Heavy/Scratch: Misterfanwank's Original Designs

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  1. MisterFanwank

    MisterFanwank Toy Industry Analyst

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    This is the first prototype for my Little Orphan Android figure:

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    This thing is only a little bit bigger than a lego minifigure. Very tiny. The balljoints were printed by Shapeways way too small, so I had to spend a lot of time tightening the joints, which ended up being a little bit messy.

    The figure works, though, and I learned a lot about where the design is lacking. Mostly I need to change the way the balljoints are designed, but I also need to redesign the legs and chest so the wheels and cockpit plug on so they can be easily dyed instead of painted.



    If any one wants to support this project, I have a kickstarter page here:

    Little Orphan Android Transforming Figure by John - Kickstarter

    If it gets funded, I will be spending a lot more time working on the design and ordering prototypes before it's released. "Good" won't be good enough, it'll have to be amazing.

    All funds will go to paying for prototypes, paying for utilities and tools, and giving me the breathing room that will allow me to work on this without having to deal with the pressure of finding a new job for a while. Excess funds will go toward my next projects.
     

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  2. taurusfire1

    taurusfire1 NUTS OF DESTRUCTION!!

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    is that legend sized?
     
  3. MisterFanwank

    MisterFanwank Toy Industry Analyst

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    That prototype is smaller than legends size. Legends size dwarfs it.
     
  4. Venksta

    Venksta Render Project Creations TFW2005 Supporter

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    Congrats dude! :thumb  I've been watching your progress in the WIP thread for this, and its really great to see you getting to the physical prototype stage. LOA is an incredible design for being so small. I'm really impressed how it looks at this stage alone. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing the improvements you do to him.

    Btw, I really like the face design. :D 
     
  5. Warpshard

    Warpshard Well-Known Member

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    Am I the only one who thinks this is Animated Wheelie?
     
  6. MisterFanwank

    MisterFanwank Toy Industry Analyst

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    ^ I used Wyatt's concept design for Wheelie from the TFA Almanac as a reference for Little Orphan Android. Good eye.

    @Venksta: Thanks for the kind comments. Aside from some extra chest detail, I don't know how much different LOA will look by the end, but the design should become more technically sound, easier to color, and have a few extra features, like the ability to roll and a face swap gimmick, by the end.


    Also, here are some videos where I show my dyeing process and then the assembly process for Little Orphan Android:

    How to Dye Shapeways Plastic Part 1: Washing the Parts - YouTube

    How to Dye Shapeways Plastic Part 2 Dyeing the Plastic - YouTube

    Assembling the Little Orphan Android - YouTube

    And here's a video (possibly still uploading at the time of this post) where I talk about the other prototype I received, the larger one, which has some problems that make it unusable:

    Little Orphan Android Prototype Misprinted, Incomplete and Unpainted Review - YouTube
     
  7. weeklyhero

    weeklyhero Prototytan

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    Very awesome figure, I'm glad to see how good it looks printed. I'm surprised it came out smaller than Legends and still has that much articulation and complexity. Good job!
     
  8. MisterFanwank

    MisterFanwank Toy Industry Analyst

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    I still need to rework the balljoints. Even after having been tightened the balljoints are floppy. Part of that is because Shapeways has been having some issues printing balljoints at proper sizes, part of that is because I made some mistakes designing the balljoints in the first place.

    Hopefully later prototypes will be printed at optimum quality and I'll have these issues worked out by then. It shouldn't actually be too hard to do, just a bitch because there are quite a few joints on this guy. 17 total balljoints, although two of them are used to form one hinge joint for the wheel on his backpack.
     
  9. LegoTFGuy

    LegoTFGuy Master Builder

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    I was amazed at how much posability it had.

    Then I read it was smaller than a minifigure.

    Needless to say, my jaw dropped.

    Amazing work. It's nice to know some fans are still trying to keep Animated alive.
     
  10. MisterFanwank

    MisterFanwank Toy Industry Analyst

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  11. Megatron31

    Megatron31 I Belong to Nobody!

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    It came out great, glad to see a physical prototype
     
  12. MisterFanwank

    MisterFanwank Toy Industry Analyst

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    Because painting this figure was kind of difficult and I don't want to make assumptions about how skilled my customers are at painting, this is what the new head design will look like:

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    This way the eyes have definition, they can easily be dyed, the painting on the cap and nose will be much simpler, and the figure can have a face swap gimmick.
     
  13. Malunis_T

    Malunis_T Well-Known Member

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    Gotta say, this is a fantastic piece of work. Excellent job :D  If it were to become a buyable item I'd get one, if I could afford it.
     
  14. Thinktank

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    SOLD!
     
  15. bellpeppers

    bellpeppers A Meat Popsicle

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    Awww... how cute.
    Congratulations on its completion. Hope you continue to iron out the bugs and get a rock solid product.
     
  16. reluttr

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    considering the size of the figure you did a great job designing it, at first I kinda scoffed at the idea of it lacking a face sculpt, but as small as it is I cannot blame you. XD


    Also the newly designed face looks epic. If you put it up for sale on shapeways you should set the eye parts up separately so that they can be printed with a transparent material.
     
  17. Superquad7

    Superquad7 We're only human. Super Mod

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    This is so cool. Congrats on the nice work here, man :thumb 
     

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