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May 13, 2012

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Arqball Spins: 3D spins of designer toys & the Arqball Kickstarter

Last night I met up with Dave from Arqball at our warehouse so he could demonstrate the capabilities of Arqball's product. Arqball has created a hardware (rotating base) and software (iPhone/ iPad app) combo that allows the user to quickly set up and capture moving images with iPhone/iPad camera. The app then takes the image and creates a "spin" which you can see below:







The spins create a much more informative visual display for the product in question. I think it's perfect for designer toys! Above is a spin of Evilos' Tron Mini Qee custom (from my personal collection). The actual creation of the spin takes about 1 minute from the time you set the object on the base to the time the app is done creating the file. Really, super incredibly fast. The spins are currently hosted on Arqball's servers, and you can access them at any time online via a link or by embedding a short line of HTML code into a web page or blog post (as I have done here). So easy, a toy-obsessed caveman could do it.






Above is a Pink Feather HoodZomb from 3A's Adventure Kartel series of 1:6-scale figures.






Above is our exclusive David Horvath Strange Beast Bossy Night Stomp edition.

Although we didn't do it with these spins, the Arqball software does come with a background deletion feature which allows you to record the spin in front of a white background and with one click, remove the entire background and base so it's pure internet white.

Arqball is really easy to use, and you can get a jump on your competition by supporting their Kickstarter here. I'm a backer. Expect to see more spins incorporated into Tenacious Toys blog posts and product listings soon. I'd recommend this system to any toy shop or manufacturer that would like to more easily and completely reveal all the details of the products they carry or manufacture. Even great for bloggers who frequently review products online. No more photo shoots followed by editing multiple images! One Arqball spin takes care of every angle.

Manny Pacquiao custom Mega Munny by JFury

 JFury shares with us images of his very first custom 18" Kidrobot Mega Munny- this thing is almost as tall as Manny! If you go to JFury's web store, it looks like this one is sold, but there are a number of other cool customs available for purchase.

Don P custom Kidrobot Mascot KidWarzone

KIDWARZONE is based on a 7-inch Kidrobot Mascot figure.
You can follow Don P on Facebook, his blog, and his web shop.



The making of Teru's Bentie the Bentley custom Munny


Teru Fujita's Bentie the Bentley custom 7" Munny garnered a lot of attention at the Candy-Coated Custom Show... partly because it was such a technically complex custom, and partly because it was Teru's very first custom art toy. Teru wanted to share with us some WIP shots (below) from when he was creating this amazing piece. Bentie took Teru a total of 80 hours to complete.

 The beginning stages of adding sculptural detail to the Munny's head.

Head is placed on body and electronics are tested.
Before being permanently affixed to the based
Teru says he'd like to flesh this idea out into a set, with the next pieces possibly being a Lancia Stratos rally car, and then a VW bus. I'd love to share links with you so you can follow along, but Teru doesn't do the internet very much, so you'll just have to wait and see what I post up here in the future.

Custom Ten-Doh figure by Cash Cannon

Cash customized this Ten-Doh figure by Squid Kids Ink as a commission for a friend. He used Krylon gold and flat black spray paint, and the rest was hand-painted with acrylics and sharpie poster paint markers. To follow Cash, click here. To get your own Ten-Doh figure, go to the Squid Kids web store here.

Tattoo Art Trading Cards


PRESS RELEASE:
Tattoo Art Trading Cards, the first set of its kind, was introduced to non-sport trading card collectors, April 21 & 22 at the Philly Non-Sports Card Show. The 25 card starter/base set was extremely well received by collectors at the show. Next, Frank Eachus Publishing introduced the set to tattoo enthusiasts at the Hell City Tattoo Fest in Columbus, Ohio to yet another warm reception. “The set is popular with collectors due to the fantastic art of the tattoo artists,” said Frank Eachus of Frank Eachus Publishing. The set is also popular with tattoo enthusiasts for the very same reasons. 

     I started working on the idea two years ago. Tattooing is much more socially acceptable today, and the art lends itself well to the trading cards, making beautiful collector cards,” says Eachus. “It’s very gratifying to see such a great response to a brand new concept. Hopefully, this set will help to interest more collectors in the non-sport collector card hobby,” says Eachus.

     The initial release of Tattoo Art Trading Cards consists of cards depicting the fantastic art of some of the most talented artists in the world. The history of tattooing is also included in the initial release, featuring historical benchmarks of the art of tattooing, and turn-of-the-century tattooed circus performer posters reprinted on the trading cards.

     Frank Eachus Publishing plans on a fall release of 6-card packs to follow up the very popular initial release. “The packs will feature more great artists, tattooed models, autographed cards, special artist sketch cards, and more chase cards,” says Eachus.

     To learn more about Tattoo Art Trading Cards, and the featured artists, visit www.frankeachuspublishing.com