Really thrilled to unveil what will soon become the future of A9. Introducing the 2017.7 version of Rider. I expect this to be available before the end of the month and for our entire website to change once again.
The hands couldn’t get smaller than this because of the space needed to fit the magnet. I hope people will be forgiving of the slightly oversized hands. If not, I may look into a more proportional hand but without a magnet. Feel free to post your thoughts via comment.
Well, I’m party excited and distraught because of the amount of work I just created for myself.
But it turns out, that as of today I was able to produce an exact replica of Ranger at the 1:12 scale (Rider). Articulated hands, curvy legs, everything (and in the wooden material). I’ll be showing you a video of this beautiful creation in action soon. I mean it’s truly amazing to behold. Works even better than the simpler Rider did. I’m partly thrilled and partly terrified because of what this means. Because this is likely going to revolutionize our entire product line and probably be the nail in the coffin for our 1/6 scale items.
So I’m not sure exactly what’s going to happen but for sure the 1/6 items will be taken off our website and possibly reserved exclusively for those subscribed as “collectors” or those placing custom orders.
Just keeping you all in the loop as things develop. A9 never ceases to surprise me and how it seems to have a life of its own sometimes.
Slowly but surely… migrating all of Ranger’s content over to Rider. I expect these gripper hands to be online in a couple days
This is pretty sweet! Rider took an evolutionary step forward today. The treatment on the toe magnets is just like the new hands which means the tip of the toe is now also magnetic.
Hey all, I just wanted to give you the heads up that we’re considering abandoning the 1/6 scale product line and moving forward only with our 1/12 scale items.
Over the years, as improvements have been made to Ranger, those improvements have trickled down to Rider and its sibling products. And now, aside from fingers, Rider has all the same range of motion as Ranger does. Also given how light it is, it beats Ranger in terms of stability and ease of use. Plus requires no hex key and carries with it no additional screws or fasteners. So in many ways, Rider is a far more user-friendly product.
So I wanted to let you know this might be happening. Not sure exactly when or how we’ll make this transition. It’s possible Ranger will just be priced out into oblivion. Or perhaps reserved as a special perk available only to subscribers. Haven’t decided yet. In essence, we plan on limiting its production down to as close to zero as possible.
The fundamental reason for this is that the investment in producing the 1/6 scale pieces is still rendering a financial loss for us.
This will allow me to focus on the 1/12 scale products and possibly create articulated hands for it.
Anyway, this isn’t happened just yet. But thought I’d let you know ahead of time. Just a couple days ago our 1/12 scale pieces became available independently so you can customize your own armature just like you could with the 1/6 scale and already features almost the same content available to Ranger. Click this image to go to that creator page:
It’s been an amazing journey.
Your thoughts are welcome of course via comment or message.
There’s some cool stuff in store for our 1:12 line of armatures. The flexible clavicle is one of them and already it’s working marvelously.
And yes, once the armature maker comes back for the 1:12 scale pieces, this will be among the clips you can purchase all on their own to further enhance your existing bipeds.