Now that we’ve managed to come up with different character lines, I thought it would be fun to try to add some action to the toys. This time we aimed at keeping the form simple . The whole idea was to strike a balance between a collectible toy and a very playful children’s toy.
So we sketched… all over again…trying out newer ideas. Now we have several forms to go with the characters.
On the first round, we have a form which consists of 3 spheres which are held together by magnets. The parts (head and body) could be mixed and matched with other characters. People can make their own character with various parts and customize it according to their own style. This could be real crazy (as long as people don’t start beheading them for fun).Then we have a form that could have a turned wood torso with flexible hands made of springs. The flexible hands could be stretched and drawn into various postures.
We have several other forms in mind like bobble heads, figures made of turned wood rings. But out of all of them, we decided to work on the most simple form…and that finally got us to a stage where we could actually see the character fit into the form in the perfect way. The final form has two units attached together by magnets. The upper unit derives the head and the lower one makes up the body. We got both units turned on the lathe in three different sizes so that we have enough options to play around with, eventually narrowing down to one.
Although, I would love to have an additional feature to it in the future…maybe by adding a cool accessory (“skull-crushing-poisonous-club” sorts) or a head gear that could go with the kind of toys they turn out to be.