Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The Story of the Tricera-Tanks

Shortly before a devastating meteor impact on Planet Prehis, a team of soldiers and scientists of the Lazer-Saur race were sent into space to find a place that was told to be the source of life. This fabled place was the so called "Forbidden Zone", palladium of the Prima Materia, which was protected by an ancient ape civilization known as the Holo Apes. The Lazer-Saurs had to construct the ultimate weapon to stand against an almost invincible force. They created the Tricera-Tanks: powerful, fully robotic dino warriors!  
The Tricera-Tanks are the Lazer-Saurs last hope to defeat the Holo Apes, gather the essence of life, return to their home planet, and to save Prehis from its fate.
Bio courtesy of Goodleg Toys.
Don't forget to grab your very own Tricera-Tank this Friday, 02.06.15 at noon CST from The Galaxxor Online Store.


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Tricera-Tank Art by JB Roe! 
When planning the drop for the Lazer Saurs Tricera-Tank, I knew that I wanted to do something extra special, in terms of art. Luckily, one of my favorite artists, and a dude who was perfect for the job just so happens to be a very good friend of mine. JB Roe has a really striking art style that lent itself wonderfully to the subject matter of hulking, clockwork triceratops tank men.  Originally just setting out to include a character image for the header cart art, we decided that this image was just too cool not to include as a full art print. So, each of the Tricera-Tank figures that drop this Friday, 02.06.14 at Noon CDT, will also include an extremely limited edition high quality 8"x10" art print of JB's work.
JB really knocked it out of the park with this one, but you're totally cheating yourself if you don't head over to his official page and check out the scope of amazing stuff he's done.
And remember, Tricera-Tank, my collab twith Goodleg Toys drops this Friday, 02.06.15 at noon CDT from The Galaxxor Online Store.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Lazer Saurs Tricera-Tank from Galaxxor x Goodleg Toys Drops 02.06.15 at Noon CDT

The term "evil genius" gets thrown around an awful lot, these days. It most certainly applies, however, to my good friends in Germany, those maniacs from Goodleg Toys. Luke and Pablo's resin creations run the gamut from pop art pieces to proper action figures, from absurdly hilarious to grotesquely badass.More often than not, their highly sought after chunks of resin are a bit of all of the above. Following our Grape-Apes collab, Luke and I were really excited about following it up with something even more involved. I've been a long time fan of Goodleg's War On Prehis property, a line full of zombie cyborgs and bionic dinosaurs, all done in the classic 5.5" scale. So, the idea came about to maybe try my hand at adding a figure to that extended universe. Goodleg and Kaiju Lab's Lazer Saurs were a subline of Prehis that I always particularly dug, and, after much contemplation, the concept of a gigantic, hulking, clockwork Triceratops tank man seemed like the the only right thing to do.
Working in another universe, with an aesthetic that is decidedly different from the Galaxxorverse was really creatively inspirational, because it forced me to think about some of the iconic design elements that I play with, and then turn them on their ear. Prehis has a far more gritty and detailed visual than I typically work with, and that pushed me a bit out of my comfort zone. I allowed myself to mash together bits of various iconic figures, along with a bit of sculpting, and come up with a Frankenstein of a beast, which, chile working on it, I often referred to as "An Excercise in Absurdity". I'm extremely pleased with the resulting figure, one which I feel straddles the line between my aesthetic and Goodleg's aesthetic.
Tricera-Tank is a hulking 5.5" resin figure. He features three points of articulation, at the shoulders and tail. That's right, the tail! Tricera-Tank was mashed up and re-sculpted by Ben Spencer, produced in resin by Goodleg Toys, and hand painted by Ben Spencer. This version of the Lazer Saurs Tricera-Tank is limited to an edition of 5. It will never be produced in this colorway ever again. It will come in with two War on Prehis mini comics, and will be packed in a traditional bag and header packaging by JB Roe.
But wait, there's more! Each Tricera-Tank will come with an extremely limited, high quality print of the JB's insanely cool art. Tricera-Tank will be available for $95 each, on 02.06.15 at noon CDT from The Galaxxor Online Store.
Can't get enough Tricera-Tank? Stay tuned to the blog this week for full reveal of JB's insanely cool Tricera-Tank art and Luke from Goodleg's Trucera-Tank bio!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Space God Infiniton Resin Figure for Clutter Gallery's Inaction Figures 3 Group Show

From the crystalline planet at the center of the Galaxxorverse, Alpha Supremis, comes Infiniton, one of the cosmic Seven Space Gods! Anyone who's been playing along at home knows that The Seven Space Gods are the real movers and shakers of the Galaxxorverse, so it's super cool to have one of them realized in resin. I was honored to have the opportunity to participate in Clutter's Inaction Figures 3 group show this year and wanted to come up with something really special to contribute. Like most people my age, I was a huge fan of Transformers as a kid, and, for some reason Ultra Magnus's head really spoke to me (not literally. I'm not that crazy). Taking into account that the overall theme for Clutter's Inaction Figures shows is toys form the 70's-90's, I jumped at the chance to mash up that iconic head with my very own Galaxxor figure. I always envisioned The Seven Space Gods as being very Kirbyesque in appearance, and, maybe I've been reading too much of Tom Scioli's Transformers vs. GI Joe, but Ultra Magnus's noggin really seemed to fit the bill.
Space God Infiniton is a 5.5" resin art toy. The Galaxxor buck, which was used for Infiniton was designed and sculpted by yours truly, and engineered and produced in resin by those wizards, Marty "The Godbeast" Hansen and True Cast Studio. The head, as I stated before, is a re-purposed from a vintage Ultra Magnus. Infiniton was hand painted by Ben Spencer, sports articulation at the shoulders and comes packaged in a traditional bag and header format.

Space God Infiniton will be limited to an edition of 3 and is $95 each. He will be exclusively available at the Inaction Figures 3 show at the Clutter Gallery. Inaction Figures 3 opens on Saturday, February 14th and runs through Friday, March 6th. The show will feature work by 2bitHACK, 8-bit ZOMBIE, BigMan Toys, Bombermat Toys, Credenda Studios, Danny Frankenstein, Dave Bondi, Death Cat Toys, DLL Customs, DMS, Eric Nilla, Falcon Toys, Fantastic Planet Toys, Galaxxor, Goodleg Toys, Healeymade, Josh Longo, Kaboom Toys!, Killer Bootlegs, LRG/Plastic Imagination, ManOrMonster?, Marty "TheGodBeast" Hansen, MonstreHero, MuscleThings Laboratories, Nama Niku, Schmucklord, Scott Wilkowski, Scraped Resin, Star Case, Sucklord, The Tarantulas, Ted Terranova (Rivet Wars), Tone Tank, and Triclops Studio. The opening reception for Inaction Figures 3 is from 6-9pm February 14th at The Clutter Gallery, 163 Main Street
 in Beacon, NY. 
Infiniton will be available for purchase at the gallery and through the Clutter Online Store.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Xenotron Preview at DesignerCon Booth #300

If you're headed to DesignerCon in Pasadena, CA, I am very jealous of you. Many of my good friends, artistic collaborators, heroes, favorite artists and Max Minor will be in attendance.  When you're there, be sure to hit up my pals Mark and Marty at the Godbeast/Mystical Warriors of the Ring/TrueCast Studio Booth #300. They're going to have the first pull of my upcoming Xenotron figure for you to check out in person!
All of the gory details about Xenotron and the invaluable help that the mighty TrueCast Studio provided for his eventual rise to glory will be discussed very soon!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Barbalien Warrior and Magus 2 Pack from Galaxxor x Extra-Truckestrial Drops 11.10.14 at Noon CDT

Being a collector of resin toys, myself, I've been a long time fan of Extra-Truckestrial Customs. Over the years, I've amassed quite the Extra-Truckestrial collection and become really good friends with Tim Harrison, the mastermind behind the operation. For a while, now, Tim and I have been discussing the possibility of collaborating on something. About a year or so ago, Time had shown me a resin Alien head that he was casting that was perfectly sized for a vintage MOTU figure. I kept bugging Tim to make me something with it, but busy schedules got in the way. Then, a few months back, it occurred to me that I could produce a figure with that head, utilizing junky, disused vintage MOTU bucks, in much the same way that I've done with my Cyborg Space Barbarians and Grape-Apes. Tim thought it was a great idea and the concept of Barbaliens was born.

 But wait, there's more! Extra-Truckestrial had also been producing some super cool resin mini figures that featured the body from a Buddha statue and the head of a pop cultural icon. Tim had the idea to produce said figure with the Alien head, as well, and asked me if I wanted to include one of those, as well. I brainstormed over the concept and, reaching back into my tabletop gamer roots, came up with the idea of utilizing a cleat acrylic flight stand. This concept took what originally was a statue and turned it into a tiny fat wizard Barbalien floating on a levitating silver disk.
I really enjoyed painting these figures and getting back to working with the vintage MOTU barbarian buck. In recent releases, my painting sytle and identity has evolved into one centered around simpler, cleaner aps. I feel like I am now very closely emulating the style that you would see on an action figure from the early 80's. Colorwise, with this release, I was really going for a blacklight poster sort of palate, and I think that shows. I found that the colors also work particularly well, because they remind me of an early 90's figure, from the time when Alien toys were all the rage.
The Barbalien Warrior and Magus 2 pack comes with 1 Barbalien Warrior figure, which features a head cast in resin by Extra-Truckestrial Customs and the reclaimed body of a vintage 5.5" MOTU figure. It was hand painted by Ben Spencer, features shoulder articulation and comes with a skull trophy necklace accessory. The Barbalien Magus was mashed up and cast in resin by Extra-Truckestrial. It was hand painted by Ben Spencer and is mounted on a clear acrylic flight stand.
This 2 pack is limited to an edition of 5 sets and will be available from The Galaxxor Online Store at noon CDT on 11.10.14.