New version of Rider is HERE!

HEAR HEAR!
The new 2017.7 version of Rider is now available!
And if anyone is interested in the legacy ivory version it’s still on Amazon for the time being (until listing is updated):
Also.. when building your own 1:12 scale bipeds you have the option of selecting from the wooden or ivory materials. Even mix and match if you so desire.
Up next the props will be split apart into their respective 1:12 and 1:6 build it pages. That way you can get swords, poles and axes (and future props) scaled for Rider.
It’s incredible to have an exact replica of Ranger at the 1/12 scale. The hands being considerably larger is the only difference. And the toes having magnets that allow for tip-toe balancing. But the fact that all five articulated fingers with opposable thumbs are working at that scale is incredible.
More exciting news up ahead, including the A9-Dragon at that scale. Whoot!!
I’m so excited for the A9 series continuing to grow from here and how you’ll be able to pair it with pieces from A10 to pick and choose between articulation and surface detail. SWEET!!!

Art Festival Recap

Woah! What a fantastic experience we had at this year’s Redmond Art Festival. We had so many visitors and of all ages. ¬†People were especially mesmerized by being able to witness one of our 3d printers in action making pieces throughout the day.

And I’d like send out a special thanks to our fellow neighbor and artist of Forgotten Times Crafts because he purchased our very first wooden Riders and a number of the ivory ones making him our customer of the month. You should really check out his work at:¬†https://www.facebook.com/ForgottenTimesCrafts/

It’s so freakin’ cool to know these Riders are going to be hanging out beside this great artist making the coolest looking potions and maps I’ve ever seen.

The dragon was of course a major draw but so were having so many of these little guys all over the place for people to play with. It was so pleasing to be able to sit back and no longer worry about these little guys breaking. In the past I remember having to coach people on how to handle them, but now I could just sit back and enjoy watching all the poses people could get them into and soak in the joy that comes from people handling your product for the first time and learning how to use it without any input.

Even though the intention of the booth was primarily to promote the product and give away coupon codes, we still managed to sell hundreds of dollars in Riders.   So in almost every way the event was a success for us.

Thank you to all that stopped by and made the experience such a joy to be a part of.

 

Ranger Still Evolving!

After the price hike on our 1/6 scale wooden products, there has been a significant decline in sales, which was an expected and welcome change of events (see my last video update).

But sales didn’t’ stop completely. Especially for Ranger. ¬†The slow-down has allowed me to devote more time on each of these armatures and focus my efforts on making subtle refinements. But also giving me the luxury of being far more picky with pieces that get approved for assembly.

Here are some images showing what these latest refinements look like. For the most part it’s cosmetic, such as getting a much cleaner and flush alignment between the magnets on the foot and toe with the base of the foot piece. ¬†Design-wise the socked at the top of the torso changed substantially. I was really happy with the socket design I came up with for the A10-Ballerina so I borrowed it from her and gave it to Ranger as well. ¬† ¬†Something that is also really helping is the different contact finish from glossy to matte. ¬†This was something that showed up on the trim pieces because they were printed on a glossy surface and I’ve switched to matte. ¬†It’s more difficult to do and more prone to failures, but it’s something I can afford to do now given the change in price.

So yeah, all in all very subtle stuff but I wanted to put this together to let you know I’ve always got my antennae up for potential ways in which the armature can improve. And any time I have a little bit of resource (be it time or financial) I tend to devote it to making improvements. ¬†All of this then trickles out to all the sibling products over time so I’ve included some photos of those below as well.

Finally, perhaps the biggest change is that A9-Kid and A9-Teen come with articulated wooden hands instead of the plastic fists. The size of hand is still too big for those age groups but I’m sure I’ll work on shrinking them down in months ahead especially as I work and learn to make articulated hands for Rider.

OH! And all 1/6 scale purchases come with a life-time warranty (which is pretty freakin’ amazing if you think about it). Platforms come included as well. ¬†And all those armatures priced at $300 and above come with a year subscription to our online content from which you can score monthly 50% off sales. ¬† So in a way, if you were intending to buy lots of our products, our new approach to pricing may have just saved you a TON of money.

 

This is Ranger (xx). She’s looking more beautiful than ever!

This is the new quadruped design. The way the storefront will work is you’ll be able to select whichever head and neck combination you want.

This is the latest A9-Teen which now comes with articulated magnetic hands.

 

But of all the things I’ve helped bring into this world nothing will ever compare or come close to my children. ¬†And as a “daddy” of two beautiful bottles of sunshine I know all too well the important role we (fathers) play in the life of children and how we help shape the next generation through our example. Even my own Dad whom is now a proud grandpa continues to be a father figure and supporting me in his own way. This weekend him and my Mom stopped by to take the kids for a few days so me and the misses could get some quiet time.

So to all the men out there that strive each day for the well-being of their children I say to you, Happy Father’s Day! Keep being awesome.