Has anyone succeeded in getting a small run of 12" figures made?

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  1. RKillian

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    I don't know if this is the right place to ask but I'll give it a shot.

    Has anyone succeeded in getting a small run of 12" figures made?

    I see a fair number of manufacturers making 12" bodies and some accessories. They never have everything I need or in the right color though. I contacted one company that seemed open to small runs ("Whether you want to bring out photo, print or ad concepts from comic books or packaging to fully detailed handsculpted products, SMALLTOYCO can help. Please contact us for more information on how we can expand your horizons in the toy and collectible market."). They say some of their stuff is low run, like 100-300 units, and I can do that but I'm starting getting frustrated with their indifference (half-answered questions, no suggestions, etc). I have even less interest in buying 5000 figures piecemeal than I did in putting together one custom that way.

    Any suggestions on what I'm doing wrong or what I can do to get this done?
     
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    RKillian http://www.rktoyandhobby.com

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    Wow, that really sucks.
     
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    crasis Yahk Deculture!

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    I don't know much about the actual manufacturing end (just looking into it myself), but if it's just parts you're looking for for personal customs, check out places like Toy Anxiety, who part out all sorts of figures. You can find just about any accessory or clothing item you may need, without having to plunk down the cost of $1000s for entire figures you don't want.

    Toy Anxiety - ** 1:6 Figure Parts **

    Now, if you're looking to produce runs of 100+ figures to sell, that's a bit of a different ballgame. But I'd ask around on places like Sideshow Freaks (Sideshow Collectors) or One Sixth Warriors (http://www.onesixthwarriors.com) for advice, since a lot of 12" customizers/companies frequent those boards.
     
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    Yeah, I realized a one-off was crazy expensive (either as a custom or acquiring parts myself), so I wanted a run of 100 or so made (to start with anyway). For some reason there seems to be a wider, albeit limited, range of support for the 12" scale than the 6" scale. Triad Toys just kind of made me mad advertising their on-demand custom work and then acting totally disinterested and not volunteering any information when I finally contacted them. Thanks for the links though, I'll be sure to check them out!
     
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    Wish I could help, but I have no info on the subject.

    If you find out any good information, I'd be interested if you'd be willing to share with us.

    I love hearing things about the manufacturing side of toys and as a sculptor myself, any of that kind of information could be useful in future.
     
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    We'll see....I have some inquiries out on alibaba and hopefully I'll hear something back after the holidays.
     
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    Well it's the end of the first week after I solicited bids on Alibaba. One is read, the others unread, no responses at all from any of them. Guess we can add a few more reasons the economy's in the toilet. At this point, I think I might just be better off buying some figures that together would look close enough and casting molds off of them. I just have to make alot of money fast so I can fend off the lawsuits from people that didn't want to actually work and produce anything.
     
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    crasis Yahk Deculture!

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    I would NOT recommend recasting other company's products and then selling them on the open market as your own. Making a custom for your own personal collection out of preexisting parts is one thing, but stealing other people's work and marketing it as your own for profit - no matter how much you dress it up - is theft, plain and simple.

    I understand you're frustrated in realizing your dream of getting this toy made promptly, but there are more legal ways of going about things. Perhaps draft a proposal to send to companies. Make one custom version for your personal use and attempt to sell companies on the idea of working with you through that amazing piece. Become active on sites like KidRobot, where toy manufacturing is discussed in detail. Make some friends overseas who can sculpt/produce work with you. Become an active voice in the 1/6 underground. But don't just recast a bunch of parts you don't own and attempt to mass produce stolen goods. That's the worst way to build a reputation in the 1/6 community - hell, the entire toy world.

    And even IF a company fails to sue, customers will know where you got your parts from, and you'll start off with a bad reputation from the starting line.
     

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