Monthly Archives: December 2010
Cobra's special forces are at it again! They have infiltrated the GI Joe line, stolen their Mauler M.B.T. and gave it the classic black and red Cobra style. The soldiers in the Cobra army were not the smartest of people as you can see the bright crimson red tank barrel and wheels coming from a mile away but Cobra was not interested in camouflage and surprise as they yell "Cobraaaaaaaaaa" into battle.
This Cobra Crimson Mauler is painted using the classic Black and Red coloring found on the Crimson Attack Tank and the Sentry Missile System. The glossy black was a good choice for this tank and the cobra decals were not overdone. All in all, this is a very nice repaint of one of the coolest GI Joe tanks made.
The Transformers Generations figures are making great base figures for customizers to work their magic. KoOL T0yS has taken one of the Generations figures and created this Custom G1 Warpath Minibot figure. There is nothing mini about this Minibot as the figure is made from the deluxe class so we get a G1 look and feel in an updated larger size. The silver and deep red used on this figure compliment each other very nicely and the way they contrast makes the metal parts pop. Believe or not, the tracks and tires are my favorite part of this figure. I like the weathered gray with the gold rims. Here is the figure in tank mode:
I have come to the conclusion that you can pretty much make anything out of Legos. This Custom Lego Star Wars Hoth diorama is case in point! The person who made this even went so far as to create the illusion of ripples in the snow from the high winds that blow on the icy planet. If that was not enough, there is even more to look at in the base itself. Here is a peak into the Rebel base:
Looking at this makes me want to buy about 100,000 Lego bricks and get to building! Although this diorama is not for sale on eBay, you can get all of your supplies to create this Custom Lego Star Wars dio their
Jbarb78 has found a creative use for the Transformers RTS Turbo Tracks figure by making this classic Custom Transformers G1 Wheeljack figure. Tracks is a great figure for the base of this custom as the overall footprint of the figure is a great start for a Wheeljack custom. Applying the classic white paint app with classic G1 sticker set, this figure pays a great homage to the mad scientist of the Autobots. If you look closely at the head, Jbarb78 has made a toned down version of Wheeljack's antennas protruding from the the sides of the head. The figure looks killer in car mode:
I can't believe it has been over 3 years since the first live action Transformers movie hit the silver screen but we are still seeing great customs coming from that movie. Granted, the figures have improved since then but one of the worst figures in the line at the time was the 'iced' Voyager Class Megatron. Customizers had a field day with that one and MeCoolJazz has improved the look and utility of this figure with his Custom Voyager Class Transformers Movie Megatron figure. The silver and gold detailing masks the figure's powder blue and gray original factory paint scheme and the removal of the ice from Megatron's body is a significant improvement. In fact, if I looked like that, I would want to stay in an icy tomb myself but I digress! One cool feature of the Megatron is that the canon is also removable and snaps right into the vehicle when Megs wants to fly to his next battle.
Basing his figure on the Bowen Style Bust, op180 created this Custom Marvel Legends Scale Deadpool figure. With two interchangeable heads, you can make him Deadpool, the disfigured and mentally unstable mercenary or Wade Wilson, the poster child for Oxy pads or Stridex. In all seriousness, op180 did an excellent job translating the bust into a 6" tall, articulated figure. The costume detailing matches the bust exactly, even down to Deadpool's squinty right eye. Here is a side by side comparison of the bust and the figure:
As you can see, op180 has done a great job detailing Wade Wilson's complexion and I like the way he scaled the face to match the body of the figure. In the figure, the face is much narrower than the bust, which goes great with the Marvel Legends scale.
Lek has been very busy cranking out the customs and they just keep getting better and better. I love the Transformers War for Cybertron figures as they bring to life a planet that we do not know a lot about and it is cool to see the concepts and figures that are drawn for this robotic world. Lek has made this Custom Transformers Bumblebee War for Cybertron figure pretty dead on to the games version. The weathered metallic paint gives Bumblebee that embattled look.
Lek's figure also glows in the dark so check out his Custom Transformers Bumblebee War for Cybertron figure to see that cool effect!
The great thing about Legos is that you can create almost anything out of these little bricks and Jaf1970 has built this Custom Lego Star Wars Rebel Hoth Base using over 900 Lego bricks. The assault and Hoth is one of the greatest battle scenes in the Star Wars trilogy and now your Rebel minifigs can set up shop in their secret location on the ice planet. One thing that is cool about this base is the access to the rooms that Jaf has built in using retractable ceilings, which gives a lot of playability to the Lego set:
In addition to the base, the set comes with 5 figures and instructions on CD-R with over 160 individual images to take you through the creation process step by step. To view more photos of this one of a kind Custom Lego Star Wars Rebel Hoth Base, head over to eBay!
Bringing the Star Wars Visionaries art to life is StitchFett with his Custom 14" Cyborg Darth Maul figure. The machine parts to the this figure are very well made and remind me of General Grievous from the waste down. The cyborg parts are painted to look like metal and are flawlessly integrated into Maul's torso. The rising spike from the head are also well done and look exactly like the concept art. If you are not familiar with Darth Maul, Star Wars Visionaries is a 2005 collection of 11 stories written and drawn by concept artists who worked on the film Star Wars Episode III, Revenge of the Sith. Here is a comparison photo of the concept art and the custom figure:
This figure is Sideshow scale and would be a unique addition to your collection so head over to eBay and place a bid on StitchFett's Custom 14" Cyborg Darth Maul figure.
The Generation 1 Optimus Prime is by far the best Transformers figure with respect to his iconic and inspirational nature. The 1980's demigod has had countless reissues and versions and this week, Lek has decided to give the Hybrid Convoy a makeover with his Custom Transformers THS-02 Optimus Prime figure. What I love about Lek's take on this figure is that he gives us a window into the inside of Optimus Prime's trailer, which, until now, has been a dull gray interior that left nothing to the imagination. Customizing the inside of the trailer, Lek has a highly detailed view of the inner workings of Prime. Ever wonder where Optimus goes after an epic battle with Megatron? Now you know! To see how highly detailed this piece is, I added a comparison picture with the original figure (left) and the customized version (right):
You can really see how Lek's version brings the inside of the trailer to life. To view more photos and close ups of Optimus himself, head over to eBay and check out Lek's Custom Transformers THS-02 Optimus Prime figure.
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If you were like me, I had to do a double take when reading the names of these figures as this collaboration between Solrac333 and Unicron9 has produced an alternate universe Skids and Mudflap Custom figures. Dubbed Muds and Skidflap, these Revenge of the Fallen customs are a team effort, which is how the characters from the movie operated...as a team! I love to see customizers team up to make customs and these figures look amazing with metal detailing and a more weathered look to them. As for their story, I will let Unicron9 tell it:
"In an alternate universe where different decisions led to a much different world than we know, Muds and Skidflap fight for the Autonomousbot cause against the Deceptioncons. Unlike the Skids and Mudflap that we know, these two are much tougher, darker, and more battle worn. They also have a hip-hop record deal. In this reality, Muds was the tougher of the two and thus got the green car. Their colors are a bit different too, especially in robot form. I also have the robot modes transformed slightly different in the pics to add to the effect."
I never thought of giving a Transformer a grill but the Muds figure is perfect for one! To check out more photos and to place a bid on these great figures, head over to eBay and check out the collaboration between Solrac333 and Unicron9 as they present their Skids and Mudflap Custom figures.
Customizers spread the love by making figures that we can only dream of so if you are looking for last minute gifts to show your appreciation to the talented customizers out there, give and eBay Gift Certificate to that special someone!
Figures are meant to be posed and Monkey Samurai Designs has taken this statue and turned it into a fully articulated 6.5 inch Custom MOTU Classics Stinkor figure in Marvel Legends scale. One aspect I love about customizers is there ability to take a figure that is essentially a statue and dissect it and reconfigure it to make it an articulated figure that you can have fun with. In addition to adding poseability, the figure was given a much better paint app than the factory colors.
He Man faced the most interesting and unique foes in the land of Eternia and like any great cartoon that is selling a toy line, a new character would be introduced by simply just showing up out of the blue in an episode. Stinkor was different as he was first introduced as an action figure and never made it into the original He Man episodes from the 80's although he made his first cartoon debut in the 2002 series. Even in the early 80's, kids got a prelude of the magic of repainting and recycling older figures to make new characaters as Stinkor is a combination of a Mer-Man repaint, reused Mechanek armor, and a plastic blue shield that came packed with Castle Grayskull. Nonetheless, Stinkor is a cool figure and this Custom MOTU Classics Stinkor is a must have!
"Bringing art and fantasy to your collection" is the tag line for Mercury Art Studies, creators of this amazing Custom Marvel Legends Destroyer figure. Bringing the concept from the comics to life, Mercury Art Studios has executed and amazing figure. The plastic actually looks like a metal armor suit and the figure was created with metal spikes, which are affixed to the arms, shoulders and boots, giving the figure a very menacing look. The Destroyer has a very medieval look to it, a judging from the protruding spikes coming from its armor, I would not want to run into this in a dark alley.
The story of The Destroyer is an interesting one since it is not a living entity it absorbs the life essence of anyone. It is not a suit of armor that can be physically worn or disassembled and a life force must be projected into the armor in order to animate it, leaving the possessor’s body in a catatonic state.
I love the way the face armor was made, which is very symmetrical and gives a nice depth to the figure. The real metal spikes protruding from the boots are pretty cool too, which Mercury Art Studios warns are very sharp! Here is a photo showing the scale of the figure with his arch enemy, Thor:
[Disclaimer: The real Optimus Prime was not harmed in the making of this custom]
In all his purple Decepticon glory, KingOctoX Customs brings us his Custom Transformers G1 Shockwave figure. The classics silver and purple colors are reminiscent of the 80's figure and the addition of the LED light is a great touch, which complete the look! If you look closely, you will notice that this figure was given a Masterpiece style had, which adds to the figures poseability. The cool thing about this figure is that it comes with a bunch of bonuses! Here they are:
You can think of your own story of how Shockwave ended up with Optimus Prime's head and his Matrix of Leadership as you head over to eBay and check out all of photos for KingOctoX's Custom Transformers G1 Shockwave figure.
K&L is a very accomplished customizer and is published in Toyfare magazine. I must say that K&L customs has their way with the ladies and their Custom Marvel Legends X-MEN Emma Frost is another great example. They make the most beautiful customs of the female nature, which is one of their specialties. In addition to creating accurate figures based on the Marvel Comics, K&L has the ability to make their figures come to life with the way that the faces and eyes are painted. The way the eyes and the eye brows are painted gives the figure a very distinct look. The hair looks natural and flowing, paying a nice homage to the this mutant telepath. Here is a close up of her face:
With the Autobots and Decepticons engaged in a civil war, a new figure is created by Steve's Customs to help Megatron control the Dark Energon that he craves so much. Using a WFC Optimus Prime, this Custom Transformers War for Cybertron Nemesis Prime is painted in a very cool style using gun metal black, aluminum, and steel colors with the accents in teal. The accessories are what have drawn me to this figure as they are very unique. The sword and shield is a cool concept as it gives the figure a Gladiator look. If you remember the Transformers Menasor Warrior post I over 3 years ago, I really love concepts that reference historical points in time. Steve's figure also gives me that feeling and it is original concepts like this that add so much personality to the figures.
According to the Marvel Wiki, Black Goliath's history began as Dr. Foster, a director of one of the nation's most prestigious research labs. The research he conducted gave him the power to instantaneously grow to a height of 15 feet, with the strength of a giant. Steveid brings this gargantuan to life in Marvel Legends 12" scale with his Custom Black Goliath figure. Not only did he do an excellent job translating the comic art into a great looking figure but he also scaled the figure to a foot tall. The costume design looks just like the comic and the skin tones and face paint look amazing. There are only 10 hours left to nab this so head over to eBay and check out Steveid's Custom Marvel Legends 12" Black Goliath figure.
Xaviercal has added another figure to the Bizarro world of the Shattered Glass Transformers series where good guys are bad guys are good. This Custom Shattered Glass Tracks is made from the recent Transformers Generations figure where he has give this friendly Autobot a G1 Decepticon feel to him, which fits perfectly in the Shattered Glass universe. It is cool how the face is painted the same color as the far as it gives Tracks a feeling that he is trying to hide something. Like his G1 Tracks, he has given this figure the G1 flame decal and a cool paint app to complete the Decepticon look.
As Mattel is adding to the Masters of the Universe Classics line each month, so are talented customizers and Argenta-2008 has this very cool Custom MOTU Classics The Game Master custom to add to you collection. The characters in the Masters of the Universe cartoon were very creative and always trying to harness the power of Grayskull to overthrow He-Man but The Game Master was interested in other things. The Game Master is in it for the thrill of the hunt, like all of us who collect something. He is a a spacefaring gladiator called who lands on Eternia, intending to capture He-Man to make him fight for his amusement. Here is a comparison of The Game Master from the cartoon side-by-side with the figure dueling with Man At Arms:
The one thing I love about customs is that no two customizers make the exact same figure in the same way. This week, Anthony's Customs has a Custom Mortal Kombat Reptile figure, which is a very well designed and executed figure but I am not sure if I am familiar with this version of Reptile or if Anthony has made his own take on the figure. The jury is out but nonetheless, the costume design is very well sculpted and artistically done. My favorite parts of this figure are the dragons that painted on the shoulders and the belt design. Here is a close up:
The shin and boot armor are also very well executed! To see more photos or to place a bid on this Custom Mortal Kombat Reptile figure, head over to eBay!
As the Reveal the Shield figures are making their way to stores across the country, customizers are already hard at work turning out awesome customs. Take DarkCaveCustoms' G1 Transformers Custom Reveal the Shield Jazz figure as an perfect example of how attention to detail and a great love for the classic 80's figures turns a mediocre Hasbro figure you would be proud to display on your shelf. Here is a side by side comparison of the off the shelf figure vs. DarkCave's G1 custom:
You can really see the difference a few applications of color do to the figure. For example, take Jazz's upper legs, which have blue and red accents to really bring out the detail in the plastic. Not only has he created a great homage to the 1980's Jazz, but the figure has a custom G1-styled Jazz Head mounted on ball joint for full articulation, custom Painted RTS Jazz Head, Custom modified G1-styled shoulder rocket and an accurate Martini Porsche racing decals. The car mode photos are not posted yet so I will update this article when DarkCave adds them to his listing. Until then, head over to eBay and gawk at his great photos he has taken of his G1 Transformers Custom Reveal the Shield Jazz figure.
Inspired by the comics, JackofTradze has created this very cool Custom Star Wars Quinlan Vos figure. Many of the Star Wars figures produced by Hasbro lack the flesh detailing that JackofTradze focused on to give the figure a grimy look, like he was climbing through the forests and jungles of Kashyyyk. The necklace and hair detailing complete the look and give this Jedi Master personality. I also dig the 5 O'clock shadow! If you want to own a figure straight out of the comics from a talented customizer, head over to eBay and check out JackofTradze's Custom Star Wars Quinlan Vos figure.
For those who are unfamiliar with the character, according to Wookipedia, "Quinlan Vos was a Kiffar Jedi Master in the Jedi Order and a General in the Grand Army of the Republic during the Clone Wars. He hailed from the planet Kiffu in the Inner Rim Territories. With long, dread-locked hair and a band of pale yellow across his upper face, Vos was gifted with psychometric powers which allowed him to "read memories" from inanimate objects through physical contact."
jbarb78 has taken the leader of the Dinobots to the next level with his Custom Masterpiece Grimlock figure. The metallic look to this figure is just what it needed as the original plastic look to the figure really detracted from the overall style and jbarb78 picked the perfect match of colors with the shading technique that only he can do. The eyes, feet, and even the teeth are set off and stand out against the metallic gray base of the figure, which looks a 1000 times better than the original. This is one of the best paint apps on an MP Grimlock I have seen to date. I took some screen shots of some of the sections of the figure so show the fine detail and the gritty look of the custom that really makes this one stand out above the rest:
The Thundercats are another great classic cartoons from the 80's that has a major following. Boskoes, one of the great customizers of almost any toy line, has a Custom Thundercats Ben Gali figure up this week but it is not being sold directly from Boskoes. It looks like someone bought it and is selling it for some reason but nonetheless you have a chance to own this great Ben Gali figure for yourself. In Boskoes styling, this figure has a great amount of detail with the dark shading of the figure bringing out the various muscle tones in the figure. This is one fierce looking Ben Gali, a figure which I am used to seeing more subdued.
For those who don't remember, "Bengali is the holder of the Hammer of Thundera, a tool that serves both as a weapon (fires bursts of energy) and a magical blacksmithing tool. Not being so handy around the house, I would love to own a magical blacksmithing tool" (source: Thundercats Wiki).
The minibots always held their own in the Transformers cartoons and it just goes to show you that size really does not matter in the world of Autobots and Decepticons. Groovy Customs has a Custom Transformers G1 Warpath up this week that pays homage to the little Autobots that pack a wallop. Customizing is not only about changing the paint scheme on a figure but trying to get the exact look you are going for and Groovy has achieved this by focusing on making the G1 aspects of this custom just right. Although the minibots were very simple to transform, this updated Warpath figure retains the G1 look and feel of the head and massive barrel protruding from the front of the figure, which is magnetically attached and removable if you want to give Warpath a different look.
I don't if I should call this a figure or a work of art but Speedlees has definitely achieved something monumental with his Black Knight Spawn Marvel Legends Custom figure. I had to do a double take when I read that this figure is 100% hand sculpted because the figure is so intricately detailed. The shoulder and leg armor are my favorite parts of this figure as the skulls look they are screaming out of the figure. There is so much dimension to this figure that it would need to studied up close to really see all of the detail but from a far, you can really see Speedlees artistic prowess and technique shine through.
Speedlees has made a video and you get to see this Black Knight Spawn Marvel Legends Custom figure in some of the early stages of development:embedded by Embedded Video
Even the weapons and sword are intricately detailed to match the overall look and feel of the figure. Speedlees has taken many more photos over at his auction page so head over to eBay and check out his Black Knight Spawn Marvel Legends Custom figure.
Adding to the War for Cybertron series, Jin Saotome resurrects this Custom G1 Galvatron done in Generation 1 styling. Not appearing in the line up for the game, this figure is sure to be very sought after. The colors really pop on this figure, especially the deep purple. The scoring and weathering makes the figure look like he is fresh from battle. The G1 coloring is a throw back to the 80's Galvatron, with the addition of the large orange canon, the signature weapon of Galvatron. What I really like about this figure is that no single body part seems to blend together as Jin has paid great attention to detail to ensure that each part of Galvatron stands out. Let's read more from Jin himself about this cool figure:
"From the gaping maw of Unicron comes the most feared Decepticon ever, Galvatron! But this time he's been done in the War for Cybertron series. Galvatron has been handed painted with deep shading, intricate robotic detail, weathered highlights, and sharp colors that will really have him stand out in your collection. He transforms into a space cannon we all know and love but also has wheels to act as a tank or hover treads. Check out his giant metallic cannon! It's ready to blast a hole in any Autobot...or Decepticon that gets in his way. You can also store his cannon on his back or swap arms."
In canon mode, the figure looks fierce and any Autobot in its way will get blasted to oblivion.
Using a Marvel Legends Hulk as the base figure, Nuffsaid has a cool figure for video game fans with his Golden Oozaru Dragon Ball Z Custom Marvel Legends figure. It is hard to believe that this figure used to be an Incredible Hulk figure but that is the talent of Nuffsaid coming through. Using a ton of apoxie sculpt, he fashioned the head from a the original Hulk head, fodder jaw and hair to create this beast figure from the popular animae series. The hair sculpting on the body looks great and the head sculpt achieved the beady eyed and enraged look from the cartoon. There is only a couple hours left before this auction expires so head over to eBay and check out Nuffsaid's Golden Oozaru Dragon Ball Z Custom Marvel Legends figure. How would you like to meet up with this beast in a dark alley:
Tracks is one of those throwback 1980's Transformers that was a must have in the collection. Xaviercal has taken a Generations figure and turned it into a Generation 1 Tracks figure with some very nice touches. First, the hideous looking flaming hood of the Generations figure has been nicely transformed into the G1 sticker art we loved from the 80's. Also, you will notice a nice red Autobot symbol on the roof of the car, which is set off by the yellow square that ties very nicely into the hood decorations. The paint apps are metallic and darker than the original figure. The figure looks stellar in car mode. For comparison, here is photo I put together showing the Generations Turbo Tracks figure beside Xaviercal's Custom G1 Tracks figure:
Here is a close up of the figure in car mode.
Never happy with any version of He-Man throughout the years, mikeyel749954 decided to improve the MOTU Classics line with his Custom Masters of the Universe Classics He-Man figure. This figure looks more in line with the 200x line that came out in 2002, where the animation was more cutting edge and deviated from the classics 80's version of He-Man. Beheading a Neca Stacticon He-man figure, he achieved the look he was going for. The head blends great with the rest of the body and I like that the neck seems a bit more pronounced than other He-Man figures I have seen. Overall, I think this a great figure that gives a new and refreshed look to the 80's icon.
Customs with dioramas are always a welcome sight! The dioramas take extra time but they add so much to the figure. Take CS' Custom Transformers G1 Devastator combiner. The artistic nature of the building lends itself to many interpretations as to the time period and what is happening as Devastator is ripping through the building. The way the building was designed makes it look like Devastator is stepping through second floor on his way to raise hell in other parts of the city. As far as the combiner is concerned, the overall paint scheme looks weathered, grimy, and battle torn, which goes great with the dio. Instead of just painting the figure silver, black, and contructicon green, there are other accents that set off the figures detail. The use of yellow, red, and blues gives the figure more a realistic look that gives depth to each of the contructicons as they are combined to the figure.
Straight from Mortal Kombat 2 comes Jinzin's Custom Mortal Kombat Reptile Marvel Legends scale figure. Although the costume design is reminiscent of MK2, this figure appears to be an amalgamation of Reptile through the MK years. The scales on the arms give it a very authentic look and I especially like how the scales permeate through the fingers. I don't know if this was done on purpose but the knee armor look like snake heads. The gold accents outline the figure nicely and set off the armor and detailing. The profile view of the figure shows off the facial details and more of the scaling that was done to achieve a very snake like look. As you can see in the photo below, the face is sculpted to give the figure a serpentine twist to compliment the beady little eyes.
There are few moments when I am at a loss for words and this is one of them. We have not seen much from Sabrina Ng in the last year but when she resurfaces, she comes out swinging and her Custom Masterforce Transformers Overlord figure hits it out of the ballpark! Boasting 5 modes of transformation, this behemoth can change into a Tank, Jet, Tank and Jet, Base, and Robot:
I have heard of triple changers before but this is the first quintuple changer I have seen. Here are some of the figures she used to create this masterpiece:
- Heavily modified Armada Tidalwave fitted with tank treads from ROTF Bludgeon
- Waist was redesigned from ROTF Jetfire and modified to fit Armada Tidalwave
- Sabrina is a master at paint application and this is some of her best work yet. She has taken several photos over at her auction page so head over to eBay and check out Custom Masterforce Transformers Overlord figure.
This is one my favorite Mortal Kombat figures that Jinzin1 has up for sale this week, going above and beyond by scaling this Custom Marvel Legends Shao Kahn figure to 8 inches tall. He has exhibited much talent with this figure so let's read how this figure was made:
"Kahn has multiple hand sculpted features all over his body including handsculpted armor, and a completely hand sculpted head and helmet. The Cape, strapes, loin guard and mallet have all been custom crafted and the cape was designed so you can take it on or off at will. This figure has been painted using high end spray painting techniques to really bring out the multiple tones in his muscles and make his skin look realistic for a toy."
My favorite part of the figure is the head sculpt. I also like the soft cape that you can remove, which changes the look of the figure. The spikes on the figure give it depth and character. This is one of many Mortal Kombat figures Jinzin1 has up for sale this week so check out his Custom Marvel Legends Shao Kahn figure.
Continuing the focus on Jinzin1's Mortal Kombat figures, I turn my attention to his Custom Marvel Legends Sub-Zero figure. Jinzin1 has given Sub-Zero an almost zombie looking look to his face by not painting in any eyeballs. The striations on his arms and on his face make it look like ice is flowing through his vains. Here is the story on Sub-Zero (from wikipedia):
"Sub-Zero is the name given to two game characters from the Mortal Kombat series. Being brothers, both of them were born in Earthrealm, and are blue-garbed assassins that descended from Cryomancers, an ancient race of gods possessing the ability to generate and control the powers of ice, which gives Sub-Zero the innate ability to control ice in many forms."
If you are a fan of Mortal Kombat or Sub-Zero, head over to eBay and place a bid on Jinzin1's Custom Marvel Legends Sub-Zero figure.
For me, the Mortal Kombat series is a blast from the past. I remember wasting countless hours and quarters playing the arcade game in a bowling alley as a child when it came out and Jinzin1 has captured the fighters from that game in epic fashion. He has several Mortal Kombat figures up this week but this article will focus on the Custom Marvel Legends Scorpion figure. Jinzin1 has done a great job at translating the figure's presence on screen into a fully articulated figure. The scull detailing on the belt and knees are my favorite parts of this figure. For those who do not know the story of the Scorpion character, take a read below:
"Scorpion is a hellspawned revenant, formerly a human ninja named Hanzo Hasashi, now inexorably seeking vengeance against those responsible for the destruction of his clan and the death of his family. Although essentially neutral in allegiance, Scorpion will ally with anyone who can assist his plans of revenge. He was once manipulated by Quan Chi, who he promised him his life in exchange for his impressive combat abilities in order to defeat Sub-Zero. Since Scorpion is a spectre, sorcery and supernatural anomalies have proven effective against him in battle, though none have ever succeeded in destroying him in an absolute sense (source: wikipedia)"
If you are impressed with Jinzin1's work, head over to eBay and place a bid on his Custom Marvel Legends Scorpion figure.
Kingbotz is kickin' it old school with his amazing Custom Cybertronian Terajet Skywarp G1 figure. Fans of the 1980's Transformers cartoon should remember scenes where the Decepticons and Autobots were fighting on Cybertron and the vehicles looked very different on that planet. For example, the seeker jets looked like large flying polygons and Kingbotz did an excellent job translating the cartoon version into a fully transformable 17" figure in robot form. The seeker jet form also has a 17" wingspan, which is pretty impressive. The Terajet is painted in the classic black and purple coloring that is Skywarp and I really like the weathering that was done to the figure. In robot mode, the figure looks intimidating, with the face giving the figure the much needed personality. I am really impressed with Kingbotz's work as he stretches the imagination to bring a different style of figure. I hope to see more Cybertronian figures in the future as there is a big gap in that area so keep up the great work!
Blaster is one of my favorite Transformers from the 80's and FrogDNA has taken a War for Cybertron Soundwave figure and turned it into this awesome Custom G1 Transformers WFC Blaster figure with Steeljaw and Eject. There is no mistaking this figure as the classic Blaster boasts the large bright yellow tape deck front with the large Autobot symbol on the front. Add the signature oversized gun and you have an updated version that will go great with your War for Cybertron collection. For those who grew up in the 80's, we listened to music on these archaic tapes, which for me, that always seemed to get tangled and mangled in the decks they were played from. Although this figure looks like the classic character in robot form, the alternate mode takes a very cool form of a futuristic car, which I am sure blasts awesome music while driving over the terrain of Cybertron. Add Blaster's companions Steeljaw and Eject and you have a great set from the 80's.
By the power of Grayskull! Narpa Sword channels the power of the Masters of the Universe with his Custom He Man and Battle Cat Marvel Universe scale figures. Having recently watched the 2002 He Man cartoons where the story begins before Prince Adam becomes He Man, it makes me really like the take on this figure. This figure looks like a very young He Man, which fits into the story much better than the character art for the cartoon and the figure. It seemed like when Prince Adam transformed into He Man, he got a little older. I love the detailing on this figure and Narpa Sword nailed the color of He Man's hair pretty well. It is also cool that the figure comes with a Castle Grayskull base and digital art for the total package.
The women in the GI Joe line have been under represented over the years but Ratfink Customs is adding one more lady to the line with his Custom GI Joe 25th Anniversary Female Alley Viper figure. The 25th Anniversary line really brought back the feeling of nostalgia for me with from the packaging to the look and feel of the figures. Ratfink's figure does the same at it is painted in the classic orange and blue camouflage that we all grew up with. I like the metal accents sprinkled throughout the figure and on the accessories. This Custom GI Joe 25th Anniversary Female Alley Viper figure would fit in great with your existing GI Joe 25th Anniversary line and would also make a great companion for the Alley Viper that was packed with the Defense on Cobra Island pack.
As the weeks go by, the combiners just keep get bigger and better. This week, SonOfNemesis brings us a non-transformable Custom G1 Transformers Ultimate Devastator combiner. It is great when customizers get inspiration from others and give credit where credit is due. As SonofNemesis put it nicely, "His cast head and chest plate come from Ptitvite himself...I built him closely following the legendary design of Master Customizer, Ptitvite - so, many thanks to him!" I have seen many custom G1 Devastators but this one caught my eye because of the unique paint apps and cartoon feel of the figure. I really like when customizers explain their process and what inspired them so others can learn. Here is a great example in SonOfNemesis' own words:
"This is where I had lots of fun with this Devastator! I painted him mainly after his IDW Comic Book styled color scheme. I also painted him to have a G1 cartoony vibe, but with realistic shadowing and depth. He has 'several' tones of green, 'several' tones of purple, and 'several tones' of energon in his paint applications. This was done in order to create an extreme high-quality paint job full of shadowing and depth that is worthy of at least a Master Piece grade. I also complimented Devastator's color scheme with some nicely placed yellow paint apps given to add more appreciation. His most unique paint application feature is his Texturized Energon Effects which I applied to all of the Constructicons as well as some strategically place spots on Devastator himself. You'll see these effects on Scrapper's, Bonecrusher's, and Scavenger's shovels and treads as well as Mixmaster's mixer and wheels. Longhaul and Hook have more of a dusting effect of the energon apps, and there's some more dusting effects on Devastator's chest plate, various edges, and one of his hands. I also painted his laser cannons to have a very cool blasting effect!"
Here is a photo showing some of the scale of this Custom G1 Transformers Ultimate Devastator combiner:
It always amazes me how much a customizer can pack into an figure and collectabletoyz305's Crimson Dynamo Marvel Legends Custom is no exception. Judging from the suit of this figure, it looks like this is the 8th incarnation of the Crimson Dynamo figure from the comics and in my opinion, the coolest of the suits. Created by Russian scientists, it does not surprise me that there is a red star smack in the middle of the chest and if you take another look, it is lit up by special LED's placed in the figure. The added tubing on the back and on the arms gives the figure a unique look that is straight from the comics.
They also have a cool video on the figure and you should watch it because they domonstrate many unique aspects of the figure and in my opinion, the figure looks much cooler in the video. Once you are finished watching the video, head over to eBay and place a bid on collectabletoyz305's Crimson Dynamo Marvel Legends Custom figure.embedded by Embedded Video
This must be the week for Shattered Glass figures and fakebusker83 has outdone himself with his Custom Transformers Shattered Glass Rodimus figure. Some customizers just stick to paint apps but not fakebusker83! This figure has many mods that will have fans clamoring (well bidding) for this figure. The paint job looks like it has a showroom finish and if I did not know I was looking at a toy, I would swear I was looking at a car's paint job. I love the way the flames were artistically designed as to look more flowing, like a true fire. Like the phoenix rising from the flames, he has designed a perfectly placed custom Shattered Glass Autobot decal on chest, a great addition to the overall design. This figure really brings out the dark side of Rodimus and captures what the Shattered Glass concepts was supposed to portray.
The mods on this figure are extensive. Taking the Classics Rodimus as the base figure, he has added ball-jointed elbows and wrists for enhanced articulation, interchangeable cutting disc attachment for the wrists, light up LED eyes powered by batteries with a switch, and the Negabolt, which his is particle rifle for sniping Decepticons. No detail was spared creating the accessories as they compliment the figure greatly!
To check out more photos or to place a bid on fakebusker83's Custom Transformers Shattered Glass Rodimus figure, head over to eBay!
Bringing one of Optimus Prime's seekers to the animated line, Xaviercal has made this great looking Shattered Glass Rodimus Transformers Animated custom. I love the concept of the Shattered Glass series where the good guys are evil and the bad guys are good. Introduced at the 2008 BotCon, the Rodimus figure was one of the best of the series. Xaviercal did an excellent job translating that paint scheme as well as the facial features that set Rodimus apart from his good guy counterpart. The Transformers Animated Blurr was a great figure to use to bring this Shattered Glass Rodimus from comic to life.
Here is how Rodimus is described in this alternate universe: "A member of the villainous and despotic Autobots, and former member af the mercenary team called the Wreckers, Rodimus is a smooth operator. He had a Zappa beard added to his facial superstructure a few cycles back. He feels it makes him look distinguished. He's the Starscream to Optimus Prime's Megatron, seeking to usurp command and turn the Autobots into the greatest mercenary team known to the universe" (source: Teletraan 1).
For those who are not familiar with the Shattered Glass comic, here is how Teltraan 1 describes it:
"Shattered Glass" is the catch-all name for the fictional universe and associated toys begun in conjunction with BotCon 2008. It is a "mirror universe", where the bad guys are good, the good guys are bad, and everyone has different paint schemes. The story is a Transformers take on the old sci-fi warhorse of an evil alternate universe, a concept previously seen in stories such as Star Trek 's Mirror Universe, Superman's Bizarro World and DC comics' Earth-Three."
Xaviercal has many photos on his auction page so head over to eBay and check out his Shattered Glass Rodimus Transformers Animated custom.