Monday, November 17, 2014

The Many Sides of Fangar the Conspirator

My good buddy Steve is a master archivist of old toy sale ads.
Years ago, he found the one above (I assume in the Maryland area due to the city names at the bottom). Notice anything funny about it?
We've had quite the talks about the appearance of Fangar over the years in this ad. Does anyone out there reading this have a copy of the Ideal 1985 Line Art Catalog? I have scans of two pages from years and years ago - but only of the RBT pages. I need to see the Robo Force pages, for obvious reasons.
Thanks for letting me share this on the blog, Steve! 

Also, there's this:
Independent toy manufacturing is incredibly challenging from a financial standpoint, which is why anyone who loves the independent scene should be following the work of people working in 3-D printing. One notable artist working in the medium today is David White AKA Mechazone.
What he does with ABS plastic in his garage is truly the costs to manufacture in China increase, the idea that we may one day be able to have completely original, professionally produced figures made on printers here in the US is a tantalizing prospect. It's very close now - check out the link! I have two of David's figures and they need to be seen to be believed.
One of the only weaknesses of home 3D printing currently is a loss of detail only currently possible with more traditional molds - but if you get one of these figures in-hand, it feels like a standard ABS action figure.

So, the drawing above...I challenged David to do a redesign on Fangar the Conspirator (one of the unproduced second series Robo Force characters) in his style. I'm super happy with the results!
I'd love to see this figure in plastic someday.
To see more work from David, follow him on Instagram at username mechazone.


  1. That's great, but it looks more like a starriors figure than roboforce. Not that that's a bad thing except for the issue with breaking limb connectors they were really great toys.

  2. I still like the pvc used in China very much for Robo Force, it flexes and restores and is so durable. Ac cool as 3D printers are I think it would take some of the play out of Robo Force. I want Maxx and his friends to always be strong & playable, you found the perfect solution and made this classic toyline better with what you are already doing right now! Very cool to see these pictures!

  3. WHOA!!!! I freaking love that re-design of him. Robots + Snakes = amazing.

    3-D Priting is amazing to me, I know there is one guy now making new, old-style Battle Beast figurines that are amazing looking. The rough texture does distract from the appearence, but that means I need to design a character that is supposed to look sandy/rough.

  4. Terrific drawing! Be it action figures or illustrations, David does some truly incredible works! :-)

  5. Love that redesign!!! I can't help but think how cool this guy would look in the Crayhunters Grayeen / Redorange colours!!!