05/16/2017 / Trog / Comments Off on Amazing Heroes Action Figures Wave 2
A Series of Retro-Inspired Super Hero Action Figures from Fresh Monkey Fiction!
I was looking for something to post about this morning and I came across this Kick Starter for action figures from Fresh Monkey Fiction. Cool name. Anyways, this really reminded me of the early 1990’s when I was a teenager and a new wave of indie, or creator owned, comic book heroes were hitting the shelves. It was kind of a cool thing to go into a comic shop pick up (or order from the Action catalog) a Madman or Nexus. This is the second set being produced by Fresh Monkey Fiction and features The Red Hook, Madman, Stray, Jon Sable, Midnight Tiger, Nexus, The American, and E-Man. Each figure stands 4.5″ tall and 5 points of articulation. As of this post the KS has 20 days left and they’re about a third of the way to getting their funding. I’ll post some sample images below, but click the link above to get more information of the campaign and contributor rewards. Also, Fresh Monkey Fiction is running another Kickstarter for a pulp fiction novella: Eagle Force Pulp: The Cat in Eight Lives Left. Based on their Eagle Force action figure line this looks like a lot of fun and worth a look. Okay, I’m now very late for work. It’s okay. I hate my job.
I think I was about five or six years old when Dark Crystal came out, and there is no f***ing way I would have ever wanted to play with any toys from that creepy (weird) movie. However, I’ve always had an interest in toys and action figures. Maybe it is due to a bit of arrested development, or some head trauma, but I just never gave up on collecting figures from the stuff I liked. So, getting a book on toys that never were, would actually be really cool. There’s something about the mix of history and childhood that just seems right. Except Dark Crystal. Seriously. I still hate that movie and the nightmares it gave me.
Anyways, the The Toys That Time Forgot Kickstarter is about to end and I just wanted to give the Moochadores a heads up about a project (I think) is really interesting. Written by journalist Blake Wright this 200 page volume (when funded) will feature 20 + stories of toys that never made to the shelf. Stuff like Krull action figures, and Osmosis Jones, which may have made it to the prototype stage, put not to production. As of this post, the Kickstarter has hit all of its funding, but there’s still time to contribute and collect some cool rewards, plus get what looks to be a really cool book.
Check out the KS promo trailer below, along with a few sample images pulled from the Kickstarter page. Click here for more information about the book and contributor rewards.
This is one of those Kickstarter projects that hits us right in the nostalgic gut at just the right time. Yes, as a kid who grew up in the 1980’s – I would have frigg’n loved a “Krull” action figure set! ‘can’t say the same for Dark Crystal though. That movie scared the shit out me. Still does. Anyways…
Right now on the old Kickstarter machine is a new campaign for a 200 plus page, hard cover, book all about the toys (action figures!) we didn’t get to play with as kids, because they never made them! Written by Blake Wright, Toys that time Forgot covers twenty stories where possible toy lines got lost in the shuffle of consumerism and development. Here’s a bit from their KS page:
Do you remember back in the early 1980s, playing with all of the toys based on the sci-fi fantasy film Krull produced by Knickerbocker Toys? What about the Masters Of The Universe meets Rock ‘em Sock ‘em Robots line that was Hasbro’s Tribes range in the early 1990s? Or all of those ReSaurus-made action figures and role-play accessories based on the break out video game Oddworld in 1997? No? Well, that’s because they were never made. But would it shock you to learn that each of these examples were well on their way to being produced?
Stories like these are more prevalent than one might think. Each have a separate, unique set of circumstances with a single common thread — the majority of them have gone untold. A new book, TOYS THAT TIME FORGOT, aims to shine a light on some of the more interesting, higher profile boys toys and action figure projects that made it all the way through to prototype stage, but for whatever reasons never made it to retailers. Some of the stories are funny. Some are painful. Most are well worth documenting.
Also according to the KS, the book will feature three sections, “each section will have entries representing a healthy mix of both licensed and inventor-based products… some of which have never been seen by the public.” So, far they are just a few days into the campaign but they’ve already made over half their funding. Keep the momentum rolling El Moochadores! This is a chance to get the behind the scenes scoop on toy development and maybe a little insight on modern history!
I’ve posted a few sample images below taken from the KS page along with the KS promo video.
09/03/2015 / Trog / Comments Off on Star Wars: The Force Awakens Global Toy Unboxing Live Stream Event
Though I think I’m well past my avid collecting days (maybe), it is cool to check in on this global live stream put out by Disney on the youtube to see the new stuff that’s about to hit stores. Wow, they really know how to market this stuff and they’re gonna make a bunch of money. Just please remember that, if you go to one of the stores for this event, to act like a human being, and please do not trample or kill another Star Wars fan just so you can get your hands on a six inch plastic Wookie. Also, this is not an endorsement of the new films. Though I love Star Wars (OS), the prequels were a big ball of suck, and Abrams did (in fact) ruin Star Trek. So… we’ll see.
Okay El Moochadores, you already know what a talented and handsome young man I am (desired by women around the world), but it’s all too rare when you get to actually see my vast (ye gods I love that word) talents actually in use. Well, fret not, because our Brethren Moo, and good buddy, Numbers (aka: Helix Mary Sue, aka: 1337W422102, aka: the Ayatollah of Rocknrolla), of Ages 25 & Up, put together this great stop motion animation using G.I. Joe Action figures and of few of his Atomic Moo buddies, like me! Here’s the set up for the animation:
The long-delayed special animated two-hundredth issue spectacular is finally ready! Two Iron Grenadiers are sent to recover Destro’s mysterious briefcase, stolen by a Cobra Trooper and a Techno-Viper. What could go wrong?
#200 “translates” one of the most famous scenes from Pulp Fiction into G.I. Joe terms, and features the voices of the staff of http://www.atomicmoo.com/
Music by Kenji Yamamoto, Minako Hamano, and The Lively Ones.
Numbers does a great job of not only animating the video, but also providing the lead voice for the scene. Also voicing the figures are none other than Atomic Moo’s creator: Chudd, Atomic Moo’s spiritual guide: Buttery Wholesomness, and (of course): me as the lovable, yet doomed, Brett! I think numbers has a real talent for stop motion and hopefully he’ll be making more great animations in the future! Go suck a dick Robot Chicken! Anyways, check out the video below, and also be sure to go visit Ages 25 & Up for more great comics!
Hey El Moochadors. Good grief I’m tired. I didn’t know a consequence of commuting to a full-time job was the lack of desire to do anything when I get home, except lay on the couch and watch a Venture Brothers’ DVD over and over… So, I guess this is my attempt to get up off my ass and get something done. I dunno… Anyhow, I saw on deviantArt these new and great looking pulp action figures from Sillof. This guy does amazing looking work, and honestly if I wasn’t in so much soul draining debt, I’d want to pick one up. Anyhow, check out the others below, and take a look at his dA gallery. He’s got more great stuff on his site as well. I’m going back to the couch. Later!
Hey El Moochadores! Check out some cool photography work I found via Geeks are Sexy. What follows below is a sample of photo work by artist Santlov. Sorry, I don’t know if that’s a first or last name, but I do know he has an interesting POV when it comes to playing with toys. Check out the images below!
09/08/2012 / Trog / Comments Off on Cool Customs Action Figures by John Mallamas
Good Morning El Moochadores! I’ve got to leave for work in just a little bit here, but before that I wanted to do something that’s actually important. Y’know, like telling you about the very cool looking custom action figures being made by John Mallamas (Jin-saotome on Deviant Art). This is just a small sample of his work so I encourage you all to hit the link to his deviant page and see much more geeky coolness! For now though, check out some to the pictures below and I’ve added in a few quotes from Mr. Mallamas’s Deviant page about the making of these custom toys! Good work John!
Knightfall Movie Masters Batman figure
John: When I heard Batman The Dark Knight returns was going to be the last of that series I thought of all the characters who could have movie designs done in that style. With Bane in the last movie who better to show up than Azrael/Jean Paul Valley in his Knightfall costume? I used a Movie Masters Batman body, ML Black Panther head (rough texture knocked down with Acetone) LCBH Darkness Hands, DC Universe Toyman neck piece, Azbats leg spines, and created the chest light using fodder parts/straps. Now Azrael was ready to avenge Batman and take down Bane! Will he show up like this in the new movie? Probably not, but now I’m wondering what other movie-style versions of Azrael could have happened!
06/20/2012 / Uncle Chudd / Comments Off on Evening Moo: Star Wars Geek Art, Juliet Cosplay, and 8-Bit Lincoln
Hey El Moochadors. Feels like it’s been awhile since I last did a post. Alright, it has been awhile. Still, I’ve come across few really nifty things by some very creative people that are worth passing on. Like the illustration of Han and Chewbacca above. I spotted it on DeviantArt.com, and it’s by illustrator Joshua Covey. Check out this Slave Leia illustration he did below.
Pretty f’n rad, right? He’s got more good stuff for you to see in his gallery.
Hey El Moochadors. I thought I’d take a break from vectoring and do something I haven’t done in awhile… a post. I’ve made it a goal that while I’m unemployed (or “Freelance” depending on how you look at it) to do at least one vector upload a day to the microstock sites I submit to. Okay, I’m not sure at all that it’ll get me anywhere, but I’ve gotta do something. Anyhow, I just finished another file, and I need to step away for a bit so I come back and view it with a cold eye (helps with spotting errors, flaws, or any corrections that need to be made). So, here’s some nifty stuff I found while browsing around on the internet, starting with this nifty Captain America/ Cat illustration (“Catain Ameowicat: The Furrst Scavenger”) I spotted in DeviantArt.com, by DA member Cameron1395. I’m not much of a cat person myself, but I thought it was a decent illustration and an interesting mash-up. He’s got some other interesting stuff in his gallery for you to check out when you get a chance.
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