Friday, July 25, 2014

100% shipped!

Yep, every single order from this last round from all around the world has been shipped out!
So you should have received a shipping notice (except the one guy who asked me to hold his order - you haven't shipped out yet) from PayPal that it went out.
If you didn't receive the notice, check the e-mail that is associated with your PayPal.

As a special treat, enjoy the building instructions for the OFFICIAL Battlestar V2.
In the storyline, Hun-Dred had a traumatic experience with Maxx Zero and ZEM when they busted out of the lab in Celestia. After his reforging at the direction of Nazgar and his scientists, Hun-Dred locked down Celestia, and created Battlestar in his own image with one purpose: capture Maxx Zero and ZEM. With a combination of ancient technologies known only to Hun-Dred, and the secret formular from Hun-Dred's own reforging, Battlestar is given a level of sentience beyond the basic program of the Nazgar drones...and a secret ability unknown to Hun-Dred...

After Battlestar's first encounter with Maxx and ZEM that leaves him literally in pieces, the reforging formula activates, giving Battlestar the ability to rebuild himself, regardless of injury. The only permanent loss is Battlestar's original voice, which is replaced by the vocalizer located on his chest.
With first-hand knowledge of the power of Maxx Zero, Battlestar goes to the factory which is rebuilding the Zetonians into Nazgar's drones and inputs his own designs...

With the new Guardians of Celestia at his side, Battlestar's new sepulchral voice cries out through the city:

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Tasking the forces

Hun-Dred looked upon the rebuilt Battlestar and his Guardians of Celestia and he said, "Create MORE."

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Thank you!

Thanks to all the Robo Force and Mordles fans who came out and made some purchases over the last few days! It is much appreciated.  I know that you have a ton of potential fun things to purchase with all of the Kickstarters and exclusives this time of year, so the support you show does not go unnoticed.
As of this writing, the entirety of US-based orders through Tuesday have been shipped out, with the non-US orders just about ready to go and ship out on Wednesday. Combined shipping refunds will be later this week. I can't wait for you guys to get these figures in your hands - a lot of work went into this round on all sides of the equation, and I'm particularly proud of the Vanguard figure. Make sure to take it outside and look at it in the sunlight - it becomes almost a completely different figure in the ever-lovin' bright light. Getting to update the classic Star Team logo was also a blast.
You'll see some fun things pop up on the blog later this week - just because the release has occurred doesn't mean the fun is over!

On another note, there are a few things that have been on my mind that I'd like to share with you.

I find that working on toys is much like working on movies.
Very rarely are you at the start or the end once you start the machine rolling.
Time is a constant enemy. Every day you think about your products and what has to be done to get things ready in time (usually months before any other humans will see what you are working on) and there's a continuous cycle of money coming in and going out as the orders and bills roll in. By the time the product you worked on three months ago comes in, you are already working on the next products; the critical decisions are being made on the next product while the current product is shipping; and you have to take guesses as to what people will want a few months down the road while trying to process the information gleaned from the current sales. This is barring any glitches in the process.

With this in mind, I'm going to take this opportunity to let you guys know that there will not be a Robo Force release in August, and potentially not in September either. Mordles will see one release in August, with September still to be determined.
It has been a busy and chaotic year so far - I recently wrapped production on another movie, and there was a slight delay with this product release that pushed us into July. These occurrences have combined to push the next Toyfinity release (after the August Mordles) into September, possibly October at this point.

In the meantime, make sure you check out the next Onell Design release on Sunday the 27th!
It is the seventh anniversary of Glyos, and whatever they have planned, it is sure to be a blast.

Monday, July 21, 2014

While I'm body-deep in shipping....

Check out the Hun-Dred Trooper you can build from the Vanguard kit.
Hun-Dred is always trying to build out his army. You can decide what colors you want those mindless automatons to be by building them with your favorite kits!

Massive shipment going to the post office now. Look for more shipping notices later today.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Trooper? Clone? Or the real deal?

Fun pic from Matt Doughty, showing a potential version of Hun-Dred that can be built if you have the previously released red Robo Force kit, the Ultra Silver kit, and the new Battlestar kit.

Armor up!

During a raid on Celestia, Maxx Zero is horrified to find that Battlestar has destroyed hundreds of Zetonians and reforged them into his city Guardians.
While practicing Force Sync* with Vanguard, Maxx discovers a strange quirk in this reprocessed Zetonian matter - the dense Zetonian metal emblazoned with the logo of the long-forgotten STAR TEAM which each Guardian carries on his back calls to him. Maxx touches one of the Guardians, and it falls to pieces. The metal containing the symbol attaches to Maxx's chest, shifting pieces of his form to match the color of the metal.

With this newfound armor, Maxx truly is the invincible warrior of legend - but there is a catch. The armor of the Star Team, working through whatever had been infused into the original metal, burns out in seventy seconds. Using this new knowledge, Maxx gains another advantage in his quest to take Zeton back from Nazgar and Hun-Dred.

*Force Sync is a state of higher robotic consciousness achievable by Maxx Zero with any other member of the Robo Force, on a one-to-one basis, that allows him to tap into their higher functions from a remote distance. It's not easy to do and is rarely achieved.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Store fixed!

Get your Vanguard now! Sorry for the delay.
I'll be fixing the shipping on any order that requires a combination (first order placed before 9:25 pm!).

Store issue!

Yes, there is a problem with Vanguard's button. Working on it now - will update the blog when it is good to go. Hopefully in a few minutes!

Vanguard's Tale


A vision of the past...or of the future?
Regardless, you can build him with one Battlestar and one currently-available Sentinel kit.


Ahh, are so difficult to depict in all of your orange glory.

Months back, when I was talking over the idea of new Robo Force characters with Matt, it was something I had a lot of concern about. I don't want to get to G1 Transformers-levels of head reuse - Prowl/Smokescreen/Silverstreak/Diaclone cars and so on. The heads are fairly unique on the original characters.

But the fact is, when it comes to Robo Force, the circumstances are a little different.
A number of the robots were intended, in-story, to be mass produced. Not S.O.T.A. or Sentinel, but Wrecker? Blazer? I see them as named representatives of massive groups of robots known as Demolisher Class (or in Blazer's case, Extinguisher Class). There could be hundreds of other construction robots out there having lives, we've just never met them. So I had a vague idea one day about "Sentinel's brother" and how a character like that could have an impact on the ongoing storyline. After all, what would a robot consider "his brother"? Created at the same time? It gives me a hook to explore in the ongoing storyline.

At the same time, I was talking to my buddy Peaugh on twitter and he said his favorite color was orange. Looking over the Robo Force figures, including the unreleased second series, orange wasn't a color they really went near. So the die was cast....

The name was a difficult thing to nail down.The brilliance (or stupidity, as some have noted in the past) of Ideal's naming conventions on Robo Force was the simplicity. Wrecker - the name is very generic. Copter, Blazer, and so on - but it takes some real luck to coin unique names like "Optimus Prime" which last. Really, what is the difference between Cy-Kill and Optimus Prime? Would we look at a Gobot with that second name and say he was the coolest thing ever? Something to think about.
You also have the Robo Force being a follow-up line to the Zeroids, where every character name started with a Z. So taken as one continuity, perhaps the names were meant to hide something about the race of Zetonian robots - to disassociate them with the Zeroids for some reason. The names of these new characters needed to have a primal simplicity about them - and keep in the traditions of what Ideal could have named them in the vintage days.

Luckily, the final inspiration was provided by the beloved "last arcade on Earth", Funspot.
During a trip earlier this year, I was looking over the museum of my favorite shooting games from...well, forever! And it jumped out at me - the classic VANGUARD, more commonly known from the fantastic Atari adaptions. The feel was right - that was a name that Ideal would have used.
That's a slice of the real-world origins behind Vanguard. Check back later tonight for the updated drawing that reveals his "secret origin" and why he wears the symbol of Glyaxia!

Ooh, fun post-script - I was at the recent Too Many Games convention and found this....


The story of the EGD Mordle

Force Enlistment Information! And Mordle details!

The time is once again here for a new heaping helping of Robo Force and Mordles goodness!
This release will occur TODAY, July 18th, at 9 pm EST.
It's been long in the works - and they are here!

 ROBO FORCE'S BATTLESTAR the Guardian - $16.50
New Character! He guards Nazgar and Hun-Dred from the Robo Force! What are his secrets?
Standard forty-one piece fully Glyos-compatible Robo Force kit, with which you can also build the existing Robo Force characters. Includes an all-new chest tampo!
Limit five per customer.

MAXX ZERO in GLYAXIA Disguise - $20
Maxx has to infiltrate Glyaxia to rescue ZEM!
Premium fifty-three piece fully Glyos-compatible Robo Force kit!
Includes one full Robo Force kit in yellow, with an extra set of blue arm parts to upgrade your Maxx Zero, as well as to build the terrifying Protector-Class Glyaxia Drones and Elite Drones!
Limit five per order.

New Character! Incredible warrior with triple-power!
Following up on the previous Deluxe kit, Wrecker, this is - Vanguard!
Vanguard includes a premium-level fifty-three piece allotment of parts (allowing for a range of customization to his look based on your preferences), and more than twenty brand-new paint applications!
In-story, he can combine with Maxx Zero to form Dreadnought Maxx Zero for even more power!
Limit three per order.


With the threats to the Mordle populace at an all-time high, COMMANDER ZOGG begins a program to protect the Mordles of the Great Jungle from harm.
With immunity from the electrical death touch of the Electra-Geists, he consumes these smaller Mordles with fervor.
Electra-Geists (sold as a ten pack only) - $10

The Ardaan's Mist Mordles are a special branch of the Mordle defense network - nearly invisible, they can strike at their enemies without being seen!

Ardaan's Mist Mordles (sold as a ten pack only) - $10

And finally, meet MKK! The first of the Hunter Mordles, he searches for an elusive legend near the polar caps of planet Uzalek...
MKK Mordle - $1

And that's it! Hope to see you tonight for the sale!
More pics of Vanguard and other builds throughout the day.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

New Weaponeers of Monkaa!
What do you want me to tell you? The Weaponeers of Monkaa have a new release up right now in their store! They make great enemies (or allies) for your Robo Force collection, and are completely interchangeable with all Glyos products. Get some now!