It’s been a long, long wait.. but the 3AA 2014 membership pack has FINALLY arrived.
Each year, 3A opens its gates for 24 hours to allow all those interested in a membership an opportunity to jump on the 3AA bandwagon. The $170 membership gives you 15% off all purchases at bambaland for the year, an exclusive membership figure, as well as other goodies such as tee shirts, art prints, a lanyard, membership card and even a messenger bag.
In 2014, 3A has cobbled together what is likely the most ambitious 3AA package yet, thanks in no small part to the exclusive figure featuring an all new, seamless female body. The result of which it took a full 10 months from initial order date to get into members’ hands.
Now that it’s here, I’m going to try and answer the question, “Is it worth the wait?”
Here’s part II of our SDCC 2013 coverage. We finally went through the wheat and tossed out all the chaff, leaving only glorious toy photos for your enjoyment. Admit-ably, some of the prototype shots you’ll see in the gallery are no longer prototypes and have since moved on to full-on production. I still think you’ll find plenty here to start building an early Christmas list from. Check thing out after the jump! -> SDCC 2013 Toy Action
As I went through our remaining shots, I realized we didn’t have a ton of content for our “SDCC: Everything Else” category so in the name of efficiency, I decided to go ahead and toss the link for that gallery in this article as well. You can check out a few of the peeps and scenes we ran into at Comic Con last year right here- > SDCC 2013 Everything Else
That’ll do it for our SDCC 2013 Coverage. Maybe one day I’ll have the steeled nerves to revisit the long hibernating video project I started last July and release that. Maybe as an intoxicating siren leading up to this year’s SDCC. Or maybe I’ll just use that time to better plan what we’ll do for our 2014 coverage so it comes around as it should, when it should.
If you missed our last post and dig Cosplay, click the following jump to check out our newly uploaded SDCC 2013 Cosplay photos.
While you’re at it you can jump even further back to check out what sorta antics we got up to at SDCC 2012
A while ago we posted a step-by-step workshop provided by the ever talented, Simon ‘Goatballs’ Be! To this day, it’s one of the most popular we’ve ever featured. It seems folks can’t get enough of his 1/6 scale wooden bats! Well, today we’re excited to post a follow up, this time by our friend Michael ‘Bubo’ Reilly who worked to cast and produce copies of Goat’s original bat sculpts in resin.
I’m personally very excited for this little walk-through as it talks about a process that I’ve been interested in for a long while. With a little hand-holding.. I might be brave enough to finally try it myself.
Welcome back to RtR’s Workshop, and enjoy!
Alright, here’s a list of some of the materials you’ll probably want to track down before you get started.
Foam Core, for building mold walls. You can also use legos, acrylic plastic, or any other non-porous material of your choosing that’s stiff enough to form a wall.
1/8″ thick or thicker wooden (or plastic) boards, to evenly distribute tension on mold when bound.
Super Glue (CA Glue), for gluing gates/vents onto model (bat) & onto mold floor.
Hot Melt Glue (& gun), for gluing walls of mold together.
Toothpicks (or long sharp pokey thing), for getting air bubbles out of silicone mold
Monojet Oral 10ml syringes
.. and here’s some of the tools I use, also worth looking into.
Razor/Ruler, for measuring & cutting mold box
Hot Glue Gun, to glue mold together
Scale, a gram scale to weigh out materials
Vacuum Chamber & Vacuum pump, to de-gas silicone
Pressure Pot, a chamber that eliminates any remaining bubbles
Old sander or piece of vibrating equipment (to vibrate pressure pot)
Flat Chisel & Scalpel (x-acto knife), for cutting mold open
Before we begin, let me say that this is but one of many ways to build a mold. The construction of your mold will depend on the piece you are making a mold of, what kind of process you’ll use to cast it, and what material you will be casting with. For the sake of this project, the item being molded is a toy, it is small and the mold form is very simple.Continue reading →