This has been brought up a few times in the chat. So let me throw in a few more details.
These are getting produced, no doubt. They are getting made in nearly the exact same way they did back in the 80's, with a few technological advancements (new swiveling wrists, etc.).
Summary of the process (check for links for more info!):Ron Rudat
and Mark Penington
- Ideation and Figure Design. These guys sketch out a bunch of concepts, and refine them after review and notes from...Kirk Bozigian
- Brand Management. He reviews the ideation by Ron and Mark, and approves or denies certain features and details. After a few rounds of back and forth, the completed line art and engineering drawings go to...Bill Merklein
- Sculptor. He sculpted over 70 GI Joe characters back in the day, on double sized sculpting bucks (2Up Scale). From the 2Up scale, they will be scaled down by means of a Pantograph
, which I had to look up. I provided a link so you don't have to.
After Bill sculpts the figures, copies are made. 2 of which go on to get painted, one as a paint master for the factory, one for promotional photos and such. For this project a fellow named Matthew LeCroy is doing that.
On the packaging side of things, the final line art and color studies go from Kirk to Doug Hart. He paints the artwork that goes on the blister pack, adjacent the figure.
Larry Hama writes the file cards/dossiers for all the characters.
And Ed Morrill art directs his son Shawn in the packaging layout and overall design.
Deviating slightly from the old ways, most accessories will be modeled in 3D, and printed before going off to be molded. Adam Freeman is responsible for this side of the project.
An example of this whole process with a lot more details can be found HERE
, Carson (the guy behind 3DJoes
, which is not to be confused with Vintage3DJoes
) used his concept "Retelo" (which he created when he was 10) to break the ice with the old crew during some interviews. They took his concept through every step of the process, and agreed to do it for as many figures as the fan base is willing to buy/fund.
How do I know so much about this project? They selected one of my concepts, and I've been really invested ever since.
More Details can be found at the brand's website: https://www.operationrecall.com/#/
And you can preorder figures (or the book or documentary about the process here: https://operationrecall.backerkit.com/survey_stores