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!