Tuesday, August 16, 2016
I am cooking up a bevy of new items for the upcoming launch. Here is a little taste of what is coming...
I have been messing around with that Prisma app everyone is using and I like the neat outputs it creates. This one seems to be very fitting.
Friday, August 5, 2016
A few all new figures are currently being manufactured over at the shop as I write this entry. Here is a glimpse of some raw prints hot off the press! We will be seeing some fun new items this round that I am really excited to share with you all. More soon!
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Over the years I have learned that the gesture of a toy is a very instrumental part of having a "good" figure in your hands. Even some of the most intensely sculpted figures can lack this very essential aspect. It needs to hit all the marks for me personally or else I wouldn't want to play with it.
In the early stages of fleshing out the Raptinok, I was entertaining the idea of having this figure portray a stance akin to a Raptor. The Raptinok in the beginning had a more fierce and heroic stance (what he is currently sporting now) which I liked better in the end. It is important to see it both ways sometimes. Every one of my figures go through countless stages before I reach the final product. This includes many revisions to design, engineering, scale, you name it. I will make prototypes and let them resonate for a little while to get the general feel for a certain design. At the end of the day, I need to be happy with it before I let it out in the world. As we say in the sheet metal business - "You are only as good as your worst employee". I feel the same way with my toys!
Anyway, enough of my toy making babbling, thought you might like some more behind the scenes stuff.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
During the production of the Mecha Treeborgs I started in on the Raptinok sculpt. Last year I was influenced by many different toy companies who happen to all be producing some sort of Dino toys. What really did it for me and pushed me to the Raptinoks was Imaginext's Dino Mech figure. It hit all the marks from the core sculpt down to the paint apps and removable armor. I could not stop marveling over this guy!
Above is a sketch study from Matt Doughty. After I started getting the design down and piecing together the figure, Matt helped me visualize a good stance and possible articulation for this guy. Something heroic yet menacing was the outcome of his study. As I have probably said before, almost every project goes back and forth between Matt and myself at one point or another. Whether its engineering, basic design principles, or general thoughts, Matt is there to help me make these toys even better than before. I am truly lucky to have him in my corner!
More photos on tap!
Monday, July 11, 2016
Here is an early prototype version of the the Raptinok figure. It went through numerous revisions before its final stage. Over the next few days we will be looking at the early development of this Dino!
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Wow! Thank you to everyone that made last Sunday nights launch one to remember! This was a very special one for me personally. I have been working on developing a new cast of characters for the Spaced Out universe as well as ushering in some old friends to keep things fresh and exciting. As I speak, more Raptinok/Tritanok figures are being made and more all new figures are seeing their last stages of prototyping. I can't thank you all enough for allowing me to share my vision and continue doing what I truly love! You guys are the absolute best!
What also made this launch a super special one, was the collaborative efforts of my brother, Boris Savic of Rocket North. Boris has so many talents and he offered up his extremely tight "free" time to bring Spaced Out's first comic "Mystery Of The Dalendure" to life. A huge thanks goes out to Boris for absolutely nailing the ideas of Velgeris and its inhabitants. Boris you are a creative machine and we love the comic!
I would also like to thank the Bearded Overseer, Matt, for his influence on all of these figures I create. Matt and his toy line continues to inspire me in so many ways and I am seriously lucky to have him in my corner. He also sat down with some of my GITD figures during a very busy month to snap some stellar glow shots for the launch. The Raptinok in particular is an original design that Matt and myself went back and forth on for months when I decided to make the toy. I was very inspired by so many things in 2015 that led me to this Mechanical Dino that I will later explore here on the blog. For now, a big thanks to the big man for everything he does for all of us!
Another tall thanks to the Bit Man, Marcus! June has been super busy for everyone especially this lad. He managed to pull the entire comic together for the launch and also do some insane rollover shots with Matt's glow photos. Marcus has always been the reason everything runs smoothly and is visually sound and I can't thank him enough. You are the best brojack!
As far as shipping goes, the lions share of orders will be seeing the postman this afternoon and people should be receiving shipping confirmations soon if they have not already.
Thank you once again to the great people who support this wild adventure of mine, you guys make each release increasingly fun!