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My latest book Transformers Legacy: The Art of Transformers Packaging is finally out after a bit of delays. The 300 page book celebrates all that incredible airbrushed artwork that appeared on the toy’s boxes we grew up with. It also contains some unused artwork we managed to find.
In many ways I’ve been working on this book since around 2006 before we published the first Transformers Ark book. But in this last year, my pal Jim Sorenson and I were actually able to fulfill our dream and put together a book I fantasized about since I was 12 years old.
Here’s some images of the book thanks to Mick Blanchard.
Here’s a 30 minute fan-made review of Legacy showing every single page of the book!
The dance studio Luscious Mavens puts on these themed shows, like Wild West or Outer Space. For their 1980′s themed show they had an A-Team dance routine that required the entertainers to have some prop machine guns. Gone are the days where you can get a realistic toy gun at the local Toys ‘Я’ Us, so they had to mail order them. In the meantime, they needed “sticks or something” for their dress rehearsals. So I cranked these out one morning…
Here’s Hannibal with her M-16. The cigar is fake too.
I drew out a machine gun silhouette on some printer paper I taped together.
Then I cut out the gun.
Then I used the cut out paper as a stencil to trace multiple guns onto form core.
With an X-acto knife I cut out the guns from the foam core.
Then spray paint some M-16′s.
You’ve just hired the A-Team!
I worked with designer Jillian Wilschke to develop a line of bags based on characters inspired by properties like Hello Kitty. What we came up with was Together Wonderful. A bunch animals that find adventure in their own backyard. Each character has his or her own personality.
There’s the bashful Winston the Fox, the adventurer Amelia the Cat, good ‘ol Gus the Pup, the grumpy Sunny the Bunny and of course the bookish Bluebeary!
Here’s their little bios:
Some more pics:
Gimme Paws designs asked me to make some accessories to complement their selection of whimsical yet fashionable animal ears, paws and tails. So I created a line of leather collars and leashes adhering to Gimme Paws’ fluffy and furry style. Here are some pics!
As a way to promote my book G.I.Joe Field Manual Vol. 2, …and just because I could, I launched my Cobra Commander action figure into space. Actually it was a little over 100,000 feet into the air.
I had the crazy idea of launching our dear Cobra Commander with a camera attached so we could see the curvature of the Earth. I got really excited and told my wonderful girlfriend who often is forced to listen to all my crazy, hair-brained ideas. She casually said, “Talk to my brother. He’s an engineer. He’ll know how to send an action figure into space!” Sure enough, he did! In fact, he’s made a number of launches for SCIENCE! So Jeff Wilschke gets ALL the credit. Check out the video: