|What have we here? It looks like a Wrestlers Of The Universe Bootleg!|
About 3 months ago, your old pal Hoardax initiated contact with some of his favourite Art Toy creators, Luke Toywalker, Ryan Hall and Eric Nilla. I asked them if they'd be interested in having their work "spotlighted" right here on Hoard World, and they were all nice enough to agree. They immediately sent me a bunch of info and were incredibly friendly and helpful. Brimming with earnest excitement and a sense of purpose, I took a stack of photos of their stuff and then.....ABSOLUTELY NOTHING HAPPENED!
Like, for ages.
Until right now.
I'm not going to delve any further into my time management skills (should I ever get around to posting ROUND 2 of the perennial favourite that is the ASK HOARDAX segment, the definitive origin of that particular anomaly will rear its untimely head), but I would like to express my regrets at not getting this stuff out a lot sooner.
Let's begin with part one of the trilogy: WRESTLERS OF THE UNIVERSE!
|The header card for WotU is by exceptionally talented artist Ralph Niese.|
Wrestlers Of The Universe or WotU, as I'm going to call them for the rest of this spotlight, have been around for a little while now.
In an entry from the Toywalker Blog, Luke explains, "I'm just some toy enthusiast who found out that MotU heads look fantastic on WWF Hasbro bodies. Especially when painted in minimalistic color schemes. If this is called "art" or "not art" - I don't care! All I care about is to do the things I love. And if others are digging what comes out of this, I'm even more encouraged to do it!"
MotU heads on WWF Hasbro bodies. What else do you need to know?
I'd been cruising the WotU figures online for some time. I thought they were a fantastic idea. However, I was the most obsessed with 'Dead Diebia$e, despite the fact that many people would assume I'd be all over Warhoard! To be honest, I probably should have gotten one of him as well.
The Dead Diebia$e that I got was from the recast ICE EDITION series of WotU. If you don't even know what that means, there's plenty more photos of other castings of Dead and a bunch more info on WotU itself at this link HERE.
|Diebia$e. Dead Diebia$e. Pleased to meet you.|
Please, now, settle down, have a seat, take a deep breath and have yourself a perusal through a series of practical applications of Dead Diabia$e in everyday life.......
|"I got him! I'd like to see him go back into hiding now!"|
|Dead Diebia$e: Just killin', chillin', never illin', |
with his other translucent pals: Rampageo Industries' The Slimes, Ghostdak
and some mysterious unreleased prototypes from Huggingtons Twisted Toys.
And guess what? He totally did make a whole mess of pals. Check it out.....
|Look at that green guy.......|
|But that's not all, what about all these other blokes?|
|WotU RORC 2013 Exclusive Slaughtor (pic courtesy of Goodleg Toys)|
The very final figure in the WotU bootleg line is the Convention Exclusive: SLAUGHTOR (pictured) who will only be available to buy at the ROLL OUT ROLL CALL: UK TRANSFORMERS, G.I. JOE & ACTION FORCE SHOW. So, if you're a Hoard Worlder on that side of the Earth, check it out (and get me one, will you?).
|War On Prehis: Death Drone. (pic courtesy of Goodleg Toys)|
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If you want to learn more about Luke Toywalker, you can read this recent in depth interview with him right HERE.