BLOG DESIGN - Big Thanks to Ugly Club member Graham Schneider for the righteous pixel art! Graham is working on a retro game concept and other radness - have look at his current site where he's sharing his work!

Also check out the Tenacious Toys' webstore and One Up (toy shop in Akihabara, Tokyo) for some RAMPAGE goodies now and again.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

MORE NEWNESS!

First of all, a huge thank you to all who grabbed one of the new Woo figures and/or a set of the new RAMPAGE x GRAVY Brodar figures - Morel Black and Paleo Don!  Woo has sold out (yay, thank you all!), and I have put in the request for the GID casts of Morel and Don.  Those who ordered can expect shipping to happen before the end of August ^_^

Second, and it's nutty to already have this news to share - there are MORE new dudes on the way - and in the production time-line just in time to make their debut appearance at RAMPAGE STUDIOS in July!  Actually, this is a whopper of a news blast now that I think of it - so have a seat and have a read and  then rejoice with me!

First of all, it's been a while in the making, but RAMPAGE and GRUMBLE TOY have finally teamed up on a production project!  GRUMBLE Chris sent me a teeny tiny version of his mega cute Chubby Tough, and the molds and some vinyl are now waiting for me in Tokyo!  Check out this adorable fellah, who I'm dubbing 'Tiny Tough':



There will also be a teeny tiny tank (even smaller than the existing RAMPAGE tiny tank) that this little cat can board for maximum (albeit tiny) destruction!  Hopefully I'll get some test shots in hand in the next couple of weeks - so I can play a bit and share some more pictures (keep and eye on Instagram!).

Next up - and this has happened so amazingly quickly - I'm super excited to reveal a project that is pretty big-time and downright awesome-sauce:  The RAMPAGE x KONATSUYA Ugly Onicorn!

Here's the new mold:



and here's the toy (test shots)!



I haven't gotten these in hand yet unfortunately.  The timing of my current adventure in good ol' America and an unfortunate box going astray has meant that I won't be able to hold and truly get a grasp on the awesomeness of these figures (or the Tiny Toughs) until July 2nd.

But, here's the story on these (in bulleted form for max info in min verbage):

*Based on the original RAMPAGE Ugly Unicorn

*Redesigned (illustrated) by KONATSU  ('Oni' translated to devil or demon - this is a Japanese 'Oni' stryled version of the Ugly Unicorn)

*Sculpted by TTToy in Tokyo

*Produced in superior awesome quality Japanese sofubi in Tokyo

***RELEASING on July 22nd at RAMPAGE STUDIOS during the 3 day KONATSU ON A RAMPAGE EVENT!!!

Yep - Konatsu will be back at RAMPAGE STUDIOS for a second time - this time for an opening night event and Saturday/Sunday exhibition.  The show will feature Konatsu and RAMPAGE painted figures, new releases (The above new figures) and artwork by the amazingly talented illustrator, KONATSU-SAN!

So, that's a lot of info, and all super exciting to share!  Thanks for reading, and thanks again to all for your continued interest and support!

-RT

Saturday, June 4, 2016

RAMPAGE x GRAVY and RAMPAGE ULTRA KAIJU WOO!!!

Hey People!

Well, with the announcement of the big upcoming move all out of the way, it's time to move on to some new stuff!  There are a couple projects that have been LONG in the works that I am finally ready to offer up for sale, and both will be in the RAMPAGE webshop for pre-order (August shipment) this coming Saturday, 6/11, at 8PM EST (as I am on the East Coast of the USA ^_^).

So, here's the new stuff - YAY!

1) RAMPAGE TOYS x GRAVY TOYS (Bwana Spoons!) -the newest SONS of BRODAR - Paleo Don and Morel Black!!!  Blank GID 2-figure sets available for open pre-order!  Pre-order will begin on 6/11 at 8PM (EST) and will run until 6/19.  This will be an unlimited pre-order for these (pictured as flesh test shots):












Each figure is 7 parts with a 2 part club omake!  The majority of the joints on these guys are interchangeable with the joints on the other figures in the Sons of Brodar Series.  Loads of fun!  The club bits on the clubs can also be changed out for any of the parts that fit as hands/fists!

Design and sculpt work on these duders was done collaboratively and/or separately (varies part by part) by myself and Bwana.  Production (wax, etc.) was handled by me at RAMPAGE studios in Tokyo.

Morel Black, designed by BWANA, comes armed with Stone Club and 3-BARREL DEATHRAY HAND!  Paleo Don, designed by RAMPAGE (that's me!), comes armed with engraved skull stone club of doom (!) and 3 faced VOLCANO MOUNTAIN LAVA GUN!  Both figures are dressed to kill in a most dapper suit and bow-tie.  Classy!

Each 2-figure set, cast in GID sofubi and coming bagged with (yet non-existent) header cards, will be $95 (plus EMS shipping cost - from Japan).  Production, assembly and shipping is slated for completion by the end of August.


Also on offer next Saturday:


2) RAMPAGE ULTRA KAIJU SERIES - WOO!!!

After a series of delays, and then a batch of bad timing, it's FINALLY time to release this wintry kaiju into the wild!  Just in time for Summer :-P





This is the newest addition to the RAMPAGE TOYS x MARMIT Ultra Kaiju Series.  Sofubi Figure measures roughly 5 inches in height, with articulation at the head and arms.  Also comes with a tiny tiny (smaller than 1 inch) YUKI-CHAN omake!  Seemed due-time that this figure came with its proper companion character ^_^

These will be $45 (plus EMS shipping from Japan) each.  This will be a limited pre-order.  As with the Morel Black and Paleo Don order, all Woo orders will also be assembled, painted (as shown in the above photographs) and shipped before the end of August.

Thanks for checking the blog!  -RT


Sunday, May 29, 2016

OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT! RAMPAGE IS MOVING

Hey People,

So, those of you who read the blog and/or follow me on instagram (etc.) will undoubtedly know that I have been based in Tokyo (Japan) for the past 5-ish years.  The first year was a wild experiment in living in the boonies and regularly commuting hundreds of miles to Tokyo for events.  The next 4 years, up until now, saw all sorts of awesome, as I opened RAMPAGE STUDIOS, took on the responsibility of self production, and occasionally managing production for friends and close collaborators.  I can't imagine ever having accomplished what I have without the opportunities provided by actually living in the mother-land of Sofubi; 30 minute access to the mold makers, direct phone calls to all production facilities, purchasing paint and other necessary supplies at local storefronts and face-to-face communication with every person who does this sort of work for a living in Japan.  Top all this off with the incredibly unique space that I was able to rent and use as RAMPAGE STUDIOS, and it all adds up to a dream-like happy-land without limits for progress in the field of Japan-based toy production.

I am endlessly thankful for all the opportunity afforded to me while living in Japan - and in Tokyo in particular.  I also realize how fortunate I have been to have the long-term acceptance and support of the vast majority of Japanese collectors and creators - something I attribute to my willingness to learn the Japanese language and communicate with Sofubi enthusiasts and makers in their own tongue.  

OK, so, yeah - I'm moving back to America - specifically to the Northeast (NY area-ish).

It's hard to explain the many reasons for such a move, but it's basis is the fact that I had never intended to be abroad for much more than one year.  And now it has been five!

RAMPAGE will continue to produce Sofubi at the same feverish pace, and with the same focus on quality and the same materials.  I have every confidence in the connections and support system I have established in Japan, so I'm not stressed about the transition - though it might result in a momentary slow-down.

Honestly, I am very excited for this move.  The timing for actually departing Japan is based roughly on my attendance of New York Comic Con in October.  I'm over-the-moon excited for Fall in the northeast; pumpkin patches (and pumpkin beer!), apple orchards, and perfect weather for rock climbing and mountain biking with friends I have seldom seen in the past 5 years.  I also look forward to getting involved in the art scene in the New York area, and hope to meet a bunch of people at NYCC and the Clutter Gallery, and hopefully elsewhere as well!

I'd like to wrap up this announcement with this:  Thank you to my incredibly (unfathomably incredibly) supportive and awesome wife for being there over the past 5 years - always supporting me to push and develop my work to the point it has now reached.  

So, that's the news.  Thanks for reading and thanks for all of your support.  Stay tuned for new toy news and updates on the move!

-Jon
RT


Thursday, May 12, 2016

MEDICOM RELEASES!

Hey Guys!

Just some info about a couple releases via MEDICOM TOY.  These guys:



Kesagake is now available via web-pre-order, which you can grab here:

http://cjmart.jp/en/products/detail.php?product_id=2846

The Ultra Dudes were sold via the Medicom Shop storefront in Shibuya.

Tonight is 'Kaiju vs. Modular' in Ropppongi.  I'll be at booth K1 with Leo Sofubi Buoya and Yoda-san.  Then, tomorrow and Sunday is Design Festa!  I'll be there both days at Booth B-142.  I'm bringing oodles of cute - including a couple new release figures and also some ugly stuff :-P  Gachapon and Dinos will be in abundance!  Come on by and hang out!

Saturday, April 9, 2016

FIGLAB at RAMPAGE STUDIOS!

April is EVENT-STRAVAGANZA for RAMPAGE TOYS!

Next Sunday (4/17/2016) I'll be hosting an event with my buddy Datadub (Figlab/Fig-X) here at RAMPAGE STUDIOS!  There will be an assortment of Figlab colorway releases, and maybe some surprise stuff.   This will be the first time in ages that I've held any sort of event/opening on a Sunday here in the space, so please come by and hang out and see what's up!

Here's a booty-leg flyer I whiped up in a few minutes :-P

 
 
I'll also have a bit of a yard sale going on that day - house supplies and the like ^_^
 
The following week I'm taking part in the POP BOX event at the Shibuya Loft location here in Tokyo!  This will be the first time I've been involved in this event - yay!  I'm trying to prepare a selection of cute and ugly stuff , some t-shirts and stickers, and a gachapon machine full of goodies!  It runs for 2 weeks - so be sure to swing by if you're around!
 
Then, on the following Sunday (4/24/2016) it's Superfestival!  I'll be sharing a booth space with Datadub and The Galaxy People - AND Bwana Spoons will be around as well!  Should be a good time!  I'll try and work up a good selection of customs and a few this's and that's - all to be uploaded to Instagram as they get done.
 
Is there more?  Of course!!!  After Sufes I think I'll be doing something at the Dai Kaiju Salon in Nakano!  No clue exactly what yet - but something!


Tuesday, March 15, 2016

EVENTS!

Hey People!

Lots of events coming up!  Crazy amounts!

This weekend I'll be in Osaka - next Monday at the SOFUBI BANPAKU organized by Yamomark and JUNGLE!  Come by if you are around!

Next up - I've sent a custom HAG DX to Australia for the Soft Vinyl Garden Event.  Should be an amazing show for those of you Down Under!



Then there's SUFES, The Mandarake Suriose (sp?) event, and DESIGN FESTA - which will be preceded by this cool event in Ropppongi (Tokyo) that combines tunes, libations and SOFUBI!  KAIJU vs MODULAR!  Wowza!



I've got a few new molds in the works now, and am hoping to slowly leak these new dudes out over the next couple of months!  Keep your eyes peeled for BWANA x RAMPAGE (GRAVY!), NEW DINOS and other goodies as well!

Yay!

Sunday, March 6, 2016

RAMPAGE TOYS INSTAGRAM CONTEST!!!

OK - here we go!

Contest time!  Time to have a bit of fun with your RAMPAGE TOYS!  This contest will be judged by me and the public, and will award those who get creative.  None of the standard 're-post this silly picture a million times' garbage, and none of the 'you have to follow me' garbage.  Just have fun.

RAMPAGE TOYS' Instagram Contest Rules:

-To enter you must post a photo of your favorite RAMPAGE TOYS figure OR an ORIGINAL illustration (drawing, painting, etc.) of your favorite RAMPAGE TOYS character.

-You must tag me in the photo: JMRAMPAGE

-Please include the following hashtags and mentions along with your post (copy and paste the following text to avoid typos and whatnot): #rampagetoys  #rampagetoyscontest @jmrampage

-Please post your image to Instagram by 3/31/2016

-I will choose my 10 favorite images from all posted images, then I will repost the images to my own feed.

-3 winners will be chosen based on the number of likes that each photo receives.  So, I will not be the final judge of the 10 chosen images, but rather my followers will be!

-Prizes will be shipped to the three winners.  They will be good prizes, but I'm keeping them secret in order to avoid any sort of 'hype based participation.'  This is for fun people - have fun!

-You may share info about the contest, but if you simply repost my post - well - you lose!

Hope to see some fun pictures!  Thanks in advance to all who participate!