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on: 04:11:31 AM 01/01/13
Glare with discontent at...

BANANJA!

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Yes, those are Bananunchucks.

A year or two ago, October Toys launched a community-driven mini-figure toy line based on 1980s minifigs like M.U.S.C.L.E.

That toy line could only be called "O.M.F.G."! (Outlandish Mini-Figure Guys.)

I joined in on the fun during the voting for their second series of figures. Each series is comprised of five seperate figures, all designed by the fans!

Needless to say, I cranked into high gear, designing a ton of prospective figures. One of them was the aforementioned Bananja, a Banana-Ninja hybrid. Because both are slippery, and combining them would create the ultimate killing machine!

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Though I just quickly hacked out a sketch and colored it with the fill tool, the head honcho of October Toys, George Gaspar, took a liking to the humble fruit-fighter. He sculpted an absolutely beautiful prototype of the figure, seen below!

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I was pretty much over-the-moon thrilled. As anyone who comes here on a regular basis will probably know, my entire life, 30+ years of it, has been solely focused on trying to break into creative fields. "Designing a toy" has always been a huge part of that. Even as a little kid, I was designing additional figures for my favorite toy lines, and creating entirely new lines filled with a wide variety of characters and creatures.

As you should also know if you come here often, frequently my hopes are dashed like... (Note to self: Think of something else that gets dashed and edit it in later).

Bananja was submitted for the 3rd series of OMFG figures and had some stiff competition from a TON of amazing and ingenius designs. Still, Bananja nearly got into the top five and was almost part of the official Series 3 line-up!

I say "almost" because Bananja tied for that coveted 5th spot with another design.

The minute I saw the tie, my heart sank like... (Note to self: Stop writing yourself into corners). Tie-Breakers bring out the absolute worst in people in my personal experience. Pretty much the exact same thing happened with Ink-Shot in a previous character contest. Ink-Shot tied for first with another design, and that's when people started saying I stole the design from a dissimilar "Battle Beasts" figure.

So yeah. I knew this was going to be dirty - and I knew I wasn't going to win. Experience.

Lo and behold, a forum member called Zectron started making a stink. He went to a popular mini-figure forum and tried to rally others against "the ridiculous penis thing" that was Bananja.

When I saw this and responded, you can guess the result:

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Zectron pulled no punches, claiming that people from the Porn Industry were voting for Bananja (someone had earlier joked about it and he believed it) and that a sudden influx of new users were voting for Bananja. Basically both entries had the same number of votes from new users. He stopped about a half-step away from saying Bananja was a Commie Socialist Muslim Anarchist who wanted to kill Grandma.

So yeah.

Bananja lost.

It's not all down to talented sculptor yet Grade-A meanie Zectron. Don't get me wrong. There were PLENTY of folks who were OF COURSE voting for the design they liked better, and it wasn't mine. In fact, anyone Zectron swayed to vote a certain way were most likely already threatened by the not-really-phallic-looking-at-all Bananja.


But all is not lost! Bananja will be back for Series 4 voting, and since he was #6 this time, he's bound to do well again... especially since he'll have some awesome new edits! ;)


So yeah... this isn't so much a "fail" as a "we'll see".

Until then, we can only dream of having this weird little mutant on our desks...

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on: 04:50:22 PM 01/01/13
....So you're telling me YOU can post a picture of a penis and I can't? D:
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What hath good reward that darkness can't fake? What hath integrity that darkness can't take?
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on: 05:12:55 PM 01/01/13
I has a mad!
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on: 06:11:38 AM 10/05/13


I didn't make this but, like.......
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on: 02:17:37 PM 10/05/13
I hate when they get olives in their eyes.
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on: 02:41:26 PM 10/05/13
I want a Bananja :'(
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on: 04:02:30 PM 10/05/13
It may be possible, soon. I'm sort of involved with some folks who are trying to put out a mini-figure line, and they want Bananja for it.

So we'll see.
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