Years ago Hasbro introduced Packrats to GI Joe as a battlefield drone. There were three, each with a different type of weapon -- missiles, flamethrower, machine guns -- and they were supposed to be either autonomous or remote controlled. Brilliant bit of battlefield futurism for a toy line.
The DioWarriors battlefield bots follow the same idea as the original Packrats -- small autonomous, or remote controlled, robots designed to patrol and deny an enemy access to an area -- however, the DioWarriors battlefield bots also server other roles. These bots can carry equipment and gear. So each of the bots have the means to load up on cargo.
Themes - Of Earth and Beyond:
The sci-fi style of the DW battlefield bots are currently focused on an Earth based setting, using GI Joe or Marauder Gun Runner figures. But the bots can easily be used for an apocalyptic setting like with Acid Rain World. Still, even Star Wars figures could make use of these bots. And still yet to come the DioWarriors action figure line would extend the bots into off-Earth settings. We already have designs in the works for this.
So, try your creative hand at incorporating MTF, ARW, SW, or even GI Joe with the DioWarriors battlefield bots. Post pics!
It's been a while since the DioWarriors Blog had been updated, I'm dusting off the old keyboard and settling down for another article. Today it's about a possible kickstarter for the DioWarriors Zombie Lab. Here's a photo:
A lot has happened since the last time this blog was updated. I could write another article on it, but discussing a kickstarter has been heavy on my mind these last few months. Then recently DioWarriors got a golden opportunity to do a long dreamed of project concerning our line of action figures. That would make for an ideal blog article, but I'll have to let that project progress a bit more before revealing details. So I don't want to say too much now. However, what I can say is that there's been a slight change in flavor for some of the props. We're going more into the Sci-Fi styling with updates across the board for computer consoles, tables, chairs, weapon systems, and battlefield robots. What triggered this was the return to the DioWarriors Zombie Lab late last year.
If you are not familiar with it, the DioWarriors Zombie Lab is a diorama system we first showed during the GI Joe Convention in Dallas, Texas, back in the 2014. It's a high tech laboratory diorama system we designed and built mostly to have something to show at the convention, and also to test what it would take to build a modular diorama. Now, after the final JoeCon in 2018 we revisited the DW Zombie Lab to update it. After all, we've been doing a lot of 3D printing since 2014 and have fine tuned our techniques. So we have several years of lessons learned that we wanted to show with an updated zombie lab.
The updated style turned out to be fun to implement and was very Science Fiction looking. The Sci-Fi styling led to other parts of the lab being updated -- computers, tables -- and eventually to "holograms" and other Sci-Fi looking props. The central "containment unit" structure became more modular and we started thinking "what-if" DioWarriors could offer a kickstarter to help produce the containment unit on a larger scale -- more modular parts, more computer choices, etc -- and the machines to manufacture them?
So we're kinda looking for direction here. If we do a kickstarter it'll be our first. A lot of folks are turned off from kickstarters unless the company doing it has already proven they can deliver. Currently there's several kickstarters from 2017 still being processed in China and people wondering if their pledges will be honored. If DioWarriors does do a kickstarter, we want to be certain of success, that we can deliver. We can better guarantee a finished product, delivered on schedule, by keeping production in-house, using the technologies we are already familiar with. If left up to a Chinese factory there's really no guarantee on anything.
So this is where we're at. The zombie lab containment unit kickstarter with props designed for it, 3D printed and laser cut. If DioWarriors should do a kickstarter, would you be on board? What do you think of 3D printed parts for something massive like a large prop? Let us know in the comments or send us an email or PM in Facebook.
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