Epic Interview: David-Thao Nguyen, the creator of PapaBehr
|David-Thao Nguyen hard at work|
BBQ17: I love the idea of using magnetic armor and weapons to attach accessories to the figure. Can you explain a little bit more about how this feature works and what PapaBehr fans might expect to see in the future? DTN: The idea came about when we were thinking about ways to make PapaBehr more unique. We’ve played with a ton of toys that have some sort of clip or snap-on function to attach armor and weapons. It was always a pain in the butt to put on and would most likely break. So we decided to utilize magnets to make it easy! The magnets are located inside the body and within the inside of the armor and sheath. Fans can expect more interchangeable armor and weapon sets in the future. We’re currently working on a “Neo-Samurai” armor set!
BBQ17: Is this the first toy project you've worked on?
DTN: This is the very first toy we’ve ever produced or worked on. It took us a while to make PapaBehr because we had no prior experience making toys whatsoever…except of course for playing with them haha.
BBQ17: What toys do you keep at your desk? DTN: I have a BMO toy (from Adventure Time), a few Kid Robot Futurama vinyls, a Batman POP! Vinyl, and quite a few others. I change it up now and again.
BBQ17: If PapaBehr were to be integrated into any other toyline, modern or classic, what toyline do you think he would fit best in and why? DTN: Woof, that’s a tough question. We’re in a strange realm between being a vinyl toy and a tech gadget. It would be awesome to be a part of Kidrobot’s lineup one day; they’re a huge inspiration to us. Bandai has always been one of our favorites too. They make all sorts of awesome detailed robots (Gundam etc.). So I can see us fitting in there.
BBQ17. Are there any future plans for PapaBehr you care to announce? Future characters, designs, a breakfast cereal perhaps? DTN: We’re currently working on a limited “Destroyed PapaBehr”. This is before he gets his armor upgrade. He’s missing his eye, part of his head, and his left leg. We’re constantly sketching new weapons and armor sets too!
BBQ17: What type of files do you think would be most appropriate to store on a PapaBehr flash drive? DTN: Ones that are best kept secret! Haha
BBQ17: Hypothetical Question: PapaBehr is on the run and he has to crash at your place for the weekend. What's the arrangement? DTN: He can take the couch and no using weapons in the house.
Once again, many thanks to David-Thao Nguyen. Make sure to run over to Kickstarter and check out the PapaBehr Vinyl USB Figurine. There's about 33 days left in the campaign and he's over 90% of the way to being successfully funded. Also, check out there website at www.papabehr.com. I love their quote about their company: "We're a couple of dudes that wanted to make a RAD toy. So we made one." Amen, gentlemen.