Kickstarter for a Book About Unproduced Toys!
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.
A Kickstarter for a Book About Un-produced Toys!
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.
Hey El Moochadors, check out these awesome looking custom toys by Sillof. They’re like Dungeon and Dragon versions of the more popular DC Comics’ characters (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and Flash). Sillof has done some amazing looking stuff before (especially his Star Wars mash-ups) and definitely worth taking some time to check out. Anyhow, I gotta run, but check out the figures below. Later!
Hey El Moochadore! I’m posting about this, not because it’s very cool (which it is), but because Atomic Moo co-founder, Chudd, is very into package design. Checkout this Eye Creature LEGO kit that the guys at Invisible Creature made for their clients! The custom set includes 444 pieces, 4 instruction booklets, and 8 different mouth combinations. What’s really cool is the retro look they did to the package design making look like something you could find on shelf of a local K-Mart back in the 1970’s!
Source: Laughing Squid
Eye Creature from Invisible Creature on Vimeo.
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!
Good evening El Moochadores. Both Chudd and I love science. We may not understand it all of the time, but it makes for some great Nova documentaries and that makes for an awesome lazy Sunday! Chudd and I both like action figures too, so it is uniquely amazing to come across these actions figures made by Deviant Art contributor, Datazoid (aka Russell Gawthorpe – an Australian – try not to hold that against him…). According to Datazoid:
These little guys took between 40 minutes and 2 hours each, totalling around 50 hours of work.
I like action figures. I have a small collection of them. I’ve noticed that you can buy Albert Einstein figures, Nikola Tesla bobble-heads and The Simpsons even brought out a Stephen Hawking figure based on his appearance in an episode. However, I thought it’d be really cool if there was an entire series of them, based on all of the people who’ve contributed to our understanding of the world and the universe it sits in.
The figures are all based on Star Trek: TNG and Star Trek: DS9 figures (primarily Odo from DS9, and Picard as Dixon Hill from TNG), and have been heavily modified in Photoshop using Liquify and a great deal of digital painting. Unfortunately, the figures aren’t real. I wish they were.
I realise there are a *lot* of scientists that I’ve missed! I did make a few rules for who I’d include in this selection, which are:
the scientist must have been alive at some point in the 20th century. This is a practical consideration, as it really narrows the field down, and it eliminates a lot of the more outrageously-dressed characters, allowing me to work with mostly dudes in suits.
No scientists famous for major medical breakthroughs. Primarily because medical heroes is a category all of its own, and there are hundreds to choose from. I’ve included Alexander Fleming here, because he was primarily a chemist, and because his discovery of penicillin was not a discovery made in the course of trying to cure something.
Excellent work Datazoid! The nerdy little kid in me really wants to buy a version of the Nikola Tesla and never take it out of it’s package! Y’know, so it stays “mint.” Check out the full set below and make sure to go visit Datazoid’s Deviant art page by clicking the link above!
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
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!
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.
More stuff below….
Via Geek Tyrant; Okay, so a rabbit, a clown, and a criminal go into a strip club… kinda sounds like the set up to a twisted joke, but it’s not. It is, in fact, the set up to a wonderfully twisted short animation by Anikey Animation. Animators, Paco Vink and Albert ‘t Hooft started Anikey in 2007 and they specialize in “traditional 2D animation.” The video below is just a sample of their skilled work and dark (yet cute) humor.
Little Quentin from Anikey Studios on Vimeo.
I live! Well, sort of… but I am at least feeling a lot better since coming down with a nasty cold last Thursday. However, that was also the day we interviewed Mr. Dan Bialek the creator of Action Figure Therapy. Dan was a lot of fun to talk to (though you may have to slow down the playback on your audio because the guy uses words like a Tommy Gun uses bullets) as he explained all about the fame and fortune that comes along with creating a massive online sensation (I think that’s the first time I ever used the word “sensation” and I don’t think I liked it). I really was pretty sick during the recording of this so you won’t hear a lot from Trog on this one, but I did try and edit out all the coughs and snorts that I continued to sputter out as the recording puttered along. In fact I did such a good job of removing all my coughs and snorts that the only ones remaining are the ones that belong to D20. That’s right, I’m throwing him under the bus and shifting all the blame for coughs and snorts on Dave’s already burden laden shoulders …and I’m okay with this. So grab a cool beverage, turn on some porn, and put your feet back and relax while you listen to this edition of The Atomic Moocast.
Music for the Atomic Moo cast is royalty free and was created and composed by Kevin MacLeod at Incompetech.com.
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