Monthly Archives: December 2009
The Transformers Revenge of the Fallen line is getting one more Decepticon thanks to DarkCaveCustoms. This Custom ROTF Shockwave figure is awesome and combines an updated look with the classic paint scheme of the G1 figure. The ROTF Leader Class Megatron is the perfect base figure for Shockwave and DarkCaveCustoms added his skills as a customizer to bring this figure to life!
Decked out in his classic G1 red, green, and white, Sabrina Ng is continuing with her Henkei line with her Custom G1 Transformers Wheeljack figure. Wheeljack is one of my favorite G1 customs to see redone and updated and Sabrina has given this one a showroom shine. Let's read more about how Sabrina made this great figure:
"Made with the add-on kit from Mastercollectables (Google it!), I went for a more Japanese Anime cell shaded look with this custom. You can see the effect of the shadings from the back flaps and weapons. Airbrushed, detailed, shaded, dry brushed, as well as protected by a special anti UV component, Wheeljack will last for a very long time. Do take note that due to the limited run of this add-on kit, this will be a one of a kind custom from me."
To view more photos and to place a bid, head over to eBay and check out Sabrina Ng's Custom G1 Transformers Wheeljack figure.
Frenzy.Rumble, who is best known for his Custom Transformers, has given the Avatar movie some attention with his Custom AMP Mech Suit with Colonel Miles Quaritch. I had the opportunity to see the movie in IMAX 3D and I must say it was well worth it. I am usually not into 3D movies but the effects were very well done (and not overdone). One of the vehicles in the movie allowed the soldiers to venture out on the planet Pandora to do some major damage. Let's read more about how Frenzy.Rumble was inspired to do this vehicle:
"What an amazing film! On my way home from seeing this awesome movie, I decided to make a quick stop at a toy store and pick up some of the movie's toys. I started the customization process by fixing some of the weaker articulation. I proceeded to add some battle damage, and created/added a strap for the gun. I used a durable special chrome lacquer paint for the AMP's joints and gun parts."
To see more photos of Frenzy.Rumble's Custom AMP Mech Suit with Colonel Miles Quaritch vehicle, head over to eBay!
I hope everyone had a great Christmas! This week, Zildjian has an awesome Custom Transformers Revenge of the Fallen Nemesis Prime figure. It is hard to believe that this used to be a ROTF Leader Class Optimus Prime figure but Zildjian has done such a great job with this figure. This is one of the most detailed Nemesis Prime's I have seen to date. I love the red, gold, and silver detailing as it is very well done. The figure is also wired with LED lights so you will have to head over to eBay and check out Zildjian's Custom Transformers Revenge of the Fallen Nemesis Prime figure to see him in all its glory.
jef_nkf pays a great homage to the now Governator of California with his Custom Terminator T800 figure. Since Terminator Salvation came out, I have been watching the older Terminator movies and I must say that jef_nkf does an excellent job of capturing the look and feel of the machine. I love the fine detailing in the face and it looks like he pay extra attention to the aspects that make this figure great. For example, the bullet holes in the sweater add to the realism and the blood stains around them give the illusion that the figure is bleeding through the holes. The boots and pants are custom made and he even added a custom shotgun. To see more photos of this great figure, head over to eBay and check out jef_nkf's Custom Terminator T800 figure.
We first got a look at Durge in the in the first Clone Wars Animated Series back in 2003 and boy was he a force to be reckoned with. FreshFromTheSewers has a scaled down version of this menace with his Custom Lego Star Wars Durge Minifig. The detailing on this figure is excellent as it bears the markings of a bounty hunter and the shoulders are augmented to give him a meaner, more substantial look. If you think the front looks great, head over to eBay and take a look at the detailing on the back of the figure. While you are there, place a bid on FreshFromTheSewer's Custom Lego Star Wars Durge Minifig.
Custom DeCajon has a Custom Marvel Legends Nova figure that you will want to add to your collection. What I really like about this figure is that each piece is proportional to each other, which makes a big difference when you are making a figure that has identical pieces on each half of the body. The airbrushing is also done very well and is applied smoothly over the entire figure. This is a great looking Nova figure so head over to eBay and check out Custom DeCajon's Custom Marvel Legends Nova figure.
Straight from the Star Wars The Clone Wars animated series comes Rurisk's Custom Lego Star Wars Waxer, Boil, and Numa minifigs. If you remember from the series, Waxer and Boil find an orphaned little girl on the planted they are liberating from the Separatists. They risk their lives to reunite little Numa with her family. You can recreate this scene with this awesome custom lot! Numa even comes with a little doll so head over to eBay and check out Rurisk's Custom Lego Star Wars Waxer, Boil, and Numa minifigs.
This week, Frenzy.Rumble has a great pair of figures up with his Custom Transformers Hearts of Steel Optimus Prime and Nemesis Prime figures. Here is more detail about these really rare figures:
"These customs are the AMAZING result of Monolith Productions. The company did a VERY short (discontinued) run of this Hearts of Steel Prime figure. These 2 are VERY unique and will not be reproduced. Each figure consists roughly of 100 resin cast parts, each and every part was hand smoothed, cut, sanded, screwed reinforced (you get the idea) I was lucky enough to land a set of these a few months ago, a friend of mine scooped them up because he was so amazed with the results. Due to personal issues, he has decided to put these up for auction...and YOU found it! The Nemesis Prime variation was slightly modified, adding spikes to his alternate mode to give him a more grim and evil appearance."
Be sure to check out Frenzy.Rumble's Custom Transformers Hearts of Steel Optimus Prime and Nemesis Prime figures over on eBay!
Xaviercal has a great duo for this week with his Custom Transformers Alerantors Runabout and Runamuck figures. Using the Dodge Viper Sunstreaker as the base for the figure, he has made two G1 classic figures. When I first looked at these figures, one thing that struck me was that the paint application is so smooth and even. Top the figures off with their G1 style heads and you have an up to date Alternators version of two mischievous Decepticons. To check out more photos of these great figures, head over to eBay and check out Xaviercal's Custom Transformers Alerantors Runabout and Runamuck figures.
If you are a fan of the old 8 Bit Nentendo NES system or the Wii, you are going to love these Custom Lego Super Mario Luigi Waluigi Wario Minifigs. Constructed and painted to look like the video game characters, these minifigs are a must have for any Super Mario fan.
FriendLiang has one of the most memorable clone commanders from the Revenge of the Sith movie in small form with his Custom Lego Star Wars Commander Cody minifig. What I love about this figure is that he used a small piece from vehicle to mimic the holographic Order 66 directive from Darth Sidious. FriendLiang makes awesome custom Minifigs so be sure to check out his Custom Lego Star Wars Commander Cody minifig and others over on eBay!
The great thing about customizers is that they are all unique and have thier own style and Sioce is no exception with his Custom G1 Transformers Superion figure. One of my issues with the original G1 combiner was that the figure seemed to slim and skinny and Sioce has corrected this by making this figure the way it should have been produced. While still retaining the G1 color scheme, Sioce has augmented this figure blades, weapons, and the use of the smaller jets to augment the arms, giving the figure a more grand appearance! To check out more photos of this awesome combiner, head over to eBay and check out Sioce's Custom G1 Transformers Superion figure.
goongalacowabunga84 has a great version of a very cool clone commander with his Custom Lego Star Wars Commander Gree minifig. I like the black base for the figure as it goes really nicely with the camouflage armor for Gree. The helmet is done very well and the choice of the shade of green is excellent! If you are looking to add a Clone Commander to your ranks, head over to eBay and check out this Custom Lego Star Wars Commander Gree minifig.
AFC: Tell the fans of your work a little about yourself.
Lance858a: I’m a product of the 1980’s for sure; I believe in greed and capitalism. I wish we could clone Ronald Reagan and elect him Emperor for life . . . with me as Secretary of Money & Power.
The 80’s was the best time to be a kid. You had such wonderful toys and cartoons such as Robotech, Transformers, Smurfs, etc. GI Joes will always be on top of my list of greatest things ever. These toys were great because they required loads of imagination. When playing with GI Joes, blankets on the ground became hills and caves, the area under the dining table became a giant redwood forest (until your parents tell you to get out from under there and stop trying to look up your cousin’s skirt), and a back yard dirt pit became a miniature Grand Canyon.
Today, my childhood religious devotion to greed and capitalism steered my life and career towards business. I’m proud of my career and hope to continue long into the future but I found my professional work lacking in artistic creativity.
I’ve always been able to draw and paint well. As a young adult, I turned to business after discovering how difficult it is to make the kind of living I wanted to make as an artist. I chose money over happiness; I stand by my decision despite my soul crushing job and complete lack of money, jk.
I stumbled onto customizing GI Joes after years of unknowingly suffering from the lack of an artistic creative outlet. I guess it was one of those moments of realizing what has been missing in your life all along. The satisfaction I now get from customizing some of my favorite childhood characters and making them my very own is like finally finding a bathroom after holding it for days and you just had a giant breakfast burrito, it puts a smile on my face.
Pictures of my customs can be viewed here:
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AFC: When did you start making customs?
Lance858a: It all started about a year ago when I stumbled onto a GI Joe 25th Anniversary DVD pack while walking through the toy section on my way out of a department store. I caught a glimpse of Lady Jaye in the corner of my eye. Upon closer examination while drooling, I verified that it was in fact the original Lady Jaye from the 1980’s cartoon series! The sight of this figure sparked that funny feeling I got in my pants when I was a kid and I jumped on the DVD pack like a hobo on a ham sandwich.
AFC: How did you get started making customs?
After finding more GI Joe 25th Anniversary figures online, I realized that I hated the way some of the faces looked. The Baroness looked like a raccoon on crack, Scarlett looked like a dude smoking the raccoon on crack, and Falcon looked constipated. Don’t get me wrong, I think Hasbro has done a fantastic job bringing back our favorite toys. I just wanted these characters to look like I remembered them. After looking up images of the actual vintage toys from the 80’s, I then discovered that the way I remembered them was nothing like the way they actually looked (the vintage 1980’s figures actually looked horribly deformed, imagine an Ewok with human limbs, or Danny Devito).
At that point, I cursed Hasbro for whacking my beloved Baroness and Scarlett with an ugly tree branch. Apparently, they still can’t seem to get it right as all the Rise of Cobra female figures look like dudes, and not the sexy dudes either, while all the dude characters looked exactly like the actors who portrayed them. Dear Hasbro, you can’t get some of the most beautiful actress’s faces right, but you gave us exact replicas of the douche bag actors’ faces. No thanks.
So I started making my own Baroness, Scarlett, and Lady Jaye faces and discovered that I could do so much more than just faces. That’s when I combined my two childhood interests together, GI Joes, and WWII. I have no idea why I was so interested in WWII as a child, perhaps I’m a closet megalomaniac. My first WWII Inspired custom was the Scarlett featured on this website. I have abandoned her on ebay where she sold very well. All of a sudden, everything came together, my need for an artistic creative outlet, my love for GI Joes, my interest in WWII, and most of all, my loving devotion to greed and capitalism. I now customize for the love of it and periodically sell my customs on ebay just to make room for new projects and cost recovery. Selling customs hasn’t made me a millionaire, but I can proudly boast of being a thousandaire, FINALLY!
AFC: How many customs do you work on at one time?
Lance858a: Up to 5. You have to work on more than one at a time b/c these things need time for paint or sculpt to dry. You paint one, set it down, and paint another. The only draw back is, your interest in one figure may wane before you complete it. My WWII inspired Zartan has been without legs for over 5 months. The poor guy needs legs but, what’r’ya gonna do?
AFC: What customs you are most proud of?
Lance858a: Tough choice, I love all my customs but if I had to choose one that represents who I am, it would be my WWII Inspired Flint who was inspired by Band of Brothers, 101st Airborne. This figure comes completed with hand painted Screaming Eagles unit badge. Flint is my favorite character:
AFC: What is your favorite toy line to do customs for?
Lance858a: The only customs I’ve ever done were on GI Joes.
AFC: What customs do you have lined up for future projects?
Lance858a: WWII Zartan, Zarana are in progress. WWII Normandy Invasion Duke and a new version of WWII Baroness. Other than that, I have no idea. Perhaps I will complete an entire WWII squad of Easy Company to go along with Flint.
AFC: If you had one piece of advice for other customizers out there, what would you say to them?
Lance858a: Don’t do WWII customs better than mine or else I will come after you and open an entire 12-pack of whoop-ass. That’s my advice to you! Jk. I’d actually be extremity happy if my work inspires others. My real advice is marry a rich girl so you can spend all day playing with toys.
Also, for beginner customizers, try starting small, do a simple repaint or swap body parts. Do small projects, do them well, and learn as you go before getting into more ambitious projects. You don’t want to spend a lot of money and try to tackle a huge project and get discouraged b/c you suck at it b/c it’s beyond your skill level. Most of all, try not to listen to too much criticism. Criticism is inevitable, and as an artist, expect to receive plenty of it. Hopefully, there will be 10 accolades to every piece of criticism.
Hisstank.com has excellent forums about how to do the basics in customizing GI Joes. I am a member of that website and often post threads of my work or threads for discussion of my random diatribes.
TonyzCustomz has a two for one auction up this week with his Custom Marvel Legends Red Hulk and Nude Deadpool (yes you read that right). You may be scratching your head wondering why on earth would someone make a nude Deadpool figure paired with a Red Hulk but TonyzCustomz has the answer over on his auction page so go check out his Custom Marvel Legends Red Hulk and Nude Deadpool figures to see the comic art that these two figure were based on.
DarkCaveCustoms has the ultimate homage to the one of the greatest combiners in Transformers history with his Custom Transformers G1 Masterpiece Bruticus combiner. One of the aspects of this customs that really stands out are the vibrant colors that were used and the fact that the figure stands a towering 21" tall. The plastic on the figure was painted to look like steel, which adds depth to the figure. DarkCaveCustoms had an ingenious idea of using all of the extra parts that fuse the bots into Bruticus and turn them into a Mobile Battle Station, which you can take a look at over eBay by checking out this awesome Custom Transformers G1 Masterpiece Bruticus combiner.
Need to build up your Clone Army? Check out these great Elite Clone Commando Custom Lego Star Wars Minifigs so that your troops have some great leaders!
Adding his "midis touch" to the commemorative edition G1 Insecticons, Frenzy.Rumble has his Custom Transformers G1 Insecticons up for sale this week. I actually just came across my G1 Kickback, which is one of the few original Transformers I owned as a kid. The rest I had to buy back from other people selling their collections on eBay but it is great to see customizers paying homage to the G1 classics. Frenzy.Rumble always pours top quality into his customs so let's get some insight into his mind and how he creates these masterpieces:
"One of the coolest things I've seen is the re-release of Generation 1 figures, specific to certain stores called the "Commemorative Edition." These sets celebrate the Transformers 25 years. One of the coolest sets I read about was the Insecticons, who didn't like these as a kid? I think it was the only complete set I owned. Remembering the limited articulation and factory paint applications, I thought it would be an awesome idea to go to town with these little bugs. Please read the detailed list below to hear about some of the modifications made to each Insecticon. All paints used in the process were lacquer and enamel, so the finish is very durable, and the colors will stay vibrant and true for many many years. (Keep in mind, this is a collectible, so don't throw it around!) I finished him off with several finishes of Testor's clear coats, matte, semi-gloss, and gloss variations to keep the colors vibrant and true for years and years ...always through an air brush to ensure thin, even perfect coats. I ensure the highest and most durable paint applications on all my customs. I exceed necessary preparation to these customs - Special plastic adhering primers, automotive grade lacquers and the best paints around to detail with. As always, I am accepting VERY LIMITED custom commissions and/or requests. Check out my website or contact me through ebay for details. Some ball joints were dyed in black dye to eliminate scraping and rubbing issues."
For more photos, head over to eBay and check out Frenzy.Rumble's Custom Transformers G1 Insecticons.
FriendLiang has captured one of my favorite Clone Wars episodes with his Captain Rex Snow Assault Custom Lego Star Wars Minifig. When I first saw the Trespass episode, I was pleased to see that they had tied in some of the older Star Wars movies with an homage to the past. I like the Rex's helmet was crafted and the overall look of the figure captures how Captain Rex's character appeared in the episode. To place a bid on FriendLiang's Captain Rex Snow Assault Custom Lego Star Wars Minifig, head over to eBay!
It has been a while since Sabrina Ng has listed a custom on eBay but her latest G1 Transformers Optimus Prime is well worth the wait. Let's get up speed on what Sabrina has been up to:
"I had been practicing with new techniques and perfecting existing ones. Officially introducing Starburst Metallics. This breakthrough technique allows me to achieve a higher colour saturation as compared to conventional techniques. Trust me when I say that the custom looks way better in real life than what the pictures can say. Deeper and more virbrant hues regardless of the colour that I am using.
For this version of G1 Prime, I literally dropped his whole silver stripe concept and decided on giving him an updated look. I wanted Prime to look more majestic thus the gold chrome on the front of his truck. He was airbrushed, detailed, shaded, dry brushed, chromed, blue LED modded and protected by a special anti UV component."
Her introduction of Starburst Metallics is great news for the customizing community and for fans of her work. I thought she has her painting technique nailed down it is so great that she has perfected a new technique. You can check out her G1 Transformers Optimus Prime over on eBay or you can also check out her NEW website at sabrinasabrina.com to see all of her latest customs and also if you need commission work done, shoot her an email.