Some Cyberbots: Full Metal Madness artwork I scanned out of the All About Capcom artbook a while ago. It might be Armored Warriors artwork, though, since those games shared robot designs.

Some Cyberbots: Full Metal Madness artwork I scanned out of the All About Capcom artbook a while ago. It might be Armored Warriors artwork, though, since those games shared robot designs.

Great Mazinger, Mazinger Z, and Grendizer, from the end sequence of Banpresto’s 1994 Mazinger Z arcade game.

Great Mazinger, Mazinger Z, and Grendizer, from the end sequence of Banpresto’s 1994 Mazinger Z arcade game.

Grendizer, Great Mazinger, and Mazinger Z, from the attract mode of Banpresto’s 1994 Mazinger Z arcade game. To my surprise, it was a top-down shooter, which is a genre I’ve never been good at.

Grendizer, Great Mazinger, and Mazinger Z, from the attract mode of Banpresto’s 1994 Mazinger Z arcade game. To my surprise, it was a top-down shooter, which is a genre I’ve never been good at.

Apeface likes bananas.
Marvel’s Transformers #74, “The Void!”. Art by Andrew Wildman, Stephen Baskerville, and Nel Yomtov.
(The two guys above Highbrow you can’t identify are Cloudburst and Waverider’s inner robot character models colored approximately as their outer Pretender shells.)

Apeface likes bananas.

Marvel’s Transformers #74, “The Void!”. Art by Andrew Wildman, Stephen Baskerville, and Nel Yomtov.

(The two guys above Highbrow you can’t identify are Cloudburst and Waverider’s inner robot character models colored approximately as their outer Pretender shells.)

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Throwback Thursday Kenner Animated Batman -mission masters Circa 1997
Concept was that BM had gear specific suits and gear for every villain mission he may encounter.

The Mission Masters series with Cave Climber Batman hit pegs around 1999 (says here). I’m fascinated both by the fact the base figure had new tooling - which I assume didn’t happen very often in Batman lines - and that internet photography can’t decide if the toy is yellow or cheeseball orange. Must be one of those colors that doesn’t photograph well…

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Throwback Thursday
Kenner
Animated Batman -mission masters
Circa 1997

Concept was that BM had gear specific suits and gear for every villain mission he may encounter.

The Mission Masters series with Cave Climber Batman hit pegs around 1999 (says here). I’m fascinated both by the fact the base figure had new tooling - which I assume didn’t happen very often in Batman lines - and that internet photography can’t decide if the toy is yellow or cheeseball orange. Must be one of those colors that doesn’t photograph well…

1993 would also bring us Dragon League, which is hysterical and rad.  It’s about a kid named Tokio who makes a magical journey to the enchanted land of Eleven-ia with his dad.  Because soccer teams have eleven players, get it?!  Ha!  A mishap results in dad being cursed and turned into a tiny dragon by the captain of the kingdom’s most powerful team, the Eleven Winners.  Dragon League is a grand, soccer playing medieval fantasy epic.

this is how all fantasy sports should be, why pretend otherwise

Quote from this Mike Toole article.

Interview with Toren Smith of Studio Proteus from the July 1990 issue of Amazing Heroes (cover previously posted here). Includes art from Hayao Miyazaki’s Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Masamune Shirow’s Appleseed, Johji Manabe’s Outlanders, Yoshikazu Yasuhiko’s Venus Wars, and Smith and Adam Warren’s own US-original Dirty Pair comics.

Some glorious work on the bio-ships there. Also, I have never before seen such bone-splitting violence perpetuated by someone in a bunnygirl outfit. WHDD WHROK KNCH indeed.

Part 2 of 2. Part 1 is here.

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One of my favorite toys i’ve designed. The concept board is very close to the final product. Had to design the large wings to fit in a tight package blister, that is why the wings are posed behind the back.

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One of my favorite toys i’ve designed. The concept board is very close to the final product. Had to design the large wings to fit in a tight package blister, that is why the wings are posed behind the back.

Interview with Toren Smith of Studio Proteus from the July 1990 issue of Amazing Heroes (cover previously posted here). Includes art from Hayao Miyazaki’s Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Masamune Shirow’s Appleseed, Johji Manabe’s Outlanders, Yoshikazu Yasuhiko’s Venus Wars, and Smith and Adam Warren’s own US-original Dirty Pair comics. There’s more interview pages than Tumblr allows in a single post, so this is getting broken up.

Part 1 of 2. EDIT: Part 2 is here.

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Pirate Joker Legend of Batman Kenner 1995

Hit shelves as “The Laughing Man Joker,” which seems to explicitly tie the toy into DC’s 1994 all-Elseworlds Annual event. Detective Comics Annual #7 featured an alternate universe where Captain Leatherwing (heroic pirate Batman) fought against The Laughing Man (evil pirate Joker).
Funny enough, the design here looks more like the comic incarnation than the finalized toy, which sported shorter hair and a giant grinning belt-buckle. Both the comic look and the final toy should be viewable with this Google image search.

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Pirate Joker
Legend of Batman
Kenner 1995

Hit shelves as “The Laughing Man Joker,” which seems to explicitly tie the toy into DC’s 1994 all-Elseworlds Annual event. Detective Comics Annual #7 featured an alternate universe where Captain Leatherwing (heroic pirate Batman) fought against The Laughing Man (evil pirate Joker).

Funny enough, the design here looks more like the comic incarnation than the finalized toy, which sported shorter hair and a giant grinning belt-buckle. Both the comic look and the final toy should be viewable with this Google image search.