WKY Collectable Toys
Art Direction ⋅ Production ⋅ Design
Between the years of 2008-2013 I produced a series of collectible art toys. Every toy was conceived, sculpted, moulded, cast, painted, and packaged by myself. Over six years, I created close to 1,000 toys by hand based on 17 unique characters divided into two camps: protectors and destroyers. The protectors were known as the "Monstros", a team of lonely monsters with hearts of gold looking to protect the forests, oceans, cities, and all the residing creatures from the evils that may seek to destroy their lives and habitat. On the other side were the destroyers, known as the “Ajna Rebels", a small gang with a single-minded goal of seeking power through destruction, crime, and manipulation.
These were sold around the world in stores and online, and also appeared at art shows and major events such as San Diego Comic-Con.
Monstre De Marais
Born in a swamp and still a child, Monstre de Marais has one goal in life: to take after it's father as guardian of the swamp and Wetlands. A very keen learner, Monstre de Marais spends most of it's day working on all the skills needed to run the swampy kingdom. Some daily activities include: Snail skipping, algae harvesting, vine construction and Slimebrow, the official under water sport of the swamp. Though Monstre does it's best to make everyone feel equal, jealousy still looms around the swampy kingdom of all the creature that wish they could be in the position of Monstre De Marais who will one day be their ruler.
Giant Monstre De Marais
Monstre De Marais is all grown up... well actually it's is a GIANT! For years it has be the guardian of the swamps and wetlands but now spends it's weekends training it's kids to follow in it's foot steps and take over. Keeping on a strict diet of slugs, algae and bark, GIANT makes sure that scientists, hunters and film makers do not disturb his homeland. All creatures of these swamps and wetlands look up to GIANT as a god and come to him with any problem that may arise. GIANT is a reclusive creature that does not like to be disturbed, but it would never hurt any of the creatures of it's swampy kingdom.
At a young age , Ghost Boy was abandoned by his parents due to his hideous disfigured form. Unable to fit in with society, he fabricated a ghost costume he learned how to make in grade 1. For 10 years now, Ghost Boy has been wandering the streets of the world, helping kids in need and seeking revenge on the scum of the city!
Many years ago, Gonakedet was a fisherman. In his fishing town, the stories of a lizard like sea creature that ate lost fishing boats, was a common tale. This creature was said to posses the power to control the sea. One day while out to sea alone in his boat, Gonakedet was attacked by this sea creature and in a fierce battle managed to take its life. Convinced that this creature possessed this great power to control the sea, he gutted it and wore its skin as an outfit. Over time, the skin of the creature and his flesh bonded leaving him stuck as the creature for ever. Gonakadet now protects the seas and its creatures from the evil that lurks there.
Spending her mortal days as a worker, Padihershef was killed at a young age after being crushed by falling stone. She sunk into the underworld, a dark and chaotic place, where she set forth on a journey to reunite with her soul and make it back to the day-lit world she once knew and loved. Finally, after her journey over land and sea, lasting 12 human lifetimes, she has made his way to our world and has become the guardian of those ready to pass on to the afterlife.
William was a farmer, born and raised. On his 20th birthday tending to his fathers sheep, William was attacked by a wolf covering him in bites and scratches. When he awoke the next morning and looked in the mirror, he was shocked to discover that he was now part wolf. He ran away from his home to the city where he met Ghost Boy and together they helped rid the streets of the evil that lived there.
King Of The Forest
Born in the year 1823 into the Royal Deciduous Family, the King was given the name Hickory Bitternut III. His family was responsible for making sure the balance was kept in the sacred peaceful bond between nature, critter and human. In the early 1900's a deadly disease had struck the Bitternut forest forcing all trees and animals to flee so as not to get sick. Hickory was the only survivor of the R.D.F and thus was crowned king, though he never really felt fit for the job.
As years went by, more and more animals started to move to the new kingdom and they all had stories to tell of why they had to flee their home land. One day a chipmunk arrived after travelling hundreds of miles on the back of a fox. He was very sick and died in the branches of Hickory, but not before telling him that it was the humans in their machines that had broken the sacred bond and were the reason for all the disease and suffering. Infuriated by this, the King held a meeting with all the other leaders of the forest to let them know that bond had been broken and humans were no longer to be trusted.
Today, the King still watches over the animals and plants of the forest and keeps the balance of nature in check. He is slowly fighting back at the humans and their machines to make sure that they don't destroy the little bit of forest that is left!
Grobold was born in a cave in the far reaches of Germany. At a young age, Grobold moved to the city to peruse a career in rock eating. Shortly after moving she found out that rock eating was not something that city folk cared about. Devastated she did what every outcast does; she joined a local gang and took up skateboarding! Grobold can bee seen ripping the streets, competing in competitions and beating up on kids. She has the ability to summon great powers while holding a sacrifice to the gods, and with these powers, she will play malicious tricks on you if insulted or neglected.
In every city there are gangs. In every city there is one gang that reigns supreme over all the rest. In this city that gang is The Ajna Rebels. Its leader: The Boss, a wise old owl with strength and intelligence far beyond any other mortal.
Born under the name Vishnu (विष्णु) Paramātmā 107 years ago, The Boss was showing signs supreme intelligence before he was even able to talk. Growing up he never went to school because he found it a total waste of time seeing that he could learn all the material on his own. In his free time he would meditate and learn how to control every ounce of strength in his body.
Over the years his reputation grew and so did his hate for the law and love for money. The Boss decided that if he was going to over take this city, he needed to form a gang of creatures that shared the same goal in life as him. That gang came to be know as The Ajna Rebels. Comprised of The Boss, the ever watchful Goon and the menace known as Grobold, The Ajna Rebels have time and time again managed to take money and lives from anyone standing in their way.
A legend has been told that when the city of Atlantis sank, it became over run by the dark and possessed souls of fallen fishermen and warriors. These evil being ruled the under water city, putting all able bodied sea creatures to work. This evil empire did not care if you were injured or sick, no matter what you were put to work.
In the slums of the city lived a family of squids. Alecton, the father, had spent most of his adult life working as a janitor at the kings palace. At age 31, Alecton and his wife gave birth to a litte girl which they named Architeuthis. This kid was wild! Always talking to her self and drifting away from her school, Architeuthis wanted to do her own thing and wasn't really into following the rules.
On the day of her 16th birthday, her mother was murdered by the king of Atlantis. After months of grieving, Architeuthis has made it her mission to kill the king and all the evil souls that turned this once beautiful city into a dark under water prison. She is slowly building an army with her partner Gonakadet and is protecting all the innocent creatures of her city from the evil powers that be.
The Goon is 2 heads, one small pea brain, and a whole lot of meat. Hired for his skills as a watcher, but no so much a thinker, The goon was originally the best body guard that you could have. Over years of "keeping watch" and being in the sidelines of spotlight with the celebrities that he was guarding, the goons vanity kicked in and he wanted more than anything to be famous himself. So he started to take pills that were suggested to him by a doctor in his email inbox. How this doctor got his email he was not sure, but he figured it must just be his luck seeing as the week before the Prince of Nigeria himself asked him to watch over his millions.
For weeks the goon took these pills, and all he really noticed was a small bump growing on his neck but figured it must have just been a small side effect and it would go away soon. Oh how wrong he was! The bump grew and grew until till it was the size of his head, Then one morning a single eye and a mouth appeared in it. This was no bump, it was a full fledged 2nd head!!
Since becoming an oddity he has joined a gang called The Ajna Rebels with Grobold and The Boss and uses his strength to help peruse the groups evil efforts.
Migoi are strange creatures. Found roaming the planets tallest mountains, the Migoi are lonely cave dwellers. Sneaking up on a Migoi is next to impossible due to its amazing eyesight. they are herbivores and have a really picky diet.
It has been told that the Migoi protect the animals that roam its mountains, such as deer, monkeys, birds and various other land mammals from predators. In the northern parts of Canada, it is rumored that people have been trapping and raising young Migoi as pets. They can be quite the companion and will stay loyal to you thinking that you are its parent.
But be warned! If a Migoi is raised by someone with hate in their heart, it can become a very vicious creature..
Walking in the foot steps of his father, William Jr. is learning how to keep the streets of the city safe. This boy was born a wolf rather than turning into one like his father, which has puzzled scientists. It seems that within the transformation from Man to Werewolf, the body disgards all particles of human cell structure and DNA, replacing it with that of a wolf.
William Jr. is a kind soul and has trouble punishing even the baddest of bad guys. His father has been trying to teach him about good and evil, but Jr. only sees the good in everyone.
Hickory Bitternut Sprout
When the trees start to seed, the sprout is born. Every year The King Of The Forest lays his seed around his kingdom to start growing his children that will one day take over his reign in protecting the forest and all it's creatures. It takes many many years for a sprout to learn the wisdom of the King and to grow it's legs, but in the mean time, the sprout does his best to provide oxygen to all the animals of the forest as well as a home to some of the bugs, birds and tree dwellers. When the sprout grows up and hits the age of 150, it is able produce seeds of its own to re-seed the forest with new sprouts.
During a warm summer day the sprouts can be seen playing tag with squirrels, catch with the birds, and hide and seek with the bugs. The sprout is one of the kindest living creatures in the whole world and only hates one thing...humans that break the sacred bond between nature and man.
From a very young age, Grobold had an unhealthy addiction to eating rocks and skateboarding. She left her home in the moutons of Germany and moved into the city to try and make it as a professional skateboarder. At such a young age and with so much talent, Thrasher magazine decided to award her amateur of the year. She has made many friends in the skateboard community and will most likely continue to persue a career in skateboarding. It is already pretty clear that there is a bright future for this little gem!
Vishnu Paramātmā (The Boss)
Though very young, Vishnu (विष्णु) Paramātmā is quite possibly the most intelligent creature on the planet. With an IQ of 238 Vishnu found no reason to attend school. He knows that he can teach him self all the knowledge he will need to get ahead. A recent discovery he has come across has allowed him to start taking control of, and harnessing all the energy in his body. With the full understanding of the this immaculate power, Vishnu should be able to start controlling and manipulating all living things. The idea that he could have all this power all from just learning to control his brain was all he would focus on in his early years.
With this power comes the hope that It would get used for good. Not in this case. Vishnu started hanging around the wrong people. His first friend was cave dwelling, rock eating, skateboarder from Germany named Grobold. She introduced him to her friend Goon, who had recently grown a second head and together they formed the Ajna Rebels