First up, congratulations to Luke (of Lulubell Toys) for starting up Grody Shogun and making his own vinyl toys. After years in the sofubi trenches, what a way to go over the top and charge forward!
Seeing pics of the first painted versions of Grody's Ojisan reminded me of a cold winter's day some 6 months ago, when Luke and I were standing in front of Shinto Gangu. He showed me an early stage sculpt of a figure he was working on. I snapped a shot, but at that time, there was no Grody, the figure had no name (that I recall), and so the pic has stayed in its digital dormitory for some months.
Now that Ojisan is live in all his sofubi splendor, here's that pic I shot from the figure's early evolution:
Not sure about other people, but I love learning about the stages involved in a toy's development, from sculpting to molding, pulling and painting. Some makers, like Max Toy and RESTORE, have done a great job giving us pics (and sometimes videos!) of the process. Recently I posted some of the first shots of the final head sculpt of the MVH x Blobpus Enma head for Ollie. (Click here for that.)
I'd love to devote more posts to this side of the hobby and will do so when I can!