I'm having a bad day....
One of my new projects seems to be DOOMED
and before I throw it out, I need some advice. Here it is a short description of my project (and some other bla bla):
But if your not interested in the whole story, just scroll down and see if you can answer my questions.
Matt Hawkins asked me to be in a book about papertoys, there was an interview and the last question I got was: "What's the future of papertoys?".
I don't know exactly what I answered but one answer should have been, that EVERYBODY should have the opportunity to create a custom skin and not only people who have Illustrator (or other design programs) skilzz.
Another answer should have been: customizing the paper models shape.
The first answer is already done by papercritters
which has +14000 (!!!) models (which is a discussion on it self: do you want quality or ... ).
The second answer is the one I'm focusing on right now!
The starting point of the papercraft model would be Grumm (of course!) but only the body and head will be used of the original Grumm.
My idea was to create simple body-parts by extrusion (for the people that don't know what I mean: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extrusion
An extrusion example:
This would be done in Flash so everybody who can go online would be able to create a customized Grumm.
So I started to experiment with different shapes, searched for inspiration in Gundam/Mecha and decided that the hand and feet are nice to create this way. I made a system to connect the hands/feet to the body in a way that the builder (you!) could decide the posture of the model (create your own hands/feet AND the posture of the model!!). And I tried to keep it simple!
This project rocks! I started to experiment in Flash if it would be possible (yes, it is possible) and I created the first model...
Here it is: it's just a prototype but you get the picture.
I still think it's great!
I came across something that looks very similar to the model that I made but that project is a vinyl toy.
(I'm not going the tell you who or what.... but it's kinda spooky: he also got inspired by the same stuff, and the prints he used would have been my choice also)
My questions are:
- Does the model I made remind you of something?
- If you do know what I mean, should I stop this project?
- Is this project to close to the vinyltoy?
- Give me advice in what to do.
Remember this: this model is a example, but in the end the builder (internet user) will create it's own body-parts
If hope you could help me out, that would be great.
(I have put a lot of time into it, but if it's to close I will abandon this project immediately
:::::: Update #1 ::::::
The model that I'm talking about:
Nick Mannion's MOD:1 Robot Figure
:: Influenced by the early 80’s Transformers TV show
:: MOD:1 are Ultra Stylised Robots with custom graphics
:: Designed by Artist Nick Mannion
:: Features removable blaster/jet pack accessory
:: Toy stands 7" tall and 13" Wide
:: Comes in window display box
:::::: Update #2 ::::::
Thank you all for your comments.
I going to finish this project :) (oh I'm such a drama queen)
These are the comments that convinced me:
* This model is an evolution of Grumm (true)
* It's paper
* that inspiration sometimes hits multiple people
* the forms are perfect to build with paper
* The world of designer toys is crowded by robots, monkeys and mecha's
* Everybody seems to love this project (and I like it too)
So thx for the comments and I hope I can show you something soon!