KaptainMyke’s “KRANG’S GROSS DIMENSION X BODY” [PROGRESS] UPDATE

Check out KaptainMyke’s latest project – it’s  a big one!  It’s my very first custom action figure I’ve ever attempted to build.  I took a little bit of what I researched online and a little bit of what seems to make sense to me and cobbled together this insane idea in my head. For the sake of being the first in the world to attempt to build such an interesting figure, I will be unveiling progression photos and production notes.   I would like to simply call this figure “2017 Krang’s Original Alien Body”.

Let’s start with some background information, shall we?

1990 Krang's Gross Dimension X Body Concept Sketch by Dan Berger and Stephen Murphy of Mirage Studios.

1990 Krang’s Gross Dimension X Body Concept Sketch by Dan Berger and Stephen Murphy of Mirage Studios.

First of all, Krang’s Gross Dimension X Body is a failed concept drawing sketch from 1990 (by Dan Berger and Steven Murphy from Mirage Studios) of a toy presented to Playmates Toys for consideration of a new action figure.  The design and idea was scrapped and never to be seen or heard from again.  I am here presently trying to change that, in 2017.  I will be attempting to build the first prototype test shot real life example of this figure drawing.  It will not be easy, and will require countless hours of patience, time, and thoughtful engineering.

So let’s start with some drawings and show you where my Krang heads are gonna be screwed onto.  My initial idea in my head is to feature 3 removable heads:  A hand sculpted “Gross Head”, a “Broken Space Helmet Head”, and a glowing radioactive version of the standard classic pink “Krang Brain Head”.  See concept drawings:

Figure 1. The Gross Head 2017 Copyright KaptainMyke Figures Krang's Gross Dimension X Concept Drawing of "Gross Head" by Michael Frederik Sorensen (KaptainMyke). 1990 Copyright Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Mirage Studios are trademarks to their respective owners.

Figure 1.
The Gross Head
2017 Copyright KaptainMyke Figures
Krang’s Gross Dimension X Concept Drawing of “Gross Head” by Michael Frederik Sorensen (KaptainMyke).
1990 Copyright Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Mirage Studios are trademarks to their respective owners.

Figure 3. Original concept of box packaging art and layouts scribbled on the back of a sheet of scrap paper by me. 2017 Copyright KaptainMyke Figures Krang's Gross Dimension X Concept Drawing of "Gross Head" by Michael Frederik Sorensen (KaptainMyke). 1990 Copyright Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Mirage Studios are trademarks to their respective owners.

Figure 3.
Original concept of box packaging art and layouts scribbled on the back of a sheet of scrap paper by me.
2017 Copyright KaptainMyke Figures
Krang’s Gross Dimension X Concept Drawing of “Gross Head” by Michael Frederik Sorensen (KaptainMyke).
1990 Copyright Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Mirage Studios are trademarks to their respective owners.

Figure 2. Original concept production notes scribbled on the back of an ebay invoice by me 2017 Copyright KaptainMyke Figures Krang's Gross Dimension X Concept Drawing of "Gross Head" by Michael Frederik Sorensen (KaptainMyke). 1990 Copyright Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Mirage Studios are trademarks to their respective owners.

Figure 2.
Original concept production notes scribbled on the back of an ebay invoice by me
2017 Copyright KaptainMyke Figures
Krang’s Gross Dimension X Concept Drawing of “Gross Head” by Michael Frederik Sorensen (KaptainMyke).
1990 Copyright Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Mirage Studios are trademarks to their respective owners.

So I figured, “What’s the best way to start?” I need a KRANG! Here we go:

I purchased a 1991 loose Krang's Giant 11" Android Body with Krang Brain and Bubble Walker.

I purchased a 1991 loose Krang’s Giant 11″ Android Body with Krang Brain and Bubble Walker.

Hmmm. “That’s not right. He looks fat!” I can fix this!

Original 1991 Krang's Giant Android Body I have started hash marks with sharpie on what I need to grind off with a dremel tool.

Original 1991 Krang’s Giant Android Body
I have started hash marks with sharpie on what I need to grind off with a dremel tool.

Original 1991 Krang's Giant Android Body I have started hash marks with sharpie on what I need to grind off with a dremel tool.

Original 1991 Krang’s Giant Android Body
I have started hash marks with sharpie on what I need to grind off with a dremel tool.

Original 1991 Krang's Giant Android Body I have started hash marks with sharpie on what I need to grind off with a dremel tool.

Original 1991 Krang’s Giant Android Body
I have started hash marks with sharpie on what I need to grind off with a dremel tool.

The next process is simple. I figured I needed a foundation or base for a core 4″ screw and bolt setup as a spine and plug for the removable heads. I also begin adding armature wire for sculpting the arms and hands by hand with clay. Very tedious process, but simple enough. I used Krazy Glue to glue the armature wire and drilled contact points for the wire. This will hopefully prevent cracking and make the arms resilient to twisting and turning at the shoulders.

Original 1991 Krang's Giant Android Body with armature wire and beginning stages of building the spinal core.

Original 1991 Krang’s Giant Android Body with armature wire and beginning stages of building the spinal core.

Original 1991 Krang's Giant Android Body with armature wire and beginning stages of building the spinal core.

Original 1991 Krang’s Giant Android Body with armature wire and beginning stages of building the spinal core.

Original 1991 Krang's Giant Android Body with armature wire and beginning stages of building the spinal core.

Original 1991 Krang’s Giant Android Body with armature wire and beginning stages of building the spinal core.

Original 1991 Krang's Giant Android Body with armature wire and beginning stages of building the spinal core.

Original 1991 Krang’s Giant Android Body with armature wire and beginning stages of building the spinal core.

Original 1991 Krang's Giant Android Body with armature wire and beginning stages of building the spinal core.

Original 1991 Krang’s Giant Android Body with armature wire and beginning stages of building the spinal core.

After getting the arms and overall pose where I wanted it, I still considered the figure to be too bulky for all that clay I’m going to add on top of him – so off to the dremel tool we go!

Original 1991 Krang's Giant Android Body (with armature wire) Starting to build the inner mass of the arms connecting to the 4 fingered hands.

Original 1991 Krang’s Giant Android Body (with armature wire) Starting to build the inner mass of the arms connecting to the 4 fingered hands.

Original 1991 Krang's Giant Android Body (with armature wire) shaved off most of the extra bulk and body ciruitry that was there before...

Original 1991 Krang’s Giant Android Body (with armature wire) shaved off most of the extra bulk and body ciruitry that was there before…

 Original 1991 Krang's Giant Android Body (with armature wire) The read will feature a broken off reptillian tail and scales traveling down the spine and legs.

Original 1991 Krang’s Giant Android Body (with armature wire) The read will feature a broken off reptillian tail and scales traveling down the spine and legs.

Original 1991 Krang's Giant Android Body (with armature wire) Starting to build the inner mass of the arms connecting to the 4 fingered hands.

Original 1991 Krang’s Giant Android Body (with armature wire) Starting to build the inner mass of the arms connecting to the 4 fingered hands.

Original 1991 Krang's Giant Android Body (with armature wire) Starting to build the inner mass of the arms connecting to the 4 fingered hands.

Original 1991 Krang’s Giant Android Body (with armature wire) Starting to build the inner mass of the arms connecting to the 4 fingered hands.

Original 1991 Krang's Giant Android Body (with armature wire) shaved off most of the extra bulk and body ciruitry that was there before...

Original 1991 Krang’s Giant Android Body (with armature wire) shaved off most of the extra bulk and body ciruitry that was there before…

Original 1991 Krang's Giant Android Body with armature wire and beginning stages of building the spinal core.

Original 1991 Krang’s Giant Android Body with armature wire and beginning stages of building the spinal core.

I began added a very thin layer of clay in order to get a base for the bulk and mass that will become his arms and legs.  As you can see in the concept sketch, there is a lot of veins and bones from within a lot of muscle tissue mass.  So I figured, “I should start thin so I have plenty of surface area to work with later”

Original 1991 Krang's Giant Android Body with armature wire and beginning stages of building the arms with a thin layer of terra cotta air dry clay.

Original 1991 Krang’s Giant Android Body with armature wire and beginning stages of building the arms with a thin layer of terra cotta air dry clay.

Original 1991 Krang's Giant Android Body with armature wire and beginning stages of building the 3 toe feet with oversized heal and bone structure.

Original 1991 Krang’s Giant Android Body with armature wire and beginning stages of building the 3 toe feet with oversized heal and bone structure.

Original 1991 Krang's Giant Android Body with armature wire and beginning stages of building the 4 inch bolt and screw washer spinal core inside the torso. I haven't decided what I will use as mass for the stomach region yet. I tried styrofoam at first but it expands and the clay shrinks when dried so there was definite cracking. I decided to scrap that idea.

Original 1991 Krang’s Giant Android Body with armature wire and beginning stages of building the 4 inch bolt and screw washer spinal core inside the torso. I haven’t decided what I will use as mass for the stomach region yet. I tried styrofoam at first but it expands and the clay shrinks when dried so there was definite cracking. I decided to scrap that idea.

Original 1991 Krang's Giant Android Body with armature wire and beginning stages of building the arms with a thin layer of terra cotta air dry clay.

Original 1991 Krang’s Giant Android Body with armature wire and beginning stages of building the arms with a thin layer of terra cotta air dry clay.

Original 1991 Krang's Giant Android Body with armature wire and beginning stages of building the arms with a thin layer of terra cotta air dry clay.

Original 1991 Krang’s Giant Android Body with armature wire and beginning stages of building the arms with a thin layer of terra cotta air dry clay.

Original 1991 Krang's Giant Android Body with armature wire and beginning stages of building the 3 toe feet with oversized heal and bone structure.

Original 1991 Krang’s Giant Android Body with armature wire and beginning stages of building the 3 toe feet with oversized heel and bone structure.

Original 1991 Krang's Giant Android Body with armature wire and beginning stages of building the broken off tailbone and reptilian lizard tail.

Original 1991 Krang’s Giant Android Body with armature wire and beginning stages of building the broken off tailbone and reptilian lizard tail.

Original 1991 Krang's Giant Android Body with armature wire and beginning stages of building the broken off tailbone and reptilian lizard tail.

Original 1991 Krang’s Giant Android Body with armature wire and beginning stages of building the broken off tailbone and reptilian lizard tail.

Original 1991 Krang's Giant Android Body with armature wire and beginning stages of building the arms with a thin layer of terra cotta air dry clay.

Original 1991 Krang’s Giant Android Body with armature wire and beginning stages of building the arms with a thin layer of terra cotta air dry clay.

Eventually, the 14″ tall figure will be greenish with brown and grey overtones. He’s a lizard reptilian alien race. Only the brain is pink and squishy. I’m going completely by references of Krang creator David Wise who has stated via interviews, podcasts, blog posts, and forum posts consistently that Krang is not an Utrom and was once a reptilian who was stripped of his body on Dimension X.

This goes deep into the rabbit hole of things that never was but should have been. There are hints via various cartoon iterations that Krang is not what we all think he is or comes from where most think he came from. That’s another thing I love about the genius of this design and version of Krang. Conversely, the KRAANG we all know currently in the comics and cartoon is of an entire alien race from Dimension X. The older cartoons (2003) have shown in the past, Krang had cloned out into several bodies they are started walking upright and had tails like lizards. They looked like lizard people!

To be continued…

Well, that was the first 2 weeks. I’ll post more regarding sculpting of the heads and more!

2016 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past Board Game Kickstarter Project “WORKS” Edition

2016 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past Board Game Kickstarter Project "WORKS" Edition

2016 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past Board Game Kickstarter Project “WORKS” Edition

2016 TMNT SHADOWS OF THE PAST BOARDGAME Kickstarter “WORKS” Ed.

2016 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past Board Game Kickstarter Project “WORKS” Edition Sealed, Never Opened

A miniatures-based, sewer-crawling adventure featuring the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!
Created by IDW Games

6,033 backers pledged $862,211 to help bring this project to life.

The Works Edition is a very special presentation of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past. This exclusive box comes with the standard miniatures as well as a variant set of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game pieces based off the art of Kevin Eastman, and Bebop & Rocksteady!

Exclusive pizza box
Kevin Eastman Variant Turtle miniatures
Kevin Eastman signed Lithograph
April O’Neil Hero Pack

The included photos with black backgrounds were obtained directly from the kickstarter fund raising project page and blog updates from Kevin Wilson’s site. This is to display to you, what is included inside this 7 lb sealed box of amazing Ninja Turtle awesomeness.

This was an amazing and ambitious project that was a wild success. Cowabunga Kevin, and Kevin!

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2016 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past Board Game Kickstarter Project "WORKS" Edition

2016 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past Board Game Kickstarter Project “WORKS” Edition

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1988 OFFICIAL TMNT TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLE FORCE FAN CLUB KIT Mail-away Exclusive – Complete, Open

This was the original fan club you would receive if mailed in the fan club form only offered in the original 1988 release rubber soft head Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

This was the original fan club kit you would receive if mailed in the fan club form only offered in the original 1988 release rubber soft head Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

1988 Original OFFICIAL TMNT
TURTLE FORCE FAN CLUB KIT #3390
Complete, Open

This was the original fan club kit you would receive if mailed in the fan club form only offered in the original 1988 release rubber soft head Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from either Donatello, Michaelangelo, Raphael, or Leonardo.

This is a complete yet opened fan club kit, serial number #3390.

Includes the following in the Fan Club:

Welcome Letter:

1988 Turtle Force Fan Club Welcome Letter

1988 Turtle Force Fan Club Welcome Letter

 

Official Turtle Force Wall Certificate and Membership card #3390

1988 Turtle Force Fan Club Official Turtle Force Wall Certificate and Membership card #3390

1988 Turtle Force Fan Club Official Turtle Force Wall Certificate and Membership card #3390

Limited Edition mini TMNT comic book (Street Collector’s Edition #1 – raw ungraded)

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4″ yellow “Mutant Power” color TMNT sticker

1988 Turtle Force Fan Club Official Turtle Force 4″ yellow "Mutant Power" color TMNT sticker

1988 Turtle Force Fan Club Official Turtle Force 4″ yellow “Mutant Power” color TMNT sticker

Royal Blue “Heroes in a half shell” Eastman and Laird art 22″ x 22″ TMNT bandanna

1988 Turtle Force Fan Club Royal Blue "Heroes in a half shell" Eastman and Laird art 22″ x 22″ TMNT bandanna

1988 Turtle Force Fan Club Royal Blue “Heroes in a half shell” Eastman and Laird art 22″ x 22″ TMNT bandanna

original packet mailing envelope:

1988 Turtle Force Fan Club Kit original packet mailing envelope

1988 Turtle Force Fan Club Kit original packet mailing envelope

Good Mail Day, imo

The mail came today.

The following action figure has been a saved ebay search of mine for a little over 5 years. 5 YEARS. I give you:

1994 TMNT SLAM DUNKIN’ DON Exclusive Walmart Variant WHITE JERSEY repaint version, with Collector Card, MOC, sealed, NEW. Moderate Shelf wear on top of blister bubble. EXTREMELY RARE HOLY GRAIL ITEM

 

1994 TMNT SLAM DUNKIN' DON Exclusive Walmart Variant WHITE JERSEY repaint version, with Collector Card, MOC, sealed, NEW. Moderate Shelf wear on top of blister bubble. EXTREMELY RARE HOLY GRAIL ITEM

1994 TMNT SLAM DUNKIN’ DON Exclusive Walmart Variant WHITE JERSEY repaint version, with Collector Card, MOC, sealed, NEW. Moderate Shelf wear on top of blister bubble. EXTREMELY RARE HOLY GRAIL ITEM

1991 TMNT 11″ Krang’s Android Body with unpainted veins Krang Brain inside. Loose, antennas broke off head. I bought this one so my son wouldn’t lose his mind over my boxed sealed 11″ version of this toy. LOL

1991 TMNT 11" Krang's Android Body with unpainted veins Krang Brain inside. Loose, antennas broke off head. I bought this one so my son wouldn't lose his mind over my boxed sealed 11" version of this toy. LOL

1991 TMNT 11″ Krang’s Android Body with unpainted veins Krang Brain inside. Loose, antennas broke off head. I bought this one so my son wouldn’t lose his mind over my boxed sealed 11″ version of this toy. LOL

1989 TMNT Retromutagen OOZE, sealed in the can, never opened, with original Toys R Us price tag on lid! VERY SCARCE!

1989 TMNT Retromutagen OOZE, sealed in the can, never opened, with original Toys R Us price tag on lid! VERY SCARCE!

1989 TMNT Retromutagen OOZE, sealed in the can, never opened, with original Toys R Us price tag on lid! VERY SCARCE!

The rest of my custom made acrylic cases for the Giant Turtles came in today. So now I can display a group photo of all 7 figures from the GIANT TMNT series that spanned from 1989-1991

Complete full set of GIANT edition TMNT figures! 1989 Giant Turtles, 1991 Giant 11″ Krang’s Android Body, and 1991 Giant Bad Boys Bebop and Rocksteady, sealed in custom acrylic cases!

Complete full set of GIANT edition TMNT figures! 1989 Giant Turtles, 1991 Giant 11" Krang's Android Body, and 1991 Giant Bad Boys Bebop and Rocksteady, sealed in custom acrylic cases!

Complete full set of GIANT edition TMNT figures! 1989 Giant Turtles, 1991 Giant 11″ Krang’s Android Body, and 1991 Giant Bad Boys Bebop and Rocksteady, sealed in custom acrylic cases!

1991 TMNT SUPER SHREDDER All Purple German Euro Variant. These are extremely rare, especially in the United States. Allegedly they are from the Sears catalog and you received them via mail in Germany. I’m told they were also Mint on Card, though as well so I’m not sure.

1991 TMNT SUPER SHREDDER All Purple German Euro Variant. These are extremely rare, especially in the United States. Allegedly they are from the Sears catalog and you received them via mail in Germany. I'm told they were also Mint on Card, though as well so I'm not sure.

1991 TMNT SUPER SHREDDER All Purple German Euro Variant. These are extremely rare, especially in the United States. Allegedly they are from the Sears catalog and you received them via mail in Germany. I’m told they were also Mint on Card, though as well so I’m not sure.

1991 Giant BEBOP and Giant ROCKSTEADY are united at last

I know some of you have been following my struggles to find solid giant ninja turtles and the elusive giant bebop and giant rocksteady. I have been burned twice by ebay sellers and once locally for Rocksteady. This toy is just damn rare. Heereeee we go!

I have received the 4 Giant Turtles and both Giant Bad Boys today. I have acrylic cases being shipped for the 4 green guys so I’ll wait to post photos of those. I will post however, Giant Bebop and Giant Rocksteady, along with some other toys I got in with acrylic cases made…CGA is the same company who encapsulates toys for AFA Grading Services.

 

1992 TMNT Bad Boys GIANT BEBOP and GIANT ROCKSTEADY in custom made acrylic cases!

1992 TMNT Bad Boys GIANT BEBOP and GIANT ROCKSTEADY in custom made acrylic cases!

1992 TMNT Bad Boys GIANT ROCKSTEADY in custom made acrylic cases!

1992 TMNT Bad Boys GIANT ROCKSTEADY in custom made acrylic cases!

1992 TMNT Bad Boys GIANT ROCKSTEADY in custom made acrylic cases!

1992 TMNT Bad Boys GIANT ROCKSTEADY in custom made acrylic cases! Little bit of damage to the blister bubble.

1992 TMNT Bad Boys GIANT ROCKSTEADY in custom made acrylic cases!

1992 TMNT Bad Boys GIANT ROCKSTEADY in custom made acrylic cases!

1992 TMNT Bad Boys GIANT BEBOP in custom made acrylic cases!

1992 TMNT Bad Boys GIANT BEBOP in custom made acrylic cases!

1992 TMNT Bad Boys GIANT BEBOP in custom made acrylic cases! The back of box has some scuffing and shelf storage wear.

1992 TMNT Bad Boys GIANT BEBOP in custom made acrylic cases! The back of box has some scuffing and shelf storage wear.

1992 TMNT Bad Boys GIANT BEBOP and GIANT ROCKSTEADY in custom made acrylic cases! The condition of Rocksteady’s blister bubble has a pinch in it and a crease. The box has typical shelf and storage wear to it for its age. Bebop has some storage/shelf wear as well but I really can’t complain at this point.

1992 TMNT Bad Boys GIANT BEBOP and GIANT ROCKSTEADY in custom made acrylic cases!

1992 TMNT Bad Boys GIANT BEBOP and GIANT ROCKSTEADY in custom made acrylic cases!