This holiday season DioWarriors celebrated Christmas with a fluid diorama highlighting uses of our computer props. The setting was in our older Zombie Lab and Maintenance Bay sets. These two sets were filled with a Christmas Tree, colorful presents, many tables and many computer terminals. Gaps in the background were filled with shipping crates. Action Figures from GI Joe, Acid Rain World, Microman, and gashapons were used.
Since opening in November, we've printed a bunch of props from generic machines, to computers, to shipping crates. But also we've printed other things -- coffee cups, coffee urn, and beer keg. These things are actually important for setting a festive atmosphere. A lighted tree and colorful presents topped things off. The only thing missing was a Santa Claus action figure. So we improvised with gashapons.
Also known as capsule toys, gashapons originate from Japan and are often sold in gumball-like vending machines. Place your coin into the machine, turn the knob, and you receive a random capsule. Many capsule toys have figures from anime or manga, and are made of PVC and need to be assembled. We used Rei and Asuka from Evangelion, a very popular anime, in Christmas "Santa Helper" outfits.
The bulk of the photos show Cobra troopers from the GI Joe line. The 25th anniversary release of the Cobra Viper had hands molded in an odd angle, making the figure difficult to use for most photo scenes. However, the angle is good for typing on a keyboard pose. Other Cobra troopers (30th anniversary) were used to fill-in other scenes. 50th anniversary Cobra Commander with his red highlights worked well for the Christmas look. And a custom painted Crimson Baroness.
Acid Rain action figures were used to highlight the guitar and banjo props. The articulation is simply better for grabbing props like these, especially the soft, flexible hands.
To wrap up all of the festivities, Microman action figures were used. The theme was Love Live, which is a popular anime in Japan. Takara-Tomy in 2014 released a new style of Microman which hides the articulation points of the legs. Love Live got a Microman release with this new style.
We hope you enjoyed this year Christmas fun. Next year should be very interesting and very different with some new things we have planned to print. See you then!
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