Meet Professor Sumo

I always intended Reasonably Chibi to feature fun but legally distinct nods, and if you read the skeletons are featured in, (and you can Here) then this one makes a ton of sense! My kids really love Professor Sumo, and a few folks who got early peaks see some other influences besides the obvious. I am not sure it will actually make it to the #kickstarter but it shows what you can customize with the figures.

Not all skeletons are serious btw, these happen to be Reasonably Chibi.

G.I.Joe X Transformers Arcee Lady Jaye Digibash

I’ve always wanted some more TF X Joe crossover toys, but now that Joe has moved to the 6″ scale, I wasn’t happy to see a refocus on O-rings. Even when I was collecting 1:18th, I preferred the latest articulation and sculpting detail.

I decided to whip this up as a fun alternative take based on the existing molds. I shared this on fb earlier in the year, but am just now getting to do it here.

The retro 6″ Lady Jaye we should have gotten!

I understand that there are budgetary limits for a lower run exclusive item, that the new art and card add to the cost, so maybe I can understand the lack of a new headsculpt, but the retro Lady Jaye we are getting, is simply too close to the declassified version to me.

It’s fair to suggest that that the retro carded version should match the toy, not the toon, but that’s where I think the Classified team should have preplanned this as an option and had this release as the original.

Black Mamba: Steel Brigade digibash

This one began as another parody, but I ended up really enjoying it, so I only added one element of parody on the unarmored torso. I wasn’t a fan of over the print on the “Snake Supreme” Cobra Commander, nor am I really a fan of that mold, it feels over busy with details that aren’t functional. When I applied extra deco to the Steel Brigade model, it became obvious that every bit of detail was functional, and I think that really separates the Action Force aesthetic from the new Classifed Joe line. Both are highly detailed, but Action Force, uses those details for a purpose.

Here is next to his inpiration. You can see the overlay is just “overdesigned” written a bunch of times. I don’t think CC would wear a shirt like an proffesional bowler from the 70’s.

At one point I intended to make his color red, and maybe his pockets too, and one of the belt buckles. I forgot about that at some point. I may be do some more touch ups and do an additional upload later. As I completed it, I began to think of it more as an Iron Grenadier than CC, and that influenced where I stopped.

Here he is without the overlay, because I liked it enough to go forward with the parody elements.

and with the armor on

You will notice I colored the tongue of his boot this time, something I haven’t done before.

Lastly a close up without the armor.

Action Force Cereal Offer

It’s been a few months now, but remember that NTWRK disaster? Lots of folks noticed that that someone who was Commanding Cobras, looked more like Capt. Crunch than his old self. Why should the classified line get all the cereal fun? Today’s Photoshop is based on an idea by Bobby Vala, of Valaverse.com. I gave the Steel Brigade a parody treatment in light of regal Cobra Commander’s similarities to Capt. Crunch.

and of course the armored look

You will notice I have added several new deco bits that I don’t normally included. I’ve also taken the time to do add more layers in my base photoshop image, so I should be able to make these recolors a little faster.

Some close ups:

Here is an alternate take on the Cereal box:

both were based on this Capt. Crunch box

and if you haven’t seen the “regal CC” here he is:

This was a fun one to create, check back very soon for another one I already have done.

American Steel (Happy 4th of July!)

I hope everyone has a happy 4th of July! In celebration of the holiday, and the freedoms recognized by the U.S.’s founding father’s I gave Steel Brigade a patriotic makeover!

Remember you can still pre-order Steelbrigade Via Crowdox or BBTS. You can also learn more about Valaverse’s Action Force @ Valaverse.com and join the official home of discussion for Action Force @ Legions of Valave on Facebook.

a look without the armor on:

A de saturated version:

and finally close ups: