I finally lifted the veil on my new line of figures at DesignerCon this past weekend in Pasadena. I was able to display an early prototype of one of the robots in the lineup, the U-23, which is manufactured by the fictional Freeman Robotics, a 22nd century robotics corporation that I will be building the world around. I’ve always loved the how the 60′s and 70′s perceived the “future” and that idealistic vision is what will drive the look and feel of the characters and technology in this seemingly utopian landscape.
About the U-23 The U-23 was originally a city owned utility storage unit which has been reconfigured for civilian use. With 10 cubic feet of internal storage, the U-23 mobile storage unit is an indispensable asset for the urban pack rat.
Some details about the figure itself: - 4.5″ tall
- Cast in resin
- Arms have one point of articulation
- Each figure comes with a “power accessory” unit
- Each figure will be completely hand painted and airbrushed by me
- Customized packaging with a lot of fun extras
- Low run of 50 pieces (Breakdown: 25 standard figures, 4 variants at 5 each, and 10 DIY blanks).
I plan to release these around mid-January. I will be documenting the process of painting a figure from start to finish so you guys can see how much work goes into each one. Stay tuned!
The Master Prototype The one I quickly painted for DesignerCon was the first version of the prototype. There were calibration issues with the 3D printer and the results were less than ideal. It was run a second time and the new version (see below) is perfect. This is the version that the resin copies will be cast from.
Despite the critic’s negative reviews, Pacific Rim was my favorite movie of the summer (and possibly the past two summers). While the dialog wasn’t oscar worthy by any means, the part with the giant mechs punching giant monsters in the face? It brought out the kid in me all over again. After watching the film, I knew I HAD to add it to my movie poster series. It was a no brainer. That said, I hope you enjoy my little love letter to Pacific Rim. It’s full of fun easter eggs and nods to some pivotal moments in the movie.
Standard (Edition of 100) / “Night Stalker” variant (Edition of 30)
First, my blog is fully functional again. My comment system wasn’t protected and SPAM bots were having a field day with it (1,500+ comments were added PER DAY). Anyway, the problem has been rectified so I can finally make this section of my site useful again.
A lot of people have asked me about how I create my prints. While I’m no expert in the intricacies of printing technology, I have figured out a work flow that produces consistent results (for my self at least).
General disclaimer: I just want to point that I have been using Epson as my printer brand of choice since 2003. I am not familiar with Canon or HP interfaces/print dialog boxes. Everything I point out in this post applies to Epson specifically. While you may be able to take away some of the general concepts to apply to your Canon/HP setup, I have no experience working with them so I can’t offer much help (if any at all).