I spent most of the day ironing out the order process for my first product, the Dune Fremen Crysknife with Sheath. While I’ve laid out a workable process, I still can’t seem to integrate a PayPal button into the site for a quick purchase. Looks like I’ll need to call in some favours from the I.T. people at the office like a true Don Corleone
One thing I do to motivate myself to actually accomplish my goals is to promise myself a toy after so-and-so task is done. Apart from Ginton Forge, one of my major goals is to finish a novel (I bet you have that in your goal list as well), something I promised to do once the workshop is set up and rolling. I asked my girlfriend to hold on to an unopened Kaiyodo Capsule Q Iron Man figurine until I accomplish the first chapter of said novel. I haven’t started on it yet so I think Ironman will get quite rusty before I actually get to enjoy it!
I absolutely love the first Ironman movie, and my favourite Ironman suit will have to be the first one, the crude armour Tony Stark (brilliantly portrayed by Robert Downey Jr imho) built inside the caves in captivity–built, according to Obadiah Stane, using a “box of scraps”. Tony Stark’s success in prevailing over his dire predicament, with his body mutilated and with limited resources, is my inspiration not only for the Ginton Forge Workshop, but for challenges in life in general. Downey, who plays Stark, is a real life example of one who used his creativity to get out of a rut.
If we keep our heads, think creatively… and use the “scraps” lying around us, we can always find ways to solve the bad things that happen to us! I bought myself an Iron Man Mark I figure from the Kaiyodo set to remind myself of this principle.
Anyway it turns out that my girlfriend couldn’t resist opening the packaging and had proceeded to “free” the Iron Man Mark I. She posted these pics of the tiny figure, which matches the pose of the above screenshot of Mar I firing it’s arm rocket:
It’s so amazingly detailed for something so tiny! Trust the Japaneseto come up with something so perfect I also thought of how this tiny piece of plastic looks entirely like metal, which just adds to the respect I have for Gregg Yan, the dude who did the paint job on the first knife. Most people wouldn’t consider toys and figures as “high art”, but to me, any type of work, as long as it provokes thought and emotion that inspires and encourages more creativity–be it Borat, or a street sign, or a car or a pair of boxer shorts–is unmistakeably art. My friend Mansy suddenly comes to mind now; her life changed for the better when she devoted her life to her first love–crafting and everyday art–she looks absolutely happier now that she’s doing creative work compared to when she was working a desk job.
Anyway, look at me go pseudo intellectualising when I ought to be spending time writing Chapter One