Our friend here was one of the lucky few to obtain one of the first Madball T-shirts offered up by the company(MIGHTY FINE) at select (HOT TOPIC) stores. But fear not, the limited release of the Madballs shirts was so successful that a new, larger shipment of shirts will be arriving at stores in the coming weeks!
Run out and get yours, we promise that you will look better than this guy does when you wear yours...
(The image here is the creature from: "I was a Teenage Frankenstein". It is a bust sculpted by Steve West for Earthbound Studios.)
Friday, December 5, 2008
Posted by James Groman at 10:57 AM
Here are two of the great MADBALL STICKER SHEETS being offered right now at select retailers!!
As you can see, many never before seen Madball characters make an appearance here for the very first time! Sticker Sheet 1 has all the first wave Madballs in relief a and dimensional! There is also a special SLIME FILLED version sticker sheet wof Madballs out there as well. Add them to your collection of Madball Greeting cards , and soon to be released Madballs Calender!!
(Details of which will be posted soon!!)
And our friend over at the website (SCARY CRAYON) has a full review of the sticker sheets and alot to say about the all-new Madballs Characterss.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Here are 3 of the style control drawing/schematics drawn by designer James Groman to guide the toy sculptor as the patterns are created for the Madballs Series 3 toys.
The Madball sculptures are created by some talented folks at American Greetings Product's toy partner (Basic Fun). Specifically, Wave 2 and 3 have been sculpted by the legendary Jack Dennett. Jack has made a name for himself by sculpting many, many toys, model kits and collectors statues for some of the biggest names in the licensing business over the years. I am very glad to have him working with us on the new Madballs product.
(MADBALLS.COM)Playbrains Announces Madballs™ in Babo:Invasion Game for Xbox LIVE® Arcade and PCs
Playbrains, an independent game studio, announced their new game, Madballs in Babo:Invasion, at the Montreal International Game Summit. Featuring the hit ever-"gross" Madballs toy characters from the 1980s, the fast-paced multiplayer 3-D shooter game will be available through Xbox LIVE® Arcade and as a downloadable game in 2009.
Playbrains partnered with American Greetings Properties, who recently re-launched the 80s classic Madballs toy and entertainment brand, to develop the game featuring the hilariously grotesque Madballs characters. In the game, two Madballs characters crash land on a planet in the middle of a civil war between the peaceful Babos and chaotic Scorched forces and join the fray. The game features a dozen characters, each with special abilities, fighting with many different weapons across multiple landscapes. There is a deep single-player campaign and many different co-op and multiplayer modes of gameplay.
Read all about it at: (Playbrains)
Posted by James Groman at 1:12 PM
Here are the new Series 3 Madballs, due to start shipping in fall of 2009! The characters are as follows:
SNAKE BAIT (based on a 1990's, series 2 Madball), FIST FACE (based on another 1990's, series 2 Madball), LOCK LIPS(based on yet another 1990's, series 2 Madball), PUCK TEETH (an all-new design!), NAIL BITER (also a new design) and MOSH PITTS (an all new character as well)
Posted by James Groman at 12:53 PM
Here is one of 2, ALL NEW Madball TV commercials running exclusively on Nickelodeon. I like these alot because they have a bit of the flavor of the original, 1980's commercials.
Posted by James Groman at 12:50 PM
Thursday, October 2, 2008
MADBALLS CENTRAL IS UP AND RUNNIN'! In all it's slime-slingin', gut-wrenching glory! It's got Wave 1-2 Madball character profiles, product ordering information and our first of many on-line games: SLINGIN' SLIME BALL!
In the next two weeks more games and activities will launch, and all of us at AG Properties have been knockin' ourselves out on the way-cool illustrations and graphics and animation that will make these games like nothin' else you've ever seen on-line!!
Go to (MADBALLS.COM)now and have yourself some gurgley-gross-out fun....
Posted by James Groman at 12:31 PM
Yes, I have been missing in action for the last few weeks.
I am overloaded with freelance and some other personal projects that need my undivided attention, so the blog has been neglected once again.
But, I did realise that I hadn't posted my two new Madball paintings that I had done a few months back. These were created for our American Greetings Madball Gallery Show. I challenged myself to get these two painted as fast as I could, and ended up spending 2 hours a piece on them...
Don't be too impressed, they are only 6 inches square in size.
So, here they are, for your viewing pleasure, (or horror...)
DUSTBRAIN and SWINESUCKER!!
Posted by James Groman at 12:30 PM
Friday, August 29, 2008
Madballs.com is up and running, at least the first initial holding page is. The entire site will launch with games and activities on September 30th, 2008. I can tell you first hand that the array of games, activities and Madball Gross-out fun that AGProperties has lined up for you guys is incredalicious!
Me and the team here at American Greetings Properties have been totally wrapped up in some special, overwelming Madball product development for the last two months that I dare not speak of. So that is why updates to Madball Central have been few and far between.
But mark that date. SEPTEMBER 28, 2008. And tune in at (MADBALLS.COM)
Posted by James Groman at 5:53 AM
Thursday, July 24, 2008
James Groman here...
I'm off to San Diego Comicon today, and will be stopping by the Basic fun/Underground Toys booth at the show to check on Madballs and see how things are going with the 1000 signed and numbered limited edition Madballs art prints that they have at the show.
Thats right! The first 1000 people to stop by their booth at the show will recieve one, 20" by 20" , limited edition art print of our Blech Beard the Pirate signed by the artist (me!) with the purchase of any Wave 1 or Wave 2 Madball!
These are beautiful, full-color prints on high quality, heavy stock ,acid free paper. They will be given out contained in a huge protective envelope with an official Madball sticker of authenticity. Come to the show, and get one while they last.
Wow, it is Thursday, and the show started yesterday...they may be gone already!
Posted by James Groman at 1:05 PM
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Recently all us crazy designers at American Greetings Properties pooled our talents to organize a gallery show inspired by the re-launch of the Madballs Toy line.
I felt the need to document this incredible event with a slide-show. Enjoy the grossness!
Participents in the show are as follows:
James Groman, Keith Allen,Seth Larson, Kevin Evans, Keith Corcoran, Gil Reis, Carlos Villagra, David Fedan, Jeff Harter, Beth Dinvald, Renee Froerer, Aaron Wildasin, Anthony Davila, James Elliott
Thanks Guys and Gals!!
Posted by James Groman at 5:28 AM
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Well, I finally finished painting number 3 in my acrylic/Madball series. This one was primarily done as a submission to a Madballs Calendar. It will also be hanging in the American Greetings art gallery in a week or so as part of a Madball art show we will be having. I will try to post photos of this show when it is up for all you Madballs fans.
I am also hoping to get one more Madball painting done before then....
Posted by James Groman at 5:19 AM