Defensor Custom Transformers Generations Combiner Wars G1 Figure by Xaviercal

Xaviercal is at it again creating killer G1 customs and he has gone big this time!  Paying homage to the classic Protectobots is his Custom Transformers Generations Combiner Wars G1 Defensor.  Adding new feet and articulated hands, Defensor resembles the 1980's version with one small twist.  You might notice a new member on the right leg.  Rook is his name and Xaviercal used a SWAT vehicle and painted the figure accordingly, breaking up the classic red, white and blue color scheme.  Even with adding a new figure into the mix, he still retains the look and feel of the figure by attaching the motorcycle to the SWAT vehicle in combiner mode, retaining the original design of Defensor while giving him a fresh new look.

I love when customizers take their own liberties with paint choices and colors as it makes the design uniquely their own.  The individual figures look just as good in both robot and alternate modes.  Xaviercal's work is top notch so don't miss out on his Defensor Custom Transformers Generations Combiner Wars G1 Figure.

Custom GI Joe Mountain Bunker Outpost Diorama by Scorched Earth

On Memorial Day, I thought this GI Joe Mountain Base Diorama was a fitting custom to highlight as we remember our fallen soldiers on this day.  When I first glanced at this dio, I immediately thought of the bunkers and strongholds our soldiers had to face as they invaded France on June 6th 1944 to mark the turn of World War 2.

Although this dio is made of dense polystyrene foam board, the way ti was painted and sculpted makes it look like stone, rock, and cement.  The artist did an excellent job varying the coloring to achieve a very natural look.  One thing I noticed was the scale was right on for 3 3/4" figures and even the small vehicles (Cobra Trubble Bubble, Ferret, etc.) can fit nicely with this base.  You will notice that there are two levels on the inside so this base also serves as a small barracks.  If you are into Dioramas, don't miss this Custom GI Joe Mountain Base Diorama.

Barricade Custom Masterpiece Transformers Figure by Barbershop Customz

Totally rethinking one of the toughest Decepticons from the 2007 Transformers Movie is Barbershop Customz with his Custom Masterpiece Transformers Barricade figure.  Using a Masterpiece Prowl as the base for the figure, he reimagined the character using the movie paint scheme.  The gold face really pops against the darkness of the figure.  I like the angle that Barbershop took with the figure where he chose not to change the face to the style of the movie figure.  I think this was a good call since all of the Masterpiece figures are based on the G1 Transformers line.  I have been a fan of Barbershop for many years and if you are too, come check out the past articles I have written about this fantastic customizer!

Metroplex Custom Transformers G1 Titan Class Figure by Xaviercal

Metroplex dwarfs other bots  in comparison and living up to his role as the living embodiment of Autobot City is Xaviercal's Custom Transformers G1 Metroplex figure.  Completely repainting in the classic G1 color scheme, Metroplex is painted and detailed in a very unique way.  This figure looks like it has seen many a war and lived to tell about it with the massive amounts of scoring and grunge that is infused into him.  Most of the customs I see are pristine versions of a repaint or a sculpted version of a figure that is a million times better than what you can get off the shelf but rarely to do you this level of battle damage.  My favorite part of this customs is the cracked chest piece and the shattered look and feel overall.  Xaviercal is one of the best in the business so check out his Custom Transformers G1 Metroplex figure before it is too late!

Cannonball X-Men X-Force New Mutants Custom by Shinobitron

Focusing on one of his favorite characters, Shinobitron creates his third iteration of this New Mutant with his Custom Marvel Legends Cannonball figure.  The way that this figure was painted and detailed really makes the Cannonball come to life.  The facial expression and the stare that is reflected in the eyes gives the figure human-like characteristics.  The hair and the way it was sculpted and applied to the head make it look like it is flowing on his head.  Coupled with the way his goggles sit atop his head give the figure a life like appeal.  I am stickler for detail and Cannonball's jacket is my favorite part of this figure.  The brown leather color feels very natural and the silver accents and buttons finish off the look.  You will also notice that the clothing is painted in alternating blacks and blues in way that looks like the clothing is undulating from his body.  Overall, this is a very well executed figure with all of the fits and finishes you can come to expect in a figure designed by one and only Shinobitron!

Grimlock Custom Transformers Age of Extinction Figure by Deviacon

Pouring his heart, soul, and experience into his latest custom, Deviacon unleashes the wrath of the Dinobot leader with his Custom Transformers Age of Extinction Grimlock figure.  This Leader Class figure is fully modded with some of the most unique ideas I have seen in a custom in a long time.  For example, he created an extended tail, to round out proportions, which also has a hidden surprise that has 3 points of articulation and can split and transform into 3 accessories.  He also was striving for screen accuracy so he added extra spines and spikes along the back, an extra row of teeth, extra plating along the top of the head, hand sculpted horns, engraved cybertronian letters along certain area's.  Paying homage to the G1 version of Grimlock, the crown that sits atop Grimlock's head is modeled after the original spiky crown and he made it fit in with the movie style very well by giving it a corroded look.  He even added Cybertronian hieroglyphics that read "Me King."  The details are endless and the creativity that Deviacon has demonstrated truly makes this a remarkable custom.

The paint layering effects, which were achieved by using techniques such as dry-brushing, washes, and distressing helped to give this figure an overall corroded and rusted metal look.  You can get a good look at the paint app in this close up image of Grimlock's head (see below).  This is seriously one of the best Transformers AOE Grimlock's I have seen to date and Deviacon should be very proud of what he has made.  I have to agree with him when he says "culmination of my work as a customizer so far."  If you do too, go check out his Grimlock Custom Transformers Age of Extinction Figure on eBay and place your bid for this amazing figure!

AFC Interviews Transformers Artist Kingbotz

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This week, AFC has the pleasure of getting to know Transformers Artist, Kingbotz, in this exclusive interview:

AFC: Tell the fans about yourself

Kingbotz: Hi there fellow TF-artists & friends, I'm Shane aka "Kingbotz" from New Orleans, La, born and raised. I've been an artist all my life, starting with 2D pencil-art in my youth & building anything I could out of whatever I had. I grew up with plenty of educational building sets like Brix-Blox, Robotix, Lincoln Logs, Erector & Tinker Toys. A significant incident took place in '86 when my mom threw away all my TF & Gobot toys as punishment for something I did, so I secretly started making them out of paper & hid 'em under the dresser. Yep, they all transformed too. They had a simple panel-flip-technology on 'em but it worked! I even did a few combiners like Defensor, Superion & Devastator. I mean, they were more or less like little robotic paper-dolls that couldn't even stand on their own, but those and my imagination was all I had left after the "apocalypse," lol.   Anyhow, that creative-entity was always there, it just took all the right elements & conditions to manifest itself in a much more profound way further down the road.   Years of mechanical-experience, circumstances & timing was all critical to my development and establishment as a TF-artist/customizer.   Anyone is welcomed to check out my previous and current work on my main website at www.Kingbotz.com, on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/Kingbotz
and my video-channel at www.YouTube.com/Kingbotz.

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AFC: Why did you start making customs?

Kingbotz: It's a very long story to put in a nutshell, but it all started in early 2005 after I had surgery for a sports-injury. I was stuck at home, had a lot of spare time & started collecting old Transformers again that I found on eBay.  It was fun, but there was STILL something major missing, couldn't quite pinpoint it. A couple weeks after surgery, I woke up one day and started brainstorming the possibility of building an oversized Transformer-character of my own. I began pondering what I would base this huge figure on, and what I could use to make it happen. One of the first ideas that hit me was a combiner using vehicles to minimize scratch-building, and suddenly Tonka-trucks got my gears turning about a huge "Devastator" and I wondered.... "just how many Tonka-trucks can I find at one toy-store, that are all in scale with each other???" I jumped in my truck, went straight to the store and spent the whole day there, shopping and getting all the trucks I needed. Went home with the haul, and the rest was history.  Over the course of about 8 to 10 months, I built my first Transformer-custom, a 5-foot Devastator made out of Tonka-trucks that stored 29 other Transformer-toys all over the body. That was the custom that put me "on the map" sort-of-speak, which was only supposed to be a one-time thing that I was gonna list on E-bay and sell once it was done.  After I came home from Botcon 2006 and displayed Devastator there, I had no doubt I was meant to do so much more. I've been pretty much on automatic since then with limitless ideas, concepts & drive to continue to push the margin and take it further & further.

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AFC: When did you start making customs?

Kingbotz: Define "custom!" Lol Well I did a lot of building & mods to toys & stuff growing up, but my first official major Transformer-custom that came in with a bang was the 5-foot Devastator-statue in 2005.  I believe towards the end of 2005 was about the time that I started experimenting with individually-transformable Tonka-prototype figures as I was wrapping up the Devastator project, finished all 3 around the same time in early 2006. Devastator came first though, so early 2005 was the start for me.

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AFC: How many projects are you working on at any given time?

Kingbotz: Only maybe 2 or 3 at the most. It's so easy to get swamped by taking on too many projects at the same time, it just doesn't make sense. 2 or 3 at the MOST, but I tend to take on some pretty complex commissions for the most part, so really 2 concurrent projects are enough for me. I'd rather take my time & focus on the quality of the pieces that I'm working on and do a killer job.  I want the "wow" factor and initial-impact when people look at my work, even if it means going above-and-beyond what I was paid to do. Quality over quantity.

AFC: What are some the customs you are most proud of?

Kingbotz: Hmmm....that's a tough one. As far as size goes? The 7ft "Bruticus." Complexity....the 5ft "Frenzy" Aesthetics....5ft Devastator (2008) and 4ft Shockwave. As far as originality goes though, I do have to say I'm particularly very proud of the new Transformers "Abstract" line I introduced a year ago, it's gone over really well. I was skeptical about the concept and how it would be received, but the reception and feedback has been fantastic. It's fresh & original with nothing else to compare it to.....all out of my head, my perspective.  I look at how that small line is growing slowly but surely and the potential it has now and think, "wow, I did that," and that's something I'm proud of.

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AFC: What is your favorite toy line to do customs for?

Kingbotz: Hands-down, the Transformers line. I'm an art & customs-enthusiast for most toy-genres across the boards, but Transformers are my specialty & where my passion is. I do have to admit I love the GoBots toys as much as TFs, but that's a line I haven't had the chance to explore just yet. All in due time. 😉

AFC: What customs or commissions do you have lined up for future projects?

Kingbotz: I'm currently developing a 2-foot G1-Devastator to offer TF Abstract-enthusiasts the chance to take their collection to the next level. I chose that particular size not only because it will display nicely in scale next to Generations Metroplex & G1 Fort Max, but it's also a magnificent centerpiece and serves as a fantastic next-level option for the Abstract-admirers as well.  I also have a long-overdue commission in the final-stages that is sure to please, an old transformable robotic steel-mill Titan based on the Generations Metroplex figure. (Ogun Abyss)  That project has been quite a journey & learning-experience, one of the most involved transformable pieces I've ever tackled. Keep an eye out for that one. As far as future commissions I haven't begun yet, I've got 2, maybe 3 NES (Nintendo) commissions I'll embark on soon, one of them is definitely a crossover of 2 genres. The consoles will still be playable, 2 of the pieces will involve the little R.O.B. robot that came with the original deluxe Nintendo game-set. There is another secret outlandish 3-stage project I've been working on here & there for roughly 5-years now. Can't say much about it, but anybody that grew up in the 80s will particularly love this one and be blown away. Lot's of crazy stuff in the works.

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AFC: What was the most challenging custom to make so far?

Kingbotz: Without a doubt, the 5-foot "Frenzy" replica from the 2007 Transformers-movie. Good God, where do I start with that one. It was a total scratch-build, and all I had as reference were maybe 5 or six good pics that I could find on the internet. For decent part-scale reference, I actually had to get frontal & side-pics blown up to the approximate height I wanted the figure to be, and I worked off of that. What made it worse, you still couldn't see every spot, joint & body-part of Frenzy in the pics I had, so I was forced to improvise in a lot of areas. The customer also wanted it to be posable with 4 light-up eyes and a r/c controlled turning-head. All this within a 5-month time-frame. Yeah that one stressed me out a little....a lot....but I liked the challenge and sense of accomplishment when it was done. This project was a test & sum of all the skills & resources I picked up over the years, and it still pushed me beyond that.  When it was finished I thought, "how can I possibly top THAT one?" It was both humbling and gratifying, but it removed any doubt I could do anything I set my mind to.

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AFC: If you had one piece of advice for other customizers out there, what would you say to them?

Kingbotz: Excellent supplemental follow-up to question #8. 😉 My best advice to other artists & customizers new & old is- believe in yourself. I could say "work hard, stay humble, don't give up, be consistent, be original" & all that other stuff.....but if you first believe in yourself, everything else will follow.

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Black Widow Custom Marvel Legends Avengers Age of Ultron Figure by Call-it Customs & Kollectibles

With the second installment of the Avengers in full force, Call-it Customs & Kollectibles has done a fantastic job translating Scarlett Johansson's movie appearance with this Custom Marvel Legends Avengers Age of Ultron Black Widow figure.  From the knee-pads down to the ice blue outline around her body suit, this figure captures her on screen look and feel.  The figure also comes with interchangeable hands as well as batons and guns to change of up the look if you are so inclined.

 

Terminus Hexatron Custom Transformers Sixshot by Stronox

Taking the latest creation from Mastermind Creations is Reformatted 01 - Terminus Hexatron (or in lay language Sixshot), Stronox gives this figure a major overall in the paint app department with his Custom Transformers Sixshot version.  The original figure suffers from what most out of the box collectibles are plagued with and that is a poor paint app.  What usually happens is that the details are lost in the figure when you have large blocks of color for each section of the Transformer.  For example, Sixshot is mostly white, green, and purple and what Stronox is able to do when he applies his paint app is get into all of the nooks and crannies of the figure to bring out all of the sharp lines that you don't typically see in a figure you buy from the store.  In addition to completely repainting the figure, he added a set of STAG swords that really go well with Sixshot.  As an aside, I think the designer suffered from an identity crisis with this figure but it is cool to have all 6 modes contained into one figure.  He was 1 mode shy of making a figure for each day of the week but I will give them a pass on that one.  Lucky for you, this figure is for sale on eBay so head over there and check out Stronox's Custom Transformers Sixshot while there is still time.

Slime Pit Beast Man Custom Masters of the Universe Figure by Joe Amato

Getting his inspriation from the Masters of the Universe Slime Pit box, Joe Amato created this unique henchman of Skeletor with his Custom Slime Pit Beast Man figure.  It looks like Beast Man has been caught in the Evil Horde's pit of gruesome ooze and I love the way that the slime is layered and positioned on the figure.  In addition to the cool looking figure, you also get some classic card art to go with it.

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I have to admit, the Masters of the Universe cartoon was one of my favorites growing up.  I would look forward to it every afternoon and Joe Amato has captured this classic box art in a figure you can add to your own collection!

Megatron Custom G1 Transformers Generations Figure by LEK

LEK has a knack for making plastic shine like metal and his Custom Transformers Generations Megatron is no exception.  There are some customs you can look at and instantly make a connection with and LEK's craftsmanship is stunning.  Even though Megatron is mostly silver, the way that the paint is applied makes each individual part stand out.  This Megatron has some serious detail and a paint app that is applied with precision.  The silver and grays work really well against each other, making the paint look alive.  To offset the tone of the figure, reds and oranges were used to accentuate Megatron, giving him depth and dimension.  In alternate form, you get a great sense of how well this figure was painted.  In addition to a killer paint app, LEK also added articulated fingers, which adds a human touch to the leader of the Decepticons.  Adding an LED to the gun barrel brings this figure to the next level.  Overall, this is one of the best Megatron's I have seen and I am sure Megatron appreciates a color scheme worthy of his leadership!

Custom Marvel Legends Manny PACMAN Pacquiao Figure by Loosecollector

Named fighter of the decade, Loosecollector has immortilzed this iconic boxer with his Custom Marvel Legends Manny PACMAN Pacquiao figure.  I've been a fan of Loosecollector's work since 2008 when I featured one his customs and he never ceases to amaze me.  He continues to excel at creating life like figures that come alive in plastic.  The facial expression and the pensive look he has given this figure bring it to life.  Even the shorts, gloves, and shoes look impeccable.  There is less than 24 hours in this auction so if you are a fan of Loosecollectors work or of Pacman, better grab this one while you still can!

Shattered Glass Custom Transformers Masterpiece Sideswipe Figure by Wilestbilame

Paying homage to the Botcon theme of 2008, Wiliestbilame has created this metallic Cutom Transformers Masterpiece Shattered Glass Sideswipe figure.  The paint app on this figure looks silky smooth and I like how the black outlining highlights the features of this Autobot turned bad.  My favorite part of this custom is the scared Autobot symbol sliced across Sideswipe's chest.  To hear more about custom, let's hear more from Wilestbilame himself:

"Sideswipe has always been one of the coolest Autobots around, featuring his super sleek Lamborghini Countach alt mode, Sideswipe is true to his name and his need for speed! this is especially true for his mirror universe version, Shattered Glass  Sideswipe! based on the extremely popular mirror universe where Autobots are evil and Decepticons are heroic, one concept that really stood out to me was that of Sideswipe appearing in darker colors which are a significant departure from his signature red from G1, so basing myself on this concept and in order to maximize the full potential of this fantastic figure I gave him a serious overhaul in the paint department  to truly bring out the full awesome of this great mold, Sideswipe was Prepped and Cleaned prior to being given his paintjob which consists of the highest quality automotive graden lacquers available, for his main color I used a custom blend to create a deep Dark Grey, a light grey for his feet, face, waist and other sections, as well as a special blended Teal for his chest, and other secondary areas,  He features his new SG Autobot logo with the iconic Damage across it and his new Decepticon faction logo beneath it to symbolize his resolve to remain heroic even in this universe"

Kylo Ren Star Wars Force Awakens Custom Figure by perraca2014

Thanks to leaked photos of the Star Wars Episode 7 The Force Awakens, we get to enjoy customs made from the movie a whole heck of a lot earlier.   Kylo Ren was first revealed in the first teaser trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens back on November 28, 2014 and if the customs that are starting to come out are any indication of what is in store once more trailers get released, fans are in for a treat!  Take this Custom Star Wars Force Awakens Kylo Ren figure as an example of what is to come!  Standing 6 inches tall with his with the tri-blade lightsaber and the soft cloak, this figure resembles the leaked figure (seen below) and will fit in with your Star Wars Black collection.

Kylo Ren, Chebacca, Finn, Rey, BB-8

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Daredevil Netflix Series Custom Marvel Legends Figure by TextureMe

Netflix is known for delivering with their original series and TextureMe is renowned for making killer customs and you bring the two together, it is magical!  TextureMe has modeled his latest Daredevil Custom Marvel Legends Figure after the critically acclaimed show of the same name that debuted back in April 2015.  Taking a darker side to the figure, he creates a likeness matching the on screen appearance of the character, which is a must have for any Marvel or Daredevil fan!

Transformers Custom Masterpiece MP-10 Diaclone Convoy Optimus Prime by PumpkinGonzo

The Diaclone line from Takara was known for their alternate paint schemes and PumkinGonzo's Diaclone Optimus Prime Custom Transformers Figure mirrors this point in history.  Using a brand new MP-10 Optimus Prime figure as the base, this figure is meticulously painted in finish resembling a subdued metallic look.  No detail is spared on this figure, even down to the minute rivets that adorn the figure, which makes Optimus look even better!  Let's hear more about this stellar looking custom from PumkinGonzo himself:

"This was an amazing experience to paint such a great figure but certainly a test. Took well over 40 hours to paint.  Despite prep work, I'm listing this as a professionally painted robot display piece. It will transform but I've totally concentrated on the robot mode.  Lots of thin coats of primer, using a very soft, smooth style.  A build up then mixture of colours. He has got a slight metallic look to him. Metallic blue, metallic black on the lower legs. It's not a real shiny obvious metallic look however.  There's loads of detail, all the rivets painted. The gun also has detail and matches the slight metallic vibe and the axe has a subtle two tone colour.  Airbrushed and hand painted finished with a gloss varnish."

If you want a killer custom from one of the best, look no further than PumkinGonzo and his Diaclone Optimus Prime Custom Transformers Figure.

 

Extinction Custom Transformers Dinobot Extinction by Billmeister

Billmeister has done it again and created this amazing looking Custom Transformers Dinobots Combiner called Extinction.  Modeling an appearance of the Dinobots after the Fall of Cybertron game using the colors of metallic gold, silver, steel, and flourescent red.  For the magma styling, he painted the Weapons with a glow like color scheme also in reference to the FOC weapons.  Using combiner parts, the Dinobot quintet combines to form a beast with much more power than its individual bots can hope to achieve.  I love the classic G1 color scheme and the colors are spot on to the classic 80's styling with an updated look to them.  All of the parts seamlessly fit together to form a killer combiner!

American Eagle Custom Marvel Legends Figure by Toyphilia

Lucky I saw this when I did...only a couple hours left to nab Toyphilia's Custom Marvel Legends American Eagle figure.  What Toyphilia excels at is creating customs that look like they were ripped from the pages of Marvel Comics.  Since most toy companies focus on making popular figures or lines from movies, it is great when customizers fill in the gaps and make lesser known but amazing figures.  Take his American Eagle, for example.  He did a fantastic job sculpting the various parts needed to resemble the comic likeness of American Eagle, even down to the undulations in this tank top.  Move quick on this one as there is not much time to grab Toyphilia's Custom Marvel Legends American Eagle figure.

Ultra Magnus Custom Transformers Masterpiece MP-22 Figure by LEK

LEK is famous for his realistic paint apps and he prides himself with delivering the best looking customs he can possibly create and his Custom Transformers Ultra Magnus Mastperiece MP-22 figure delivers!  Painted in classic G1 red, white, and blue, Ultra Magnus' has a metallic and distressed look.  Sinking effort into every nook and cranny he can, LEK's version of the trailer is the most detailed I have ever seen.

The trailer overall is absolutely impressive.  If you look closely, you see gold accents integrated into the trailer detail, bringing a realistic look and feel to the figure that the off the shelf versions are missing.  I have been following LEK's customs for quite some time now and they just keep getting better and better as the years go by!  This Ultra Magnus Masterpiece MP-22 Custom Transformers Figure will not disappoint and should make a glorious addition to anyone's Custom Transformers collection.  Don't miss out on this one!

Jetfire Custom Transformers Revenge of the Fallen G1 Figure by D.M.

Jetfire has always been my long time favorite in the Transformers Universe and D.M. has taken a Revenge of the Fallen figure and has given a G1 makeover.  You will notice the classic color scheme that is very fitting for Jetfire.  The aspect I really love about this figure is the distressed paint app.  This is one of the most unique Jetfire figures I have seen in a long time and the Generation 1 colors brings out all of the unique detail that the off the shelf figure kept hidden.

 

AFC Interviews Marauder Gun Runners

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This week, ActionFigureCustoms had the pleasure to interview Ruben from Maurader Gun Runners.  You might recall that AFC posted about MGR's 3 3/4" custom accessories last week but now, let's hear more about MGR in this AFC exclusive interview:
AFC: Tell the fans of your work a little about yourself
Ruben: Hello Marauder Ruben aka TR1ER , on Hisstank.com and joecustoms.com, as well as other forums. I was born and raised in Chicago moved to New mexico.  My contact info, you can email me at tr1er@msn.com or you can find me on Facebook.
AFC: Why was Marauder gun runners started?
Ruben: MGR was started in the summer of 2005 by owner and operated by, MarauderJohn. The goal of Marauder "Gun Runners" is to provide DETAILED, IN SCALE and AFFORDABLE 1:18 scale accessories and Action figures for the adult collector.
AFC:  When did you start making customs?
Ruben: I started making customs back in 2002. While on the internet, I typed in gijoe and what I found just blew me away. The very first customs that I have ever seen , where made by a customizer by the name Evilface.
I was just amazed and shocked by the idea of taking perfectly good gijoe figures and turning them into new characters. While searching around some more I found a site called the Biv.  I lurked there for a bit. Then that site became what we know know as joecustoms.com.  I joined watched and studied the many talented artists there. Built up the nerve to make a custom and the rest is history!AFC: How many projects are you working on at any given time?
Ruben: Oh god there is always something on the work bench.  It never ends, from commission work , to wips and so on. my work shop!
AFC: What are some the custom you are most proud of?
Ruben:  Wow tough one I've done so many it's hard to say. But I would have to say my highlights would have to be my 2 first place wins in past joecons,in 2006 and 2012.  But the works I'm most proud of, the paint work I did on the Marauder task force figures. That right there is my all time high. To be able to paint protos for action figures, that will be massed produced and out in public! It's a dream come true. in this hobby who does not dream of that. Along with fellow customizer and good friend Kevin watts also on fb, who painted the Mtf Spec ops figure.Big thanks to Marauder john it was an amazing experience. The MTF line up! photo by Alex Weiner on FB.
AFC: What is your favorite toy line to do customs for?
Ruben: For me it's Gijoe it's been my main line since the beginning. Every now and then I'll venture into some other line but not much. Modern military is more my style.
AFC: What customs do you have lined up for future projects?
Ruben: Working on commissions for the most part.  I really have not had any time to work on my own ideas as of late. But time willing I'll have some military type customs made.AFC: What was the most challenging accessory to make so far?
Ruben: I'm always trying to push myself to try and make my customs are real looking as I can. That would either be sling's on weaponry or head communication set's.
AFC: If you had one piece of advice for other customizers out there, what would you say to them?
Ruben: Pick up a brush and get after it! Don't be afraid to try. We all started at the same level. It just does not happen overnight. Don't be afraid to ask questions. There are so many customizers out there ,that are willing to share their knowledge and share tip's.  Take pride in your work , don't worry about what other people have to say. As long as your happy that's all that matters. But strive to be the best that you can be and don't give up!
Ruben: Thanks so much to AFC for the honor by having me for an interview.  By sure to check out our new Kick Starter project for new weapon's made for 6 inch figures.Also if your on facebook check out my other group's.  Mayhem customs a crew of many talented customizers from around the world:Keep it 100, one of the best customs group's on Facebook for everything this hobby has to offer.
Be it customs,dios,photography,art it's your one stop shop with very talented from all over the world come to display their work.

Custom Transformers Decepticon Justice Division Tarn Figure by DarkCave

Taking advantage of the latest in 3D printing technology is DarCave's Custom Transformers Decepticon Justice Division Tarn figure, a one of a kind evil bot that is built to "Find. Kill. Cleanse."  According to DarkCave, his head, dual fusion cannon, chest plate and shoulder/tank treads were CAD drafted and 3D printed.  I am so excited that customizers are starting to use 3D printers as it opens up the possibilities to create customs at scale.  For those who are skilled in CAD, it offers those who are more talented figuring out software.  Using interchanging parts with Generations Springer and Sandstorm figures, Tarn is a seamless construction of Transformers and additional parts created by DarkCave.  My favorite part of this custom is the chest plate as it reminds me of the combiners, especially Devastator.  It is cool to find combiner parts on smaller figures as it gives them a very unique look.  Since Tarn does not exist in the Transformers Universe, DarkCave has written a back story on him:

"Tarn is the leader of the Decepticon Justice Division, a group of Decepticons tasked by Megatron to hunt down traitors to the Decepticon cause.  Even though he's fearful and intimidating, your intrigued by his personality and, in some ways, his nobility.  As well as his addiction to transforming and classical music.  No to mention this evil bastard can actually TALK his victim to death."

Bluu-Revol Masters of the Universe Classics Custom Figure by MeMade

When it comes to Master of the Universe Classics figures, MeMade Customs has a knack for creating one of a kind figures.  This week, he brings us his Custom MOTUC Bluu-Revol figure, which is a figure and character that does not currently exist in the Universe of the Masters of the Universe.  Having collected these figures myself, I can tell that Bluu-Revol will fit into anyone's collection.  Taking on the persona as an ironclad ice horde gladiator, this figure has many cool attributes to it.  First, the helmet is interesting as you don't know what Bluu-Revol's face looks like and you can only imagine.  The apparatus strapped to his back is intriguing and I wonder if it is an ice generator.  The look is completed with the broken chains dangling from his wrists and to get the full back story on that, go ahead and read MeMade's original story about this killer figure:

"Working as a slave for his entire life, Marcus was always a slave. There is never a time in his life that he doesn't remember being one. Raised in the Horde mines, he fought for his life protecting him and his younger brother Sparta from harm. One day Sparta was caught stealing a loaf of Eternian sweet bread by the on guard horde troopers. He would have been sentenced to death if it wasn't for his brother Marcus. Marcus stood before her attack and offered himself up in place of Sparta.

Hordak being of no mercy disintegrated Sparta on the spot in front of his brother Marcus. Marcus vowing to take his vengeance was placed in a mutagenic chamber transforming him from a simple young man into hey now ironclad ice horde gladiator. Now known as Bluu-Revo, Marcus does not remember who he exactly is but does remember vengeance will be his against he who has oppressed him the evil Hordak!"

You can check out MeMade's Custom MOTUC Bluu-Revol figure and his others he has for sale over on eBay.

Grimlock Transformers Custom Masterpiece Decepticon Figure by PumkinGonzo

PumkinGonzo shows us what it is like if the leader of the Dinobots was played for the other team with his Custom Transformers Masterpiece Grimlock figure as a Decepticon.  Painted in a classic black and purple scheme, this figure could very well fit into the Shattered Glass line where in 2008, the Transformers franchise introduced an old sci-fi warhorse of an evil alternate universe, (akin to Star Trek's Mirror Universe and DC Comics' Earth-Three) where the bad guys are good, the good guys are bad, and (mostly) everyone has different paint schemes.  One thing you will notice about the paint app in this figure is its smooth as silk appearance.  There are also other fine details that make this custom stand about among the rest.  For example, the silver rivets that adorn the figure give it a more industrial look, which works great for this type of the figure. Sacrificing the electronics to get the look that he wanted is what customizers have to do sometimes as the sword, crown and other accents are painted in that classic Decepticon purple.

Seth Rollins WWE Heavy Weight Champion Custom Figure by DeepFreeze

I was there live at Wrestlemania 31 when Seth Rollins cashed in his Money in the Bank contract and turned the WWE World Heavyweight title match into a triple threat match.  As Brock Lesnar was taking Roman Reigns to suplex city, I can still hear Rollins' entrance music and he curb stomped his way to become the future of the WWE.  DeepFreeze customs captures this moment in WWE history with his Custom Seth Rollins as he appeared in his Wrestlemania 31 attire.  I like that this figure comes with a removable shirt, the WWE Championship belt and the Money in the Bank briefcase as that adds to the display-ability of the figure.  The paint app is evenly applied and the lines are well executed.  This figure is definite must have for WWE collectors and DeepFreeze is offering you a chance to get this one of kind figure!

Jabba’s Sail Barge Custom Built Star Wars Vehicle by Ubrikkian Shipyards

Jabbas Sail Barge Custom Star Wars

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Solving the scalability issue is Ubrikkian Shipyards' massive Custom Star Wars Jabba's Sail Barge that is over 3 feet long!  With respect to off the shelf Star Wars vehicles, this Sail Barge is gigantic.  One thing that always irked me about the vehicles in the Star Wars line was that none of them were to scale with the figures.  I get it...it would bankrupt the toy companies and collectors would have to buy bigger homes for their toys but the figures never looked right next to the vehicles.  Another aspect I like about this custom is the customizer himself as he wrote a witty and funny listing:

Ubrikkian Shipyards (ie. me in my basement) has been busy at the direction of his royal slugness building a new sailbarge after the disaster at the Sarlacc Pit.  Up for your consideration is a voluminous Luxury Sail Barge for the Hutt family.  A fully detailed, built from the ground up, custom Sail Barge ready to sail the sands of Tatooine.  You can almost hear the music from Max Rebo's organ and Jabba's sinister laugh as he gets ready to feed another victim to the Sarlaac.  This huge custom (38" L x 20" T x 15" W and weighs less than 10 lbs) has it all:

  • Room for all your figures to include a luxury suite that fits Jabba's entire girth and entourage

  • Deck planks with anchor chains and hatch doors that open to the spacious cantina below

  • A large cantinia with Jabba's mural, stairs to upper decks and large openings to place and view your figures

  • Realistically weathered hull and engines with windows that open

  • And of course those wonderful orange sails that really bring the barge to life.

The Sail Barge is also well designed and and thought out.  In the Star Wars Universe, if it gets blown up, you build a version 2 but instead of making the same mistakes twice (hence the Death Star and Death Star v2), Ubrikkian Shipyards made some much needed enhancements.  For example, the viewing ports are very large so Jabba can view the carnage without obstruction.  If you are a Star Wars collector this Custom Sail Barge is a must for any collection!

Jabbas Sail Barge Custom Star Wars

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Maurader Inc Weapons Supply for 3 3/4″ Custom Figures

MarauderInc-GunRunners

As an army builder of GI Joe figures, I can appreciate the need for a great weapon and Marauder Inc. is a fantastic resource to meet your needs!  Specializing in weapons for 3-3/4" figures, the product design is simply amazing and fills a much needed gap in the accessory department for smaller figures.  To be honest, the stock weaponry that comes packed with figures these days is a joke so if you are serious about displaying your figures with the best replica guns and ammo around, head over to Marauder Inc and check them out!

Below you will find an example of their Modular ACR Assault Rifle w/ accessories and you can see how bad ass these weapons are. Imagine the possibilities if you equip your GI Joe or Cobra army with these weapons.

ARC Assault Rifle Deluxe

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Or take this Modular M4 MOE Carbine Assault Rifle...a truly amazing piece that looks even better in the hands of a capable 3 3/4" figure

M4 MOE Carbine Assault Rifle

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They not only specialize in weapons but they also make gear for dioramas too!  For example, let's say your Joe army needs to camp out for the night after a long battle fighting the evil forces of Cobra. you can make it happen with this Nylon Tent:

MauraderInc-Tent

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They also sell weapon sets so if you are looking to outfit your entire brigade with some killer firepower, these types of sets are for you.

MarauderIncWeaponSet

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Here is how the company describes themselves:

"The source for weapons & accessories scaled for use with ALL collectible 3-3/4 inch action figures. We carry accurate 1:18 scale miniature replica versions of authentic looking weapons or designs based on military & science fiction originals. Sturdy & highly detailed items are NOT "soft & bendy" rubber or "fragile & brittle." Similar feel to vintage 1980s 1:18 scale weapons. The weapons are perfect for the ADULT COLLECTOR to "upgrade" the equipment of their collectible 3-3/4 inch (1:18 scale) figures or to finally provide those incomplete or custom figures with COOL & INEXPENSIVE accessories."

You can check out their latest inventory over at their Marauder Inc. website and you can follow them on Facebook or even back them on Kickstarter!

Battle Cat-Man Custom MOTU Classics by Joe Amato

Growing up watching He-Man and the Masters of the Universe was really fun and it was cool that Prince Adam had a talking cat!  JACC (Joe Amato Custom Creations) imagines a world where He-Man trusty sidekick is more than just transportation and the occasional rescue feline with his Custom Battle Cat-Man MOTU Classics figure.  Resculpting a removable helmet and chest symbol, JACC has retained the classic look of Battle Cat we grew up with while creating a totally brand new figure for us to enjoy.  The green and yellow paint scheme is also new and to make this figure even more interesting, he also wrote up a really cool bio:

Battle-Cat-Man Custom MOTU Figure 3

The armor on the figure completes the look and I like that he tied in the symbol and sword of He-Man, which makes it look like they belong together.  The tunic is a nice touch giving Battle Cat a more human feel to the character.  This would make an amazing addition to any MOTU Classics collection so make sure to snatch this Custom Battle Cat-Man MOTU Classics figure while you still can!

IDW Megatron Custom Transformers Generation 1 Figure by Xaviercal

Megatron IDW Custom Transformers

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Growing up in the 80’s, I had most of the Transformers toys and there was always something that bothered me about the G1 Megatron!  After seeing Xaviercal’s Custom Transformers IDW Megatron figure, I think I have figured it out!  The 80’s Megatron is not bulky or massive enough.  Xaviercal has fixed this issue with one of the best Megatron’s I have seen of late.  He gave Megatron such much needed additions to bulk up his legs and shoulders.  Giving him a new fusion cannon and and a tank barrel to resembler his Walther P38 appearance in robot mode cements the look!  Interesting to see that he chose to go with a dark gray color scheme but it works surprisingly well!  There are also very subtle aspects of the figure that you might notice.  For example, instead of using a purple Decepticon symbol, he chose to go with a metallic gray symbol that almost fades into the background.

Megatron IDW Custom Transformersm 2

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S.H.I.E.L.D Patriot Armor Custom Marvel Legends Iron Man Nick Fury Captain America by Shinobitron

Custom Marvel Legends Nick Fury SHIELD

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When Shinobitron created this Custom Marvel Legends S.H.I.E.L.D figure montage, he definitely had versatility in mind.  With 4 sets of heads, you can transform this figure into 4 different types of characters: Captain America, Iron Man, Nick Fury and Dum Dum Duggan.  The design works on all levels and the suit that was selected for the base of the figure compliments each character.  The accessories also are a great fit!

This is a fantastic idea for a custom and what is even better is the back story around why this figure was created and how it fits into the Marvel Universe so I will let Shinobitron tell this one:

"With all the super villains popping up and threatening the safety of the world, Nick Fury needed a solution to combat their evil. Deciding to take the matter to Tony Stark, they came up with the idea to make a specific S.H.I.E.L.D. suit of armor that could adapt to each individual user and could represent "Truth, Justice and Liberty".  Thus it became dubbed "The Patriot" Armor and a solid reminder to villains of just what the heroes using the suit were fighting for!

The Patriot Armor stands at just under 6.5" tall from the bottom of his armored boots to the top of his various heads.  This figure features around 33 Points of Articulation.  This figure comes with 4 heads ( Captain America, Nick Fury, Iron Man, and Dum Dum Duggan), 2 sets of hands, a Shield, a clear Axe/Shield, wrist launcher, a strand of bullets, a double arm chain gun, and an arm laser gun.  This Armor has been carefully sculpted and intricately detailed to show off the complexity of the design!  There is not another like it!"

To view more photos or to purchase this custom, head over to eBay and check out Shinobitron's Custom Marvel Legends S.H.I.E.L.D figure!

Custom Marvel Legends Captain America

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Custom Marvel Legends Iron Man

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Custom Marvel Legends Man-At-Arms

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Shattered Glass Metroplex Custom Transformers Figure by Swampmonkeyxr

Custom Transformers Shattered Glass Metroplex

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From the bizarre world of good becomes evil and evil becomes good comes swampmonkeyxr’s Custom Shattered Glass Metroplex city with Optimus Prime and Scamper.  In the Shattered Glass motif of teals, blacks, and purples, Metroplex looks like he is ready to defend!  The way that this custom was painted makes the individual parts stand out and I like the way the customizer used red and gold accents.

Custom Transformers Shattered Glass Metroplex

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If you take a close look at the fingertips, you will see what I mean.  The red tips as well as the gold finger accents add the finishing touches to this figure that is needed.  It is really cool that this figure customs with Scamper and Optimus Prime and I love the way smaller figures look as it gives scale to the massive city that is Metroplex.  Optimus even comes with shattered cab windows, completing the look of the figure and giving it a special meaning.

Custom Transformers Shattered Glass Metroplex

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Fully transformable, this Custom Shattered Glass Metroplex figure looks even more impressive in alternate form.  All in all, this figure is a great addition to any custom collection and makes an even better addition to a Shattered Glass collection!

Seth Rollins WWE Wrestlemania 31 World Heavy Weight Championship Custom by knlimper

Seth Rollins WWE Wrestlemania 31 Custom

Seth Rollins WWE Wrestlemania 31 Custom

Seth Rollins had a wild ride at Wrestlemania 31.  After losing to Randy Orton via the most devastating (and entertaining) RKO we've ever seen from the Viper, Rollins finally cashed in his Money in the Bank contract during the title match between Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns, cementing his legacy as the current face of the WWE.  Capitalizing on his victor, knlimper has captured this moment in WWE history with his Custom Seth Rollins in his Wrestlemania 31 outfit where he won the World Heavyweight championship.  Doing an excellent job with the tights detail, knlimper has designed Seth's monogrammed outfit using his current SR logo in the black and gold theme.  I was there live to see this all unfold and I have to admit, it was pretty exciting!  It also seemed to happen very fast as Seth delivered a few curb stomps to Lesnar and Reigns and finally pinned Roman to win the championship.

Optimus Prime Custom Transformers Age of Extinction by JCartwork

Optimus Prime Custom Age of Extinction Figure

Optimus Prime Custom Age of Extinction Figure

There is so much detail in JCArtwork's Custom Transformers Age of Extinction Optimus Prime figure it will make your head spin.  This figure literally looks like it was ripped from the Age of Extinction movie...it is that good!  Using a DMK-03 Dual Model Kit Optimus Prime as the base of the figure, JCartwork has transformed this great looking Prime into a thing of beauty.  The technique that was used to paint the figure makes it look like the figure is made out of metal and you can see that in every nook, there are the tiniest details that make this figure one of the best Optimus Prime's from the AOE line I have see to date.  Lucky for you, this figure is available for immediate purchase so if you are in love with it like I am, head over to eBay and buy JCartwork's Custom Transformers Age of Extinction Optimus Prime figure.

Optimus Prime Custom Age of Extinction Figure

Optimus Prime Custom Age of Extinction Figure

WWE Custom Sheamus Mattel Elite Figure by Skribbel24

WWE Custom Sheamus RAW

WWE Custom Sheamus RAW

Sheamus has been out of commission from the WWE for quite a while but he made a vicious return on RAW last Monday.  With his return came a brand new look and a heel attitude and Skribbel24 has immortalized this point in WWE history with his Custom Mattel Elite Sheamus figure.  Regarding Sheamus' new look, it was met by a crowd chanting "You look stupid" but I have to admit that I actually like this new attitude and look that Sheamus has going for him.  The braids on the beard, which Skribbel has captured nicely, along with the killer Mohawk.  I also liked the new wrestling trunks as well.  To be honest, his character was going nowhere in the WWE and I am glad to see that he has reinvented himself.  To own this unique figure, head over to eBay and check out Skibbel24's Custom Mattel Elite Sheamus figure.

Galvatron Transformers Combiner Wars Custom Leader Class by Vampiregirl04

Galvatron Transformers Combiner Wars Custom

Galvatron Transformers Combiner Wars Custom

Just like the 1986 Transformers movie, Vampiregirl04 has reconstructed a Combiner Wars Megatron into this Custom Galvatron figure you see before you.  Using the classic Generation 1 color scheme of purple, grays, and oranges, the modifications that were done to this figure fit into the current line while retaining that old school look that started the Transformers craze.  The aspects that stands out on this custom are the modifications that were done to the chest and head, which include resculpted facial features, the addition of  head crests, a Revoltech joint for the neck, resculpted and modified chest/torso, and a sculpted and modified cannon.  I love the emotion that is conveyed in Galvatron's face and the way that the left eye and expression was created gives it a more lifelike look.  To view more photos and to place a bid, head over to eBay and check out Vampiregirl04's Custom Combiner Wars Galvatron figure!

Galvatron Transformers Combiner Wars Custom

Galvatron Transformers Combiner Wars Custom

 

Deadpool Custom Marvel Legends 6″ Figure by Textureme

Deadpool Custom Marvel Legends Figure

Deadpool Custom Marvel Legends Figure

Textureme has an amazing Custom Marvel Legends Deadpool 6" figure up this week on the the Bay!  This custom blows me away for a few reasons.  First, the paint app is silky smooth and the colors compliment each other nicely.  The red that was selected for the figure matches perfectly and the blacks and browns work off one another.  Looking at the finer details, you might notice Deadpool branded weapons, especially on the bat.  This makes for a very unique custom and given the weapon set, it is cool to have a ton of assault paraphernalia with your calling card on it.  Not only is this figure's paint app well executed, Deadpool comes chockablock with weapons and two alternate head sculpts.

Deadpool Custom Marvel Legends Figure

There are literally 1000's of combinations to display this figure so if you are into versatility then this figure is for you!  Go check out Textureme's Custom Marvel Legends Deadpool 6" figure now!

Optimus Prime Custom Transformers MP-10 Metallic by Billmeister

Optimus Prime MP-10 Custom Transformers Figure

Optimus Prime MP-10 Custom Transformers Figure

Billmeister gave the leader of the Autobots a finish that he deserves with his Custom Transformers MP-10 Metallic Optimus Prime figure.  Not happy with the stock coloring of the off the shelf version (who is really???), he gave Optimus a metallic look that more closely resembled the G1 version from the cartoon.

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Just to give you an idea how amazing this paint work is, here is a close up (see above) of the cab area.  He was able to create glow effects, which makes it look like the windows on his chest are actually lighting and dimming.  You will also notice that the rivets on Optimus are painstakingly painted to perfection.  He also gave the glow effects to his Axe but you will have to check that out on eBay!

 

 

Boba Fett Deadpool Custom Marvel Legends Star Wars Black Series Crossover by Fanboy Toys

Boba Fett Deadpool Custom Marvel Legends Star Wars Figure

Boba Fett Deadpool Custom Marvel Legends Star Wars Figure

With the Star Wars Black 6" series, the Marvel Universe and the icons from a Galaxy far far away were destined to collide.  Fanboy Toys' Custom Marvel Legends Boba Fett Deadpool crossover figure is a thing of beauty!  The two concepts gel together and play off of each so well.  For example, the classic Deadpool eyes are integrated into Boba Fett's helmet in a way that is so natural.  You will also notice a Deadpool belt buckle instead of a Mandalorian symbol.  The color of the armor is just right and the addition of soft goods and sculpted holsters takes this figure to another level.

Boba Fett Deadpool Custom Marvel Legends Star Wars Figure

The brown soft cape, the belt, and the holsters compliment the armor and give the figure a classic look.  It is this attention to detail that really blows me away.  If you look closely at the holster, you can see very small stitching, which gives the piece a very realistic feel.

Boba Fett Deadpool Custom Marvel Legends Star Wars Figure

Other really cool aspects of the figure center around the weaponry and jet pack.  I also think I see a Rubik's cube on the back of the figure, which I assume is there for when Boba needs a break from his Bounty Hunter escapades or when he is plotting his next mission.

Boba Fett Deadpool Custom Marvel Legends Star Wars Figure

This figure is on the top of my list for the most coolest, well designed figures I have seen in 2015 and to make this your own, head over to eBay and place a bid on Fanboy Toys' Custom Marvel Legends Boba Fett Deadpool crossover figure.

 

 

Ultra Magnus Custom Transformers Leader Class Jetfire Figure by DarkCave

Ultra Magnus Custom Transformers Figure

Ultra Magnus Custom Transformers Figure

DarkCave Customs gives us a glimpse of an alternate Autobot Universe where this soldier is a jet with his Custom Transformers Ultra Magnus jet figure.  There are several aspects of this custom that caught my eye.  First, the paint app and styling DarkCave used gives the figure much depth and dimension.  The classic G1 Ultra Magnus blues and whites compliment the figure nicely.  The grays that were used to out line the figure really make all of the parts stand out from each and it gives it a fresh from war look with all of the carbon scoring.  Second, DarkCave made use of a 3D printer to make a new head for the figure, completing the look.  To check out more photos, head over to eBay and take a gander at this Custom Transformers Ultra Magnus jet figure.

Ultra Magnus Custom Transformers Figure

WWE Custom Hollywood Hulk Hogan NWO Mattel Elite Legends Classic WCW Figure by skribbel24

Hollywood Hulk Hogan WWE NWO Custom Figure

Hollywood Hulk Hogan WWE NWO Custom Figure

The Hulkster and the NWO (yes...Nash and Hall) caused some major havoc at Wrestlmania 31 this past weekend and Skribbel24 has immortalized the this WWE/WCW icon with this Custom NWO Hollywood Hulk Hogan figure as he was seen in the Halloween Havoc pay per view as he fought against the Ultimate Warrior.  Hulk Hogan does like to wear a nice boa so I am happy to see that it is included with the figure as it completes the look.  Also, if you don't believe me that Hollywood Hogan, Hall, and Nash caused some trouble for Triple H and Degeneration X, here are the photos to prove it...I was there!

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Silk Cindy Moon Custom Marvel Legends Figure by Babcsan

Silk Cindy Moon Custom Marvel Legends Figure

Silk Cindy Moon Custom Marvel Legends Figure

Following the same fate as Peter Parker, Cindy Moon was bitten by the same spider while attending a public exhibition demonstrating the safe handling of nuclear laboratory waste materials.  I wish my school took us to a nuclear lab for field trip but alas I digress!  As Cindy Moon exclaims, "When I'm like this, call me -- Silk!" and Babcsan has captured the essence of this Marvel Comics character with his Custom Marvel Legends Silk figure.  Completely hand painted, Babcsan does an amazing job keeping the art and costume detail symmetrical and accurate to the comic representation, even down to the gray accents on the boots!

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Masterpiece Black Star Saber Custom Transformers MP-24 by Xaviercal

Masterpieace Black Star Saber Custom Transformers Figure

Masterpieace Black Star Saber Custom Transformers Figure

The fans choice Masterpiece figure was voted Star Saber and paying homage to the original G1 Japanese Brainmaster is Xaviercal's Masterpiece Black Star Saber Custom Transformers MP-24 figure.  This figure looks so much better as a Decepticon and Xaviercal nailed the G1 style and coloring.  The finish on the figure looks smooth and the colors are all in the right place.  To tell us more about how this custom was made and what inspired him to make is Xaviercal himself:

Masterpiece Black Star Saber Custom Transformers Figure

"Star Saber keeps most of the features the original G1 toy had, the main difference being in how the Brainmaster gimmick works: Saber's face is in the main body rather than in the Brain of Courage figure. Also he comes with an extra accessory that was not in the original figure, the shield Star Saber used in "Showdown! The Fortress vs the Victory Unification", which doubles as a "flight stand" for the figure when in its alternate mode. He also comes with two swords, one scaled for Saber and one scaled for Star Saber.  I completely took this guy apart and repainted him into e-Hobby exclusive colors of  evil redecos. I wanted to do the same but with the MP Version."

Masterpiece Black Star Saber Custom Transformers Figure

This figure is hot and is already going for over $250 on eBay so better place your bid while you still can!

Symbiote Spider-Man Custom Marvel Legends Figure by Jin Saotome

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Custom Symbiote Spider-Man Marvel Legends Figure

One aspect I love about Jin Saotome's customs is that he is always thinking about poseability and making his customs as versatile and unique as possible, which brings me to his Custom Marvel Legends Symbiote Spider Man figure.  As Wikipedia describes, "The Symbiotes (originally known as the Klyntar) are a fictional race of amorphous extraterrestrial parasites which appear in the Marvel Comics shared universe. The Symbiotes envelop their hosts like costumes, creating a symbiotic bond through which the host's mind can be influenced.  This transformation is just what Jin has created with this highly detailed figure.  Here to tell you more about this great figure is Jin himself:

"This week I bring you the stealthy Symbiote Spider-Man straight off the comic pages! Spider-Man has been meticulously hand painted with detailed brushwork, airbrushed highlights/shadows/color gradients, and other effects. All joint holes have also been filled and sculpted over for a more smoother appearance. The entire figure has been sealed with a combination of matte, satin, and gloss varnish depending on the surface. Pose Spider-Man in any martial arts pose you want and he'll look incredible doing so. You get an extra pair of fists and a special alternate 'transformation' Peter Parker head!"

The transforming Peter Parker head is my favorite part of this figure.  You can see it consuming his head and I love that the eyes are pretty much all you see on his face.  I wonder what Peter is thinking right at this moment?  Go check out Jin's Custom Marvel Legends Symbiote Spider Man figure over on eBay!

Custom Marvel Legends Symbiote Spider Man

Menasor Custom Transformers G1 Combiner by LEK

Menasor Custom Transformers G1 Combiner

Menasor Custom Transformers G1 Combiner

The Stunticon's were a world class set of riff raff Decepticons always out to cause trouble.  When they terrorized the Autobots, boy did they cause mayhem.  Capturing the menacing side of these 4-wheeling bad asses is LEK's Custom Transformers Menasor Combiner figure.  Standing a towering 14" tall, LEK has captured the Generation 1 look and feel that we grew up with while giving the figures a mode edgier feel with the paint color choices.  The individual figures, although plastic, have a metallic look to them, which makes the figure even more appealing.  Paying homage to the original head sculpt by adding horns that flare out to the sides, LEK's version is a modern combiner with that old school feel.  The face is well executed and the expression on Menasor's face is priceless.

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Custom Lego Star Wars Dark Red Shadow Republic Gunship by Joe

Custom Lego Star Wars Republic Gunship Dark Shadow

Custom Lego Star Wars Republic Gunship Dark Shadow

My favorite vehicle in the Prequel Star Wars Universe has to be the Clone Gunships and Joe's Custom Creations as painstakingly created this Custom Lego Star Wars Dark Red Shadow Republic Gunship aptly dubbed the Knight Stalker.  The creativity in this custom is endless.  From the modifications to Gunship to the Clone Troops ready for battle, this Elite Force is ready for action!  He modeled this vehicle on the original 7676 Republic Gunship and added two side mounted Gatling guns and even created an escape pod minijet, roving ATV, and wing mounted cannons that really fire.

Custom Lego Star Wars Republic Gunship Dark Shadow

As cool as this custom is, the story is equally as cool:

"This is a time of great uncertainty for the Galactic Republic. The Separatists are building a coalition of thousands of star systems. The Republic must stop the spread of lawlessness and disorder no matter where it goes! Characterized by the Dark Red, Silver, and Black markings on their armor & ships, the Republic's Shadow legion is the Republic's Elite Stealth Legion. To the public, the Shadow Legion doesn't exist, but when the job needs to be done and there is no fame to be had, the Republic calls upon the Shadow forces."

This custom is available to buy now (no bidding) on eBay so head over there and snatch up Joe's Custom Lego Star Wars Dark Red Shadow Republic Gunship elite force set!

Custom Marvel Legends Thor in Destroyer Armor by Kimota

Thor Destroyer Armor Custom Marvel Legends Figure

Thor Destroyer Armor Custom Marvel Legends Figure

Straight from the Comics with a touch of movie style to him, Kimota's Workshop brings us his latest creation with his Custom Marvel Legends Thor figure in Destroyer Armor.  A cutomizer can look at several parts of various different figures and combine them to look like they would naturally fit together.  That is the quality I admire most, which is the ability to take action figure fodder and make a figure that has a cohesive style.  Kimota has done just this!  The armor that Kimota has designed for his Marvel Legends style figure resembles the armor seen on the front page of the Thor Comic #381 but he added some spiked detail and some chest armor and make the look more modern.  Here is more about how this custom was created from Kimota himself:

"Thor was handcrated using parts from several different action figures. Once assembled, sections were sculpted to him to make the look more authentic and to give you the detail you deserve to display on your shelf.  He was primed using Citadel primer, and hand painted using Citadel, Tamiya, Formula P3, Model Masters, and other paints. Some areas are glossy, metallic and some are flat. The colors are different shades of grays, blacks, metallics, and others. The armor is painted to look like real metal with wear and tear. A closer look will show that Thor has metallic red eyes and gold trim to on the armor. His belt buckle is sculpted with the “T” hammer shape to show who is wearing the armor.  Thor wears the Destroyer helmet with modifications such as the feathered wings that are featured with his normal look. His cape is painted dark red with a black wash to highlight the details present in the sculpt.  He comes with his hammer, Mjolinir, which is painted metallic silver with a black wash. This Thor is made to take down cosmic threats like Galactus. So a hammer and a battle suit aren’t enough. He also comes with the Cosmic Cube or Tesseract from the movies."

Check out this amazing custom Custom Marvel Legends Thor figure in Destroyer Armor on eBay or over at Kimota's Facebook page.

Thor Destroyer Armor Custom Marvel Legends Figure

Custom Transformers Masterpiece Reaper Seeker Jet by PumpkinGonzo

Custom Transformers Masterpiece Seeker Jet Reaper

Custom Transformers Masterpiece Seeker Jet Reaper

I live for one of a kind customs and figures that are inspired by imagination and creativity, which brings to today's featured Custom Transformers Masterpiece Reaper Seeker Jet figure by PumpkinGonzo!  This figure has a classic look and styling to it.  The use of purple and blacks reminds me of the G1 Transformers line.  I really like that the wings are painted a metallic color as they pop on the figure and make them stand out.  Focusing in the smaller details, notice the purple engine fans on the chest, a great color choice to compliment the rest of the figure, which also shows up on the sides of the head, tying it all together.

The story behind this custom is great!  From what inspired the creation of this custom to the help he got from family and friends.  Here is more about how this custom came about:

"I had an idea of a demon looking seeker, and got heavily involved in this one and it was great fun to do!  Brand new Sunstorm bought. Totally concentrated on robot mode. It will transform done carefully, but with the weapon and cloak it's all about a high quality professionally painted robot display piece. Airbrushed and hand painted. Numerous coats of primer. Very carefully, slowly painted with a build of a shades. Mainly a rich black, with slight metallic mixed black and steel wings with purple and red detail. The head is a dark steel/black mix to match the wings.

The cloak is a black fabric that attaches around the neck.  The base is a mixture of black, steel, metallic black, purple and red all blended. High quality Decepticon symbols and finished with gloss varnish.

This is the first seeker in a set of three I have planned in this style. Next one will be late April, along with a black and purple Decepticon MP Grimlock.  Special thanks to my wife for making the cloak.  To Stormvaper, Stevil33 and TigerBlade (TFW2005) for their help with names and general chat."

Custom Transformers Masterpiece Seeker Jet Reaper with Stand

You can check out PumpkinGonzo's Customs on eBay, Facebook, or on his website...what are you waiting for?

 

Bludgeon Custom Transformers Leader Class Figure by Xaviercal

Bludgeon Custom Transformers Figure

Bludgeon Custom Transformers Figure

According to the Transformers Wiki, Bludgeon is a ferocious warrior, skilled in the ancient Cybertronian martial art of Metallikato. He and his blade can cut through the battlefield as if everyone else is operating at a minimal speed setting.  Xaviercal has captured his G1 samuria look with an updated Transformers movie feel with his Custom Transformers Leader Class Bludgeon Figure.  The colors that were used really highlight the and accentuate the figure, defining the individual sections.  For example, the chest plate really pops and the mix of metalic colors in in all the right places give the figure its robotic look and feel.  Here is more about how the custom was created:

"Bludgeon is a complete build from using spare limbs from a DMK Optimus. The rest was built from using ROTF Bludgeon and leader class optimus.  I wanted to do with a bare robot skeleton look for Bludgeon, to have that creepy but yet awesome look to him. He is aimed with a sword and small dagger both of which can store on his back.  He also aimed with his Tank turret on his arm which resembles his original pretender"
Bludgeon Custom Transformers Figure
There are more photos of Xavielcal's Custom Transformers Leader Class Bludgeon Figure so head over to eBay and check it out!

Star Wars Force Awakens Episode 7 Custom Stormtrooper by Kimota

Stormtrooper Star Wars Force Awakens Episode 7 Custom

Stormtrooper Star Wars Force Awakens Episode 7 Custom

I can't deny that when I first saw the Star Wars Episode 7 Force Awakens trailer, I felt like a little kid again.  The very first image of we saw in the teaser trailer will be burned into my memory and Kimota has immortalized this iconic continuation of the Star Wars saga with this Custom Force Awakens Stormtrooper 6" figure.

Stormtrooper Star Wars Force Awakens Episode 7 Custom 4

Recreating a new version of Stormtrooper armor, Kimota has done a fantastic job replicating this armor from the movie and translating it into a fully poseable  6" action figure modeled from the Star Wars Black line.

Stormtrooper Star Wars Force Awakens Episode 7 Custom 5

To own this unique, one of a kind Custom Force Awakens Stormtrooper 6" figure, head over to eBay!

Custom Transformers Optimal Maximum Prime Combiner by Deceptipunk

Custom Transformers Optimal Maximum Prime Combiner

Custom Transformers Optimal Maximum Prime Combiner

Combiners always have a special place in my heart and Deceptipunk's Custom Transformers Optimal Maximum Prime Combiner is no exception.  Standing almost 2 feet tall, this figure comes jam packed with articulation and more armor, which adds some weight to the figure.  There are 6 Transformers that make up this combiner and Deceptipunk's color scheme is very complimentary in combiner form.  Here is Deceptipunk's to tell you about this amazing combiner:

"This is my second take on Transformers combiners wars Cybertron  Elite Defense Force combiner OPTIMAL MAXIMUM PRIME This custom was done To add a new style and combiner to the new combiner wars line.  This is my second of version of this custom. But this time I added an extra robot so the combiner consist of 6 figures plus the frame and extra parts that come together to for this heavy behemoth.  The figure stands 22 inches tall and it's very heavy.   All figures are fully transformable exactly the same way as the original versions. With all the same transformation and articulation as the original.  In this version I also added new parts and change the design a bit. I added extra parts that adds more bulk. Now the feet armor is bigger due to the weight of the figure , that way the feet can provide  the figure with better stability and an overall more over bulked proportioned look.  I also  included are new ball jointed and hinged articulated hands.  This custom has a lot of articulation like shoulder rotation , stronger ratchets, limbs have elbow swivel and twist , waist swivel is still there, hip and knew articulation as well as the leg swivel are also present and finally some ankle movement to create a better stance as seen in the pictures.  This figure was prepped, cleaned detailed with silver and red accents and then applied lots of fine diluted dark washes  to create contrast and  to show weathering /battle torn look using enamels and acrylics."

Check out more photos of this Custom Transformers Optimal Maximum Prime Combiner and be sure to place a bid so you can own this amazing figure!

Custom Transformers Optimal Maximum Prime Combiner 2