Spotlight On: Ryan Branoff’s Animal

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We ran into Ryan on the internet and since MC is a recovering drummer, this custom spoke to us. We asked Ryan about his custom.

Destination Vinylmation: Hi Ryan, how long have your been doing customs?

Ryan Branoff: I’ve always been interested in the custom world of Vinylmation. I have been collecting Vinylmation for the last 3 years, but have just recently in the past month been doing my own customs. I’ve been working really hard this past month, I never knew how addicting creating your own Vinylmation would be!

DV: They are addicting! So, what is your art background?

RB: Art has always been a major part of my life. I went to an arts-centric high school, where I studied Visual Arts, and this continued on to university. Since then, I have been working as a commission artist with a focus on portraiture (on the side to my day job).

DV: That sounds fun. I love this figure, what inspired it?

RB: Definitely my love of the Muppets was the inspiration behind this figure. Ever since I was little, I have been a big fan of the Muppets, especially Animal. I have a pretty expansive Muppet collection spanning from the Palisades line of action figures to every Muppet-related Vinylmation that has been released. I knew my first 9 inch custom had to be special, and the result was my Electric Mayhem Animal.

DV: What was the most difficult part of this design?

RB: The Electric Mayhem logo on the back was the most challenging. I knew I had to get it just right to execute the overall design on the back of figure and in order for the figure to have the overall feel I was going for.

DV: Don’t worry. It looks great! Just curious, which are your favorite Muppets?

RB: Animal, Gonzo, and Bean Bunny.

DV: Which of Disney’s VInylmation figures is your favorite?

RB: This one is really tough. There are a lot of figures that appeal to me, but I would have to say that it’s a toss up between Park 1 Kermit and Park 3 Rizzomouse.

DV: How can people find more of your figures?

RB: To see any of my past projects and for future releases, you just need to ‘Like’ my Facebook Artist Page: or email me at [email protected].

About the author

Nick LoCicero

Nick LoCicero has almost 20 years experience in the media industry. He has worked on numerous Disney related media projects, most know at WDWNT for WDW News Tonight. He has been visiting Walt Disney World since 1982. After moving to Orlando in the late 90's he became a passholder, developed a fascination with the history of the vacation kingdom and has spent way too much money on park merchandise.