Monthly Archives: November 2009

Custom Lego Star Wars Venator Class Star Destroyer by 5striley5

Venator Class Star Destroyer Lego Star Wars Custom

Venator Class Star Destroyer Lego Star Wars Custom

The Venator Class Star Destroyers are one of my favorite large vehicles from the Star Wars series.  Simple but massive in the design, these ships remind me of sea warfare as the ships must line up side by side to each other to deliver their crushing blows.  5striley5 has created this Custom Lego Star Wars Venator Class Star Destroyer that is over 2 feet long!  He also made a cool video so check it out below:

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If you want to add a really cool vehicle to your Lego Star Wars collection that is over 2 feet long and uses over 3,000 bricks, head over to eBay and check out this Custom Lego Star Wars Venator Class Star Destroyer.

Sideswipe Custom Transformers G1 Ark Autobot Collection by TonyzCustomz

Ark Autobot Charity Auction for the Make a Wish Foundation Spotlight: Sideswipe (Article 11 of 11)

The last custom in the Ark Autobot collection is Sideswipe, created by the talented TonyzCustomz.  The classic red, white, and black color scheme is very reminiscent of the G1 figure and the red is spot on.  He also added a custom license place that says "Make a Wish," which rounds out the collection of 11 Autobots in this unique collection.  There is less than 2 days left in the auction so head over to eBay and bid on this one of a find collection!

Check out the original article for all 11 Ark Autobots!

Cliffjumper Custom Transformers G1 Ark Autobot Collection by Big Hank

Ark Autobot Charity Auction for the Make a Wish Foundation Spotlight: Cliffjumper (Article 10 of 11)

Big Hank has some great additions to his Custom Cliffjumper figure.  Not only is this figure painted in very high quality, but you will notice a certain gleam in his eye.  Here to tell you more about the figure is Big Hank himself:

"Cliffjumper was painted with Testors Model Master enamel paints. He comes complete with WORKING LEDs in his eyes, tail lights and head lights. All are controlled with small switches. Batteries which power these lights are easily replacable. Custom made "Make-A-Wish license plate."

Cliffjumper is a great counterpart to the Bumblebee figure and for the lucky bidder, they will get a chance to own all 11 figures in one fantastic auction!

Check out the original article for all 11 Ark Autobots!

Bumblebee Custom Transformers G1 Ark Autobot Collection by Payton34

Ark Autobot Charity Auction for the Make a Wish Foundation Spotlight: Bumblebee (Article 9 of 11)

One thing that struck me about Payton34's custom Bumblebee figure for the Ark Autobot collection for charity was the shade of yellow for Bumblebee, which matches exactly to the G1 figure from the 1980's.  Here is more about how he painted this great figure:

"I used Model Master bright yellow spray enamel to give the outer shell a more accurate color scheme. After that, I used Testors Flat Black Noir Mat for the bumper/fender areas as well as the arms/fists; Testors Flat White Blanc Mat for the headlights; Testors Red Rouge for the tail lights. Finally, I used Liquid Leaf Silver Argent for the metallic areas and topped it all off with a layer of Model Master Ultra Gloss Clearcoat"

This is another awesome custom for the Ark Autobot collection so be sure to place your bid as all proceeds go to the Make a Wish Foundation.

Check out the original article for all 11 Ark Autobots!

Ratchet Custom Transformers G1 Ark Autobot Collection by Frenzy.Rumble

Ark Autobot Charity Auction for the Make a Wish Foundation Spotlight: Ratchet (Article 8 of 11)

Up next in the Ark Autobot series is Frenzy.Rumble's Custom G1 Ratchet.  According to Frenzy.Rumble, "Ratchet's factory paints were removed, then painted wtih a high gloss lacquer white. He was detailed using Testors Model Master Enamels."  This figure also pays homage to the G1 style of Ratchet but in a more updated look and feel.

Check out the original article for all 11 Ark Autobots!

Ironhide Custom Transformers G1 Ark Autobot Collection by Frenzy.Rumble

Ark Autobot Charity Auction for the Make a Wish Foundation Spotlight: Ironhide (Article 7 of 11)

Giving good ole Ironhide an updated look, Frenzy.Rumble has given him a classic paint ap that reminds me of the G1 color scheme.  In robot mode, the plastic is made to look like steel to give it a very polished look.  This is 1 of 11 awesome figures for charity so be sure to head over to eBay and place your bid!

Check out the original article for all 11 Ark Autobots!

Optimus Prime Custom Transformers G1 Ark Autobot Collection by Sabrina Ng

Ark Autobot Charity Auction for the Make a Wish Foundation Spotlight: Optimus Prime (Article 6 of 11)

Continuing with the Ark Autobot series for charity, Sabrina Ng brings us the leader of the Autobots with her Custom Optimus Prime figure.  Sabrina is very talented with the air brushing and paint application so you are guaranteed to get a showroom shine with her customs.  Go check it out!

Check out the original article for all 11 Ark Autobots!

Mirage Custom Transformers G1 Ark Autobot Collection by Thyvipera

Ark Autobot Charity Auction for the Make a Wish Foundation Spotlight: Mirage (Article 5 of 11)

As part of the Ark Autobot collection for Charity, Thyvipera has custom painted a Transformers Classics Mirage to look more like the G1 figure from the 1980's.  Given the popularity of NASCAR, I wonder if they made Mirage today, would it be a stock car?  According to Thyvipera, "Mirage was painted using Krylon Fusion paints and airbrushed with Tamiya and Testors. He is detailed using Testor's enamels and clear coated for protection from damage and UV light."  Thyvipera makes some awesome customs so be sure to check out this and other customs from him.

Check out the original article for all 11 Ark Autobots!

Jazz Custom Transformers G1 Ark Autobot Collection by Encline Designs

Ark Autobot Charity Auction for the Make a Wish Foundation Spotlight: Jazz (Article 4 of 11)

Next Autobot from the Ark Autobot charity auction is Jazz, which was designed and created by Encline Designs.  Talk about starting from scratch on this one.  Using a Transformers Universe Prowl figure as the base, he took a model kit and, as he called it, "re-shelled" the figure into Jazz.  Let's read more about this figure and how it was made from Encline Designs himself:

"When I took on the responsibility to make a Jazz, I had no idea I
would do what I did. The problem with making a great Jazz figure is
the fact that there are not really any good TFs to make in to a Jazz.
So, after thinking hard and drinking a lot of rum (just kidding, I
didn't think) I had the idea to do a "re-shell". I wanted an updated
version of Jazz to fit in the the rest of the updated TFs in the
auction. I search a good while and found a 1/35 PORSCHE 911 GTI La
Mans slot car plastic model! I used a universe Prowl figure as the
skeleton and totally dismantled the figure to get it that way! I then
had to measure, cut, dremel, grind, glue, cut, drink, yell, dremel
some more until it all fell into place. After Jazz was constructed, I
base coated him using PPG automotive urethane white with a PURPLE
PASSION Pearl on top of that. I felt, as Jazz was a race car, he
should have his sponsors on the car. So I added all the artists names
that are a part of this auction along with the appropriate racing
stripes for Jazz!  He was clear coated with PPG Automotive urethane
clear coat for the best shine possible. The head is a custom head that
I got from a fellow artist. This custom here now has me hooked on re-
shelling and I look forward to the next ones!!"

Check out the original article for all 11 Ark Autobots!

Hound Custom Transformers G1 Ark Autobot Collection by Encline Designs

Hound G1 Custom Transformers Figure

Hound G1 Custom Transformers Figure

Ark Autobot Charity Auction for the Make a Wish Foundation Spotlight: Hound (Article 3 of 11)

I first came across Encline Designs back in 2008 and I was struck by the creativity and talent that this customer possessed.  As part of the Ark Autobot Charity Auction, Encline has made this Custom Transformers G1 Hound figure.  I really like the muddy look to the figure and the addition of the military decals.  As Encline stated, he is a former Jeep owner and his jeep was never showroom shine clean so he decided to dirty it up.  This is another awesome figure from the Ark Autobot collection for charity!

Encline Designs wanted to personally share his thoughts on the Custom G1 Hound that he made so let's read what he has to say:

"I wanted to capture the essence of the G1 hound with he up to date
style of the new Universe figure. The mod I did to make the most
difference was I added a grill from a 1/35 Jeep Willy model kit. That
way it has the old grill and headlights of the Jeep we all know and
love. He was base coated with House of Kolor Kustom Kolor enamels and
I added military decals from the same 1/35 model kit. I airbrushed the
thighs with ALSA MIRROR CHROME like the G1 toy has also.To give a
little nod to the original Japanese Transformers, I decided it would
be cool to add the  "Convoy Commander"  to the hood. Also, being a
former Jeep owner and lover, when is a Jeep ever clean?! I airbrushed
mud and dirt splatter in the appropriate places."

Check out the original article for all 11 Ark Autobots!

Wheeljack Custom G1 Transformers Ark Autobots Collection by Big Hank

Custom Transformers G1 Sunstreaker

Custom Transformers G1 Wheeljack

Ark Autobot Charity Auction for the Make a Wish Foundation Spotlight: Wheeljack (Article 2 of 11)

The focus of today's Ark Autobot collection is Wheeljack created by Big Hank.  Part of a massive collaboration effort with 7 other customizers, Big Hank has created this Wheeljack figure using Transformers Universe Sideswipe as the base.  An effect that is not Photoshop'd, which you can see above, is that he has working LED lights in his eyes and headlights, which are controlled by a small switch on his roof.  Like Sunstreaker, Wheeljack also has a custom license plate which says "Male a Wish."  This is another awesome G1 Autobot from this massive collection for charity.

Check out the original article for all 11 Ark Autobots!

Sunstreaker Custom Transformers Ark Autobots Collection by TonyzCustomz

Custom Transformers G1 Sunstreaker

Custom Transformers G1 Sunstreaker

Ark Autobot Charity Auction for the Make a Wish Foundation Spotlight: Sunstreaker (Article 1 of 11)

Today I am kicking off the first of the Ark Autobot Charity auction spotlight with one of my favorite G1 characters from the 1980's.  TonyzCustomz, as part of a massive collaboration effort with 7 other customizers, has created a modern version of this Generation 1 classic figure in Sunstreaker.  Using the Transformers Universe Sideswipe as the base figure, TonyzCustomz has payed a nice homage to Sunstreaker and has even given him a personalized license plate that says "Make a Wish."

To check out the original article for all 11 Ark Autobots!

Custom Transformers G1 Ark Autobots Charity Auction by 8 Artists from Procustomizers.com

G1 Ark Autobots Transformers Customs for Charity

G1 Ark Autobots Transformers Customs for Charity

The customizers over at Procustomizers.com are filled with tons of talent and lots of heart as they have just put up the largest collaboration effort I have seen with their Custom Transformers G1 Ark Autobot collection!  All proceeds of this auction go to the Make a Wish Foundation.  I would like to personally thank all of the artists who worked on this.  Many of them I have featured on this website so here they are:

Bumblebee : by payton34
Cliffjumper : by bighank
Hound : by encline designs
Ironhide : by frenzyrumble
Jazz : by encline designs
Mirage : by thyvipera
Optimus Prime : by sabrina ng
Ratchet : by frenzyrumble
Sideswipe : by tonyzcustomzs
Sunstreaker : by tonyzcustomz
Wheeljack : by bighank

This is a 10 day auction so I will be doing individual write ups on each of the figures as the days go by so check back often!  In the meantime, head over to eBay and place your bid for this one of a kind opportunity to own this great collection of 11 G1 Custom Transformers Ark Autobots by a group of very talented people!

Toxitron Custom Transformers Animated Figure by Jin Saotome

Toxitron Animated Transformers Custom

Toxitron Animated Transformers Custom

Since the Transformers Animated line was short lived, there were many figures left on the table.  Jin Saotome has filled a void in the line with this Custom Transformers Animated Toxitron figure.  Although Toxitron was not meant to be an Animated figure (to my knowledge) but was a redeco of Laser Optimus Prime, Jin used the Animated Wreck Gar as the base for the figure and made some sweet modifications to bring this figure to life.  Let's read more about this great figure from Jin himself:

"Toxic waste, hazardous materials, and deadly chemicals are Toxitron's specialty! Based on the unreleased figure shown at Botcon (google Toxitron for pics) he's been given the Animated treatment with the same pea soup green and garish purple features. While not actually in the TFA series Toxitron has still been painstakingly detailed by hand with shading, highlights, brilliant shades of color, and intricate detail that will really make him stand out in your Transformers Animated collection. You can swap out the Laser Prime-ish head for a newly designed Hazmat one with hoses for a different look. Pop off the dumpster lifts and attach his Toxo-blaster and buzzsaw so he can make a mess of the Autobots."

If you want to add this awesome figure to your Transformers Animated line, head over to eBay and check out Jin Saotome's Custom Transformers Animated Toxitron figure.

Scourge Masterpiece Custom G1 Transformers Kitbash by JAF

Masterpiece Scourge Custom G1 Transformers Figure

Masterpiece Scourge Custom G1 Transformers Figure

JAF has outdone himself with his latest Custom Masterpiece Generation 1 Scourge figure.  This figure was originally designed for the "Create the Ultimate Scourge" challenge and here to tell you more about this figure is JAF himself:

"The goal was to create a cartoon accurate, manga styled Scourge with realistic details and mechanicals.  A bit of gothic/demon style was thrown in also. The figure is Masterpiece scale, meaning that it stands just about as tall as MP Starscream and is FULLY articulated.  Great effort went into providing interesting details and working joints and mechanicals. The hovercraft is almost entirely scratchbuilt from styrene and the robot body was created from an alternators sideswipe, Gundam Kamfer 1/100 scale action figure model kit, and more scratchbuilt parts. The hands were custom casted by TomServo.  The figure is fully transformable and is also fully articulated with over 25 joints on the robot alone. The wings are also posable in bot mode - reminiscent of the cartoon and manga artwork. Quality enamel paints were used to detail and finish this custom. Realistic weathering and staining has been applied in places and decals have been applied for further effect."

I am really impressed with the accurateness of this figure, the colors, and painstaking detail that must have gone into making him.  The head is my favorite part of this custom as he had to recreate Scourge's Foo Manchu, adding human characteristics to this massive robot.  The purpose of kitbashing is to obtain something that can't be bought, to improve upon a figure, or simply to engage in a refreshing exercise of creativity and JAF has definitely let his creative side show and created some magnificent.  Lucky for the readers of this blog, JAF's Custom Masterpiece Generation 1 Scourge figure is available for sale on eBay so head over there and place a bid!

ARF Trooper Custom Clone Wars Figure by Ric.Sea.Jedi

Custom Clone Wars ARF Trooper

Custom Clone Wars ARF Trooper

The ARF Troopers are specialized clone troopers that carry out short-range reconnaissance for Jedi Generals and Clone Commanders.  Ric.Sea.Jedi has captured the look and feel of these clones from the "Landing at Point Rain episode of the Clone Wars Animated Series with his Custom ARF Trooper figure.  The ARF Troopers are one of my favorite styles of clones as they remind me of the BARC Troopers and the Biker Scouts.  The camo on this figure is blended very well and here is your chance to own one of the clones that was just in an episode.  It will probably take Hasbro another year to make one of these figures (if they get around to it) so head over to eBay and place a bid on this Custom ARF Trooper figure.

Cobra Viper Glider Pilot Custom GI Joe Figure by Jharris229

Cobra Viper Glider Pilot Custom GI Joe Figure

Cobra Viper Glider Pilot Custom GI Joe Figure

Aside from the Micky Mouse Cobra Commander Figure that came out in the early releases of the GI Joe figures, the Cobra Viper Glider Pilot is another one of the quest for the holy grail figures that collectors pay top dollar for.  Lucky for you, Jharris229 has a Custom Cobra Viper Glider Glider Pilot and Glider up for sale and you would be hard pressed to tell that this is a custom as it looks so much like the original.  The bummer about the Viper Glider Pilots from the 1980's is that most of the symbols have rubbed off but Jharris229 has a mint symbol on this puppy that is not a sticker!  There is less than 8 hours to go on this figure and glider so head over to eBay if you want to get a chance to own this piece of GI Joe history.

Cad Bane in Clone Trooper Disguise Custom Lego Star Wars Minifig by FreshFromTheSewers

Cad Bane in Clone Trooper Disguise

Cad Bane in Clone Trooper Disguise

Straight from the Clone Wars Animated Season 2 Rise of the Bounty Hunters comes FreshFromTheSewers' Custom Lego Clone Wars Cad Bane in Clone Trooper disguise.  The Clones got hip to Bane's plans when they discovered a green ooze in their escape shuttle, which turned out to be Bane's blood.  This figure is a great adaptation from the cartoon although some green ooze blood would have been a great addition.  Like all of FreshFromTheSewers' custom Lego Star Wars figure, they are of tremendous quality and it looks like he strives to keep up with the latest Star Wars plots so that fans can add to their collection.

Galvatron Transformers Universe Generation 1 Custom by Primo Customs

Custom Transformers Universe Galvatron

Custom Transformers Universe Galvatron

Just like Unicron had assembled Galvatron from the left over Decepticons, Primo Customs has forged his Custom Transformers Universe G1 Galvatron figure from a "Henkei Megatron and 1 Classic Megatron.   Among other parts, he has been put together using the finest glues, sculpts and paints."  This Galvatron ranks high on my list as one of the best I have seen.  The colors are dead on and the overall look and feel of the figure remind of the classic G1 character from the movie.  To place a bid on this great looking Custom Transformers Universe G1 Galvatron figure, head over to eBay!

Commander Keller Custom Lego Star Wars Minifig by Friendliang

Commander Keller Custom Lego Star Wars Minifig

Commander Keller Custom Lego Star Wars Minifig

Commander Keller was one of my favorite clones from the Star Wars 3 3/4" line and I am happy to see him in minifig form.  Friendliang has created this Custom Lego Star Wars Commander Keller minifig and it is awesome!  The incorporation of the soft goods really makes this figure unique.  The armor design looks great and helmet art looks proportional.  Who doesn't need another Clone Commander to lead the troops?  Head over to eBay and check out more photos of Custom Lego Star Wars Commander Keller minifig so you can see the cool art on the back of the cape.

Custom G1 Transformers 2 Foot Tall Metroplex Figure by Defstar Ending in 8 Hours

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This is just a reminder that Defstar's Custom Generation 1 Metroplex figure has a little more than 8 hours to go so don't pass up on a chance to own this bohemoth of a work of art that pays homage to one of the coolest G1 figures made!

Toxic Zombie Jetfire Custom Transformers Classics Figure by Frenzy.Rumble

Custom Toxic Zombie Jetfire

Custom Toxic Zombie Jetfire

Halloween brings out another side in customers.  I am used to seeing the Marvel Legends figures done up Zombie style but this is the first Transformers figure I have seen done this way and I have to say I am liking it!  To commemorate Halloween 2009, Frenzy.Rumble has created this one of a kind Custom Toxic Zombie Transformers Jetfire figure.  What you are seeing in the photo above is not an optical illusion but a "special mix of paint and micoscopic beads to create the 'toxic slime' effect" that glows in the dark.  This figure looks awesome in robot mode as well so if you want to view more photos, head over to eBay and check out Frenzy.Rumble's Custom Toxic Zombie Transformers Jetfire figure.

Scarlett Custom WWII GI Joe 25th Anniversary Figure by Lance858a

Scarlett Custom GI Joe 25th Anniversary World War 2 Figure

Scarlett Custom GI Joe 25th Anniversary World War 2 Figure

Besides finding killer customs to write about and feature everyday, another hobby of mine is learning all that I can about the brave soldiers who fought in World War 2.  Lance858a has combined both of my hobbies into one great figure with his Custom GI Joe 25th Anniversary Scarlett figure in World War 2 style garb.  From the hat, the colors, and the chevrons on the arm, a lot of thought was put into this figure to make it more of a period piece.  The hat is removable, which adds to the look and poseability of the figure.  If you want to check out more photos of Lance858a's Custom GI Joe 25th Anniversary Scarlett figure, head over to eBay.  There you will find links to his profile on Hisstank and a great story about his love for GI Joe's.

Red Alert Custom Transformers G1 Revenge of the Fallen Crossover by Hunter Knight Customs

Red Alert Custom G1 Revenge of the Fallen Transformers Figure

Red Alert Custom G1 Revenge of the Fallen Transformers Figure

If you think back, Red Alert was one of those classic G1 figures that you will always remember and associate with the carefree times of the 80's.  Hunter Knight Customs has made a version of this figure from a ROTF Sideswipe figure with his Custom Generation 1 Red Alert Revenge of the Fallen figure.  With some of the figures in the ROTF line, I really liked the different ways that they moved around.  For example, the Sideswipe figure rolls around as if on Rollerblades and Demolisher was more like a destructive unicycle as he tore about the city.  I love the use of the Sideswipe mold here and the detail pays a nice homage to the Red Alert figure from the past.  Head over to eBay and check out more photos of Hunter Knight Customs' Custom Generation 1 Red Alert Revenge of the Fallen figure.

Clone Commander Custom Lego Star Wars Minifig by FreshFromTheSewers

Clone ARC Commander Lego Star Wars Custom

Clone ARC Commander Lego Star Wars Custom

FreshFromTheSewers has one of the most unique and killer Lego Star Wars Clones I have seen with his Custom ARC Clone Commander Lego Star Wars Clone Trooper minifig.  The horns on the helmet are an interested addition to the figure.  I really like the blades on the forearms as those could come in quite handy for close combat.  Top it off with a chainsaw mounted laser rifle and you have a complete Separatist killing machine.  This Clone looks like he is ready for action but don't wait too long, the auction only has less than 4 hours to go so head over to eBay and check out FreshFromTheSewers Custom ARC Clone Commander Lego Star Wars Clone Trooper minifig.

Wheeljack Custom Generation 1 Transformers Figure by Toyphilia

Wheeljack Custom G1 Transformers Figure

Wheeljack Custom G1 Transformers Figure

Wheeljack still remains one of my favorite Autobots from 80's and Toyphilia has an amazing Custom G1 Transformers Wheeljack up for sale this week on eBay.  This is one of the best Wheeljack's I have seen to date and it is highly detailed and very accurate to the classic style we all group up with.  The colors are spot on and this figure pays a great homage to the classic Transformers figure.  If you want to buy from a top notch customizer, head over to eBay and check out Toyphilia's Custom G1 Transformers Wheeljack figure.

Jango Fett Custom Lego Star Wars Minifig by Custom Minifig Creations

Jango Fett Custom Lego Star Wars Minifig

Jango Fett Custom Lego Star Wars Minifig

Custom Minifig Creations (CMC) has made the infamous Bounty Hunter that was the mold for the Clone Army with his Custom Lego Star Wars Jango Fett minifig.  I love the vibriant colors that CMC used on this figure.  I especially like the addition of the metallic paint, which adds a great touch to the figure and sets it apart from the others.  Let's head more about the figure from CMC himself:

"Custom made using LEGO bricks to make the figure, the helmet has been custom painted with a metallic silver color, then the blue detail has been painted on just like the real LEGO Minifig if not better! More vibrant color hand painted! He comes as seen, with a custom sticker on the torso with accurate design, and two pistols as well just like the original figure! Rare purple color arms and legs finish him off with a brown belt!"

There is a little over a day left for this auction so head over to eBay and check out Custom Minifig Creations' Custom Lego Star Wars Jango Fett minifig.


Metroplex Custom Transformers G1 Figure by Defstar

Metroplex-Custom-Transformers-G1-Figure

Defstar has created the mother of all G1 Transformers with his Custom Generation 1 Metroplex that was made from a Brave Maximus figure.  This bohemoth stands a towering 24" tall and the figure pays a really nice homage to the G1 classic figure we loved as kids.  I am really impressed with Defstar's ability to retain the look and feel of Metroplex on this big of a scale.  Another amazing aspect of this figure is that it transformers into an Autobot base:

Metroplex-Custom-Transformers-G1-Figure2

To check out more photos of Defstar's Custom Generation 1 Metroplex, head over to eBay and place a bid!