Tuesday, March 17, 2009

TOYS FOR MEN - Ripping Friends Action Figure + Accessories

Got a young son or kid brother? Have him look at this and tell me if he'd buy an action figure like this. Or would you?This is Rip in his natural street wear. He is part of the Ripping Friends Super Hero group. They are the world's most manly men. So manly, in fact that they don't actually have super powers, because super powers are cheating and are for wimps. The Ripping Friends win their battles though sheer raw manly muscle, will power and the ability to take pain. The more they hurt themselves, the more they love it.
The Ripping Friends are Time Travelers. They exist always and everywhere there is evil to be vanquished. How do they go through time? With superior scientific technology? No. Through combined rage. They are so manly, they can rip through time. They just reach out their massive angry arms and grab a chunk of space and time in their hands and rip holes in it. It hurts like the Devil to do this and they scream at the top their lungs while suffering for humanity. When Hitler, Genghis Khan or Nebuchadnezzar's armies of evil come bursting through the holes, The Ripping Friends beat the living crap out of them.
Here's Rip ready to climb Mount Olympus to kick the crap out of the Gods.
Here's Rip in his voyage to the ugliest part of the ocean gear.
Here's Rip ready to rip tomorrow.

Tell me whether the boys in your family want manly toys like this that can beat Hell out of G.I. Joe, He Man, Ken, Elmo and every WWE wimp.



The Ripping Friends build up their tolerance for hurt every morning in their pain machines. "They also practice disciplined marching exercises and sing the "Whistle While You Wince" battle song.

By the way, I drew the first Rip and the costumes and color were done by Bruce Timm, Lynne Naylor, Jim Smith and me. There are many more too.
This is Rip giving their arch-enemy a Purple Nurple for trying to destroy the earth.
These happy lads seem to be saying "We Love the Ripping Friends Toys! Yeah Yeah Yeah, Oh Baby Oh!"

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41 comments:

Jorge Garrido said...

GREAT pictures! Not only could you target kids with these, but also adult toy collectors! I know I'd buy these!

Will there be a Cowboy collection? I know exactly what Rip would carry: a rifle in one hand and a revolver in the other, like Elvis in Flaming Star. That's the manliest pose ever.

ArtF said...

haha! the underwater gear Rip is my favorite! these would be awesome figures!

Ben said...

This was a fun show! It plays on Teletoon often.

I have the first volume on DVD... is there any chance of getting the rest on DVD? I know Canadians love it because it's always on Teletoon! I'm sure there'd be a lot of people wanting to buy it here!

Ben said...

I forgot to add, I'd totally buy these toys!

mrjokey said...

Ohhh man!! I'm soo rippped!!!

booleanspline said...

the giant bullet in his helmet is hilarious.

Elana Pritchard said...

if the Ripping friends can beat the crap out of the annoying hipsters mouthing off in the other room I'm sold.

Amrit Ray said...

I think the super hero looks fabulous. I think it would be a favorite with the kids. Joy

Jon said...

Not sure I'd buy the first two (war guy and Olympus guy), but the last two are extra ridiculous and I might buy those. Especially the future TV-head guy. His bouncy platform shoes protect me a little from the scary unrestrained testosterone.

Chloe Cumming said...

I like future Rip best. He fits in with my visions of the future.

I would buy these, then draw them.

Alas however I am not a man. But manly things make me yearn for what I lack.

Owen said...

I showed this to my little cousin, he looked at the designs in awe, said "cool!", and ran back in the living room to watch some god awful show.

I'm sure he'd like one for Christmas, and hell, so would I!

JohnnyS said...

Yes, please!!!

Josh "Just What the Doctor Ordered" Heisie said...

Just tell me where to throw my money!

Shawn said...

I'd buy 'em! I'd buy 'em ALL!

mdouglas said...

Count me in!!! 2wice!

ther1 said...

I like the aqua Rip. My sister loves those creepy fish from the "ugliest part of the ocean" so it would be a great gag gift for her.

I used to have some Invader Zim toys, but their huge heads and fragile little limbs broke off. That wouldn't happen with the Ripping Friends! Only wimpy toys with bad designs break when you play with them!

Plorry Stabworth said...

GOD, YES!
I wish I had these when I was a kid, to pound the crap out of my sister's namby-pamby Ken dolls.

Niki said...

I had a dumb smile on my face while I read this. Me and my brother would love toys of Rip; And his friends?

SoleilSmile said...

Hi John, could you post a drawing men tutorial? I have an observation tutorial on my own blog, but no drawings because I have absolutely no idea how weight is distributed on a man. I can life draw them alright, but as soon as the model is out of sight, I'm at a loss.
You men-folk have no hips! You people have a heavy shoulder girdle that sort of hangs at the top of the body that is supported by often times not-so-big feet and I a whole lotta nothing in between. What do you do with the pelvic girdle when drawing a man? It doesn't sway or support much weight--heck, it hardly rotates? What can you do with a manly pose besides Doryphoros?

Greg said...

Yaay more Ripping Friends! where do i send the money? :)

Also, more on DVD?

the Jack said...

Adult toys, all the way.

The whole pain thing is a bit much for the little ones.

Kyle said...

Honestly I don't think I would want/buy these. I don't think over powering masculinity sells. I don't even like them on my power ranger figures. I prefer, (I think kids do too) skinnier cuter characters.

But I can only speak for myself. I never liked the Hulk either.

The later more ridiculous ones are a bit more appealing though.

Sven Hoek said...

If you want less manly toys, go buy a Barbie. These would be the manliest man toys the world has ever seen. I always liked the Ripping Friends. I was so disappointed they were taken from TV so quickly.
I would buy a Rip. You could eventually make a Dr. Gene Poole and the infamous Stinky-Butt, aka Citra-cette. That would be awesome.

Trevour said...

I bought everything I could during the TV series days. I still wear the Ripping Friends t-shirt I found at a Hot Topic store in 2001! Somewhere I have the Ripping Friends video game too. You have my word - I'll buy ALL of the action figures if you put 'em out there!

HemlockMan said...

I think John would have liked THE RIPPING FRIENDS. Not so sure about Paul, but we can still ask him, I suppose.

I've never seen RIPPING FRIENDS. My son saw it, but for some reason didn't care for it. He never said why.

Rick Roberts said...

There is alot of imagination and fun here but I agree with Kyle that the testosterone needs to be turned down.

Kyle said...

SoleilSmile, funny you should say that, I too tend to have that problem, and I Am a guy.

I started drawing girls when I realized I sucked at them. I didn't really discover their wider hips until my mid teens. But now I'm unbalanced to the point where I don't know how to draw men with any weight to it. I'm too used to the way females flow more. They seem much easier to pose. trying to do that with a guy makes them look gay and/or the weight isn't distributed properly.

chet said...

I love the Ripping Friends designs... especially the over-the-top muscle wraps. It reminds me a little of Don Simpson's work in his comic Megaton Man.

http://www.worldfamouscomics.com/megatonman/back20090315.shtml

Megaton Man had his moments, but the Ripping Friends story looks like lots more fun.

Zorrilla said...

That has to be the manliest paper doll ever!!!

Interesting how the pain machine has a crucifixion look to it!

krakit said...

I just looked through all the
toy posts from clicking the
link at the end of your post
and the sculpts of your drawings
look fantastic!

Here are the toys that I
definitely want right now :

These pencil toppers


Is the RFX store the place I should
look to for future Spumco toys?
I'm leaning toward picking up
the Jack Black figure with cute
butt cheeks and I would like to
know where to buy it when it's
available for purchase.

Simon said...

Awesome.

warren said...

The boys in my cartooning class would like these, I'm pretty sure. They're ages 6-12, an average of 36 kids per year over the last 3 years.

Every time the boys draw whatever they can think up on their own, it's ALWAYS robots, guns, monsters and stuff with teeth and veins. I don't encourage it, it just happens. And anything that even SOUNDS like cussing is the tops. That even goes for the kids we get from the private schools where they're supposed to be all upper crust and polite at all times. It's a drive they all possess at different intensities, depending on the kid. It doesn't seem to matter if their mothers make their sons eat all their vegetables, watch Teletubbies and listen to John & Yoko all day - this kind of stuff is hardwired into them. Over the last three years, it's just what I've noticed.

Like the idea or not, these would be a smash.

NewArms said...

These are all amazing! I love the Greek one! Really great stuff!!

John A said...

I loved the crazy over the top production artwork--itevokes the best of MAD when it was still a comic book, but I thought the actual series (what few episodes I managed to catch on TV)fell short. I always thought that the characters were wasted in a TV series format anyway, because I get the impression that the average TV audience didn't "get" what you were attempting here. A Full fledged feature, without the restrictions of network TV,would have been the only way to do this property justice. Any chance of putting these guys on the big screen (where all decent animation belongs, IMO)? Comic book films are still making money--this could be HUGE.

Mr. Fun said...

Warren, thqat's an awesome bit of insight on the kids of today! I have three boys ages 5, 11, and 14 and let me tell you, they are ALL BOYS - they all enjoy drawing monsters and guns and laser death traps and all of that stuff... and my wife and I are pretty strict when it comes to the violent stuff.

I agree: it IS hard-wired, I think.

Nice work, John. I am telling you though, kids today are NOT into action figures like they used to be - - trust me, I have a bunch of assorted kinds, everything from GI Joe to Spider-Man to Man-Thing, and my boys have never shown any interest in them after the age of about 5 or 6.

I think my five year-old would love your Ripping Friends action figures though.

Thomas said...

I dunno... I kinda wanna see a hockey stick in Rip's hands.

gracesix said...

Nebuchadnezzar? You made my face hurt from laughing so hard!

John A said...

I think Mr. Fun has a point. Action playsets are practically a thing of the past. My son gave them up years ago in favor of video games. Maybe that's where the future of the Ripping Friends lies--A really violent cartoony video game.

jaystein said...

I laughed at this post more than any other...brilliant.
I almost applied for the job at SPUMCO when you sent the call for the ripping friends. I got cold feet when you wrote that anatomical knowledge is a must. Until then I thought I was good at anatomy but you made me take a second look and I couldn't bring myself to apply.

Here is a link to my latest anatomy study.
http://www.jaystein.net/Dr.M.html

Felicity Walker said...

I miss the Ripping Friends. You know what would be awesome? Ripping Friends Pez!

trenton doyle hancock said...

And WHY aren't these made yet!?! YES YES YES, I'd buy them all 3 times over. Just gettem' made alreaDY!!!