Saturday, June 28, 2014
It's been ages since i've painted anything. I seriously cannot remember the last time. I have been going through and cleaning up the shelves and recently came across this old Bounty Hunter x Secret Base Skull Kun DX. It's the smoky grey version that came out a few years ago. Probably one of my favorite toys. I think there is only five colorways: GID green, clear blue, clear orange, clear and smoky grey. So i'm looking at this thing and a scene from Toy Punks vol. 1 comes to mind when they are interviewing Hiddy from Secret Base and in the background, there is a Skull Kun DX in clear purple...!! I believe it was a test shot or something. Never released. It's a homage to the Dokuro King. Not sure why this colorway was never produced. It's the most obvious choice.
So I thought why not dust off the airbrush and paint it up? After some masking, I went out to the garage and tried to clean up my airbrush. This thing had cob webs on it and it seemed like there was no way I could get this stuff to work. Not to mention that I didn't have any V-Color thinner to safe my life. But it came out ok. some dry brushing on the helmet and i'm happy with it. Long live Dokuro King Skull Kun DX...!!
Just for kicks, here is the Toypunks Vol. 1 teaser. Brings back some great memories. It's a great DVD...!! Must have for any toy collector.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
I'm a huge fan of Josh Herbolsheimer. He's one of the coolest guys you could ever meet. Super chill and one of the best artists around. Translating his art into toys is never an easy task, but I think Earthwolf does a pretty good job. All the quirky details are there from the arrow sticking out of his torso to the leaves and branches on the right shoulder and especially the eye in the palm of the left hand!. It's a weird, lanky, awkward sculpt not unlike Josh's paintings. the minimalist sprays with the masked details on the clear glitter vinyl is just superb. Unfortunately this particular version was only included in the Super 7 13th Anniversary Lucky Bags which are now sold out.
See earlier Earth Wolfposts including art work by Josh HERE
Monday, June 23, 2014
Crap, my hand blocked out my Boba Fett t-shirt from Super 7. That was the whole point of the picture.
Despite the fact that Santa Rosa was recently named the 5th Snobbiest Mid Size City in the United States don't let that deter you from going to the Santa Rosa Toy Con. It was a lot of fun and everyone was very nice. The vendors and fans seemed to genuinely want you to be there. There was plenty of room to move around Mason and I had fun. Not a lot of Japanese toys, but I did manage to pick up something really cool. More on that below. Not sure it's really the Bay Area's largest toy convention. Perhaps by square footage, but I think the San Jose Toy Show does have more vendor tables or at least that's my impression. But the show did have more charm than San Jose. The vendors are nicer and the atmosphere seemed more relaxed. Small town charm I would call it. None of that frenzied I'm going to cut out your heart for that toy vibe here. Worth checking out.
These display cases are pretty cool. but at $80 a pop, a bit spendy.
Free Hot Wheels...!!??? What?
Was thinking of buying one of these Robo Cop guns. One was just a replica. the other was an airsoft gun. But both were $150 each. pass.
I did buy this Hot Wheels trailer set. the ramp comes down so you can drive the Willy up. cool.
Ghost Busters was a theme today.
No this Popy tank wasn't $9.99. More like $110.
That's Ernie Hudson on the right. One of the original Ghost Busters.
Probably should have passed on these kits. $5 each. but they suck.
Here is my prize. $10 Astro Boy. the eyes light up..!!
I left off a few parts so you can check out the skeleton inside. love this.