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Trudging Along

Talk about being MIA for a while!
For those of you who guessed "she must be busy", you win...er...something.
I want to apologise for anyone I haven't answered to, be it in comments or emails. I'm trying to catch up but I just feel exhausted these days.

Not that much happened when I think about it. I've been shuffled left and right on different projects, wherever help was needed. I wonder if I'll get credited for that. I guess it depends if my scenes actually survives until the end of the films.

Also being in a big drawing slump didn't help. Apart from day work, nothing else was being done. Creative juice and energy at an all time low. Thankfully, it's finally, slowly dissipating.
I have to thank the UrasawaXTezuka Pluto manga for that. After reading the first 5 volumes, I felt that storytelling need jolt awake.
Expect the finished Water Tribe notes in the near future. Just finishing it all up so I can finally move on.
Sorry Zhao, we'll have to say farewell very soon.
But first...

Avatar,Toys



I couldn't believe it.
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There actually WAS an Agni Kai Zhao prototype toy done!

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*Squeeeeeeee!*

There are some minor differences with the original toy, including Zhao having a bigger head (yeah, he always had a big head)

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He also has a higher forehead. I think I like this new profile.

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Just when he thought he could finally measure up to Ozai, the Firelord still has a numerical advantage.

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No fair! Two firelords?

One of them has a slightly crooked nose.

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It means bad news for Zuko.

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Now Zuko keeps being pestered by Zhao.
"Agni Kai! Agni Kai! Agni KAAAAAAAIIIIIII!"

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To show I'm not completely Fire Nation biased, let us look at surprised Sokka and Serious Business Sokka. Different toys, same character, different hair color!

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Back to Zhao, who tries his best at sexy lounging poses on this exotic Air Bison fur rug.

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Said Air Bison fur is still very much attached to Appa

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Let's see how Zhao likes it, being used as a rug for sexy pics!

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"Why yes, Firelord Ozai. This gentle beast absolutely loves having its picture taken...no, I'm not trying to get rid of you, even though I think there's one of you too many."

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Ok, enough! Nothing to see here, move along!

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The NoSelfControl club on DA became a group recently. Since we hadn't done a contest in a while, I was thinking of proposing a new challenge soon, with the rare Ozai toy as one of the prizes, along with some Water Tribe books and Avatar pins. Stay tuned and keep an eye open on the group.



In case I disappear again for a long while, I want to wish you all the best of Holidays and New Year. Best wishes to everyone: health, stability, love, friendship and cheese.

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zaddy
Dec. 17th, 2009 12:28 pm (UTC)
Welcome back. :D It's nice to see you making some time for yourself to have fun with these awesome figures, though!

Do you have any extra pins you might want to sell? I'd love to buy some more!
rufftoon
Dec. 17th, 2009 04:30 pm (UTC)
I don't have many toys, but I make an exception for these. I do like to compare the different sculpts. Even the Ozai one has a few differences. I wonder if it's just slight differences due to the mold or actual modifications on the original sculpt, since these are prototypes.

As for extra pins, contact me around the first week of January. I'll have some time then to check on that.
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snapes_angel
Dec. 17th, 2009 12:50 pm (UTC)
Yaay! You're alive!!! ^^
rufftoon
Dec. 17th, 2009 04:25 pm (UTC)
I've just been living at the bottom of a cave, only coming out for food and work XD
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mercurysblood
Dec. 17th, 2009 01:02 pm (UTC)
Happy holidays! See you (online) next year (if not sooner)! Take care.
rufftoon
Dec. 17th, 2009 04:24 pm (UTC)
Right now, looks like beginning of next year. Gotta finish some art first!
egoulet
Dec. 17th, 2009 02:38 pm (UTC)
I'm really glad to see a new post here! :) I hope you get to relax during the Holidays!

Joyeuses Fêtes! :)

... et on se voit toujours à la fin janvier j'espère! :)

câlin!
Em.
rufftoon
Dec. 17th, 2009 04:23 pm (UTC)
May have to bring some work with me. I'll see tomorrow. No rest for the wicked!
Joyeuses Fêtes à toi aussi!
Définitivement, je t'attends pour la fin Janvier! Si tu peux arriver par l'aéroport de Burbank, ça serait 100X mieux et plus facile pour toi. Tu me donneras ton itinéraire quand tu l'auras.
tammylee
Dec. 17th, 2009 04:27 pm (UTC)
Let's see how Zhao likes it, being used as a rug for sexy pics!
HA! I choked on my tea. XD
Aww, I wonder why Agni Kai Zhao wasn't released?

HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO YOU!! <3<3<3
rufftoon
Dec. 17th, 2009 05:30 pm (UTC)
Obviously, Agni Kai Zhao would have been too hot to handle.
sonne_of_sun
Dec. 17th, 2009 04:41 pm (UTC)
darn... DX the agni kai prototype is much more well made I hate how they made the limbs though
rufftoon
Dec. 17th, 2009 05:33 pm (UTC)
Compare to the other Zhao, his head is definitely large for his body. He lacks some good shoulders and the joints for the moves are limited. The Avatar toys were far from perfect, but their faces were nicely sculpted.
(Zhao Agni Kai shares his body mold with that of OZai- I guess the manufacturers thought they could cut costs somewhere...maybe there's an Agni Kai Zuko toy out there!)
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rufftoon
Dec. 17th, 2009 05:36 pm (UTC)
Thankfully, toy Zuko has some back up too: Dark armor Zuko, regular red armor Zuko, North Pole infiltration Zuko and the Blue Spirit (which is hiding away somewhere in a very ninja way).
Wishing you plenty of positive vibes and energy now and for the upcoming new year (and beyond).
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rufftoon
Dec. 17th, 2009 07:37 pm (UTC)
Even the studio was not getting the toys. It would have been nice though, but I doubt I would have been able to pay rent with just toys.
Got to hunt them down on the internet!
riicchan
Dec. 17th, 2009 07:30 pm (UTC)
Oh dang!

Am I the only one that noticed that Agni Kai Zhao's sideburns are way beefier?!?! THESE THINGS ARE IMPORTANT TO ME.

Great to see you back, btw! Pluto is a masterpiece, I am so excited to see you're into it! (Epsilon~!) The original master, Osamu Tezuka, is no light matter either. I recently read Buddha by him. The final volume had me sobbing.
rufftoon
Dec. 17th, 2009 07:48 pm (UTC)
Bigger heads, bigger sideburns. At least these are proportionate, ha ha.
I'm a big fan of Tezuka, basically reading everything by him that falls into my hands (even the very early stuff, though those are not my favorites). Buddha, 3 Adolfs, Black Jack, Phoenix, the Three Eyed one, Nana-iro Inko, MW, and many more that were also translated in French.
The revisited Pluto story is really really good. Can't wait for the last two books (7 and 8) having just read 6.
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psychoe
Dec. 17th, 2009 08:41 pm (UTC)
Good to hear from you again and those pics are funny! XD

HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO YOU AS WELL! Rest up and re-energize those creative juices. I just read the first volume of UrusawaXTezuka Pluto and can't wait to read the rest!!!
rufftoon
Dec. 17th, 2009 10:25 pm (UTC)
Volume 6 of Pluto is just out. I don't know how long we'll have to wait for 7 and 8. Augh!!
I may just restart Monster while I wait.
inknose
Dec. 17th, 2009 09:32 pm (UTC)
Nice to see you about - hope you've been a good kind of busy for the most part! and have a great holiday ;D

oh my gosh, I wants me some avatar action figures so badly XD and that stuffed Appa - D'AWWWWWWWWW.
rufftoon
Dec. 17th, 2009 10:25 pm (UTC)
That's the little stuffed Appa. The giant one is pure awesome!!
arycapricat
Dec. 17th, 2009 09:39 pm (UTC)
YAY you're back!
All those mismatched colored parts make Zhao look like some kind of Frankenstien monster.
rufftoon
Dec. 17th, 2009 10:26 pm (UTC)
Now, Zhao is part Ozai. He definitely looks more made of different pieces than the Firelord.
alexds1
Dec. 17th, 2009 11:48 pm (UTC)
I'm entranced by proto-zhao's nipples.
rufftoon
Dec. 18th, 2009 12:44 am (UTC)
Does that make them proto-nipples?
At least he has some. Poor Ken or Barbie were nippleless.
Our civilisation is evolving!
evebolt
Dec. 18th, 2009 12:20 am (UTC)
It's good to hear from you! :D
J'adore le photoroman haha XD Appa est toujours aussi mignon et il a toujours l'air aussi doux et fluffy. Je me demandais, comment t'en es venue a posséder des jouets prototypes..?
rufftoon
Dec. 18th, 2009 12:48 am (UTC)
Il y a des gens au Japon et en Chine qui ont des contacts avec les fabriquants de jouets. Une fois de temps en temps, un prototype tombe entre leurs mains. Apres, c'est de la chase sur internet.
Je sais qu'il existe des Ozai finaux, avec couleurs. Je cherche toujours (apparament, il y a des magasins au Bresil qui en avait, mais c'est assez difficile a commander).
engelen
Dec. 18th, 2009 07:58 pm (UTC)
I had been wondering about your whereabouts, so it's nice to know you're still alive <3

also, I envy your collection of deffective, yet incredibly sexy toys ; ^; (and regret they were never mass produced ; ^; )
rufftoon
Dec. 21st, 2009 03:06 pm (UTC)
Just hiding in my cave, as it happens every oncein a while.

Ah, if only Agni Kai Ozai and Zhao had been mass produced!
(and an Iroh toy, and Katara toy, and Azula toy, and Toph toy...)
You know, I bet they'll do an Iroh toy for the live action movie. That's discrimination against the animated serie! XD

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