Go Go Dynamo launches Kickstarter for awesomely customizable Modibot action figures

I’ve been singing the praises of these guys long before I even heard of “Go Go Dynamo” and I’m more than happy to continue doing so.  Wayne Losey worked alongside Tucker Johnson at Hasbro, helping develop the Sigma 6 action figure line (as well as doing some design elements for the later Direct To Consumer offerings, not to mention the fantastic and terribly unheralded Xevoz toyline from Hasbro).  Eventually they grew into their own firm, Go Go Dynamo.  They first went the Kickstarter route with the Hero Project, but since then, Wayne and Tucker have focused much of their energy on the “Modibot” customizable figure line through BotShop and Shapeways.

I purchased one of these Modibots several months ago, and frankly, I love it.  Anyone who enjoys Xevoz, Stikfas, or just customizing in general will find a lot to love with these things.  Insanely poseable and surprisingly well constructed, there is a wealth of opportunities with the Modibot platform.  With connection points pretty much everywhere on the figure, you can make almost anything your mind can dream of.  There are countless joints as well, offering the most flexibility of any figure I’ve seen, yet they still manage to maintain stiff joints to hold the pose.  Limbs and such are easily swapped out, yet once they hook together, they stay together remarkably well.  There are weapons offerings and many different themes.

So now the Modibot has evolved somewhat from just a Shapeways product to a full blown Kickstarter for production on a larger scale, instead of the build-to-order system they were doing.  This makes me very happy.  They have tons of customization options available, from different colors to different characters and different accessories.  Much less ambitious than the Hero Project, this is toy customizing and building at its most base level, where your imagination is the biggest roadblock to making a cool toy.

Yes, I am a humongous fan of the work these guys do, and for whatever reason I end up loving almost everything they touch, but I’ve had a Modibot in hand, and it is a lot of fun.  I think the opportunities are really endless for folks to mix and match and just make up their own great Modibot universe in their head.  Check out their Kickstarter Page, and I’ve also embedded the video below, and have a gallery of my own Modibot after that.  Retail stores are so filled with licensed stuff right now, I think us toy fans deserve a toy that exists simply for the sake of being a toy.  No media tie-in, no mass market hooplah, just a very fun, very buildable toy with a great design aesthetic.  Let’s support ’em on this!

Insightful look into toy design and production courtesy of The Hero Project

Whether or not you’ve supported The Hero Project on Kickstarter, it’s pretty inarguable that their interaction with the public has provided some terrific enlightenment into the world of toy design and production.  They came on What’s on Joe Mind and spoke about it, and have also provided numerous updates via their Kickstarter page and through emails.

The latest update is no exception, which has also been mirrored to their Tumblr where they talk about the thought processes and work gone into conceptualizing, designing, and hopefully manufacturing Rama, their first offering in the Hero Project.

Definitely check it out right here, you won’t regret it.

What’s on Joe Mind Episode 63 – Canadian JoeCon, Hero Project, JoeBurg ahoy!

Wow, I think it’s safe to say this episode was packed.  We had a bunch of stuff to talk about, so we brought on The Mike from the Canadian JoeCon, the guys from the JoBurg Podcast, but we also really wanted to pay some close attention to the guys from Go Go Dynamo, who are behind The Hero Project and also were the lifeblood behind a little 8″ toy line you might have heard of… Sigma 6.

As many episodes of these podcasts that I’ve done, it surprises me that we can continue to talk to folks who I consider personal heroes.  Wayne and Tuck from Go Go Dynamo are absolute revolutionaries in design and art, and I considered it a true privilege to talk to them for an hour or so.  Cast whatever stones towards Sigma 6 that you might want to, but listening to their absolutely brilliant insight behind toy design, the G.I. Joe universe in 2005 and how that whole thing translates to The Hero Project was one of the most interesting and captivating 60 minutes I’ve ever spent on the show.  Truly awesome stuff.

Please consider supporting The Hero Project on Kickstarter, and once you’re done, come on back and hit up our Podbean Page to listen to the latest episode, especially because we also talk a ton about the awesome Canadian JoeCon and keep the JoBurg guys up way past their bed time.  Things get pretty wacky!

Check out the embedded player below, and the Show Notes after the jump.

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