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The Droid Foundry


Hailing from the one and only United Kingdom, and not sold anywhere in the United States!
I asked the founder & artist to give me the backstory on The Droid Foundry concept, inspiration, their meaning & everything in between. 
So without further ado…..


Please let me formally introduce to THE DROID FOUNDRY!


The company is all about droids and yes, we may well have the droid you are looking for.
We have been making droids for years and produce a whole range of different types from obedient Utilitarian All Purpose Droids (UAPDs) to Droiddogs, Security Droids to all terrain Hover Droids and from Companion Droids to Droid Mechanics and Engineers. 
Every droid has an artificial intelligence module with a lifetime guarantee, all droids can be precisely programmed to tasks and self-learning units can be added as required. Contact us and let us know your specific requirements’.


About me:
I started making droids several years ago as a result of several interests coming together.  
Science and the creative arts were my main subject areas during my teaching career. I also worked as an art editor for Games Workshop, commissioning art work for fantasy and Sci Fi games packaging, the monthly magazine and novel.
I have always made things and whilst at a designer toy convention I came across 3D printing and how it could be used to make parts for 1/6 figures I was customizing at the time. 
I have always been interested in science fiction and how present day science and technology might evolve to realise the predictions made by writers such as Arthur C. Clark, Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, Philip K. Dick etc. Of course I also was quite interested in how movies predict the future and how frequently robots with artificial intelligence are featured.  
From there it was not a massive leap for me to start thinking about the potential for making robots using 3D printing. The term droids rather than robots suggested programmable machines that would be given all manner of tasks to complete, whether basic or complex, technical, medical, undesirable to humans etc. 
My droids are 3D printed in SLS or made of resin and the weathered paint finishes hint at the fact that they may well have had a hard life with lots of wear and tear.

Droid Stories
OBSERVER DROID

Product Information Name: Observer Droid Size: 80x55x50 mmMaterial: ResinPlace of Production: UK
DESCRIPTION Sometimes called Sentry, Sentinel, Protector, Security or Monitor Droids, they can be tasked to observe and record things happening in the surroundings in which they are placed. Equipped with digital recording devices, they can be left out in many different environments and in all climatic conditions for long periods of time. 
FISH DROID
Product Information Name: Fish Droid Size: 85x100x20 mmMaterial: ResinPlace of Production: UK
DESCRIPTION Fish Droids were made as moving works of art for a port city having it’s 100 year cultural celebration. Fully autonomous they were allowed to freely roam the city and it’s harbor. They were equipped with simple AI, a limited vocabulary and guidebook information. They were tasked to help people to engage with the year’s programme of events and where they were taking place. They became characters in their own right and at the end of the year they were sold off during a keenly contested auction.  
FISH DROID
Product Information Name: Fish Droid Size: 60x70x20 mmMaterial: SLS printPlace of Production: UK
Fish Droids were made as moving works of art for a port city having it’s 100 year cultural celebration. Fully autonomous they were allowed to freely roam the city and it’s harbour. They were equipped with simple AI, a limited vocabulary and guidebook information. They were tasked to help people to engage with the year’s programme of events and where they were taking place. They became characters in their own right and at the end of the year they were sold off during a keenly contested
HEISELBERG DROID
Product Information Name: Heiselberg Droid Size: 90x40x40 mmMaterial: resinPlace of Production: UK
DESCRIPTION: Named after their designer Frederick Heiselberg, these droids are usually found in areas where there are other.  By nature of their work role droids are often sent to work remotely.  Heiselberg Droids are always proposed in an assisting role and usually serve as a communication and charging hub. They can relay new instructions and assess physical damage or faulty programming and summon assistance from human droid technicians   Equipped with a electronic beacon they can be easily found by other droids.
SENTRY DROID
Product Information Name: Sentry Droid Size: 65x32x40 mmMaterial: SLS printPlace of Production: UK
DESCRIPTION: Sentry Droids are usually tasked to observe and record things happening in the surroundings in which they are placed.  Should they observe something untoward they are fully able to communicate with and summon security services as necessary.
We are so excited and in awe that The Droid Foundry has entrusted us to represent them & their amazing pieces. I’m not just a fan of his work, I’m a legitimate collector of his pieces. 
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Mystery Box Date will be at a random time to avoid bot orders & to make it as fair as possible! 

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Designer Bio: J.T. Studio

J.T. Studio is here!

J.T. Studio composed of Jei Tseng – 曾弘傑 of personal design studio founded by 2014. began modeling creation of heart’s desire by hand, is full of artistic, polygon-style figure, combines modern pop elements 1/6 action figure.

Jei Tseng like Journey To The West since childhood, so the “Journey To The West“ as the first creation of work in Taiwan, is to break the traditional impression of Journey To The West, creating JT style character, all hand-made the first series.

Original creations – Street Mask series from JT studio 2017, combining country culture and street style in to artworks.

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Designer Bio: Connor McConnell of Abominable Toys

Designer Bio: Connor McConnell of Abominable Toys

For several years, Connor & I belonged to several FB Designer, Urban & Pop Culture collectible groups. Despite not knowing each other directly, we shared many mutual friends & the same passion for unique collectibles, a grown up version of collecting ‘toys’ you might say.

Most interactions I personally had with Connor where in these public forums. He was well known in the community as being a fun, fair, down to earth, OG collector, and the guy you’d invite to your BBQ or go to a game with.

Connor drew a rough sketch of an adorable & lovable Yeti on his Trig homework from back in High School. The design was initially made for a logo for a collectible company he ran with his dad.

At a Comic Trade, Connor met Benjamin Su a Character Animator with Pixar Animation Studios. He asked Ben to help refine his sketch & character.

Once Connor posted Ben’s version he was asked by many collectors if his character would be a pin or a figure. A gentleman named Eric Johns sent him a message saying he could help Conner with sculpting his design. This is how Abominable Toys was officially born. But Connors adorable Yeti still did not have a name.

In late 2017/early 2018, Connor posted a challenge in a Bimtoy Tiny Ghost Group to help him name his character. Connor made the challenge into a voting contest in the group. The most popular voted name was ‘Chomp’ submitted by member Pat Kurtzner.

Not long after that Abominable Toys started releasing pins and stickers. And the first Chomp figure was released in December 2018.

Since then, Abominable Toys have become a fan & crowd favorite, with large crowds waiting on long lines just to meet the designers, get their figures signed or sketched on, selling out at some of the largest cons such as New York Comic Con & DCon.

Abominable Toys is no longer a small fledgling designer collectible company. Chomp has won the hearts of so many including some of the pickiest collectors.

As a collector myself, it’s been amazing to watch someone like myself, not just follow his dream, not just fulfill his dream, Connor & Abominable Toys have absolutely crushed it. And I am excited to see what’s next.

Thank you Connor, Abominable Toys & Plastic Empire for allowing us here at The Isle of Misfit Toys, to debut our Designer Toy Mystery Box using the one & only amazing Chomp, we are truly humbled & excited that you chose to allow us this great honor.