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Drab Future toy production

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Its been a long road, from prototypes to molds/casting/assembly and painting, but I’m proud to announce that the new Drab future toys will be available through the Zerofriends web store this Friday, (Tomorrow!) and I can’t wait to see what everyone does with theirs.

I’d hoped to do a full write-up including tutorial videos for each step of the process, but sadly my phone was stolen before I could unload all the material I’d been recording. Fortunately I did manage to document a lot of the process and am able to share that with you now.

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I created prototypes for each of the seven characters in Drab Future. These began as kit-bashed models based from various toys, won from skee-ball games, purchased from grocery stores and randomly aquired.

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For each I sculpted their costumes over top the base model, and built accessories to show all the details.
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For John Henry I began with a firefighter toy which was a skeeball prize, won from a local arcade.
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needed to completely resculpt the face and mask, and add the straps and elements of his space suit.
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I spent hours sourcing the best parts to match the character’s costumes and props.

I looked awhile for the a good way to mimic the texture of Casey Jones’ ghillie suit, who also began as a skee-bll prize firefighter, and eventually I settled on using gauze, treated with wax and liguid sculpy, and resculpted with a soldering iron.
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When it was time to make the molds I produced elaborate vent/sprues to direct the flow of resin and prevent air bubbles.

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I used around three gallons of silicone for the full set of molds.
Had to go a bit heavy with the filler, almost didn't have enough silicone, but the last three toy molds should be ready to open tonight!

Most of the prototypes did not survive the demolding process.
The witness prototype didn't survive de-molding, but the mold should be good and I can always kitbash his remains #drabfuture

One of the most exciting stages was seeing all the molds set up and preparing to pour resin for the first casts.
30 molds, 4 gallons of resin, gynoid dolls and drab future toys ready to cast

Two gallons of resin later I had an army of raw castings.
Edition of five Drab future toys cast. Finished off 2gallons of resin, now time to clean and paint them up

Next came clean-up, each toy needed a bit of time with the dremel and x-acto to have it’s sprue and flashing removed. I decided to leave the slight imperfections such as air-bubbles as a mark of their creation, a bit of character to each one.
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Then primer for basecoats
Primer! Starting with 2 sets of toys to fully paint, #drabfuture

Weathering and washes of powdered pigment
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And a bit of hand-painting
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The finished set
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Gynoid Munny

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This is a custom “Munny” vinyl figure I made of the Gynoid. She was a fun and quick project, starting with a basic GID (glow in the dark) Munny; I cut the ears off, and repositioned them for her breasts, patching over the ear holes with paper treated with superglue.
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I cut the body into sections suspended by aluminum armature wire. I used a spent 45 ACP shell casing for the fuel tank in her belly. I re-sculpted, sealed and connected the parts using Magic Smooth. I chose Magic Smooth to try and preserve the glow of the vinyl;
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I finished this off using some ‘crackle coat’ self-weathering spray paint for her skin, to mimic the aged porcelain look of the Gynoid
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This toy is currently available for purchase from 1up Collectibles

This toy premiered at the ALBOTAS (A Little Bit on The Awesome Side) Heroes & Villains Custom Toy Extravaganza, 7/30/2011