8-Bit Zombie – Summer 2014
Man, it’s been a while since my last post hasn’t it? A lot of things have changed for me, the biggest one being that I took on a full time job with Primitive to focus mainly on their new skateboard division. But before I started working for them, I had a slew of other fun projects that I was working on, and the main one was the new stuff for 8-Bit Zombie‘s summer release. The 8BZ releases have been getting better and better with each drop, and it seemed like last year’s halloween release couldn’t be beat, until now…
Thrashor 2.0 is here, and he is better in every way from his previous version. We tried to replicate the feel and look of the old Masters of the Universe toys as much as we could, even down to the packaging. Ross took on the huge project of getting these produced, and I know that it was a huge headache from him, but the end result is just fantastic. I will admit, I was a bit skeptical on how everything would turn out when he would give me updates, but having these toys in hand, all the hard work paid off. Those of you who buy the figure will get a better look at the packaging, specifically the back and how we tried to keep it as true to MOTU as we could. The back also showcases potential action figures in the future if Thrashor 2.0 turns out to be a success. It’s a dream come true to see something that I designed turned into an action figure that I can hold and play with.
The first 100 orders also get a limited edition Thrashor patch, so make sure you get in early to get this. And what would an 8BZ release be without a lunchbox? These things seem to be getting more and more popular, with these ones selling out incredibly fast. We tried to cram in as much nostalgia as we possibly could, and I hope everyone enjoys the characters this time around. This might be the very last one due to limited supply of lunchboxes. Lastly, we have another action figure shirt, this time referencing my favorite toyline, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Roadkill’s backstory is crazy, but you’ll have to grab the shirt to get the full story of who he is. You can read more about the release, and get Ross’s side of things over at the 8BZ blog.
This 8-Bit Zombie release marks the end of a big chapter in my life, the end of full-time freelancing. But with this release, it’s an ending that I am extremely happy with. I’ll still be doing projects on the side when I can, but the bulk of my work will be moved towards skateboard designs, and a bunch of gallery shows I have coming up in the next few months. So keep a look out for all of that on my instagram and twitter, and I’ll try and update this blog as often as I can.