Hey all, Following on from the Avian Minion concept I posted in the Fan Art forum, I've been working on the other half of the 'Ancient Thunder - Enemy Espionage Collection'. As I pointed out in that thread, I decided to go quiet with things following a conversation with Andy at Kapow Toys, in order to approach third-party manufacturers with an eye to getting these designs produced and available for everyone. However, things haven't gone exactly to plan (but I'll get to that in a bit)... So, I worked up the engineering model, tested it for STL issues, and uploaded it to Shapeways for prototyping: Even went as far as to knock up a packaging concept, along with Takara-style tape cases for each of the little buggers: Eventually (following a minor hiccup with Shapeways), the prototype parts arrived, and I've got to admit I'm very happy with how the actual engineering turned out - ball joints all fit nicely, and the tape case design worked like a charm: But now comes the real crux of the matter - he's a little bit...well...tiny. Sure, he still fits perfectly into WFC Soundwave's chest (as per the original idea), and the 'tape door' still closes without any issues... ...but at 29mm (1.14in) high, he's not going to be a practical size for manufacturing. As a result of some serious brainstorming, I'm left with two major issues to ponder over: 1) In order to be a reasonable scale (at least the size of say, Shadow Warrior, I reckon he'd have to be twice the size - but then obviously he's not going to fit inside Soundwave any more. 2) Legality - This was originally conceived as a way to promote my digital production company, but having duplicated the game model as much as possible, I can see a potential storm brewing. Whilst Hasbro might not have plans to release their own versions, both they and Activision would happily unleash the attack lawyers if they think their IP is being infringed in any way. So whilst I could drop all of the Dogfish logos, it would pretty much defeat the original purpose. So, I put it to you guys - how do you think I should proceed from here? Call it quits and use the stuff I've already done as concept artwork for my business? Drop the company idents and push it to a third-party outfit regardless? Double the size and rework the models to essentially make them fancy Action Masters, given that their alt modes would be practically useless? Looking forward to hearing what you think!