Yes, I know Graceland exists. Not that King - Jack “King” Kirby! If you’d like to see a (pop-up) New York brick-and-mortar museum for the King of Comics, please become a member and donate to The Jack Kirby Museum!
What are your top 5 favorite toys that you have? thanks, Jace.
Hi, Jace - I bought that Makoto-Chan (or Makoto-Mushi) bendy quite a while ago, and I haven’t seen it for sale since then. I’ve tried looking on Google, Hobby Link Japan, thefind.com and eBay, but couldn’t find the exact figure that I have. There’s a similar figure packed with this toy, and a pink version with this doll, but nothing sold separately. The key may be to figure out what the creature’s name is. I’ve only heard him referred to as “a germ”, and Wikipedia doesn’t have much more info on the manga. Sorry I couldn’t be more helpful!
Also - my top five toys:
1) Any of the Revell Dr. Seuss Zoo model kits.
2) The Remco Flintstones Paddy Wagon kit.
3) Mattel’s 12” Ghostbusters figures.
4) Master Replicas’ Obi-Wan Kenobi Force FX Lightsaber.
Hot Toys isn’t going to stop with Nick Fury, apparently. Since HT versions of Thor, Captain America and Iron Man already exist, I guess the news isn’t exactly a shock, but it’s still cool that they’ve got the license and are going all the way with it. Excelsior!
I’m hard at work on the next edition of Happy Beaver Sketchbook! Lulu.com has a thirty-two page minimum, but fortunately I’ve done plenty of drawings since volume two. Twenty pages are filled so far - when I’ve got the minimum, I’ll have to go back and lay out the book in earnest. Still, it’s going well!
Since I’ll be announcing more toys and merchandise arriving in the future, I thought this would be a good blog icon to have. This one’s a little rougher - I recycled a drawing from Comic-Con I did a while back. Of course, it took just as long to make as the others - I slogged through a Photoshop tutorial in order to figure out how to make the ‘bling font’.
A few days ago, I realized that I’d been designing my new figure in too piecemeal a manner. In spite of all the good responses I’d been getting to my notes, the toy was all out of whack. So I went back to the drawing board and tried to pull things back together. As is common with this kind of aesthetic ‘soul-searching’, the result was closer to the original design than I expected. I’m starting again with the basic forms, and I think I’ve got a better handle on things this time!
Puppeteer Mike Quinn is developing a new performance technique that’s a hybrid of puppetry and animation, and is pitching it on indiegogo to drum up some cash. Check it out and send him some seed money if the spirit moves you!
NYTimes: George Lucas Is Ready To Roll The Credits
George Lucas talks about his struggles with Red Tails, personal film-making, and retirement. He’s been talking about making smaller art-house films for over twenty years, but I’m still curious to see what he’d do! Article by Bryan Curtis for the New York Times.
There’s a great website which has loads of information about Tove Jansson, the writer/artist behind the Moomintroll books. I just skimmed it this morning, and I’ve already learned a lot more about her - check it out!
Clutter magazine tweeted a picture of Ron English’s new toy. It looks, well, great! Check it out here.
UPDATE (1·30·12) — Fat Tony is now for sale! I bought mine at Toy Qube. It looks like they’re not accepting any more pre-orders there, but Art Attack Toys has Tony for the same price: $59.99 + shipping.