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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill; 2010 1st Prtg Stated edition (October 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823095223
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823095223
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

RUBÉN PROCOPIO has contributed to more than 25 Disney animated features, including The Little Mermaid and The Lion King. He founded Masked Avenger Studios in 2003 to expand his sculpting, design, and comic book illustration services.
 
ZACH OAT is the editor of TelevisionwithoutPity.com, a popular TV and movie criticism website. He is former editor of ToyFare magazine and was the original “toy wrangler” for Robot Chicken on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim.
 
TIM BRUCKNER, one of the pioneers of the comics/fantasy toy field has worked for companies such as Kenner, Gentle Giant and DC Direct, where he designed and sculpted the DC Dynamics statues.

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This is a very well written book with a lot of detail.
Patrick Carroll
This book leads you through the process of concept art, rough sculpt from several choices of sculpting materials, to wax casting, to resin casting and painting.
K. Reed
I highly recommend this book to all aspiring pop sculptors out there or anyone curious about the process involved in creating collectible figures.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Adrian Faulkner on November 9, 2010
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I spent about ten years of my life writing and helping to promote popular collectibles from action figures to resin busts. It's very easy for an outsider to be dismissive of the art of such things - who didn't own a Princess Leia action figure that made her look more simian than human. But the truth is, the mass manufacturing process means that sometimes a lot of detail gets lost. Certainly in my time I saw the standards of sculpting rise from the barely acceptable to the truly stunning. I dare anyone to walk into the Four Horsemen's studios and look at the Masters of the Universe 2-Ups (basically a prototype at twice the finished size) and not have their breath taken away.

Tim Bruckner is one, if not the best, in the business. He's a pro's pro - a sculptor other sculptors look up to. If you've ever seen DC Direct's Alex Ross-inspired Justice Line you can see a lot of his best work. In fact he's worked on a lot of DC Direct's properties bringing various comic artists' drawings into the 3D realm.

So now Tim has teamed up with Zach Oat of Toyfare fame and Rubén Procopio (Electric Tiki amongst other things) to bring us the definitive book on creating action figures and statues.

You'd think with the number of customizers and people wanting to break into the industry there would be a wealth of books on the subject, but this is the first one I've ever seen, and frankly, after being amazed by how comprehensive it is, I don't think another one is ever going to be needed.

What's stunning about this book is the level of detail. It goes into everything, filled not just with information, but tips as well. It starts with looking at the art reference, goes through the sculpting and casting to painting and ends with tips on going pro.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Satcher on February 4, 2011
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Wow, I have spent countless hours trying to learn as much as possible about this industry and trying to complete some good works. This book blows all of my knowledge out of the water. It should be noted that in order to really "follow along" with the project presented in the book you will need A LOT of supplies. pressure pot, compressor, wax pen, camping stove, rubber mold materials, resins, the list goes on but all of it is required to get the job done. A very daunting task indeed.
The book is very well written with lots of witty comments and animations. I have only had it for 2 days and am nearly done with it because I love to read it so much. It makes the process seem much easier than it is and encourages me to spend more time in the studio.
My only gripe would be that their is a lot of editing issues, missing words, odd image references est but its no biggy. The pictures are as a whole very good with only a few blurry spots here and there. It is certainly a must buy for anyone interested in the industry of Toys.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By manlius duncan on March 13, 2011
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I initially thought this book would be full of step by step instructions for sculpting action figures in clay. I was sort of right. It does contain a tutorial for sculpting two action figures but in wax. I primarily work with polymer clay and the instructional guide in this book uses an oil-based clay that is molded and cast then finished in wax. A very tedious and lengthy process to say the least. This is not intended to discourage anyone from purchasing this however as it is a great book. It summarizes the history of pop sculture as well as tells you what professional artists prefer as a medium including poly cay, wax, oil-based clays, and epoxie putty. There are tool suggestions, workspace organization tips, as well as reference material sources. I just expected to see instructionals on several different mediums of clay and sculpting materials.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Duncan Crawford on December 18, 2010
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If you're a sculptor, collector or fan of collectible statues and action figures, this book shows what goes into creating them. From concept to sculpting to molding to casting to painting, you get the process, advice and tips from giants in the field and all beautifully photographed page after page. Amazing must have book.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Justin on May 1, 2012
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A very useful book for getting started with sculpting as well as setting everything up. My one complaint is there's really very little in the way of actually sculpting HOW-TOs in the book, which is fine, but if you're learning how to sculpt accurately, get a book on anatomy. This book shows you how three particular industry talents, and really, only one or two of them, go about sculpting pieces, the materials they use, etc. etc. If you aren't familiar with sculpting/carving in wax, this book will try and familiarize you with it, but it basically only shows you how to get a rough sculpt done in clay/whatever, then casting it and finishing it in wax, and doing another cast in resin. Sound complicated?

If you aren't familiar with that whole process, the book will get you started with it. If you ARE familiar with it, then there's the main problem: you're already familiar with it, and all you'll divine from the book is a handful of helpful hints. The book does a lot to really impress on you that you can't get good sculpts if you aren't finishing in wax. But, if you just want to sculpt some figures in clay or Super Sculpey, like me, without dealing with all sorts of other things like casting in wax and wax pens and whatever else, again like me, then this may not be a wise investment.

Otherwise, there's lots of pretty pictures and a bunch of great, helpful hints if you want to seriously devote yourself to sculpting in the figure kit/statue/action figure industry.
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