Like anyone in this scene I grew up on G.I. Joe and Star Wars
Like anyone in this scene I grew up on G.I. Joe and Star Wars, making my own customs by remixing parts. Fast forward 20 years, it's about 2003 and I decided to fill the holes in my childhood Star Wars collection.
That got me back into collecting toys, and it was around 2010 when I saw my first bootleg; a green space man figure by Suckadelic! I had never seen anything like it, and it blew my mind. It was a mashup of Fisher-Price Adventure People with Kenner's Greedo, but it wasn't a custom repainted toy, it was something new.
A figure cast in genuine green plastic.
I contacted Suckadelic and he actually emailed me back! They were his "Green Man Syndrome" figures for a toy show in NYC. He generously offered one to me prior to the show, but for a hundred bucks I couldn't afford it at the time. Still, this underground action figure community intrigued me to no end.
And it was not soon after that my jaw dropped when I saw the upcoming "Creature from the Black Squadron" figure by Killer Bootlegs.
That was it, I had to make my own. My first figure was a combination of Killer Bootlegs "Creature" idea mashed up with the horrendously beautiful "Polish Boba Fett".
This "Creech Fett" was my first bootleg, in early 2014, and I didn't make it for anyone else, just myself.
Encouraged by my friends and contacts online who liked what they saw, my first actual "release" was a single piece dump mold of the Polish Boba Fett. I did a run of around 25 or 30 because that's what the big boys like Suckadelic did ;) They didn't immediately sell out, and it was a ton of work, so future releases I would keep between 5 and 10 figures.
All my figures were well received, selling out regularly, and it was an absolute blast. I quickly started collaborating with other artists which took the fun to the next level (props to Randy Walker and Tim Baron, among almost a dozen others). Pretty soon I was doing a new figure drop every month.
I made it my goal to try and reach around 100 unique characters which was about Kenner's original run on Star Wars. To date, I'm over halfway there at 63 characters.
Most recently SkipBroToys has been on a short sabbatical as my family and I moved to a new town at the end of 2019. It's been a bit of an adjustment and my studio is slowly coming back together, but I hope to be casting again later this year with at least a dozen new drops planned over the next 12 months.
Of course it wouldn't be possible without the collectors who keep this community of artists going, so a big shout out and thank you to Dov, Matthew, Israel, and Ian who supported me in those early days!
You can find my store here ----> http://skipbrotoys.storenvy.com/
and my instagram here -------> https://www.instagram.com/skipbrotoys/