The folks at Go Go Dynamo are at it again, this time with a new Kickstarter project called ModiBot. You may remember that Go Go Dynamo were the folks behind the (sadly unsuccessful) Hero Project Kickstarter last year around this time. ModiBot is something they’ve been working on ever since. It’s basically the newest incarnation of Stikfas or Xevoz. As I mentioned the last time these guys did a Kickstarter, these dudes are not some fly by night operation. They have decades worth of experiance working with Hasbro and Kenner.

ModiBot seems to draw some influence from that. Hasbro has recently been working to develop their action figure prototypes and such through 3D printing. ModiBot is designed around 3D printing. You can actually already purchase what are essentially beta ModiBot style figures from their Shapeways store. What this Kickstater will do, is create legit plastic factory molded bodies that you can then adapt 3D printed accessories too. They are offering packages with the plastic molded figures and upgrades that are 3D printed. Continue reading

Crystar Kickstarter
Back at the end of 2010, a new project called Backyard Legends of Yore was under development in a hot new medium called Kickstarter. It’s hard to imagine that just a few short years ago, everyone and their brother wasn’t trying to Kickstart something. At the time, only a handful of Kickstarter projects had been done for toys. We were wide eyed and optimistic about the entire concept and the seemingly infinite potential.

This toy line in particular, struck a chord with me because of it’s association with the classic Crystar toys. It had all the design quality of Masters of the Universe Classics, with none of the big corporation baggage. It also featured lots of translucent toy goodness and it was a throwback to classic toys that weren’t the “heavy hitters” of the 80’s. In that way it’s like the Realm of the Underworld toy line. But time passed and almost nothing has been heard about the Backyard Legends. It lead me to wonder, where is the Prince of Crystal and his pals?

Prince of Crystal 2
We started in 2010 and now it’s 2013 and I’ve can’t help but ask whatever became of that Remco inspired line that held so much promise? Originally the toys were going to start being made by January of 2011. Unlike so many projects, this Kickstarter project actually met it’s goal, plus some. The money was there, wasn’t it? It really seemed like this toy line was going to happen back in 2010, but what happened?

Aside from some great looking prototypes and a few rough first draft exclusives, we haven’t seen the Prince in action. The folks behind the line, the Working Class Villains, have been mostly mum on the official Facebook page. The Kickstarter page has updated a few times for backers (in a page that can only be read by those who donated money) but even those seemed a bit sporadic. It seems like the rest of the toy community has completely forgotten about the Prince of Crystal. For some, it is just a distant memory and likely believed to be “another” failed Kickstart toy project, like so many before and since.

I decided to track down Tony Fowler, the face behind the project to get an update on where things stand. I knew that Tony had some troubles with the project from a construction standpoint (as some of the molding process was having issues) and he had some personal plight as well. Certainly these things had been speed bumps and blockades, but is this project ever going to get done? Will I ever be able to buy a Prince of Crystal figure? Thankfully Tony was kind enough to answer some questions. Continue reading

Alice Comic
It’s an idea so simple, I’m surprised it hasn’t been done already. Alice Cooper has teamed up with Tom Sheppard (Guy behind Annoying Orange) and a litany of talented comic book artists and writers to come up with a horror anthology comic book series in the same vein as the old E.C. Tales From The Crypt (and it’s numerous spinoffs and clones) called Uncle Alice Presents… They’ve decided to head to Kickstarter to get it done and are currently looking to raise around $200,000 for the first 12 issues.

As a Kickstarter project, that’s first, an ambitious goal, but it’s also an admirable one because it will see the production of a total of 12 comics. Alice Cooper is no stranger to comics, he even managed to have a Marvel comic back in the day. Cooper has always been very intelligent about parlaying his stardom into a constant pop culture presence. He spent enough time with Vincent Price to really have the horror chops as well and of course, if you’ve ever heard his nighttime radio talkshow, you know he can be very engaging on a wide variety of topics.

However, Tom and Alice make no bones about it, they really want to turn this into a TV show. Personally, I think that would be incredible. There’s a hilarious little video accompanying their Kickstarter Page that sort of gives you an idea of how Alice would work as a host.

It’s a brilliant concept and the TV show is definitely more enticing than the comic. Alice’s personality is just such a natural fit for a show like this and as Cooper gets older, he certainly really starts to look the part of a creepy horror host even more. However, it all has to come one step at a time. The Kickstarter does have stretch goals of filming a pilot (but it’s around $750,000) to pitch to networks. Personally I think if they can get the comic going, then there’s potential to pitch it a network without fans having to fund the filming of the show. Either way, I love Alice Cooper, so I couldn’t not plug this project in hopes that someday this gets made.

Check out the Official Uncle Alice Presents Kickstarter, watch the video, join the cause and then tell them Infinite Hollywood sent ya!

My buddy and fellow Infinite Hollywood contributor, Wesitron, turned me on to this a couple days ago. Go, Go, Dynamo is producing a new toy line called “The Hero Project” and need funding through Kickstarter. It begins with a simple figure, the Hindu folklore hero Rama, and has potential to grow from there. Go, Go, Dynamo is a group of toy creators who’ve worked in the industry (at places like Hasbro) for years and are responsible for toys like Xevoz and GI Joe: Sigma 6. The Sigma 6 figures were some of the best designed toys in decades and it’s clear that these guys had a heavy influence on them. Unlike a lot of Kickstarter projects, this is not an attempt by some hackneyed amateurs trying to make their first toys. These guys are professionals.

Now that they’re on their own, they want to essentially create a new line that’s very much like Sigma 6, but without the blocky anime styling. It’s based on traditional world heroes of myth and legend. Rama is their first figure and honestly, I think it’s a really bad first choice. Don’t get me wrong, Rama is popular enough and it’s certainly not the first time someone has done a figure of Rama. It’s just that, so shortly after Avatar, the figure looks like an Avatar guy.

I’m also not super sold on the smiling head sculpt. Part of what these guys want to do is to teach children about the characters and the line seems to be more of a highbrow educational toy, rather than a wicked awesome collector’s toy. Even so, the accessories and engineering for Rama looks great.

That said, the hope is that they will be able to make a lot of figures and the main hurdle is getting that first figure made with the major tooling. After the core tooling is created, it’ll be a lot easier to create future figures using their super articulated universal body (UniBody) system. Unfortunately at the moment, they’re a long way away from meeting their funding goal of $125,000! The deadline is August 8th.

The good news is, that unlike a lot of Kickstarter projects, you don’t have to donate hundreds of dollars to actually get the product. There’s an Earlybird package that only costs $30, and the regular figure price package is only $35! That means you can still get in and fund the figure and actually receive it. There are other packages and most of them are pretty good and not filled with tons of stickers, t-shirts and other pointless stuff that most Kickstarter packages include.

You can contribute at any amount. Don’t have $30? You can donate a $1! Pledge hundreds of dollars if you want. There’s lot of incentives.

The reason I’m supporting this line? John Henry. Well that and I loved the Sigma 6 toys. I’d love a really cool John Henry figure. When Wesitron sent me the link, I immediately told him that I want a John Henry figure. John Henry is like my favorite American folklore character and I really wish Go, Go, Dynamo would have selected someone like him to be the first figure. Of course they haven’t even announced a John Henry figure, so maybe it’s all a pipe dream on my part.

Anyway, I’ve contributed and I’d like to see this project go through. While I would have selected an American folklore character to be the debut figure, I love the upside of this project. There’s still time to get in on the ground level. If all goes well, I could be playing with this figure by this time next year! You can find out all the appropriate details, including a nice video with tons of information at the Kickstarter Project Page and let the guys know Infinite Hollywood sent ya!