Monthly Archives: April 2011
Introduced in Season 3 of Star Wars The Clone Wars animated series, Ingencorp has created this very cool Custom Lego Star Wars Savage Opress minifig. It was great to see the origins of Darth Maul and this minifig has captured the on screen appearance of Savage very well. The apoxie used to sculpt the horns and the outfit that Opress was seen in is a great addition to the figure. The horns are in scale with the minifig as the animated series appearance Opress' had very large scale horns compared to the head. Top the figure off with a custom double bladed lightsaber and this Dathomiri Zabrak, who lived as a member of the Nightbrother clan on Dathomir, is ready for action.
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I love when customizers remake the Minibots from the 80's because when they do it, they make them in Masterpiece scale and zeroadam12_123 has created this Custom G1 Transformers Cosmos on a much grander scale. Made from an amalgamation of different Transformers parts, this Cosmos is no longer a minibot but retains the G1 color scheme and look and feel of the little classic minibot with the pop up head and funny looking arms. This larger Cosmos figure adds a lot of dimension provides much more definition than the smaller scaled figures. My favorite parts of this figure are the head and the chest plate. Giving Cosmos different color eyes really adds some life to the figure and the Chest plate pays homage to the sticker that was present on the G1 figure from the 80's. All in all, I think this was a very creative venture and is a great example of how great a larger scale minibot can look from an inspiration of the 80's.
Standing close to two feet tall, ThyVipera has created one of the coolest figures I have seen in a long time with his Custom Transformers G1 Masterpiece Scorponok figure. First of all, the figure is massive and has earned the title of Masterpiece! The detail on each piece really stands out due to the attention to the paint app as the black washing of the colors give each piece of the figure its own outline. Not only has ThyVipera retained the classic G1 color scheme, he has gone above and beyond by giving the figure a battle station mode (see below). Scorponok is not my favorite of Transformers but the way that ThyVipera combined the classic style with a more useful alternate mode makes this one of my favorite customs I have seen to date.
A lot of time and thought has gone into making this custom the best it can be. Some of the cool features of the battle station mode include it being "heavily armed, with 4 double-barrel cannons, and 4 missile launchers." Figure, such as Cyclonus and Scourge that are pictured with the custom, can fit into the turret cockpits and both arm a cannon. Lord Zarak can fit nicely into the cockpit, commanding Scorponok into battle. To check out more photos of this amazing Custom Transformers G1 Masterpiece Scorponok figure, head over to eBay!
Anthony's Customs is well known for his attention to detail and the plethora of accessories he creates to give each figure a unique style. Maximizing the display capability of his Custom Marvel Legends Deadpool figure, he literally created an arsenal of weapons for this Deadpool figure to mess around with. Check out the battery of weapons Anthony has provided, which are included with the figure:
As for the figure, it is executed nicely with a black weathering and accents that accentuate the figures muscles and overall look. With the shear amount of weapons that this Deadpool figure can adorn, you must click over to check Anthony's Custom Marvel Legends Deadpool Armory Edition figure.
All of us at AFC would like to wish everyone a Happy Easter! For all of you Lego fans, enjoy this Custom Lego Easter Bunny!
Fueled by the combustion chamber in the chest, Pack Rat Studios' Custom Steampunk Iron Man figure is the epitome of the age where steam and fire drive mechanical parts. The rivets and welding beads along with the copper exterior really give this figure the classic Steampunk look. The grill on the front of the figure looks like it was forged from an old stove or perhaps a coal powered train engine, which has a very cool light up effect inside. The smoke stacks on the shoulders look like they have been belching black smoke as the Iron Man suit clunks its way to freedom. The details on this figure are too numerous to mention but take a look riveting and armor work that was done on the hands and feet:
Pack Rat Studios' Custom Steampunk Iron Man figure is the perfect example how a modern day figure can be transformed back in time to a simpler era and you should head over to eBay to view more photos or place a bid!
The MOTU 200x line quickly became one of my favorite figure lines due to the highly detailed figures and storyline of the cartoon. Although plagued with severe lack of articulation, the re-imagined storyline and figure art introducd us to new characters and versions of the classic He-Man figures we grew up with. We were introduced to the Snake Armor version of He-Man in the cartoon and although a figure was made, Hunter Knight Customs has fashioned this awesome snake garb into a MOTU Classics figure with his Custom MOTU Classics Snake Armor He Man figure.
The detail on the armor is really well executed and crafted. In order to preserve the slimness of the figure, HKC deciced to paint the armor directly on the body, which was a great move as designing an extra piece of metal for this figure to wear would have made the figure too bulky. As you can see in the photo below, the snake armor symbol and the waste armor are meticulously crafted and painted.
I am typically not a fan of the multiple versions of the same figure that toy companies churn out but I was really impressed with Mattel's attention to detail and creativity with the 200x line. I really like that Hunter Knight Customs has brought this armor to a MOTU classics figure as now you can have the beauty of the Snake Armor in an articulated He Man figure. To view more photos of HKC's, Custom MOTU Classics Snake Armor He Man figure, head over to eBay!
The pairing of two killer customs in a diorama setting is something you don't see very often and ThyVipera has pitted the Autobot and Decepticon cassette bots against each other in breathtaking MP scale with his Custom Masterpiece Transformers Soundwave and Blaster figures. In order to create the scale and richness of these 9" figures, ThyVipera had to make them Actionmasters, which means that they do not transform into their alternate modes, which is fine by me as the robot modes are more impressive and nicer to look at, especially the way the diorama sets them off. These customs retain the G1 look and feel we all grew up with as kids and to see how these figures scale in comparison to the figures from the 80's, here is a shot of ThyVipera's Custom MP Soundwave and the G1 Soundwave:
Another very cool aspect to these figures is the diorama, which you don't see very much. These figures are meant to be displayed and a dio can really add so much more to the presentation of the figures. You can imagine this battle raging on the planet Cybertron as Soundwave and Blaster continue their epic struggle to retain their respective titles as the best outdated 80's music players! To view more photos of this dynamic duo, head over to eBay to check out these awesome Custom Masterpiece Transformers Soundwave and Blaster figures.
Raynir has done an excellent job taking 2D concept art from the comics and transforming it into a figure that will fit right in with your collection with his Custom Marvel Legends Aurora figure. The costume design mirrors the comic version with a slight variation in the boots and cufs, which is a welcome change in my opinion. As you can see in the comparison below, there is too much yellow in the comic version and the gold boots and cuff helps to subdue the canary yellow (see below). I love it when customizers do what is right and not just copy what they see!
The head sculpt is really great looking and you can even see the curl of the hair replicated. To see more photos of Raynir's Custom Marvel Legends Aurora figure, head over to eBay!
Customizers are always looking to make the toys we grew up with better and Shinobitron has done this his latest Custom Transformers Ratbat figure. I agree with him when he said that the cassettes have not "been given the respects they should have had" until recently. Although this figure does not transform into a cassette, Shinobitron has captured the essence of the G1 Ratbat figure and updated it with a more modern look to fit with the current line of Transformers figures that are on the shelves. The alternate mode turns into a combination shield/gun, an interesting concept for this figure.
While the robot mode has captured the look and feel of the G1 figure, the alternate mode takes a new twist to one of Soundwave's minions as you can imagine this robot as protector of communication while Soundwave is doing his dirty work. To see how this figure looks perched next to Soundwave, head over to eBay and check out Shinobitron's Custom Transformers Ratbat figure.