Thank you for supporting Rocco Tartamella's line of Angels and Demons action figures- 1st figure: The Archangel Michael
The inspiration for The Archangel Michael Project came when my son had about a week straight of being afraid of the dark and nothing we did to comfort him was working. We tried talking him through it, we gave him a flashlight, we tried several different nightlights but none of these was working. Finally my wife told him to pray to the Archangel Michael for protection. Amazingly, this worked and mommy and daddy were able to get some sleep. However, the next morning he wanted to know all about this amazing archangel he’d learned about. So, I sat him down and showed him images of paintings and statues; I tried to explain his appearance based on scriptural depictions that I found online but he looked confused. As a sculptor, it is often easier for me to communicate through my work rather than to verbalize it, so I went to work. I wanted Michael to look incredible, so he needed to be highly articulated, have generous amounts of detail and of course awesome weapons, armor and wings. As a sculptor, toy designer and a professional with over 15 years experience in the toys and collectibles industry, I really wanted this action figure to rock so I put a lot of time, attention, passion and love for what I do into this project.
I've been asked by some supporters for a more in-depth description of who Michael is. Michael is one of God's strongest Archangel's, the one responsible for hurtling Lucifer out of Heaven. Michael is ever present in all humans life who call upon him for guidance and help. In metaphysics/medium ship, mediums call upon him to defeat negative energies/demonic entities that may be haunting or attacking people and places. In our line of figures he is depicted in his warrior attire and ready to defeat anything at anytime, his look is not time specific, but eternal and heavenly. In contrast the demons are going to look very ferocious, to make for a very intriguing toy line.
The Archangel Michael action figure is at a 7 inch or 1:12th scale, since he is described as being very tall he will be in scale with most other action figures from various other lines. He features some 30 points of articulation so he can get into just about any pose you wish. His wings are also articulated with both ball joints where they attach to Michael’s back and also pivoting joints to allow the wings to open to approximately 20” across when attached to the figure and extended. I’ve also outfitted the Archangel with a 10” spear, highly detailed shield and a flame sword, which we plan on casting in clear amber to give it the appearance of being on fire. As we move forward, with your help, I will be able to update you with images of the step-by-step progress, from early prototyping to paint scheme and ultimately when we reach our goal, the final production. We are also doing an exclusive to kickstarter, limited Archangel Michael in full figure amber so check out the rewards for more info.
Though my son inspired this figure, it isn’t intended for small children; there are small parts that could pose possible chocking hazards. So this is intended with the collector in mind.
Stretch Goal of $200,000- UNLOCK THE FIRST DEMON ACTION FIGURE!
You didn't think this was a stand alone figure, did you?! This Angel needs to fight some demons, and the first one up is a nasty one! Over 10 inches tall, this BEAST is a hulking adversary, pictures coming soon!
Instead of waiting for the next Kickstarter for this line, we can get him started right here right now, along side with the Archangel Michael figure!
Rocco Tartamella is an award winning commercial sculptor with fifteen years of experience in the toys, collectibles and entertainment industries. Rocco has sculpted hundreds of projects for various companies and has also added his talents as a character and concept designer, concept illustrator, and prototype master painter bringing projects from the concept stage to final production. Companies and intellectual properties that Rocco has been commissioned to sculpt for include Art Asylum, McFarlane Toys, Hasbro, UpperDeck's All Star Vinyl, Disney, Lucas Studios, Capcom, Onimusha, Street Fighter, NBC, Funko, Marvel, History Channel, A&E, American Pickers, Midway's Mortal Kombat, Diamond Select Toys, Elvira, Bowen Designs, Jakks Pacific, NECA, Jazwares, Little Ceasars, The Vatican, The Bradford Exchange Ashton-Drake, Mezco Toyz, Sideshow Collectibles, Chic-Fil-A, Extreme Games, Castle Age, and various private commissions.
Rocco has also created and produced his own successful line of busts, statues, and jewelry:
Carved in History- a line of historical busts of people who helped shaped our world.
Artist's Anatomy- a line of anatomically correct models for artists and students.
Heart and Skull Jewelry- a jewelry line of pendants co-created with his wife and fellow artisan Krissie Tartamella.
The Biggest obstacles to occur would be the time frame of mass production. Depending on the time we start a project it takes anywhere from 5 months to 9 months to produce a run of action figures. It takes another month for overseas shipping.
There are always unforeseen issues that may happen, but we will post any issues that arise with our backers and keep the project fully up to date. Thank you again for the continued support!
Get a personalized bust sculpted by Rocco from 6 to 8 inches tall, anything you want, you are the art direct- up to 2 rounds of revisions. Sculpt time a month, molding and casing included, painted faux bronze or plain casting.