Friday, October 10, 2014

Custom Toy of the Day- Galactic Giddy-Up!

I had another awesome year with the Vinyl Thoughts Nation at the Vinyl Thoughts Art Show 5! This year, VTAS had based the show around the Mad'L vinyl designer toy. Galatic Giddy-up here was my Mad'L piece. I went a little over board! I really wanted a piece that would stand out. Although it was not plugged in for the show, I have seen a lot of instagram pics of it out in cyberspace. This piece was created using two plastic candle chargers, a strobe light, some crafting foam, christmas lights, sculpey, paint and a lot of love. When the look of the piece was done, I did have a bit of a struggle keeping the toy from overheating. The toy would heat up and the strobe light turn table would seize up and stop moving. I eventually got that all fixed up when I changed the bulb in the strobe light to an LED bulb that would cut down on the heat. I also added some vent holes in the back that looked like they belonged to the ship's design. Once I did this, the toy would run for hours without having to be turned off. Now the toy did not sell at the show. It's a big piece. It is listed on the Vinyl Thoughts Nation Storenvy site for pickup only. I love making big pieces, but for next year, I might just keep the toys small. 

I'll have more pictures after the wordage below... as always! 


Recently, I was being filmed for a convention documentary called, Unconventional. You can see it here. While you are at it, you should check out Johnathan Paul's other video work here. 

Just to let you know all know, I am taking commissions. If you would like to commission me for original artwork, head over to the commissions tab in store to see how. 

I have posted some new shirt designs in my Cafepress store. Head over to my Cafepress store and get a shirt or a couple! 

I have opened a storenvy.com shop to sell my toys. Here's the link: http://taylorlymbery.storenvy.com/

If you have not heard about the Podcast called, "Talking Toys with Taylor and Jeff", then it's time I let you know! Jeff and I are on the show where we talk about toys! (Go figure, I mean Go action figure!) Seems simple enough. We pick out a toy line to discuss in each show. We share our childhood memories, our favorite five, and talk about the one toy in the line that got away. Jeff talks about how he cherished his toys and I talk about how they ended up in the garden! The other show is The pilot episode, where Jeff and Cory break down the Pilot Episode in TV series. The shows are great! If you are interested in what we got, go to Marvindogmedia.com  and give us a listen. You can subscribe to the shows on itunes and get up to date info on upcoming shows on facebook:

If you like what we have, be sure to tell your friends! We need your word of mouth to help us keep making shows!













All pictures of "Galactic Giddy-up" custom toy is copyright © Taylor Lymbery 2014. All Rights Reserved. You can see this piece in my deviantart gallery as well here

Friday, September 26, 2014

Custom Toy of the Day- Deth Berger!

The Vinyl Thoughts Art Show 5 was amazing! There were a ton of great artists and many, many amazing toys! One of the pieces that I put into the show was this one. This toy was my donation piece for the raffle at the show. Its base toy was the Diablo Texas Skull by John Gonzales. I used Sculpey 3 polymer clay to make the hair, body and the burger fillings. I used Montana Markers to detail the rest of the toy. I finished the toy off with a nice glow application to give it a nice ghostly look at night. I had a blast making this toy! It has a nice Ron English vibe to it. 




I'll have more pictures after the wordage below... as always! 


Recently, I was being filmed for a convention documentary called, Unconventional. You can see it here. While you are at it, you should check out Johnathan Paul's other video work here. 

Just to let you know all know, I am taking commissions. If you would like to commission me for original artwork, head over to the commissions tab in store to see how. 

I have posted some new shirt designs in my Cafepress store. Head over to my Cafepress store and get a shirt or a couple! 

I have opened a storenvy.com shop to sell my toys. Here's the link: http://taylorlymbery.storenvy.com/

If you have not heard about the Podcast called, "Talking Toys with Taylor and Jeff", then it's time I let you know! Jeff and I are on the show where we talk about toys! (Go figure, I mean Go action figure!) Seems simple enough. We pick out a toy line to discuss in each show. We share our childhood memories, our favorite five, and talk about the one toy in the line that got away. Jeff talks about how he cherished his toys and I talk about how they ended up in the garden! The other show is The pilot episode, where Jeff and Cory break down the Pilot Episode in TV series. The shows are great! If you are interested in what we got, go to Marvindogmedia.com  and give us a listen. You can subscribe to the shows on itunes and get up to date info on upcoming shows on facebook:

If you like what we have, be sure to tell your friends! We need your word of mouth to help us keep making shows!












All pictures of "Deth Berger" custom toy is copyright © Taylor Lymbery 2014. All Rights Reserved. You can see this piece in my deviantart gallery as well here

Friday, August 29, 2014

Action Figure Friday- MOTU Classics Intergalactic Skeletor!

I have been waiting for this guy for a while! The "New Adventures of He-Man" versions of Skeletor have been some of my favorite design for the menacing bonehead. This Classics version of Intergalactic Skeletor is based off of his first design in the 1989 He-Man toy line. So, like with most of the Masters of the Universe Classics toys, there are good and bad qualities. I am pretty impressed with this one, but do have a few complaints. Lets start with the good. The sculpt on this toy is downright amazing! I cannot say enough about the sculpting on this guy. All of the cybernetic hoses, pumps, and robot pieces sculpted fit so well with the look of a Skeletor that had to use a cybernetic virus to keep himself alive. There are a lot of newly sculpted pieces that really can't be used with any other action figure from the MOTU Classics line which makes him rather unique. Skelly here comes with his newly updated havoc staff that resembles the 1989 "He-Man" Skeletor version very well. Much like the sculpt on the action figure, the sculpt on this piece is fantastic. Lastly, he also comes with a removable helmet that is a beautiful update of the original and is a nice shining piece for this toy. The paint application on all of the sculpt is beautiful. There was a lot of thought that went into the design which kills me when looking at some of the thoughtless problems with this toy. 







Ok, so the main complaint I have for this guy is his neck. Instead of using a new torso for the buck, Mattel used an over armor piece to act as his skin. This is bad in two ways. One, the over piece makes Skeletor look way to big and bulky, and two is that his neck is so thick, it hinders the up and down movement of his head. Since he is no longer able to look up and down, he is constantly looking down. This only works if he is up higher than everybody else and is purposefully looking menacing down at everyone else. 



The next few complaints are minor to the first one. For my minor complaints, the first is that the over body piece is glued at the tabs. In the past, we've been able to take off the body armor or over piece, except on this one. Unless you want to destroy your armor trying to take it off of your Skeletor, it is basically glued into place. I'm not sure exactly why this was a must have decision. The only thing that I can think of is that the tabs don't hold well and had to be glued. The buck could have been changed and that would have fixed this and the first complaint. But, what do I know? Now the second thing is that his shoulders are swapped. They are essentially backwards. It just looks funny and this shouldn't be a problem by now. You wouldn't notice till you really look, but once you see it, its a bit distracting. The third complaint is that his hands are a bit soft, so he has a bit of a hard time holding his staff. This could be a safety fix, and if it is I can live with this complaint. Lastly, his staff does not have the same metallic sheen that his helmet has. Its not a big deal, but it stands out a bit and would have would have been a quick fix. I know its a bit late, but I kind of wish that these things could be straightened up before these go out to ship. For this line being out for many years now and the money that we as collectors pay for these pieces, some of these problems should not be occurring. And that's all for the complaints. 

Now Intergalactic Skeletor also came with a bonus piece. It is the battle damaged head of Faker. Now if I had the battle armor Faker, I'd have a blast with this head! Alas, though, I do not. So I have my extra head in lock up in the Classics Castle Grayskull. I do focus on the complaints sometimes when I look at my new Skeletor. Again, that is due to the cost I am paying for the toys and seeing the silly mistakes that should have been fixed before hand. I will have to say that the overall look and sculpt of this guy is some of the best for what we have seen so far in the Classics line. He is a perfect update to the 1989 "He-Man" Skeletor and really stands out among the Space Mutants of the MOTUC toy line. Now, I doubt that we will get so lucky to really have any more New Adventures characters in the Classics line. It seems that this might be the last year for these Classics run toys. Now, that might mean that they will be released under another name, but I am seriously doubting that we will see too many more of the New Adventures characters. With that being said, I'm a bit bummed because my favorite version of New Adventures Skeletor will probably not be made in the Classics toys. My favorite: Battle Blade Skeletor. Well, I am happy to have this one. Intergalactic Skeletor went on sale with mattycollector.com on August 15th. He is still available on mattycollector.com after almost two weeks. That's usually not a good sign. You can also find his on amazon.com.  


Recently, I was being filmed for a convention documentary called, Unconventional. You can see it here. While you are at it, you should check out Johnathan Paul's other video work here. 


Just to let you know all know, I am taking commissions. If you would like to commission me for original artwork, head over to the commissions tab in store to see how. 

I have posted some new shirt designs in my Cafepress store. Head over to my Cafepress store and get a shirt or a couple! 

I have opened a storenvy.com shop to sell my toys. Here's the link: http://taylorlymbery.storenvy.com/

If you have not heard about the Podcast called, "Talking Toys with Taylor and Jeff", then it's time I let you know! Jeff and I are on the show where we talk about toys! (Go figure, I mean Go action figure!) Seems simple enough. We pick out a toy line to discuss in each show. We share our childhood memories, our favorite five, and talk about the one toy in the line that got away. Jeff talks about how he cherished his toys and I talk about how they ended up in the garden! The other show is The pilot episode, where Jeff and Cory break down the Pilot Episode in TV series. The shows are great! If you are interested in what we got, go to Marvindogmedia.com  and give us a listen. You can subscribe to the shows on itunes and get up to date info on upcoming shows on facebook:

If you like what we have, be sure to tell your friends! We need your word of mouth to help us keep making shows!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Action Figure Friday- MOTU Classics Flogg!

It has been a while since I have posted an action figure review. I felt that it was time to start sharing again. I have acquired many toys from the last time I have posted an Action Figure Friday, so I decided to choose a recent purchase. Today, I bring you Flogg from the Masters of the Universe Classics toyline by Mattel. Lets dive right in to talking about this New Adventures of He-Man (HE-MAN) adaptation. Flogg or Brakk is the commanding officer of the evil space mutants. I have been waiting for this guy to come to the MOTU Classics run for a while now. I am waiting to get my Space Mutants off the shelf to put all of these bad guys together. Other than one bad thing in my opinion, he is a solid action figure all around. He has the full range of standard MOTU Classics movement. He has: ball jointed neck, waste crunch and turn, ball hinged shoulders and thighs, rocker ankles, swivel shin, hinged knee and wrists, and a swivel bicep. Instead of having the standard hinged elbow, Flogg here reuses the arms of the Horde Troopers and has a nice ball hinged elbow. Now I personally think that this is a bit much for this toy, but what do I know?! Flogg has some incredible sculpt work. It is truly fantastic. When I compared this new edition to the vintage toy, I was happy to see the basics of the vintage toy, but with a lot more updating. 

Now, the vintage Flogg had a removable cowl and helmet. I would have been fine with not having the removable cowl on this Classics toy seeing that is a part of his chest armor, but I would have liked to have had the helmet removable just like the original. I thought that was probably a cheap move from Mattel. Flogg sports the all-time most reused boots from the Classics toy line. This time, we get Horde Prime's feet with them. There has been a lot of dislike for these legs seeing that they are reused quite a bit. To be honest, they don't bother me much on this character. the boots suit him. Now one thing that I was very happy to see was the soft good rope for the laser whip weapon, very much like the vintage toy. In this case, our Classics Flogg doesn't need a weapon that will work well with an action feature, seeing that the Classics toys are void of action features. Flogg also came with the Filmation style Sword of Power. I'm indifferent about this accessory. I don't really need the sword, so I have it on the  wall of Grayskull. 

Now the armor is a bit bulky. The bulkiness makes it difficult for Flogg to put his arms down close to his body. Having this happening with so many of the Classics characters in these last two years, the bulky body is something I can definitely overlook. All in all, this version of Flogg is a great action figure. If you are a New Adventures fan, this toy is an absolute must! Flogg went on sale at mattycollector.com on the 15th of July. You can find him on Amazon.com here: Masters of the Universe Classics FLOGG Space Mutants Action Figure.





Recently, I was being filmed for a convention documentary called, Unconventional. You can see it here. While you are at it, you should check out Johnathan Paul's other video work here. 


Just to let you know all know, I am taking commissions. If you would like to commission me for original artwork, head over to the commissions tab in store to see how. 

I have posted some new shirt designs in my Cafepress store. Head over to my Cafepress store and get a shirt or a couple! 

I have opened a storenvy.com shop to sell my toys. Here's the link: http://taylorlymbery.storenvy.com/

If you have not heard about the Podcast called, "Talking Toys with Taylor and Jeff", then it's time I let you know! Jeff and I are on the show where we talk about toys! (Go figure, I mean Go action figure!) Seems simple enough. We pick out a toy line to discuss in each show. We share our childhood memories, our favorite five, and talk about the one toy in the line that got away. Jeff talks about how he cherished his toys and I talk about how they ended up in the garden! The other show is The pilot episode, where Jeff and Cory break down the Pilot Episode in TV series. The shows are great! If you are interested in what we got, go to Marvindogmedia.com  and give us a listen. You can subscribe to the shows on itunes and get up to date info on upcoming shows on facebook:

If you like what we have, be sure to tell your friends! We need your word of mouth to help us keep making shows!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Post Dallas Comic Con 2014 Update



 I'm a little behind on posting a post con update for the recent Dallas Comic Con in Dallas. I have been struggling with my feelings on the last convention. Let me get this said right out, I had fun at the convention...there is no doubt about that. I got my 200X Castle Grayskull from Darth Mall Toys along with many other goodies from them, like Mattel's Computer Warriors- Debugg and Kenner's Variant Head Carded Robin Hoods. I got to see family, friends and convention family. Reese stopped by, Stuckey and his family, Rhonda and Chris, John, Andrew and the Imagineer Crew, Taffeta Darling, Glitzty Girl, Gloria and Drew, Devin and the Chesire Cat crew and others. And I thank the heavens for them, for I would not have made table cost without their purchases. That statement brings me to the problem with the con. There was so much space, that artist alley got buried in the back and surrounded by vendors with very expensive pop culture goods. The small press artist and publishers could not compete. With 60,000 people walking through the doors of this convention, I barely saw that number in our area. To top off the weak numbers of visitors in the artist alley, many people seemed absolutely disinterested in indy comic books and small press artist. In truth, I felt that there was a loss in comics which makes the name Comic Con seem a farce. I feel as though that is how the fan base is going. There is more stock in television, movies and their stars and the autographs are not cheap. So, with all of this said, I am in the market to find smaller venues to show my comic and art. I'm not sure if I will go to the Dallas Comic Con next year. Some of the reasons are with the fore mentioned above and some unstated pricing problems not stated.
Furthermore, there was not very many vendors with vintage toys. Not that that should be a big seller for anyone, but its a big seller for me. Jeff recently wrote a blog entry about it that made me whole heartedly agree with the fact that we need more vintage toy sellers. You can read that blog here. Now, I've purchased a table for the Fan Days Expo on the Days of October 17-19th at the Irving Convention Center. I'm staying positive here and hoping for a more successful convention. If not, at least another fun one to end the year of Big Dallas conventions. I hope to see you all there. 


Recently, I was being filmed for a convention documentary called, Unconventional. You can see it here. While you are at it, you should check out Johnathan Paul's other video work here. 

Just to let you know all know, I am taking commissions. If you would like to commission me for original artwork, head over to the commissions tab in store to see how. 

I have posted some new shirt designs in my Cafepress store. Head over to my Cafepress store and get a shirt or a couple! 

I have opened a storenvy.com shop to sell my toys. Here's the link: http://taylorlymbery.storenvy.com/

If you have not heard about the Podcast called, "Talking Toys with Taylor and Jeff", then it's time I let you know! Jeff and I are on the show where we talk about toys! (Go figure, I mean Go action figure!) Seems simple enough. We pick out a toy line to discuss in each show. We share our childhood memories, our favorite five, and talk about the one toy in the line that got away. Jeff talks about how he cherished his toys and I talk about how they ended up in the garden! The other two shows are The pilot episode, where Jeff and Josh Taylor break down the Pilot Episode in TV series, and The Loosely Based Podcast where Brynna and Jeff compare the book to the movie adaptation! The shows are great! If you are interested in what we got, go to Marvindogmedia.com  and give us a listen. You can subscribe to the shows on itunes and get up to date info on upcoming shows on facebook:

If you like what we have, be sure to tell your friends! We need your word of mouth to help us keep making shows!