Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Milestone!

Well,

Androsaurs issue 3 is in the can and
issue 4 is penciled! so now I am going to take a break and let the publisher catch up. Stay tuned for further developments.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Still Pluggn' Away!

Well part three is almost done! Only two pages left to ink, then on to part four, the final chapter in Androsuars Vol.One Heavenfire!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Monday, October 31, 2016

There's another entry into the MP Dinobot ring: Fans Toys Sever! AKA: Snarl.



Snarl debuted in the same episode as Swoop from season one of the Transformers, "War of the Dinobots". Chip Chase said," A Stegosaurus is a great model for a Dinobot." My brother had the original Snarl, and it was passed down to me. Although Snarl was slow and not very bright, he always seemed to be a quiet powerhouse.
Fans Toys has done a great job again. They've made another perfect Masterpiece style Dinobot  with Sever. Make no mistake, Sever is the best version of a Masterpiece Snarl you will find. He comes with his sword and his gun, both based off his G1 model, just like Swoop. These weapons light up, and you can install batteries in these to get the full effect! This would be perfect for display! Eventually, I plan on making a cool diorama and mounting it to the wall to give all my MPs the display case they deserve.
Once again, Fan Toys delivers amazing articulation. All the articulation you would expect to need is supplied in spades. I love how Fan Toys gives them articulated fingers. Also, Sever has the addition of a usable waist swivel. I was impressed with the ingenious ankle tilts on the figure.  He is a really solid Stegosaurus.

Sever's transformation is more complicated than Soar's. There are a couple moments when his back and his legs get blown apart and have to be reformed during his transformation. It is not as much transforming as it is parts shifting. It was a bit annoying to take it apart and put it back together. This reminded me of some of Badcube's Mp efforts. There is an unfolding and then recombining of parts in order to get his legs and tail out. It's not too bad, but it is a little unsettling when you have his legs all folded out. It would be easy in the moment to break a piece off. However, it does come back together nicely after the initial anxious moments. It feels sturdy once it is recombined.

Unlike Soar, Sever is mostly plastic. Only his toes and his abdomen are die cast metal. His transformation seems to require more plastic. There are quite a bit of moving parts. It is really something though when he is in Stegosaurus mode. All the work you do to get him there is worth it. I get a really big kick out of the fact that his Stego head's mouth can open and close. I was not expecting that so it really gave me that "hah" moment.

My quibbles are minor though and do not detract from the overall awesomeness of the figure. Sever is Masterpiece Snarl. Him standing with Soar and Stomp makes me nostalgic. I can't wait for Grinder and Cesium. I want to see all five Dinobots lined up next to each other in all their glory. Fans Toys has captured the aesthetic of those legendary dinos.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Dinobots right?


Every kid I knew loved 'em! They combined two of our favorite things: dinosaurs and Transformers. What more could a kid ask for? I remember being blown away by them when I was five years old and they showed up on the original cartoon.

I could not wait to get my hands on them! I begged my Mom for the Brontosaurus Sludge when the original G1 toys came out. To this day, my favorite dino is a Brachiosaurus. I have a thing for the big Sauropods. Transformers were expensive back then (still are!), and we couldn't afford a lot of them. In fact, when my next door neighbor broke my older brother's Megatron my mom took it back to Sears and exchanged it for an Optimus Prime for me. I think my brother still resents me to this day!



I got Sludge, but that was the only Dinobot I ever got. My brother got Grimlock and Snarl, so he made out okay in the end. There was one Dinobot we both wanted though, and he proved to be impossible to find!

Swoop, the Pteranodon! I never saw him in stores. Now, truth be told, we lived in a tiny town in Idaho, so who knows. But still, he was our Holy Grail, and the stuff of legends. There was a rumor at church that a kid had one, but I never met him. Years later, in 2000, I discovered eBay, where I was able to buy him for $60. He was only missing his sword. It was a good find, and the beginning of my collection.





Fans Toys has done something wonderful with their Iron Dbots Line. FT Soar is truly a Masterpiece Transformer. The transformation is easy and very similar to the original G1 figure. One big difference I noticed immediately was that FT Soar's chest color is blue like the original cartoon and not red like the G1 toy. There is a version with the red chest for those who would like it, but I prefer the blue. Like most collectors, I prefer that my Mp's reflect the cartoon, are detailed, and have that Cybertonian tech vibe.



I owned MP8, but I sold 1 through 9 when MP10 came out. I liked MP8, but the scale left much to be desired. Let's just say, I am looking forward to Grinder.

Soar is hefty, which I noticed right away. Lots of die cast make him shockingly heavy! His proportions are really nice, and he is an impressive robot. All the right points of articulation are here. This gives you any possible pose your brain can conjure up. Fans Toys always delivers on the points articulation. His sword stores on his back and on his base. It's also a big plus that he comes with a wonderful clear base for display.





Bottom line: Soar is Masterpiece Swoop. Period. There are a couple different choices out there for Masterpiece Dinobots. Fans Toys has made the quintessential Masterpiece Swoop. I don't even think Takara could do any better! There really is no better choice. So head over to Big Bad Toy Store, and buy one for yourself.



http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/default.aspx

Friday, September 30, 2016

What is the Sheltron? Here is a concept sketch!!!
OK, So I just finished penciling the last page of Androsaurs issue four. Its a surreal moment for me as I started penciling issue One Way back at the end of 2009! So 7 years, 7 states, a wife, and 2 kids later the first story arch is done. Now I still have to ink, and letter issues 3 and 4, but still it's been a minute! I was working for Heroic publishing back then and doing my pet project about humanoid Dinosaurs on the side.

Now thanks to Evil Jester Comics, it looks like this will finally see the light of day! I am excited to show this to you guys. I have been a pest to my publisher, as things keep getting pushed back. That is the draw back of working as an Indie creator, as I wanted to keep my rights.

So I wanted to share this sketch of things that could be on the horizon as the Sheltron is from my planned third arch. It may never come to pass as we will have to see what happens with the first, but its fun to dream. I think if you ask people who know me, they will tell you that's what I am. I tend to spend a lot of time in my own little world. Why wouldn't I? There are Androsaurs there!

-Hanchey

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

inks in progress ish 3 of Androsaurs!

I'm in the middle of inking the third issue of Androsaurs, but I figured I would give you guys a preview! What would and issue be with out some medieval Battles?!