Wait For It… a blog by Andy Ross

Spy vs. Spy Toy

Posted on July 5, 2011

Spy vs Spy CloseUp

Hi, you guys. I’ve been lax in updating this blog over the past week, which I know has many of you suffering pretty severe withdrawal symptoms. I apologize. The reason is that I was asked to contribute to an amazing project for MAD Magazine. I just handed it in, so I can finally show it off.

Dave Croatto over at MAD is spearheading a huge celebration for Spy vs. Spy’s 50th anniversary. He sent dozens of six-inch plastic toy blanks around the world to some super talented artists, designers and toy makers, and somehow I was lucky enough to be included. Each contributor had free range to modify the toy however he or she wanted.

Here’s the process that went into my contribution:

Spy vs Spy Blank

The six-inch plastic blank…

Spy vs Spy Pieces

Disassembled into its component parts.

Spy vs Spy First Coat

Applying my first few coats of Flashe paint. Each color needed about five coats. I had never painted a model before; It’s painstaking but that much more satisfying.

Spy vs Spy Pumpkin

Here I am hardening a pumpkin I made out of a ping pong ball and Sculpey. I had never worked with Sculpey before. Normally you bake it, but I couldn't risk the ping pong interior melting in my toaster oven.

Spy vs Spy Final Coat

The final coats of paint.

Spy vs Spy Spray Finish

Up on my roof, applying a few passes of protective spray finish. (Coincidentally disturbing my neighbors’ last romantic sunset before they moved upstate. They seemed nice. I wish I had met them before they moved away.)

Spy vs Spy Glow Tape

I designed a skeleton template on the computer. Then, I scored through the printout to create decals out of theatrical glow tape. I also made some bombs out of Sculpey and cotton twine that I forgot to photograph.

Spy vs Spy Front

My finished Spy. His Halloween bucket is filled with smaller bombs, so the name of the piece is “Trick or Trick.”

Spy vs Spy Right Profile

Left and right profiles.

Spy vs Spy Glow Front

The side-by-side of him in the light and glowing in the dark.

Spy vs Spy Glow Back

Same with the back.

It has been a real honor to be included in this art project. I had a hard time handing it over after two weeks of sneaking in painting and sculpting after work or shows.

But, turning it in, I got a chance to see some of the other finished spies, and they are terrific! So proud to have mine alongside them.

They’ll be on display at the DC booth at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con. If you have a chance to see them, I highly recommend it. Otherwise, you can see more now at MAD’s blog The Idiotical.

Now, I promise to get back to writing stupid puns and stuff.

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  1. Lovely work, holmes.

  2. Very nice. The glow effects are a really nice touch.

  3. Thank you both.

  4. My favorite pic is the tiny clothesline with tiny spy parts. Awesome job!

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