I am working on a new way to make and distribute customizable transforming robot action figures. Where you get to chose the look,colors and accessories for your bot the way you want them. Concept drawings rendered model images and prototype pics are all on their way. But in order to do that I need to see if my process is viable, both in financially and physically. So, first I’ll be doing a few fan figures that are more recognizable, bots I have loved for years.
See, back in the day about the time the first Transformers movie came out there was a big push in the collectors market for third parties to begin making toys of fan favorite characters we never thought the official blokes over a Hasbro and Takara would make. I tried my hand at this by making an upgrade kit to make Hasbro’s old CHUG Roabuster a little more G1 accurate. It was pretty well received and I had plans to make my own toys and be one of the first third party robot companies, but as it often does life got in way of my dreams. Long story short, I took a job with a small indie film company and moved my family from California to Connecticut. There I made props and costumes and even did a little CGI. After a several years there that company dissolved and I became a freelancer once more. I returned to California and I returned to toys. For the last few years I’ve been working as a freelance designer, illustrator, and have even contributed a few toy designs for some other third party toy makers.
Now with a few toy designs under my belt and some more experience in creative manufacturing techniques, and armed with some pretty nice 3D printers I am finally going to bring life to an idea I’ve been working on since my Roadbuster upgrade days. Custom one-off transforming robots. That’s right, you the consumer get to chose your own character, its look, its vehicle mode, its accessories, weapons, color, even how it transforms. You name it it’s yours. We will supplement these custom figures with some basic “standard color” units for you to fill out your army, but really the sky is the limit.
But first I'm going to start my toy shop re-doing some of the favorites figures from my collection. I'll start with some from the Unicron Trilogy and move on from there.