First off this post is not me selling my own designs. Its about a bunch of pirates in Thailand who are Selling it! They RESCULPTED MY DESIGNS WITHOUT MY PERMISSION IN 1-6TH SCALE. They cost me $15 each plus shipping and Yes I PAID money for them and they shipped to me in China!
Talk about knocking off a knock offer LOL
Did they ask me for permission? NO, Did I tell them they can use my design? NO
How do I feel about this?
1- I should've made my own designs in 1-6th a long ass time ago. As usual no time to do everything so here are the results. Sooner or later someone will see the oppurtunity and do it for you.
2- Don't gimme that crap about how all of us here prop makers are also copying from the movie designs and reproducing them because I did actually come up with the 4 Hunters Apocalyptic designs on my own and with my own pocket change. I am not backed by any film studio or angel investors. Just a schmuck who wanted to reinvent the wheel and bring some new Predator ideas to the costuming world.
3- I feel honored in someways, being recognized and affirming the fact that my designs were a pretty good idea but I feel bad that I didn't become the "greedy propmaker who just want to come here and capitalize on a hobby forever ruining it for others doing it for the purity of costuming fun."
I don't agree with "feeling honored that I've been stolen from" cuz its like being Thankful to the theives that stole all your Predator toys and big screen Tv in your home.
4- Do I endorse or encourage you folks to buy these hand made bio helmets? Yeah I'm ok with it. Not 100% ok but what can I do? Sue them? If I had that kinda money I would've spent it on my studio and hiring help to do shit.... They did go thru the pain of actually sculpting my ridiculous designs and spent all that silly money on labor and materials to reproduce it. I am actually IMPRESSED by the quality. The resin is dense and most likely pressure cast somehow.
Please note these helmets DO NOT fit any of the Hot Toys Predator figures, the back doesn't have any locking features to sit on any of the hot toys predator head. I used double sided tape to adhere the helmet to the HT head.
The scaling for each bio helmet is off a lot and I mean all they had to work with was all these High resolution pictures that I post on my website. C'mon!! Luckily I didn't post every concievable angle or else it would've been more accurate. sigh.
So what am I going to do? nothing. I hope someday some Producer gonna come to me and work with me to make this ridiculous Fan Fiction into a real movie for us few Fans. Seeing how infectious this idea is. I'm shocked they haven't cash in on this. The Predator franchise is practically depreciating its value everyday without us fans actually spending our own money to keep the interest going. Disney?
For now I will go and cry in my pillow and yell out to God "Why oh why didn't someone just give me money so that I can do this properly!?!?!"