Monthly Archives: March 2011
Paying homage to the little Battlechargers that could, Zildjian gives these G1 pull-back motor cars an updated look and feel with his Custom G1 Transformers Runabout and Runamuck figures. Based on the Transformers Generations Drift figure, Zildjian's Decepticon duo feature custom heads to resemble their G1 counterparts as well as custom cast hands. It is cool when customizers look at the overall figure and make modifications and adjustments when needed. It could have been really easy to overlook an aspect like the hands but it is this attention to detail that sets other customizers apart from each other. You might also notice the red on the eyes and this effect is achieved neither by paint nor Photoshop effects but with LED lights that can switch on and off. If you are familiar with the G1 Runabout and Runamuck figures, you will be very happy that someone took the time to update these classic figures so you can add them to your Transformers collection!
The Bi-Beast is an android with two heads (one atop the other - the top skull is given knowledge of warfare while the bottom skull was given a knowledge of culture) and Lokoboys has brought this creature from the pages of the comics with their Custom Marvel Legends Bi-Beast figure. Fashioned in the likes of his appearance in the Incredible Hulk video game, the figure features a killer sculpt with very deep, rich colors that accentuate the parts of the figure. The metal parts of the figure look very worn, weathered, and realistic. The head sculpt is achieved by the melding of a crazed head on top of a more down to earth yet serious head. It is cool when figures from video games are brought to life with interpretation from talented customizers like Lokoboys so head over to eBay and check out more photos of this Custom Marvel Legends Bi-Beast figure.
Hordak and Skeletor never really got along. Although he was Skeletor's former mentor, Skeletor betrayed Hordak and trapped him in another dimension before beginning his own conquest of the planet Eternia. Imagine if Hordak broke free and began to transform Skeletor's minions into creatures with an allegiance to the evil Horde. Super Girl Saves imagines a world like this with her Custom MOTU Classics Horde Beast Man. Encased in Horde branded armor, this Beast Man met his fate when he crossed Hordak's path and became enslaved under his control. For being associated with Skeletor, Hordak punished Beast Man by sprouting ram horns from his head and possessing his mind like a zombie. This figure is a cool concept and adds another great one of a kind figure to your MOTU Classics collection.
Formula93 has taken Optimus Prime to the dark side with his Custom Transformers Generations RTS Nemesis Prime. The choice and placement of the colors on this figure add so much depth to the figure. The incorporation of the blue accents around the knees, hip joints, mid section, and head define the various pieces of the figure very nicely. In the truck mode, the blue accents are very well hidden and only visible underneath the smoke stacks, which adds a nice transition piece from the cab to the trailer portion of the vehicle. One aspect that has plagued the Optimus Prime toys are the smoke stacks but Formula93 has solved this issue by creating his own custom chrome smoke stacks. The silver accents also make the truck mode realistic and the placement of them is very well thought out. For example, if you look at the gas tank, the silver placed around the tank make it look like the silver metal bands that hold the tanks in place on a real truck. Topping off the truck is a coll Decepticon logo, which gets hidden in robot mode. The paint apps are very smooth on the figure, giving it the appearance of a showroom shine in truck mode. This is a great looking figure so head over to eBay and place a bid on Formula93's Custom Transformers Generations RTS Nemesis Prime.
K&L Customs really excels at making beautiful figures and their latest Custom Marvel Legends Goblin Queen is no exception. From head to toe, this figure that is seen in the comics. I would like to point out the finer details of this custom that deserve note. It is attention to the smaller details that make a custom stand out among the rest. The shoe design, in particular, was sculpted to look like a modern woman's boot, which adds to the realism of the figure. The hands also have striations and muscle tone to them. The hair is finely sculpted to give it a slight wind blown look and the cape is tattered and frayed, adding to the overall essence of the costume design. Overall, this is a fantastic figure that would fit well with your Marvel Legends collection so head over to eBay and check out more photos of K&L's Custom Marvel Legends Goblin Queen.
The Ravage figure that was produced for the Transformers 2 movie was pretty lackluster and there was not much it could do except turn into a cybertronian jet built for reentry back into the Earth's atmosphere. Protis82 has put his skills to good use and has created a Custom Transformers Revenge of the Fallen Steeljaw figure in a G1 color scheme. I don't see many customs made out of the Ravage figure so I thought I would highlight this one as it is unique and it fills a void where the Transformers 2 movie did not provide any robots to counter Ravage on the Autobots side. The head was sculpted to resemble what Protis82 thinks a ROTF Steeljaw to look like if it appeared in the movie. Although this figure suffers from the alternate mode where it is just a reentry bot, at least the alternate mode is much more interesting and looks like the G1 Steeljaw we grew up with.
For those who remember first seeing Skyfire introduced into the 80's Transformers cartoon, it was pretty awe inspiring. As GetRightRobot (GRR) states, "The orignial Skyfire/Jetfire toy was "borrowed" by Hasbro and Takara and had to alter the character's appearance substantially for the show. The Robotech toy looked so little like the cartoon character, that children could hardly recognize his toy on the shelf. Well no longer!"
I definitely have to agree with GRR as the toy version of Jetfire did not resemble the cartoon appearance and he has set out to correct this with his latest Custom G1 Transformers Cartoon Style Skyfire figure. I wish Hasbro produced a figure like this back in the 80's as it would have made Skyfire that much more special. As you can see from the photo below, the figure as built using a G1 Jetfire but was modified to include cartoon accurate head, chest, backpack and rifle.
With white figures, it is easy to lose the lines and depth needed to accentuate various features of the figure but GRR accented the figure with black lines throughout to make every line on Skyfire stand out. Leaving no detail left untouched, the gun was also designed to resemble the cartoon by using a double barrel, completing the look of the figure. This is truly one of the best Skyfire customs I have seen created in a long time and this would make a perfect addition to anyone's Transformers collection so head over to eBay and place a bid on GRR's Custom G1 Transformers Cartoon Style Skyfire figure.
Iteration is the cornerstone to improvement and Anthony's Customs has done just this with his latest Custom Marvel Legends Gambit v2 figure. Back in February, he created his first iteration of Gambit and if you remember the article I wrote about it back then, I was impressed with not only the figure as a whole but also the accessories that come with the figure. With this latest version of Gambit, Anthony has included two head sculpts that feature a long hair and a short hair version. Both head sculpts are very well executed and I am personally a fan of the long hair version. The facial features and hair look very lifelike and the flaming cards adds a great feature to the overall look of the figure.
With 25% of the sale benefiting the Japanese Red Cross Society, Frenzy.Rumble has created this Custom Masterpiece Transformers Acid Storm figure in a charity auction that will help with the relief efforts from the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan. I agree when he said that he "knew he had to go over the top" when creating this figure and he definitely delivered on that promise. If you remember Frenzy.Rumble's MP Sunstorm, he had created melting effects and he did something very similar with this custom as he has made the figure look like it is being eaten away by acid. The places where I really love the acid effects are on the after burners (as you can see in the photo below) and the two air intakes by the head of the figure. Not only has he created some very cool visual effects on the figure, he applied glow in the dark paint apps, which gives the figure a whole new dimension.
Since the teaser trailer from Transformers 3 was released there has been a lot of speculation as to which robot was within the depth of the space craft that crashed on the Dark Side of the Moon (sorry...had to throw in a Pink Floyd reference there). Some thought it was Vector Prime, Unicron, Sentinal Prime, and even Alpha Trion, which brings me to GetRightRobot's latest Custom Transformers Alpha Trion figure. Fashioning his figure after the G1 cartoon version, GetRightRobot strove for cartoon accuracy and boy did he nail it. Let's read more about this great figure from GetRightRobot himself:
"Never before has the more youthful, A3 been represented as a custom figure. A3 has a utilitarian transport truck mode that was common for Autobots of his time. He reflects the sleek robot designs of his era without the added armor and weapons that are found on all Cybertronians after the Great War. This figure has been heavily customized and features a one-of-a-kind, cartoon accurate head. He maintains great articulation and wonderful color accuracy. As with many elders in fiction, Alpha Trion was ancient beyond the memory of most Cybertronians still living. Only he remembers his own origins. This Alpha Trion has the armor, cape and beard that make him such a recognizable hero. He also carries his massive sword, adorned with the symbol of the Quintesson slave race."
To view more photos of this Custom Transformers Alpha Trion figure, head over to eBay!
The Star Wars line is known for creating the most obscure characters that might have graced the silver screen for at most a few seconds and JackofTradze is perpetuating this stereotype with his set of two Custom Star Wars Tonnika Sisters, as they appeared in the Mos Eisley Cantina in Star Wars A New Hope. I feel like the jingle for a Double Mint commercial should be playing in everyone's head when they see these figures but I digress. For the completists out there who need every Star Wars figure that appeared in the movies, this set is a must have. Overall, the figures resemble the on screen characters fairly well. One area that would be hard to replicate is the hair given the on screen characters have their head wrapped up in tiny little braids. Overall, JackofTradze did a great job adding two new characters to the Star Wars line up with an updated look.
Jbarb78 turned this heroic Autobot to the dark side with his Custom Shattered Glass Rodimus Transformers figure. It is really cool to see alternate versions of the Transformers figure we love. The paint app on the figure is so smooth and the hood detail looks amazing. The head sculpt has the signature Shattered Glass goatee with the insane crazed eyes! Each Shattered Glass Rodimus I come across is unique as each customer chooses to accentuate different aspects of the figure. The silvers and blacks are all in the right place, ranking this figure at the top of my Shattered Glass list.
According to Teletran 1, "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." The figure looks equally as great in car mode and if you are interested in purchasing this Custom Shattered Glass Rodimus Transformers figure, head over to eBay!
There are certain details that catch my and today I wanted to focus on Raybot's Custom Marvel Legends Jubilee figure. First, the colors really pop on this figure and stay true to how the figure appears in the comic. Second, the application of the paint is done in such a way that is accentuates certain parts of the figure. For example, the jean shorts look like real denim the way the paint was weathered or washed on the shorts. The pink glasses set the hair off, adding to the realism to the figure. The hair sculpt adds to the depth of the figure and the face looks very angelic. To view more photos of Raybot's Custom Marvel Legends Jubilee figure, head over to eBay!
Although Hasbro made a decent Arcee figure for the animated line, albeit hard to find, there was one other figure in the line that had the body shape for a perfect figure and that was Blurr. Echidnaq discovered this and created this Custom Transformers Animated Arcee figure. I always thought Blurr had a feminine body and the combination of an Arcee head and a Blurr body painted in bubble gum pink makes total sense.
Chief Warrant Officer Jorge-052 is a SPARTAN-II commando of the UNSC Naval Special Warfare Command, attached to Special Warfare Group Three. He fought during the Fall of Reach in 2552 as a part of Noble Team under the call sign Noble Five. Access412 has created a mini version of this character with his Custom Jorge Halo Lego minifig. This figure is one of the meatiest lego minifigs I have seen in while, and it has to be to replicate one of the Halo characters with all of his gear. The weathering on the figure gives the suit some added depth, which is needed for figures this small. There are so many parts to the this figure so check out how it breaks down:
CallMeTheJoker epitomizes modern pop culture with his Family Guy Blue Harvest Star Wars Custom figure set. The set includes, Peter as Han Solo, Brian as Chewbacca, Chris as Luke Skywalker, Lois as Princess Leia, Meg as The Trash Compactor Monster, and Stewie as Darth Vader. Doing an excellent job matching the cartoon renditions and turning them into plastic, the figures are a great addition to any Family Guy collection. Here are the close ups of the figures:
To place a bid on this one of a kind Family Guy Blue Harvest Star Wars Custom figure set from CallMeTheJoker, head over to eBay!
When I first saw this custom, the first thing that came to mind was how human this version of Wreck Gar looked. Custom aside, the head sculpt of the figure takes less of a robot look than I have seen in a robot before. The second thing I thought when I saw this custom was it has to be a Steampunk version based on the deco and the paint app but I was wrong! Jin Saotome is dubbing his creation a Custom Transformers Shattered Glass Wreck Gar figure. To be honest, I was attracted to this figure because of the military nature of it with its olive green paint app and army medals that adorn Wreck Gar's chest. Given the shape and overall appearance of the head sculpt and the slanted diagonal line on what looks to be a helmet, Wreck Gar looks like he is a throw back to the Civil War era. All in all, a very cool military version of the Reveal The Shield Wreck Gar figure.
Don't let your eyes deceive you or think that these are Photoshop effects but CollectableToyz305 has created this Custom Ghost Rider Marvel Legends figure with real flame action. I actually liked the Ghost Rider movie so I am happy to see a cool rendition of Johnny Blaze, a stunt motorcyclist who morphs into the demon vigilante. One of my favorite parts of this custom are the wheels that actually look like they are on fire. The way that they were sculpted look like they are flaming down the streets with chunks of rubber flying off the wheels. The Johnny Blaze figure is pretty cool too and check out the light up flaming skull and eyes!
As Gene Wilder said in the classic movie, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Facory, "Invention, my dear friends, is 93% perspiration, 6% electricity, 4% evaporation, and 2% butterscotch ripple.” In this case the 93% perspiration applies as Encline Designs and Primo join forces to create an homage to the comic and G1 version of this massive Transformer with their Custom Transformers G1 Overlord figure. Maybe they celebrated their triumph with some butterscotch ripple but that is not likely. Nonetheless, it is not very often you see to great customizers work together but when they do, great things happen! Let's read more about how each customizer contributed to the overall design:
"NICK ROCHE has re-introduced the TRANSFORMERS fandom to one of the coolest, most evil, twisted and demented Decepticons/Destrons to grace the pages of a Transformers comic, OVERLORD. I know I personally could NOT wait until each month came and I could run down to the comic shop and pick the next issue up. What is even better, fellow customizer and friend, PRIMO was just as addicted. Once the series ended, we knew what we had to do.....bring Nick's creation to life! Taking a G1 OVERLORD, and some donor bots, PRIMO did a great job adding articulated shoulders, biceps, elbows, hands, waist, thighs and hips, and knees to this bad boy. He then sent him my way. I hand sculpted the face to capture the essence of what was portrayed on the page. I extended the horns, added a ball joint neck, and some flexible neck cables to fill in everything, and did some other small additions. Then, to top it off, I painted this joint up in my usually fashion, airbrushed with metallic and flats, shading, washes and highlights."
Capturing the look and feel of the comic was what they set out to do and they executed their vision together. To view more photos and to place a bid on this one of a kind Transformer with their Custom Transformers G1 Overlord figure created by Encline Designs and Primo, head over to eBay!
The Shadow Beast is a being that was featured in the MOTU 200x cartoon and was recently released as part of the MOTU Classics line from Mattel. A customizer by the name of Super Girl Saves has an interesting take and story on this animal with this Custom MOTU 200x Horde Shadow Beast. Imagine if Hordak, leader of the evil Horde, got control of one these beasts and engineered it to do his evil bidding. The figure is fitted with cybernetic parts, which fit very well with the overall scale and look of the figure. If you want a MOTU figure with a twist, this is the one for you so head over to eBay and check out more photos of this one of a kind Custom MOTU 200x Horde Shadow Beast.
Although not officially one of the Contructicons that combines into Devastator, Demolisher is a lone Decepitcon operating in plain site in the beginning of the Transformers Revenge of the Fallen movie. I would call him an honorary Contructicon and Giant Crafter has given Custom Transformers Revenge of the Fallen Demolisher a more realistic paint app. Typically, construction vehicles have a dirty yellow/orange look to them and this figure captures what a real construction vehicle would look like. The fine detailing and application of this dirty look is very well executed, giving the figure a deeper dimension. To view some up close and personal photos of this cool Custom Transformers Revenge of the Fallen Demolisher, head over to eBay!
The Mandalorians commonly act as mercenaries or bounty hunters and Mythic Customs has added to the army of hired guns with his Custom Mandalorian Commando figures he has up for sale this week:
I am always impressed with one of a kind outside of the box customs that continue or add to a toy line. Mythic Custom's gives the figures an updated look with respect to the armor and a more militaristic feel. Along with creating some killer figures, he even came up with some stellar names that would make George Lucas proud!
Megatron is rearing his ugly head again as the Transformers 3 Dark of the Moon movie looms in the distance. As the toys slowly make their way to toy shelves and fans clamor to be the first to own the new designs, customizers have already worked their magic! By turning the ordinary into the extraordinary, Zildjian brings us his Custom Transformers 3 Dark of the Moon Megatron! From the photos below, you can clearly see that Zildjian's custom brings the figure more in line with the Movie Version as it will appear on screen. Taking the figure to the next level, he has created a real cloth tarp, bringing more of the realism out in the figure in vehicle mode. It is this attention to detail that makes figure like Zildjian's a cut above the rest. I am a fan of soft goods mixed with plastic as it adds a different dimension to the figure. The paint apps give Megatron that grimy and weathered look that can only be achieved by talented people like Zildjian.