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Pop Sculpture: How to Create Action Figures and Collectible Statues

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Sculpt toys and collectibles with modern-day tools, techniques and applications used by today’s top industry professionals
 
Ever since a 12-inch G.I. Joe took toy soldiers to a whole new level by giving them the ability to pose via moveable parts, as well as interchangeable clothing and accessories, the business of creating pop sculpture icons for the mass market was off and running. Superheroes came next, followed by TV show and movie ...

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Overview

Sculpt toys and collectibles with modern-day tools, techniques and applications used by today’s top industry professionals
 
Ever since a 12-inch G.I. Joe took toy soldiers to a whole new level by giving them the ability to pose via moveable parts, as well as interchangeable clothing and accessories, the business of creating pop sculpture icons for the mass market was off and running. Superheroes came next, followed by TV show and movie characters, most notably those from Star Wars. Today, action figures exist for sports stars, rock stars, even presidents.
 
With today’s blockbuster success of animated films, action figures and collectibles have become a behemoth industry—with a growing need for skilled artists who can bring these characters to life. So how do you get started?
 
The trio of veteran industry insiders who authored this book take you on an incredibly thorough journey that begins with drawing conceptual drafts and continues through rough sculpting and honing the final product. Along the way, you’ll learn how to research your character, shape casts from a variety of materials including wax and resin, make accessories, articulate characters so that they are poseable, paint them, and ultimately convince an art director to buy and manufacture them. Whether you want to make small PVC toys, collectible statues, or larger high-end collectibles, Pop Sculpture offers step-by-step demos and words of wisdom from the pros.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823095223
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press
  • Publication date: 10/19/2010
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 237,360
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

RUBÉN PROCOPIO has contributed to more than 25 Disney animated features, including The Little Mermaid and The Lion King. He founded Masked Avenger Studios in 2003 to expand his sculpting, design, and comic book illustration services.
 
ZACH OAT is the editor of TelevisionwithoutPity.com, a popular TV and movie criticism website. He is former editor of ToyFare magazine and was the original “toy wrangler” for Robot Chicken on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim.
 
TIM BRUCKNER, one of the pioneers of the comics/fantasy toy field has worked for companies such as Kenner, Gentle Giant and DC Direct, where he designed and sculpted the DC Dynamics statues.

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  • Posted November 5, 2010

    Fantastic Read and great resource material

    I've been involved in the custom action figure scene for quite some time, and over the years I've developed processes and methods to bring my own creative ideas to life in plastic form.

    Content with picking up tips and tricks from other customizers over the years I resigned myself to never really having insight into the world of professional figure making.

    So when I heard that some of my favorite artists, Tim Bruckner and Ruben Procopio, who are tops in their field were writing a book with ToyFare veteran Zach Oat, I knew I had to buy it.

    The book was not at all what I was expecting. I anticipated a somewhat fluffier piece that dealt with theory and would serve somewhat to perpetuate the mystique of the profession. Boy, was I wrong.

    This monster of a book, clocking in at close to 300 pages, goes through each step of the process for both statue and action figure creation in painstaking detail. Spectacular full color photos walk you through steps such as design, armatures, figure articulation, pros and cons of sculpting mediums, tools, mold making, casting, painting and the professional creative process.

    Our main trio of writers are also joined by other luminaries in the field of figure creation contributing their experiences and recommendations. I feel that this book certainly fills a niche in this arena, bringing an overflowing fountain of knowledge. Reading this book is like finding access to being mentored by some of the top talent in the industry today, and having their best tips and tricks distilled into a most potent compendium brimming with anecdotes and humor to boot.

    Needless to say, I'd like to thank the authors for bringing this fantastic book to the general public. I would wholeheartedly recommend this to anyone who is a customizer themselves, or loves the world of action figures and wants a peek behind the curtain.

    Great work!

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