Dry Heat Pressing Comic Books

I have decided to try and dive into the subculture and rabbit hole known as comic book pressing.   I decided to invest in a  professional grade t-shirt heatpress machine for this adventure. It makes perfect sense because KaptainMyke is already in the business of t-shirt designs and heatpressing silkscreen art.

Edit 9/17/2017 :  Now you can learn and try to press comic books yourself at home! Read my FAQ How to Press Comic Books with a T-Shirt Press by KaptainMyke.

Where to begin? I’ve read and seen countless examples of bad pressing. Scorched books, waves or ripples appear on the comic book several hours or days later. Many times the comic book returns back to its original shape before pressing – like a memory foam mattress!   I am not here to endorse amateur pressing but I am posting here my findings and experiences so far.   Temperature and moisture levels are key.   So what is one to do when water or moisture is paper product’s worst enemy?

I thought I would try the realm of singular heat/cold exchange on pressing. You press a book for 20 minutes, flip the book over for an additional 20 minutes, and turn off the unit…leaving the book inside the press for 4 hours after. This proved to be wildly successful…so here goes my photo documented results with my very first press.

I used one of my son’s new comic books. It’s a brand new Newsstand Edition copy of Scooby Doo Team-up #27, featuring Plastic Man. This comic book is rough! My son is 10 years old and autistic, so he frankly does not care at all what happens to the book, so long as the book is opened to the page he likes the most, and on the floor for him to look at anytime in any random moment of his choosing to admire.

The first trial comic book pressing: 2017 DC Comics Scooby Doo Team-up ft Plastic Man #27. You can see the wrinkles and creased front corner. Yikes!

The first trial comic book pressing: 2017 DC Comics Scooby Doo Team-up ft Plastic Man #27. You can see the wrinkles and creased front corner. Yikes!

The first trial comic book pressing: 2017 DC Comics Scooby Doo Team-up ft Plastic Man #27. You can see the wrinkles and creased front corner. Yikes!

The first trial comic book pressing: 2017 DC Comics Scooby Doo Team-up ft Plastic Man #27. You can see the wrinkles and creased front corner. Yikes!

I regret I didn’t take enough photos of the back but here are a few good angles for you to inspect:

The first trial comic book pressing: 2017 DC Comics Scooby Doo Team-up ft Plastic Man #27. You can see the wrinkles and waves on the back cover. Yikes!

The first trial comic book pressing: 2017 DC Comics Scooby Doo Team-up ft Plastic Man #27. You can see the wrinkles and waves on the back cover. Yikes!

The first trial comic book pressing: 2017 DC Comics Scooby Doo Team-up ft Plastic Man #27. You can see the wrinkles and waves on the back cover. Yikes!

The first trial comic book pressing: 2017 DC Comics Scooby Doo Team-up ft Plastic Man #27. You can see the wrinkles and waves on the back cover. Yikes!

I used 2 sheets of normal copy paper on top and below the comic book inside the heat press.

I used 2 sheets of normal copy paper on top and below the comic book inside the heat press.

I used 2 sheets of normal copy paper on top and below the comic book inside the heat press.

I used 2 sheets of normal copy paper on top and below the comic book inside the heat press.

I tried an initial temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes on each side. This seems to be the best temperature but today I am trying 170 degrees.

The trick is to turn off the heat press after the second 20 minutes and leave the comic book inside the heat press for an additional 1-4 hours, depending on the severity of the the initial creasing and waviness of of the book. Leaving the book in the press is crucial if you do not wish to use a sinus cold or clothes fabric humidifier. I do not suggest using humidity on the book. It’s called a “dry press” and “dry cleaning” for a reason. Leaving the book in the press for as long as possible will prevent the book from returning to its original “memory foam mattress” condition.

After 4 hours later, here are the results of the first comic book pressing by KaptainMyke:

Results of first press. Back of book. Top down top left side of back cover.

Results of first press. Back of book. Top down top left side of back cover.

Results of 1st comic press. Front of cover. You can see the crease on the bottom right corner to see it's the same book.

Results of 1st comic press. Front of cover. You can see the crease on the bottom right corner to see it’s the same book.

Results of 1st comic press. Top down left side view of front of book.

Results of 1st comic press. Top down left side view of front of book.

Spine results of first press. You can obviously see the color breaking spine ticks but overall previous damage of spine is nonexistent.

Spine results of first press. You can obviously see the color breaking spine ticks but overall previous damage of spine is nonexistent.

Bottom right front corner of book shows the color breaking corner crease but it is flattened out very smooth and flat.

Bottom right front corner of book shows the color breaking corner crease but it is flattened out very smooth and flat.

Results of first press. Back of book. No damage.

Results of first press. Back of book. No damage.

Results of first press. Back of book. Top down left side of back cover.

Results of first press. Back of book. Top down left side of back cover.

Results of first press. Back of book. Top down top side of back cover.

Results of first press. Back of book. Top down top side of back cover.

Results of first press. Back of book. Top down right side of back cover.

Results of first press. Back of book. Top down right side of back cover.

Results of first press. Back of book. Top down right side of back cover.

Results of first press. Back of book. Top down right side of back cover.

Results of first press. Back of book. Top down top left side of back cover.

Results of first press. Back of book. Top down top left side of back cover.

Results of first press. Back of book. Top down top left side of front cover.

Results of first press. Back of book. Top down top left side of front cover.

Results of first press. Back of book. Top down top right side of front cover.

Results of first press. Back of book. Top down top right side of front cover.

As you can clearly see, for my first trial run of dry heat pressing a comic book, the results are wildly remarkable and astounding.  Total success!  There are a few remaining dings but for my first press this is fantastic.

A few things I’ve learned:
Use copy paper on the top and back of cover for pressing.
Pages with glossy magazine paper will stick together when temp is too hot.
When this happens, wait for book to completely cool down before separating out pages stuck due to modern high gloss paper.
Do not press books with a square bound spine, such as graphic novels like The Dark Knight Returns or The Killing Joke.
Spine rolls are not a problem. The press easily resets spine rolls but you will have color breaks most likely.

The name of the heat press is a VEVOR Digital Controller heatpress machine. Model CP230B. Temperature can be adjusted from 100-400 degrees.  Brand new they can retail for $250-$400.  Used you can buy one for $150 but you will need a new bottom pad most likely.

EDIT:  So CBCS comics suspended my account for 7 days and deleted my post on the forum at forum.cbcscomics.com.  

I guess free information exchange isn’t allowed.   I was also not aware this was against company forum policy since they have not updated their terms of use.  

Amateur pressing should not threaten their business model.  The fascists who operate the discussion forum do, however.   

 

VEVOR Headpress Machine. Swivel stand and pressure screws give this heat press total flexibility for various sizes and shapes of books. The pressure plate screws will help adjust for all different sizes and thickness of books.

VEVOR Headpress Machine. Swivel stand and pressure screws give this heat press total flexibility for various sizes and shapes of books. The pressure plate screws will help adjust for all different sizes and thickness of books.

VEVOR Headpress Machine. Swivel stand and pressure screws give this heat press total flexibility for various sizes and shapes of books. The pressure plate screws will help adjust for all different sizes and thickness of books.

VEVOR Headpress Machine. Swivel stand and pressure screws give this heat press total flexibility for various sizes and shapes of books. The pressure plate screws will help adjust for all different sizes and thickness of books.

VEVOR Headpress Machine. Swivel stand and pressure screws give this heat press total flexibility for various sizes and shapes of books. The pressure plate screws will help adjust for all different sizes and thickness of books.

VEVOR Headpress Machine. Swivel stand and pressure screws give this heat press total flexibility for various sizes and shapes of books. The pressure plate screws will help adjust for all different sizes and thickness of books.

VEVOR Headpress Machine. Swivel stand and pressure screws give this heat press total flexibility for various sizes and shapes of books. The pressure plate screws will help adjust for all different sizes and thickness of books.

VEVOR Headpress Machine. Swivel stand and pressure screws give this heat press total flexibility for various sizes and shapes of books. The pressure plate screws will help adjust for all different sizes and thickness of books.

Here are the results of some more books I’ve recently worked on. I performed a sort of dry cleaning and dry heat pressing on the following books:

1988 DC Comics BATMAN #428 1st Printing NEWSSTAND EDITION. This one is beat up and has bad spine creasing with color breaks. Before heat pressing.

1988 DC Comics BATMAN #428 1st Printing NEWSSTAND EDITION. This one is beat up and has bad spine creasing with color breaks. Before heat pressing.

1988 DC Comics BATMAN #428 1st Printing NEWSSTAND EDITION. This one is beat up and has bad spine creasing with color breaks. Before heat pressing.

1988 DC Comics BATMAN #428 1st Printing NEWSSTAND EDITION. This one is beat up and has bad spine creasing with color breaks. Before heat pressing.

1988 DC Comics BATMAN #428 1st Printing NEWSSTAND EDITION. After heat pressing and spine realigment.

1988 DC Comics BATMAN #428 1st Printing NEWSSTAND EDITION. After heat pressing and spine realigment.

1988 DC Comics BATMAN #428 1st Printing NEWSSTAND EDITION. After heat pressing and spine realigment.

1988 DC Comics BATMAN #428 1st Printing NEWSSTAND EDITION. After heat pressing and spine realigment.

1988 DC Comics BATMAN #428 1st Printing NEWSSTAND EDITION. After heat pressing and spine realigment.

1988 DC Comics BATMAN #428 1st Printing NEWSSTAND EDITION. After heat pressing and spine realigment.

1988 DC Comics BATMAN #428 1st Printing NEWSSTAND EDITION. After heat pressing and spine realigment.

1988 DC Comics BATMAN #428 1st Printing NEWSSTAND EDITION. After heat pressing and spine realigment.

Next I tried a cheap newsstand edition of Supergirl from 1994. This one had bad wrinkles and wave in it throughout the entire book. Looks like moisture possibly hit the book. Here are the results:

1994 DC Comics SUPERGIRL Vol 3 #1 NEWSSTAND EDITION. Bad waves, wrinles, and appears to be moisture damage. Before dry cleaning and heatpress.

1994 DC Comics SUPERGIRL Vol 3 #1 NEWSSTAND EDITION. Bad waves, wrinles, and appears to be moisture damage. Before dry cleaning and heatpress.

1994 DC Comics SUPERGIRL Vol 3 #1 NEWSSTAND EDITION. Bad waves, wrinles, and appears to be moisture damage. Before dry cleaning and heatpress.

1994 DC Comics SUPERGIRL Vol 3 #1 NEWSSTAND EDITION. Bad waves, wrinles, and appears to be moisture damage. Before dry cleaning and heatpress.

1994 DC Comics SUPERGIRL Vol 3 #1 NEWSSTAND EDITION. Bad waves, wrinles, and appears to be moisture damage. Before dry cleaning and heatpress.

1994 DC Comics SUPERGIRL Vol 3 #1 NEWSSTAND EDITION. Bad waves, wrinles, and appears to be moisture damage. Before dry cleaning and heatpress.

1994 DC Comics SUPERGIRL Vol 3 #1 NEWSSTAND EDITION. Bad waves, wrinles, and appears to be moisture damage. Before dry cleaning and heatpress.

1994 DC Comics SUPERGIRL Vol 3 #1 NEWSSTAND EDITION. Bad waves, wrinles, and appears to be moisture damage. Before dry cleaning and heatpress.

1994 DC Comics SUPERGIRL Vol 3 #1 NEWSSTAND EDITION. After dry cleaning and heatpressing. Waves and wrinkles gone. Interior pages are flat and bright white. Back cover is flat and creases gone but color breaks still evident.

1994 DC Comics SUPERGIRL Vol 3 #1 NEWSSTAND EDITION. After dry cleaning and heatpressing. Waves and wrinkles gone. Interior pages are flat and bright white. Back cover is flat and creases gone but color breaks still evident.

1994 DC Comics SUPERGIRL Vol 3 #1 NEWSSTAND EDITION. After dry cleaning and heatpressing. Waves and wrinkles gone. Interior pages are flat and bright white. Back cover is flat and creases gone but color breaks still evident.

1994 DC Comics SUPERGIRL Vol 3 #1 NEWSSTAND EDITION. After dry cleaning and heatpressing. Waves and wrinkles gone. Interior pages are flat and bright white. Back cover is flat and creases gone but color breaks still evident.

1994 DC Comics SUPERGIRL Vol 3 #1 NEWSSTAND EDITION. After dry cleaning and heatpressing. Waves and wrinkles gone. Interior pages are flat and bright white. Back cover is flat and creases gone but color breaks still evident.

1994 DC Comics SUPERGIRL Vol 3 #1 NEWSSTAND EDITION. After dry cleaning and heatpressing. Waves and wrinkles gone. Interior pages are flat and bright white. Back cover is flat and creases gone but color breaks still evident.

1994 DC Comics SUPERGIRL Vol 3 #1 NEWSSTAND EDITION. After dry cleaning and heatpressing. Waves and wrinkles gone. Interior pages are flat and bright white. Back cover is flat and creases gone but color breaks still evident.

1994 DC Comics SUPERGIRL Vol 3 #1 NEWSSTAND EDITION. After dry cleaning and heatpressing. Waves and wrinkles gone. Interior pages are flat and bright white. Back cover is flat and creases gone but color breaks still evident.

1994 DC Comics SUPERGIRL Vol 3 #1 NEWSSTAND EDITION. After dry cleaning and heatpressing. Waves and wrinkles gone. Interior pages are flat and bright white. Back cover is flat and creases gone but color breaks still evident.

1994 DC Comics SUPERGIRL Vol 3 #1 NEWSSTAND EDITION. After dry cleaning and heatpressing. Waves and wrinkles gone. Interior pages are flat and bright white. Back cover is flat and creases gone but color breaks still evident.

So now, you can learn and try to press comic books yourself at home! Read my FAQ How to Press Comic Books with a T-Shirt Press by KaptainMyke.

1966 Marvel Comics AVENGERS #32. BEFORE dry cleaning and heatpress and total spine realignment.

1966 Marvel Comics AVENGERS #32. BEFORE dry cleaning and heatpress and total spine realignment.

1966 Marvel Comics AVENGERS #32. BEFORE dry cleaning and heatpress and total spine realignment.

1966 Marvel Comics AVENGERS #32. BEFORE dry cleaning and heatpress and total spine realignment.

1966 Marvel Comics AVENGERS #32. BEFORE dry cleaning and heatpress and total spine realignment.

1966 Marvel Comics AVENGERS #32. BEFORE dry cleaning and heatpress and total spine realignment.

1966 Marvel Comics AVENGERS #32. BEFORE dry cleaning and heatpress and total spine realignment.

1966 Marvel Comics AVENGERS #32. BEFORE dry cleaning and heatpress and total spine realignment.

1966 Marvel Comics AVENGERS #32. AFTER dry cleaning and heatpress and total spine realignment.

1966 Marvel Comics AVENGERS #32. AFTER dry cleaning and heatpress and total spine realignment.

1966 Marvel Comics AVENGERS #32. AFTER dry cleaning and heatpress and total spine realignment.

1966 Marvel Comics AVENGERS #32. AFTER dry cleaning and heatpress and total spine realignment.

1966 Marvel Comics AVENGERS #32. AFTER dry cleaning and heatpress and total spine realignment.

1966 Marvel Comics AVENGERS #32. AFTER dry cleaning and heatpress and total spine realignment.

1966 Marvel Comics AVENGERS #32. AFTER dry cleaning and heatpress and total spine realignment.

1966 Marvel Comics AVENGERS #32. AFTER dry cleaning and heatpress and total spine realignment.

1966 Marvel Comics AVENGERS #32. AFTER dry cleaning and heatpress and total spine realignment.

1966 Marvel Comics AVENGERS #32. AFTER dry cleaning and heatpress and total spine realignment.

THE GIANT CYBER SAMURAI TURTLE 1 of 1 Motorized Walking Action Figure Prototype in Box

2017 GIANT CYBER SAMURAI TURTLE 1 of 1 Motorized Walking Action Figure Prototype in Box

GIANT CYBER SAMURAI TURTLE

2017 TMNT Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Custom One-of-a-Kind 1 of 1
Unreleased Prototype Toy from the 1994 Playmates Toys Catalog
GIANT CYBER SAMURAI TURTLE
New, with box featuring custom box art.
Created by Alvin Silvrants of Hits-Design in the Netherlands.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Giant Cyber Samurai Turtle Custom One-of-a-Kind 1 of 1

Previously Unreleased and Unauthorized Bootleg of a Prototype Conceptual Toy from the 1994 Playmates Toys Catalog

Commissioned by Michael Frederik Sorensen aka KaptainMyke, this one-of-a-kind concept prototype was first spotted by myself in the 1994 Playmates Toy catalog. I had to have it. I said to myself, “this figure has to be made!” So, I made it happen. I commissioned legendary Netherlands sculptor, artist and custom toy builder Alvin Silvrants of Hits-Design. www.hits-design.   I would recommend his quality and highly detailed craftsmanship to anyone I know. I am proud to add this figure to my legendary TMNT Collection.

Sealed, new in box.   Completely original packaging and box art courtesy of Alvin Silvrants of Hits-Design.  Playmates Toys Custom Netherlands Release, not a licensed real Playmates Toys figure.  I rarely seek bootleg figures or desire unauthorized toys. When you see a toy figure of this caliber and detail, you cannot resist!  The figure has real walking actions, laser sounds and talking sounds! The laser pistol, eye visor and stomach cavity all light up with bright flashing red laser lights!  Also included is original sketches, conceptual art, top secret build photos, notes, and a certificate of authenticity from Alvin, that states this is the first ever figure made by him and it is 1 of 1.

  • Giant 12″ Hand painted Motorized Walking Action Figure
  • Stock # 3405 as featured in the 1994 Playmates Toy Catalog
  • Custom box art design
  • Original sculpted head
  • Motorized Walking action
  • Laser pistol with working firing sounds and lights
  • Swivel turtle mounted machine gun turrets on both left and right shoulders
  • Swivel turtle mounted machine gun turrets on both left and right knees
  • Left hand features working grabbing hand
  • Includes mutating 2.5″ baby turtle that transforms into Ninja Turtle co-pilot featuring 2 sai weapons
  • Shell cockpit control center
  • Gold paint
  • Purple Metallic Pearl paint on body and weaponry
  • Working blast sounds with talking voice and red lights on eye visor and torso
  • Includes a detailed laminated original concept sketch by artist Alvin Silvrants
  • Includes a laminated original signed Certificate of Authenticity stating #1 by artist Alvin Silvrants
  • Includes a detailed art sketchbook with photos featuring the design and creative process
  • Encapsulated inside a custom measured 14″ acrylic case from Collectible Grading Authority, Inc. (CGA)
  • More photos can be found at www.kaptainmyke.com.
2017 GIANT CYBER SAMURAI TURTLE

2017 GIANT CYBER SAMURAI TURTLE
Light up action and Walking action

2017 GIANT CYBER SAMURAI TURTLE Left Side of box art.

2017 GIANT CYBER SAMURAI TURTLE
Left Side of box art.

2017 GIANT CYBER SAMURAI TURTLE Right Side of box art.

2017 GIANT CYBER SAMURAI TURTLE
Right Side of box art.

2017 GIANT CYBER SAMURAI TURTLE Front of box art.

2017 GIANT CYBER SAMURAI TURTLE
Front of box art.

2017 GIANT CYBER SAMURAI TURTLE Top of box art.

2017 GIANT CYBER SAMURAI TURTLE
Top of box art.

2017 GIANT CYBER SAMURAI TURTLE Bottom of box art.

2017 GIANT CYBER SAMURAI TURTLE Bottom of box art.

 

 

 

Scan of Original page from 1994 Playmates Toys Catalog showing the Giant Cyber Samurai Turtle

Scan of Original page from 1994 Playmates Toys Catalog showing the Giant Cyber Samurai Turtle

2017 GIANT CYBER SAMURAI TURTLE Original certificate of authenticity by artist Alvin Silvrants

2017 GIANT CYBER SAMURAI TURTLE
Original certificate of authenticity by artist Alvin Silvrants

2017 GIANT CYBER SAMURAI TURTLE Original concept sketch by artist Alvin Silvrants

2017 GIANT CYBER SAMURAI TURTLE
Original concept sketch by artist Alvin Silvrants

2017 GIANT CYBER SAMURAI TURTLE Instruction manual by artist Alvin Silvrants

2017 GIANT CYBER SAMURAI TURTLE
Instruction manual by artist Alvin Silvrants

2017 GIANT CYBER SAMURAI TURTLE

2017 GIANT CYBER SAMURAI TURTLE
Back of box art.

Alvin Silvrants information can be found at his website  www.hits-design.  You should look him up for his creative acrylic and oil paintings or commission him to do a custom action figure, or even illustrations for children’s books.  This guy is really talented and you should keep him on your radar in the future.  Thanks, Alvin!

SEE THE TESTING VIDEO RIGHT HERE: 

TMNT Warrior Rahzar with Fur MINT ON CARD (MOC)

WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR featuring Glow-In-The-Dark Armor Mint on Card MOC Prototype by KaptainMyke ©2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mirage Studios ©1995 Playmates Toys ©1988-1995 No. 5205 UPC 043377-05205-0

WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR Glow-In-The-Dark Armor, Mint on Card Prototype by KaptainMyke ©2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mirage Studios ©1995 Playmates Toys ©1988-1995 No. 5205 UPC 043377-05205-0

WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR Glow-In-The-Dark Armor, Mint on Card Prototype by KaptainMyke ©2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mirage Studios ©1995 Playmates Toys ©1988-1995 No. 5205 UPC 043377-05205-0

WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR Glow-In-The-Dark Armor, Mint on Card Prototype by KaptainMyke ©2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mirage Studios ©1995 Playmates Toys ©1988-1995 No. 5205 UPC 043377-05205-0

WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR Glow-In-The-Dark Armor, Mint on Card Prototype by KaptainMyke ©2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mirage Studios ©1995 Playmates Toys ©1988-1995 No. 5205 UPC 043377-05205-0

The item before you is the end result of combining a 1991 Rahzar MOC movie star Rahzar figure with an unpainted red nose and unpainted eyes – and the other donor,  an original 1995 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles “Rahzar” Re-Release Mint on Card Action Figure.  I used the 1991 as the base figure with accessories, and the 1995 figure was used for its card backer and packaging.  This prototype test shot figure was exclusively custom made by KaptainMyke (Michael Frederik Sorensen). This is the only Warrior Rahzar with Fur known to be Mint on Card, and with glow-in-the-dark armor, and with glow in the dark accessories. The glow action is really bright when in direct sunlight for 10 minutes. The figure will glow for over 12 hours. I’ve been told the glow paint is not radioactive.

This figure took several weeks to build.  The unpainted MOC red nosed figure was completely repainted from scratch.  Glow in the Dark crystals mixed in clear coat were lightly painted with 1 coat each day for several weeks.  The shoulder pads, thigh pads and gauntlets were all painted black to match the mysterious Playmates Toy catalog photo.  The armor rings were painted from bronze to bright school bus yellow before painting the glow crystals.  The eyes and teeth were included in the glow in the dark paint, something never attempted before.  This toy initially was not intended at all to glow in the dark.

WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR Glow-In-The-Dark Armor, Mint on Card Prototype by KaptainMyke ©2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mirage Studios ©1995 Playmates Toys ©1988-1995 No. 5205 UPC 043377-05205-0

WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR Glow-In-The-Dark Armor, Mint on Card Prototype by KaptainMyke ©2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mirage Studios ©1995 Playmates Toys ©1988-1995 No. 5205 UPC 043377-05205-0

WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR Glow-In-The-Dark Armor, Mint on Card Prototype by KaptainMyke ©2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mirage Studios ©1995 Playmates Toys ©1988-1995 No. 5205 UPC 043377-05205-0

WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR Glow-In-The-Dark Armor, Mint on Card Prototype by KaptainMyke ©2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mirage Studios ©1995 Playmates Toys ©1988-1995 No. 5205 UPC 043377-05205-0

WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR Glow-In-The-Dark Armor, Mint on Card Prototype by KaptainMyke ©2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mirage Studios ©1995 Playmates Toys ©1988-1995 No. 5205 UPC 043377-05205-0

WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR Glow-In-The-Dark Armor, Mint on Card Prototype by KaptainMyke ©2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mirage Studios ©1995 Playmates Toys ©1988-1995 No. 5205 UPC 043377-05205-0

WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR Glow-In-The-Dark Armor, Mint on Card Prototype by KaptainMyke ©2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mirage Studios ©1995 Playmates Toys ©1988-1995 No. 5205 UPC 043377-05205-0

WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR Glow-In-The-Dark Armor, Mint on Card Prototype by KaptainMyke ©2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mirage Studios ©1995 Playmates Toys ©1988-1995 No. 5205 UPC 043377-05205-0

WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR Glow-In-The-Dark Armor, Mint on Card Prototype by KaptainMyke ©2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mirage Studios ©1995 Playmates Toys ©1988-1995 No. 5205 UPC 043377-05205-0

WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR Glow-In-The-Dark Armor, Mint on Card Prototype by KaptainMyke ©2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mirage Studios ©1995 Playmates Toys ©1988-1995 No. 5205 UPC 043377-05205-0

WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR Glow-In-The-Dark Armor, Mint on Card Prototype by KaptainMyke ©2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mirage Studios ©1995 Playmates Toys ©1988-1995 No. 5205 UPC 043377-05205-0

WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR Glow-In-The-Dark Armor, Mint on Card Prototype by KaptainMyke ©2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mirage Studios ©1995 Playmates Toys ©1988-1995 No. 5205 UPC 043377-05205-0

WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR Glow-In-The-Dark Armor, Mint on Card Prototype by KaptainMyke ©2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mirage Studios ©1995 Playmates Toys ©1988-1995 No. 5205 UPC 043377-05205-0

WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR Glow-In-The-Dark Armor, Mint on Card Prototype by KaptainMyke ©2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mirage Studios ©1995 Playmates Toys ©1988-1995 No. 5205 UPC 043377-05205-0

Sticker art and packaging with WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR MOC

Sticker art and packaging with WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR MOC

Accessories of WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR MOC

Accessories of WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR MOC

An original 1995 Rahzar Mint on Card, this prototype test shot figure was exclusively custom made by KaptainMyke Figures. This is the only Warrior Rahzar known to be Mint on Card, and with glow-in the dark armor, and glow in the dark accessories. The glow action is really bright when in direct sunlight for 10 minutes. The figure will glow for over 12 hours. I've been told the glow paint is not radioactive.

An original 1995 Rahzar Mint on Card, this prototype test shot figure was exclusively custom made by KaptainMyke Figures. This is the only Warrior Rahzar known to be Mint on Card, and with glow-in the dark armor, and glow in the dark accessories. The glow action is really bright when in direct sunlight for 10 minutes. The figure will glow for over 12 hours. I’ve been told the glow paint is not radioactive.

An original 1995 Rahzar Mint on Card, this prototype test shot figure was exclusively custom made by KaptainMyke Figures. This is the only Warrior Rahzar known to be Mint on Card, and with glow-in the dark armor, and glow in the dark accessories. The glow action is really bright when in direct sunlight for 10 minutes. The figure will glow for over 12 hours. I've been told the glow paint is not radioactive.

An original 1995 Rahzar Mint on Card, this prototype test shot figure was exclusively custom made by KaptainMyke Figures. This is the only Warrior Rahzar known to be Mint on Card, and with glow-in the dark armor, and glow in the dark accessories. The glow action is really bright when in direct sunlight for 10 minutes. The figure will glow for over 12 hours. I’ve been told the glow paint is not radioactive.

Front of WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR MOC

Front of WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR MOC

Back of WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR MOC

Back of WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR MOC

WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR The Hairy Hero Stompin' Wolf! Mint on Card (MOC) Prototype Test Shot for Production KaptainMyke Figures ©2017 Mirage Studios ©1995 Playmates Toys ©1988-1995 No. 5205 UPC 043377-05205-0

WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR
The Hairy Hero Stompin’ Wolf!
Mint on Card (MOC)
Prototype Test Shot for Production
KaptainMyke Figures ©2017
Mirage Studios ©1995
Playmates Toys ©1988-1995
No. 5205
UPC 043377-05205-0

This figure is very rare and very elusive.  Many have tried to produce this figure but not to this scale and magnitude featuring glow paint and existing mint on a card.  Included are glow in the dark accessories which give the overall feel of radioactive ooze dripping on Rahzar’s armor and his weapons.  This action figure is totally and completely “one-of-a-kind” and remains incomparable.

WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR Glow-In-The-Dark Armor, Mint on Card Prototype by KaptainMyke ©2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mirage Studios ©1995 Playmates Toys ©1988-1995 No. 5205 UPC 043377-05205-0

WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR Glow-In-The-Dark Armor, Mint on Card Prototype by KaptainMyke ©2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mirage Studios ©1995 Playmates Toys ©1988-1995 No. 5205 UPC 043377-05205-0

 Test Shot Photos of Prototype WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR

Test Shot Photos of Prototype WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR

 Test Shot Photos of Prototype WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR

Test Shot Photos of Prototype WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR

 Test Shot Photos of Prototype WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR

Test Shot Photos of Prototype WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR

 Test Shot Photos of Prototype WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR

Test Shot Photos of Prototype WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR

 Test Shot Photos of Prototype WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR

Test Shot Photos of Prototype WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR

 Test Shot Photos of Prototype WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR

Test Shot Photos of Prototype WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR

 Test Shot Photos of Prototype WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR

Test Shot Photos of Prototype WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR

Glow in the Dark action for WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR MOC

Glow in the Dark action for WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR MOC

Glow in the Dark action for WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR MOC

Glow in the Dark action for WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR MOC

Glow in the Dark action for WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR MOC

Glow in the Dark action for WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR MOC

Glow in the Dark action for WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR MOC

Glow in the Dark action for WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR MOC

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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!

The Unpainted Unproduced Test Shot of WATER SPITTING QUARRY with push button action!

First of all, a 2005 TMNT Quarry figure, mint on card is next to impossible to find. They only released estimated 1000 figures and half of those were ordered from stores and half of those half were opened and played with or whatever… Quarry is considered one of the rearest figures in existence for TMNT collectors.

here we go…

2003tmntquarryspittingprototype_015This is very special to me and I wanted to share with my fellow shellheads: I proudly present to you: The Unpainted Unproduced Test Shot of WATER SPITTING QUARRY with push button action!

In 2004 playmates planned to make three monsters with action features: Razor Fist with pop up spikes, Stone Biter with biting jaws, and Quarry with Acid Spitting Action. Two of those figures were released on their 2004 cards with their actions. Quarry was not released until late 2005 in very very small numbers and the push button water spitting feature had been removed from the design. Playmates Toys was having QC checks failing and could not deliver a working production model in time so the figure was never released. This figure came from the original Japanese toy factory (most likely an employee) and was sold in 2008 to a buyer in the United States.

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2003 TMNT Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Playmates Toys - Mirage Studios Unproduced Prototype TEST SHOT Unpainted 6" Figure of QUARRY with mouth hole and push button mechanism on back under flexible rubberized hair.

2003 TMNT
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Playmates Toys – Mirage Studios
Unproduced Prototype TEST SHOT
Unpainted 6″ Figure of QUARRY with mouth hole and push button mechanism on back under flexible rubberized hair.