Zombie Bruce (Series 1) – The Kicking Dead – Toy Release

 

The “Zombie Apocalypse” is in full effect, wreaking havoc to communities across the globe. To combat the brain-crazed walkers that are attacking the dwindling population, a mad scientist formulates a plan to create an undead army of his own. Having formulated a cloning process from prior years of research, his plan is to create indestructible zombie clones of legendary heroes from across the ages, sending them into battle. Procuring a prop from a kung fu movie, the scientist is luckily able to extract the DNA he needs for his first trials. “Zombie Bruce” is born and here to protect the world (and kick the crap out of deranged zombies)!

“Zombie Bruce” (Series 1) – The Kicking Dead

-Hand cast in resin, then individually modified and hand painted. Each is unique.

-Limited edition of 12.

-Stands approximately 2.75″ tall.

-Poly-bagged with individually numbered and signed header card.

-Blind bagged before randomly shipped.

Available at the shop here.

*”Zombie Bruce” is a work of parody/satire. I have the utmost respect for Mr. Lee, and create this as a tribute to his undying spirit.

Valentine’s Day Heart Dunny

A very Happy Valentine’s Day to my lovely wife. For putting up with me, I decided to create and give her this “Heart Dunny” out of wood with matching “Heart Card”. This little guy is laser cut out of maple hardwood, hand assembled, painted, and stands about 3″ tall. Bonus #weeklytoyproject for those keeping track. Have a great President’s holiday weekend!

Weekly Toy Project 2013 Review

Weekly Toy Project Review

The end of 2013 caps off the success of the #weeklytoyproject. I completed the project of creating or customizing a designer toy every week for a year. In all, I created 27 wood figures, customized 12 vinyl toys, created 7 Sneakeys,  sewed 1 plush, molded 1 clay figure, assembled 2 plexiglass toys,  and molded and casted 3 resin figures, for a total of 53 official #weeklytoyproject toys (1 bonus).  I also released a limited run of the wooden “Cherry Micro Munwood” figure (still a few available here) and have plans to release other different figures as well. The laser cutter was a big help in creating all the wood figures, as I keep refining my laser cutting skills. I also was able to work on my painting skills and explore some different techniques. Furthermore, I learned a lot about resin casting and molding, which is really cool but seems tough to master. Although the project is over,  I will continue to keep my creative juices flowing, create new and better things, and am definitely looking forward to what 2014 has in store.

Which #weeklytoyproject was your favorite?

 

Cork Dunny – Resin Cast Toy Dunny

After laser cutting and engraving  a few cork sheets for my good friend Freehand Profit, that he is using for his soon-to-be-released Lebron X Cork Sneaker Gas Mask, there were a few scrap cork pieces left over. Having resin cast a not-so-perfect 3″ Dunny, I figured I could use the leftover cork scraps to wrap the Dunny, and this is the result. I ended up engraving in him as well, to add a little extra and chose a medieval theme. It was a bit tricky to get him lined up for the engraving, but worked out pretty well. Maybe I will do a few more of these “Cork Dunnys” in the future.

There’s only a few more weeks left for #weeklytoyproject , what should I do next?

Spikey Stacked – Plexiglass Toy

After developing and producing the Munwood figure, I wanted to explore the “stacked” toy concept with different ideas and came up with this “Spikey” looking figure. Instead of wood, I figured acrylic plexiglass might work as well and this guy stands at around 2.75″ tall. He has interesting texture and look, so I will probably refine him some more and maybe produce some as a limited run. I may even end up molding and resin cast him as well.

Zombie Bruce – Resin Cast Toy

While I’m still practicing with molding and casting toys, I had planned on producing a clear resin perfect copy of a “Bruce Lee” toy figure that I had. However, after producing a decent looking mold, I was unable to successfully create a perfect copy, with parts of his arms and face missing (most likely due to air bubbles), as well as the resin not looking perfectly clear. I probably need more practice, plus may need to purchase different casting materials and tools. Anyways, given the results, these miscasts are actually great for painting him as a zombie version (anyone else a fan of “The Walking Dead”?), so I altered one a bit more and went to it. Hopefully no one finds offense to this, as I am a big Bruce Lee fan and mean no disrespect to him or his family. I’m sure this is one zombie that you would definitely not want to run into, as he probably would be strong and quick, even in his decayed state.

Here’s a shot of the original toy as well as a few other miscasts (2.5″ tall). Perhaps I will create a series of Zombie Bruces and put them up for sale in the future. Just gotta think of a catchy name… “The Kicking Dead”?

Anyone going to Designer Con this weekend in Pasadena? I’ll probably be there on Sunday morning checking out all the new cool toys and art.

Bruce Lee toy and miscasts

Kracked Kracka – Custom Munny Mini Kracka

This Kid Robot Mini Munny Kracka figure lives up to his name by being extra “Kracked”. Perhaps he’s a distant relative of Humpty Dumpty. Better stay away from sitting on those graffiti walls.

 

Friday the 13th Jason – Custom Pop Uglydoll Wage

Admittedly, I am not a fan of horror movies, but with today being Friday the 13th, I figured I would customize a vinyl toy Pop Uglydoll Wage figure with a Jason Hockey Mask a la the Friday the 13th movies. Here is a very bloody “Jason Wage” with machete, who must have just come from a killing spree. Stay safe out there everyone! Don’t let a black cat cross your path, break any mirrors, or etc…

Live Wire – Custom Munny Trikky

A Kidrobot 7″ Munny Trikky is this week’s custom toy. Trikky has been bolted up and had wires attached to him in an attempt to bring him to life, similar to Frankenstein’s Monster. I guess we will see what happens next.

Make sure you keep coming back to check out the latest #weeklytoyproject.

Ice Batman – Custom Pop Uglydoll

As a fan of the Uglydoll series, I was excited to find out that Uglydoll has teamed up with DC Comics to create a crossover line of dolls featuring Babo Superman and Ice Bat Batman. I decided to create my own crossover figure using the Pop Uglydoll Ninja Batty Shogun figure and customize him as Ice Bat Batman for this week’s toy. Check out the great crossover line here  at Uglydolls.com.

Leaders of the New Astro Robot – Wood Toy

For those that don’t know, I am the lead graphic designer for the kid’s streetwear line “Leaders of the New“, started by my good friend Chuck-Oliver Lapus. Together, we developed the main “Astro” space helmet logo and launched our Season 1 collection last fall. We are currently in Season 2 so keep checking out the site for the newest releases for your kids and babies. Along the way, we developed a robot version of Astro and styled him in Voltron colors for one of our stickers.

Leaders of the New Voltron Sticker

In any case, this robot Astro version was another great opportunity to create a toy for the #weeklytoyproject. Standing at about 4,5″ tall, Astro Robot is laser cut out of wood, then hand painted and assembled, in a slightly different style than ones from before.

Make sure you check out Leaders on the New on Facebook and give us a “Like”!

Melded Dunny – Plastic Cast Dunny

My first attempts at molding and casting didn’t turn out that great, but I learned some things and the next attempts should be better. The subject was a 2.5″  Kid Robot Dunny and my molds turned out decent, but I of course had to try the more difficult hand roto-casting method, with an enclosed two part mold. In the initial attempt, either it was too warm or I waited too long to pour the plastic mix, so it hardened too quickly which resulted in only half the cast kinda working out. On the next try, I was trying to move faster, but ended up not mixing the liquid well enough, resulting in the plastic being too runny and most spilling out of the mold. Anyhow, I decided to combine these two “failures” together to create this Melded Dunny.

“Melded Dunny is the result of an unfortunate accident involving the transporter from the movie ‘Space Balls'”.