Toy de Jour in Chicago is hosting an unofficial Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-themed Group Toy Show opening on Friday, March 3rd. I was happy to get the opportunity to contribute to my first gallery show in quite a while, as it gave me the motivation to finish a new figure design that I’ve been working on for a while. The Roadkill Rodney robots appear in the original TMNT cartoon pilot season, as well as the early games as really obnoxious enemies. They are great little designs that play an important role in the show, capturing the animals used to make Bebop and Rocksteady, and causing the Turtles general grief. Unfortunately, Playmates never released a toy of them in the original toyline. Now, you can purchase your own fully 3D printed Roadkill Rodney figure, debuting at the show in an exclusive chromed up finish! Also making his public debut is my MACC figure from one of my favorite episodes, Attack of Big MACC. MACC has made a few brief appearances on my Instagram before now, but this is his first release, also in a swanky chrome finish. Both figures one-offs will be available at the show on Friday, and I am planning a regular production release of each for the summertime.
Here’s all the info for the show. I wish I could be there in person, as I’m sure it will be a great time! Thanks to Toy de Jour for putting on a show with such a cool theme. I cannot wait to see what other folks have come up with.
The Rodney figure turned out great, and I’m really excited to get them out there. Each figure features articulation at the ‘waist’, wheel, and shoulders, with a swappable tentacle part. The display stand is removable and the wheel really rolls. I’ve been having a lot of fun with these early test figures, and have some plans for further tweaks and options down the line. The chrome finish was a bit of an experiment that I’m pretty happy with the results of.
MACC features articulation at the neck, shoulders, guns, and waist. It’s a goofy, awkward design that makes for a fun little figure that looks great alongside your Turtles.
More pics after the cut!
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A friend of mine told me about an awesome product known as Space Walls, which are unofficial Death Star corridor backdrop segments for use with your Star Wars action figures. The main line is designed for 6″ Star Wars Black scale, and the individual segments look great. Unfortunately, when my friend purchased some Space Walls, they did not come with any sort of connectors to attach the wall segments or help them stand up, which limited their usefulness. He asked me if I could fix this, so I now have four types of PRHI Space Walls Connectors available through my Shapeways Shop. The four types accommodate the two different styles of wall as shown below, plus pieces to help the walls stand, and corner connectors for more intricate displays. You can purchase the connectors now to improve your setups!
PRHI Space Walls Connector Type A for regular wall segments, sprue of 4x.
PRHI Space Walls Connector Type B for wall segments with light inserts, sprue of 2x of two styles.
PRHI Space Walls Connector Type C connectors with footer supports, sprue of 4x.
PRHI Space Walls Connector Type D corner connectors, compatible with both wall segment types, sprue of 4x.
Here’s a little for fun item available now in the PRHI Shapeways Shop. I had a request to make a version of my Gonk Droid toy in 25 mm scale for gaming. The mini Gonk is available in Shapeways’ high-detail plastics for use with your minis, but you can also order a teensy weensy baby Gonk in Stainless Steel! Shown above with a vintage Kenner 3 3/4″ Jawa. The detail came out far better than I was expecting, and it makes for a delightful little bit of hand-gokin. Pick up one today from the shop!
There is a whole host of new 3D printed replacement accessories for your vintage robots available now in the PRHI Shapeways Shop. You can now buy replacement shooting fists for all of your Takara Jeeg and Gakeen magnemos, and Mego Micronauts figures such as Baron Karza or Force Commander. Also available are Microman MicroGander replacement fists with and without 5 mm holes to hold accessories, and replacement missiles that will fit in the chest and foot launchers. For you vinyl fans, you can now pick up missiles for your vintage Bandai Missile Fire Vinyls (MFV). You can get regular replacement missiles, or missiles that end in a 5 mm peg so you can add your own custom warheads. For links to each product, read after the cut.
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Afinia 3D has published a nice little eBook about people that use their Afinia 3D printers to make cool, creative stuff! I talked to them about the action figures I make, and then also featured PRHI-friend David White, aka MechaZone!
You can check out the whole book here: Afinia 3D Prinder-Equipped Artists: Stories of Success.
The previous PRHI Gonk Droid 3D printed release was one of my most popular projects. I get so many requests to offer more, but have not had the time to make another batch myself. I finally spent the time to make a version of the PRHI Gonk Droid available through Shapeways. This revised Gonk Droid is sold as a kit in two parts, the body and a leg sprue. This means you can purchase the body printed in a nice bright color, and get the legs in black. You could just block in the face details and have a great looking figure, or go all out and do a fully painted custom. You can order the Gonk Droid now for a total of $60 using the below links to the PRHI Shapeways Store. The kit snaps together with no glue needed, and I am really happy with the fit of the joints.
PRHI Gonk Droid 6″ Body on Shapeways
PRHI Gonk Droid 6″ Legs on Shapeways
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The PRHI Micro Moving Mecha is available now from the PRHI Monster Kolor Shop, here: http://www.monsterkolorstore.com/prhi-micro-moving-mecha-debut-production-ver/. Stock is limited so don’t wait!