Review- Halloween Hugo & Geoff from Collect&Display!

Ahoy! A few of you may perhaps remember me bringing you the news of Collect&Display‘s first foray into the world of Halloween themed 3.5″ resin figures with the gloriously tangerine Hugo; well, time has passed and those figures are long sold out now. But guess what? I got one! And I decided what better compliment than to do a little review of this fine figure. Let’s commence.

First, let me just say, I’ve been itchy all week to get me hooks on this figure- ever since the shipping confirmation hit my inbox on Monday I’ve been chasing the postman round my street like some kind of crazed sea dog. Well, it’s finally here and I’m so pleased about it, mostly because it means I can stop hounding men in red shorts for cardboard boxes. Anyway, let’s check out the figure, because it’s a goody!

  
Even though Hugo is just 3.5″ tall, his purported size belies some serious heft. Being resin, not vinyl, there’s a really gratifying weight to the figure and his girth, ahem, makes for a very tactile toy indeed and, unlike some other resin figures I’ve had in the past, his feet are perfectly finished resulting in a very stable stance. At under 1″ Geoff, the accompanying, unexplained and rather random awesome Halloween pumpkin seems miniscule in comparison, but despite his diminutive stature still feels well modelled and finished. By comparison, Hugo isn’t quite as perfect, but he’s good. Noticeable on my set is a very slight, but very definite discrepancy in colour- Hugo is a lighter shade of orange than Geoff. I’m not sure if it shows up in the images I’ve captured (they’re crap to be fair, thanks British weather) but it’s there for sure. Unlike some others have reported I’m not seeing any noticeable casting marks, bubbles or splits lines in the resin of either piece which is a definite mark of quality and kudos to Evan Morgan the manufacturer.

  
Something I’m not quite sold on is the idea of the “digital sculpt”, done by Dave Boydell. Traditionally, cast toys (resin or otherwise) are first sculpted in clay, whereas this one has been rendered in some 3D software and then, presumably, either 3D printed (more likely) or CNC machined from a block of foam before being used to make a mould. As a qualified industrial designer (I bet you didn’t know that, did you?) I know about this stuff, and both these processes leave the master model with a series of concentric, horizontal lines over the entirety which, unless hand sanded before casting, will result in these lines transferring to the resultant casts. That’s what’s happened here and, to me, indicates a missing stage of mid-process hand finishing that would just elevate Hugo to a level of perfection. Personally, I’ll always prefer a hand-sculpted master model over digital as the idea of a digital sculpt doesn’t offer the level of detail or high-finish that clay does without the input of an artisan to finish the model before casting. This is just a minor niggle and something that most people wouldn’t even notice, it’s just that my background makes details like that stand out to me. I couldn’t even capture it in photos, that’s how minor it is.

  
In terms of packaging, this model features a pretty awesome plasticised header card with a bag that opens from the bottom which just makes everything that much easier, and every edition is hand numbered out of 30. I got number 9 as you can see. I really can’t fault the packaging design and I’d love to see more manufacturers do it this way!

  
Overall, while I can find fault with Hugo and Geoff (be it the colouring or manufacturing process) I think Collect&Display have to be applauded for having the means, want and sheer testicules to go to the effort of producing their own toys and merch. As I’ve said previously, recently C&D have been bringing us rafts of awesome exclusive themed merch and I think their dedication to their own brand and their customers is what sets them apart as something rarified and unique in the market- I can’t speak highly enough of them or this edition of Hugo. I’d love for Lee at C&D to pass on my little tip to Dave/Evan about the lines in the model, as a delicate lick with some 800 grit prior to casting could make any future iterations of Hugo perfect. And I mean that. Perfect. 

  
And as for future iterations? More. Please, more. I’d love if C&D resist the urge to make larger editions, batches of 30 is just right, and I can see Hugo in so many colours- I’ll definitely be queuing for any future editions, like maybe a Christmas edition? Hugo with a Santa hat and a Chistmas pressie? Or how about Hugo as he is here and a be-hatted roast turkey? I dunno, I have ideas that’s for sure (I’d love to help design a version of Hugo one day and I’m not too proud to say so, I am a designer after all).

Anyway, I’ve gone on too long, and as is customary with my reviews I just need to give Hugo and Geoff a St-arrrs rating. How about… 4.5! It’s a great edition, losing just half a star for some very minor niggles, and to confirm its rating, here’s 4 and a half pirate heads, just to make it clearer! Huzzah!

  

And that’s it! As per usual, do hit that “like” button if you liked reading this review, leave a coment to have your say and be sure to subscribe to my blog for more reviews like this and, of course, keep collecting! Yarr!

UPDATE: Ahoy! Having emailed Lee over at C&D to congratulate him on a fantastic toy, he has graciously offered to elucidate upon some of the finer points of my review so below is  an excerpt from his email, enjoy:

I have responded to some of your points below, not because I was not happy with what you have written but more to give you a further insight into our way of thinking. 

– Geoff, the accompanying, unexplained and rather random Halloween pumpkin – We added him to make it more halloweenified, also from my own perspective it makes the figure more unique. We did not want to do just multiple colour ways so each one we do will likely come with some sort of festive related accessory and a neat little background story. 

– Hugo was indeed 3D printed and then cast from the print but we do have reasons for this…. So the first Hugo that we initially made for ToyCon 2013 received alot of criticisms and honestly getting the sculpt right is a difficult task with Hugos multiple chins etc. This is why we favoured the 3D print, it also allowed us to get the details right on such a small sculpt. 

– More? Of course there will be more 😀 we may increase the edition size slightly on some but I can imagine it will never exceed 50.”

News- Double, Double, Halloween Trouble! Spooky news coming in twos! New Lego and Micro Anatomic!

Yaharr! Just when you think there’s something new worth reporting on, another announcement comes along and forces you to make a double post! Don’t get me wrong, I’m certainly not complaining! Plus, the releases I’m about to avail you of both share a few things in common: they’re both spooky, they both involve Lego and they’re both awesome!

First things first, perennial favourites on my humble blog, Mighty Jaxx are back with another iteration of Jason Freeny’s awesome Micro Anatomic. Yes, if you ordered any of the first wave of colours (like me) you probably haven’t even recieved your order yet (also like me) but MJ are back again with another sweet colourway just in time for Halloween.

  
This new colour features 7 colour print and a positively gruesome (if a bit piddly looking) GID anatomy half and, frankly, I think the addition of the printing makes this new colourway the best so far. The fact that the originals had no features meant that they didn’t quite have that full minifig look, but now they’ve resolved that issue this Halloween model looks perfectly like a scaled up and vivisected Lego-mon. As ever, this version is available through all the best retailers, you can get it direct here or fellow Britishists can get it at Collect&display. Obviously.

However, perhaps the bigger news this week is the newly announced (not leaked) info regarding the promised Lego Ghostbusters HQ (courtesy of Leg Godt)! Yes, it’s here in all its resplendent glory and sporting a (near) complete cohort of peoples and poltergeists. There’s the Ghostbusters themselves, obviously, but also Janine, Louis Tully, Dana Barrett and a selection of movie-featured spooks, including Slimer. If you’ve already got an Ecto-1 you’ll be all set to recreate all your favourite Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters 2 (notice the pink slime creeping through the pavement on the lower right) scenes!

  
Weighing in at 4,634 pieces and a purported $350 (£250-275) it’s definitely a hefty set made more for collectors, not kiddies, and this is also a fact backed up by the January 1st release date- no one’s going to be getting this one for Christmas, sadly, but really I’m personally happy to wait as this looks to be the most promising set I’ve seen in a good while.

As ever, I’ll be sure to update you with availability when I know more, but for now you can head over to Leg Godt to find out more.

And that’s it for now. As usual, hit like etc etc and check back for more soooooon!

P.S. The title of this article is, in fact, accurate to the work I’m quoting. So don’t leave comments or email me that I got “Hubble, bubble, toil and trouble” wrong because it is one of the most frequently misquoted lines of Shakespeare save for “all that glisters” and is actually “double, double” not “Hubble, bubble” or any other variation. Anyway, bye!

Micro Anatomic image via Collect&Display 

Lego image via Leg Godt

News- Kidrobot’s Halloween Haul 2015

Boo! 

Did I scare you? No? I didn’t think so. I’m not very good at tricks, but if you’re looking for a treat instead of a trick you can check our Kidrobot’s new range of Halloween goodies! Yes, coincident with the forthcoming release of Brandt Peters’ “The 13” Dunny series, KR have released some pretty sweet Dunny, Labbit and DIY Munny masks to make choosing your costume this year that much easier.
  
  
I’ve not seen anything quite like this before, especially from Kidrobot, but if you’re planning on buying into “The 13” then these masks, particularly the Brandt Peters Dunny masks ( the Labbits are by Kozik) will make an excellent addition to a collection- no one’s saying you actually have to wear them this Halloween!

I think these are awesome and it’s great to see a variety of products on offer from Kidrobot. I feel as if they’ve been a little lazy in the last couple of years but I genuinely think 2015 has been strong for them and with the release of these, “The 13” and loads of other good stuff on the way they’re really powering to the finish. Personally I’d love to get my hooks on the Peters Pumpkin Dunny mask, but as yet I haven’t seen any availability in the UK and believe they are only available direct from KR. That being said, if you want one for Halloween, especially if you aren’t located in CONUS, I’d order right now! I don’t think I’ll be ordering one as I’ve already ordered my treat in the form of a Halloween Hugo from Collect&Display, but I know I’ll regret that in time and can sure recommend you get one while you can!

Anyway, that’s it for now. Kidrobot have quite a few awesome new products out; I’ll probably be posting more news very soon but it’s likely I’ll only be able to cover the products that catch my fancy since there’s just so many! Check back again soon for more, I’m aiming to post every day so I’ll most definitely have more tomorrow and, as ever, hit like if you like this, follow me for more and tell your friends, neighbours, dog and friendly neighbourhood spider-man all about it! 
Images via Kidrobot

eBay Finds: Part 1- 2012 Dunny by Kronk!

Sometimes collecting can be a pain in the wooden leg. Really. You know what’s out there and you know you need it for your collection but you can’t find it! But where do you go? Due to the very limited nature of designer toys the best stuff is always the rarest- you can’t just go to a car boot sale and pick this stuff up as it wasn’t mass produced like a lot of toys in the 90s and earlier. So where do you go? Who ya gonna call? No, not them- you get on eBay!

Most of the time there’ll be someone, somewhere selling off something good. Yes, you have to traverse the sellers asking way over the odds for something cack but occasionally you’ll find something awesome, and that’s what I want to share here! This first instalment: Kronk 2012 Dunny!

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Yarr, Spooky Halloween News-  Collect&Display Halloween 3.5″ Hugo & 1″ Geoff!

Avast Ye, me scurvy buggers and bask on the poopdeck in Halloween’s orangey glow with me! Yes, tis the season to be spooky and Collect&Display arrrr getting us in the mood with a special release of their mascot Hugo in 3.5″ resin form. This is the first 3.5″ incarnation of Hugo and comes complete with complementary Geoff pumpkin!

  
Designed by JC Rivera and crafted by Evan Morgan this 3.5″ Hugo is a pretty awesome little edition, looking resplendent in his tangerine form. Admittedly, this edition of Hugo isn’t quite as accomplished and well modelled as C&D’s 6″ version by Creo Designs, but I still think this edition is an awesome little Halloween treat, and I’ll sure be getting one. Well, if I can since there’s only 30 being made.

And that’s it, there’s not much more to say, really- I just had to share this little beauty. Recently C&D have been getting some awesome branded merch (like this awesome flatbill) and long may it continue, I say. As far as I’m concerned C&D remain the zenith of perfect curation and service and these new exclusives are sure to usher an age of amazing C&D booty. I couldn’t be happier to report this release and all if you need to do that if you want one is go here: Halloween Hugo.

As always, if you liked this tell me! Hit like  or share wherever you fancy! Yarrrr!

News- Jason Freeny Friendly Fire sculpture available for Pre-Order Now!

Ahoy! It is seemingly becoming a daily event (and no bad thing) that I can share with you the new release of a vinyl toy or figure and as we grow ever closer to the holiday (and convention) season I’m sure the releases will only continue to appear day by day. Today, more news from the good ship Freeny as perennial collaborators Mighty Jaxx announced they’ll be producing a polystone sculpture of his Friendly Fire original.

  
At 9″ tall Friendly Fire is a substantial piece and a fitting centrepiece for a collection. Limited to 200 pieces, it’s fairly exclusive too and while I can’t be 100% sure MJ make it seem as though Freeny himself paints each one. I don’t know if that’s the case, but being polystone means painting is a necessary process and it wouldn’t surprise me if each is in fact hand-painted, which is always a big-seller in my book.

  
I don’t know if it’s just me, but it seems like subverting the whole Disney image, with Mickey taking the most flack, is fairly de rigeur right now- between Ron English, that whole Dismaland thing, historical South Park and this (at the very least) I’m getting a little bored of the whole “Disney are evil” thing. I get it, we’re supposed to hate the big, evil corporation, but I’m just a bit over it, time for something new if you ask me.

Anyway, that’s just my opinion, and in any case if you’re the sort of collector already kitted out with a few Mousemasks, Apocalypse Grin Dunnys and other general Popaganda the Friendly Fire will fit beautifully in your collection. Plus, at $100(£65) direct from source or £90 in th UK it’s not a bank-breaker. 

If you want to know more you can check out the Might Jaxx sight here. I’m sur I’ll be back tomorrow with more, plus I have some new articles up my hooked sleeve so as ever, hit like if this article floated your galleon and check back again soon for more. Yarrrr!

News- Abominable Snow Cone by Jason Limon x Martian Toys Available for Pre-Order!

Ahoy! I bring more new news in the form of a confirmed sighting of a truly mythical beastie. That’s right, The Abominable Snow Cone has been spotted! I know you didn’t believe in him, I mean a 20ft snow cone? No way, right? Wrong! Because the fine crew over at Martian Toys have shrunk the timorous treat down to a 7-1/4″ vinyl form for our delectation. Yum!

Image courtesy of martiantoys.com

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