Right now, I’m going through the visual content of the book.  Making additions, revisions and changes to illustrations, diagrams and photographs where necessary.  It’s a long and demanding set of tasks for a richly illustrated book.  There’s well over 200 images in it now, and some updating has become necessary.

Among the work I am now doing is updating photographs, replacing placeholder content with finished pieces and basically lifting the pictorial content of the book to where it should be.  This will take some time but included in this process is adding extra illustrations, drawings and diagrams to the volume.  I have a background in building services and civil engineering so simple technical drawings are quick and easy to do – there’s a few of those and they are already in place.  Plus I also have a background in fan art and cartoon illustrations so I’m bringing those skills to this Project as well.

As part of the graphical content to help brighten up a volume that heavily features photographs of ugly old grey toys, these bright and playful illustrations will help to bring some life to the otherwise dry and dark ambience of a book exclusively about face ripping space monster play things.  AGES 5 AND UP is a series of (up to) 6 cartoons I am specifically preparing for the book.  They encompass themes of young children in that age joyfully playing with their Kenner ALIEN action figures and the situations they find themselves in.  These images have been a lot of fun to produce and I’m about half way through assembling this little collection.

Also of considerable importance in regards to visual content in the book, I’ve recently acquired some copies of 3rd party illustrations of the most invaluable kind.  As an asset to the overall Project these items are absolutely priceless and their inclusion will significantly boost the book’s appeal to anyone who is interested in these old Kenner toys.  Thank you, Steve, for your permission to use these.  Your contribution has helped to raise HIDEOUS PLASTIC – In stores everyone can hear you scream‘s visual standard to a new level.

At this stage, the book is progressing very well and I’ll have  more News again sometime soon.



Around 2 years ago, sometime in June 2015 if I remember correctly, I accidentally dropped a flawless 1979 Kenner ALIEN action figure and destroyed it.   This particular item was extremely valuable to me as it had been given to me by my mother at Christmas, 1979.  The head snapped off and both arms were damaged. At least the dome remained unbroken but to say the least a lot of rude words were used freely and liberally on that day. I decided I could fix the unfortunate victim of my carelessness.  So I set about to do so.

I hunted for a damaged figure on Ebay with the intention of cannibalising it for parts to replace the damaged and broken ones on my figure. I found one that was perfect for my Continue reading

HIDEOUS PLASTIC – The Book’s 18 Month Goal.

It’s time to start talking about my plans regarding my continuing work effort on this Project.  In this post-KickStarter period the book is still under development and progressing well.

I’ve restructured my work load and expect to be able to publish HIDEOUS PLASTIC – In stores everyone can hear you scream. sometime in late 2018.  In order to do so, I’ll be raising funds personally via my own means as well as engaging in another KickStarter Continue reading

KickStarter – Curtain Closes in Less than 48 Hours.

The KickStarter campaign for the book, HIDEOUS PLASTIC – In stores everyone can hear you scream. closes soon and April 29 is the last day to make a pledge.  At this stage I need 300 people to pitch in and become Backers. You can do it!   I know you can!


Well, how about a couple of wealthy benefactors with a strong desire to see this book published?  That works, too.

No takers..?  Only need a couple of them.  Honest.

Oh well.  Maybe a pat on the back and a positive report card that says ‘Well done, Phil.  You got off of your ass and gave it a go.  Better Luck next time.”  I’ll settle for that at this stage.  Mind you that won’t get the book published by Christmas.  It’ll just be delayed.  That’s all.

Anyway, the KickStarter campaign closes soon and it’s not about to reach its intended goal.  I remain undeterred in my intention to see this book be published.  You’ll see.  Alternate plans are already drawn up.  This campaign will be over soon and the Project will move on without it.  Still, it would have been nice to have this book supported and funded by interested parties.

Thank you for your attention.  🙂


Our Final Week on KickStarter.

There’s only 7 days remaining and reaching the desired Goal of AU$25,000 doesn’t look too promising right now.  Any success for this KickStarter campaign is very slim.

On the other hand, I believe this Project is worth pursuing and I am proud of what I have achieved to date.  A 200 page book ready to march into its final stages once funding is acquired is a great position to be in regardless of the campaign result.  I’m sticking with Continue reading

KickStarter Introduces Guest Pledges.

KickStarter have introduced the ability for people without accounts to make pledges for Projects.  “…people can now back projects without creating a Kickstarter account. This means more people will have the opportunity to support and connect with your project.”

This is great news as it means anyone who wants to make a pledge can do so without having to sign up for an account.  Just make a pledge as a Guest.   Done.

Above is  the only print copy of HIDEOUS PLASTIC – In stores everyone can hear you scream. currently in existence.  KickStarter has just made it easier for you to change that.  There’s 10 days left for the KickStarter campaign before it ends on April 29 and it’s all up to you now.


World of MONSTERS Encouragement Video.

People who understand the love of monsters are embracing the book and KickStarter Project with videos, which totally gets me stoked.  Here’s World of MONSTERS supportive video for HIDEOUS PLASTIC.

This kind of support is absolutely invaluable to the Project and is a welcome push to ensure the KickStarter campaign has all the exposure it can get.  A few solid videos like this and the funding for this Project may yet still be raised.

I’m so happy the Project is now receiving this kind of support.  I’ll be able to continue working on this book – regardless of whether the KickStarter campaign is successful or not – in the knowledge people do want to see the book be published.


KickStarter Course Correction Incentive.

I’m making a much needed course correction to the HIDEOUS PLASTIC KickStarter campaign.  Obviously after 35 days, this campaign is under performing so I’ve decided to make some adjustments to the currently unsupported reward tiers along with some other changes. These adjustments are based on Goals.  The original costings at campaign start were based on achieving the highest Goal – the hardcover edition.  As this Goal is highly unlikely, Continue reading

SPOTLIGHT: 2016 Super7 Faux 1986 Prototype Alien.

Super7 have just started shipping their new Kenner inspired 1986 ALIENS Warrior figure. It’s fitting then that this Spotlight should be cast upon its odd predecessor which was released last year. 

This item is a genuine curiosity.  It goes beyond representing any speculation on Super7’s part of what Kenner may have produced had they possessed the licence to make toys based on the 1986 movie, ALIENS.  This limited edition figure is intended to Continue reading