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Inside the Mind of High-End Toy and Collectibles Creator Blake Jones

Inside the Mind of High-End Toy and Collectibles Creator Blake Jones

hobbyDB sits down with its rad new friend Blake Jones, a sales manager at Premium Collectibles Studio, who takes us through his remarkable career in creating, marketing and lots more when it comes to toy and high-end collectibles. How did you get started in a career in the toy and high-end collectibles industry? It started […]

Reis O’Brien is Handmade by Robots Now!

Reis O’Brien is Handmade by Robots Now!

As huge Handmade by Robots fans, we saw this a few weeks ago we just had to get the inside scoop! Turns out he is now a proud member of the Handmade by Robots team and we had to find out more. That is Reis who worked for Funko, created Bimtoy and its Tiny Ghost, did […]

Get to Know: Toy Inventor and ToeDesign Founder Aaron Tompkins

Get to Know: Toy Inventor and ToeDesign Founder Aaron Tompkins

Aaron Tompkins has gone from a toy hunter to a toy inventor in an amazing career that began in 1996. The founder of ToeDesign, Aaron talks with us about his work with brands like Hasbro, Mattel and Jakks Pacific, as well as the inspiration and design behind his own lines of original toys. Give his […]

Get to Know: FiGPiN & Former Funko Graphic and Product Designer Poppy Helt

Get to Know: FiGPiN & Former Funko Graphic and Product Designer Poppy Helt

Poppy Helt is a Graphic and Product Designer who first got her start at Funko by betting on herself. Today she is a Principal Designer for FiGPiN with a wealth of experience crafting some of your favorite collectibles.  Poppy took some time recently to share a few of her favorite designs, inspirations and lots more. […]

Bringing Galaxxor’s Mid-Century Space Age Designer Arts Toys to hobbyDB

Bringing Galaxxor’s Mid-Century Space Age Designer Arts Toys to hobbyDB

Ben Spencer has been dreaming of the stars since 2010 when he founded Galaxxor, a brand of exquisite designer art toys. Spencer has incorporated his affinity for vintage action figures from the 70s through the 90s along with the aesthetic of Mid-Century Space Age Design to produce – alongside artists from around the globe – […]

Get to Know: Prototype Costume Fabricator Esther Skandunas

Get to Know: Prototype Costume Fabricator Esther Skandunas

Esther Skandunas has a keen eye when it comes to making your favorite action figures look sharp. Esther takes us through some of her history, inspiration and favorite items from a rewarding career as a prototype costume fabricator. Check out her amazing work. Over to you, Esther! How’d you get started in Prototype Costume Fabrication? […]

Get to Know: Action Figure Designer Mondo

Get to Know: Action Figure Designer Mondo

Armando “Mondo” Roque is an artist, toy designer and serial doodler who currently designs action figures for @DreamsofRobots and, in the past, for the likes of Super7 and Fugglers. His latest vinyl art toy currently under construction in the lab is a Japanese “Super Robot” dubbed the Siege Fortress Iron Berserker. And you can help […]

My Top-10: Super7 Figures From Action Figure Designer Mondo

My Top-10: Super7 Figures From Action Figure Designer Mondo
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Mondo

Armando “Mondo” Roque has a keen eye when it comes to the worlds of sci-fi, the supernatural and lots more.  A self-professed serial doodler, Mondo approaches his action figures projects and beyond with a child-like wonder. Which you can see in the fine detail of his work with brands such as Super7 and Fugglers. His […]

Diecast Days with Zee Toys Designer Charles Hepperle, Part IV of IV

Diecast Days with Zee Toys Designer Charles Hepperle, Part IV of IV
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Charles Hepperle

Vehicle licensors were often an excellent source of future die-cast ideas. Of course, every time a newly styled 1:1 Corvette or Mustang was in the works they would also be must-do choices for many of the Zee Toys car lines. We would usually get advance information about them that we had to keep confidential. Sometimes […]

Diecast Days with Zee Toys Designer Charles Hepperle, Part III of IV

Diecast Days with Zee Toys Designer Charles Hepperle, Part III of IV
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Charles Hepperle

Here’s the drill on photographing a vehicle that is to be made as a die-cast toy. I’ve included a little about motorcycles but for this example, we’ll use Ivan “Ironman” Stewart’s Toyota off-road race pickup truck. Briefly, one finds a flat, level location where the subject can be about a hundred feet from the camera. […]

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