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

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

NEW SOFUBI IS BORN!

With no drawn out work in progress images behind us, and no hesitation in the slightest, it's time to reveal the newest RAMPAGE TOYS sofubi release:

THE GACHAPON GOBLINS!

This is a release of 7 1.5 to 2 inch figures, designed to fit in the RAMPAGE 2 inch Gachapon machine, and featuring characters from a group of creative masterminds including:  Art Junkie, Walter Parenton (IV), Joseph Harmon, and, of course, RAMPAGE TOYS!  Sculpting duties were shared by me, Joseph Harmon and Art Junkie's right-hand-man - with final edits and finishing all done right here at RAMPAGE STUDIOS. Pics of the sculpts:

 
Ugly Unicorn (new bite size micro!) (RAMPAGE TOYS), "My Little Unicorn" (RAMPAGE TOYS), Shitman (Art Junkie)

 
Slimeface Seijin (Joseph Harmon), Eggplant Bat Boy (Joseph Harmon), Harry and Bobby (Walter Parenton's infamous Bobbybeast characters!)

 
WAX!  Done weeks ago and ALL DONE HERE at RAMPAGE STUDIOS!!!  These guys are already being molded (a metal mold is being made by the fine sofubi craftsmen) right here in Tokyo - to be cast up in some yummy yummy JAPANESE sofubi goodness!  This is the first time I've done the wax casting (wax prototype) stage of the manufacturing process (all by me-self!), and I am happy as could be with the results - knowing that it's one more step in the process that I was personally involved with!  YAY!
 
What does this all mean?  Well, a couple things:
 
1) A pre-order for black vinyl (with options for single blind bag, full blank black sets and secret painted versions) will begin this Friday (August 23rd) in the RAMPAGE BigCartel!  Be sure to join the RAMPAGE mailing list for the most up to date info on this!
 
2)The first Gachapon release is scheduled for Superfestival on September 29th!  This will be followed by another release at New York Comic Con (October 10-13th), which will be handled by Joseph Harmon himself!
 
3)The future of releases will roll right along, with ALL SORTS of stuff happening this Fall - Shows at RAMPAGE STUDIOS, Design Festa, and more!
 
Exciting times!  I love this work, and having had a hand in pone more step of this creative process (i.e. the wax prototyping stage), I feel even ore involved in the craftsman world of Sofubi creation!  It's like adding a member to the family each time one of these projects gets off the ground!
 
 
For more info on the whole process of sofubi creation, check out this older RAMPAGE blog post from 2011:  http://rampage-toys.blogspot.jp/2011/09/making-sofubi-how-it-all-works.html
 
Updates soon!  Thanks for reading!
 
 

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