"Making a Sofubi" and Factory Visit Video - paint (p.3)!

Discussion in 'Japan Toys' started by JMRampage, Sep 3, 2011.

  1. JMRampage

    JMRampage Addicted

    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2011
    Messages:
    575
    Name:
    Jon
    "Making a Sofubi" and Factory Visit Video - paint (p.3)!
    LINK TO BLOG POST and VIDEO ABOUT PAINTWORK ON PAGE 2 ;)

    Hey guys - not sure if this is exactly the right spot for this, but it seems to be the best fit...

    When I was in Tokyo last month I got to visit a vinyl factory with Velocitron (Ricky). I also have been working on a figure (with assistance from Ricky), so I've been documenting (photos and such) the whole process. Basically, I've put togther a post on my blog that goes through the whole process (as I've either experienced it or had it explained to me), and also links you to the video I've put up on Youtube from the factory visit.

    I know a lot of the info in the post is old news for most of you guys, but I hope you enjoy it all nonetheless!

    Here's a direct link to the post on the blog:
    http://rampage-toys.blogspot.com/2011/0 ... works.html

    And a direct link to the video - for those less inclined to read about the whole process:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cHuU_cKD0M

    Enjoy!
     
  2. COOP

    COOP Comment King

    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2010
    Messages:
    1,357
    Location:
    Los Angeles
    flickr:
    coop666
    Instagram:
    artofcoop
    "Making a Sofubi" and Factory Visit Video - paint (p.3)!
    Re: "Making a Sofubi" post, and Factory Visit Video!

    Love seeing these little factories. Thanks!
     
  3. Revolux

    Revolux Addicted

    Joined:
    Dec 14, 2007
    Messages:
    685
    "Making a Sofubi" and Factory Visit Video - paint (p.3)!
    Re: "Making a Sofubi" post, and Factory Visit Video!

    Thanks for sharing!
     
  4. JMRampage

    JMRampage Addicted

    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2011
    Messages:
    575
    Name:
    Jon
    "Making a Sofubi" and Factory Visit Video - paint (p.3)!
    Re: "Making a Sofubi" post, and Factory Visit Video!

    My pleasure! Glad it can be enjoyed! It's been the plan to do this post and video for weeks... finally had a night to sit and put it together :mrgreen:
     
  5. chimmychazz

    chimmychazz Comment King

    Joined:
    May 25, 2011
    Messages:
    1,181
    Name:
    charlie
    Instagram:
    xftwx
    "Making a Sofubi" and Factory Visit Video - paint (p.3)!
    Re: "Making a Sofubi" post, and Factory Visit Video!

    Really enjoyed the step by step behind the scenes post/video.
     
  6. TULKU

    TULKU Addicted

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2010
    Messages:
    522
    "Making a Sofubi" and Factory Visit Video - paint (p.3)!
    Re: "Making a Sofubi" post, and Factory Visit Video!

    I am always looking for this kind of stuff. This is a beautiful addition to this subject, thanks! :D
     
  7. dxxe

    dxxe Addicted

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2010
    Messages:
    757
    Location:
    Birmingham/Nottingham U.K
    Name:
    David
    Instagram:
    dxxe
    "Making a Sofubi" and Factory Visit Video - paint (p.3)!
    Re: "Making a Sofubi" post, and Factory Visit Video!

    Fantastic post!
    Its great to see inside these tiny factories, it really makes you appreciate the amount of work that goes into creating the toys we all love.

    Thanks!
     
  8. Onion

    Onion Toy Prince

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2011
    Messages:
    278
    "Making a Sofubi" and Factory Visit Video - paint (p.3)!
    Re: "Making a Sofubi" post, and Factory Visit Video!

    Don't sell yourself short. I gobble up all the production info I can yet there was still stuff here I hadn't heard or read about anywhere else. This thread is awesome!
     
  9. TrimmTrabb

    TrimmTrabb Toy Prince

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2007
    Messages:
    478
    Location:
    Chicago!
    "Making a Sofubi" and Factory Visit Video - paint (p.3)!
    Re: "Making a Sofubi" post, and Factory Visit Video!

    This is suuuuuper cool!
    Thanks so much for giving an insight into the process!
     
  10. jebcrow

    jebcrow Side Dealer

    Joined:
    May 24, 2006
    Messages:
    2,263
    Location:
    lahn-dahn
    "Making a Sofubi" and Factory Visit Video - paint (p.3)!
    Re: "Making a Sofubi" post, and Factory Visit Video!

    Thanks for posting the link :)

    I'm going to forward it to a few people who are interested in soft vinyl production,,,bet they will find it very informative...
     
  11. toothaction

    toothaction Team Tsubu Staff Member

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2011
    Messages:
    11,467
    Location:
    Detroit
    Name:
    David
    flickr:
    toothaction
    Instagram:
    thebeautifulpuffin
    "Making a Sofubi" and Factory Visit Video - paint (p.3)!
    Re: "Making a Sofubi" post, and Factory Visit Video!

    So glad to hear that you've been keeping busy since the move - and nice to have proof that it's not one of those pretend trips to Japan, like Matthew took on News Radio.
     
  12. diegorobot

    diegorobot Fresh Meat

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2010
    Messages:
    84
    Location:
    torino - italy
    "Making a Sofubi" and Factory Visit Video - paint (p.3)!
    Re: "Making a Sofubi" post, and Factory Visit Video!

    Thank you for the links, the birth of a vinyl is really magic!
     
  13. wing_clipper

    wing_clipper Post Pimp

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2007
    Messages:
    2,557
    Location:
    illinois
    "Making a Sofubi" and Factory Visit Video - paint (p.3)!
    Re: "Making a Sofubi" post, and Factory Visit Video!

    awesome post, really really cool stuff

    and i was actually just recently thinking about how much thanks ricky and luke deserve from us collectors for making all these vinyl dreams come true.. much gratitude!
     
  14. JoeMan

    JoeMan Mini Boss

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2007
    Messages:
    4,233
    Location:
    NY
    flickr:
    splurrt
    Instagram:
    splurrt
    "Making a Sofubi" and Factory Visit Video - paint (p.3)!
    Re: "Making a Sofubi" post, and Factory Visit Video!

    Very true.
     
  15. eckotyper

    eckotyper Post Pimp

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2008
    Messages:
    2,701
    Name:
    Mike
    "Making a Sofubi" and Factory Visit Video - paint (p.3)!
    Re: "Making a Sofubi" post, and Factory Visit Video!

    pretty awesome read right there.
     
  16. JMRampage

    JMRampage Addicted

    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2011
    Messages:
    575
    Name:
    Jon
    "Making a Sofubi" and Factory Visit Video - paint (p.3)!
    Re: "Making a Sofubi" post, and Factory Visit Video!

    Hey thanks everyone for reading the post and checking put the video! I felt really lucky to get the insider's look I have so far, and I'm looking forward to sharing more of the process and more videos of the Japanese sofubi/toy scene as my time goes by here!

    Really is guys like Luke and Ricky who are keeping the dream alive for aspiring sofubi artists (shout out to Joes's AWESOME new toy - the Cadaver Kid). I looked around (and saved my money :) for a LONG time before coming across Velocitron, and starting my project with him... All along, all I had to do was look at his website! These guys are working hard to make the scene FUN as well - putting toys in the hands of collectors without charging REDICULOUS prices! Ojisan, for example - 2000 yen for blanks!!! Or VELOCITRON's ghouls - painted and bagged for 1000yen - WHAT!?!?!?

    I'm trying to follow their example - toys are our hobby (sometimes passion) and collecting should be fun! Making LOTS of fun, new, interesting and ACCESSIBLE figures is what Luke and Ricky (and I) want to do. That way we have fun projects in our studios, and collectors have rad toys to photograph and play with!
     
  17. ultrakaiju

    ultrakaiju Die-Cast Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2011
    Messages:
    10,116
    "Making a Sofubi" and Factory Visit Video - paint (p.3)!
    Re: "Making a Sofubi" post, and Factory Visit Video!

    Great post. Loved following the development of this guy from concept to vinyl. Next time anybody here is hitting up one of these 'factories' (or paint studios), be it mom and pop, or otherwise, let me know. I would love to make a visit myself if I could. Also, was that actually a vat of toluene? Hope there was adequate ventilation in that small room :shock:

    Thanks for sharing all this, now on to the paint!!!
     
  18. Russblue11

    Russblue11 S7 Royalty

    Joined:
    Sep 11, 2010
    Messages:
    3,351
    Location:
    Orlando, FL
    Name:
    Kevin
    "Making a Sofubi" and Factory Visit Video - paint (p.3)!
    Re: "Making a Sofubi" post, and Factory Visit Video!

    I would love to do something like this when I retire - spend my days making toys for others (and maybe even my own toys). Thanks for the info/video!
     
  19. palepoli

    palepoli Addicted

    Joined:
    Oct 4, 2008
    Messages:
    615
    Location:
    New Orleans
    Instagram:
    Mrpalepoli
    "Making a Sofubi" and Factory Visit Video - paint (p.3)!
    Re: "Making a Sofubi" post, and Factory Visit Video!

    Great behind the scenes look, makes me want to try my hand at putting a figure out!
     
  20. melek_taus

    melek_taus Mini Boss

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2007
    Messages:
    4,679
    Location:
    Where the brightest angel fell.
    Name:
    Ryan
    "Making a Sofubi" and Factory Visit Video - paint (p.3)!
    Re: "Making a Sofubi" post, and Factory Visit Video!

    Great write up and fun video. Thanks for sharing JMR.
    Watching flesh Monsters being pulled from the mold was awesome!
     
  21. mildew180

    mildew180 Side Dealer

    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2008
    Messages:
    2,358
    Location:
    OKC
    Name:
    Jsan
    flickr:
    mildew180
    Instagram:
    mildew180
    "Making a Sofubi" and Factory Visit Video - paint (p.3)!
    Re: "Making a Sofubi" post, and Factory Visit Video!

    Awesome video!!! Thank you for making this. I wish I could get one of those monster heads!!!!
     
  22. MattyBoomBatty

    MattyBoomBatty Addicted

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2011
    Messages:
    892
    Location:
    Inside a Tangled Web of BS
    Name:
    Matt
    Instagram:
    AOIMatt
    "Making a Sofubi" and Factory Visit Video - paint (p.3)!
    Re: "Making a Sofubi" post, and Factory Visit Video!

    Wo, J I know who I'm coming to stay with when I come to Japan....that was cool!
     
  23. JMRampage

    JMRampage Addicted

    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2011
    Messages:
    575
    Name:
    Jon
    "Making a Sofubi" and Factory Visit Video - paint (p.3)!
    Re: "Making a Sofubi" post, and Factory Visit Video!

    Hey, thanks again for all the views and comments! Next thing planned will be coverage of SUPERFESTIVAL! I'll be there with Ricky, luke, ilanena, and comet debris - not to mention all the big-hitters that will be in attendance (M1GO, Bearmodel, to name a couple). I'm sure Kaiju Korner will have an extensive post about the event as well - he's super on top of all the goings on in Tokyo.

    @Ultrakaiju - YES, paint! Coming right up - next week most likely!
     
  24. dedoperucelli

    dedoperucelli Addicted

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2010
    Messages:
    904
    Location:
    italy
    Name:
    diego
    "Making a Sofubi" and Factory Visit Video - paint (p.3)!
    Re: "Making a Sofubi" post, and Factory Visit Video!

    lovely
    seems to be so easily done by them :lol: .
    now we also see the painting!!
     
  25. Kevlo9

    Kevlo9 Super Deformed

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2008
    Messages:
    5,005
    Location:
    KFHC
    "Making a Sofubi" and Factory Visit Video - paint (p.3)!
    Re: "Making a Sofubi" post, and Factory Visit Video!

    Awesome stuff! Thanks for sharing and congrats!
     

Share This Page