Monthly Archives: May 2010
When I was a kid, I remember wasting so many hours playing Metroid on the 8 bit Nintendo system and Narpa Sword Customs has a blast from the past with his Custom Samus Aran with bonus Metroid figure. This Samus is in GI Joe scale and looks fantastic! Granted, the 8 bit Nintendo version looks nothing like this one but as the gaming systems got more sophisticated, Samus got better and better and this figure epitomizes the Metroid era for me. This figure is very highly detailed and well done! Here is what the bonus Metroid figure looks like:
To own a piece of Metroid history, head over to eBay and check out Narpa Sword Customs' Custom Samus Aran with bonus Metroid figure.
Using the Transformers Human Alliance Sideswipe as the base, DarkCaveCustoms has spun off an oldie but goodie in name only with his Custom Transformers Revenge of the Fallen Sunstreaker figure. The design of this figure is one of my favorites from the line. I loved the concept that Autobots can skate around on their wheels, which seems like a faster way get from point A to point B now that I think about it. For DarkCave's figure, I like the more subdued yellow paint app versus the bright yellow of the G1 Sunstreaker figure. Here is what the figure looks like in vehicle mode:
The white racing stripe breaks up the yellow and gives the car a very unique look. To check out more photos of DarkCave's Custom Transformers Revenge of the Fallen Sunstreaker figure, head over to eBay!
It is great when customizers get their hands on a figure that is their favorite in the toy line and this is the case for Frenzy.Rumble's Custom Transformers Revenge of the Fallen Leader Class Starscream figure. He took a great figure and made it perfect. Attention to detail is something that Frenzy.Rumble does very well. For example, he removed the tattoos that did not appear on the Movie Starscream and redid them to make the figure as movie accurate as he could. I also like small details and it is great to see that he put ball joints on the hands as this gives the figure the personality and poseability from the movie. To see the level of detail and hard work that goes into these customs, check out the before and after shots:
Frenzy.Rumble has a ton of modifications listed so head over to eBay and check out his Custom Transformers Revenge of the Fallen Leader Class Starscream figure.
Kingbotz has one hell of a crossover figure in store for you. Looks like he took Skids and Mudflap, the fugly looking Ice Cream truck, and turned them into a Custom Monster Machine, switched their allegiance, and changed them into an awesome update homage to Frenzy and Rumble, the small G1 tape cassettes we all grew up with. I am a big fan of Kinbotz's customs and his Custom Frenzy and Rumble as Gravedigger one blew me away. I really love the use of the wheels in this one in their robot modes. He has taken the Revenge of the Fallen concepts of having the robots skate around on their wheels and gave the figures a unique look and ability. Here to give us the background on this great piece is Kinbotz himself:
"Here is a concept I've been meaning to bang out for quite some time, and give use to that hideous ROTF mold, the ice-cream truck. Yes, as much as I hate the parts-former idea, it really works quite well with this concept, as you can mount the wheels different ways on Frenzy and Rumble, so all you're left with is the undercarriage...and the undercarriage will actually oscillate for those car-crushing dioramas like in the Twin Twist pic below. Coincidentally, both Grave Digger and the ice-cream truck are old Chevy vehicles and have similiar body-styles. I really hated this factory figure, and neither figure could barely stand on his own....
I gave both figures too many heavy mods to mention, but to name a few...
-All side-art & logos freehanded
-Totally scratch-built undercarriage
-Side rear windows shaved smooth
-Front bumper removed & grill clipped
-Frenzy's shoulders reversed for better articulation
-Both figure's legs modified to accommodate the wheels
-Both figures given visors"
Kinbotz has outdone himself and you should head over and take a look at his Custom Frenzy and Rumble as Gravedigger figure! Here is what they look like in Monster Truck mode: