Photos are great … but there is still no substitute for seeing a piece of art in person or even holding it in your hand. That said the first time I laid eyes and hands on a Todd Robertson customized Kaiju I got that excited feeling inside that of late has been missing … to back track a bit, I’m a long time collector of Japanese toys … over 20 years now .. and lets just say it takes a lot to make me stand up and notice a new toy or artist. I get this feeling from Todd’s work and his 2 newest creations .. while I don’t have them in hand just yet ( but will in a matter of days will) … I’m already getting excited about !!!
So the challenge this time was to customize two Max Toy Kaiju Dualos figures ..these were cast in clear vinyl with Mega Glitter. I’ve painted a few and the denseness of the glitter really makes it tough to paint .. plus you have to decide if you want to use opaque paint and cover the glitter … on top of that I wondered what choices Todd would make in placing his mecha parts … as you can see from the following photos Todd hit a home run on both !
This first one retains the Dualos look from the front. I like the color combinations he’s using here, if you look closely there’s a mix of opaque and transparent paints he’s using … but you can also see a hint of whats happening in the back…
oh wow ! The mecha parts are laid out to perfection.. look at how the coils lead your eye to the tubes and hoses …
In this example, Todd doesn’t just pile on the mecha parts .. but carefully weaves a mechanical tapestry … following the original arms and legs ….
but not so much as to totally lose the original sculpts. This is the key to Todd’s technique and his talent.
Todd uses Monster Kolor paints .. and I know your sick of me saying this, but you really have to see stuff painted with Monster Kolor paint in person .. the glitter and color change effects are amazing… and the depth to the colors just don’t come thru in photos.
Both of these one of a kind customs will be for sale via the Max Toy web store in a few days for $450.00 each. I can say without any doubt that both will be sold out very quickly. I’ll tweet a brief heads up before they go live ( @maxtoyco )
Whoever buys these will be adding true works of art to their collections ! Todd’s represented by Lot F Gallery in Boston, be sure and check out his additional work as well as his paintings too !
and last but not least .. this fantastic video showing a time lapse of Todd creating these art works !
all pictures / video courtesy of Lot F Gallery / Todd Robertson