The newest series of LEGO Minifigures is slated to be release on Sunday May 1st 2016. And while most LEGO Minifigures are original ideas, these are licensed characters - specifically Disney characters. The Disney Minifigure Series consists of 18 blind-bagged characters, including Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Buzz Lightyear, Alien, Mr. Incredible, Syndrome, Peter Pan, Captain Hook, Ariel, Ursula, Aladdin, Genie, Alice, Cheshire Cat, Maleficent, and Stitch. (So why the Toy Story Alien and not Woody?) Each blind bag minifigure will run you $3.99.
Amanda Visell and Michelle Valigura have released their latest resin figure set - Pig and Butterfly. You guessed it...this hand-sculpted and hand-painted resin set consists of a pig and a butterfly. That big pig measures about 4.5 inches x 3.5 inches. The set is limited to a run of 25 pieces and is available for $90.00.
Tell us about your background! What led to your job at Funko?
I've always loved making characters, so I went to art school and earned my degree in Video Game Art & Design. I hoped to make video game characters - I had no idea that making toys was even a career option. Funko contacted me about a week before I graduated and I started working here a few weeks later. I've been here about a year and a half now and I couldn't imagine working anywhere else!
What are your biggest artistic influences and/or who are your favorite artists?
I take artistic inspiration from so many different sources. My favorite artist of all-time is Francisco de Goya, an 18th century Spanish painter and printmaker. Other artists I love are Jamie Hewlett, who did the art for the original Tank Girl comics, and fantasy illustrators Frank Frazetta and Boris Vallego.
Of course I'm influenced most by my fellow sculptors here at Funko. They're all ridiculously talented and I'm always learning new things from them.
What are some of your favorite projects you have worked on at Funko?
When I was in school, I wanted to work for Bethesda Game Studios, so it was a bit like a dream come true working with them on the Fallout and Skyrim Pop!s and the Fallout Mystery Minis. I'm a big Fallout nerd, so the Fallout 4 Pop!s are probably my favorite thing that I've mad thus far, especially Dogmeat.
I'm also a big Adventure Time fan, so sculpting the latest series of Pop!s was totally math. The Jake Car Pop! Ride was a lot of fun to make.
Also Star Wars. I'm always excited to work on Star Wars.
What programs and/or tools do you use most often?
I live and breathe ZBrush, the 3D sculpting program I do all of my work in.
What is your dream project?
Legend of Zelda is definitely at the top of my list. One of the first video games I remember playing is the original Legend of Zelda for the NES and I've played every Zelda game since. I'm hoping that one day we can make that one a reality!
Some others on my extensive wish list are Pokemon, Dragon Age, The Witcher, Tank Girl (the original comic version), Saga, and Rat Queens.
My collection of figures I've worked on is growing to epic proportions. The only other toys I collect are Adventure Time toys. I also collect and paint tabletop miniatures.
What is your favorite medium?
Most of my work is done digitally in ZBrush, but when I do step away from the computer, I love knitting (is yarn a medium?) and making props for costumes, usually using foam.
Any advice for aspiring toy designers?
On the back of the sellout ToyCon UK version of the DMS Octeapus, comes the Deep Blue colorway of this Mechanimal. The piece stands in at around 5.5 inches tall x 7 inches wide and features moveable, changeable magnetic tentacles. There's pressure cast resin base and cockpit, piloted by a custom version of Lunartik's mini tea vinyl toy.
The Deep Blue colorway is limited to 15 pieces. It will be available to order beginning today (Friday April 29th 2016) at 6PM BST (1PM ET) for £49.99 plus shipping (About $66) from DMS One's Shop.
Toy Art Gallery has announced the release of two new exclusive ULTIOTL editions from Ukydaydreamer. The space-faring ULTIOTL comes in black and orange flavors and features Uky's unique style and a slick metallic-laden paintjob. The ULTIOTL editions will be available today (Friday April 29th 2016) at Noon PST.
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