Posted by Trustpigs June 14, 2012

German artist VISEone, currently up for "Artist of the Year" and "Best Customizer" at the Designer Toy Awards, is possibly best known for his "Tube Dunnys" custom series releases which beautifully render the platform figure oozing forth from — traditionally — paint tubes. And while it is true that a lot of Custom Designer Toy collectors own Tube Dunnys, "since they are a lot of work [to make] they also are not very cheap" and thus something that the average enthusiast couldn't afford. "Since I started customizing toys with the tube concept," VISEone tells us, "I was hoping to be able to release my very own character dripping out of a tube one day." He wanted to create a new series entitled the "Tube Monsters" which will give "collectors the chance to own an original piece by me – a 100% VISEone – for less money than a custom would cost."

And while it took him some time to develop enough skill with the ZBrush computer program — the professional digital art creation software used to create the renders shown above and below — he was eventually ready to start "work on my Tube Monster series to have the concept ready whenever a company would be interested."

After waiting patiently to find the right company, VISEone "started to ask around who would be willing to step into this concept and it was Erick Scarecrow who managed the right contact to Flying LuLu," a company that have produced figures for Toy2r, Kidrobot, ESC Toy, and many others. Flying LuLu "really liked the concept of the Tube Monsters" and only "a few emails later they started to produce the prototype which you can see here [below] in an early stage (still some corrections of proportions and some tiny details have to be changed)."


"After 3 productions in resin," VISEone is obviously enthused about finally making the "step into the vinyl medium." He tells us that while they are planning on releasing the Tube Monsters in multiple colorways and possibly some exclusive versions, the initial outing will be "the ZOMBIE JUICE edition" (pictured in the render below) which they are hoping to have "ready to present at NYCC 2012 where I will be at the Tenacious Toys booth." In closing, VISEone tells us that he can't wait "hold it in my hands"… something is seems all us will have patiently wait until October for.



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