Just got back from the 4 Horsemen’s ”Toypocalypse” art show at Toy Tokyo Underground. The show was a fantastic retrospective, featuring a fraction of what the 4Horsemen have been working on over the past decade. The show was overwhelming (in a good way) and packed wall to wall with final packaged pieces, prototypes, and one of a kind “two-ups”.
I had a few of my He-man inspired pieces on hand, and toward the end of the evening I had an opportunity to show them to Chris, Eric, and Cornboy (3 of the 4 Horsemen). There were also a couple of executives from Mattel at the show. Suddenly, there were way more people than I expected checking out my Battlecat, Cringor, and Prince Adam.
Here’s a shot of me chatting with Scott Neitlich (Mattel’s very own Toyguru) and Chris Dahlberg (of the 4 Horsemen). Thanks to Chris for getting so many people to check out my work.
When I first began Felting, Felt sculptures were a mystery to me. I got into it through my wife, Angel. She had seen some japanese books on Dry Felting, and they were always cute Hello Kitty characters or food. The first time I saw a picture of a Croissant made out of wool fiber I think I just laughed out loud in a book store, saying “what” to myself in a high pitched voice. Special Note: Ignore the weird white guy in the Japanese book store.
Moving right along, the third figure I sculpted out of wool fiber was Battlecat. He still is the most perfect sculpture for me. One part Tony the Tiger, one part 80′s cartoon, and one part Powerpuff Girls.
Two years went by and there was no companion (save the Cringor I made) for my perfect Battlecat. And then a little game called the phantom Hourglass came my way. Followed by another stellar Zelda game known as Spirit Tracks. Inspiration struck and I created this Adam based on Link’s design from the game…..