Probably the most unlikely custom toy I’ve run across in recent weeks, in which “joe of war” takes Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s Jiles, and morphs him confidently into BioShock antagonist Andrew Ryan, who clearly always packs heat for his putter practice. [via toycutter]
- LittleBigDaddy: supman098's custom BioShock 2 Big Daddy doll …
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- Offworld: Toys Archives
There’s definitely a perpetual hint of Metal Gear in the air lately: after all the official and custom vinyl creations, pre-orders are opening around the net for Medicom’s latest official Snake toy, this super-stylized Zombie-painted Naked Snake figure from Metal Gear Solid 3, due for release this fall. Find it variously here.
The latest best custom vinyl, following Kitt Walker’s Grim Fandango Munny Calavera and Reactor88’s Dr. Mario viruses: saaio’s Midna Munny, from, of course, the Wii’s Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, part of a larger Twilight Princess set. [via Toycutter]
- Manny Munny: Kitt Walker's custom Grim Fandango vinyl – Offworld
- Dunny a day: Reactor88's Dr. Mario vinyl viruses – Offworld
- The Munny shot: Albert Art's Earthbound star, Ness – Offworld
- The Munny shot: Earthworm Jim edition – Offworld
- Iain Reekie's posthumous Grim Fandango custom toys – Offworld
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Giving Iain Reekie’s custom Grim Fandango sculpey figures a serious run for their money, Kitt Walker has posted a few glamor shots of the Manny Calavera Munny made lovingly as a birthday gift by his “beautiful and gifted girlfriend.”
See the full set of three shots here.
And now, as with their local collaboration with culture mag Vice, Media Molecule (actually, Sony Europe) gives us another reason to wish we were in the UK: every “every man, woman and child of the UK and Ireland” are due to receive a free woolen Sackboy, simply for subscribing to the recently established official LittleBigPlanet UK YouTube channel.
After subscribing, sending your address to Sony either via Youtube or an email to firstname.lastname@example.org will net you the toy, which I’m presuming is the mini-knit keychain version launched in Japan shortly after the game, pictured above.
Rest of the world: time to ring up your UK friends, then, or work feverishly and jealously on a custom knit of your own.
Free Sackboy for every man, woman and child of the UK [Media Molecule]
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In other games-related custom news, toycutter has spotted new work by ruben1553 (he of the excellent actually-frozen Frozen Caveman that made the rounds last year), including more than a handful of BioShock, Zelda, Starfox and Castle Crashers Munnys that make up for in inspired character choices what they might lack in subtle brushwork.
I knew I shouldn’t have waited too long: earlier in the weekend I spotted this pitch-perfect custom via Vinylpulse, in which UK artist Okkle took one of my favorite toys released this year — Peskimo’s Monster Burp — and turned it into a tribute to Taito’s Bubble Bobble with little Bub blowing a massive Beluga-bubble.
After hemming and hawing all weekend about whether to drop the £85 on it, I check again this morning and it is, of course, long gone. But we can still gawp at its craftsmanship, I suppose, and the good news is that it’s not too late to get the Peskimo original and attempt the conversion yourself.
Okkles Custom Monster Burp Bubblun of Bubble Bobble [Vinyl Pulse]
I’ve been anxiously awaiting this one since the above trailer first appeared the week of GDC, but now it’s here: Melbourne studio Touch My Pixel and illustrator/vinyl toy producer Nathan Jurevicius have officially unveiled their collaborative Scarygirl game.
As it turns out, it’s a far more intricately constructed game than you’d normally imagine springing from a promotional web campaign (see: DGPH’s similar, but mechanically far less complex Molestown).
Fit in amongst its indie-developed brethren, it’s somewhere quite near Amanita’s Samorost games (and his previously blogged Machinarium), only, obviously strip away the point and click scheme for more traditional platforming, and replace Dvorský’s signature gnarled organic photoshoppery for Nathan J’s already well-established style.
What it retains from games like Samorost, though, is that sense of wonder that you get from exploring a world (and Scarygirl‘s world is rife with nooks and crannies to be explored) entirely unlike the worlds games have given us before — exactly the kind of magic I’ve been talking about since founding Offworld that comes when an outside artist brings their fresh perspective into games.
It might not be quite as tightly built as the best of the past several decades of platformers, and makes some cute and easily forgivable minor mistakes along the way (see: my reticence to jump on the spiky-headed enemies in the first level before accidentally realizing it wouldn’t hurt), but with its iconographic narration, richly constructed environments and collectible diversions (provided by a series of console cartridges that unlock minigames), it’s a fantastic experiment and addition to the year’s indie output.
And one last fantastic Monday morning custom toy: ‘supman098’s Big Daddy Dolly, as spotted in the teaser trailer for 2K Games’ forthcoming Bioshock 2 might just trump Harrison Krix’s Little Sister syringe as the best fan made tribute to the series.
They might come a decade too late to cash in on the game’s release, but Iain Reekie’s custom sculpey figures of main character Manny and speed demon Glottis from Tim Schafer’s LucasArts swan song adventure Grim Fandango would still make an excellent posthumous mass produced toy, if anyone’s willing to procure the license.