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MAN-E-PROFILE// “Break Fighters” HIGEKAMI: Master of Beard-Fu from The Disarticulators…

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Presenting the third release that we will be unveiling as ‘The Disarticulators‘ at the Rampage Studios opening show on Friday, we bring you HIGEKAMI: Master of Beard-Fu! The first release in an on-going series called “Break Fighters”, a make-believe early 90’s scrolling beat ’em up, the absolutely beautiful 2″ figure has once again been designed and sculpted by the insanely talented Zectron, with production duties handed over to Tru:Tek for the debut urethane rubber run.

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Limited to an initial batch of just 5 one-off neon colours, each figure comes housed in a custom made SNES-style window box designed by Tru:Tek with artwork from Zectron. Alongside the general ‘M.U.S.C.L.E flesh’ release next month, Rampage Toys will eventually receive more stock in the form of both neon ‘Green’ and ‘Pink’ variants, whilst Lee over at Bigmantoys will be serving up a batch of custom resins soon after… Stay tuned for firm release details (including pricing) over the coming weeks!

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MAN-E-PROFILE// The ‘Rampage Exclusive’ Masters of the Bootleg: KESH-E-FACE figure from The Disarticulators…

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Continuing the rundown of Disarticulator figures we’ll be unveiling at this week’s Rampage Studios opening, we bring you the piece that has perhaps garnered us the most attention so far… the ‘Rampage Exclusive’ Masters of the Bootleg: KESH-E-FACE! The first Disarticulator release to crossover into the world of H.U.S.T.L.E, the oversized mini figure  has been created as the ultimate arch-nemesis to H.U.S.T.L.E’s main protagonist, the fateful Min-E-Face. Sculpted by the uber talented Zectron, the jaw dropping 3″ tall figure takes all our favourite parts of the He-Man/MOTU aesthetic; Man-E-Face’s rotating head, Skeletor’s face, Ram-Man’s shoulders, a chest symbol straight from Mosquitor and Hordak, plus a Trapjaw inspired cybernetic arm (albiet wildly enhanced!), and combines them to form one of the coolest mini figures we’ve ever seen, let alone had the honour to produce!

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Cast in a day glo/neon green rubber with pink rotating head (plus one reverse chase!) for this Rampage exclusive edition, the 3″ tall figure once again comes packaged in a hand finished blister card with artwork from Zectron. Limited to just 5 pieces, additional stock (albiet in a solid green) will be touching down in the Rampage Studios store at some point next month… Stay tuned for details on the standard ‘M.U.S.C.L.E flesh’ release soon…


MAN-E-PROFILE// ‘Tiny Terrors from the Deep’ mini figure 3 pack from The Disarticulators…

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With the much talked about first toy show at the newRampage Studios opening it’s doors later this week, we’ll be giving you guys the full lowdown on all the various figures we’ll be debuting as The Disarticulators. Today we start with our first truly collaborative project, the Tiny Terrors from the Deep mini figure pack…

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Featuring 3 separate figures from Tru:Tek, the Amazing Zectron and Bigmantoys, each design has been influenced by a different character from 90’s underwater RTS videogame, XCom: TFTD. Initially produced in an authentic kesh-style rubber by Tru:Tek, a standard blue/pink edition (pictured) will be available in extremely limited quantities at the Rampage Studios opening, with further stock hitting the Man-E-Toys store alongside an edition of 5 ‘M.U.S.C.L.E fleshies’ soon after. Aside from the debut rubber variants, a mini artist series is in the works (artists TBC soon!), as well as a slew of special edition ‘singles’ and custom resin 3 packs from Bigmantoys… Packaged in a PS One style window box, the set will be retailing for around $40, with singles starting at $15- expect release dates and exclusive colourway reveals soon!

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Character Profiles//

Lobsterman (designed and sculpted by Zectron): “The Lobsterman is a formidable opponent. Lobstermen form the shock troopers of the deep and also hold very high positions amongst the alien hierarchy.

The Lobsterman, in addition to using standard alien weaponry, has big meaty claws that allow it to viciously strike aquanauts when in close quarters. This means that whether or not it is carrying firearms, a Lobsterman is a constant threat until it is incapacitated.

The Lobsterman’s other – and perhaps most – distinguishing feature is its thick carapace that makes it nearly invulnerable. Their actual protective plating is very light, but the Lobsterman’s extreme damage resistance greatly reduces the effectiveness of most weapons. Low powered weapons are rendered ineffective.”

Bio-Drone (designed and sculpted by Tru:Tek):“The Bio-Drone is a creation only an alien mind could conceive of. It is a brain, (human or alien) suspended in amniotic fluids and connected to a powered base unit that can fly on land or below water.

Each Bio-Drone is armed with a powerful auditory disruptor, part machine and part organism. Some of our scientists have suggested that the weapon is driven by the host organisms original vocal cords. Highly accurate and tenacious these super guard dogs are widely used by the aliens to protect valuable assets.”

P.A.T (designed and sculpted by Bigmantoys):Little is known about this relatively unthreatening, yet horrific creature. No doubt a failed attempt at alien assimilation, “Pat” (Partially Assimilated Terrestrial) as we call him, still lives near or within alien colonies. This would not be so disturbing if it were not for his remaining human traits. He still goes through the motions of waving hello as he advances on our troops. Rather than neutralise him, Aquanauts tend to run away, perhaps out of reluctance to kill any remaining humanity inside.”

[info: UFOpaedia]

Rampage Studios Opening and Show,  January 25th 2013
Featuring new works from The Disarticulators, Peter Kato, Nama Niku, Eric Nilla, Art Junkie and Hellopike

MAN-E-XCLUSIVE// The Disarticulators and H.U.S.T.L.E at Rampage Studios- full reveal!

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After what has seemed like a lifetime in the studio, we can now finally present to you guys the HUGE selection of figures we’ll be dropping at the upcoming Rampage Studios opening and show… Featuring a total of 18 all-new mini figure designs spread across 5 different series from both H.U.S.T.L.E and Disarticulator brands (our collaborative project with Zectron and Bigmantoys), we’ll be profiling each in turn over the next couple of weeks to get you guys better acquainted. In the meantime, here’s a quick rundown of exactly what will be featuring…

  • ‘Rampage Exclusive’ H.U.S.T.L.E Artist Series Wave 1// The debut of our long awaited custom bootleg mini figure line, the series features a total of 10 designs from 8 of the art toy scene’s finest. Standing at around 1″-2″ tall, each figure has been hand cast by Tru:Tek in an authentic keshi-style rubber. Coming in either neon pink or green (exclusive to Rampage), each figure is packaged in a gatcha capsule with insert and laminated stat card… Aside from the standard ‘singles’ release, we have also created a number of randomly packed blister carded 3 packs, plus another one-off H.U.S.T.L.E Battle Pack featuring a custom wrestling ring plus figures from both Rampage Toys and series creator Tru:Tek. Pricing and edition size TBC.
  • The ‘Tiny Terrors from the Deep’ XComunicated 3 Pack// Our first truly collaborative effort as The Disarticulators, the mini figure 3 pack features designs inspired by mid-90’s RTS videogame XCom: TFTD. Debuting at Rampage Studios in the Tru:Tek produced rubber edition you see below, the stunning figures come packaged in a hand crafted window display box that resembles the original PSONE box- a theme we’re sure you’ll become familiar with in our work soon! Edition size of 3, price TBC.
  • Break Fighters’ Higekami: Master of Beard-Fu// The first in an ongoing series of ‘single’ releases based on faux early 90’s beat ’em-up ‘Break Fighters’, Higekami: Master of Beard-Fu was designed and sculpted by Zectron, with production duties once again handed over to Tru:Tek. As with the TTFTD release, Higekami comes packaged in a beautiful custom made box, this time around lampooning the iconic SNES cartridge box. Edition size of 5, price TBC.
  • ‘Rampage Exclusive’ Masters of the Bootleg: KESH-E-FACE// Created to run alongside the ever growing H.U.S.T.L.E universe, Zectron’s beautifully sculpted KESH-E-FACE sees it’s second exclusive outing with the reveal of the Rampage Studios exclusive. This time around cast in neon green rubber with pink rotating head (plus one reverse chase!), the 3″ tall figure once again comes packaged in a hand finished blister card with artwork from Zectron. Edition size of 5 (although an open run ‘Rampage’ solid green is in the works!), price TBC.
  • ‘Rampage Exclusive’ Critters: Wave 2// Last but by no means least, we’re proud to reveal that the Critters inspired mini figures will be making yet another exclusive outing! This time cast in a marble red/black rubber (with white/black chase), each figure comes with an exclusive header and safety insert designed by Tru:Tek. Edition size of 5, price TBC.

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Rampage Studios Opening and Show,  January 25th 2013
Featuring new works from The Disarticulators, Peter Kato, Nama Niku, Eric Nilla, Art Junkie and Hellopike

MAN-E-XCLUSIVE// The birth of The Disarticulators!

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Whilst the H.U.S.T.L.E Series has and will continue to dominate pretty much every waking minute of our lives for the foreseeable future, there has been another huge project that we’ve been dying to let out of the bag since it’s conception back in July- Well, with 3 all-new separate releases ready to drop in the coming months, we thought now was as good a time as any to introduce you guys to the rubbery nostalgic world of The Disarticulators… Born out of a joint passion for minis, MOTU, art toys and 80’s/90’s pop culture, the group, consisting of Man-E-Toy’s Tru:Tek, the Amazing Zectron and Lee Burbridge from Bigmantoys aim to ignite the passion for mini figures in the art toy scene once more, with the introduction of several new one-off and ongoing releases. Today we exclusively introduce you to the first three…

“SHNBF” HIGEKAMI: Master of Beard-Fu

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Originally posted as a finished sculpt a couple of months back, we are now proud to reveal that Zectron’s incredible Higekami: Master of Beard-Fu will be featuring in The Disarticulator’s first ongoing series, the outlandish “Super Hyper Neo Break Fighters”. Set to feature a whole host of characters from the faux early 90’s beat ’em-up, expect more figures from all 3 artists in the very near future. Pictured to the right of the test pull is the windowed SNES style box that each hand cast rubber figure will be sold in… The first batch will be making their way to an undisclosed Toy Show in Japan soon, so expect a full release (and a different colour) at the end of January.

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The “Tiny Terrors from the Deep” 3 pack

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Treading similar territory with their first fully collaborative effort, the “Tiny Terrors from the Deep” is a one-off series of 3 figures inspired by XCom’s seminal 90’s underwater RTS game, TFTD (how’s that for timing!), featuring sculpts by each of the 3 artists; the Lobster Man from Zectron, PAT from Bigmantoys and the Bio-Drone from Tru:Tek. Proving some of the most challenging casts we’ve had to work on to-date (the 3 piece brain section and the lobster’s looped antenna of particular note!), the end results really speak for themselves, and whilst there are still a few issues that need cleaning up, full production will begin soon… As with Higekami, the Tiny Terrors from the Deep will come housed in a windowed videogame box- this time in a slightly more apt PS One inspired design! Again, a small batch of these will be debuting at an undisclosed show in Japan next month, so expect a general release soon after!

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KESH-E-FACE: Evil Brother of Min-E-Face

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The first release to crossover into the world of H.U.S.T.L.E, the oversized mini figure KESH-E-FACE has been created as the ultimate arch-nemesis to H.U.S.T.L.E’s main protagonist, the rather unfortunate Min-E-Face. Sculpted once again by the uber talented Zectron, the jaw dropping 3″ tall figure takes all our favourite parts of the He-Man/MOTU aesthetic; Man-E-Face’s rotating head, Skeletor’s face, Ram-Man’s shoulders, a chest symbol straight from Mosquitor and Hordak, plus a Trapjaw inspired cybernetic arm (albiet wildly enhanced!), and combines them to form one of the coolest mini figures we’ve ever seen… The legs were one thing Zectron did decide to change though, opting for the smaller thighs and huge boots to help balance the figure out- an excellent choice, I’m sure you will agree! Due to come cast by Tru:Tek in an authentic rubber with fully functioning rotatable head, the first wave of Kesh-E-Face will be heading to an undisclosed show in New York next month, each coming packaged in the authentic blister pack seen above… Stay locked for details of a general release soon!

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That’s all we can reveal for now, expect more info on releases as soon as they’re confirmed… Normal posting resumes tomorrow!