We are only a couple of months into 2015 but we have been keeping very busy here at the studio. Of course that means we have been updating our social media pages and website along the way.
We didn't think we could love American Werewolf any more than we already do…and then a client commissioned us to create a puppy version of the classic movie's wolf!
You can see shots of this and other great projects on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TomSpinaDesigns?ref=hl
We enjoy any opportunity to work with our friends at White Room Artifacts and this dynamic display for a shoe retailer in NYC was just the project for that! You'll find this and new restoration and sculpture projects on our site! http://www.tomspinadesigns.com/home-and-news.html
Thank you all for reading and for your continued interest in the very cool work we get to do here. We really appreciate it.
CreatureCantina.com is delighted to share a report on toy fair written by our great friend Mike Ritter. Mike attended Toy Fair with Steve Rensi and shared the reporting duties for CC.com. He visited vendors all over the convention floor, and here are his impressions...
The 112th North American International Toy Fair ...
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CreatureCantina.com would like to extend gratitude and accolades to the fine folks at UK Graders for ending their practice of U-grading packaged Vintage action figures and toys. You can see the official announcement posted on the Star Wars Forum - UK.
So ends one grading company's destruction of Vintage collectibles. We here could not be happier. Here's hoping other grading services follow their lead!
To learn more about the evils of U-grading, click here for a very thought-provoking analysis.
Growing up I loved Jurassic Park and was quite spoiled by receiving the near entirety of the first movies toy line (having divorced parents has to come with some advantages). Hasbro’s celebrating the opening of the Park and the release of Jurassic World with a smorgasbord of dinosaur toys. The big new baddie, genetically created hybrid, INDOMINUS REX gets an impressive figure with a mouth that opens nearly 90 degrees to chomp anything that gets in its way. The new stomp & smash T-Rex allows you experience the T-Rex water-rippling stomp as you march the King of the Dinos to dinner. Hasbro was giving some free-roam by Universal to get creative with the hybrid dino-theme and create the new Stegoceratops figure. This is a toy concept only and despite early reports will not be in the movie. Jurassic Mash-Ups will allow kids to create their own dino hybrids. The new hand TRex puppet was blast to play with and kids will look forward to chomping everything they can when it hits the shelf this spring.
Hasbro had quite the Roll Out (pun intended) for a non-movie year for Transformers. They really seem to be pushing the new Combiner War figures with great new figures and sculpts that were met with excitement and awe from the Transformer fans in attendance. If you want Robots that turn into trucks, and other robots that turn into other trucks, Hasbro’s got you covered. The big reveal was a new Devastator that is bigger and greener.
Finally, we've started to get some solid updates on Celebration Anaheim! Autograph guests are being announced (15 so far, all of which I have. Autograph tickets and prices are still TBA). J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy to appear at Celebration (though I'm sure not in the autograph hall). For those who are interested, the artists appearing at the tattoo pavilion are posted (no comment...yet). The artists' prints which will be available for sale have been posted as well (no announcement if or when they'll be available for pre-sale as they were with Celebration VI. Of the 34 artists, I've been able to narrow my list down to 4). They're bringing speed dating back, this time w/multiple time slots on multiple days (signed up for that right away). The mobile app has been updated to contain all the current info in regards to this show as opposed to Celebration Europe. All the "Star Tots" (20 of them) have been posted, and we have the sequel to "Smugglers Gambit", which is "Smugglers Bounty".
No announcements yet on what the Celebration store will offer. The last pin set is yet to be revealed. Will there be an exclusive character key from Acme, an exclusive figure from Hasbro? Will Gentle Giant be attending, and what are they bringing to the party? What about Hallmark, Sideshow, Lego, etc...
Still lots of questions to be answered, and the con starts 7 weeks from tomorrow, nothing like waiting until the last minute. When you think WizardWorld Chicago is 175 days away (25 weeks from tomorrow), and they already have 33 guests posted, and that's not counting the artists, illustrators, creators, etc...That's just the "Featured Guests".
All I can say is..."I've got a bad feeling about this."
The soon to be blockbuster Avengers 2: Age of Ultron was front center at Hasbro’s Marvel Showroom. The new Titan Hero line of figures can recognize and interact with other heroes and villains, spitting out specific catch phrases and sound f/x when near certain characters.
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Greetings loyal CreatureCantina.com readers (yes, all 6 of you); I, the great Patriot and Honorable Scoundrel Steven Rensi was asked by the industrious and illustrious Bill Cable to attend this year’s Toy Fair in New York and provide press coverage for CreatureCantina.com. I of course graciously accepted and journeyed to ...
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So a couple weeks ago I teased my next Droids custom - Hammerhead. Coloring is coming along nicely - I've got all the base colors and shadows done and am about to get working on the finer details. As it's going, I may even have them ready before Celebration.
I've taken the next step in controlling production of my customs - I've purchased a color laser printer. Introducing my new HP LaserJet Pro:
Previously I had no choice but to take a file to Kinko's and hope it turned out ok. And it was hit-or-miss sometimes. Maybe the colors were too dark. So I'd have to run home, edit the file, and head back out. I also had little control over color matching, which I recently figured out by comparing the Droids logo on my Zuckuss to my previous customs. The logo wasn't as cyan-hued as the others, and it kind of sticks out. Now I can print out as many samples as I like from the comfort of home and get the perfect product. Here's a sample I printed of my last one:
I found the cyan on this one to be a tad too strong - but that's something I can easily tweak in Photoshop before doing a full run of them. And you guys out there will end up with a better overall product! QC FTW!!
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