Wednesday, August 26, 2015

New Activision Figures Available on Ebay!

Making it 8-bit rain...
Back by (semi) popular demand... I just added a bunch of new custom Atari Activision Figures to eBay.


Thursday, August 6, 2015

Always Put Black & Decker Toys in the Middle of Your Star Wars Display

I made a pit stop at Target on my way to work this morning, and was really impressed with Target’s innovative ways of displaying Star Wars toys. You know how most Star Wars displays don't have a few Black & Decker Tool Belts randomly shoved in the center? Well this Target solved that issue. 

I managed to get my hands on a copy of Target’s guidelines for merchandising their store shelves. It was pretty impressive and forward-thinking stuff:

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Horror Movie Posters Recreated with Action Figures

When my wife asks me what I'm working on, and it's a project like this, I tend to just say "Oh, nothing." It's better than saying, "I'm setting toys up in front of backdrops so I can recreate horror movie posters with action figures. You know, like a 34 year old man is supposed to do."

These were all done in a pretty DIY fashion. No figures were Photoshopped onto these images, and everything was shot by setting figures up in front of backdrops. Although some elements (titles, text, etc...) were added to some of the pics after. See bottom pic for a behind-the-scenes peek at how unprofessional my set-up is.


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

New Customs: Fisher Price Little People Universal Monsters

These new customs were a combination of two things: First, I’ve been obsessing over the vintage Fisher Price Little People line lately. I picked up the castle not too long ago, and things have started to spiral since then. Second, I’ve been talking in a ridiculous Dracula voice around the house (much to my wife’s annoyance), so it only made sense to blend the two together.

Using a few classic Fisher Price Little People characters, I created a line of Fisher Price Little People Universal Monsters. The simplicity of the Little People line made these both easy and difficult. They were easy because I only had to draw two black dots on a white figure to call it The Mummy. However, they were difficult because you’re limited to just a few simple shapes and basic details to capture the spirit of an iconic character.

Friday, June 12, 2015

The Crappy Disguise of He-Man's Alter Ego

There's no way that's the same guy. One's wearing a vest.
When it comes to keeping your alter ego safe, it’s quite possible that He-Man’s plan is even worse than Superman’s foolproof idea of “putting on glasses.” For He-Man, a purple vest is all that’s needed to hide the identity of the most powerful man in the universe.

I don’t want to say that He-Man is all brawn and no brains, but it seems to me if you want your alter ego to be a secret, you might want to try adopting something more than just the dress code for a Wal-Mart greeter. (NOTE: I realize that Wal-Mart greeters wear blue vests instead of purple vests, and I realize that they usually wear pants instead of fur underwear with tights.)

Step 1: Put on a vest. 
Step 2: Leave your face exactly the same.
Step 3: Carry a different sword.
Step 4: Wear some tights.
Step 5: Fool the world.