What We’ve Been Up To…

Working up digital illustrations, working out character designs, working on designer vinyl toys, resin toys, and art toys.

I Want to Make a Toy – Where Do I Start?

I Want to Make a Toy – Where Do I Start?

You want to make a toy and you don’t know where to start? Simply put, have a strong original idea. It’s okay to be inspired, we’re all inspired by the fantastic work being made by the artists and designers that we love. But it’s harder…

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Does My Designer Toy Need Safety Testing?

Does My Designer Toy Need Safety Testing?

Some “designer toys” are toys and some “designer toys” are decorative art. If you are making toys that are accessible to children under the age of 14, even if you didn’t intend that young of an audience, then yes, you are obligated by the laws…

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Wandering Misfits by Kathie Olivas and Brandt Peters

Wandering Misfits… …made their debut at San Diego Comic Con. This 11 character blind-box set is from Cardboard Spaceship and is made up of collection of fantastic and fabulous characters designed by Kathie Olivas and Brandt Peters from Circus Posterus. The Wandering Misfits series was…

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Celebrity Likeness Designer Toy?

Celebrity Likeness Designer Toy?

I love “Celebrity X”, is it okay to make a Celebrity X toy? It’s great to have heroes and we all love this actor or that sports star or that other famous person who does that thing that is just so damn cool. In fact…

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How Long Does it Take to Make a Vinyl Toy?

How Long Does it Take to Make a Vinyl Toy?

How long does it take to make a run of vinyl toys? Short answer… a very long time. Let’s break it down and take a look at each stage, keeping in mind that the “design and ideation” portions are flexible, while the factory production portions…

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Kaylown the Creepy Little Clown

Just having a little fun around the studio. Poor Kaylown started out cute, but come on, the world is full of cute clowns, along with rather a lot of scary clowns and even a few nightmare-ish clowns. But wee and creepy? Not all that common.

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Runaway

Runaway

Kaylown has had enough of the big top. He’s turned his back on circus life once and for all. He might be a creepy clown, some might even call him a scary clown, but he has a big heart.

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Free Creature 3d Model “Skullbee”

Free Creature 3d Model “Skullbee”

Who likes monsters? Who wants to get their hands on a nice juicy, drippy, lumpy freak named Skullbee? If you’re curious about the magic behind the mischief, grab yourself this file and take a peek. If you’d like to play with the character, go right…

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Free Monster 3d Model – “Oxymaroon”

Free Monster 3d Model – “Oxymaroon”

Free monster 3d model? Absolutely, come and get the goober and mess him up. Feel free to print him on your rapid-prototyping machine, if you have one! Feel free to customize him or just take a peek behind the scenes to see how we put…

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“Monstober” Monster-a-Day Challenge

October is the most wonderful month of the year. Why? Because it’s “Monstober”. What’s “Monstober”? It’s a daily challenge to design a new monster. While a drawing or sketch would have been acceptable, we went the extra mile and sculpted up a new critter most…

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Lose Your Head at SDCC – Personalized 3d Predator Statue

Lose Your Head at SDCC – Personalized 3d Predator Statue

What to get the Predator fan who has everything? Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, 3d Systems and Shinbone Creative bring your favorite nightmare to life. Using 3d Systems photo based portrait technology, you can have your very own statue of the Predator holding your bloody…

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Shriners Hospitals for Children Mascot

Shriners Hospitals for Children Mascot

A little guy we made for the wonderful Shriners Hospitals for Children in Canada. We had a blast working with the creative Mélanie Baillairgé at Nolin BBDO in Montréal. She developed the character and the original look of Fezzy.

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Mutant Vinyl Hardcore’s Krawluss

Mutant Vinyl Hardcore’s Krawluss

Shinbone produced a digital sculpt of MVH’s massive design, Krawluss. 14 inches tall, 2 heads, 1 bad attitude. Rapid-prototyped using a very nice SLA printer.

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Minecraft Steve Vinyl Toy

Minecraft Steve Vinyl Toy

Produced by JINX! and designed by Madl and sculpted by Shinbone.

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JC Rivera’s Jonny Toy

JC Rivera’s Jonny Toy

JC Rivera has designed a wonderfully personal version of the John Hancock Tower in Chicago. Shinbone sculpted the figure and produced the rapid-prototype.

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Madl’s Modern Hero Resin Figure

Madl’s Modern Hero Resin Figure

Madl has produced a very limited run of black Modern Heroes in resin. Designed by Madl and sculpted by Shinbone.

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Rotofugi’s Vinyl Skull Boy by Shag

Rotofugi’s Vinyl Skull Boy by Shag

Skull Boy by Shag is SOLD OUT! Congratulations to Squibbles Ink and Rotofugi and Shag! Thank you for letting us work on this wonderful piece with you.

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Customizable Resin Pinball Machine

Customizable Resin Pinball Machine

A wonderfully designed DIY pinball machine. We’re producing this quarter-sucker in resin.

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Crittersaurus Resin Toy

Crittersaurus Resin Toy

We are producing Scott Wetterschneider’s little guy, Crittersaurus. Part dinosaur, part kaiju, all cute. Here is an exploded view showing how he is articulated for casting.

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How Much Does it Cost to Make Resin Toys from a Digital Sculpt?

How Much Does it Cost to Make Resin Toys from a Digital Sculpt?

Every step of the process of making a set of figures has options and choices that affect the cost. Possibly the best way to answer this question would be with a flowchart, but for now let’s pick one option and stick with it. Let’s consider…

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