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the unauthorized SPIKY collection ~ series no. 01

you know those toys that you find and immediately fall in love with? maybe print out a few and place them into your "to-do" pile, but every time you reach for it, there's a little voice in your head telling you that you're not ready for it yet? well, the SPIKY was one such toy. each time i went to build it, i felt that, "not yet" feeling. and then a few weeks ago i finally went for it and built PLAYTIME. 

it immediately became my favorite toy. just holding it in my hand brought an immense smile to my face. so elegant, so awesome! it also set off a mad search for any more i could find, yielding very little in the way of satisfaction (more on this later.) i did however, thanks to the generosity of greenelf, get my hands on the blank. so i started to think, why not make my own?

so i set out to customize this amazing toy, despite the fact that it's over 5 years old. the plain and simple being that i want more SPIKY in my collection. we all know how shin feels about his old toys, but i can't help but think that the world's a better place when there's more shin tanaka out there, condoned or not. i might be wrong here, and i'm certainly not suggesting these five will change anything other than the fact that they make me happy, but why not make more? why not spread the blank around this mad world of ours and raise a few smiles?

so i did, and i'm sharing them with you. i hope you like. 

i won't be making these available on a file sharing service, if only to honor shin's desire to keep things "limited" and "rare" but i will gladly email you the template[s] of your choice should you ask nicely. and all that i ask, in the spirit of shin's wishes, that you yourself don't distribute them. should you encounter someone wanting them (if i allow myself to think they're desirable) send your friends to me, and i'll pass them along.

peace, love, and of course, PAPER!

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Comment by Titus Woods on December 23, 2011 at 11:49am

Sounds like you are ripping off Shin's artwork. Did you get permission from Shin? I would be mad if some one took my artwork and did this without my permission.

I know you have a talent for making paper craft models. Maybe it's time to do your own original design. It takes a lot of effort to make the basic shape/model. Then it takes a lot of work to do the illustration/design on it. Fan art is one thing, but lets see some original design.

Comment by Paul on December 23, 2011 at 4:05am

Nice work BKD! Have a great Christmas, Cheers.

Comment by Dan Watson on December 23, 2011 at 12:42am

Very nice work, I still have a pile of Gritty's to build, tried a while ago, but they never got any shoes, bodies, arms and legs not an issue, but those shoes... Grrrrrr....

Anyway, little off track, very nice work again, and yes there can always be room for more Shin customs =)

Comment by merrci on December 22, 2011 at 10:46pm

Bay:  the 5 ;)


Comment by Kemurissue on December 22, 2011 at 7:34pm

I liked how you describe the appreciation of shin's toy. I've had similar excitement when I found his work and built my first spiky babies. and he continuously giving me a pleasure as he release new work.


Anyway, although my self havent had worked on "Spiky" yet, I liked your spiky bolt and dots.  

It would be my pleasure if you were able to send them on


PS: considering fact that Christmas is approaching, spiky candy could become great decoration with feature of "red" and "green".   



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