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#26 plasticfiend

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Posted 11 February 2015 - 09:00 AM

I'm kind of late discovering this thread...

 

but MAN that thing is COOL!  When I first started reading the thread, an image of the giant (with the a ship tethered to his head) from Time Bandits was one of the things that first popped into my head.  I really like the whole concept of the monster "disguising" itself with the Tug Boat.  He looks great.  I like the less realistic "street-shark-esque" take on it...

 

All this talk about sculpting... over Xmas I bought some sculpty and it was a freakin' disaster lol.  I didn't even want to post the results.  Maybe I should have tried sculpting wax first like you recommended to Jesse.  Or I think Jkaris recommended soap at one point for beginners.

 

SO this monster isn't going to be a rubber guy?  He's only going to be vinyl?

 

 

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Posted 13 February 2015 - 03:56 PM

I think sculpey firm is the best thing out there for getting started but it has to be firm(it's stone grey colored). It allows you to sculpt and carve at the same time so you can learn to skills at once.

 

The toy is going to be vinyl but that doesn't mean it will just be one type of vinyl. We might go soft vinyl and try hard or even rubbery if we can. Should have stuff ready at the end of next month hopefully.


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Posted 14 February 2015 - 06:39 AM

Great news!
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Posted 14 February 2015 - 11:49 AM

Yeah, it is great news. It'll be rad to finally have these in hand.


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Posted 19 February 2015 - 06:10 PM

For sure. Can't wait to get some of these badass minis!


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Posted 19 April 2015 - 05:22 AM

that's a great monster! love the idea and the result. 

 

Same lil point: would have love a more "blended in" crystal as you draw it and the anchor attached to the monster was an awesome idea.

 

Are you doing professional toys (as you said its gonna "being pulled at the factory"? For who/wich brand are you working? For yourself?

 

sorry lol new here so lots of questions ;)

 

Continue this great work man!!


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Posted 20 April 2015 - 08:09 AM

Are you doing professional toys (as you said its gonna "being pulled at the factory"? For who/wich brand are you working? For yourself?

 

This project is being completed through Unbox Industries.


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Posted 20 April 2015 - 05:03 PM

thanks, gonna check that


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Posted 22 June 2015 - 11:22 AM

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Posted 22 June 2015 - 11:26 AM

This guy looks great in green.


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Posted 22 June 2015 - 11:34 AM

I can't wait to add all three to my shelf! Beautiful job guys!


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Posted 22 June 2015 - 12:39 PM

I can't wait to add all three to my shelf! Beautiful job guys!

 

Haha you're so awesome, Luke


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Posted 22 June 2015 - 05:34 PM

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Posted 25 June 2015 - 11:37 AM

I can't wait to add all three to my shelf! Beautiful job guys!

Only now i get this joke haha...

And great to see release is closing in. Got my wallet ready to make some purchases :lol:
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Posted 13 July 2015 - 10:10 AM

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.

 

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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.

 

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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. 

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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. 

This is pretty frickin awesome! I defiantly took quite a break from coming on here and this is what I come back too!


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Posted 03 September 2015 - 04:59 PM

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Posted 03 September 2015 - 05:24 PM

That is sweet!

I really like this figure, bang-up job, man.
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Posted 03 September 2015 - 05:39 PM

That is sweet!

I really like this figure, bang-up job, man.

 

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Posted 03 September 2015 - 10:06 PM

Helll f**king yasss! This is what ive been waiting! Looks awesome
Will it be available at lrg store or where do we buy it? :)
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Posted 03 September 2015 - 10:38 PM

Helll f**king yasss! This is what ive been waiting! Looks awesome
Will it be available at lrg store or where do we buy it? :)

 

The lrg store!  ^_^

 

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Posted 05 September 2015 - 09:29 AM

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Posted 18 September 2015 - 05:41 PM

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Posted 18 September 2015 - 06:01 PM

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Posted 18 September 2015 - 06:37 PM

These guys are live now so what are you all waiting for! :)

 

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Bought all 3 in green... thanks Johnny & friends! :ph34r:

 

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