According to the Transformers Wiki, the Ark, the Ark is the name given to the Autobot spaceship that, in many universes, originally carried the Autobot and Decepticon armies to Earth. The Ark is a Vanguard-class Deep Space Interceptor. It has five decks and houses a full crew complement of 300 Transformers (although it can be flown by only a handful if necessary). Its environment is fully automated and self-sufficient. For engines, it features 4 Hyperfuel Intake Accelerators. Wiliestbilame recreates this classic scene where the Arrk rests in this mountain as the Autobots headquarters with his Custom Transformers Ark diorama. This dio is scaled for 3" to 5" figures and goes nicely with the Titan Metroplex figure that towers 2 feet tall. The rocks looks so real I almost thought he had used some boulders he found in nature. This dio is well done and sure to add some spice to your Transformers collection.
Frenzy Rumble really knows how to create towering works of art and his latest Custom Transformers Piranacon is no exception. This figure, which happened to be a commission but the buyer could not follow through with his end of the deal, stands a towering 16" tall and has two bright yellow LED's for eyes. That really makes these large figures one of a kind are the attention to detail and creativity that customizers pour into every figure. For example, the lines and edginess of this custom give it rather harsh and stealth like appearance. Paying homage to the original G1 color scheme, Frenzy Rumble did an amazing job incorporating all of the pastel colors from the 80's figure we grew up with. To check out more photos, head over to eBay and view his Custom Transformers Piranacon and look at all of the killer photos!
Being a huge fan of muscle cars myself, this Custom Transformers Alternators Shockwave designed to look like a 1971 Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda caught my eye for several reasons. First, the concept itself is outstanding. Typically you see the Alternator line featuring more up to date cars but this Shockwave is a twist to that line and a welcome addition! The choice of muscle car could not have been more perfect. The Plymouth 'Cuda is a heavy duty car with lots of bulk and mass, kind of like how the 1980's Shockwave was created to look like a massive bulky gun.
Second, the colors and the attention to detail on this custom are second to none. The paint has a showroom shine and the purple and black play nicely off each other. Lastly, the way this car was converted will make your head spin. If you can believe it, this figure started off as a Mazda RX-8 from the 2004 Alternators line. To read how this car was converted, head over to eBay and check it out!
I love when universe collide and Gill Customs has created an amazing Custom Cyclonus GI Joe Transformers Crossover made from a Conquest X-30. Painted in the classic purple and silver colors, the base vehicle makes a great start for a G1 seeker jet. In addition to the killer paint app, Cyclonus has lights in the cockpit, rear thrusters, and engines. The cockpit canopy even sports the orange color that was found on the original G1 Cyclonus figure. There have been many unique GI Joe Transformers crossover customs made over the years and I wish customizers would make more because I love both toy lines and it is great when they are blended together. If you want to see more photos of Gill Customs' crossover Custom GI Joe Transformers Cyclonus figure, head over to eBay!
Stronox Customs knows how to treat a ruler right and his Custom Cobra Serpentor figure with Thrown pays a killer homage to the ultimate Cobra leader. Both the thrown and figure have stunning detail, especially for a 4 inch figure. Stronox has given Serpentor many different looks and even gives you a hooded version, which pays respect to the original Cobra Commander figure. The cape is also wired which is a very cool addition and gives the figure an added sense of versatility and poseability. The thrown is painted almost in an Aztec fashion with 3 striking cobra heads that give the thrown a very royal feeling. The flames are a very nice touch and add to the mystique of the figure. To place a bid on this great piece of work, head over to eBay and check out Stronox's Custom Serpentor figure and Thrown!
With Colosal Custom's Titan Metroplex Custom Trasformers figure, it is all in the fine details. Since the 30th Anniversary Metroplex figure came out, I have been waiting for customizers to get their hands on this behemoth and some have answered the call. In addition to the simulated weathering and glow effects, there are numerous smaller details that really make this figure stand out. For example, the addition of lacquer to the labels to seal them down as well as LED eyes make this figure come alive. A lot of the nooks and crannies in the figure are detailed, which give the figure a look like no other. To view more detailed photos of this amazing figure, head over to eBay and check out Colosal Custom's Titan Metroplex Custom Trasformers figure.
Xaviercal has outdone himself this week. Not only has he created a fully transformable massive figure but he also added a sibling to the Transformers Universe with his Custom Transformers Grand Maximus G1 city. Standing taller than the Generations Metroplex at 24" (that is two feet for those who are metrically disadvantaged), Grand Maximus contains a killer paint app as well as loads of articulation. The paint app is stellar and the way it was crafted brings out the weathering detail you would expect from a humongous Autobot city. Here is more from Xaviercal himself:
Grand Maximus has being made by using a brand new Fortress Maximus, This Grand Maximus custom has being customized to include articulation for his knees, neck, shoulders , arms and new articulated hands and fingers. He stands very stable with his own two feet. Standing taller then generations Metroplex at actual 24" height, He stand taller then the new generation Metroplex (please note that Genernation Metroplex photo are only for reference only not included in this auction). Grand Maximus has being painted based off his cartoon appearance but with a modern realistic color schemes and tones and it being weather effects for the appearance to make him look huge and an massive robot.
To check out more photos of this amazing Custom Transformers Grand Maximus figure, head over to eBay!
What goes around comes back around on eBay and ThyVipera's Custom Masterpiece G1 Scorponok figure is making an appearance once again. The fan who bought this custom back in April 2011 is putting him up for sale and now is your chance to grab this bad boy! I originally featured this amazing custom so you can read the original article to get the details or head over to eBay and place a bid!
Featuring a custom head sculpt by Arte Loco customs, ThyVipera has epitomized one of the most recognizable villains in recent history with his Custom G1 Transformers Masterpiece Megatron figure. Standing 12" tall, this is how the leader of the Decepticons should have been made. Created from a Masterpiece Megatron MP-5 figure, ThyVipera has added tons of articulation as well as rebuilt parts to make this the best G1 Megatron I have seen in years. Although this figure does not transform, Megatron really looks better in robot mode anyway so there is not loss without the ability to change into the Walther P38 from yesteryear. The head sculpt immediately grabbed my attention as the face almost has a human quality to it. This is really an outstanding figure and kudos to to great customizers, Arte Loco and ThyVipera, working together to pull of this amazing figure.
VampireSweetBlood has create a really cool hybrid figure based on the Steve Roger's version with his Custom Marvel Legends Hulk Captain America figure. The figures are blended very well with both aspects of the figure shining through. The classic styling of the Hulk's ripped pants as well as the transition of a white lab coat to the Captain America uniform on his right arm give a realistic transformation in the figure. Overall, this is a very cool figure to add to you collection!
I am always a sucker for a meticulously detailed custom and Xaviercal continues to deliver high quality customs that simply make me drool. Take his Custom Masterpiece Transformers Optimus Prime figure, for example. Xaviercal mentioned that he gave Optimus a realistic appearance and he was not kidding! The plastic is painted to look like real metal and fine details on this figure can't be overlooked. He gave the leader of the Autobots a very gritty, automotive feel to him from head to toe. No nook and cranny was overlooked. Even went as far as applying some rub details to the tips of the feet as well as making his windshield look all grimy as if the windows had not been cleaned in a while. If you are looking for someone to lead your Autobots to battle, I would highly consider Xaviercal's Custom Masterpiece Transformers Optimus Prime figure as this ranks very high on my list of Optimus Prime figures. Don't let this one get away!
The combiners are always a site for sore eyes and I am happy that a talented customizer has tackled one of the coolest figures ever made. ForgottenForest has created this massive Custom G1 Transformers Predaking figure. Sometimes it is hit or miss whether customizers include how they created the figure but lucky for us, ForgottenForest wrote a ton so let's take a look:
"Standing at a massive 16.5 inches (42cms) tall to the top of his head and about 21 inches to the top of his gun barrels with a wing span of over 20 inches(51cms),Predaking will tower over any autobot and be the pride of your collection. One of my all time favourite transformers this custom took months to create and i have Designed him to be in scale and fit perfectly with the classics/generations/henkei figures. Built with an eye for detail ,Predaking is largely scratch built so you will not be able to find him elsewhere. His custom scratch built parts include his hands which are ball jointed at the wrist and on every finger as well as having an extra joint on every finger allowing for an incredible range of motion. Predaking also has scratchbuilt hip and thigh armour (which is moveable) as well as his wings which were designed to be very generation one acurate as well as having individually posable feathers which fan out to really catch the eye (the wings are also posable to allow for greater movement). Predaking also comes with a custom scratch built head that is unique and modelled after his generation one appearance. As an added free bonus Predaking comes with G1 acurate re creations of his arm mounted cannon weapon as well as his massive sword which is 11 inches long all by itself."
This figure brings back memories to the G1 greats of the past. The colors are spot on with the classic orange, yellow, and black color scheme that we all know and love. To check out more photos, head over to eBay check out this killer Custom G1 Transformers Predaking figure.
Xaviercal, using the Generations Metroplex, created this Custom Generation 1 Metrotitan Decepticon figure. This figure is right up my ally! I am not sure if you know but I took up Astrophotography as a hobby and this figure reminded me of that. Constructed on Saturn's moon Titan, Metrotitan is a massive Decepticon warrior, commanded by the villainous Violen Jygar to destroy the Autobots. The paint app really pops on this figure, bringing out all of the detail. The metallic look to the figure gives it a very polished look. The small details really make this figure come together. For example, the choice to place gray on the knuckles or adding red accents on the knees give this figure depth and dimension and make it very interesting. To view more photos or to place a bid on this great figure, head over to eBay to check out Xaviercal's Custom Generation 1 Metrotitan Decepticon figure.
Coming straight from the comics is Paint Customs' Doc Ock Custom Marvel Legends Scale figure. When I first took a look at this figure, I thought it had a ton of character. The way the face was painted and sculpted gives the figure a diabolical look and feel to him. The face is a cross between someone you meet in real life and the comic, which was well executed. You can even imagine what the eyes look like under the glasses. Other cool modifications include fully articulated grasping claws, which are totally cool! The claws are integrated so well into the back of the figure that they seamless come out to give the figure its classic look. The tentacles also have a unique style to them and I love that they are painted silver and green.
Custom Masterpiece Soundwave, Buzzsaw, Frenzy, Rumble, Laserbeak and Ravage Transformers Figures by Frenzy.Rumble
Up for only 3 days is Frenzy.Rumble's Custom Masterpiece Soundwave, Buzzsaw, Frenzy, Rumble, Laserbeak and Ravage Transformers figures (boy that was mouthful). Adding and LED to Soundwave's visor gives the Decepticon communicator a very unique look and adds to the persona that only the 1980's cartoon could match. Painted in the G1 color scheme, the deep blue body is a great match to the original figure, which plays nicely off of the silver, yellow, and red colors. Soundwave would not be complete without his spies so he included Buzzsaw, Frenzy, Rumble, Laserbeak and Ravage, which are fully customized as well. There is no better custom Transformer figure than Frenzy.Rumble so head over to eBay and check out his Custom Masterpiece Soundwave, Buzzsaw, Frenzy, Rumble, Laserbeak and Ravage Transformers Ffigures before they are gone!
The stock paint jobs that come with the figures off the shelf have always been a disappointment and it is customers like Billmeister who save these figures corporate doom! Take his Custom Transformers Beast Hunters Ultra Magnus figure, for example. He turned a lack luster paint app into a stunning display of deep blue and red metallics that literally make this figure shine. When figures are painted like this, the facial features, as well as the fine details really come through much better. The siler metallic parts really look like steel and I love the way the weapon was painted to add an effect of some kind of energy rushing through it as Ultra Magnus wields his mighty hammer! The figure looks equally impressive in alternate mode where most of the body of the truck comes through as a deep blue with a crimson red top for the cab. Fantastic work!
One of the pivotal scenes in the original Transformers movie from the 1980's is when Megatron is reformed into Galvatron and Boskoes Toys has captured this moment with this Custom Transformers Reformed Megatron figure. Megatron really took a beating in the movie and the battle damage and the transformation is captured very nicely in this homage to the leader of the Decepticons. The gashes and the carbon scoring on the figure give it a multidimensional effect and combined with the translucent purple on various parts of the figure make it look like he is caught in the middle of the transformation.
There have been some excellent Fall of Cybertron customs lately and Xaviercal's Custom Fall of Cybertron Bruticus is no exception. Making this figure to look like the appearance in the video game, the Combaticons have an cool angular appearance and the colors are really vibrant and pop. My two favorite parts of this customs are the hands, which look very articulated, and the chest plate as the way it was painted makes it look like steel. In fact, the entire paint job looks amazing and Xaviercal's talent in this department is second to none.
AC Custom Figures creates a killer version of the Dark Knight with his Custom New 52 Zero Years Batman figure. This figure looks like the comic and AC did a fantastic job making this figure his own. He has a really funny story to go along with it so let's hear from AC himself:
"There are 2 things I love in this world: Batman and Mad Max. When I first saw the panel of Batman dressed in a sort of post apocalyptic Mad Max get up in issue #21 I almost pooped. Bad A. So here is my go at it. This Batman has more straps, buckles and pouches than he knows what to do with. I wanted him to be as accurate to the comic as I could, which was tough considering he has only appeared like this in one panel. He comes with a custom made bike and cross bow. And check out the customs sculpted back pack! This Batman is all set for his bone breaking new origin!"
To view more photos and to place a bid, head over to eBay and check out this cool Custom New 52 Zero Years Batman figure.
Sacrificing transform-ability for a killer look and style is Kishimoto's Custom Fall of Cybertron Metroplex figure. This Metroplex is thick and as Sir Mix A Lot says, "I want 'em real thick and juicy.!" All jokes and quotes aside, I love the styling of this figure. The way the legs were designed harkens back to the G1 Autobot city from the 80's with a modern look and feel. The figure stands a towering 18" tall and is an astounding 12" wide. Now that is big and it definitely fits with the persona of Metroplex. As Kishimoto says, "The figure is made from a shell from an existing figure with the use of both corrugated cardboard and carton cardboard. Only a few parts were made from scultpy and plastic. It is very stout and pretty solid in most areas but none the less has to be treated as a collectible piece and not a toy." This figure embodies all of the aspects that made Metroplex great so check out more photos of Kishimoto's Custom Fall of Cybertron Metroplex figure over on eBay!
Some things come full circle in the cycle of customs. Some sales are brokered through eBay and some don't even see the light of day on eBay as some customs are commissioned directly from fan to customizer, which brings me to Encline Design's Custom Masterpiece Shockwave figure. I am not sure if this was a direct comission or not but, lucky for you, the owner of this fine custom is listing it and it is up for grabs! Painted to look like the IDW comic version, Encline displays his talent and passion in this figure. Check out the comparison in size with the Masterpiece Starscream figure and you will see just how large this one this.
Frenzy.Rumble's customs, as well as the other creations from the talent out there, was one of the reasons I started this website and week after week I have not been let down. I must say, I have never seen anything like this before, especially in this scale. Frenzy.Rumble has taken the Worlds Smallest Transformers line and made them larger than life with his Extinction Custom WST Combiner. The concept is original to the customizer and I thought I was looking at his larger scale version, which he has made before. Upon closer inspection, this combiner stands 7" tall and is a highly detailed scaled down version using the Worlds Smallest Transformers line of figures. I can't believe how much detail he packed into these small figures but the execution is flawless. If you did not know the scale, looking at the photos, you would think this figure stands 2 feet tall. Going above and beyond, he has added more articulation to these tiny figures, which I can't believe he has done because I have owned some of these WST figures and you don't have a lot of room for error. My favorite aspect of Frenzy.Rumble's Custom WST Extinction Combiner is the T-Rex popping out of the center of the chest. It is a bit Alien'esque but it gives a cool dimension to the figure.
Wilestbilame takes the MP-13 Decepticon communicator and turns him from the dark side to create this unique Custom Masterpiece Shattered Glass Soundwave figure. Making a dramatic statement with an ehobby'esque color scheme, this figure looks amazing in MP form and is a nice change to see Soundwave and his partner in crime, Laserbeak, in this way. To hear more about this figure from Wilestbilame himself, take a read below:
"Shattered Glass is the name given to the parallel universe to the Transformers Generation 1 continuity where the heroic Decepticons battle the evil autobots to save cybertron, one such heroic decepticon whose white and blue deco really stands out is none other than everyone's favorite cassete player! Soundwave along with his most trusted partner laserbeak presents a new dynamic take on the legendary decepticon intelligence agent, being a martial arts expert in this universe, soundwave retains his signature loyalty to Megatron to ensure the safety of cybertron and his decepticon comrades from the evil forces of the autobots at all costs!! so taking this fantastic concept in mind, I took the widely popular masterpiece Soundwave MP-13 figure and his cassete laserbeak to recreate their shattered glass counterparts."
I love the way the cassette door was painted, which gives a G1 cartoon feel to this killer figure. To view more photos, head over to eBay and check out this Custom Masterpiece Shattered Glass Soundwave figure.
Sculpt-bot's Custom Masterpiece Transformers Perceptor is the focus of this weeks featured post! Let's get more detail on this amazing custom in this virtual sit down with the creator of this great piece:
AFC: What is the custom you have up for sale on eBay this week?
Sculpt-bot: It is a Masterpiece Scale Perceptor Figure.
AFC: What inspired you to create this custom?
Sculpt-bot: With the design similarities between G1 Soundwave, and G1 Perceptor, I thought it was a natural transition to convert MP Soundwave into MP Perceptor.
AFC: How was this figure made?
Sculpt-bot: I scavenged a lot of parts from the original G1 Perceptor figure. Mainly the "microscope" portion, but I also used a razor saw to cut off many thin panels to add to the base figure. I extended the microscope barrel slightly to add a little size (still magnifies!) This wasn't really an issue in bot mode, but it looked a little too small in his alt mode. I also heavily modified the original G1 chest piece to upsize it to fit the MP mold. The clear portion of his chest was a challenge, as no matter what I did, I couldn't build a perfectly clear "lens" for his chest. I finally settled on a fogged crystal look, that still provided some translucency, but didn't need to be perfect. I shortened his legs slightly at the knees so that he was slightly shorter than Soundwave and Prime in bot mode. I wanted his head to be a combination of the G1 figure and cartoon design, so I built a new one up using the Soundwave head as a base. This gave his head the same articulation as the base figure. I built his G1 toy weapons out of scrap parts and some styrene. He was then painted up using custom mixed acrylics and enamels to match his trademark colors.
AFC: How many hours did it take you to create this figure?
Sculpt-bot: I probably put about 20-25 hours into him.
I have always thought the Crimson Guards deserved a more beefier armor and a more versatile uniform and Homemade Joes (aka Zartanman) has finally answered the call with this Custom Cobra Crimson Guard figure. Fitted with chest armor that is painted metallic silver, one of the uniform options for this figure already looks much better than the original from the 80's. Adding a full face helmet and a shield makes it look like these Crimson Guards are headed for a riot, which probably would have benefited them in the 80's cartoon. To check out more looks to this great figure, head over to eBay and check out Homemade Joe's Custom Cobra Crimson Guard figure.