guy in a very tough to walk in, mutant castle costume.
Then there's the fact we'll be able to sell our figures in matching colorways and at a super affordable price is the cherry on the cake. Art toys are often worth a lot of money because of the work that went into them, BUT as someone who is poor as arse most of the time, I'm really really happy to have a very cool, very high quality toy I can sell to pretty much anyone who wants one at a price they can afford. It's very cool of Unbox to reach out to this niche of indy toymakers and help us make this happen. Anyway, expect Strange Monsters to be available SOON!


I no longer take large resin commissions of other people's work as I want to give as many hours to Zbrush as I can. 3D printing is the shizznit, there's no getting around it. There are things that you accomplish in clay that are difficult in Zbrush definitely, but as of yet, I've doinf nothing that I consider impossible. You can sculpt almost as tactliley with Zbrush if you have the right hardware as you can with real clay, putty,  or wax, and then there's the fact that you can switch the dimensions to 2D, render lighting, create hard edges that'd be near impossible with a real model to do, to make toys, games and comics, and we all like those, right?!

I'm still a noob-poop at this but here's some of my stuff. The application i'm most recenly excited by is the ability to take a 3D model and turn it into a 2D pen-and-ink style illstration. Here's my Treegarr model with a sketch render, and then literally 5 minutes worth of playing with in Photoshop.

Friday, 22 May 2015

Battleground Evil-lyn Customs dropping tonight!

Battleground Evil Lyn

Sorry to the Russian bots that give my blog most of it's traffic for not updating more often. I really haven't gotten the word out about these at all.!
I managed to get together the 3 final good wo-man resin pulls I have in my possession and use them to make custom versions of my interpretation of what a Filmation style Battleground Evil-Lyn would look like. These have posable arms and right wrist. For purposes of prtoecting the paint job, the neck is not posable on these. If you ever thought about getting yourself a Wo-man variant, this might be the last chance. The molds are dead and I've got a big ol' backlog of stuff to catch up on.

Monday, 20 April 2015

Day of the Slug Wave II, dropping Saturday!

As promised, the 16 figures a year cheap-o indie minifig series continues with 4 new guys for Spring; Slugger Pusbottom the olde time pugilist, Latherface the chainsaw weilding maniac, Portal Mage, and his accomplace/vehicle/abode, the Portal Slug.

Trading cards are currently being printed for these 4 but they'll be available in the store by saturday.

Of all 4 this time, my persoinal favortie is the portal slug, due to the fact he is a stand alone figure, but can also accomodate another mini. I sculpted a ton of stuff onto him too.

From now on, value 4 packs will be available in any opaque color to order, in resin or rubber.

All RUBBER unless stated otherwise!
CHEAP - O INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING! $5 for the first figure and just $1 for each additional!
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!!
- 4 Slugs per wave, 4 waves per year. That's 16 slugs to be released GUARANTEED in year one!
- Available in rubber or resin!"

Friday, 27 February 2015

Los Guerreros Transformados!

So, after at least 2 years of looking through my collection at the solid rubber 5.5 bootlegs I have in there and wanting to make some myself, I've done it!

I couldn't decide on whether to make something fantasy themed, or finally get round to doing some luchadores, so I thought if I take a vintage buck and re-sculpt the boots etc to make it plain, I can not only do both, but make them the same figure. All you need to do is swap the heads.

Cleaning rubber figures is no walk in the park. There are people who refuse to do resin, and some who refuse to do rubber. Rubber doesn't snap, and resin looks (in my opinion) better. You can sand it, gloss it, etc, to a much finer finish than you can rubber. But there are tricks you can use to get rubber looking smooth. So I've used my keshi tricks on the bodies and made the heads out of resin in an assortment of different colors. No 2 figures are the same.

I've also made these the cheapest 5.5s I've ever done. I want these to be affordable army builders people can pick up and play with, put MOTU armor on, swap the heads, and have fun with, without worrying about knocking it off the shelf.

I've also painted the header card in acrylics in a similar style to bootleg toys from Mexico. Pretty happy with the overall look - like a pound shop find of a lifetime!

Given the playability of these and the fact that they can sit on any steed and hold any weapon, I'm already shopping for paint that'll stick to PU rubber so I can carry on with my Golden Axe inspired line. It deserves more!


Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Phallofax - the penile villain that took 3 years to perfect!

The unspeakable one. Over stimulated to the point of total penile biped chaos. Toxic flesh spasms, with what's left of the clean blood in him surging to the extremeties. Erect, deadly, and out to destroy all competing male cock.

If you go wayyyyy back to the first few months of this blog, you will see one or two fairly crude resin/vintage parts mashup versions I did of Phallofax. Since passing what I had left of my resin pulls to Goodleg Toys and working on molds with them, they have taken the ultimate in extreme action figures and released a series of killer Battlegaze figures leading up to this - a 100x improved remastering of the first resin I ever pulled from a pot.


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.