Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Another figure goes down under.....

I am always amazed at how many far away places we send figures to (somewhere between 40-45 different countries over the many years we've been doing this). We get to know people from all over the globe. Australia has quite a few of our figures now (and kits too!). We got a nice note and some photos from some new customers 'down under'. Here's what they said.........

"G’day, Mike and Catherine, well after a long but exciting wait, Sparky has finally arrived in Victoria, Australia, after his long journey from Arizona and he is in good shape, all working perfectly and actually speaking with an Ozzie accent “mate”, it is amazing how you made that happen.

I would just like to say thanks for getting Sparky ready for me and Jacinta, as this was a birthday present from Jacinta to me, and she actually made me up a birthday card with Sparky’s photo to give me on the day. Jacinta is very happy also with how he looks and moves, etc. I will get some sneakers for him and maybe a check shirt half open an the neck to make him look like a trendy kid about town but with a bit of attitude!!

I have enclosed a couple of photos for you to see how happy he is in his new home in Oz and how well we are getting along together, you will also see he has a new friend here “Bucko” who is getting a bit of wear and tear on him now, still fairly cheeky and needs a bit of a refresh of colour on his face, and I was wondering what paint or product you could recommend for me to give him a bit of a make over ???? I would appreciate your suggestions.

Are there any other Sparky’s in Australia that you know of ?

Anyway guys, thanks again and please respond to this email, and we will keep in touch, we may come and visit when we are next in the US ?"

Cheers Eric and Jacinta
Always great to get such nice emails from the folks we meet this way. Here are the photos Eric sent.

 Well the smiles on their faces says it all. Looks like Sparky will be very happy in his new home. And yes, teaching him how to speak 'Ozzie' before getting on the plane was the hardest part of all this! <G>

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Winker Mechanics book - In Print!

Sorry to be so long between posts! I had some health issues that got a bit serious, slowed me way down, got me behind in everything, and I finally ended up in the hospital and had a surgical procedure. Doing much better now.

Well the title of this post is fairly self explanatory. My popular book, 'Winker Mechanics Can Be Fun?!?' is now available in hard copy. Some people like PDF Ebooks just fine. Others want a full printed version. Some like having both, as my other figure making book has been for some time now.

In any case, my 'Winker Mechanics Can Be Fun?!?' can now be purchased as a full color (inside and out), quality printed soft cover book. I have to say, it is very nice! Here's a shot of the cover........

The digital age is incredible. I sent all of the digital information of the complete book to my printer on a Wednesday, and on Friday I received the 'proof' copy of my book in the mail! Awesome!  I reviewed it completely just to make sure that all was okay, made some changes, and submitted the final draft ready to publish. The printed book can now be ordered here............

Well just a short post for now to let you know I'm still alive as well as announce the printed version of my winker book. I will try to post more often now that I'm feeling better. Thanks to all who subscribe and read my blog!