Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Taylor's Toy Wednesday's DIY Custom- Smaug the Dragon!

Smaug the Dragon Toy by Taylor Lymbery
One of the last great dragons of Middle-earth, Smaug rose to prominence by laying waste to the town of Dale and capturing the Lonely Mountain. His invasion of Erebor and his possession of the Lonely Mountain made him extremely wealthy, since the Lonely Mountain was once home of Dwarves and still held much of their treasure. 
Who doesn't love dragons? Dragons are one of the most recognizable creatures of myth. They are frightening and exciting at the same time. I will have to admit, I'm very excited about seeing Smaug in the upcoming Hobbit films. Only seeing his eye in the last film has put me on the war-path for anything dragon. So, when I had the opportunity to make a dragon custom toy, I decided that I should do my take on Tolkien's iconic monster. For this custom, I used a Creatology dino vinyl body. I turned the head around and used the fat snout as the back of the head. I then built the wings and rocky terrain out of wire, aluminum foil and original scultpty. I used a combination of fine gold glitter and coarse gold glitter to make the flow of treasure at his feet. I did add some glow effects to the rock and his eyes. There is really no reason for it, except that it looks rather cool in the dark. I'm pretty happy with how this guy turned out and hope that I can get around to making another dragon soon. Does anyone have any suggestions for dragons? Anybody?
Now, I've got some important updates, so more pictures will be at the end of this posting. Enjoy the pics. I've got to get back to illustrating comic books! :)

I purchased a table for the Dallas Comic Con in May. I look forward to seeing all of the familiar faces and hopefully some new people stopping by to chat with us. 

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 all Xenex the Bug Man comic books available for print on demand. You can see that listing here on my store's tab for comic books. 

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. 

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  and give us a listen. You can subscribe to the shows on itunes and get up to date info on upcoming shows on facebook:
Talking Toys with Taylor and Jeff on facebook
The Loosely Based Podcast on facebook
The Pilot Episode on facebook

Give us a like! And, if you like what we have, be sure to tell your friends! We need your word of mouth to help us keep making shows! And, be sure to give Jeff a hug. 

Taylor and Jeff: Action Figure Buddies for Life!

Now, here's some pics of Smaug!

You can also see this custom toy in my deviantart gallery.

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