Sunday, February 7, 2021

A NEW Project

 I always have various things in my head that I want to do and I'm usually not sure how they will fit together. Most of the time I am still in need of something before I begin a project. Well thanks to Kerf Loss over on Instagram, I might have found the final piece to start my PILLOW FIGHTERS project.

Since I was a teenager (maybe even younger) I have had an idea of creating something in conjunction with pillow fighting. I always thought of them as fighter similar to professional wrestlers, but with pillows that they would club each other upside the head with. I have started several comics with this theme, but really have not gotten anywhere with them. I have wanted to make pillow fighter figures also, but I wanted them to be different than what I was making for Space Monstas. 

Enter Kerf Loss, who is curres currently sharing videos on Instagram where he is sculpting his own action figure with wax. I'm sure it is not an easy thing to do, but he makes it look easy. So after a couple a messages back and forth I designed the following.

Then I placed an order for some wax and sculpting tools. The plan is to sculpt a couple of base bodies and bootleg heads onto these bodies. Each figure will also come with it's own cloth pillow. I have plans to create some unique packaging for these figures. Further plans would be in attempting to get some friends to create their own versions. But I'm really getting ahead of myself here. I first need to sculpt a body that I'm happy with.

So wish me Luck!

I will keep you updated.


Side Note - something that I did not notice until I posted these pictures is that both of these drawings move up as you scroll across the paper. I know in handwriting that is a sign of optimism. The girl figure does this way more than the boy figure. Hmm?

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Rather NOT Buy from a Flipper

I thought I would take a second to talk about flippers. 

I recently got into buying Japanese Sofubi from creators like RealxHead, Goccodo, Skull Toys, Josh Wang Designs, Knave and Punk Drunkers. These sofubi figures are very limited release and usually you have to win a lottery to be able to purchase them.

Enter the current Punk Drunker's release of Samenchu (Sharkman) up for lottery the first week of May.

There is rarely something that I have seen that I have to have. Usually the clear vinyl is used to mimic classic Microman figures or to reveal the interior (guts) of a figure. This was the first time I seen a figure with another figure inside it. I felt that this toy represented PURE GENIUS and as I mentioned above I had to have it.

I had entered the lottery and waited to hear if I had been chosen. When the winners were announced, I did not receive a winning email. I was a little bummed but knew that the figure would be available on the secondary market from flipper. I assumed it would be later this year and I would have to wait a little while.

Over the second weekend of May, I began to see people posting pictures of their unboxings of this new figure. I thought, "That was quick!" I also always monitor online auctions in case a figure gets posted at a cheap 'Buy IT Now' price. I was shocked to see that one of these figures was already up with a 'Buy It Now' price just above triple it's original selling price. While this price was high, I mentioned that I had to have this figure, so I jumped at this chance and snagged it.

I was a little torn with this purchase. On on hand, I was getting the figure I wanted and paying a good secondary market price for it. On the other hand, I would much rather have give three times the price for the figure to the original creator over the flipper that I bought it from.

It the last couple of years I have sent many creators inquires about their figures, comics, etc. asking if they had one laying around (of whatever I was looking for), because I would rather give them the flipper price, than give the same price to the flipper. Sometimes this has been met with, "Sorry, I'm Sold Out" but to my surprise a few times it has been met with, "Yeah, let me look around" and the item I was looking for is available either at the original price or a couple dollars more.

This process over that last couple of years has lead me to wonder, Why the creators do not set aside a few maybe a handful of their creations to sell themselves online to the highest bidder? Would it be so wrong for these creators to make a couple extra dollars off of their hard work? Would their fans be upset about them essentially flipping their own products? I'm not sure what the answer is, but I do know that many creators are struggling right now and perhaps selling a few of their items to the highest bidder might help. 

Right now, me I'm happy that I got this figure, but I would rather have given the money to the original creator than some middle man.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Making a New Figure Part 5

 Time to start working on the header card. The pictures below are the ones that I used to create the figure image for the header card.

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I first start by putting the pictures in a rough order to check if they will work out.

It looked good, so I move to the next step and start editing the pictures to make it look like the figure I made.

I would like to note that I brought the Darth Vader Action Figure legs in late on this creation. The photo of Vader's legs had the cloth on them and they did not look right. The figure looked like he was wearing a dress.

Next it was time to finally come up with a name. I have been stuck on the 12 that is on the figure's breathing apparatus. I wanted to work this into the name, but could not figure something out. Then it hit me. Why not see what the word "Twelve" is in some foreign language. 

And there it was


Tólf is Icelandic for Twelve. That name seems perfect for this figure. Above is the header card for this figure. I will have these figures for sale (along with others) in the middle of June. Announcements will be made on my Instagram

Friday, April 10, 2020

Making a New Figure Part 4

Time to Paint! Below is a picture of all the paints I used to paint this figure.

From left to right: Rust-oleum Flat Gray Primer, Liquitex Basics Silver, DecoArt Americana Cinnamon Drop, DecoArt Americana Lamp (Ebony) Black, FolkArt Metallic 506 Silver Anniversary, Citadel Shade Nuln Oil and Tamiya Color X-7 Red. And for my glue I use Gorilla Super Glue Gel.

I start with the Primer. I like the Flat Gray (or a Flat Black).

I then start by painting any under coats. In the case of this figure I wanted a Silver to show through the black on the body.

Then it hit all the piece with the base colors. At this stage I'm a little sloppy, but not messy. I try to get the feel of the colors to make sure that they work together and see if I need anything different than what I planned. 

I then glue the figures together and put on the wash coat, which in this figures case was done with the Citadel Shade paint. After the figure dries I will hit the figure over with a final layer in most places, sometime I like the way the wash worked, and will not repaint sections, sometimes I will repaint pieces that I washed. Touch ups usually take another day after the final layer.

Then I have the final figure. Still don't have a name for this guy, probably will come up with it when I work up the header card in the next Post.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Making a New Figure Part 3

With the toilet paper rolls hot glued into place and marked, the molds are ready to be poured.  I mark the outside of my toilet paper rolls to indicate where the front, back and pins are so I know where the side is when cutting the molds after they cure. 

I use Mold Star 16 Fast to create my molds. I have used other products but this is the one that I like the best. Also, don't forget to spray the pieces with some type of release agent, I use Stoner Rocket Release. (you can see a can in the background of the picture above.)

Once the molds are done curing, I cut out the pieces. This is probably the hardest part for me, because I cannot see the pieces. I'm not sure what others do, I have tried taking pictures and using them to help me cut, but really the markings that I mentioned above are what help me the most. After the molds are cut I use rubber bands to seal them up tightly and prepare to pour.

I use Smooth-Cast 305 Urethane Resin. For my first pour I do not spray the molds with any release agent, but will do so after the first pull and depending on the temperature, once every 3 to 5 pulls.

After drilling a couple holes in the figure for the piece to be inserted into I have a figure. If the piece come out really sweaty I will use baking soda to let them sit in over night. I have not done this for about a year, I'm not sure what has changed, but my piece are not as sweaty as they use to be.

Next: I paint the figure.