#playingwith Doktor A's Stephen LePodd for #throwbacktoythursday
Featured here today is a look at Doktor A's Stephen LePodd vinyl collectible, produced and released by MINDstyle in 2009, with this 8-inch tall Mechtorian denizen being the "De-Comissioned" Edition exclusive to DragonCon for that year, but with a seemingly deeper scarlet paint wash (compared to the online images of said edition).
DOKTOR A Had once described this as: "A rusted and abandoned version. One of Mr. LePodd's suits that developed a fault and was ditched mid adventure..."This particular pieces was a gift at a local toy-con, and I had accepted "as-is", with no box nor label, so I do not have the packaging to show here. I've only just found out (thanks for the headsup, Bruce!) that this is a "prototype" piece, which featured a deeper red paint-app, versus the production ones which were more brown than that red. Looks stunning with a richer hue!
Besides the multitude of colorways and editions released (the line-up here excludes the Resin Paint Masters and One-Off customs), Stephen had a smaller brethren as part of the Mechtorians Mini Figures Series. You can as well view all of them HERE #onTOYSREVIL, or via rotocasted.com (all images via), and do check in with your fav retailer(s) for availability, if you are so inclined to add more to your Doktor A collection.
As far as I knew/read, the "Mechtorians" license had resided with MINDstyle for a duration of time, which has since expired. But what really happened between MINDstyle's production relationship with Doktor A? Why did we not see MORE Mechtorians figures being released? I checked in with Bruce Whistlecraft AKA "Doktor A" to clear the air, and this was what Bruce shared;
"They licenced some Mechtorian characters from me with a 5 year option. This is quite common. After series 1 of the mini Mechtorians and the large Stephan were released their company changed direction as far as I know and they decided not to produce a series 2. After the time elapsed the rights reverted to me.And there you have it! And MORE Mini Mechtorians to look forward to, people! Stay connected to Doktor A via his Instagram @doktor_a / Facebook / patreon.com/mechtorians for updates!
I was super happy with the toys they produced. Their technical production quality was top notch. I was particularly happy with the large Stephan LePodd figures. Still a high point in my toy designing life.
This year will see series 2 of Mini Mechtorians being released with Kidrobot. 14 new original characters in the same 3" scale..."
#BellaDelamere ("The Dead of Night" Edition / https://bit.ly/2pwXK6T) alongside #StephenLePodd (https://bit.ly/2DMTnZN) = both of whom are designed by #DoktorA (@doktor_a), with these pics taken for #TOYSREVIL's #throwbacktoythursday: https://bit.ly/2IK6YVw (Video on #youtube: https://youtu.be/kzoDToGJ98E) #vinyltoy Bella was produced by #ArtsUnknown, and Stephen was produced by #MINDstyle