Ben Mininberg has been doodling, building, or painting things for as long as he can remember. He first cut his teeth repainting Mage Knight prepainted plastic miniatures before moving up to the big leagues of Classic Battletech. While rarely playing, let alone winning a game, he assembled vast forces of battlemechs, Warhammer 40k Space Marines, WARMACHINE Khador, and HORDES Legion of Everblight. Somewhere in there he realized that gaming miniatures are just too small, and he moved on to bigger and better things. From Gundam plastic models to historical armor, resin garage kits and vinyl mecha kits, dioramas and vignettes, Ben has tried it all.
Eventually he discovered Japanese vinyl, and enjoys the entire gamut from vintage, original kaiju, designer , and fight figures. The Do It Yourself attitude of modern vinyl inspired Ben to get an airbrush and tackle this new challenge. Ben enjoys the artistic side of customizing toys, but has no time for the naval-gazing ‘experts’ that consider it something to be taken more seriously than what it is: painting figures to make them look cool. He has had figures in multiple shows listed below, displayed in galleries across the country as well as in Japan. Ben started making his own hand sculpted, resin cast, and painted toys called Killer Culture, designed to combine his love of science fiction and biology. Since then he has moved on to even bigger things. Ben is teaching himself 3D modeling and printing, and then bought his own UP! Mini 3D printer. Ben’s new line of 3D printed mecha action figures, Prometheus Rising Heavy Industries, finally allows Ben to realize the sharp and detailed ideas that he could not sculpt by hand. You can get a hold of him using the Contact Me page to discuss commissions, provide feedback, or ask him any question you can think of. You can buy some of Ben’s work from the PRS Store site.
Shows and Displayed Works:
- Restore’s Debris Japan Painting Contest- November, 2011
Restore is a Japanese sculptor that hosted a painting contest of his first vinyl figure, Debris Japan. Prometheus Rising Studios placed 3rd place from a worldwide entrant pool of 22 submissions.
- FOE Gallery Monster Invitational- July 2011
Killer Culture Microcultures- debut
FOE Gallery recently opened in Northampton, Massachusetts and immediately got to supporting and building relationships with local artists and designers. The Monster Invitational featured contributions from both local and abroad. It also featured the exclusive debut of the third Killer Culture figure, the Microculture mini pack.
- Open Call Resin Show at Toy Art Gallery- June 2011
The TAG resin open call show was the gallery debut of Killer Culture, featuring an exclusive two-pack.
- Kaiju For Japan Tsunami Aid Online Show and Sale- April 2011
In response to the March 2011 tsunami that hit Japan, artist Troy Stith organized an online display and sale of works specially made for the show, with all proceeds from the sale going directly to relief efforts.
- Max Toy Co 5th Anniversary Argus Debut Show at Toy Art Gallery- February 2011
The Max Toy Co 5th Anniversary Argus Debut show brought Max Toy Co’s new mold onto the scene in style. The exhibit at Toy Art Gallery in Los Angeles featured Argus figures painted by a number of artists invited and provided blank toys by Max Toy Co and TAG. My contribution was featured on the promotional material and postcard for the show.
- Glyos Ceekoar Custom Release- January 2011
The Ceekoar release was an unofficial custom assembled and painted release of Glyos figures that I did based on my own microcosm fiction within the Glyos universe.
- Super 7 One-Offs Show- January 2011
“We killed Seymour” Monster Family Rose Vampire and Fire Robo
The One-Offs show was the next evolution of the It Came From Skullbrain show at Super7.
- Neo Eyezon Mark Nagata X Prometheum5 Collaboration- October 2010
Mark Nagata asked me to paint one half of a two-pack of his Neo Eyezon figure in collaboration with him, based on a vintage Hawaii-edition kaiju toy theme. I also provided the header card artwork, my first ‘serious’ 2D painting.
- The 100 Greatest Kaiju Battles- August 2010
I contributed digitally manipulated photographs of toys in the real world for an online art exhibit at Le Studio Plastique, an online art gallery.
- It Came From Skullbrain II- January 2010
It Came From Skullbrain is an open show hosted by Super7 in San Francisco.
- Blobpus Blob Open Painting Contest- November 2009
In 2009 Blobpus held an open contest for people customize one of his figures. Mine was among only five non-Japanese entrants that were chosen to be shipped off and displayed at a show in Shinjuku, Japan. The show and entrants by name were also featured in the February 2010 issue of the Japanese magazine Hyper Hobby.
- RealxHead Mutant Head ‘Real-Type’ Color Custom- August 2009
This Mutant Head was painted as a gift for Mori Katsura, the man behind Real X Head, and hand-delivered to Mori in Japan by Matt Doughty. Mori reportedly loved it, and it now proudly stands on display at the Shinto Gangu shop alongside other custom gifts.
- Hobbytown USA Albany Local Show- January 2009
Awarded Best of Show for the GP-01FB model, which remains on display
Also currently on display at this location: Tiger I 332, August, 1943 – Tamiya 1/48 diorama