Pics from the C2E2

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Things I like: Hardcore Luchador & the art of JB Roe

The great thing about being a wrestling fan in the indie world is you run across a lot of great wrestling related things that people might not ever know about. In the comics world you have wrestling comics like Rival Angels and video games like Pro Wrestling X.

With the dominance of the WWE in all things merchandise, indie projects like these just feel like a breath of fresh air to me. And so I figured it would be fun if I let people who follow us know about two wrestling indie projects/indie artists that I have run across recently. That is why I called this segment “Things I like”. And don’t worry more MWOTR news and stuff is coming very shortly, but I do like connecting with our fans from time to time on a personal level, and that involves me talking about well…me :p

First up is a Kickstarter I found recently for the comic called Hardcore Luchador.  Now many people know my stance on Kickstarter, I do not feel like its something I want to use to fund my company but that does not mean I don’t support projects on it. And our Generations project is steeped in the tradition of Mexican wrestling history as are the current tag team champions Lapin Loco.

When I saw the artwork for this comic I fell in love, its very colorful and just in your face and over the top.

They are currently raising funds to put out their second issue,  and I have included a banner to the right to help promote them during their kickstarter campaign. They are currently about 2/3 of the way funded and so I figured maybe some MWOTR fans would find this interesting as well (even if its just $1). I wish the best of luck to these guys and hope that they get funded and get to live out their dream the same way MWOTR is allowing me to live out mine!

Next up is a awesome guy I just met this past weekend at the C2E2 Nerd City booth. A HUGE wrestling fan like myself finds it real easy to talk up a storm with other wrestling fans, especially if they grew up with the same era I did. So when JB introduced himself to me and gave me a copy of his Convention comic book I realized i just had to have the Mr. Perfect drawing he did, and luckily enough he had the original with him!

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I regret not getting a pic with him, but I am sure we will see each other again since we have a similar circle of friends. JB does a lot of other wrestling inspired art and you can see that here and here.  Who knows maybe he will agree to do some art for us one day in our guest artists spot.

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A closer look at Ulric 3.0

When we first went to China for PVC we told you if we decided to do characters that had been already released in prototype form we would make some changes to make the PVC unique. Well Ulric Wolfrom is an extreme example of this.

Ulric is near and dear to my heart, he was the first character I ever created.

His sculpt however in the grand scheme of things left a lot to be desired, simply because we did him first and had no idea how far we could push the talents of Simon or the tooling/cleanup powers of Marty and True Cast.

So because of that ,when lined up with most of the other characters he is less cartoony, less detailed and sort of plain. So given the events of the comic books we had a chance to redo him.

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You will notice a few changes

  • New head sculpt, more character and more in line with characters like Sheldon Sabre in terms of expression
  • New pose, designed to give the figure more “playability”
  • Comic book changes, he now wears a glove on his injured hand
  • New outfit, long pants and Wolf pullover

At C2E2 we showed off the figure itself, now this is just a a copy of the original print. As we speak True Cast Studio is cleaning it up and preparing it to send to China for PVC molding.

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Once of the things we wanted to expand on was to allow for some moves, which is one of the reasons for his new stance

We are quite pleased with the work Simon has done to breath some new life into my favorite Wolf, look for Ulric Wolfrom PVC later this year as part of our next set of PVC releases!

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Convention items now available at the store

I have added the C2E2 Exclusives in the True Cast Studio Store, you can click on the shop button or use this link.

We have only a limited amount of playmats, but will reorder more. The Green and the Gunmetal Black will should be in decent supply as we specifically held back stock for the store. There is only 1 of each Lion available before they will be completely sold out and we work up a made to order option.

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Pixel Dan reviews the Playmat!

We brought back a small handful of playmats from the Con, they are available now in the Studio Store

Once they sell out I will reorder more stock since we have received such a great and positive response!

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C2E2 Coverage starts now! Big news!

We had an extraordinary time at C2E2 this past weekend, the city of Chicago welcomed us with open arms.

There were tons of cool kids who embraced our toys and we hope we see them again. There was a cake made for us by Gabriel Barragan and his wife Erika to celebrate all that has happened to our lines in the first year.

And we showed off for the very first time the sculpt of Ulric Wolfrom 3.0, we will have more in depth coverage of him coming in the next few days that explain all the differences between his prior sculpts and this one that is headed for our second series of PVC

And the biggest news of all! After a few months of conversations that Marty “THEGODBEAST” Hansen had on our behalf as a toy promoter with the owner of Rotofugi Kirby Kerr, we met at C2E2 and he has agreed to sell Mystical Warriors of the Ring in his incredible designer toy store!! For those in the designer toy industry this is huge news, it will increase our customer reach and introduce us to an entirely new audience who might not know about us 🙂 So HUGE thanks to both Marty “THEGODBEAST” Hansen for his intense behind the scenes work and to Kirby Kerr for helping us achieve one of our goals to expand our market reach!!

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Never heard of Rotofugi?

Rotofugi Designer Toy Store & Gallery, established in July 2004, is located on the border of Chicago’s Lincoln Park and Lakeview neighborhoods in a beautiful vintage building. Since opening, Rotofugi has grown to become one of the world’s premier sellers of designer toys from artists all over the world. Rotofugi features a diverse selection of vinyl figures, capsule toys, plush and more from both eastern and western designers. The adjoining Rotofugi Gallery features monthly art exhibits by a range of both local and nationally known artists.

Located at 2780 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, Illinois , you can reach them at (773) 868-3308

And to top off the weekend I got to meet my idol and probably my favorite wrestler of all time, the wait was grueling (we had to wait 4 hours standing to see him) but it was well worth it and I would do it again! He was super nice even and spent some time talking to me even though I was so exhausted I probably made for a pathetic fan.

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Ready for C2E2!

Everything is boxed and packed, all our exclusives and pvc product is waiting to find new homes!

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We will try to update over the weekend, but recent hacker attacks have caused our server to be accessed from only certain IP addresses so that might not be possible till we return. In the event we can’t post be sure to check our instagram account and our company Facebook page for picture updates throughout the weekend.

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C2E2 Price List

Starting on Friday we will be at C2E2 in booth #750 as part of “The Block” being hosted by the always awesome Nerd City!

We will have our entire arsenal of sculpts past and present, the AWF title belt life sized and WIP miniature, and a host of product to introduce new fans to MWOTR!

For those coming we will have

  • Full production playmats, 10″ x 15″ , full color,  and 1/8″ thick rubber bottomed for roll up and rugged play $10.00
  • PVC 3 Packs in Pearlescent Green $9
  • PVC 3 Packs in Metallic Black (known as Gunmetal) $9
  • Generations 5″ Lion in single color $50
  • Generations 5″ Lion color separated to represent each character $100
  • Rings with our GiTD ropes $5
  • MWOTR Anthology, 65pg Trade Paperbacks $5
  • Tembo Jiwe 2.5″ Urethane Prototypes: Black to Clear Thermal Color Change, Metallic Black, and Gold $30

The Trade Paperbacks and Production Playmats will be while supplies last, if they sell out we will decide to reorder them for the TrueCast studio store.

Tembo Jiwe will be EXTREMELY limited, the lowest production run we have ever done solely due to the time and care needed to make each one (he is almost 7 parts) so once he is sold out he will not be available again till after the Convention and then only one run of figures will be made.

The Generations Lions we will have 2 full sets of color separated Lions (so 2 of each character), once they are sold out they are sold out. We have had a great many requests for them and have already sold out of Alberto once online as well as just sold out of the single colored Purple edition.

We will also be openly discussing our next series of PVC production, so if you have any questions feel free to ask me at the Con! Who knows a certain former Heavyweight Champion might make an appearance at the Con or online in his new PVC only version 😉

 

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New 8-Bit MWOTR Imagery by Spritemare

Brent Tucker from Spritemare.com is back with 2 more 8-Bit MWOTR Characters. This time we get a look at Goliath and Leo

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Hellish Holidays Prototype figures first look!

The made to order prototype figures are now here and will be shipping to those who ordered them in January, here is a quick first look at them, not seen is the ticket. These should be shipping by Monday

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