April 27, 2013

Blind Mouse Toys Enlist Judge Dredd Penguin

Blind Mouse Toys have announced they are releasing 'Judge Dredd Penguin'. Sculpted and painted by Joe Amaro and box art by Eamon O’Donoghue this vinyl figure looks fantastically detailed.
This awesome 2000AD character stands at 4" high plus helmet (which is NON REMOVABLE) the first 1000 orders will be receiving a frame-able copy of Eamon’s art.
If you'd like to pre-order the Lawgiver the attitude of a penguin then check Blind Mouse Toys here with Judge Dredd Penguin shipping June 23.  

Tic Top 5 Interview: Ahren Gauthier

Welcome to Tic Top 5 where we ask an artist or specialist the hard hitting questions (not really they're actual quite easy). Todays specialist is U.S. based Ahren Gauthier who is a Molder, Caster, two time guest on the weekly online toy show Toy Break and Super Knowledgable on all things casting. 

Through his company ImprobableCastAhren produces soft tooling and resin castings as well as sculpting, prototyping, painting, 3D print finishing and production for a variety of industries. Being more of a behind the scenes kind of guy we thought it would be a great idea to get Ahren to answer the Tic Top 5 for today:
  1. How did you start in the industry of creating & customizing?
    I have been building models since I was a kid but the first time I ever got paid to do work like this was working for Games Workshop back in the early 2000s.
  2. What was the first toy or item you customized or created?
    Probably one of those build your own robot kits. I used to think I wanted to go into robotics so I spent years monkeying around with them.
  3. What influences you?
    Because a lot of what I do day to day is on the "technical" end of toys, I am constantly (my lady love would probably say incessantly) watching videos, reading tech bulletins about new materials and manufacturing processes.
  4. What are your weapons of choice?These are the things I use almost every single day: Accurate gram scale - I literally could not do my work without one. Wax pen. Epoxy putty. Drill mixer. Nitrile gloves. Electrical tape.

  5. If you could collaborate with anyone (living or dead) who would it be?Matt and Michelle Doughty from Onell Design are #1 with a bullet, Paul Kaiju, Dream Rocket, Mark Nagata, about a million other people. My wish list is loooooong!
If you'd like to get in touch with Ahren here's his links:
Coming back tomorrow to see who's next in the Tic Top 5 hot seat. 

Tee of the Day: Imagination by Fernando Degrossi

Our tee of the day goes to Fernando Degrossi's 'Imagination' tee. Available only in white the Toy Story inspired tee has Buzz, Woody, Rex and a Toy Soldier are beautifully blended in colour.

To purchase the Imagination' tee at $23.50 plus shipping, check out the Threadless store here.

NECA has an Albino Predator for SDCC

NECA announced their SDCC Exclusive through the AFI website. This year’s Comic Con Exclusive will be “Big Red” who is the “Albino” Predator only briefly seen in the Batman: Dead End fan film

Bringing a unique look to the already extensive line-up of Predator figures, Big Red features 25 points of articulation, including the new ball joint hips and double knee joints and new shoulder armor. This SDCC Exclusive will be sold at the show and we're sure some stock will make its way online after the convention.

Holy Awesome Car Seat Batman

It might not be toy related but it is Batman and deep down Batman is a tender, loving superhero who embrace and protect your kids. Now before this gets any weirder let us introduce the Batman Car-seat from Kids Embrace.

A built-in five-point harness that can be easily tightened with just one hand doesn't hurt either, and with two reclining positions your kids will always be comfy on Batman's lap as well as two fist cup holders and his cape can become a blanket. 

Order here so Batman can protect your kids during an accident, just like he can protect Gotham from evil villains.

Iron Patriot becomes a Bearbrick

With the 'Iron Man 3' film releasing on May 3 in the U.S., Medicom Toys has revealed its Bearbrick version of Col. James Rhodes, 'Iron Patriot'.

The 400% figurine with its articulated head arms and legs measures a very tall 11" high in star-studded metallic red, blue and silver armor. You can be pre-ordered 'Iron Patriot' here now, which will ship in September.