Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Trick-or-Treaters tonight. Not a bad number, it was over 70 degrees tonight with no rain so the kids had a decent night. No real memorable costumes though (what ever happened to creative costumes?) hell, I even saw a Power Ranger tonight! Are they still around??
Monday, October 30, 2006
Back in 1984-85 (I believe) while working at Hasbro we would get the new Transformer models (at least the early ones designed in Japan) so we could draw them for package illustration positioning. For the most part the models looked like your typical Transformer, except.... for the original Shockwave.
Shockwave was a Transformer that changed from a gun into a robot (or was that a robot that changed into a gun?) Anyway, when Shockwave was a gun he worked and looked fine. Pull the trigger and the gun would light up and make cool noises.
But when he switched to his Robot form........ oops.
Yes, the word "trigger" brought on a new meaning. Maybe it was a way of teaching kids where new Transformers came from.
In any event Shockwave was "redesigned" so the masses wouldn't have a fit.
I mean, we must think of the children!
Sunday, October 29, 2006
Saturday, October 28, 2006
• Drawing board (my original, have had it since 1977!!)
• My G5 MAC (just upgraded my MAC this year from my old G4 to this new G5)
• Two monitors
• HP LaserJet Printer
• Cat, to annoy me when I'm trying to work
Friday, October 27, 2006
Really, everywhere. It's as if no matter where you look around here, along walls, on tables or tucked into corners of rooms are massive builds of just about anything you could imagine. Mostly what you'll see are roller coasters or ferris wheels. K'NEX are known for their elaborate (and working) amusement park rides. In the picture above, are several versions of the new Serpent Spiral Roller Coaster. It, along with other new products made their debut at Toy Fair last week.
Below is a Bus built out of K'NEX. It's over 5 feet long and 2.5 feet tall.
I'll post more pictures of even more builds when time allows.
Thursday, October 26, 2006
I started here in May and it feels as if I'd never left the Toy Industry (I left Hasbro in March of 1989 so it's been at least 17 years!)
I wasn't that aware of K'NEX before starting here, having been more of an action figure or collectible toy buying in the last decade rather than a construction toy collector. But what I've seen here in the 5 months since I started is a really good product with a lot of potential.
Might as well leave a link to the K'NEX site. The K'NEX Search logo that's featured on the site ois just one of the many things that I've done since I began here in May.
Included in this press release was this:
"The production will be spearheaded by No Equal Entertainment’s Sugar. Sugar brings to the project over 35 years experience as a Hollywood executive and producer. His track record includes a wide array of global television series, including: “The Collector,” “Romeo,” “First Wave,” “Dead Man’s Gun,” and “So Weird.”
Wow.... that's some track record.
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
So where have I been and what have I been doing?
First, I got laid off in December,
Second, despite the Steelers winning the Super Bowl, I got depressed in February,
Third, things began to perk up by getting steady freelance in March (from, ironically, the company that laid me off),
Fourth, I interviewed and got hired for a new (and better paying job) in April, with K'NEX the constructing toy company. Yep, after 15 years I'm back in the toy industry,
Fifth, I decided to go ahead and print up my long awaited first issue of Action Figure
There is no Sixth!!!
Seventh, I'll be posting regularly here with news of my new books, new (and old) comics and other stuff.
So bookmark today!