Monthly Archives: May 2011
Standing at almost 20" tall, Colosal Customs G1 Masterpiece Transformers Devastator combiner is just that...colossal! This Devastator, with its scratch built head, looks mean and nasty and ready to take any Autobot on. The first thing that came to mind when I saw this figure was Revenge of the Fallen meets Generation 1 classics. One aspect that the Revenge of the Fallen movie captured with Devastator was a raw sense of destruction and mayhem and this figure captures that essence while paying homage to classic figure we grew up with. The scratch built wrecking ball and plasma rifle add to the menacing look and feel that Colosal Customs captured so well. This is the first Devastator I have seen in a long time that carries a massive personality in a well engineered figure! To view more photos of this amazing G1 Masterpiece Transformers Devastator combiner, head over to eBay!
Frenzy.Rumble is a customizer with a fountain of ideas and he is never shy about making his concepts come to life, which is evidenced by his Custom Transformers Masterpiece Mid-Warp Skywarp figure. Original ideas are what customizing is all about and this Mid-Warp figure is brilliantly executed! This Mid-Warp figure appears to be changing from translucent to black right before your eyes as the clear plastic blends into the black plastic with a fusion of hot blue in between the pieces. To tell us more about how he achieved this effect, let's hear from Frenzy.Rumble:
"Mid-Warp Skywarp was an idea I executed well a few months ago, using a deluxe sized, universe crystal clear seeker. With rave reviews and comments, and the urge to make it bigger and make it better; I went all out on a Masterpiece class version. Mid-Warp Sky stands approximately nine inches tall in robot mode (22.9 cm). He was built using a rare and expensive "Ghost of Starscream" Masterpiece figure. Spent countless hours removing the factory paint and details, and sanded then polished the clear plastic to a glass-like finish. I also modified his rear tail fins so that they don't hang off his hips and are permanently fixed to his lower legs. His display base is also custom painted, and include a very bright LED light which lights up Mid-Warp Skywarp from the ground up, adding extra effect to his teleportation."
Mid-Warp also looks fantastic in Seeker Jet mode so head over to eBay and check out more photos of Frenzy.Rumble's Custom Transformers Masterpiece Mid-Warp Skywarp figure.
A little over two years ago, I featured MacrossFA-19's Custom Menasor and I very happy to see that he has back at it. This Custom G1 Transformers Menasor combiner is better than the last one he made and even features the Hasbrotoyshop Special Edition Dragstrip figure. Striving to make this Menasor all he can be, there are a few differences to point out. Deadend and Breakdown have been created with different heads and the connections and joints have been made stronger. This combiner has some very subtle detailing on the arms which makes all of the difference and sets this custom apart from others. For example, the yellow and red accents seem to flow into the figures, which creates some continuity in the figure, which can sometimes get lost when the figures are so large like this. To view more photos of this amazing Custom G1 Transformers Menasor, head over to eBay!
When two minds get together only spectacular things can happen and as a result, Primo's Customs and Encline Designs joined forces to produce this amazing Custom Transformers G1 Masterpiece Deathsaurus figure. Created from blood, sweat, and a Red Geist and an MP Grimlock, this figure comes to life and looks so much like the art in the comparison picture above. The colors were very well selected and matched to the concept art and the choice of figures could not have been better. Let's read more about this great figure from the customizers themselves:
"Primo added new arms so he now has articulation at the shoulder, bicep, and double at the elbow. His head is also on a ball joint. He also has new hip, thigh, and knee articulation. His wings also have a ball joint to help add more dynamics to the look. He comes with both breast partners. Also included is a custom sword and gun with mace."
Coming from the Transformers Victory series in 1989, Primo and Encline have really brought the animated version to life with their Custom Transformers G1 Masterpiece Deathsaurus figure so head over to eBay and check out more photos of this amazing piece.
I did a search on a popular site that sells toys and the first result that was staring me in the face was a hot pink Transformers Dark of the Moon Sentinal Prime figure. The box shows a nice cherry red vehicle yet the toy inside does not match the photo on the box. You would think that the Hasbro would get a clue by the third movie but I guess their market research clearly demonstrated a need for more hot pink Transformers! As the Transformers Dark of the Moon toys are hitting the shelves, check out eBay's selection of Custom Transformers.
From the creator of the Steampunk WWII Jetfire custom comes Sculpt-Bot's latest venture into the classic era with his Custom MOTU Classics Steampunk Trap Jaw. Combining my two favorite concepts together (Steampunk and Masters of the Universe), the first word that came to my mind was raw when I saw this custom. The figure is over-the-top and captures the essence of Trap Jaw from the MOTU 200x line, where he was designed with over sized weapons and accouterments. You can almost hear the figure with its moving gears and parts; there is no way he can hide from his enemies. The color palette is dead on and the scaring and battle damage is very well executed. I only wish more MOTU figures were made in Steampunk style but one can only dream! For now, head over to eBay to check out more photos of Sculpt-Bot's Custom MOTU Classics Steampunk Trap Jaw.
The amazing husband and wife team of K&L Custom brings us these dynamic Cloak and Dagger Custom Marvel Legends figure in their signature style that only they can achieve. Cloak and Dagger first appeared in the Spectacular Spider-Man #64 from 1982 but the duo's future was a bit tenuous with spin off comics never gaining any traction but thanks to customizers like K&L, the Cloak and Dagger couple lives on as amazing action figures. One of K&L's strengths is creating lifelike action figures with lots of personality. The facial expression on Cloak's face is priceless and the way the face was sculpted with the raised brows and wrinkles between the eyes gives the figure a menacing feel. The hair sculpt on Dagger is awesome and I love the way the layers flow. If you want to see more great photos of K&L's latest Cloak and Dagger Custom Marvel Legends figures, head over to eBay!
Getting his hands on one of the latest Voyager Class figures from the new Transformers Dark of the Moon movie, Sabretooth's Workshop brings us this Custom Transformers Dark of the Moon Skyhammer figure. With this latest wave of movie figures hitting the stores we will see the array of hideous factory colors that Hasbro decided would look great on the figures so it is up to customizers like Sabretooth to apply a new paint app that most resembles the characters from the movie.
As you can see in the photo above, the factory blue and silver colors are changed to military colors. The paint app is stunning and makes the plastic look like metal with a great matte finish. If Sabretooth's Custom Transformers Dark of the Moon Skyhammer figure is an example of the customs we will see in the near future, I can't wait for more customizers to get their hands on more DOTM figures!
The minibots were the mainstay of many G1 Transformers collections. My friends and I had many of them and my guess is, looking back, they were much less expensive than the larger figures so parents were more apt to buy them. Beachcomber was one of those minibots that I had as a kid and Xaviercal has created a more update version of this minibot from a DOTM Sandstorm figure with his Custom Transformers Dark of the Moon Beachcomber figure. The basics Sandstorm figure was the perfect base for this custom and with the addition of the G1 style blues and silvers, and a modified head, Xaviercal payed a nice homage to this little minibot. You will also notice that Beachcomber also has a golden hand, which, if you are a fan of the G1 cartoon, is from an episode where Beachcomber found a golden lagoon full of electrum, a naturally-occurring element which would make any Transformer impervious to harm. After dipping his hand into the lagoon, it turned completely gold in color, which he hid from his fellow Autobots,
Giving He Man's sister the reptilian coat of arms, Hunter Knight Customs gives the Princess of Power the treatment to fight off the wrath of the Snake Men with his Custom MOTU Classics Snake Armor She-Ra figure. She-Ra never appeared in Snake Armor in the MOTU 200x cartoon series but HKC is great at imagining different story lines as He-Man and She-Ra fight side-by-side to fend off the Snake Men. The metallic armor is very well dry brushed to appear like metal and the colors match the MOTU 200x cartoon style very well.
The detailing on She-Ra's armor looks awesome and the Snake emblem looks even better than how it looked in the cartoon. I love the way her chest armor blends in with the rest of the outfit and the larger jewel in the middle of armor completes look! To place a bid on HKC's Custom MOTU Classics Snake Armor She-Ra figure, head over to eBay!
I am looking forward to DarkCaveCustoms' latest venture if the next five seekers come out as great as his first Custom Transformers Gundam Style Skywarp figure. Built from a 1/100 HG Gundam 00 Arios figure with a head cast from a Classics/Universe 2.0 Drift, the combination of these two figures plus the classic G1 color scheme makes for a very cool and modern looking Cybertronian type warrior. The orange paint accents on the chest remind me of the canopy of the G1 Skywarp from the 1980's, bringing together the cutting edge new styling while paying homage to the classics. Skywarp also looks amazing in jet mode:
As you can see in the photo above, the touch of orange on the canopy and the blue accents on the afterburners define the seeker in its alternate mode. As I said before, this is the first of the seeker jets to get this Gundam style treatment so look out for more figure like this Custom Transformers Gundam Style Skywarp figure.
Continuing with his Steampunk line of figures, Jin Saotome has immortalized the God of Thunder with his Custom Marvel Legends Steampunk Thor figure. It is cool to imagine the classic Marvel characters in an age of steam, metal and bronze. The shading of the figure brings out all of the amazing detail, such as the muscles, rivets, head gear. The voltage containment units on his back give the figure a very cool effect and the larger pointed bronze pieces protruding from the knees and biceps add dimension. Metal gears, chains, reflective optics, and magnetics round out this awesome Custom Marvel Legends Steampunk Thor figure so head over to eBay because there is less than a day left to snag this one and add it to your Marvel Legends or Steampunk collection.
I love it when customizers are not satisfied with the toys that are hitting the shelves because we get to see awesome customs like FrogDNA's Custom G1 Transformers Classics Hot Rod figure. Disappointed with the head sculpt of the figure, he completely resculpted the figure to resemble the G1 cartoon, along with making other G1 cartoon enhancements. I love the windshield of the figure and the way the blue was painted makes it look like the light and the sky are reflecting off of it. I like the use of gray on the legs, replacing the factory red plastic. The striking colors make each piece of the figure stand out, rounding out its G1 look and feel.
Christo provides an answer to age of old question "what does a Stormtrooper do on his day off" with his Custom Lego Star Wars Beach Stormtrooper minifig. In all seriousness, Christo makes really awesome Custom Lego Star Wars minifigs and I am happy to see that he lets his hair down and has fun with them once and a while. The Beach Stormtrooper struck me on a personal level as I saw my first vacation Stormtrooper at Comic Con 2010, which was a dude in Stormtrooper armor with a Hawaiian shirt and shorts. My son took a picture with him and this figure reminds me of that trip.
Every now and then I like to feature some unique and one of kind customs and this week, D.B.'s Custom Cast Star Wars Heads caught my eye. The detail in the cast and head sculpt is spot on to the Star Wars figures that appear in the movies. Only the heads are for sale but this gives up and coming customizers a canvas to work with. Sometimes people need some help in the head sculpt department and this is where D.B comes in. Here is another look at another finished head:
I first got a preview of Forgotten Forrest's Custom G1 Transformers Bruticus over at www.procustomizers.com and I was struck by the immense scale of the figure and also the attention to detail that was paid to honor the Combaticons. Standing a massive 19" tall, you can see the scale of the figure in the photo above, this figure retains the classic G1 colors and overall look that we all knew from the 80's. Another thing that struck me about the this custom was the attention to the really small details that not too many customizers pay attention to. Let's read more about these tiny details that make a large difference:
"His custom scratch built parts include his hands which are ball jointed at the wrist and on every finger as well as having an extra joint on every finger allowing for an incredible range of motion. Bruticus also has scratchbuilt hip and thigh parts (which are movable) as well as his wing shield which was designed to be very generation one accurate as well as being posable (the wings are posable to allow for greater movement). Bruticus also comes with a custom scratch built head that is unique, in addition to his normal head you will also receive TWO extra heads, one that is very angry and another which has a variation on the eyes, creating a less visor like effect."
To see more photos, especially of the individual figures, head over to eBay and check out Forgotten Forrest's Custom G1 Transformers Bruticus!
Being able to absorb the properties of anything touched is a pretty cool ability and PriceSmashers has epitomized this comic character with his Custom Marvel Legends Absorbing Man figure. The texturing on this figure was really well done. I especially like the bleeding of the textures from one section of the body to another, which gives the illusion of the absorption of material. For example, the gray on the left side of the body bleeds over to right side and the brick on the left leg is also carried over to the right leg. The texturing also brings out the flesh tones and the striations of the muscles.
The Star Wars vehicles that come off the shelf are pretty boring and bland with respect detail and paint schemes. Luckily there are people like Area Nifty One Customs and they have created a Custom AT-AT Imperial Walker and Snowspeeder that looks like it was pulled right from the Empire Strikes Back movie. You can hear and feel the AT AT bearing down on you and it is the realism that this custom portrays that puts me in the Battle of Hoth. The carbon scoring and gritty detailing is what makes this custom so great. The scoring also gives the vehicles some dept, which makes more look more realistic and less plastic than what they formerly looked like. If you have tromped through the snow before, you can imagine how dirty you get and this is the war torn effect that Area Nifty-One has achieved with the set of these two vehicles.
I can see the creative gears turning with each Hunter Knight Custom and his Horde Apprentice Skeletor MOTU Classics Custom is another example of how imagination can turn a normal figure into a villain from a parallel universe. In the She Ra cartoon, we were introduced to Hordak, leader of the evil Horde and in the MOTU 200x cartoon, we learned that Skeletor was Hordak's apprentice at one point. You could argue that Keldor was Hordak's Apprentice as it depends on which storyline you follow (She Ra or MOTU 200x) but HKC has also provided an alternate Keldor head to play out this fantasy. One of my favorite aspects of this custom is the intriquate Ram's Head that adorns his kama around his waist. It could be conceivable that Skeletor used this concept to forge his Ram's Head staff but I will leave that up to your imagination to continue the story. To view more photos and to place a bid on HKC's Horde Apprentice Skeletor MOTU Classics Custom, head over to eBay.
The blending of both the Transformers and the GI Joe universe is captured by comic artists, third party release figures, and customizers. The melding of all three of these concepts is Encline Design's latest repaint of this Rolling Thunder Optimus Prime figure. It is great to see the fusion of concept art meets action figure meets customizer! Based on the GI Joe Rolling Thunder vehicle that came out in 1988, this is a much smaller scale vehicle than Encline's first Rolling Thunder Optimus Prime, which was large enough to hold a GI Joe figure in the palm of his hand. The paint apps blend well with the GI Joe universe and I like the blue accents on the guns. As far as the execution of the vehicle concept from Xovergen, I am on the fence about the actual vehicle but Encline did not have a hand in making that part. If you want to see more photos of Encline's Rolling Thunder Optimus Prime figure, head over to eBay!