Thursday, October 11, 2012

It's NYCC 2012 & Ston'emm Time!!

In what seems like forever, NYCC 2012 is here & the Ston'emm have been revealed completely to the world. We'll be at the Onell Design booth again this year, booth #3216, but this year we'll be there all 4 days, not just Fri-to-Sun. I'll be hanging out at the booth the majority of the con even if I'm not scheduled for selling things. It's amazing how much fun Beth & I have just going to the show & seeing everybody.

Special shout-out to my wife Beth who stepped things up a notch & worked like a mad-woman to get these figures painted. She did an amazingly sick job and if you like the way the ston'emm came out, make sure to tell her as I know she'll appreciate the feedback.

Also, I'd wanted to wait until i was 100% we were a-Go for this but this is especially exciting news: We will have a brand new Alien Mercenaries Fall Special #2 (#1 being released at NYCC 2010)! Now, we wanted to go BIG with the new comic, and we did.

Each comic has:
-Full color photos
-An awesome cover drawn & colored by Jared DeCosta (Redjarojam on the OctoberToy forums)
-24 pages of content including 2 different photo-comic stories, character bios & more

Each book will sell for $5.00 and will be on sale with the Ston'emm & Canne'boid figures at the show.

Oh and without further ado, the pics!

General My'diss & his Metallic Military (Voltrokk, Sparklestone & Skystone)

Skystone, Ace Aster-Craft Pilot

Skullstone, the Mad and his evil Ston'emm Minions (Sm'ssh, Waveshokk, Gruh'ssh & Pul'vorgg)

Skullstone, the Mad Ston'emm Necromancer

Dy-Mond and the Gem Ston'emms (Ru-B, Toh'Paz, Saff'Ire & Solaritte)

HUGE Group-Shot

More pictures to come as I get a chance to load them, stay tuned!


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

NEW Ston'emm Figure Pics

Just have to paint these & sew some pants for them & they'll be all ready for the con. Here are some more ston'emm figure pictures for everyone to Oooo & Ahhhh at:

                                        Glowstone the Nightstalker

                                        Glowing BRAAAAIIINNSSS.....

The Glow-in-the-Dark resin Jeremy used is amazingly powerful; Glowstone glows even brighter then the GitD glyos parts he's built with & there is no black-light being used either! There are also 2 clear Ston'emms with GitD eyes/brains that glow through their heads giving off a very cool effect in the dark. 

With Comic Con rapidly approaching we're getting trying to make sure everything is said & done before we get to the zero hour. There's a last-minute surprise in store that stands a good chance of happening, I just need a few more things to fall into place before I make any announcements. Stay tuned for more as it develops.


Monday, September 24, 2012

Origin of the Ston'emms and More Original Drawings

As I think I mentioned before, growing up I always loved to draw & create new things. I had a few different "toy lines" (for some reason I always drew like I was making toys- go figure), the "Reptile Fighters", the "Bug Warriors" and then a 3rd series that I have no drawings from so I barely remember it. None of those seemed to last though, as I grew bored with them. Then, everything changed.

One day I rented a new game from my local Block Buster video named "Demon's Crest" for the Super Nintendo and was blown away by it. The designs, the music and the world; a whole world full of monsters instead of people. After that I started drawing all these interesting characters based off of my own world full of monsters & that line was dubbed "Monster Wars". Eventually that line's name changed into what it is now known as: "Creature World".

In Monster Wars there was all sorts of different beings, people made out of mud, plant/creature hybrids, living trees (inspired more by the Inhumanoids Redwoods as I'd never even heard of Lord of the Rings or Ents until 2001), etc. Eventually, rock people made their way into my world by the name of an evil Ston'emm named 'Crackapart'. I believe the Ston'emm were created after my love of the Granites from Hasbro's Inhumanoids as to this day that is one of my favorite childhood cartoons & toy lines.

It's funny that 1st Ston'emm we see in my stories was evil, as now their race are generally very much the opposite (although there's always a bad egg or two floating around). It wasn't until further down the road, probably towards the end of the 90's & the early 2000's that I started to flesh out the Ston'emm race & explain their existence more (I'll get into their story-based history in another blog post).

I already showed you all the 1st drawing of Crackapart, but here's a variant I made of him called "Shatter Crackapart". Basically he got a furry loincloth instead of being just naked stone & now had the ability to telekineticlly control stones and form giant hands to grasp opponents.

This version of Crackapart came out in Series 15 and it would be another 5 series before we saw some Ston'emms again. He was a heavy-hitting member of the 'Bringers of Bloodshed' aka 'the Bloodlords' and was a thorn in the side of the heroes of my stories off and on. For whatever reason he didn't stick around as the Creature World story progressed and this would be the last time he was ever mentioned. It's possible I killed him off, but I really don't remember. The drawing is a little better then the1st one I made, but even then it's hard to make out the face on him due to the dark colored pencils I used, I really need to re-draw him with less black & dark gray. I'd really like to introduce him into the story that's going on now with the Ston'emms, as I think an evil Ston'emm that wants to align itself with the Armovors would be a cool twist and really hit the morale of the Ston'emms to see one of the own turning on the rest of their kind.

These next two debuted in Series 20. First we have another evil but very odd looking ston'emm with an almost snake/reptilian look to it. His name, is Sword. I know, very original:

I believe this design was based off an earlier drawing that wasn't a ston'emm but I liked the idea of merging the two together and drew this. I'd like to re-visit this character also, especially to give him an updated design & even sculpt it. I'd probably change his name to 'Swordstone' as at least that sounds better then just 'Sword'; that's like naming a barbarian 'Axe' or 'Warhammer'. Keep in mind I drew this character before I even knew Poke'mon existed so the idea of a rock-snake creature wasn't inspired by Poke'mon's Onyx. Odd similarities though, especially with the little crest on the back of the head that I think Oynx also shares (very eerie....O_o..). Sword was an expert Crystalline Swordsman and wielded 2 of these blades with deadly accuracy. The tail he has even ends in a razor-sharp crystal blade that he used to attack a 2nd opponent in combat.

Next we have the 1st Heroic Ston'emm character I created, the rocky member of the 'Warriors of the Woodlands' (aka the Woodlords): Rokk! (Yes I know his name is horribly generic, I was 15 & had NO concept of what Copyrightable names were)

Rokk may have had a different name, as I can make out in my drawing book that I'd erased a name & wrote 'Rokk' in it's place. I can make out an 'R' so maybe he was named 'Boulder' until I remembered the Rock Lord of the same name? Who knows, it's a mystery for the ages. Rokk has the ability to morph his hands into stone hammers, shoot his fists like missiles at his opponents and re-grow a new hand. With him was his pet Rocklecta named 'Clamp Jaw' but also known as 'Lil' Grind' which I feel is a much better name & less the love-child of Clamp Champ & Trap Jaw from Masters of the Universe. I had a very small amount of this gray colored pencil so that was the major reason why Rock got clothing; this is also the 1st Ston'emm I drew where you can actually see his mouth & eyes clearly again thanks to the lighter gray. In additional to his attack pet Lil' Grind he had a Ra'lok which are large stone creatures that the Ston'emm used as steeds and battle mounts on Slauria. This is Rokk's steed Grinder:

A Ra'lok is a rock-bear type of creature, they run on all fours but can rise up on their hind legs to attack with their front legs. They have some pretty large, wicked claws on the front paws so they're very dangerous when angered. They lived primarily on Slauria so you don't find them with the space-faring Ston'emms that are fighting the Armovors. Ston'emms are able to forge weapons from stone & rocks with their hands and you can see Rokk's axe on the saddle strap for Grinder.

I was actually 16 years old when I drew these last 3 drawings as on the page above Grinder a date was written down: August 28th 1996. So just a hair over 16 years ago I drew these Ston'emms. I wonder what my 16 year old self would say if I showed him the sculpted Ston'emms I created?

I have a few more Ston'emm drawings from back in the 90's to show you, but I will save that for another day. ;-)


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

NEW! Ston'emm with Light-Piped Eyes!!

Back at the beginning of this month, Jeremy mentioned an idea to me that was so cool I hoped it could be pulled off. After a week or so the experiment was a success and Jeremy's idea became a reality: light-piped Ston'emms our homage to the Inhumanoids Granites are now even more fulfilled! I'm still cleaning up most of the parts, but take a look at what we made so far:

Stikks, General Mydiss & a Rock Roller homage

General My'diss

Rock Lords 'Rock Roller' Homage

Rock Lords 'Sticks 'N' Stones' Homage

Now, what does this mean exactly? Well every Ston'emm head from now onward will have a light-piped head ala the Inhumanoids Granties. Plus, the eyes/back-of-the-head are all one piece so you can swap the eyes around with another Ston'emm figure and really customize them that much more then normal. I think they all came out fantastically well & Jeremy truly out-did himself this time.

As we get closer to NYCC, more will be revealed about the Ston'emm and what other goodies I'll have for sale at the con & afterwards.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Bah'glenn Creations Next Release: the Ston'emm!

Okay, after a few months of preparation, my next new figure is ready to be revealed. Now, this race was created by me as a kid back in the 1990's for my "Creature World" stories that took place on the planet Slauria. Slauria is where the Canne'boids came from although that was during the distant past in my stories. The 1st Ston'emm I introduced was as a bad guy named 'Crack Apart' who could break apart into 4 smaller versions of himself, or into a pile of rocks and basically trample people.

Below is a drawing of him with another character I'd created called 'Gigantus' (yes I know, real original LoL.):

Inhumanoids was & is one of my favorite toylines & cartoons from my childhood and so was Rock Lords so I think the Ston'emm were born basically from the love I have for those two properties. Plus who doesn't like cool rock guys??

The Ston'emm (pronounced: 'Stone-M') are a strong, honorable people and experts at growing and cultivating crystals. 200 years before the catastrophe that mutated Slauria & created the Canne'boids happened, about 95% of the Ston'emm population left to colonize other worlds and they were not there when the Sporr'zah Invasion took place. Since that time, the ston'emm went into seclusion from the outside world and stayed to themselves on their new homeworld of "Quar'taa". No one has seen a Ston'emm in three centuries and the general belief of the galactic populace (aside from the people left on Slauria) is that they are mythical beings that never really existed.

Then the Armovors invaded Glyos via the Zorennor Gate and began their war. During this time the Ston'emm remained absent from the conflict. One day, a ston'emm by the name Sta'lagg of Granite witnessed the Armovors brutality first hand and returned to his people to explain to them of what he had seen. He stressed to them that the peaceful races of the universe and also their true home-world of Slauria are were in danger if this threat was not kept in check. Now was not the time for silence and hiding, now was the time for action.

Em'ralld of Feldspar, the head member of the Council of Stonez agreed with Sta'lagg and informed every able-bodied ston'emm to forge weapons and vehicles of war and prepare for battle. Even though they were not overly involved in the affairs of the Galactic Council, the Government on Pru'tarr or Glyaxia Command, to sit idly by and do nothing was not the honorable thing to do.

the Ston'emm:
"Ston'emms are masters of crystal cultivation & design. Their Pow'rr crystals are used to fuel their great stone-ships, vehicles and weapons and their Grav'etee crystals enable them to pilot their Aster-Crafts in planets with an atmosphere. A single Ston'emm warrior is as strong as roughly 5 Glyans, has a body composed of ni-impervious rock and are masters of melee combat. When injured in battle, a ston'emm can absorb local rocks and minerals to re-build it's body and repair any damage taken during the fight. Certain ston'emms can use this ability to bulk themselves up and increase in size."

Group Shot

Now, for the release info on how to get the figures:

Each figure has six hand-cast parts cast by Jeremy Sung of Spy Monkey Creations who has been instrumental in getting the ston'emm off the ground (you rock Jeremy, no pun intended LOL!). Each figure uses parts from 1 Hub set, have drilled-out hands to hold accessories & have a cloth belt. In addition, each Ston'emm will have some paint applications (eyes & teeth most notably) but for the most part will be cast in a unique colorway. Since Jeremy & I are both such huge Rock Lords fans, he had the thought to swirl colors together just like the Rock Lords did & I loved the idea. These are just a few of the Ston'emm I assembled so far, and there should be more on the way.

These will be going on sale first at New York Comic Con 2012 and then they will be available online after the show, probably a couple of weeks after the October Glyos release so people have time to regenerate their wallets. I haven't nailed the price for them just yet but I'll post it here once I figure it out. I still have to sand-down the rough edges on the parts & paint them so when I have more finished pictures to show you I will post them here.  :thumbup:


Sunday, July 15, 2012

2nd Annual Long Island Toy Show Aftermath

Well this year's LI Toy Show was awesome. Sold a lot of my old toys, got to hang out with Doctor Kent, my wife Beth & my best friend/packaging designer Andrew Fuschetti. I didn't buy as much as I typically do, but I think that was mostly due to me being at my table 95% of the time. When I did get a chance to zip around the floor I snagged these items:

Masters of the Universe Classics Hurricane Hordak MOC
Masters of the Universe Modulok Blaster (Front Half)
MotU Meteorbs: Astro Lion
MotU Meteorbs: Crocobite
LJN Shirt Tales: Rick
Battle Beasts Anteater
Weird Old Rubber Bird/Vulture/Thing

Snagging MotUC Hurricane Hordak MOC for $25 was a steal, I'd missed out on him when he went up for sale on so grabbing him for 3 bucks more then cost was great. Finally finding my vintage Modulok's 1st half of his blaster was exciting also as I'd been looking for it for a while. I lost the front half when I was a kid so now after about 20+ years I finally got both halves of his blaster. Now I just have to dig out Modulok....

Now, as I'm a later-era MotU fan (I got into the toys in the 1985 era, not when they first came out in 1982) the Meteorbs were always part of my MotU toy battles as a child. I only hadTuskor (Heroic Mammoth) & Orbear (Evil Grizzly Bear) when I was growing up & it wasn't until sometime in the late 1990's-early 2000's that I managed to find a MOC Meteorb on eBay;Cometroid. I'd been wanting to get Crocobite as I both love his colorway and crocodiles/alligators. He was $20.00 and was in like-new condition so it was a worthy purchase.Astro Lion I got from a different vendor at the show for $8.00 but his rear legs are a little loose so he doesn't stand perfectly (probably why he was only 8 bucks).

When I was a very young child, 'The Shirt Tales' was one of my favorite cartoons. I had Digger & Bogey figurines for years and then last year at the 1st Annual LI Toy Show I found Tyg, and then this year I found Rick. Now I just need Pammy & I'll have the whole team. He was $3.00 so not bad at all. The Anteater Battle Beast cost me $8.00 and his rub sign & weapon are intact.

This bird thing was 50 cents, and totally worth it. I love these old early 80's toys where the sculptor really took alot of creative liberty on sculpting things. I've never seen a bird look like this, but this thing is just such a random odd-ball thing that I had to have it. As a sculptor, it's interesting to me how the designs of things differed so much over the years. Now a days, everything seems too "perfect" in terms of design, and this bird thing is a reminder of a time where toys didn't have to look perfect, just appealing enough to the eye to be cool for the customer to want to buy it. It was supposed to have a elastic cord to hang it from the ceiling, but that long since snapped off. All and all this thing is awesome & I wish I'd found more cool things like this at the show. If anything, seeing the method they took to sculpt feathered details on this toy is something I'll try applying to sculpts of mine in the future.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Fan Art

Last month my friend Craig's son Matt gave me a drawing of some Glyans attacking a Shockforce Gobon as he was so excited about the Glyos toys I'd given him (his 1st purchase with his own money was a Shockforce Gobon). Needless to say, since then he's become hooked on Glyos just like the rest of us are and has a decent little stock-pile of figures.

I was so surprised about receiving the drawing that I promised to show it here on the blog for all the other Glyos fans to see. Check it out below:

Last time I spoke with Craig, he told me his son had 2 more drawings for me so I'll be sure to post those up here as soon as I get them.

As for news about the Canne'myte, we're still in the process of getting things cast up so when they're ready to be released I will post information up here on the blog. Also, Sunday July 8th 2012 is the 2nd Annual Long Island Toy Show and I will be there selling some of my toy collection & also enjoying the show. If you'll be in the area stop by and visit. For more info head over to their website: Long Island Toy Show


Tuesday, April 3, 2012

1st Test Shots of the Canne'myte!

These are the first test shots of the Canne'myte, it uses 4 hand-cast parts and fur so no Glyos parts are visible on it. This makes it the 1st custom of mine to appear 100% original! I'm happy with how it came out, the 1st release should be brown fur with Kobra Khan/Monster Minds brain Green parts. Eye & teeth color are still up in the air, but I'm thinking yellow eyes with maybe black or white teeth (nothing set in stone yet).





Test shot with original concept Canne'mytes v1 (far left) and v2 (center)

Size Comparisons

with Gearius Pheyden

with a Crayboth

with OMFG King Castor

with NYCC Halloween Exclusive Canne'boid

So far the price of these as full figures is about $20 a piece. Depending on how much demand there is, I might limit it to two (2) per person. There probably won't be any boxes for the Canne'mytes so I have to design header cards and bio cards to insert inside their baggies. Nothing finalized yet, just mostly discussion at this point.

After this initial release we might try for a DIY version that'll be cheaper and unpainted so people can build stuff with their own Gobon balls.

Let me know what you guys think and feel free to post comments & ask any questions.


Thursday, March 22, 2012

Rubik's Snake + a Glyanaut = ???

After watching everything unfold over on the Glyos blog with the new "Tri Hub Wedge" vinyl set coming out on Friday, I finally lost it and made a white/blue Glyanaut to hang out inside my Rubik's Snake. Here are some photos to give you all an idea on what you can make with these Tri Hub Wedges or with a rubik's snake if you have one.

Rubik Runner

"Hover platform mode to carry a Glyanaut and a pair of passengers or some cargo over any terrain."

Rubik Shield Generator

"Converting to a Energy Shield generator, the Glyanauts are protected from meteor showers or any hostile aliens located in the Zorennor sector of space."

Rubik Hover'oid

"For a more heavily armored vehicle and with more maneuverability then the Rubik Runner, the Rubik Hover'oid is perfect for 1 Glyanaut to get in an out of a hostile area- and FAST."

Now, keep in mind that the Glyos Tri Hub Wedges have 3 connection points on them, so every large flat area you see on the Rubik's Snake (aka the Rubik's Twist) will be able to have a switch-pin attached or another small-peg vinyl part. So the customize-ability of these wedges is limited only by your imagination. I'm super excited for these things and can't wait to get a bunch of them to build with.