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How To Find Your Passion

Sep 14, 2018
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Operation: “Propaganda 2K18”

Jun 14, 2018
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The Pinecone Broadcast – What Took So Long?

The Pinecone Broadcast What Took So Long

Toy Soldier Day Mission: Your Passion, Your Creativity, Your Pinecone!

Toy Soldier Day Mission Bring Your Pineal Gland

Mission Brief

Alright you lot. Gonna actually attempt to plan ahead a bit.
Toy Soldier Day is in a few weeks, and I have an idea that’ll highlight the very core of the Army of Toy Soldiers. YOU!

Between now and February 26th, record and submit a video of yourselves doing what you are the most passionate about.
Are you writing fanfic? Get someone to record over your shoulder as you beat the living hell out of your keyboard.
Building a robot? Film its first steps and/or epic failure.
Streaming games? Creating props? Playing music? Fighting for your rights? Teaching skills? Forging metal? Exploring the world? Exploring your mind?
I want you to show and tell the world in no more than 1 Minute, what it is that your pineal gland thrives upon.

Video Requirements:

– Your video can be edited, but nothing fancy. No flashes, or fades, or such. Just a straight cut from one scene to the next.
– No music or background ambience (excepting if you’re a musician)
– Maximum length of 1 minute total. It can be shorter if you want.
– Review your video before uploading it. Check you can be clearly seen and heard. Google for quick tips if need be.
– No nudity, swearing, politics, religion or actual guns/weapons. Painted nerf guns and props are fine.
– It can be 1080p or potato quality. Not expecting Scorsese here. Even just a selfie video on your phone will do.
– Toy Soldier Uniform would be nice, but is not a requirement. There is a sale currently on in the Armory if you’d like to finally get around to making a new uniform.

 

At the end of your video, it’d be great if you could do the following.
1. Gaze at the camera, and say “To a Utopian Playland.” (dramatically).
2. Perform the Toy Soldier Salute. Place right hand fist onto your heart, then snap head to the right, tilted upwards ever so slightly, as if staring into the future, and hold that pose for a few seconds. That’ll be where your video ends.

Where to send your video:

Please upload your video to either Google Drive, Dropbox, or similar file sharing site, and send the link to [email protected]
Do NOT upload to Youtube, Vimeo or elsewhere, or attempt to email the file directly, it wont work.

The cut off date is the 26th of February, there’s no negotiating this and anything that arrives afterwards will not be included.

Your video will be part of a montage, so not all elements may be used, but we’ll do our utmost to get the best parts included.

If you have any questions, reply to this topic, or pop into the Discord server.

I sincerely look forward to getting to know and show your passions, talents, hobbies and pinecones better, and sharing them with the world.

To a Utopian Playland!

10 Year Anniversary Video Project

Dec 28, 2015
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Dr. Malice has something special in store for the 10 year anniversary of Toy Soldiers Unite & The Army of Toy Soldiers. After having spent much time working upon it, Dr. Malice has created a brand new cover and expansion of the song Build A Playland. Together with Silent Addle, a video will be made for this song, to celebrate our anniversary.

But more importantly, they need YOUR help, to create audio and video for this project. Watch the video below for further explanation from Dr. Malice.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FULL SONG

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE INSTRUMENTAL TRACK

Thank you for choosing to participate in the SilentAddle/Dr. Malice 10th Anniversary video project! Please watch the above video* and follow the outlined instructions below to submit your, um,….submission!

Audio Rules­
1. Download Audacity (http://audacityteam.org/)
2. Download desired file to sing/play along with
3. In Audacity, select Import­Audio­ [insert downloaded file name here]
3. Make sure you have a microphone connected. If on a laptop, it’s ok to use your internal mic. Also, be sure to use headphones when recording your audio. This will minimize track bleed from the original track.
4. Press record and sing/play along with the original file
5. On the downloaded file track, press the mute button
6. Select File­Export Audio
7. Select desired output file extension (.wav, .mpeg, .mp3 [download required for this format])
8. Name the file [insert your ToySoldier name here]Audio
9. Export to disk
10. Upload to either GoogleDrive or Dropbox
11. Send the link to [email protected]

Video Rules­
1. Using your webcam, phone, or an actual video camera, record yourself (and some friends if you wish) singing along with the song. Be aware that the audio will be removed from the video file for the final project, so if you want anything specific played in your audio, record a separate audio track that matches the video.
2. Upload your video to either GoogleDrive or Dropbox
3. Send a link to your video to [email protected]

Tips:
1. Have fun!
2. Wear your uniform!
3. Cookies!
4. Hamsters!
5. It’s the 10th anniversary!

Deadline is February 1st.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Dr. Malice directly at

[email protected]

Why I am a Toy Soldier

Dec 2, 2015
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Now, I could possibly answer this question with one sentence: To make a change. Or because the Toy Soldiers have become my family. Or because it is the one, big thing I always wanted to be part of. Or…

Ah well, apparently it is not as easy at it seemed. At least, there is not just one answer. And the reason why I joined back in 2012 is in fact different from why I stayed with TSU after all. A while ago I had a conversation with one of our admins, about what drives and motivates people to be part of TSU. He said that it often comes down to personal agendas. Everybody has their own goals, and sometimes you need a group such as TSU to achieve them. Of course, he won’t ever complain because it is all for a good cause, for a better world to live in for everyone. Personal agendas are a useful tool in this case. And it made me think about my own agenda. Why was I still part of the community?

I remembered why I joined. Back then, I felt lonely and had severe problems with depression and anxiety. I called in sick at least once a month due to this condition. At the same time, the thought of changing this world, my own world, into a brighter place was just really appealing. Those people were as weird as me. Idealistic in a way without taking themselves too seriously.

Now three years have passed, and I am still here. I have successfully fought a big part of my issues. I started to study. I have met the love of my life, incidentally through TSU… Nothing is perfect, but compared to where I started, right now, I am in a better state than ever. The initial cause to change my own little universe to the better has kind of been fulfilled. I could probably leave TSU behind, if I wanted to, and focus on my own plans. So, what does TSU mean to me, at this point? Why am I sticking around?

First of all, I’ve grown attached to the place and the people. I have been part of the forum, missions, projects, invasions… I even created* the Gaming Marathon, a rather big event I guess I can call my baby, and that is inseparable with either TSU or me. People know me by now. I am in our IRC channel daily, and have gained operator status. I take care of newbies and try to keep an eye on what gets posted in the forum. At some point, this becomes a part of you. TSU has become my big, weird family.

It also plays a significant role to me professionally. TSU gives me the freedom to explore, experiment and improve my work. I get to organise events, get in touch with the most awesome people and companies, and, most importantly, it lets me use my art and design work for a good cause. It allows me to do the things I love, and to prepare for my own career.

The biggest reason for me to stay though is happiness. The fulfillment, being part of this group, working towards a better future for the generations to come, making others smile… I would not trade it for any money in this world. This is irreplaceable.

What is your reason?

 

*It might be noted here that the Gaming Marathon as such was not initially my idea, but an event called Operation: Dig Deep by Engineer Airhead. I only took his idea and made the Marathon out of it. Airhead, as well as others, is still involved in the planning and preparation.

Why Propaganda?

Jul 3, 2015
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Why Propaganda Banner

Why does the Army of Toy Soldiers call their leaflets, posters and videos “Propaganda”? It sounds rather ominous.

You’re right, it does sound ominous. Nefarious even. But harmless in the case of the Toy Soldiers, because what our propaganda is saying is just to go out there, have some fun, be creative, and join the Army of Toy Soldiers. No pressure, no judgement, no guilt tripping.

But that’s not the main purpose of distributing leaflets with the soldier face, or sharing a weird Youtube video of a gas masked guy in kilt making a pledge. By stating from the onset that this is propaganda, your mind is set on guard, and you become very wary of any dubious messages hidden in the material given to you. You think carefully about what we’re saying, and then you think carefully that maybe we’re saying the reverse (don’t go to deep on this, hidden messages only work when they’re obvious).

So what’s the point of putting your brain in guard mode when looking at pretty pictures and videos that make you laugh?

Because now more than ever we HAVE to be on our guard. Propaganda is just another word for ‘public relations’, ‘marketing’ and ‘viral advertising’. They are instructions, orders, demands and threats, veiled in the glimmer of honest commercialism.

The hair product promising you great looking follicles, it’s also pushing onto you the fear of what others might say if you DON’T have great hair.

The phone giving you instant connectivity to the entire globe, excellent cell coverage even in the Himalaya’s, and the rugged durability of a Toyota Hilux being left in the ocean overnight. And if you don’t have that phone? You’re out of date, a Luddite, with no social life, and the Nokia brick from your childhood makes you seem out of touch with your friends.

Political parties are notorious for using these methods of coercing agreement from their target audience. If you don’t do this, you’re a traitor, and if you don’t agree with us on this, your family will be ridiculed by  your neighbours. Agree with that guy, and you’re a terrorist.

All of these methods share a common trait as well. Poor sources. They’ll say they got it from a research group, but a research group might be two people sat in an office watching lolcats. Truly independent research groups rarely return the information corporations want unless they’ve been heavily invested in. And even then, the information is taken out of context.

 

Propaganda – A Public Service Announcement

Jun 18, 2015
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Propaganda PSA

 

In this continued series of Public Service Announcements from TSU-HQ, I give a brief overview of Propaganda, the Army of Toy Soldiers primary method of brainwashing the masses! Share with others, show your friends, brainwash your teachers, and don’t forget to leave a comment.

Spotlight on Toy Soldier Artist: YJ Tinker the Paper Lord!

Spotlight On YJ Tinker Banner

 

Tinker is a computer tech from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. AKA the frozen Northern Wasteland.
He is also and artist with many talents. I sat down with him for an interview the other night and asked that he share his story with us.


Tinker, when did you become a Toy Soldier?

I became a Toy Soldier in Feb 2008. I was poking around on a steampunk site called Brass Goggles and saw a link for Doctor Steel and this eventually lead me to Toy Soldiers Unite. I liked what I saw and stuck around for the fun and cupcakes!

So, what got you interested in paper crafts/art?

I’ve always been artistic. I get my art/creative spark from my mom. She’s always been artsy, making bears, quilts, knitting, etc… She just got into watercolor painting.
The paper-craft thing just kind of happened after I found a small model of a Delorean online. I had so much fun building it, I started searching for more, and I found sooo much more! At one point, I had two 3′ tall Gundam robots in my office, and a life-sized machine gun from the Aliens movie.
I’ve also tried my hand at creating my own paper crafts, so far, I have made a paper soldier Timmy, a Robot, a Commander JET and some Standees for propaganda. Oh and I made a paper fez from a fabric pattern. It was great!

What kind of things motivate you to keep creating?

I find it to be very relaxing to start working on a new project, also fun. I’ll get an idea going in my head, or get a request from someone for a flyer, table display, or a new maille thing, and I’ll get Photoshop going, start some trance music and get into a creator zone/mode thing.
I can go for hours with a good beat. I think the longest I ever went before I looked at a clock was 14 hours. You get lost in the creation of whatever it is and time vanishes from existence.
Seeing TSU grow as it has in the last few years really helps keep you wanting to create bigger and better things. That and fun. Oh so much fun! (read that last bit in Invader Zim’s voice :P)
I tend to hide from the spotlight, so a lot of my motivation comes from seeing the reactions from others to the things I’ve made. If others around me are happy, then I am happy and it makes me want to create more. I’ve had one or two duds that never really took off. Some things work, some things don’t. The Paper table Standees are a good example of something that works well.
I remember when I designed that one, I printed about 200 of them, plastered the food court at a mall with them. I went back the next day only to find that the cleaning staff (I think) had removed them all. It was a bit of a bummer, but I got to get them out there, and they looked good for however long they were there.

Is there any advice could you give to others who would like to be more creative?

Don’t be afraid to try something different. If you have an idea for a mission/invasion, or a new piece of propaganda, or whatever, just run with it. Post it on the forum somewhere and see what happens.
Criticism can and will happen. People will love the idea, or they won’t. Don’t take it personally, doing that will just build a shell around your creative spark that can be very hard to break out of.
Find something you like/love, and use that to help you design, plan, organize, etc… whatever it is your idea tells you to do. Sometimes you really have to shut out the world for 15 minutes (this is important, anything less than this and you’ll never hear them. They could be in the bathroom, out in the sandbox, or having lunch. You have to let them come to you), and listen to the 5 year old in your head. He or she is a lot smarter than you think they are.

I’m sure everyone want’s to know..are you working on any new projects at the moment you can tell us about?
A while ago, Dutch asked me to re-work the cookie box. Admittedly, it’s taking a lot longer then I’d like it to. But he wanted to have a proper cookie recipe on it this time and I’ve been baking A LOT of cookies to find a really good, but simple recipe that will fit on the back of the box.

The good news is that I have found that recipe and should have a new box ready in the week or so.
Sorry Dutch, it wasn’t supposed to take so long, but the universe hates me and I ran out of flour 4 times making cookies. I think I’ve also gained a few pounds taste testing. ;)


Tinker’s art can be seen all over Toy Soldiers Unite in many threads for art and propaganda.
He has also contributed to some of our missions.

Operation: Instant TS Arm Bands
Operation: Desktop Standees
And one of our favorite pieces of propaganda we have included in the official TS Tool kit:
Fancy Flyers!

Thank you so much Tinker for sharing your story and inspiration with us! *salutes*

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