I recently went over to Europe for a split business/pleasure trip. It started off with a shoot for the next NINJAGO tv commercial (I am currently working on that line at LEGO - my day job) and transitioned to a trip to Paris with my awesome/beautiful new wife on our honeymoon. To follow is a few shots of some of the adventures that took place with the toys that hopped in my suitcase.
Ever wonder what the set of a LEGO commercial looks like...well you are going to have to keep wondering as I can't share pics yet since the product won't be out until 2017 :(
Had some awesome coffee while in Aarhus this time around on the recommendation from the lead model designer on the NINJAGO project. If you are ever there go check them out:
On the way to dinner one night in Aarhus did a small impromptu photoshoot with some NINJAGO minifigures and a WU-CRU sticker. Google it if you need more info :)
We then hit Paris for fun and adventure. We did a lot of traditional tourist stuff but also went off the beaten path a bit. Here are a few tourist shots that include Notre Dame, the Catacombs and more.
After much thought we have come to the decision...if you can't beat 'em...join 'em! In an effort to make a customizable version of the Alavaka Bodhisattva sculpt we have put in an order for an huge run of blank white pieces. This will hopefully stop the stripping of painted editions and widen the possibilities for those people so inclined to customize toys. This unpainted white version will include both heads (the Bodhisattva head has never been released in white before) and will be priced much cheaper than a standard release. More info in this thread as it becomes available. The image below has been photoshoped for promo purposes only.
UPDATE: October 22nd 2016
These are in hand and ready to ship. Look for them to go on sale in the webshop on October 31st. Grab as many as you like!
We got a last minute package from Japan. Look for a certain someone at SDCC 2016. Keep checking this thread for updates.
What...what?! Checkit out! We are super happy to announce that our friends at Super 7 will be selling an SDCC exclusive Bodhisattva Alavaka at booth 4945. This amazing 3 color marbled set was painstakingly poured with yellow, green and blue vinyl and will be $80. It includes both the standard and converted head along with the body. These were a limited run so grab one if you can!
Remember that time I designed, printed and cut out headers on my lunch hour? Oh yeah that was today :)
Just a couple more pics before these guys get on a plane.
One of these guys didn't sell at SDCC but it went to a good home and Alavaka collector. Thanks everyone. More marbled madness this fall!
Ever since I was a teenager I have had a fascination with the darker side of the human psyche. I became infatuated with the story of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Today a new theatrical version of that story comes out and I am excited to see it.
At the risk of bordering on narcissism, the film release reminded me that about 17 years ago I wrote a concept album around the story of Through the Looking Glass while I was in the band AFTeRSHOCK. It summarizes the story by Lewis Carroll into 9 tracks. I decided to listen to it again today while I was at work and it actually still holds up pretty well if I do say so myself. If you are a fan of metal I encourage you to see for yourself. At $1.50 for a full length cd you will never find a better deal than here.
It feeds off fear, our souls it's prey. Black eyes burn through the path
it takes. Soft pulse...soft gaze...am I too late?
Project...protect...absorb...create. Lost within my own identity.
Shadows converge shedding light beyond eternity. Shed that grin from
your featureless face. This tongue now speaks your language. And what I
now taste is bitter...lifeless blood. Tempting demise. Hollow in it's
guise. It's appearance lies. Vindication arise. Ludic luster, transcend
the flame. Consume, exile, sever the hate. Acrid blood flow exudes
coarse veins. Confront...surpass...absorb...create.
It looks like we have tapped into a signature theme for DHP toy releases...The Nordic Legion. Release date info will appear HERE in a week or so. Until that time enjoy the info and images below.
As a follow up to the popular original release a few more Nordic Legion themed Alavaka will be making their way to the DHP webshop soon. This time it appears there was some sort of hemorrhage or clot that was resolved by flame. Stay tuned for details and release info.
A cold wind blows across the barren Norwegian countryside. The cackle of crows echoes through skeletal trees. Pale figures don robes of glass as their eyes and mouths recede into shadow. No words are uttered as crimson letters are scribed across the oath of the damned. Flames rise and subside. We are three. Clear vinyl with black, red, white and metalic red paints. Charred brown gemstone eyes. Comes with "heart" guts and stick bale accessory. Made in Japan. Not intended for children under 14 years old. Also includes a copy of The Plagues "Epidemic" cd which was Devils Head Records number fourteen. *NOTE: While The Plague was NOT a Norwegian black metal band you can hear cues to the original Nordic Legion in both their lyrics and music.
UPDATE: These went quick. THANKS FOR THE SUPPORT...BOOM!