2015-04-19

Recreating a Toyline: BUGMEN OF INSECTA

In 1983, DFC Multi-Toys Corp created a line of insect warriors called the "BUGMEN OF INSECTA."  These 6 figures & 2 vehicles proceeded Coleco's (more popular and remembered insect warriors,) the"Sectaurs," and were released at popular toy outlets like Toys R Us. As a child my Aunt Leta had a way of finding us a variety of toys that my brothers and I weren't currently collecting on our own to help spark and further our adventures with playtime, & imagination. Receiving 1 figure each from her that Christmas, the BUGMEN have always had a fond place in my heart as a durable, fun, and little known figure line from my childhood.  Although the figures had no media and just a brief blurb on the back of their cards, both the figures & packaging resonated with me as a 50's-70's kind of sci-fi throwback tale of giant monstrous bugs reclaiming the Earth.  My brothers & I  had the characters  KING STINGA, CARNIVORA, & WEBSPINNER IV (the other 3, LORD GRASSA, ELEPHAS, & the lone female BLACK WIDOW were equally cool) but as with most little known toy lines of the 80's, these figures moved out of the toy infested aisles as quickly as they arrived, and have been mostly forgotten except by the savviest of today's adult collectors.  Today these are near impossible to come by, as carded samples are so rare, and loose samples usually are very worn, but through the building power of the Glyos system I saw a way within THE GODBEAST'S exciting KABUTO MUSHI figure to rebuild these characters using 95% of what the Kabuto Mushi figure already came with as the aesthetic.  So in a an usual attempt to recapture a small sample of my childhood, I started looking at Glyos in a new way, to homage figures & characters of my past, something the current Kabuto Mushi line is doing right now with slick paint applications. I'm proud to say that in just about a little over a year of it's original release, through the help of Marty Hansen and his investor Kaleb's kindness and inventiveness, through Kabuto Mushi I have been able to complete this project and rebuild a 2015 updated version of the 80's infamous BUGMEN OF INSECTA!





*special thanks  to Onell Design & Spy Monkey Creations for also helping to complete my recreations/reimaginings.

2015-04-01

RISE OF THE BEASTS & October Toys Contest Art Entry "Vespula!!"

  A hot indie property that I am very excited about is the all new "RISE OF THE BEASTS" line! A creative new breed of figures that homage the beloved 1980's toylines "Battle Beasts," "Masters Of The Universe," and "Thundercats" in one mighty mash-up of awesome! Creators Jon Karis and the good people at Plastic Imagination have helped form a new line filled with endless creative character and storyline possibilities!  I have been fortunate enough to have contact with Jon and want to share in his passion for this new and innovative line of figures. The high quality PVC production figures are a 60mm scale (similar to the modern "Guardians Of The Galaxy" and "Avengers: Age Of Ultron"  retail lines), and work with all Glyos compatible figures (created by Onell Design), as they also contain the Glyos peg & socket system. The figures have 4-5 points of swivel articulation at the pegs, & have hands that can hold most 3mm weapons.  This line is both affordable and fun and Jon and Co. have many incredible characters planned for the future!  There is also a cool retro style mail-away incentive batch of figures on the store site to entice you to army build with this terrific line!
A recent contest opportunity was held on "October Toys Forum" for "Rise Of The Beasts" where you could create what type of beast you would like to see next in the line.  Happy to join in the fun I went with a "Yellow Jacket” concept female that I called “Vespula” ...as I always wanted to make a Bee Girl warrior. lol  I imagined her as a hero but then thought she could also work as a villain within the soon to be vast ROTB universe.  My vision is that her 2 “knives” could double as wings with a port on one side of the knife and a Glyos peg on the opposite side of the knife to connect together & separate.  Then there could be another port on her back to plug 1 of the unconnected Glyos pegs from her knives/wings onto her back. 


If you are interested in RISE OF THE BEASTS be sure to pick up the 1st 2 figures offered in both Painted & Unpianted options of the Rhinoceros and Scorpion available now from "Little Rubber Guys.Store" and help support this great new line of figures! There are 4 more beastly characters already in the works to expand the line, a Lion, an Ape, a Horned Lizard, and an Ant!  Take the plunge and get your collecting started as I think you will love this new line as much as I do!
pic by J. Karis




Learn about ROTB from the OFFICIAL WEBSITE: http://riseofthebeasts.com/home.htm

Talk about ROTB @ the OFFICIAL FORUM: http://www.littlerubberguys.com/forums/index.php?showforum=121 

See the latest ROTB developments from the man himself on JON KARIS' LITTLE RUBBER GUYS INSTAGRAM: https://instagram.com/littlerubberguys/

 

2015-03-08

Masters Of The Universe Origins Part 10!!

The 4 "All-Girl" follow-up to my previous "She-Ra" sneak peak!





BLACK ALICE
A character from DC Comics & specifically tied to this project via the modern DC VS MOTU series. Black Alice's look reminds me so much of the type of work I did in college for character designs, that I just had to include her, she's like a throwback to myself. lol
In this story, Black Alice was practicing rituals to contact inter-dimensional demons through portal phenomenon and was eventually graced (or cursed), with the Demon King of Eternia Skeletor. Black Alice serves as Skeletor's liaison, votary, informant, and as a magical vessel for him to cross through space and time to Earth as either a conquest or an escape!
  
DRAGON QUEEN (as a young girl):
Based on the lead villianess from the Galoob line "Golden Girl and the Guardians Of The Gemstone" which was another (and probably the best known/successful) She-Ra-inspired-competing-line of the 80's. I picture most of these characters to be somewhat younger than their POP contemporaries. Here as a child, the Dragon Queen (once the Dragon Princess) was forced into her role when Skeletor invaded Storm Isle, and killed her parents (the Dragon King/Queen) and many of her people. This act was made to capture, steal, and later control the Dragons that are native to her land. For protection for her people against Skeletor's future plans, the now child Dragon Queen formed an uneasy alliance with the Snake Men Clan's Priest "Kobra Khan." Her assigned guardian is the "Dragon Lord" & her horse is named "Shadow."

MERMISTA/MERMAID:
Based on the 1986 MOTU Annual that shows He-Man talking to a Mermaid, this character can also can fulfill the role of "Mermista." I added a couple of my own minor touches to this design to make her look a little less human. Although usually mistrustful of land dwellers, in this story the Mermaid aids He-Man & She-Ra's traveling alliance with information of the Horde's route thru the sea on giant ships to bring in their forces over from the far off Fright Zone to Monarch, her advanced warning ready's the Heroic Forces for impending danger.
  
PEBBLASS:
Pebblass was added as a guilty pleasure to this series, her name given to her by TG is just too much fun. lol Pebblass represents one of the 5 members of the Rock People who meteored to Eternia in search of peace from a galactic war that tore apart her home world. Fun & flirty, Pebblass & her fellow Rock People have joined He-Man & the Heroic Warriors, to assist their new welcoming allies in hopes of peace from the on coming Horde war.

fun personal facts:
I scored a Dragon Queen figure MIB a couple years back for $20 on ebay, not to shabby...lol
The recent Classics figure of Mermista helped propel her to be finished sooner than later in the art lineup. She is also the only art card that does not have a featured weapon.
Pebblass' gun is based on "Solitaire's" sword from the classic "Rock Lords" line.
Black Alice is a character I wish they would make an action figure of in one of the many DC lines. ;-)

2015-02-06

KABUTO MUSHI 2/6/15 release (being a part of the magic!!) XD

"Galactic Emperor"
ver 1:
final product:
 I have been coloring the official Kabuto Mushi mechanicals by Pat Bussey in various colors (based on homages) and submitting them to Marty "The Godbeast" Hansen (the figure's creator) these past couple months as color concept possibilities for his wonderful Glyos buildable figure. Marty is an endless well of talent & ideas so for him to take my concepts into consideration was a true honor. What was special about this particular color combo was Marty went with the one that I submitted that actually came from an idea for a color scheme that I had concocted at work not based on anything specific, just an idea for colors that I thought would look cool on Kabuto Mushi. The fact that he could pull DBZ's "Freiza" from this color combo & improve upon it was a perfect union of tribute and Japanese pop culture character recognition. He also took my recommendation of painting the inner circle on the bug's head as a new paint mask!
It's moments like this as an artist and friend that really will stay with you forever! 
The white is a metallic and the purple & red (etc. details) are painted on the pvc.
I can't thank Marty enough for this opportunity, it really is a dream come true to be a part of the magic that is his amazing Kabuto Mushi figure. 
The other 2 Japanese tribute figures available tonight will be the "Ultraman" homage (metallic silver & red) & "Henshin Cyborg" homage, all are just $16 each while supplies last!

 product shots:




 My version 2, and 2 more versions I did after the final with Marty's revisions advice.


Marty's final mechanical
I'm so pleased to see this colorway make production and cannot thank you enough brother.

^^^ 2/12/15 Update:  He's here and he is amazing!!!

2015-01-31

Masters Of The Universe Origins Art Cards Part 9! (sneak peak!)


After a far too long a hiatus...  "Masters Of The Universe Origins Art Cards" are back!!  Here is a sneak peak of the first of 5 new additions featuring none other than 2013 fan poll vote winner She-Ra!  Based on 1 of her many Filmation concept designs, in "my" story line for this interpretation, She-Ra is not related to He-Man, & is the daughter of Queen Hera. The Princess has flown in with her rebel Valkyries from the far off Crystal Castle to Monarch to stop a new foreign invader with a formidable army named General Hordak. Beautiful, smart, & powerful, she carries the sword of protection which was gifted to her by the Sorceress.
2015 is the 30th year anniversary of She-Ra, & I can't think of a better way to celebrate the Princess of Power for me than with some new art for her!

Some designer notes: The spear is based on one of Chap Mei's "Savage Warrior: Beast Raider" weapons. Her color scheme is influenced by both She-Ra and Andromeda of "Wrath Of The Titans."

2014-12-28

2014 Kabuto Mushi Checklist Poster

These are my Checklist Posters variations that I made for the 1st year of the incredible & versatile Kabuto Mushi Glyos figure & it's color variations created by "The Godbeast" Marty Hansen.  Photos & graphic design by me.  I also used the official logo.  The 1st version (on the orange backing) features the solicitation description names, & the 2nd (on the green-blue backing) features my "fan-made" names for the characters in my fan-verse (+ official solicitation names).   Special thanks to The Godbeast Marty Hansen for creating this amazing figure and the Glyos community for inspiring some of my builds!



2014-12-26

Fun Photos of Collectibles

I love taking pics of my collectibles... some of these were wonderful gifts! Thanks bros!





2014-11-02

KABUTO MUSHI Propaganda Art


 I had some free time & decided to get creative!  Using Pat Bussey's wicked Kabuto Mushi Mechanical Art, (along with the new KM logo)... I merged & colored the line art & also created the background imagery etc. for a combination illustration to create a "Propaganda" style poster for the mighty "Sectivorus Supreme!" Big thanks to Marty, & Pat!

2014-10-18

Death Skull Pumpkin


Had fun with the family and extended family carving pumpkins on 10/12/14, special thanks to Jenny Bean for the assist!  The design reminded me of the old Remco Skullman/current Realm Of The Underworld Acromancer, so I had to pick it from the wonderful assortment of templates!  I haven't done this since I was a kid. lol


2014-09-30

SUCKER PUNCH by Nadzomi Viro...colors by ME!


When I went to see the film "Sucker Punch" in the theaters back in 2011, I saw a truncated version of the film, sliced for a PG-13 rating.  Needless to say it did not live up to expectations.  In 2014, I finally bought the "Extended Edition" BD from the value bin @ Walmart because even though the movie was not a hit with me, the design work was.  Months later I decided to rewatch the movie in this new presentation & was completely blown away by what an extra 20-or-so minutes (an R rating) and a clear mind could do.  The visuals, music, story, all seemed to impress me for this 2nd remixed viewing and thus Sucker Punch has become a favorite and a cult classic for me... so much so that I wanted to revisit the film artistically in some form...
 Nadzomi Viro is a talented artist that resides in Russia whom I admire and greatly enjoy her work on deviantart.  This modern  manga style version of "Sucker Punch" was just what I was looking for to color after my new found appreciation for the film.  Beautiful illustration by Nadzomi, some additional lines, colors, and words by me. 

2014-08-31

COLORS: "The Saga Of Crystar"


Sometimes I just like to color.  Simple, clean, fun.  So I flat colored this old (1982-83) Marvel ad for "Crystar: The Crystal Warrior."  This ad was only ever black & white, so adding colors to it for the first time added an extra level of interpretation, as some more decisions had to be made than the norm.  This ad looks as though it was what the toy company Remco used for it's basis for some of  the Crystar toyline, (as well as an early interpretation of the final painted cover of comic issue #1.)  I hope to do my own take on the Crystar Universe sometime, and have already started on some aspects of that. ;)  Unfortunately the Marvel pencil/ink artist(s) are not credited on this art, but colors by me.

2014-07-21

Guest Artist: Eric Marshall with art of a Jafaristew created character


 If you are a member of the MOTU fanart community,then you are very familiar with the stellar art of Eric Marshall (aka gbagok on He-Man.org) who has been doing 200X MYP Animation style art & bios for years now, and is actually on his 44th series (at the time of this writing w/characters that are in the 100’s) of capturing every character from every source of Masters Of The Universe in the  fan art forums into 1 continuum.  It is probably the most impressive art thread/project on He-Man.Org period, for the sheer volume of art & story that he has dedicated himself to.  Earlier this year he started adding fan characters from around the forum into his expansive universe, and in his 4th series of Fan Characters he did one that I created for the Gy-gor fan art challenge named “Faw-Sil.”  It’s a  very cool tribute and even adapted many aspects of my bio for her into his own  fan-verse.
Thanks Eric, I love how she turned out!
-Chris 
My original can be found here:

2014-06-01

KABUTO MUSHI Part II...

PART II of the Kabuto Mushi art card series!!


TOKETSU: The mighty Beetorian of the cold north, brother of Shigaisen, & ally of Kabuto Mushi. Toketsu has led a heroic life, he has worked hard, demonstrated patience, and has gained respect in leadership within his colony. Living on Mount Fuji he has seen many battles due to the military advantage point of that location. Toketsu has made many wise choices & allies to get to his rank & standing, all at his brother Shigaisen's dismay, as Shigaisen can't understand why he has not had the same success, as he considers them brotherly equals, but Shigaisen does not care for virtue, nor trust, nor does he value life, the opposite of Toketsu's personal and military strategies. Toketsu's hard shell can handle the most extreme temperatures of cold, & he is as handy with a blade as he is a blaster. He displays himself in the "Tall Samurai" form, one of the highest ranking forms for a Beetorian & usually only used for a commander or leadership form within the Beetorian race.



SHIGAISEN: Toketsu's jealous sibling has nothing but contempt for his brother & the Bettorian Corps cause. Although cunning & bright, he acts the fool as Onikisu's right hand man. Seeing as Onikisu is a famous Gladiator, just by being seen with him, Shigaisen believes he is equally as famous, a plea to match his brother's worth in Beetorian eyes. He fights with a ferocity and has no mercy. His weapon of choice is a Empyrean hook that he finds can easily crack the shells of his Beetorian enemies. Shigaisen has been gifted with extreme type of fast fwd vision, where he can see & intercept motions before they happen by the energy that an opponent emits, this gives him a distinct advantage over his enemies, and why Onikisu uses his gift in interpreting their battles with telepathic communication. His chosen form is considered a mockery of the similar samurai forms, as it is a twisted take on a respected look, by inverting his body and wearing the most savage head display.

*I equip most of my Mushi with Spy Monkey weapons, and couldn't resist including the red hook I gave the Metallic Purple Mushi for my art cards (the red is like a perfect match!)



GAIJIN KUROKAMI: In the future, the young human girl known by the Beetorian's as Kurokami (Japanese for black hair) was once a USA historian fluent in Japanese & teaching English in Japan under the JET prgramme. When on a field trip to a research lab on Mount Fuji, the increasing changes in climate over the decades eventually caused a violent eruption, forcing the lab facility occupants to take shelter. A brave Japanese lab tech, who felt that a foreigner should not die away from home, pushed "Kurokami" into one of the state-of-the-art life support systems on the lab site. The lab was covered in molten rock and debris from the eruption, but the 6 pods survived intact within the underground chamber in a form of suspended animation. After countless years of evolution, a battle with the Beetorian corps unearthed the lab, and the battle destroyed all of the pods accidentally except for Kurokami's. Feeling a sense of duty to all life, Kabuto Mushi managed to save Kurokami's suspended body from the wreckage and she was brought back to health within the Colony, although with amnesia. She can remember history & events but not her personal information or past life. Kabuto Mushi decided that she was a valuable asset as a historian of what-was-then-Earth (to educate the Beetorians about human's mistakes) & a friend. Many do not feel the same way about the Gaijin (outsider) & Aka Sasori has often made boasts of having her as a meal & often refers to her as Yochu (larva) or Ujimushi (maggot). She still wears her (now more fitted & customized) suit from her life support unit, (which is almost insectoid-like in appearance, an endearing trait to Kabuto Mushi himself) & although their is plenty of oxygen, it is more to shield her from (at times) the unstable climate. She has heard whispers that some humans still exist but they are no where to be found on land, and hopes that one day she reunite with them & bridge the race of heroic Beetorians and existing humans together peacefully.

*Kurokami is a character I made myself to demonstrate the human element to the chaotic world of Kabuto Mushi, she would serve as our view into the hostile world of Sectivorus.
I don't plan on adding many fan-made characters, but would like to someday include the 80's cult line "Bugmen Of Insecta" toy characters that I will eventually recreate using the KMMKII parts!




 

MINI MUSHI: Mini Mushi's are the workers of Beetorian society. A subspecies of Beetorians, they do not grow as large or as complex, and they have only a single display form. Like Beetorians the majority of the race is male, with females being uncommon, & more protected due to their rarity. All of the day-to-day tasks from food gathering to building, to 1st line of defense are a part of the Mini Mushi's role in Beetorian Colonies. At least 1 Mini Mushi shares a Telebond with a matching color Beetorian, due to this phenomenon, a Beetorian can Telebond communications with their sidekick Mini Mushi who can communicate telepathically with other Mini Mushi's of the same color division and they will act as a single unit under the Telebonded lead Beetorian's command. A "Swarm" of Mini Mushi is considered 4 or more, and they are fully capable of taking down a unseasoned Beetorian in a fight, acting as a single minded unit. Although smaller than humans, enemy Mini Mushi swarms are the main reason that what remains of humanity has moved underground and no longer can inhabit the topside of the earth.

I hope you enjoyed our second visit to my Kabuto Mushi Fan-Verse!!

*New colorway figures are available tonight 6/1/14 at THE GODBEAST'S STORE...
http://www.godbeast.com/shop.htm