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Re: Latest KaijuZoo Custom Kaiju Painting Service Commission

Postby klen7 » Fri Jan 03, 2014 3:22 pm

I was recently very happy with the treatment Yoe & IDW gave to the Ditko Gorgo comics, coupled with the recent fan viewing of Gorgo (viewtopic.php?f=39&t=19950) and i found myself wondering why I don't have the M1 Gorgo figure... so on a hunch I asked Jonee if he just happened to have one he'd be willing to sell.

Turns out he had the set (Mama and baby.. or Gorgo and Ogra for the purists) that he was willing to sell.. but the set was the unpainted flesh variant. So i knew I wanted paint on it, but i had no earthly idea for a concept, so i started picking and choosing colors at random... the eyes in the movie stood out a lot, but the body was muddy and inconsistent scene to scene.. so i started picking elements from the Charlton Gorgo comics.. all with a high degree of uncertainty and a lot of the "if that sounds stupid let me know" kind of instructions. So Jonee said he liked the idea of the Ditko tribute and would incorporate the eye from the movie that i liked and had a few other clarifications and suggestions... but as soon as I saw his response his words hit me... Ditko tribute. So what followed was a lot of sending pictures of panels and covers back and forth. Gone was the movie eye, front and center was the white eye with the red iris and the black pupil. We opted for matte finish as that would be more in the spirit of the flat printed page. I suddenly found myself very excited about the concept, so much so that I had some doubt as to whether the final product could live up to my expectations. Then before Jonee shipped me the finished figures, he sent me a preview image and i was blown away with how awesome they turned out.

Now, i often will say that pictures don't do a certain figure justice, and that's partly because i use my lousy camera phone to take the pictures... but even Jonee's pictures didn't do the figures justice. They turned out incredible and i really couldn't be happier. Anyway, here are a couple images I snapped.. maybe Jonee will put up some more, but they won't do it justice, these things are spectacular.
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Overall the whole process was great, I felt proud of the figures of when i saw them because even though Jonee did 99.9% of everything, I felt like i had been an active part of the collaboration and that in some way I had helped bring these figures to life.
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Re: Latest KaijuZoo Custom Kaiju Painting Service Commission

Postby KaijuZoo » Fri Jan 03, 2014 8:03 pm

klen7 wrote: Anyway, here are a couple images I snapped.. maybe Jonee will put up some more, but they won't do it justice, these things are spectacular.
Hey klen7, great write up on our project, it is fun to work together combining ideas to create something quite unique!

And you are right about your cell phone pics, they do not quite bring out the vibrancy of the yellow green on the chest and the contrast of the darker green on the appendages and back.
Compare and contrast:
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I'll be working on the project webpage over the weekend to add a few more pics. Thanks again!
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Re: Latest KaijuZoo Custom Kaiju Painting Service Commission

Postby KaijuZoo » Sat Jan 04, 2014 8:25 pm

KaijuZoo wrote: I'll be working on the project webpage over the weekend to add a few more pics.

The Gorgo page is now complete.

And I also added pics to the title and thumbnail links of the last 4 or 5 most recent projects (that is, at the bottom of the Custom Kaiju section on my main webpage). I still need to build the pages to add extra details and pictures for these commissions from last year.
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Re: Latest KaijuZoo Custom Kaiju Painting Service Commission

Postby KaijuZoo » Sat Feb 01, 2014 9:47 pm

Sneak Peek - KaijuZoo Zeem Godzilla '64 Commission under development.
This MONSTER is five feet long and 3.5 feet tall! The picture shows the dry fitting of the tail parts prior to glue-up and joint detailing. More pics as the project continues ...
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Re: Latest KaijuZoo Custom Kaiju Painting Service Commission

Postby zibbazabba » Sat Feb 01, 2014 10:14 pm

I can't wait to see more work on the Zeem G 64. I almost bought one a couple times, but I wasn't satisfied with how it looked from the few pictures posted on the internet to spend $1000 +.
The future is big, sparkling warble of superclean and we should endevour to do our best to wash our feet by it.

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Re: Latest KaijuZoo Custom Kaiju Painting Service Commission

Postby KaijuZoo » Fri Apr 04, 2014 9:22 pm

Guess what??!! After 32 years with the same company, fixing things as a computer systems engineer, I retired today!! Woo hooo!! It feels really odd to be able to stay with the same company for so long especially in these times of outsourcing and corporate lay-offs.

So now I will have much more time to devote to my love of creating things as KaijuZoo whether they be kit building, painting or woodcarving, etc.

My crew at the office gave me a great sendoff with a team dinner with the VP and other management. That was cool enough but the surprise afternoon cake ceremony this week was tremendous as you can see from this photo:

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Wish me well!
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Re: Latest KaijuZoo Custom Kaiju Painting Service Commission

Postby klen7 » Sun Apr 06, 2014 12:15 am

Congrats! What kind of woodcarving do you do?
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Re: Latest KaijuZoo Custom Kaiju Painting Service Commission

Postby howze01 » Sun Apr 06, 2014 6:23 am

That's just awesome Jonee! Congratulations! Very happy for you!

Just wondering...have you had any inquiries or anything about commissions for G'14 stuff?
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Re: Latest KaijuZoo Custom Kaiju Painting Service Commission

Postby ultrase7en » Sun Apr 06, 2014 6:29 pm

Congrats!!
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Re: Latest KaijuZoo Custom Kaiju Painting Service Commission

Postby KaijuZoo » Wed Apr 09, 2014 11:22 am

Thanks to all for the congrats and sorry for the delayed responses. Last Saturday (the day after retirement), I left for a "vacation" and family reunion. Mostly me and my brother-in-law and sisters helping out with some work projects at my mom's house.

klen7 wrote:Congrats! What kind of woodcarving do you do?
Various things such as oak salmon replicas for fishermen, cats, even a Tabasco bottle clock. I plan to add a Gallery page to the website with pics of some of my other non-kaiju creations.

howze01 wrote:That's just awesome Jonee! Congratulations! Very happy for you!
Just wondering...have you had any inquiries or anything about commissions for G'14 stuff?
No inquires on G'14 yet, could happen though after the film's release and more products get in the pipeline perhaps needing some customization.

ultrase7en wrote:Congrats!!
Thanks ultrase7en, I guess I should be getting your Paradise Gargantua's for the commission soon!
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Re: Latest KaijuZoo Custom Kaiju Painting Service Commission

Postby king_ghidorah » Wed Apr 09, 2014 9:59 pm

Congrats!!!
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Re: Latest KaijuZoo Custom Kaiju Painting Service Commission

Postby zibbazabba » Thu Apr 10, 2014 9:31 pm

Congrats on the retirement!! How's that Zeem Godzilla 64 coming along that you were building for someone?
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Re: Latest KaijuZoo Custom Kaiju Painting Service Commission

Postby The Great MM » Thu May 01, 2014 10:12 pm

Just curious, how much would it cost to modify both six inch Bandai Creation Gigans (Showa and 2004). I'd want Showa to have 2004 colors and 2004 to have Showa colors.
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Re: Latest KaijuZoo Custom Kaiju Painting Service Commission

Postby The Great MM » Fri May 02, 2014 7:26 pm

Sorry to double post, but I also have a Showa X-Plus Gamera that is missing 3 of its front teeth. I do not have the teeth (was bought this way VERY cheaply at G-Fest in 2004). Is there anything you'd be able to do to fix?
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Re: Latest KaijuZoo Custom Kaiju Painting Service Commission

Postby KaijuZoo » Wed Jul 09, 2014 10:31 pm

Sorry to have missed seeing some of the previous posts. I went home in April for the family reunion for two weeks, then Mom went to the hospital several times but passed away at 88.5 years. Thankfully she went quickly and peacefully with her family at her side. We had a wonderful memorial service! I stayed with my sister for 2.5 months helping her with the estate and getting the house ready for sale next month.

Pending commissions like the above Zeem G'64 have been slower in progress due to the above circumstances. Work will pick up later this summer.
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Re: Latest KaijuZoo Custom Kaiju Painting Service Commission

Postby DannyBeane » Thu Jul 10, 2014 12:09 am

I am impressed with your work and wonder how I never noticed this thread. I seriously would love to photograph some of your commissions.
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Re: Latest KaijuZoo Custom Kaiju Painting Service Commission

Postby KaijuZoo » Thu Jul 10, 2014 7:23 pm

DannyBeane wrote:I am impressed with your work and wonder how I never noticed this thread.

Thank you very much Danny! And I too am mystified how you never noticed it before either!! :lol:

p.s. I have now completed just about 140 commissions in the past twelve years.
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Re: Latest KaijuZoo Custom Kaiju Painting Service Commission

Postby ultrase7en » Sun Dec 14, 2014 9:30 pm

Hey Jonee,

I just wanted to thank you again for my latest commissions. You did a fantastic job on my Paradise Gargantuas kit, the Bandai GMK Godzilla and transforming my mini Megahouse Gaira fig into a Sanda! As usual everything turned out incredible.

Check out these links for pics, since I could not figure out how to attach mine. If anyone wants more pics, please feel free to PM me.

http://www.kaijuzoo.com/images/kzparagargan/gargan1.jpg
http://www.kaijuzoo.com/images/kzparagargan/gargan2.jpg
http://www.kaijuzoo.com/images/kzparagargan/gargan3.jpg
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Re: Kyosho Godzilla Wall Plaques

Postby KaijuZoo » Wed Dec 24, 2014 3:50 pm

Here are a few pics and customer feedback for my latest commissioned work!

Kyosho Godzilla '54
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"The Zilla plaques arrived today, and omg! They are incredible!!!! So detailed
and well done, they look amazing, thank you so much!" - M.E. - 12/2014
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Re: Latest KaijuZoo Custom Kaiju Painting Service Commission

Postby KaijuZoo » Mon Mar 02, 2015 10:08 pm

KaijuZoo Build-up and painting commission: Paradise Gargantuas Set with Base
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Hey Jonee,
I got the package yesterday, thank you. The Gargantuas model looks incredible! It is definitely now one of the highlights of my collection. The GMK Zilla and Sanda fig look fantastic too. Getting all of these new goodies really made my day!
- R.G. 12/13/2014
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Re: Latest KaijuZoo Custom Kaiju Painting Service Commission

Postby KaijuZoo » Mon Mar 02, 2015 10:14 pm

And yet another commission, this time for the pair of Y-MSF Gorosaurus figures, closed and open mouth versions.
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Hey, I got the Gorosaurus in the mail on Saturday! You did a very nice job on them! Well done! - J.D. - 2/16/2015
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Re: Latest KaijuZoo Custom Kaiju Painting Service Commission

Postby ILL GREEN » Tue Mar 03, 2015 10:46 pm

Nice skills with the paints. Those Gorosaurus' look like an X Plus paint job. :o

I paint too btw. Maybe we can share some tips some time.
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Re: Latest KaijuZoo Custom Kaiju Painting Service Commission

Postby klen7 » Fri Apr 17, 2015 9:34 am

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So this is the latest (and greatest?) KaijuZoo figure. It's a mod and paint to the M1 figure of everyone’s favorite Danish giant monster, Reptilicus.

Following the Danish release of the film Reptilicus in 1961 and prior to the US release in 1962, Charlton Comics released 2 issues of Reptilicus (the first issue covering the same story of the not yet released US film). However after their rights to Reptilicus lapsed, Charlton changed the name for subsequent issues (3-8 and a one-shot) to Reptisaurus. In order to avoid getting into legal trouble they further changed the creature's coloring to red and made a number of changes to his design. The original Charlton Reptilicus has was similar to the film version though he had teeth but no claws, then for 5 issues he had no teeth and no claws, then in the last 3 issues he had teeth, claws and a newly added horn.

Jonee (KaijuZoo) and i sent pictures of comic panel’s back and forth pulling elements that would work best with the sculpt. He did the red skin with two shades and then a dark red wash in the scales to bring out their contrast, and a yellowish red to highlight the wing texture. He did bone color for the teeth and claws and added a custom horn to complete the look of Reptisaurus during his final 3 issues. The final step was to give it a matte finish which puts it in the spirit of print comics.

I’m definitely happy with how it came out and it looks fantastic next to my custom Charlton Ditko Gorgo figures KaijuZoo did for me (http://www.kaijuzoo.com/kzgorgo_ditko). The horn really puts this thing over the top. As nice as it is to have a one of kind figure like this, it's a shame M1 never did variants based off the Charlton comics.

Simply fantastic.
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Re: KaijuZoo Reptisaurus - Charlton Comic Version

Postby KaijuZoo » Fri Apr 17, 2015 11:36 am

Wow Klen7, great write-up showing the flow and progress of our Reptisaurus project! For more background for everyone, here are some of the guiding images with details that were worked into the final design.

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Re: Latest KaijuZoo Custom Kaiju Painting Service Commission

Postby ILL GREEN » Tue Apr 21, 2015 9:28 pm

Awesome collab guys :o

Never saw that figure before. Is there a before and after picture. I would love to see the transformation.
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