A Signalnoise Odyssey: Part VII

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  1. :D Those look really neat. Kind of reminds me of an alien Castle Crashers.

    I hope we get to Part VIII and I have an opportunity to buy one.

  2. James,

    I have enjoyed seeing the progression over the past month, through this series, with your characters. It’s been a really great adventure and I hope you have the chance to make these 3D renderings a reality.

    Actually, when I saw the first one of them all on a desk, I thought for sure you had already made them and were telling us we could now order our own. (Jonathan does some incredible work.)

    Well, I have already retweeted this article, and please let me know if there’s anything else I can do to help you gain momentum.

    Take care.

  3. fantastic! I read it all the way though and really enjoyed seeing how you work on a long personal project. I look forward to seeing these in the store, but only after I’ve got enough money to buy a poster! =P

  4. These look fantastic! For a second there I really thought you had them made! Great work!

    I RT’d as well and I would love to have those little guys on my desk! If there’s anything else, like Kyle said, to help you get this off the ground, let us know! I’m always up for helping a fellow Canuck with amazing talent!

  5. Its been great keeping up with all the work you put into this project and I really hope it pays off for you in the final toys becoming a reality!

    If you would like to see how they would physically look, there’s a great company, shapeways.com, i know you’ve probably heard of them but they do great 3d printing, an they are relatively cheaper than most other options. Check em out if you haven’t already.

    Great work once again James. Hope this goes all the way into a toy a range!

  6. Hey James, I just recently discovered your stuff and I have to say I’m loving it – you’re one of those guys that makes me feel guilty for not keeping my own site & work so up to date & out there!

    If you are looking to get your toys produced you should check out Clutter Magazine (if you haven’t already), there are lots of talented toy makers and enthusiasts out there who would be interested in helping you I’m sure. http://www.cluttermagazine.com

    One quick question – who does the prints that you sell online? I’ve had bad experiences with many printers and was love some tips. Also what do you use for color proofing? I’ve been looking at the ColorMunki but I’m not sure yet.

    Take it easy.

  7. Count me in as one of the many readers who has really enjoyed your detailed journey from the initial concept to these fantastic renders.

    While I have no particular experience in the field, a cavalcade of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles figures have advised me that differentiating the characters a tiny bit more might make things more tempting. Perhaps Care Bears is a better guide in this regard, as you’ve got the whole belly symbol motif going.

    With these in mind, I think the key is incorporating a bit more personality into each one. Anything from different eye or ear “expressions” to changing the condition of their suits (“The Grizzled Veteran” and “The Shiny, Enthusiastic Young Recruit”) to making the helmets removable to adding an accessory or tiny sidekick… in that regard, even a little card accompanying each figure illustrating them in front of an appropriate background could do a great deal without you having to touch the figures any further (and more James White artwork is always welcome).

    Best of luck! I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next.

  8. Sorry for the double post, but atm the links to parts V and VI are the same, maybe a little upgrade so it are different links to the correct article? =D

  9. Well when my daughter (8) saw me looking at one of your earlier posts about these she ran off to grab some paper and pencil and started drawing them (with a few of her own changes :) ) So big mark of approval from over here in NZ. Good luck getting the little chaps made!

  10. Most certainly buzz-worthy. I and others would put down money to have these. They have a cross-generational appeal. I’ll be retweeting this, and simultaneously putting it on Facebook.

  11. Hi James,
    These guys are great! I couldn’t stop reading the posts. Very exciting story! I love when these little guys come from our imagination to the real world and there’s just no stopping them!

    As a designer myself I have been going through that creative experience myself recently. But your project has taken over my imagination. I hope for you all the best with your project and if there’s anything I can do to help Just give us a shout!

    Cheers!
    Michael

  12. If you made a series of vinyl toys I would definitely get them.

    I have been a designer for about 5 years now, and a vinyl toy collector for little over e year and my collection has grown quickly (mostly toys by Jamungo & Strangeco). These would be an awesome addition to my collection, especially if they each came with a mini-poster ;)

  13. James, these are the best looking toys ever. If you ever manufacture and sell the Orbinauts, I would buy all four. And I think the villains would make great toys.

  14. I just loved the toys! I wish they were a little more different from each other, but I think this will eventually come along. Still, Im totally hoping I can have one of those crazy guys soon on my shelf!

    Excelent work, James! Keep Rock’n!

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