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#608798 MIMP Star Monster captured!

Posted by fkro6784 on 20 March 2015 - 12:17 PM

So guys, I found a Star Monster.




Here's the deal:  I regularly purchase MIMP lots for figures I need, and whenever I get new ones in I put all the extras in a big bag containing smaller bags separated by color, not usually paying much attention to them. I stored this monster in there at some point (not certain when or what lot exactly I got it from) without even noticing the back of it. The other day, I was going through my duplicates and comparing the condition of them with the versions in my master set, turned around one of the purple Jotun Trolls, and noticed it looked off. Upon closer inspection, there it was. A star! I couldn't believe it, and am still so excited about it.


First, I do not intend to sell this figure, so please no offers or inquiries about buying it. I am posting this just to share the news with my fellow collectors here.


Second, you will notice the star looks different than it did on the neon purple Star Monster that was sold here late last year, which I'm sure most know was the first time an example of any Star Monster was ever publicly shared. I have no idea what the reason for that is, but the two examples are considerably different. On this one, there is a circle set into the back of the figure, with a very slightly raised star inside the circle. On top of the star is a slightly-raised "20," which is quite a bit narrower and in a different sort of type than the "20" on a normal Jotun Troll. It seems like they would have had to have a unique mold for this figure, considering the very different way the star and point value are treated.


Okay, now here are photos I took of the figure, showing the star from different angles:




And here's a comparison shot of a normal purple Jotun alongside the Star Monster (they are both regular purple, just some slight variation in shade as can happen with MIMP):




I have no doubt this is a legit figure as I don't know how it would be possible for someone to fake it the way the area is treated--it's so different from the normal point value.


It was really a huge thrill to discover it, especially since I've wanted to find one ever since the first time I looked at the back of a MIMP package when I was 6 years old.


So don't forget to always check your Jotuns. These beasts are out there waiting to be found!

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#595640 The birth of a monster - Tug O' War

Posted by PlasticSoul on 30 November 2014 - 12:15 PM

This thread will all be behind the scenes stuff about the process of designing and sculpting then producing Tug O' War. I often get asked questions about this stuff so i figured anyone interested in that aspect might appreciate everything laid out in one spot. 


Usually the original idea and design change significantly from concept to execution and that is exactly what happened with this monster. Here is the first quick sketch of the idea. Basically a monster with a tug boat on it's back used to disguise itself as it swims around looking for whaling ship to destroy.




Once the idea itself was approved work began. Of course basic changes take place throughout the entire process. Stuff like the pose being made more dynamic and other various details as well. Some stuff because it simply doesn't work well in clay but mostly because as weeks and months go by you just come up with better ideas along the way.


The head and torso took shape first. Both done roughly but when you sculpt in actual size for a mini-figure you really need to go step by step or things get much to big and ruin the scale easily. Using a clay that you cook in an oven makes it simple to cook as you go and add raw clay over whatever piece is finished. Overall the sculpt was probably cooked well over a dozen times before it was finished.




Then the hands came next which i had planned as the most detailed part of the monster from the very beginning. Something about the idea of a mostly smooth sea monster with skin like a shark seemed to work well with the contrast of some armored scales and tons of detail and texture on the hands. 







Then the arms which changed a lot from the original idea because i decided i wanted more of a muscular monster look rather then what you normally see with a classic giant monster. Obviously a lot of the creatures design comes from all the old japanese monster movies i love but at the same time i am always influenced by cool stuff from childhood like Street Sharks and Insectors. Which is why Tug O' War has so much muscle.




Next the legs and the boat were made. The legs i made as short and stocky as possible since it is mostly a sea creature and the boat was designed to look like a cross between a tug boat and a toy boat since i didn't want any part of this figure to be hyper-realistic. I always lean towards the overall look of a toy rather then a model just because that's what i like.




Then it all came together. The tail was a must otherwise i couldn't see this thing actually swimming and the shards of ice and crystals around the boat are just because if the monster was underwater and the boat was above the water it would look really cool. Plus it makes more sense because the boat has to be attached somehow.












One thing i always tell everyone who asks for tips is just not to give up. This thing took months and months and changed over and over along the way. There were plenty of setbacks and mistakes. A couple breaks and one bad air bubble. There is no big secret to making a cool monster. It's just practice and time and effort and not quitting even when you really feel like it. You have to love what you're doing. It probably won't ever pay off as far as money for your time or anything else really tangible. All the effort and time and stress is worth it for me when i get a bunch of my toys in the mail to play with and when people tell me they liked what i created and when i see it on someone's shelf next to other toys i think are awesome. That's the payoff and for me it's well worth it. 

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#640656 Draznar's collection

Posted by Draznar on 09 January 2016 - 06:35 AM

I finally decided to get around to scrapping my ancient collection thread, and starting anew. My tastes have changed, my dwelling has changed, and so naturally my collection has also changed. (By a whole lot.)

This isn't everything I have on display, but one of my displays is waiting on some risers to look really sharp. (Right now it just looks cluttered.) A few are just straight up dusty so I want to give them a little cleaning before posting. ;)



My Battle Beast collection, (which many of you have seen by now, I'm sure). One away from a totally complete set! (Including variants.)





A few pictures of my mini Pac Man display. My wife custom painted it for me, and I custom painted the Isz on the inside as a "psycho" Pac Man.


This picture didn't turn out, but due to the lighting of my place, I doubt it ever will. My Starcraft figures, (ON CARD!?), that I found in the wild for $10 a pop. Pretty sweet deal. My two favourite Transformers comic covers, and our Lego Dimensions stuff. (That's more of a family collection.)


My full detolf!


My Not-Abominus, (Unique Toys Ordin), with some BMOG, Candy Beast Wars figures, Decoys, etc.


One of my all-time favourite Transformers characters is Cosmos. (He's a goddamn UFO!) I currently have every sculpt of him ever made except for TWO! (Both Japanese variants.) And a few other favourite figures/characters.


One of my favourite pieces in my entire collection, The Tako Tank with Ikard. I've also got some beast Wars minis up front, as well as some of those newer minis from the various generations.


Here's a nice vintage shelf. The Pretenders are one of my favourite lines from Transformers, and these are, naturally, some of the best. (In my humble opinion.) There's also a really cool Tomy Tribot in there, (the black figure), and my all-time favourite combiner, Piranacon. I'm trying to pick up one each of his variants, but it's hard to do on the cheap. For the trained eye, you'll notice two parts of the King Poseidon combiner in there too.

That's it for now! More to come after some cleaning/sorting!

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#610660 MIMP Star Monster captured!

Posted by fkro6784 on 01 April 2015 - 04:23 PM

The Star Monster got himself an entourage. 



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#534871 MUSCLE Class A Quick Reference Guide

Posted by Biffard on 06 October 2013 - 10:16 AM

MUSCLE classification provided by General Veers: http://blog.uofmuscl...de-peer-review/

MUSCLE pictures provided by Soupie: http://soupie.little...CLEnumbers.html

There are a total of 137 confirmed Class A figures. Breakdown by color is as follows:

Purple = 29 Figures

001 Purple.jpg 002 Purple.jpg 003 Purple.jpg 015 Purple.jpg 016 Purple.jpg 019 Purple.jpg 029 Purple.jpg 040 Purple.jpg 041 Purple.jpg 056 Purple.jpg 060 Purple.jpg 077 Purple.jpg 093 Purple.jpg 106 Purple.jpg 107 Purple.jpg 109 Purple.jpg 123 Purple.jpg 138 Purple.jpg 143 Purple.jpg 145 Purple.jpg 149 Purple.jpg 151 Purple.jpg 152 Purple.jpg 153 Purple.jpg 154 Purple.jpg 155 Purple.jpg 156 Purple.jpg 157 Purple.jpg 199 Purple.jpg

Red = 23 Figures (and possibly 1 more)

010 Red.jpg 013 Red.jpg 024 Red.jpg 025 Red.jpg 038 Red.jpg 048 Red.jpg 049 Red.jpg 051 Red.jpg 053 Red.jpg 068 Red.jpg 085 Red.jpg 104 Red.jpg 108 Red.jpg 110 Red.jpg 112 Red.jpg 113 Red.jpg 116 Red.jpg 125 Red.jpg red 131.jpg 133 Red.jpg 134 Red.jpg red 135.jpg 136 Red.jpg 139 Red.jpg 140 Red.jpg

Salmon = 21 Figures

060 Salmon.jpg 064 Salmon.jpg 072 Salmon.jpg 076 Salmon.jpg 077 Salmon.jpg 085 Salmon.jpg 090 Salmon.jpg 106 Salmon.jpg 107 Salmon.jpg 108 Salmon.jpg 109 Salmon.jpg 110 Salmon.jpg 112 Salmon.jpg 113 Salmon.jpg 116 Salmon.jpg 156 Salmon.jpg 165 Salmon.jpg 167 Salmon.jpg 179 Salmon.jpg 199 Salmon.jpg 232 Salmon.jpg

Dark Blue = 17 Figures (and possibly 1 more)

011 Dark Blue.jpg 018 Dark Blue.jpg 022 Dark Blue.jpg 040 Dark Blue.jpg 047 Dark Blue.jpg 071 Dark Blue.jpg 073 Dark Blue.jpg 075 Dark Blue.jpg 086 Dark Blue.jpg 092 Dark Blue.jpg 097 Dark Blue.jpg 114 Dark Blue.jpg blue 140.jpg 168 Dark Blue.jpg 221 Dark Blue.jpg 223 Dark Blue.jpg 224 Dark Blue.jpg 228 Dark Blue.jpg 231 Dark Blue.jpg

Magenta = 17

017 Magenta.jpg 021 Magenta.jpg 026 Magenta.jpg 043 Magenta.jpg 044 Magenta.jpg 054 Magenta.jpg 067 Magenta.jpg 103 Magenta.jpg 104 Magenta.jpg 125 Magenta.jpg 134 Magenta.jpg 135 Magenta.jpg 136 Magenta.jpg 161 Magenta.jpg 165 Magenta.jpg 167 Magenta.jpg 179 Magenta.jpg


Green = 16 Figures

042 Green.jpg 050 Green.jpg 163 Green.jpg 164 Green.jpg 166 Green.jpg 168 Green.jpg 172 Green.jpg 174 Green.jpg 182 Green.jpg 183 Green.jpg 185 Green.jpg 186 Green.jpg 187 Green.jpg 189 Green.jpg 190 Green.jpg 191 Green.jpg

Light Blue = 14

019 Light Blue.jpg 020 Light Blue.jpg 023 Light Blue.jpg 031 Light Blue.jpg 033 Light Blue.jpg 035 Light Blue.jpg 036 Light Blue.jpg 046 Light Blue.jpg 060 Light Blue.jpg 061 Light Blue.jpg 082 Light Blue.jpg 143 Light Blue.jpg 145 Light Blue.jpg 157 Light Blue.jpg

Orange = 0

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#660579 Custom MIMP display unit

Posted by Metalmonkey on 06 August 2016 - 09:20 PM

Hey gang,

Been a while since posting here but had to share this.
I finally completed my master set of Matchbox series 1 MIMP, thanks to some really awesome friends while helped me out along the way.
To celebrate, I made this custom MIMP shrine.
Hope you guys like it! It was a labour of love.


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