|This is the stand we hope to release with it/alongside it made out of resin.|
Japan is calling.....in a couple of months Smash Tokyo Toys will be rebuilt from the ground up with one of the best sculptors in the Japanese sofubi industry....new company....new name and MORE ROBOTS! Waaaaaayyyyyy, way more robots.
Since Xmas, myself and TurboPistola have been working hard to prepare a HUGE new Japanese sofubi toyline, something unique and never seen before. New robots, old robots, new bodies, eight heads, two legs and multiple weapon arms...hundreds of combinations.
Two words: Siccaluna....Velocitron.
We can't call our Japanese business by the same name since it was cause problems in Japan since the Japanese toy community would simply believe were were called SMASH from Tokyo.
Our new blog can be found here: http://anyoldion.blogspot.com.au/ . For Smash Tokyo fans......get ready.
|Don't say I didn't tell you so.|
|Go get it, it will actually be in stores this time.|
Everything has been sent off to Japan.....now we are just in the nail-biting wait to see what the sculptors say.
We have the money ready to go towards sculpting, iron molds, headers/bags etc but now we need to wait to see - IS IT ENOUGH? Will they be able to make our rather intricate designs on minis?
Here is a look at some of the toys we are doing..a blurry look:
|That is *5* unseen heads, out of a possible 8. Fans will go apeshit.|
So we're still working hard on getting our sketches together. These are not our finished designs because we're still figuring out what works and what doesn't because there's quite a few different ideas going in and a lot of different robots that need to be done. So these are not the "be all-end all" finished designs. Turbo comes up with some cracker ideas constantly and I'm always giving him input to add to each one which means there are constant changes happening.
So, my art guy Daniel TURBOPISTOLA Smith sent this today.....spun me out!
Probably the best design in our new line up and the secret head that is hidden here...PHWOOSH....it was the goods.
I like simple design and a rocket fist in the chest and the face ripped off of one of my own robots is seriously cool!
|Rocket fist in the chest...a different robot's head on his arm....GOLD!|
So....five years ago I sold all my BIG robots to a friend of mine for a STUPID price and it hurt a lot. We were desperate...we were moving from a small town back to the big city, we'd just lost a baby...things were bad.
Here's how much it hurt:
Boxed Shogun Gaiking mint
UniFive Garada Green
Unifive Grand Mazinga
All USA Shoguns
All Jumbo Zords (ALL including rare 2ft wingspan one)
All USA and Japanese released Zords complete inc Japanese base zord and battleship zord.
Bunch of booty Jumbos
FOR $500 BUCKS!!!!!
It hurt bad because today those toys combined are worth about $4500+.
|BEST stupor robot ever! I paid $130 to get one of these shipped to Australia years ago and it was banged up. This one is beautiful...he even has his rubber parts. Since he wasn't released in OZ, pretty good score.|
When you have to get rid of a toy you REEEEEAAALLLLY don't want to lose because you love it and years later you find another...cheap.
Recently I rebought a Uni-five Garada for $40 boxed off ebay because the store had put it up on ebay as "BIG ROBOT" and just recently I found another of this beauty at the markets....
The biggest...most awesome....building robot ever made:
So big he has "Not to be used as a foot stool" on his feet. Remember that scene from BIG where he says "Well...it's just a robot...it transforms into a building..." That's just like this! It transforms into a pyramid...with arms! WTF!!!!
The lady gave him to me for $35 and it still has an undamaged rubber chest piece and as a super bonus when I got home and opened him up (because he was heavy) he had one of these guys jammed in him.
|Worst robot ever!|
So in the past we would 3d render the toy or have it done as a turnaround on Illustrator. Crazy arty stuff. This time we wanted to do everything super old school from start to finish all hand-drawn. The artist takes my designs, sends me his pencil versions over the web, I photocopy those which I go over in pen (because they're so faint after going through the printer), change up anything that needs to be changed, write notes all over it....send it back....we talk some more....then the sculptors in Japan will tell me if it's possible. I hope so....it's a year coming with more setbacks than you can shake a cat at.
Just a guy in a huge chair in his undies with a laptop and a nikko working with guys on the other side of the world. Hard work.
|This has "BOOM" in kanji on the backpack in the finished version|
|He has "Turbo" in kanji on his back in the updated version. |
Well. ...I thought we were doing one robot toy in Japan next year.
Turns out we are doing a LOT more.
We'll see how we go.
More in a month....when we have some designs ready and in at the sculptors!
|Since I don't have any pics for this post....how cool are these!?|