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Roc the House

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Phantom Birdhouse, a.k.a., Roc the House (I prefer the latter name to the former), is a character concept, designed and submitted by forum member "Eastwestkid", for October Toys' OMFG (Outlandish Mini Figure Guys) Kickstarter-funded toy series, that I decided to model in three dimensions. I believe that the "Phantom Birdhouse" title is a reference to the name of one of the OMFG series 1 figures, the Phantom Outhouse, and Rocs are giant, mythological birds, hence the word pun on "Rock the House". Visually, one could also draw comparisons to the Slavic witch Baba Yaga's chicken-legged house.

I loved Eastwestkid's design as-is, but I did decide to add tail feathers protruding from the back of the birdhouse, both to make the rear view more visually interesting (which would be rather plain otherwise) and to have the avian erupting from its home motif represented on all four sides. I also briefly considered having an eye peering out from the entry hole, but I think it looks cooler and creepier with nothing there.

Cardboard from a cereal box, newsprint, lined white notebook paper, white glue, and acrylic paint.

6.1 cm (2.4") wingspan x 6.1 cm (2.4") high. While it's purely coincidence in this case, it pleases me when a figure's maximum height and width end up measuring exactly the same.

Three days. I started this project on the morning of November 18th, resumed work on the 20th, and finished things off on the 25th. I'd estimate that Roc the House took about twelve hours altogether to complete.

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