Monthly Archives: November 2010
Growing up as a child, one of my favorite toys to play with in the GI Joe line was the Cobra B.A.T. This was a mainstay in my Cobra arsenal and provided hours upon hours of fun. D&D has immortalized this figure with their Custom Marvel Legends Battle Android Trooper. Turning a 3 3/4" figure into a Marvel Legends style custom takes some skill and D&D has definitely delivered. They nailed the classic yellow accents as well as the fine details that made the Cobra B.A.T. and instant classic. I love the over-sized detachable weapons, a unique aspect that made playing with the B.A.T. so much fun.
I am really hoping that the digital artists for the Transformers 3 Dark of the Moon movie are taking notes from the customizers out there because I could totally see this figure in the upcoming movie. I am calling this figure from Jin Saotome a Transformers 3 Dark of the Moon Insecitcon in hopes that this concept will make it into the movie. This is a great concept for a movie figure and a literal translation of an Insecticon as it looks very much like a pesky fly. I love the weathering and the metallic look of the figure as well as the LED light for the eye. Jin is always great at marketing his figures so here is an excerpt from his Transformers 3 Dark of the Moon Insecitcon description:
"This holiday everyone is getting a puppy, goldfish, cat, or even a pony (should you really want to spoil your daughter and own a ranch) for someone for Christmas. Well those pets are run of the mill sorts, why not treat that special someone to a really unique pet! Here we have a wild-caught Insecticon from the shimmering fields of Cybertron's east sector. It's about 5 inches long and has deep purple markings, brilliant metallic colors, dark shading, sparkling highlights, and a weathered, detailed look to its carapace that looks as if someone spent hours hand-painting the little guy. It's eye lights up a bright orange and its head looks just about anywhere with the curiosity of a small earthly animal. To keep it (and you) safe a special terrarium is included that has the proper litter and food necessary for the Insecticon's growth. It's internal spark lasts for a very long time and gently tickling it under its abdomen will have its eye turn on until you tell it to go to sleep."
Another cool aspect of this custom is that is comes with its own growth chamber:
Granted the Star Wars prequels have undergone much scrutiny but one cool thing about them was that they began to tell the story of the origins of some of the main characters in the last 3 chapters of the Star Wars saga. This week, Rurisk has a father and son combination with his Custom Lego Star Wars Jango and Boba Fett minifigs. This is a cool combination because you see the evolution of Boba Fett and if you remember anything from the Attack of the Clones movie, Boba will look like Jango when he is grown up although we never see his face in the last 3 chapters of the Star Wars movies. Come to think of it, Boba Fett had very little screen time but achieved rock star status in the collector community. I like the way that Rurisk has added facial stubble to Jango's face and also gave Boba a slight smirk, giving the figures a slightly different look. I also like the way that the backpack and helmet are one piece, which makes the backpack stay in one place:
Who can forget the pale yellow minibot from the 80's? FrogDNA gives this Classics figure a vintage look with this Custom Transformers Classics G1 Bumblebee figure. The Classics figure had a different color scheme that used a much brighter yellow with white accents. This figure's main color is the classic Bumblebee yellow which is more subdued and the addition of the red Autobot symbols brings the figure back to its roots. Bumblebee's face also stands out more in this figure as the gray color is a great compliment to the yellow overall color. Here is what FrogDNA's Custom Transformers Classics G1 Bumblebee figure looks like in car mode:
Boskoes Toys can really bring the comic book characters to life and their Custom Marvel Legends Grim Hunter is no exception. Grim Hunter is a villain of Spider-Man and Boskoes really knows how to bring these comic book icons from the pages to plastic. The clothing is very well done on this figure. The techniques that Boskoes' uses makes the plastic on the figure look flowing while the armor looks like metal. The facial features and structure of the face is very realistic and the hair looks like it is flowing in the wind. The accessory belt is a great touch that adds depth to the figure. To check out more photos of Boskoes Toys Custom Marvel Legends Grim Hunter, head over to eBay!
In the Transformers 2 Revenge of the Fallen movie, it was great to see some familiar names. Soundwave had one of the coolest jobs where he was essentially a spy that would tap into the satellite network above earth so the Decepticons can gain the upper hand. JCartwork has built upon this theme by creating this Custom Transformers Revenge of the Fallen Soundwave figure with a Cybertronian base (see below). The base is a very cool variation on the theme where Soundwave connects to a satellite so JCartwork has devised a base for Soundwave to connect to when he is at home in Cybertron (or where ever his travels may take him). What I love about this custom is the movie accurate paint scheme, which JCartwork has obviously executed perfectly. I like that you can make out all of the detail on Soundwave and that the face, joints, and other accents really pop on the figure. To see more photos of Soundwave and the Cybertronian base, head over to eBay!
Back in the 80's, Windcharger was a minibot, which meant he stood about a 2 inches tall and had very limited transformation and articulation. Thanks to Shinobitron, Windcharger gets super sized with this great looking Custom Transformers Masterpiece Windcharger figure. This figure can appeal to many fans because Shinobitron has built out 3 different modes of transformation. Turing from robot to car is the obvious one and the other two involve different robot modes. One mode pays homage to the G1 character we all grew up with and loved (pictured above) and another version which is more like the Scout Class figure (seen bel0w). Giving Windcharger a Masterpiece styling means that the figure is not the puny minibot but a towering 9" figure. Check out the photo next to the Leader Class Optimus Prime figure:
All of us at AFC would like to wish you and your loved ones a very happy Thanksgiving. Please enjoy the photo above, created by the infamous Stephen Hayford!
Transform and roll out! FrogDNA has gone back to the roots of the Transformers line and created an excellent G1 Transformers Optimus Prime with Trailer figure. Using the Classics Voyager Class Optimus Prime figure and adding the BTS Trailer accessory, the set stays close to the G1 scheme with a few variations. For example, the 1980's Prime Trailer has a blue streak on the side of the trailer and in FrogDNA's version, the trailer is mostly a nice G1 gray with white accents. I love the addition of the Autobot symbol on the side of trailer. The way that the figure and trailer were painted and airbrushed, the darker colors provide more of an impact and a bolder statement than the lighter G1 color scheme. Overall, this is a great combination of classic styling and a nice way to update this G1 Autobot hero. To see photos of the inside of the Trailer, head over to eBay and check out FrogDNA's G1 Transformers Optimus Prime with Trailer figure.
Queen Veena, according to the 2002 Masters of the Universe series, was King Grayskull's wife and Hunter Knight Customs brings the "first Sorceress" to life with his Custom MOTU Classics Queen Veena figure. Having just recently watched all of the episodes from the 2002 Masters of the Universe cartoon, you get a sense of the history of the world of Eternia. This figure has many great aspects and fine details that should not go unmentioned. First, I love the mixing of the soft goods with the sash that is wrapped around her body. The wings on the figure look very realistic and the carvings on the shin plates and her knee armor is nicely done and adds a deeper dimension to the figure.
For those who want to know the history of King Grayskull, here is an experp from Wikipedia:
"In the 2002 remake of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, it is revealed that Castle Grayskull was once home to King Grayskull, an ancestor of Prince Adam & Princess Adora. He appears in the episode, "The Power of Grayskull", waging battle and ultimately defeating the Snake Men led by King Hiss but lost his sword in battle. He hoped it to be sign that it signified true peace for Eternia. However, Hiss' rival Hordak, who had defeated the Snake Men, was planning on conquering Eternia. Therefore, Grayskull went on a quest to find the power he needed to defend his kingdom. At the top of a mountain, he met the oracle who guided him on his quest, showing him his lost sword and explaining that his entire quest was to show his inner strength. Before leaving however, the Oracle informed him that he would not survive the battle. Despite knowing this, King Grayskull vowed to do whatever it took to save Eternia. He then returned to face Hordak. Though outnumbered, Grayskull managed to channel his mystical energies through his sword, turning Hordak's spell on himself and his army, sending them to the dark dimension called Despondos. Despite this victory however, the Oracle's prophecy came to pass, for Hordak, whose spirit was ripped from his body, managed to mortally wound Grayskull. As he lay dying, he proclaimed that his successor will wield his sword to defend Eternia. During his lifetime, King Grayskull ruled with wisdom and compassion."
To view more photos of Hunter Knight's Custom MOTU Classics Queen Veena figure, head over to eBay. Here is what Queen Veena looks like next to the recently released MOTU Classics King Grayskull figure:
To make something as cool as Thyvipera's Custom Action Masters Style G1 Transformers figure, you have to make some sacrifices. The cornerstone of the Transformers figures and why they are so cool is that they actually transform! Let's face it, transforming the Transformers is overrated and I just made that statement to segue way into the fact that Thyvipera made a very cool non-transforming Transformer. For a custom, how many actually transform the figures? I would take a guess and say not very many because they are worried about damaging the figure.
I like the Action Master style that this figure was given and the colors of the figure bring back the nostalgia of the 80's. I like the blocky style of this figure as it really fits in nicely with the Action Masters look and feel. The almost over sized look of the pieces is a really nice touch. For example, the size of the canons behind his head work really well with the overall figure design, which is very simple and effective. To check out more photos, head over to eBay to see Thyvipera's Custom Action Masters Style G1 Transformers figure.
On November 21st, I came across a killer Custom Marvel Legends X-Force set by Speedlees so I decided to feature each figure individually. Today, the focus turns to the Custom Marvel Legends X-Force Wolverine in the set. I have seen other X-Force Wolverine figures and there is one from Sideshow that I am comparing this one to. I think Speedlees figure is so much better than what any "professional" toy company can produce. The figure from Sideshow looks to hulky and muscular for my tastes but Speedlees Custom Marvel Legends X-Force Wolverine is very proportionate to his body and the muscles are just the right size. The coloring and styling of the X-Force costume is right on. I like the dark blades on the figure as well as the mask. Overall, a great piece of work! Here is a close up of the figure:
One of my favorite figures in the prequel series are the Snowtroopers and Cloneworks1 has made a minifig version of the Lego Star Wars Clone Wars Captain Rex in Snowtrooper gear. It is cool to see the evolution of the Clone Armor and this is just one more example. The figure is simple yet effective. The one thing that I wished it had was a Kama to keep poor Captain Rex warm.
Metroplex was one of those Transformers that turned into a rather large defensive city and then back into a robot. This is not your run of the mill Autobot that transformers into a car or a jet but Metroplex had great appeal and Unicron9 has created this killer Custom Transformers Universe Metroplex figure. This is a huge improvement to the Cybertron Metroplex figure in several ways. First of all, the figure's overall paint scheme looks like it has been through hell and back (in a good way). The figure and city is so gritty, which looks a million times better than the stark white and blue figure. I can imagine a robot of this size needing a lot of oil to transform from robot to city and apart from the carbon scoring from battles, the paint apps looks like a great mash-up of oil and metal. The best aspect of this figure is the size, which stands about 18" tall. Let's read more about this awesome figure from Unicron9 himself:
"The goal here was to turn Cybertron Metroplex into more of a Classics/Universe version, so now he turns into a city, robot, and mobile battle station. I used G1 stickers to give him a more G1 feel in normal robot and city modes, then just made up the rest as I went. Using multiple shades similar to steel and concrete, I gave him a more realistic city robot look in all forms but still staying somewhat close to the G1 scheme. I removed the feet shovels and turned them into vehicle ramps. The 3 building parts merge together to form his robot mode gun combo which fits over his right hand and forearm. I also modded the original mini-con with 2 extra guns so he'd have 6- so now he is Sixgun, one of Metroplex's minions from G1. The other Minicon is painted to look like Slammer, the tank minion. Slammer serves as the twin cannons of Metro's shoulder (like G1 had) and as building antennae or spires, as well as having a vehicle and robot mode. Both minions can be building parts or mounted guns for any mode. Metroplex still comes with the huge staff/saw weapon. I painted it so it would look right as a cyber-guitar but it still attaches to the original places in case you want to use it as the weapon or his original alt mode."
It is always cool to hear the thought process around how these works of art are made. Here is Unicron's Custom Transformers Universe Metroplex figure in city mode:
Speedlees has a dynamite, four figure set up this week with his Custom Marvel Legends X-Force Set: Wolverine X-23 Warpath Wolfsbane figures. Instead of being satisified with making just one Action Force figure, he has the entire team. The scale on the figures ranges from 5.5" to 7" and would fit right in with your Marvel Legends collection. Each figure has over 20 points of articulation. Stay tuned for articles featuring each individual figure in the set. For now, head over to eBay and check out Speedlees Custom Marvel Legends X-Force Set: Wolverine X-23 Warpath Wolfsbane figures.
Imagination is the cornerstone of a customizers ability to market their blood, sweat, and tears. Before I get into DarkCaveCustoms' Transformers Human Alliance Drift, let's take a look at his back story that goes along with this figure:
"It seemed to more of a myth than mission. For years Prowl had been assigned guardianship of a legendary blade. Said to be crafted from Allspark metal, it was as old as Cybertron itself. Yet this heavy long blade seemed to respond to no one. Using it in combat seemed useless and was better served strapped across Prowl's back as he looked for the one Autobot who could carry it. Megatron's soldiers grew more and more brazen, Courageous almost. If the Autobots were to succeed they need every soldier they could get, especially Drift. Thought to be lost somewhere in Asia, he had supposed crash landed to Earth hundred of years ago, on a recon mission scouting the planet. He had awoke and befriended the populace. Here in the mountains of Japan he could hide his form and learn to combine the ancient art of Metalikatto with Bushido. Yet even Drift knew he was still missing something. That one last part of him never made it to earth with him. Perhaps Prowl can set things right"
Instead of just using the head that came on the Sideswipe figure, it is cool to see a different head on this figure. The paint apps look stellar, with my favorite technique which makes the plastic looks like metal. With the thinking that went into the story above, even more went into the actual figure. Here is a rundown of the secret sauce of this figure:
"The head was built from ROTF Mindwipe/ROTF Leader Megatron/ROTF Ironhide's heads and some loose Gundam bits. The hands are from a 1/100 MG Gundam and the swords were scratch built from styrene with handles from Gundam Seed Blue Astray. Both wakizashis (swords) attach magnetically to his hips as well as to two magnetic points in his hands for all kinds of crazy poses. The hands movable/articulated thumbs, trigger and group forefingers as well."
Here is what the Transformers Human Alliance Drift looks like in alternate mode:
Sometimes people can't wait for Mattel's release schedule so they take matters into their own hands. Op180 is picking up where Mattel has left off with his Custom Masters of the Universe Classics Stinkor figure. Repurposing a MOTU Classics Mer-Man figure, Stinkor retains his 1980's look and feel while fitting in with the current MOTU Classics line Mattel is currently producing. There was one aspect of Stinkor that Op180 has improved and that is he "didnt get round to soaking him in patchouli to give the old school figure smell" which I totally appreciate because the Stinkor smell is one that permeates everything! Here is another angle of the figure where you can see his face and the excellent use of the Mer-Man figure:
We first were introduced to the concept of the spiritual form a Jedi takes when they pass on when Obi-Wan Kenobi sacrificed himself so he could help Luke, when Yoda passed away from old age, and when Darth Vader was set aflame in a funeral pyre at the end of Return of the Jedi. Since the retouched versions of the original trilogy have come out, the old spirit of Anakin has been replaced by the younger version, which is represented in this set of Lego Minifigs. Rurisk, a Lego customizer extraordinaire, has created this one of a kind set of Custom Lego Star Wars Jedi Spirits: Anakin Skywalker, Yoda, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Qui Gon Jin minifigs. He has created a cool ghosting effect to replicate how the characters appeared in the movies and each come with a custom clear Light Saber.
I have always wondered how toy designers select the colors for the figures. In the case of the G1 Transformers, we have an array of bright colored figures that permeate the toy line from Devastator to the Seacons. Computron is another example of a puzzling color pallet but nonetheless, Toyphilia has recreated one of the great classic combiners of the Generation 1 era with his Custom Transformers G1 Computron figure. Toyphilia did an excellent job matching the colors classic colors of this figure with its original figure and the overall design gives Computron a much sleeker, meaner look to him. Compared to the muted and blank face of the G1 figure, the way that Toyphilia designed the head gives the combiner a personality, a trait that is lacking in the original G1 line:
Giving one of Destro's military factions a refresh, Mythic Customs has made this Custom Iron Grenadiers GI Joe figure a new and updated look. There are some subtle aspects of the this custom that make this figure great. I like the addition of the sword case that is attached to the belt and the Kama, which is an accoutrement worn by certain Star Wars clone troopers. The Kama gives the Grenadier a more refined look and it gives the figure an appearance of being higher up in the military chain of command. Also, the head of this figure looks thinner than what I remember from the GI Joe 25th line (maybe my mind is playing tricks on me). One of my pet peeves with the original Iron Grenadier figures is that the head and the helmet look fused together but Mythic has solved this issue with his design as the the helmet looks distinctly different from his head. After you check out more photos of Mythic's Custom Iron Grenadiers GI Joe figure, check out his other customs as he has a very cool Cobra Viper up for sale too!
Even since I saw the Transformers Movie in 2007, all I can think of when I see a Wolverine figure is "Oh, no, man. Freddy Krueger have four blades, man. That's only three. That's Wolverine," from when Glen's character from the movie responds to Sergeant Epp's question, "What's that? Freddy Krueger been up in here or something?
Ok, I digressed...what I meant to lead off with was L.Designs' creation of this Custom Marvel Legends Wolverine figure is a great concept. Made from a Toy Biz Hulk figure, he decided that it would look better as a Wolverine figure, giving him a different edge to him. The shading and the blood spatter detailing is awesome. There are also several other aspects of this figure that great. For example, love the hair and the flairs off the knees of the pants, which creates a very cool visual style of the figure building off of Wolverine's crazy hair:
This one is up on eBay for a whopping 10 days so make sure you head over if you want to add this great Custom Marvel Legends Wolverine figure to your collection.
There have been a flood of awesome Transformers customs popping up on eBay so today I came across a really cool Generation 1 figure. Fans of the Masterpiece Transformers rejoice as you know have a very cool Custom G1 Masterpiece Transformers Blitzwing to add to your collection. This is a fully transformable Masterpiece triple changer. Keeping the classic beige and purple G1 color scheme, Kingoctox did an excellent job choosing his colors and the paint application looks very smooth. This Blitzwing comes with some upgraded weapons, which you can view when you head over to eBay and check out this great Custom G1 Masterpiece Transformers Blitzwing.
The Lego customizer with the funny name is at it again with this Custom Optimus Prime Lego Transformers minifig. There are actually not very many custom Transformers Lego figures out there but I applaud FreshFromTheSewers for getting this iconic Autobot in minifig form. Modeled after his G1 styling and colors, this figure would make a great addition to anyone's Custom Lego collection.
For you Marvel Legends completests out there, K&L Customs has this Custom Marvel Legends Ecdysiast figure that I believe has only appeared in one comic. From what I can find, this character has only appeared in the 1994 Incredible Hulk comic #417. I like it that customizers dig in to the depths of comic books and create great looking figures. I really like K&L's figures because they make realistic looking figures. The eyes are the greatest feature of this custom. The ways the brows and the eyes are painted, it gives the figure a more sinister look. Here is a close up of the face:
K&L also has a keen ability to translate the comic characters into great concepts that they turn into killer customs. Here is a comparison with the comic art:
Paying homage to the great G1 figure of the 80's, Thyvipera brings us this Custom Transformers G1 Classics Shockwave figure. The laser in the left hand is customized, which makes the figure look like the cartoon version and very far from the original Transformers Energon Shockblast figure that was the original base for this great custom. The photo below demonstrates the talent that customizers possess:
This figure has many great attributes like a rotating head that moves side to side and up and down, 360 degree shoulder and lower leg rotation. If you want to view more photos of this great Custom Transformers G1 Classics Shockwave figure, head over to eBay where you can also see the alternate mode.
I am not usually a fan of repaints but Lek's Custom Transformers Movie Leader Class Brawl is one of the best movie customs I have seen a very long time. First of all, this figure does not even come close to looking like the original figure. If you take a look at the comparison picture below, Habro's version, of course, looks like a child's toy (and yes these are primarily designed for children) but Lek's custom looks like it belongs in the military. If I did not know the scale of the figure, I would swear that this this tank was photographed on a military base:
Most often with the original figures, the face of the figure blends into the plastic and it can barely be seen but Lek did and excellent job bringing out the facial features of Brawl:
If you are looking for a Desert Brawl figure look no further because Lek's Custom Transformers Movie Leader Class Brawl is the one for you!
Transformers War for Cybertron is a third person shooter that was released this year and Speedlees Customs has translated the leader of the Decepticons from the video game into this killer Custom War for Cybertr on Megatron figure. What is great about this figure is that the paint aps look like metal and the colors look like the video game version. Along with the paint aps looking very realistic, the colors have a weathered, battled look to them. Here is a close up shot:
Speedlees using a great technique that accentuates the lines of the figure by by weathering the main parts of the figure while using deep colored lines along the seems of the figure. This gives the figure more depth and adds to the realism. To check out more photos, head over to eBay and check out Speedlees Custom War for Cybertron Megatron figure.
The Horde were the lead villains in the She Ra Princess of Power series from the 80's and they also made an appearance in the 2002 Masters of the Universe series that spanned only two seasons (like the original). Hordak waged his war against Eternia and the city of Eternos with his legion of Horde Troopers and Hunter Knight Customs has treat in store for MOTU Classics collectors with his Custom MOTU Classics Horde Trooper figure. The figure is in scale with the MOTU Classics line and with the upcoming Grizzlor release, this figure makes a perfect companion to the already released Hordak figure. Hunter Knight retains the classic nature of the Horde Trooper with the gray coloring and chest plate with the Horde symbol on it.
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"By the power of Jaga... Sword of Omens, come to my hand. I, Lion-O, Lord of the Thundercats, command it!" EMP Customs has a very cool Custom Marvel Legends Lion-O figure up on eBay this week. I was drawn to this figure by its unique look and almost gritty and raw feel to the figure. Most custom Lion-O's I have seen look very polished but EMP's Lion-O has a determined and fierce look on this face. The dark lines bring out the dimension of the figure. The face looks very realistic and has lost some of the cartoon feel that I have seen in other figures but that is why I like it so much. Overall, the figure is rough around the edges but I think it really works for this figure.
Now that I have your attention, Zildjian brings us his version of a Transformers Movie Menasor Custom Stunticon combiner. I hope this is a prelude to the customs we will see coming from the new Transformers 3 Dark of the Moon, which will be released in July 2011. Since the movie has yet to be released, Zildjian has thrown his skills into making a concept that he developed himself. Build from Human Alliance scale figures, this behemoth stands a towering 24" tall and this one to behold because not only is the figure massive, it weighs over 7 pounds! As the saying goes, pictures speak louder than words so checkout the individual Stunticons, with a full scale Menasor figure at the end:
In honor of Veteran's Day, I thought it would be appropriate to post a GI Joe Custom as my tribute to the men and women who have fought (and are still fighting) for the freedoms that we all enjoy. I chose this figure because one of my hobbies is reading and learning about military history and the Screaming Eagles of the 101st Airborne are my heroes so I thought I would pay homage to them with a HALO Jumper figure.
With that said, let me introduce D&D's Custom Marvel Legends Ripcord figure. If you are not familiar with the Marvel Legends line of figures, the scale is roughly 6 inches tall so these will not go with your GI Joe collection from the 80's but if you wanted to start collecting these figures, start with D&D Customs. He is probably one of the best GI Joe Marvel Legends customizers that I know of. I really thought I was looking at a Sideshow figure when I first looked at this figure as the quality and details are amazing for a Marvel Legends scale figure.
D&D has several Marvel Legends scale GI Joe figures for sale so make sure to checkout them out after visiting his Custom Marvel Legends Ripcord figure.
Standing a towering 1 foot tall, Encline Designs brings us this awesome Custom Transformers Fansproject Bruticus Maximus combiner figure. Encline definitely hit a home run with this one. To get a glimpse into his paint app technique, here is how he decided which colors to go with for this figure:
"After studying multiple reference photos, I custom blended base colors and airbrushed the base coats with enamels. I then went back in with brushes and did numerous hand detailed paint techniques, including dry brushing and washes, to achieve bringing this guy to life!"
It is this attention to detail that makes Encline's customs a cut above the rest. G1 colors always brings back that nostalgia that all kids from the 80's grew up with so it is nice to see that influence so prominent in this custom.
Straight from the pages of Marvel Comics comes Stevid's latest Custom Marvel Legends Whirlwind figure. If you are familiar with the comic, Stevid did a great job translating the character from page to figure. When doing figures with helmets and armor, it is really easy to get the scale of these object out of proportion but Steveid did an excellent job keeping the helmet in line with the rest of the figure's body parts. I have seen other Whirlwind customs and I like the direction that Stevid took with this one when he added a scaly look to the figure instead of making the silver portions a smooth surface. I think it gives the figure a cool look. As far as the comic version of this figure goes, to quote Silver Age Comics, I must agree with their take on the character when they said that Whirlwind was "clearly a charter member of the my incredibly stupid-looking helmet gives me no peripheral vision club..." This quote has no bearing on the quality of Steveid's work...it was just a funny quote I came across.
Who can forget the epic battle between Optimus Prime and Megatron in the Transformers movie from the 80's, where a badly damaged Megatron was reborn into Galvatron, with the help of Unicron. JCartwork has immortalized the rise of Galvatron with this G1 Transformers Movie Galvatron custom kitbash. Not only does this figure have the G1 colors of the orange gun barrel and the classic deep purple paint aps, the figure appears metallic and the carbon scoring of the figure appears in the right places and is not overly done. There is a very nice gloss to the figure and different shades of colors on the figure give it depth and character.
The title of this post is a bit misleading as you not only are seeing a very cool Custom Transformers Cybertron Galvatron but you also get Minions (yes...Minions!). We all know that every great warrior needs minions. Skeletor has Beastman, Trapjaw, and Merman...Megatron has Starscream and Soundwave...Cobra Commander has Destro and the Baroness...well...you get the picture.
I really like the style of this custom. I always felt that Galvatron needed a bulkier body and frame for how powerful Unicron wanted him to be and Solrac has done an excellent job giving this figure the G1 homage it deserves. Being that this is one of Solrac's first customs, you are not only getting a one of a kind figure, you are also getting a piece of history...like owning one of Picasso's first works of art.
I am a huge fan of the MOTU Classics and vintage He-Man toy lines and I was very excited to come accross FrogDNA's Custom Masters of the Universe Cartoon Style Skeletor figure. I am also a fan of the cartoon and own all of the original He-Man episodes from the 80's and I have always wondered when someone was going to do Skeletor justice and FrogDNA has definitely delivered. Take a look at the side by side comparison of the FrogDNA's version (left), the 80's cartoon (middle), and Mattel's version (right) and see for yourself:
You can see that FrogDNA has really captured the Lord of Destruction's likeness from the 80's. Not only does he have the head right but he got the color right as well. Very nicely executed and if you would like to add this to your MOTU Classics collection, head over to eBay and check out this awesome Custom Masters of the Universe Cartoon Style Skeletor figure.
Talk about teamwork from two very talented customizers. Thy Vipera, with his kit bashing skills, and Zildjian, with his masterpiece paint aps, combined their talents to produce this amazing 20" Custom Transformers Action Master Devastator. This non transforming transformers figure stands over 1.5 feet tall and features multiple points of articulation in the elbow, shoulders, and neck. The figure also had some help from Jbarb78, who sculpted the head. The expression on the face really gives the figure character and personality. The three talented customizers who came together to create this work of art have something to be proud of. Not only have they created a killer custom but this is a great example of the customizing community banding together to give fans what they want!