One of the most exciting new indie toylines on the mini figure market today is none other than my pal Mark Vasquez's nostalgic anthropomorphic wrestlers "Mystical Warriors Of The Ring!" The figures are very reminiscent of the classic M.U.S.C.LE. line of the 80's with a more modern aesthetic and wild flare. The figures are around 2" but have varying shapes and sized dependent upon the character themselves, and have a lot of fun and flex packed right into them (just like back in the day!) Mark has 6 mini figures & 1 deluxe figure available including a female wolf character named "Yvonne" (my personal fave, and a rarity in the mini figure market!) Another enjoyable aspect of this line is how much media has already been produced for it, including comics, animation, & cards that you can view right on the MWOTR site. There is even a wrestling ring playset and play mat to add to your battles or dioramas. Great for both kids and collectors alike you will be seeing even more MWOTR characters in the future, as there is big plans to keep this line expanding. Proof of great things happening is that we have seen the beginning of the 1st spin-off line of deluxe figures called "Mystcial Warriors Of The Ring Evolution." This new era of MWOTR features poseable figures that have Glyos joints that are compatible with other Glyos figures! The 1st figure "Goliath" is already available and is an instant hit with the now expanded fan-base. Mash him up with your favorite Kabuto Mushi figure or Glyos Neo Granthan and you have a battle armored Goliath ready to fight outside the ring on worlds unknown!
Mark recently asked if I would do some colors on his talented friend's JB Roe's line art, and I was more than happy to oblige, the result is what you see above, the cover of volume 4, featuring the plucky twosome"Winged Fury!" This was a lot of fun for me and I'll be doing some more color work for Mark in the future! =)
And here's some pics of my own collection, including an extra special "Manager version" resin figure of Yvonne!
You can pick up some MWOTR figures of your very own right here at the Ringside Store!
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!
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. lolI 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!
The 4 "All-Girl" follow-up to my previous "She-Ra" sneak peak!
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."
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. ;-)
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
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!
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!!!
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."
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!
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!
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
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.
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.