Debuting this Friday, August 2, 2012 via the Max Toy web site is Lady Vengeance by artist / sculptor Jay222 ! It’s been a long road to finally get this figure done in soft vinyl in Japan.
Once I announced this project I’ve gotten a few reactions to this project and mostly folks are .. “but you do Kaiju .. this isn’t a Kaiju !” Well they are correct but for anyone who knows me I grew up loving Universal Monsters and like lots of kids wanted to grow up to do special effects make up .. case in point this picture of me at age 10 … as a skeleton zombie thing …
So as i looked at Jay’s work i thought he’d be able to pull off something different for Max Toys that we have not done to this point. Jay’s idea was a creepy, zombie like girl and I was fully behind this. He started with these two head sculpts below … I liked both directions so he decided to proceed with both, so we could pick one when he was done.
In the meantime, I drew up a quick rough image of what this girl might look like in a more realistic form .. apologies to anime Revy here ;-P
Jay finished up both figures and cast them in resin below. Between the two I was really liking the taller version with the skin mask on. And true to Jay’s talent, there are lots of great details all over the figure .. textures and surfaces … my only concern at this point was could his sculpt translate to soft vinyl ? Not every sculpture can be made directly into soft vinyl … there’s the part break downs and the iron molds are sometimes an issue with under cuts and areas where air bubbles can crop up.
But despite my concerns I felt we should move forward and try to keep as much of Jay’s sculpture in as pure a form as possible.
Jay had to make a cut at the neck, making two pieces for the wax to be made. This part was a bit tough, but he did it and I took these with me to Japan to hand over to sculptor Makino-san.
Below, the final wax figure ( head and body ) by Makino-san of TTToys in Japan. This is what is given the iron molds factory. The factory will place the flange on the neck was well.
The mold process can take any where from 4 days to a week depending on the over all size of the figure. Once the mold was done it’s sent to Master vinyl caster, Shimizu-san , who will test the mold by generating test shots of the figure. At this stage he can see if there’s any issues with how he pulls it out of the mold or air bubbles being trapped into parts of the figure. We had some minor issues with the feet, but for the time being it seems to be something he can work around ;-P
Above, Jay created this cool art and logo of Lady V .. you know your too old when you simply can not read this text .. haha .. but I liked it !
Using Jay’s direction to make the header look old and worn with some blood on it .. I proceed to make the header card.
Finally, the finished soft vinyl figure of Lady Vengeance !!!! Standing 4.5 inches tall !!!
Check out the details Jay puts into his sculpts … they still hold up in the vinyl form …
Seeing a figure in vinyl form never gets old for me .. and as you hold it you realize that all the hard work, emails, shipping and meetings has resulted in this collectible figure in your hands !
Above: the figure bagged with header card .. not too bad 😉 So after months of hard work all around the figure will go on sale tomorrow. As with all of our figures the supplies are limited and sold on a first come, first served basis. Thanks for the support and I think you’ll like Lady Vengeance !!!