I approached Jon Karis about RISE OF THE BEASTS last year on adding some female figures in the line, the gracious Jon asked me what my thoughts were, & I think to his pleasant surprise came the following concept, a Red Panda martial artist! Inspired by Asian motifs, Thundercats 2011, and my love for character design, I put alot of thought into how "XIAO" would fit into the ROTB Universe. The sword is based of an ancient Chinese sword (as are the Chinese inspired) armor and motifs. Using what I know about indie production toys I kept the colors to a minimal, affordable palette and both Jon & I love how she came out. Looking fwd to seeing her appear in the comics written by the one & only Glenn White!I just want to say what a privilege and an honor it has been working with both Johnny & Glenn on ROTB, for both the upcoming comic and being able to create character designs for them. They have so much amazing stuff planned and I can't thank them enough for the opportunity. They are both really stand up guys and are a pleasure to work with. This is just the start of a dream come true for everyone involved and the potential behind the ROTB brand is immeasurable! =)
2014 color concepts I presented to the Godbeast Marty Hansen for possible colorways consideration for his Kabuto Mushi line. Mechanical Line Art by Pat Bussey. These colors are based on Ronin Warriors (aka Samurai Troopers), Sectaurs, & Terra Formars. Big thanks to Marty for always being awesome when it comes to fan ideas & Pat for the stellar mechanicals.
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