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The idea here is economic more than it is environmental. I want to sell these toys cheaply.
The environmental aspect of keeping these parts out of landfills and generally not producing more solid plastic waste is a nice byproduct, though.
"recycled" is the wrong word.
I will be taking clear bags we get as packaging for things we use at the coffee shop, and re-purposing those to serve as the packaging for these toys.
The toys themselves are mostly 90s and early 00s GI Joe knockoffs rescued from the refuse heap.
Some of them will be wearing new clothes that my wife and I make, some of them will be wearing vintage clothes taken from 70s and 80s toys.
Very occasionally, I'll use new off the shelf plastic parts or make my own.
These two are my favorites. I might do a double sided design with one on each side?
They'll get printed at 5" x 3.5" per image, on a 5 x 7 paper, and then get folded in half.
I'll punch a sombrero hole in the top, and then staple the cards to a clear poly-bag.
The clear polybags are recycled, as are most of the parts that are actually being used for making these custom toys.
Here are a few more designs I was playing with, along with a photo.
The man in the middle of the photo is a vintage knockoff, with a vintage header card. That is my inspiration for this line.
The other toys pictured are some of the toys that will be packaged under this header card.
Have you ever had a car shipped?
I have a car. It runs, but needs some small issues addressed before I commit to a long journey in it.
It is 600 miles from me.
I could potentially drive it/have it driven here, but we would be risking complications, imo.
I can't have the work done to it until after it needs to be not there.
Considering hiring a delivery service as my best option.
What should I look out for if I go that route?
Here are some more toys with the same body and head as my imitation space trek toys. (Actually just two toys, I redressed one of them.)
I'm still exploring what I can make and what is available off the shelf at this scale. I'll start working on OC soon.
Of course, those eyebrows are one of the scariest things I've ever seen, so I did another other one that I like a little better.
As many of you are aware, I make weird knockoff/bootleg adjacent toys myself.
I couldn't resist the opportunity to reimagine this guy as he would be made today, if the same situation was to arise.
I had a spare ST TMP uniform, I had the modern equivalent of factory second heads, and the closest body that is currently available.
Here are some of those results.
So I opened his bag and I undressed him.
Here are some pictures of what he looks like out of his packaging, and out of his clothes.
First thing to call out, that torso, those arms, those legs, and that head are all from different toys!
Second thing to call out, those legs are different lengths!
Third thing to call out, I have no idea who's head that is.
First things first:
This is a SPACE TREK toy, made with factory second Star Trek TMP parts, after mego's ST:TMP line tanked horribly.
It's a real shame, because these were some of the best toys Mego ever released, but here we are.
So a fly by night operation ended up with a bunch of Star Trek uniforms, and did what any normal person would do: dressed out the absolute cheapest dolls they could produce, ripped off some artwork, and released a new toy line.
It occurs to me that I could do two or three different pieces of art for the fronts of these with no additional manufacturing effort.
I guess I could be clearer with my words:
- I could print the cards myself and get an more authentic look. It would cost somewhere in the ballpark of 11 cents per card, plus the time to print them, cut them, etc, but I don't want to do that.
- Packs of trading cards from major manufacturers are routinely $6-8/each, so it's not outside the realm of reasonable for mine to be $5 or whatever.
I have 60 packs to package, so I better get on it.
Packaging is about ten cents a pack.
The proofs were nearly fifty cents each, though.
The next batch will be cheaper, but I'm not sure by how much. I need to work that out before I settle on a price point.