Absolute power! Total control of the world … its people, wealth, and resources – that’s the objective of COBRA Commander. This fanatical leader rules with an iron fist. He demands total loyalty and allegiance.
His main battle plan for world control relies on revolution and chaos. He personally led uprisings in the Middle East, Southeast Asia and other trouble spots. Responsible for kidnapping scientists, businessmen, and military leaders, then forcing them to reveal their top level secrets.
Here’s my final product. This is my Cobra Commander. I call it Cobra Commander: Supreme Chancellor Edition. Ultimately I don’t know if it should feature a gold rope or not ……. what to do what to do. If anyone has an opinion, I’m totally open …….
My last name, Volpe means fox in Italian. As such, I’ve been a tad obsessed about them throughout my life. That being said I created this fox spirit toy inspired by a class I took, taught by Wendy Froud. For those of you who don’t know she sculpted Yoda, and is married to the amazing Brian Froud. Among many things the Frouds have worked on such amazing films as the Dark Crystal and I believe the Labyrinth.
I had no-one in mind when making this figure. I just wanted to make something using Wendy Froud’s technique and using the tools that she commonly uses. We actually bought tools nearly identical to the ones she uses, immediately after our one shot class (which lasted 3 hours). Wendy’s video was amazing too (we picked that up too). It’s a little expensive, but if you’re serious about sculpting 12″ scale fig’s you’ll learn a hell of a lot. Check out Sculpt.com, they have classes and the tools you need!!!
Some things did inspire me to create this. One thing, was that I just recently discovered the 1/6 scale female bodies produced by 21st Century Toys. I dig’em. I think they’re great female forms to learn from and trick out. So I wanted to make a custom toy that captured the look of the nude toy body, at different angles. And of course the most inspiring thing was the onslaught arms that I got from a Marvel Legends Build-A-Figure Onslaught. If you’ve got a keen eye you’ll notice them repainted for this fig. There you have it…..
Editing pics all day. I wanted to get some pics of my work up and man oh man, there’s a ton of stuff we have here in the shop.
Speaking of toy shop, Geppetto and Pinocchio are sort of mascots around here. You know the whole idea of a guy who builds puppets and toys. So much so, that he’s essentially alienated from everyone else in the world. In his old age longs for a connection … a child. That’s where Pinocchio comes in or as in our version, he’s sorta tethered in:
Originally, my version of Geppetto and Pinocchio started out as another gallery piece. There was yet another show at The Showroom NYC. The show was set to be a general show featuring Custom / Kit Bash 12″ figures. Well, it hasn’t happened yet, but I did make a figure. I normally hate the phrase kit bash (it has a “thrown together” felling to it), but I don’t know what the hell to call this piece. It consists primarily of bits and pieces from other figures that I filed and cut and rearranged and reassembled back together into the icon of man bestowing life to toys: Geppetto.
So, these parts are all from other things, yes it’s true, but I feel that I created a truly unique and original character. On a side note: his feet are made from mixed nut containers and his legs are made from wooden pieces that I did make and they actually move. I also patterned and sewed together the clothe jumpsuit from pieces of polyester security guard pants. That’s where that bright yellow stripe comes in.
Maybe ultimately he’ll show up in our comic The Disposable…..
So … I have a lot to write about. I have about 5 weeks worth of stuff to write about today. I’ve been busy as of late. Our good friends just recently got married and I’ve been working hard on my Cobra Commander 12″ and I wanted to write about it finally. So, here’s part one.
Essentially I wanted to make a small production of these toys. I was thinking maybe somewhere in-between five and a dozen. So far, there’s five. That’s a pretty limited edition toy.
I started by sculpting the head out of a polymer clay, and afterward I made a mold of it with silicon rubber. After that I modified some cavalry gloves and boots that where a 1/6 scale and then made a silicon rubber mold of them as well. When they where all complete I casted 5 sets of duplicates out of plastic. It comes in two liquid parts (just like the silicon rubber), and you mix them together and then poor them in your mold and then pow! presto! a plastic reproduction. They are not perfect!!!!!! they all have to be worked on to some degree. So, essentially that means that everyone I make IS AN ORIGINAL ITEM.
Any-who, I mounted the head with a two part epoxy to a 1/6 scale Dragon body (neo 2 I think). I chose a Dragon body because: 1.) Making my own body from scratch and then casting the pieces would have been a pain in the ass 2.) They are extremely light-weight and super-posable and of course 3.) Dragon bodies where the most affordable out of my top favorite 1/6 scale body styles.
As I said before I wanted to make a small run of them. I wanted to take the mentality of ’80′s properties and personalize it. When I was a kid, I know we were spoon fed character after character, version after version, and I’m taking a nod from that. When I make something, I make it in multiples. It is still however, made by hand, making each one unique (I want to stress that).
Lastly the clothes: they were made with magic. Poof!
So, I’ve been working on a custom cobra commander. I’ve been wanting to make one for quite some time and, well frankly, I didn’t know exactly how to go about it. For three weeks I research Military WWII clothing. I thought I had an idea about those clothes, but as it turns out, I didn’t really know shit. Now I do, but that’s another story.
I researched the crap out of clothing and I also researched the crap out of G.I. Joes.
Wow, There’s like 9 different versions of Cobra Commander in 3 3/4 scale. I believe there’s 3 versions of Cobra Commander at a 12″ scale. Let me tell you, they suck. They have to be among the most collectively disappointing toys ever. The “Valor VS. Venom Cobra Commander” is the only one that comes close to being remotely iconic. Here are some pics of toys and art that inspired me to create a 12″ Cobra Commander of my own.
Oh, and for the record Cobra Commander traditionally sports either a light blue or navy blue Panzer Jacket.
My wife Angel and I were recently asked to create a Bart Simpson for the 10″ Qee D.I.Y. Project:
Bart Simpson Art Exhibition. Which was held at The Showroom NYC, located at the south eastern corner of 7th St. and 2nd Ave in Manhattan.
It was of course a ridiculously amazing honor to be part of such a show. There was a Rat Fink Style piece by Matt Groening, a Bart floating in urine, and a host of amazing “Bart As:” figures. Such as “Bart as Jet Jaguar,” “Bart as Tetsudjin 28″ and “Bart as a Box of Crayola’s.”
I most likely say this all the time but this one one os the most amazing shows that we were a part of.