Max Toy‘s homage to the men and women who cast soft vinyl in Japan returns for its fourth release
- Size: 5.5″
- Articulation: 1 point (neck)
- Edition size: TBC
- Price: $40 plus shipping
- Designed by Mark Nagata and sculpted by Cristina Ravenna with Max Toy coordination by Yo Miyamoto, Sofubi-man comes cast in a semi-clear black glitter infused sofubi, remaining unpainted for this release
- Currently available in the Max Toy store right here
I was extremely honoured to get a chance to visit the factory I’ll be getting the Sumoggubōru produced at earlier this week, with friend and master-caster Cory of Science Patrol on-hand to show us the steps involved and, of course, help me pull my very own marbled Oozeballs- one of which will be offered up via IG comp very soon! For those that are interested, I’ve recorded the casting process in just 5 (not so easy!) steps which can be found on the new Softoy Hobby You Tube Channel right here…
[From top left] 1. To start, the vinyl is vacuumed to get rid of as many bubbles as possible, 2. The vinyl is then poured directly into mold, filling up to the top of the joints, 3. The mould is submerged in cooking chemicals for a certain amount of time depending on the vinyl thickness required, 4. Excess is poured out and the mold is cooked again, 5. The mold is submerged into cold water to cool down, 6 and 7. The mold is mounted on a base and the casting is cut and pulled free, 8. In some cases a centre spinning machine is employed earlier on in the casting process to again reduce bubbles, 9. Mold storage at the factory!
Revealed right here in test-shot form last month, we are very proud to finally be able to share The Disarticulators‘ Oozeball sofubi in it’s initial “OG Ooze-It Green” colorway! Here’s the blurb for the figure… “A follow-up to last years hugely popular keshi-ball release, the DA’s Tru:Tek has completely redesigned the figure from the ground up for the new medium, opting for a more organic, Ooze-It like face, paper clay-style textures and the pièce de résistance… a hidden face inspired by Georges Méliès iconic 1902 silent movie, Le Voyage dans la Lune! Beautifully sculpted by none other than Zectron, the 2-part design has been upscaled from the original 2″ diameter to little over 3″- making it both more in-keeping with the classic Madball scale, and, more interestingly, compatible with a wide variety of mid-sized kaiju with the capped base removed…” With the first batch of green balls making their way over from Japan to the UK in the next week or so, those savvy enough to jump in on the preorder back in November will be receiving their orders very soon… And to those that didn’t? Well you’ll be glad to know that a small reservation has been put to one side for a release in the Man-E-Toys store over the coming weeks. But that’s not all! Rampage Toys will be unveiling the first ever painted version of the ball at Wonderfestival Winter 2015 this weekend- be sure to stay tuned for a full reveal plus release details tomorrow!
With his first round of “Monster” sofubi minis already proving to be a huge success, Japanese artist KtoKto has just revealed that a second wave is about to head into production! Inspired by a mix of both classic monster designs and 80s Japanese horror toys – including the iconic MaBa Zombies – this second batch once again features a total of 3 different designs; a quad-eyed werewolf, a creature from the Black Lagoon and a de-tombed mummy, each sculpted in the classic finger puppet style and due to be produced in an uncapped soft vinyl. Pictured here as finished wax prototypes, we’ll be keeping our fingers crossed for a debut release before the year is out…
After months of hard work and organisation, Gary Boon over at Blue Frog World is finally ready to reveal his first ever original resin creation… the Bohna Skully! Initially starting out as a sketch and quickly progressing to digital form via 3Ds Max, the sleek 2-part design has been created primarily as a platform for customisation, drawing inspiration from the likes of Ferg’s “Sqube” and MAD’s MADL to form a subtly interesting yet neutral enough canvas for artists to work with. Produced by our very own Tru:Tek over at the Disart ToyLabs, an initial run of 25 blank DIY versions have been created for a custom show to be held at ToyCon ’15. With most currently winging their way to the hugely talented list of people below, Gary will also be giving one lucky up and coming artist the chance of bagging the figure early and having their own creations displayed at the event too.
Teaming up with the organisers of ToyCon and The Toy Chronicle, Gary is currently offering up a digital template to all aspiring toy designers, painters, illustrators, sculptors, metal workers, or just generally a creative people (right here) with a view to designing their own Bohna Skully custom. Finished entries will need to be sent over to email@example.com by the close date of October 10th, at which point 3 designs will be chosen – one from each of the guys – and then be put up for public vote through The Toy Chronicle. The winner will have the chance to render their design in 3D on the platform, as well as have it displayed alongside the following artists at the con next April-
A Little Stranger, Ardabus Rubber, Blue-Frog, Lunabee, Matt Jones, Mr Lister, Okkle, One Eyed Girl, PlanetDomu, Roar with Lukas,RunDMB, Toy Terror, Uncle Absinthe, UME, WuzOne.
Stay tuned for more news on the project soon, and be sure to keep a close eye on the #BohnaSkully hashtag on both Twitter and Instagram to see updates of how all these amazing artists are getting on…
Avant garde resin artist Patient No.6 has just revealed a rather unique package that he’s currently offering up to his horde of fans, a “Full Production” edition of the Red + White series’ Doctor! Featuring artefacts from every step of the resin figure’s production, including the original moulds (in full!), early casts, grind plates, and of course, the final result, the once in a lifetime set is currently being offered up by the artist for a very reasonable $250 shipped worldwide. Hit Patient No.6 up directly at firstname.lastname@example.org with any enquiries…