About Ben   10 comments

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.

Model kits are fun, but a deep passion for toys that can be handled and displayed led Ben to spend more time working on plamo kits and Japanese vinyl kaiju customs.  He has had figures displayed in multiple shows listed below, in galleries across the country as well as in Japan.  After spending enough time building kits and customizing other people’s work, Ben decided it was time to start from scratch making his own original toys.  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.  Ben’s sculpting and casting abilities were too limited, though, so he moved on to a new means of production, 3D printing.  With the help of Brownnoize Productions, Ben has been learning to 3D CAD model his own designs.  Ben started with Shapeways and then purchased his own 3D printers to manufacture his own line of mecha action figures under the name Prometheus Rising Heavy Industries.  Early PRHI toys have been available at two shows locally and a show in Portland, OR, described below.  2014 is shaping up to be a banner year for Ben, with multiple projects and events, and hopefully lots of toy releases.

You can follow Ben by subscribing to this site (link on the left), as well as by following him on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram (@Prometheum5 on all three).  Ben regularly posts toy glamour shots and PRHI work-in-progress shots there before putting the good stuff up here.  He has also been recognized as one of the top 3D printing innovators to follow on Twitter.  You can read the toy reviews Ben writes on CollectionDX.com, where he has also appeared as a guest host on CollectionDX The Show.  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:

  • Grasshut My Friend the Micronaut- August, 2013

 

Union Fighter Blockman CD-1-L 1/18 

Allaround “Buffalo Squad” 

My Friend the Micronaut was a group show themed around the venerable Micronaut toy line.  Prometheus Rising Heavy Industries continued with an exclusive run of Allaround 1/18 scale power suit figures in a Diaclone/Microman themed color scheme, as well as the debut of the first prototype PRHI Microman-scaled fully posable Union Fighter Blockman.

 

  • FOE Rise of the Robots- February, 2013

 

PBT-002 Bounce Tortoise 1/12 Scale (Ostrich)

PBT-002 Bounce Tortoise 1/12 Scale (Desert)

PBT-002 Bounce Tortoise 1/24 Scale (Camo)

PBT-002 Bounce Tortoise 1/24 Scale (Metro)

Allaround Power Suit 1/18 Scale with Rocket Pod

Allaround Power Suit 1/18 Scale with Mag Rifle

Rise of the Robots marked the first time the Prometheus Rising Heavy Industries line was shown publicly.  Bounce Tortoise figures were available in multiple scales and the freshly completed first pair of Allaround prototypes were on display.

 

  • Restore’s Debris Japan Painting Contest- November, 2011

Restore Debris Japan Contest- Gikaku, False Oni

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

M1GO ‘Real Type’ Vira Seijin

Max Toy Co ‘Real Type’ Tripus

Super7 x Paul Kaiju Partyball ‘Khornate’

Real X Head Zombie Akro-kaiser

Gargamel Mighty Blue Mightin

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

Killer Culture Battle Pack

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

Killer Culture Antimacrobial Microfighter Kaiju for Japan

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

Ceekoar Alien Argus for Max Toy 5th Anniversary Argus

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.

 

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

Rolok Bakobakobako

Hedorah Crawling Slick

The One-Offs show was the next evolution of the It Came From Skullbrain show at Super7.

  

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.

  

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

‘Sodor’ M1GO Manda

It Came From Skullbrain is an open show hosted by Super7 in San Francisco.

 

  • Blobpus Blob Open Painting Contest- November 2009

‘Legion’ Blob

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.

 

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

Gundam GP-01FB Perfect Grade 1/60

Awarded Best of Show for the GP-01FB model.  Currently on display at this location: Tiger I 332, August, 1943 – Tamiya 1/48 diorama

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Posted January 23, 2009 by Prometheum5

10 responses to “About Ben

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  1. I was curious about the commission work you did on the Delta Squad and was wondering what the cost for the two versions was. Your work is terrific. Thanks.
    Best regards,
    Brenda

    • Hi,
      The Delta Squads were my first real commission, and there was not any actual money exchanged. The paint jobs were paid for in trade for a rare Macross resin kit. The customer provided all of the figures.

  2. Hey Ben, wandered upon your Eyezon Clear browsing. It is freakin amazing. The colorway rocks!!! Is it for sale? Thanks.

    Jeff.

    • Hi Jeff,
      The Clear Eyezon was a commissioned piece, so it is already spoken for. Thanks very much for the interest and complement though 🙂
      Ben

  3. Did you start off with a clear one? Or did you have to strip an existing paint scheme?

    Jeff.

    • I stripped a production Purple Spray on clear vinyl w/ guts release… they are plentiful and easy to find (and awesome, you should own one proper if you like Kaiju Eyezon!)

  4. If I get a hold of the clear purple, can I commission one like the one you just finished? It’s that cool looking to me. =)

  5. Hi Ben, I found you on Facebook and came to your website. I don’t know if you remember me, I’m your mother’s cousin on the Sura side. We met at Holly Savner’s graduation party in Mountaintop, PA. You’re models are really cool! It must be hard to go to college and keep up with you’re modeling and painting. Well I just wanted to say hi and tell you how great your figures look. Tell mom I said hi and hope you are all well. Marcy

    Marcy Ann Marini Czock
    • I remember… thank you very much for looking, and for the kind words! This is something I’ve been doing since I was little in one form or another.

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