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Prototype Micro City Set


posted Jun 27, 2012, 2:21 PM by Paul Wasson

Wow, over two years since I updated this page.  I plan on working on producing the Proto City and Bug-Base sets in earnest this summer.  Starting next week my access to the laser cutter will go way up so I can tackle these larger projects.  Thanks for your continued interest and patience.

City Square

posted Feb 17, 2010, 8:13 PM by Paul Wasson

Check it out!

Delayed again

posted Feb 10, 2010, 1:07 PM by Paul Wasson

So, back in October 2009, we were putting the final touches on the Proto City designs and getting ready to announce them available to order.  And the laser cutter at the Portland Techshop was removed.  So the plan was put on hold.  Then at the end of the year, the Techshop received a new laser cutter.  We had gotten behind with our existing products so we put the Proto City on the back-burner.  Now, we were just caught up and were planning to redo the Proto City design to work with the new laser cutter.  Then the Techshop closed its door.  So we will have to wait again.  Hopefully the Techshop will open again or a new venture with access to a laser cutter will start.

In the mean time, we had sent one complete set to Mark C. for all his help and so he could take pictures with all the vintages figures and accessories.  I was holding on to these photos for the launch, but just to keep you interested, here they are!  (Click on them for a larger view.)

If we aren't able to make these in the future, Mark with have a one-of-a-kind collectible!

Complete Set

posted Sep 27, 2009, 9:26 PM by Paul Wasson

Here is a complete small set of pieces.  These should be enough to make all of the prototype sets, one at a time.

Comic Sightings

posted Sep 16, 2009, 10:45 PM by Paul Wasson

Although the prototype city was not known to every be produced, it did appear in the Micronaut Marvel comics.  Seems the Micronaut artist Michael Golden had access to either the prototype toys themselves or lots of pictures of them.  The prototype city was turned into the evil Baron Karza's space-ship as shown in the following panels.

Here Karza is standing on a triangle piece with a hexagon in the foreground from issue #10 of the original run.

Here is a similar pose, with the triangle and two hexagons visible, from issue #9.

And back in issue #7, we see Karza inside the hexagon.

In all cases, Baron Karza's ship seems to be model after the top of th prototype Galatic Command Center.

Girder Fitting

posted Sep 12, 2009, 9:26 PM by Paul Wasson

I had to dremel the 5mm pegs on the girders to get them to fit correctly, but now I can try them out for the first time.  They fit well as I able to support a hex piece with just two girders (all that I have so far).

I attached a gun to the left girder showing the 5mm hole working well.

The girders have a 5mm peg on the bottom and top.  The top of the girder also has a lip to secure it to the inside edge of the hexagon piece. 


posted Sep 11, 2009, 11:45 PM by Paul Wasson   [ updated Sep 11, 2009, 11:53 PM ]

After a few weeks off, I'm back working on the Prototype Micro City.  Here is my first attempt at the red girders taken from another great sketch by Mark.

To give the girder some depth, it is actually made from three different layers that are then bonded together.  Below is a picture of the layers being bonded.  You can see some of the disassemble layers at the bottom of the picture.


posted Aug 23, 2009, 9:38 PM by Paul Wasson

Here are some pictures of the hexagon.  I still need to do a little cleanup, but I thought it turned out pretty good.

Hip to be Square

posted Aug 17, 2009, 11:12 PM by Paul Wasson

Here is the square piece, thanks again to an incredible sketch by Mark Canon.

It looked so good, I made enough to make a cube (with a gun turret, just in case.)

The prototype city is getting close...

Hi-Res Scans

posted Aug 14, 2009, 3:50 PM by Paul Wasson

Thanks to Bryan Wilkinson we now have hi-res scans of the prototype city sets.  Finally we can see what we're making!  Click on the pictures to enlarge.

Cosmic Control Base

Galactic Command Center

Interplanetary Head Quarters

Satellite Survey Station

Looks like the red tape we used originally was correct!

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