Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Drop Day!: Secret Colorways and Bonus Swag

Only a few hours until Tijuana Turntable Terrorist, Mixtape, is released into the wild! Last update, we gave a preview of all of the Mixtape colorways, save for one, and since we're so close to the drop I figure I'd go ahead and let the cat out of the bag.

Bloody Bastard: Santo's Blood Mixtape stands guard at the bridge to hell... I mean, Sacramento.

Anyone who scored during the last Battling Bastard drop will instantly recognize the silver bullet and blood red resins dripping over each other which can mean only one thing: Santo's Blood Mixtape. This unique, supernatural variation will be go to a customer chosen at random during tonight's drop, so good luck and may Santo bless you.

Battling Bastards vs. G.I. Joe: A sign of things to come?
And as a bonus to everyone who places any order within 24 hours of tonight's drop, we're throwing in a limited edition Mixtape filecard done up in the classic GI Joe style. The figures will go up in the Scraped Resin store on tonight, at 5pm PST, so set those alarms!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Incredible and Devastator Mixtapes & full colorway reveal!

Ah, the age old question: Who would win in a fight between the Incredible Hulk and the combined might of the Constructicons in Devastator mode.  While the Decepticon wrecking crew would have the size advantage, our money is on Bruce Banner ripping each vehicle from the giant robot until only a slime-green junkyard is left.
Is there any better color combo than green and purple?  Conjuring images of the Joker, Green Goblin, Annihilus, Piccolo and the previously mentioned brutes, it's a popular color scheme for modern toys and one I couldn't resist casting Mixtapes in.  Unable to decide on a single version, I flipped the colors on these two to create two unique variations. 

And not only does this colorway get two unique interpretations, but they are also the only two Mixtapes to feature heat-sensitive resins!  That's right: Put your Mixtape in the sun and watch the translucent purple resin magically turn blue. 

That just about rounds out the available colors for this drop... or does it.  While we're remaining tight-lipped for now, I will say that mysterious chase figure may be familiar to long time Battling Bastard fans and features some supernatural resin effects.  In the mean time, check out this nifty colorway chart outlining the various Mixtape versions, and their quantities. 

The figures will go up in the Scraped Resin store on Wednesday 8/14 at 5pm PST, so mark those calendars!  Check back this Wednesday for a final preview for last minute hype and a visit from the mysterious chase colorway!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Cardbacks and Killa Bees

Another day closer to this Wednesday's drop, and another colorway reveal. Today we get a sneak peek at the black and glow-in-the-dark version of Mixtape, the Killa Bee colorway. As I was mapping out the different color Mixtapes I wanted to create, a black and GID version was one of the first on the list, and as he was brought to life he started to remind me of the glory days of Wu-Tang and that masked album cover.

As a kid, nothing thrilled me more than a glow-in-the-dark toy, and with these two entries marking my first official GID releases, I plan on using it as often as possible moving forward.
Shifting gears a bit, I am currently neck deep in cardbacks, figure bubbles and packing materials as I prepare for next weeks release, and wanted to take a minute to give a closer look at how the packaging for each figure is created by hand.

The cardback images are designed in Photoshop and printed on to posterboard. Regular scissors will result in jagged cuts, so some heavy-duty shears are employed to keep things crisp.

Reclosable plastic bubbles are purchased off Ebay and a hardcore silicone adhesive is applied to make sure it doesn't budge once in place.

The bubble is kept in place by putting another piece of posterboard topped off with some heavy Mexican candles.  I'll go cast some resin while this cures for a few hours.

Since the bubbles are slightly larger than the figure, I designed a little box that can be folded up, filled with cardboard and inserted at the bottom of the bubble. This will give the figure a snug fit and provides a good spot for additional text. I promise I won't hide any cool stuff in these, so no need to pry them open and mess 'em up, hehehe.

Throw in a sticker and a Battling Bastard and now you have yourself a top shelf, carded resin bootleg.

The figures will go up in the Scraped Resin store on Wednesday 8/14 at 5pm PST, so mark those calendars!  Check back Monday for even more colorway reveals, including a full breakdown of the 10 figure colors.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Candy Apple Mixtapes and full drop details!

Dig that sweet pearl effect! The countdown to our next drop continues with some more great photos as we get a closer look at the Candy Apple Mixtape colorway and reveal the details of next weeks drop.

This first edition will feature a run of 10 carded figures in 4 different colorways with a special chase figure thrown in to the mix. Each figure will run $65 and will come with a full color cardback, featuring a resealable plastic bubble so you can display your Mixtape carded or loose. The figures will be sold blind-bagged and will go up in the Scraped Resin store on Wednesday 8/14 at 5pm PST, so mark those calendars!

Come back Friday for a closer look at cardback, including the steps involved in creating each one by hand.  Stay tuned as we will be revealing the rest of the colorways including a breakdown of how many of each will be included, and even more hype for the Tijuana Turntable Terrorist, Mixtape.

Monday, August 5, 2013

The Mystery of Mixtape

While Mixtape's enigmatic lucha mask shrouds his face in shadows, it's nothing compared to the mystery of his past. Rumors of growing up in Brooklyn, or possibly Tokyo, have never been confirmed, but he first appeared in Tijuana in the late nineties with a crate full of records and clothesline that could almost take a man's head off. 

Adding to the mystery is the fact that nobody has ever heard the bastard speak since he showed up on the scene. Typically behind his trusty turntables, he communicates strictly through record scratches and audio samples, generally able to get his point across effectively.

While a widely feared rudo in the ring, his DJ service's Yelp review is currently only 2 and a half stars due to a tendency to only play Wu-Tang records, regardless of the clients requests. As Ultimate Carlos began assembling his army of lucha thugs, he needed a giant bruiser and someone to coordinate entrance theme music. In Mixtape, he had found both!

A huge thanks to Jessina Z. for the dope new pics.  Check back this Wednesday when we'll reveal a new photo highlighting a different colorway, as well pricing and drop details.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Mixtapes, Molds, and Mystery Parts

It was a long July, but the first, big run of Mixtapes are done, and are currently striking assorted b-boy poses for the photographer.  Get ready for some strong hype before I drop them in the next week or two, and in the mean time, here's a little peak of how we're filling time during this calm before the storm.

I got your back: Beautiful new cardbacks for the upcoming Mixtape drop.
Mystery parts: I have some bad-ass plans for these and will be breaking them out soon!
Rise from your grave!: Busted out some of my older molds for some custom figure remixes.

Check back next week for release, colorway and pricing info on the latest Battling Bastard, Mixtape.