BLOG DESIGN - Big Thanks to Ugly Club member Graham Schneider for the righteous pixel art! Graham is working on a retro game concept and other radness - have look at his current site where he's sharing his work!

Also check out the Tenacious Toys' webstore and One Up (toy shop in Akihabara, Tokyo) for some RAMPAGE goodies now and again.

Friday, August 12, 2016

SOFUBI SALOON (日本語)

日本の客様へ:

2016年8月18日にRAMPAGE TOYSが「RAMPAGE TOYS SOFUBI SALOON」開催!


国内外で精力的に活動を続けるRAMPAGE TOYSがクラフトビアバーのPUMP CRAFT BEER BARにてクラフトビールとPAMPAGE TOYSソフビのイベント「RAMPAGE TOYS SOFUBI SALOON」を開催! ここではRAMPAGE TOYS製のソフビはもちろん、LEOそふび坊やの「Taboo」やSKULL HEAD BUTT、GRAVY TOYSなどをRAMPAGE TOYSが彩色したカスタムなどを発売予定! ちなみにクラフトビールとは小規模の自主独立生産ビールのことらしいけど詳しくは各自調査! 暑い夏の夜をクラフトビールとソフビで楽しもう!   

「RAMPAGE TOYS SOFUBI SALOON」
2016年8月18日(木)
会場:PUMP CRAFT BEER BAR 20時〜
入場料:1,500円(税込/1ドリンク+軽食付き)


2016年8月18日に「RAMPAGE TOYS SOFUBI SALOON」開催
●会場:PUMP CRAFT BEER BAR 〒171-0032 東京都豊島区南池袋3-8-3 https://www.facebook.com/PUMPcraftbeerbar/
© RAMPAGE TOYS

上のテクストはSOFVI.TOKYOのイシザカさんのテクストです! イシザカさんありがとうね!

Monday, August 1, 2016

SOFUBI SALOON!

To begin, a huge thank you to all who came out for the KONATSU at RAMPAGE STUDIOS event!  An insane amount of people showed up!  WOWZA!

And, in today's RAMPAGE news:  another event at PUMP Craft Beer Bar is coming right up!  Event info is on Facebook, here, and here is the poster:



Loads planned for this - including new figures being released for the first time!  Please keep your eyes peeled on Instagram (and sometimes the FB event page) for updates as I get things assembled and painted ^_^

Later!

RT




Thursday, July 21, 2016

今日のイベント!

みんなさんお早う!

今日の KONATSU at RAMPAGE STUDIOS のいべんとの知らせですーッ!

今日のエントリーを LUCKY DRAW でやります! チケットを18時から渡します!

17時前、スタジオの前に待ってないで下さい!

よろしくね!


GOOD MORNING!

This is important information about today's event at RAMPAGE STUDIOS!

Entry order will be decided by doing a LUCKY DRAW!  Tickets will be handed out starting at 6PM, and the random number on each ticket will determine the entry order!

Please don't waste your day standing outside the studio for hours - it won't necessarily get you a better number!

Thank You!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

RAMPAGE STUDIOS PRESENTS: KONATSU!!!!

Well, it's been a full trip here in good ol' America - lots of fun, family and planning for the future!

BUT - soon it's time to head back to Tokyo for the Summer, and there is A LOT to look forward to!

First and foremost, and this is going to be MEGA - Japanese artist and figure designer KONATSU will be at RAMPAGE STUDIOS for a 3-day event!  This is going to be a good one folks.  The show will feature original Konatsu artwork, Konatsu customs (of her own figures as well as RAMPAGE sofubi), RAMPAGE customs (all sorts!) AND the release of the RAMPAGE x KONATSUYA UGLY ONICORN SOFUBI and a few other new figures as well!  Craziness will ensue I am sure, and if you are in Tokyo you will not want to miss it.

This event will take place on the same weekend as the upcoming Wonderfestival, so there may be need to limit entry as the space is not large.  This will be decided prior to opening each day of the event.

Konatsu is currently working on adding text to the poster design for this shindig, but here's the image without text - which is mind-blowingly awesome!



Here are the details (in English, and then in Japanese):

EVENT: KONATSU at RAMPAGE STUDIOS

DATES: 7/22-7/24/2016

OPENING NIGHT: 7/22 (Friday) From 7PM.  Numbered tickets will be distributed from 6PM (please don't expect them before that time)

WEEKEND OPEN HOURS: 7/32 and 7/24 from 12 noon until 5PM

LOCATION:  RAMPAGE STUDIOS, 3-14-9 Zoshigaya, Toshima-ku, Tokyo 171-0032

日本語:
オープニングナイト:  7月22日,19時から (チケット, 18時から)
週末のオープン時間:   7月23日と24日,12時から17時まで
会場:   ランペイジスタジオズ、〒171-0032 豊島区東京都3丁目14-9雑司が谷

See you there!!!

RT




Saturday, June 25, 2016

MORE NEWNESS!

First of all, a huge thank you to all who grabbed one of the new Woo figures and/or a set of the new RAMPAGE x GRAVY Brodar figures - Morel Black and Paleo Don!  Woo has sold out (yay, thank you all!), and I have put in the request for the GID casts of Morel and Don.  Those who ordered can expect shipping to happen before the end of August ^_^

Second, and it's nutty to already have this news to share - there are MORE new dudes on the way - and in the production time-line just in time to make their debut appearance at RAMPAGE STUDIOS in July!  Actually, this is a whopper of a news blast now that I think of it - so have a seat and have a read and  then rejoice with me!

First of all, it's been a while in the making, but RAMPAGE and GRUMBLE TOY have finally teamed up on a production project!  GRUMBLE Chris sent me a teeny tiny version of his mega cute Chubby Tough, and the molds and some vinyl are now waiting for me in Tokyo!  Check out this adorable fellah, who I'm dubbing 'Tiny Tough':



There will also be a teeny tiny tank (even smaller than the existing RAMPAGE tiny tank) that this little cat can board for maximum (albeit tiny) destruction!  Hopefully I'll get some test shots in hand in the next couple of weeks - so I can play a bit and share some more pictures (keep and eye on Instagram!).

Next up - and this has happened so amazingly quickly - I'm super excited to reveal a project that is pretty big-time and downright awesome-sauce:  The RAMPAGE x KONATSUYA Ugly Onicorn!

Here's the new mold:



and here's the toy (test shots)!



I haven't gotten these in hand yet unfortunately.  The timing of my current adventure in good ol' America and an unfortunate box going astray has meant that I won't be able to hold and truly get a grasp on the awesomeness of these figures (or the Tiny Toughs) until July 2nd.

But, here's the story on these (in bulleted form for max info in min verbage):

*Based on the original RAMPAGE Ugly Unicorn

*Redesigned (illustrated) by KONATSU  ('Oni' translated to devil or demon - this is a Japanese 'Oni' stryled version of the Ugly Unicorn)

*Sculpted by TTToy in Tokyo

*Produced in superior awesome quality Japanese sofubi in Tokyo

***RELEASING on July 22nd at RAMPAGE STUDIOS during the 3 day KONATSU ON A RAMPAGE EVENT!!!

Yep - Konatsu will be back at RAMPAGE STUDIOS for a second time - this time for an opening night event and Saturday/Sunday exhibition.  The show will feature Konatsu and RAMPAGE painted figures, new releases (The above new figures) and artwork by the amazingly talented illustrator, KONATSU-SAN!

So, that's a lot of info, and all super exciting to share!  Thanks for reading, and thanks again to all for your continued interest and support!

-RT

Saturday, June 4, 2016

RAMPAGE x GRAVY and RAMPAGE ULTRA KAIJU WOO!!!

Hey People!

Well, with the announcement of the big upcoming move all out of the way, it's time to move on to some new stuff!  There are a couple projects that have been LONG in the works that I am finally ready to offer up for sale, and both will be in the RAMPAGE webshop for pre-order (August shipment) this coming Saturday, 6/11, at 8PM EST (as I am on the East Coast of the USA ^_^).

So, here's the new stuff - YAY!

1) RAMPAGE TOYS x GRAVY TOYS (Bwana Spoons!) -the newest SONS of BRODAR - Paleo Don and Morel Black!!!  Blank GID 2-figure sets available for open pre-order!  Pre-order will begin on 6/11 at 8PM (EST) and will run until 6/19.  This will be an unlimited pre-order for these (pictured as flesh test shots):












Each figure is 7 parts with a 2 part club omake!  The majority of the joints on these guys are interchangeable with the joints on the other figures in the Sons of Brodar Series.  Loads of fun!  The club bits on the clubs can also be changed out for any of the parts that fit as hands/fists!

Design and sculpt work on these duders was done collaboratively and/or separately (varies part by part) by myself and Bwana.  Production (wax, etc.) was handled by me at RAMPAGE studios in Tokyo.

Morel Black, designed by BWANA, comes armed with Stone Club and 3-BARREL DEATHRAY HAND!  Paleo Don, designed by RAMPAGE (that's me!), comes armed with engraved skull stone club of doom (!) and 3 faced VOLCANO MOUNTAIN LAVA GUN!  Both figures are dressed to kill in a most dapper suit and bow-tie.  Classy!

Each 2-figure set, cast in GID sofubi and coming bagged with (yet non-existent) header cards, will be $95 (plus EMS shipping cost - from Japan).  Production, assembly and shipping is slated for completion by the end of August.


Also on offer next Saturday:


2) RAMPAGE ULTRA KAIJU SERIES - WOO!!!

After a series of delays, and then a batch of bad timing, it's FINALLY time to release this wintry kaiju into the wild!  Just in time for Summer :-P





This is the newest addition to the RAMPAGE TOYS x MARMIT Ultra Kaiju Series.  Sofubi Figure measures roughly 5 inches in height, with articulation at the head and arms.  Also comes with a tiny tiny (smaller than 1 inch) YUKI-CHAN omake!  Seemed due-time that this figure came with its proper companion character ^_^

These will be $45 (plus EMS shipping from Japan) each.  This will be a limited pre-order.  As with the Morel Black and Paleo Don order, all Woo orders will also be assembled, painted (as shown in the above photographs) and shipped before the end of August.

Thanks for checking the blog!  -RT


Sunday, May 29, 2016

OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT! RAMPAGE IS MOVING

Hey People,

So, those of you who read the blog and/or follow me on instagram (etc.) will undoubtedly know that I have been based in Tokyo (Japan) for the past 5-ish years.  The first year was a wild experiment in living in the boonies and regularly commuting hundreds of miles to Tokyo for events.  The next 4 years, up until now, saw all sorts of awesome, as I opened RAMPAGE STUDIOS, took on the responsibility of self production, and occasionally managing production for friends and close collaborators.  I can't imagine ever having accomplished what I have without the opportunities provided by actually living in the mother-land of Sofubi; 30 minute access to the mold makers, direct phone calls to all production facilities, purchasing paint and other necessary supplies at local storefronts and face-to-face communication with every person who does this sort of work for a living in Japan.  Top all this off with the incredibly unique space that I was able to rent and use as RAMPAGE STUDIOS, and it all adds up to a dream-like happy-land without limits for progress in the field of Japan-based toy production.

I am endlessly thankful for all the opportunity afforded to me while living in Japan - and in Tokyo in particular.  I also realize how fortunate I have been to have the long-term acceptance and support of the vast majority of Japanese collectors and creators - something I attribute to my willingness to learn the Japanese language and communicate with Sofubi enthusiasts and makers in their own tongue.  

OK, so, yeah - I'm moving back to America - specifically to the Northeast (NY area-ish).

It's hard to explain the many reasons for such a move, but it's basis is the fact that I had never intended to be abroad for much more than one year.  And now it has been five!

RAMPAGE will continue to produce Sofubi at the same feverish pace, and with the same focus on quality and the same materials.  I have every confidence in the connections and support system I have established in Japan, so I'm not stressed about the transition - though it might result in a momentary slow-down.

Honestly, I am very excited for this move.  The timing for actually departing Japan is based roughly on my attendance of New York Comic Con in October.  I'm over-the-moon excited for Fall in the northeast; pumpkin patches (and pumpkin beer!), apple orchards, and perfect weather for rock climbing and mountain biking with friends I have seldom seen in the past 5 years.  I also look forward to getting involved in the art scene in the New York area, and hope to meet a bunch of people at NYCC and the Clutter Gallery, and hopefully elsewhere as well!

I'd like to wrap up this announcement with this:  Thank you to my incredibly (unfathomably incredibly) supportive and awesome wife for being there over the past 5 years - always supporting me to push and develop my work to the point it has now reached.  

So, that's the news.  Thanks for reading and thanks for all of your support.  Stay tuned for new toy news and updates on the move!

-Jon
RT