Pardee's Picks: Retroband Holiday Workshop VisitJuxtapoz // Saturday, 21 Dec 2013
“Making Toys I wish I Had Growing Up.” This is the slogan of RETROBAND. And those 8 simple words describe the company perfectly.
Using a pile of a thousand old VHS horror tapes for inspiration, and an equally large collection of vintage action figures, Retroband passionately Frankensteins bits and pieces of those old figures together, along with his own sculpts, creating amazingly accurate, obscure toys that instantly ignite nostalgia in all of us weirdos.
Aaron Moreno, Retroband's owner and lead sculpter/designer, currently releases about one limited toy a month, often based on horror movies he loved as a child, but with the brand's popularity and audience growing rapidly, plans on expanding the amount of releases in the near future, including original designs as well as officially licensed projects. But a lot of blood, sweat and tears of joy go literally pour into each release, so we decided to head down to Texas just in time to document RETROBAND's holiday release, "BILLY", the killer Santa Claus from 1984's "Silent Night, Deadly Night".
Aaron was nice enough to put on his Texas-elf costume, let us take some photos of his personal "Santa's Workshop" and bombard him with a few questions about what exactly goes into the process of hand-making a toy that resembles the ones we loved from our childhood.
Q: With so many obscure and cool properties that would have made amazing toys when we were little, how do you decide which one to tackle?
Q: Do you re-appropriate existing action figures to create new ones, or do you sculpt your own designs?
Q: The packaging and card art you have done for your last few releases is incredible. Who is the artist responsible for the art?
Q: Top 2 favorite horror movies?
Q: Any plans for other genres of toy releases outside of horror?
Q: Anything else you want to add?
See all of RETROBAND's past and present toy releases here: http://www.retroband.