NEW species has been spotted! like we said last year HERE, Los Angeles based illustrator and designer, Chris Lee has his uber-cool Rhino Beetle transformed into a resin art figure and now into vinyl powered by Unbox Industries. Rhino Beetle comes straight out of his Moss Kingdom series. At last weeks DesignerCon by no surprise all three Peach Mist, Purple Soda, and Midnight Plum SOLD OUT in lightning speed. Great news coming in from Unbox Industries as this weekend will see the online release of the VINYL editions of PURPLE SODA and Midnight Plum! Middle finger to all the flippers out there.
I released a self-produced resin Rhino Beetle figure as a passion project at DCon 2018. I worked with my friend Paul Tanompong (@propsandpop) who did the original sculpt as well as all the prototyping and resin casting duties. He handed the separate pieces off to me which I then hand painted and assembled. I was showing Dan (of Unbox) the project at DCon last year and he wanted to take it on. Over the next 10-11 months, we worked together to re-work the figure for vinyl production. They even included an articulated head… something that wasn’t possible with the resin original.
So why a rhino beetle? I just really love their size and how alien they look. They look threatening, but they’re not. My illustration style is very graphic and there are a lot of fun shapes on a Rhino/Stag beetle that I thought would be fun to break down and simplify. That exercise led me to design a version that I turned into an embroidered patch, which then inspired the resin figure, which was then picked up by Unbox.
RHINO BEETLE BY CHRIS LEE
SIZE: 4″ TALL
MATERIALS: SOFT VINYL
ARTICULATION: ONE POINT
ACCESSORIES: DISPLAY LOG
PACKAGING: HEADER CARD AND POLYBAG
ON SALE SATURDAY 30TH NOVEMBER
JST: 00:00PM (1ST DECEMBER)
PRICE: $50 USD each
We look forward to more to come from the series if its anything like the prints/paintings already done by Christopher Lee.
For Chris Lee merch head to https://store.thebeastisback.com/ which is filled with Prints, stickers and the awesome Road Trip – Screen Print where it features Rhino Beetle.
Did you all check the WHALE by Chris?
Get him right HERE.
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