The Secret Set:
As stated previously, this will be an edition of 10 pieces. Of the ten pieces, one set will feature a belt of modern throwing knives and a Chinese Chopper (actually, you’ll be getting the exact figure picture here in these photo’s). These figures will be pick up only at the New York Comic Con 2010, at the Toy Tokyo Booth (booth #2871 in the Cultyard). They will be pre-boxed to preserve the mystery (sorry no request on weapons… it is blind boxed after all).
Pre-order is now open. Go to LABEL111 for Smirking Python.
(This is actually my favorite version, don’t tell anyone.)
The pre-order for Smirking Python will begin 10/6 @ 1:11pm EDT (NY time), at www.shoplabel111.com
The figure features a brand new original head sculpt .
The hand made original ninja costume features the “Tehama Camo” pattern, and is complete with wrapped legs and forearms.
The edition run will be 10 pieces (in honor of the Ten year anniversary of Toy Tokyo). All ten custom figures will feature the same head sculpt, uniform, female body, and gloved hands. However these figure feature blind boxed accessories. 9 pieces will come with a sword and sheath set with 2 modern smoke grenades. The final piece will come with a surprise set of accessories that will be revealed tomorrow!
Following our Hollow Walker SDCC exclusive 1/6th scale custom figure for Toy Tokyo, comes this NYCC exclusive, “Smirking Python”.
This striking camouflage ninja features a head sculpt influenced by the artist Mati Klarwein, whose work has grace such legendary album covers as Miles Davis’ “Bitches Brew” & “Live Evil”.
Miles music and style is a constant source of inspiration here at our studio.
The NYCC is nearly upon us!!!! And sneaking through the shadow of the coming onslaught of exclusive figures comes the Smirking Python, descendent of the legendary Hollow Walker.
These hand made custom figures feature an original stylized head sculpt (by yours truly) & original “Tehama Camo” fabric costume. This set comes with a female body, a set of gloved hands, a sword & sheath set, & 2 grenades.
This officially marks the second part to our “Ten Year Anniversary” project with Toy Tokyo.
The finished Mr Netter!
He ended up more Punk than I originally had in mind, but aw….. well, God Save the Queen! He’s better than I imagined, I really got into this piece. It was fun to sculpt something that I didn’t directly create. Even though I had a lot of input and freedom with this, I wanted to be faithful to the character’s initial concept and design.
Close up shot of the paint on the vinyl leggings I made. These leggings are of course based on Destro (of Cobra fame), as I’m planning on making Destro and the Baroness soon (most likely by the beginning of next year), I’ve been making a bunch of these “proto-leggings” to see the different things I can do with the pattern. So far, I dig the skeleton look.
Fr that look, I made a mixture of Iridescent Silver, Titan Buff, and White paint, then added a coat of Glow in the Dark acrylic paint over that. Then finished with some black to clean it up. I was happy to see that vinyl fabric takes acrylic paint very well. I experimented with a scrap of vinyl first and then twisted and rubbed the fabric to see how resilient the paint would be. Very well I’d say.
Here’s how I made Mr. Netter:
I started off with a light weight Dragon body. It’s not a neo 3 but it is one of the newer body types they have. After Removing the head I used the existing peg with a half sphere on the bottom to mount my polymer clay under structure.
From there, I added the base of the horns with more polymer clay and a heat gun to cure it on. I was very skeptical at first to do this and I experimented with at least 4 pieces. I find that by sanding down the cured clay and then heating the surface just a little, the new layers of clay adhere extremely well. I’ve dropped things and they don’t break if that tells you anything. keep in mind I do not bake my stuff in an oven. Every oven I’ve used makes my sculptures too brittle and dry. When I use the oven, they always crack, chip or flake. When I boil the pieces or use the heat gun they work out perfectly.
So I build layer after layer until I have the piece where I want it.
Finally comes the horns. They are so thin and so pointy that I wanted them to be more flexible than the polymer clay can afford (afterall this is going to be displayed by an 11 year old, so she should get to play with it to some degree, and I don’t want them to snap off). So, I used a 2 part epoxy and shaped them with a rounded scultping tool and after it cured I carved away at it with wood cutting tools.
I haven’t been keeping up on the blog, mainly because we’re so busy. Geez, we have all kinds of stuff going on, and it truly never ends.
What are we up to right now you say? Well, other than being kinda sick and unable to accomplish as much as we’d like to, I’m personally crafting a one of a kind figure for an awesome little girl.
It all started about 2 months ago. Like most artists, I have a part time job click clacking away at a computer and watching the elevator door to make sure that no strangers go wondering around our office.
A coworker brought his two daughters into work, and I happened to be working on some toy things. We got into this conversation about making toys and how much fun it was.
One of them showed me this insanely awesome drawing that she had done of a man with a sort of admiral’s uniform on, and a thin Bull skull for a head (something in-between a cow shape and deer shape). The uniform was torn and had these exposed pieces of bone and stuff, and I thought it was the coolest thing I’ve ever seen from an 10 year old.
As we talked I sketched out her character real quick and she was pretty happy with my version. Right then and there she offered to pay me to make her a custom figure. Of course I’ve never had a 10 year old offer me job, so I sat there kinda stunned, and I just couldn’t think of a way to say “Well no, I don’t want to take you money.”
I told her I liked it a lot and though I would like to make it, I didn’t have time due to my other projects (which in fact is all true, because I was working on my Cobra Commanders and Pierre toys at the time).
A few weeks pass and her father has brought up the drawing and the concept of making it into a figure nearly everyday. So, finally I agree …..