Friday, March 11, 2016

C2E2 2016!

One of the highlights of the year for me is C2E2 (March 18th-20th in Chicago). I always get the opportunity, via my Nerd City project, to bring together some of my favorite artists and friends together into one booth. We'll be at #760 in The Block this year, and our booth is set to be packed with an awesome array of exclusives. I'm going to be bringing four offerings this year. Each one is a collaboration with a friend of mine from the independent toy scene.
Man-Uzi by Galaxxor x ManOrMonster? Studios
My buddy, Brandon of ManOrMonster? Studios, will be a guest at Nerd City's booth once again this year. and in addition to his own offerings, Brandon and I have collaborated on Man-Uzi, The Living Uzi! Man-Uzi is a 5.5" resin figure that consists of both sculpting and mashed up bits from various action figures. He features ManOrMonster?'s iconic magnetic articulation at the head, arms and waist and was hand painted by yours truly. And uzis. Two uzis!
Man-Uzi will be an edition of 3 and $80 each at Nerd City's booth #760 in the Block.

Fugg the Slayer "Flesh to Death" Edition by Galaxxor x BigManToys
Ever since we collaborated on the original Fugg the Slayer, my man Lee from BigManToys, and I have wanted to do a solid "flesh" colored version.The polyurethane rubber body that this crazy Orc sports was just asking for a classic M.U.S.C.L.E.treatment! The Fugg the Slayer "Flesh to Death" edition was cast in polyurethane rubber (body/belt) and resin (hands/head). He even sports neck articulation!
Fugg the Slayer "Flesh to Death" Edition will be an edition of 3 and $60 each at Nerd City's booth #760 in the Block.

Tricera-Tank Phaze Trooper by Galaxxor x Goodleg Toys
Collaborating with my friend Luke from Goodleg Toys on our Lazer-Saurs Tricera-Tank figure was certainly one of my favorite projects of the last year or so. For C2E2, I decided to put a crazy spin on the figure in the form of the Phaze Trooper. The Tricera-Tank Phaze Trooper is a 5.5" resin figure that was cast in clear resin by Goodleg Toys. He sports a light spray of color changing holographic glitter and articulation at the arms and tail. Because you HAVE to have tail articulation! 
Tricera-Tank Phaze Trooper will be an edition of 3 and $80 each at Nerd City's booth #760 in the Block.

Rudeboy by Galaxxor x 5.5 Customs
Over the years, I've seen my friend Dwaine, from 5.5 Customs develop from someone who collected my work to a creative powerhouse in his own right. A while ago, Dwaine sculpted and mashed up a new figure and asked me if I'd like to handle the painting duties on it. Unfortunately, I suffered a hand injury last year, and things got delayed. But, for C2E2 2016, Rudeboy, Anthropomorphic Rhinoceros Henchman is finally seeing the light of day! Rudeboy is a 5.5" resin figure sculpted and produced in resin by 5.5 Customs and sporting a paintjob by yours truly.
Rudeboy will be an edition of 5 and $60 each at Nerd City's booth #760 in the Block.

If you're going to be at C2E2, be sure to stop by the Nerd City booth to check out my stuff and all of the other cool work by the other guests. I'd love to chat Galaxxor with you!
I will also have on hand the Mold Masters for the production vinyl Galaxxors. They should start popping up very, very soon...




Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Nordrax and Xardron, The Heralds of Oblivion Resin Figures for Clutter's Inaction Figures 4

As Lord Gorgax travels throughout The Galaxxorverse, crushing worlds and unleashing The Omega Power upon all in his path, he commands his fleet from an obsidian longship. When Gorgax sets his sights upon his next target planet, he sends in advance two of his most trusted henchmen, Nordrax and Xardron, The Heralds of Oblivion!
Twin brothers born of the twisted alien planet Kardanthria, Nordrax and Xardron compliment one another with their opposite natures. Nordrax is cold, cruel and calculating, while Xardron is a raging berserker of a warrior. Together, they are sent out ahead of Gorgax's fleet, to weaken a planet's defenses or even topple it from within, prior to Lord Gorgax unleashing his Cyborg Space Barbarians upon it!


The Clutter Gallery is hosting their 4th (In)Action Figures group show (Opening Feb 13th), and they were kind enough to ask me to contribute again. The theme of late 70's to early 90's action figures is very near and dear to my heart, so it's always a good time cooking up something unique for the show. This time around I came up with the idea of two 1/1 pieces that utilize a head from my buddy Mike's Realm of The Underworld figures. Nordrax and Xardron take a little bit of Tomax and Xamot and a little bit of He-Man and Faker, and smash them together into the Galaxxor design aesthetic. I thought it was a pretty good fit for the show and had a great time making them!

Nordrax and Xardron are 1/1 resin 5.5" art figures designed, sculpted and hand painted by Ben Spencer. The body was hand cast in resin by The Godbeast and the head is from Realm of the Underworld by Zoloworld. They will be available as individual pieces (but you probably should buy both) for $90 each from The Clutter Gallery. They are now available for purchase here. (In)Action Figures 4 opens on Feb 13th at 6pm at The Clutter Gallery, 163 Main Street in Beacon, NY. If you're in the area, definitely pop in and check out the show. They have another great lineup of artists who should have a bunch of cool stuff!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The Future

One of my good friends from grade school through high school, who I still actually stay in touch with is Matt Denning. Early one Saturday morning, a few months ago, while I was out of town, I rolled over to check my phone and see what time it was. I noticed that I had gotten a text from Matt, saying, "I'm heading to China in a couple of weeks, and I'm taking Galaxxor with me."
Rolling back over and drifting off to sleep, I wondered to myself why Matt was going to China. I was also pretty sure that Mr. Denning doesn't own any Galaxxors. That's when I realized that the text wasn't from Matt Denning, but, in fact, Matt Doughty!
I've been making Galaxxors, with the help of my good friend Marty "The Godbeast" Hansen, for over 5 years, now. Transitioning to a vinyl figure has been the plan from day one. Having been a long time admirer of Onell Design and the Glyos System, it soon became obvious that the best way to bring old Galaxxor to life in production vinyl would be through the Glyos factory in Hong Kong. As the years went on, I developed a friendship with Matt from Onell, and the prospect of a Glyos vinyl production Galaxxor eventually became a reality. In the Fall of 2015, the process began.
The amount of support and guidance that Matt and Marty have given me with this phase of the Galaxxor project is beyond value. There is absolutely no way that I would have been able to do this without their wisdom. There is a great deal of their design expertise in this production figure.
Seriously, those guys deserve some sort of an award, or something, for putting up with me and all of my changes. Ha!
Pictured above are what are called "Mold Masters". They are pre-production vinyl prototypes from which the steel molds for full production vinyl figures get made. Vinyl Galaxxor will be a full sized 5.5" figure with articulation at the head, arms and waist(below the chest). Each figure will include both the dome and the Cyborg space Barbarian head. All pieces will be compatible with other Glyos System vinyl.
I'm currently making a couple of minor adjustments (which have pushed back the official release date a bit), but these images are fairly indicative of what the final production figures will look like. The plan for now is to release these in waves, with various paint decos, and eventually diy editions.
Fingers crossed, super limited edition test shots and the first wave of releases should be popping up in the early months of 2016. 
In one sense, it has been quite a journey to get to this point, but in another, the journey is really just about to begin. Thanks to everyone who has supported me, up to this point. I can't wait for you to see what I have in store!
Speaking of "in store". I've still got a couple of leftovers from Designercon up in my online shop. These are probably the last resin Galaxxors. So, jump on them if you still want one.