Monthly Archives: July 2011
Aside from the Terror Drome, Cobra has gotten the shaft when it comes to bases to execute their quest for world domination but Zartanman has addressed this with his Custom Cobra Mobile Arctic Base made from the GI ROC Pitt. The first thing you will notice is the Cobra blue, which is very reminiscent of the of the Cobra A.S.P and the Cobra Bunker colors. The snow theme really came through nicely as there is "snow" accents on the wheels and on the rook of the mobile command center. One of my favorites aspects of this base is the frozen cobra hood ornament on the front of the base and the icicle detailing that makes it look like it is rolling through the arctic tundra.
If this looks as good as it does on the outside, I can't wait to see what this looks like on the inside. There are only 4 hours left to nab Zartanman's Custom Cobra Mobile Arctic Base and you will also find many other cool GI Joe customs over on his seller page and also on the website www.procustomizers.com.
After seeing Transformers Dark of the Moon, I appreciated how the designers made Optimus with more weapons and Frenzy.Rumble has created one of the greatest figures I have seen thus far with his Custom Transformers Dark of the Moon Ultimate Optimus Prime. If you want a figure that stays true to the movie, this one is it! Not only does this figure have enough armor on it repel any Decepticon onslaught, Frenzy.Rumble paid attention to detail so many aspects of this figure. By custom making wings and a jet pack, this figure looks like he was pulled right from the movie. The jet pack was designed to appear that the thrusters were about to take off, which is a very cool effect and the Autobot symbols add a nice touch to this great addition.
Optimus also has the ability to change his head from battle to regular mode thanks to alternate head sculpts. To get a look at the amazing detail this figure possesses, check out the image of one of the legs below. You will see weathering, battle damage, and intricate paint works to achieve a robotic and metal effect. Although this figure does not transform into a truck, the robot mode of this figure makes up for the lack of transformation. To view more photos of Frenzy.Rumble's Custom Transformers Dark of the Moon Ultimate Optimus Prime, head over to eBay!
Only less than 9 hours left to nab this amazing Custom Marvel Legends Mortal Kombat Kitana figure! Fashioned after her appearence in the Mortal Kombat 9 video game, this figure is highly detailed and recreates her representation from the game very nicely. The costume design is fantastic and captures the detailing on the boots and forearm really well with the graphic design. The fan design looks like it is straight out of the game and fits nicely in the hands, which where designed to hold the weapon in each hand. The head sculpt is very lifelike and the eyes give a lot of personality to the figure. The long flowing hair also looks real the way it was crafted and the flowing loin cloth adds to the realism. There are more photos to view over at mjb3777's auction page so head over to eBay and bid on his Custom Marvel Legends Mortal Kombat Kitana figure!
What is the Transformers universe without Starscream's sidekicks? Wilestbilame gives us a sneak peak at what that world would look like with his Custom Transformers Dark of the Moon Leader Class Thundercracker in G1 colors. I don't see many Dark of the Moon G1 customs so this one stood out among the great Transformers customs this week. The G1 color scheme and the striping pays a nice homage to the Thundercracker of the 80's and gives the figure an updated look with the F-22 Raptor design. Here is the back story and the inspiration for this figure:
"While waiting for dark of the moon to premiere, it was announced that a version of movie starscream with thundercracker colors was in the works, I was excited hoping it would be an updated voyager or even leader version (dare to dream) much to my dismay it was a deluxe version, and while it's nice and all I always felt that both thundercracker and skywarp where lost potential in the movie universe, they would have been awesome as leader class figures and even more on the big screen to say the least, but I said to myself no more! I also made several modifications which include include fully individuallly fingered articulate hands with movie accurate knuckle claws!(special thanks to fakebuster for providing these!) articulate wrists of 360 degree movement, all of this and still fully transformable! custom movieverse decepticon symbols, about 6 different shades of metal used for his metallic parts for a realistic look, meticulously detailed with different tones of gold and silver all the way up to his eye sockets! I literally searched every little detail where attention needed to be given to create one of the most detailed movie figures ever!! he even has individually detailed wires!! all of this done with the highest quality automotive grade lacquers, enamels and acrylics available."
The exposed wiring gives the figure a more realistic feel and the articulation in the fingers gives it more of a human personality that comes through when you see the movies. It is great to see teamwork on these customs and Wilestbilame credits Fakebuster for proving movie accurate knuckle claws. It is amazing to see how each customizer chooses to spend their time to achieve Movie greatness and you would not think that adding articulation to fingers makes a big difference but it really does. To view more photos of this amazing Custom Transformers Dark of the Moon Leader Class Thundercracker head over to eBay!
Sillof's Workshop has taken the Star Wars universe to the Victorian era with his Custom Steampunk Jango Fett 6" Star Wars figure. There are several aspects of the this figure that worth noting. First, the leg, forearm, and shoulder armor are intricately sculpted and the design fits very well with the Steampunk era. Second, I really like the sculpt for the helmet and the way the sides curve in, giving it depth and making it more interesting to look at. The riveting on the armor completes the look of this awesome Custom Steampunk Jango Fett 6" Star Wars figure.
Continuing with his G1 Tribute line, Malfunction brings us the great Autobot battlestation of the 80's with his Custom Transformers Generation 1 Metroplex. Chalked full of articulation and the classic G1 color scheme, this retooled and enhanced Japanese reissue is a force to recon with. Here is the back story on this amazing creation:
"A battle base for the autobots that also transformed into an unstoppable robot force, how coo was that. The only transformer strong enough to take on Trypticon. Too bad he lost every time because he couldn’t bend his arm or leg…lol. This custom started off as an authentic Japan version re-issue Metroplex. So what I did was make a custom that didn’t move away from the original but mirrored the original at a larger scale with a lot more modern technology. Pretty much my main goal was to create a g1 figure that was more g1 than the original, 80’s style, with 2011 technology, and better proportions. And with a little bit of chopping, stretching, and bulking this is the custom I came up ULTIMATE METROPLEX."
I really like the overall color and paint scheme as it gives the appearance of an actual functioning battle station with the carbon scoring and detailing. The over sized gun integrates into the station and provides a cool visual point of interest when the figure is in battle mode. With the figure in robot mode standing 16" tall, this Custom Transformers Generation 1 Metroplex must be a sight to see in person so head over to eBay to own this great tribute to the G1 Metroplex.
Gearing up the reprisal of the Thundercats series on the Cartoon Network comes MadTinker76's Custom MOTU Classics scale Thundercats Lion-O figure. The original Thundercats series was a huge hit in the 80's and I can't wait to see how the Cartoon Network pulls off this classic! As the series approaches, expect more amazing customs like this one!
This Lion-O is much more regal and refined that other customs I have seen before but this is a welcome change. The figure has a more beefier, gladiator like feel to it and the alternate head with face armor completes the look. The costume design is one of a kind and the addition of the cape, shoulder armor, and the lion symbol in the middle of the chest puts the figure in a later stage of Lion-O's life. To view more photos of this amazing Custom MOTU Classics scale Thundercats Lion-O figure, head over to eBay!
Standing at over 13" tall, Matt1989cars has created this amazing homage to the combiner of yesteryear with his Custom Transformers Generation 1 Defensor figure. Although the combiners from the 80's will still be my favorites, they lacked the articulation and scale needed to pull off the amazing battles we saw in the cartoon but thanks to customizers, we get to see these great figures in the proper scale with the cartoon look and feel we have always wanted. Not only has Matt1989 cars made the Defensor combiner as great as it can be, he also created a battle station made from all of the parts that form the combiner!
Foe of Thor and Thunderstrike, Bloodaxe is a force to be reckon with and Loosecollector has transformed the comic into a living breathing plastic with his Custom Marvel Legends Bloodaxe figure. This highly detailed figure demonstrates Loosecollector's talent in so many ways. The sculpting and craftsmanship on this figure give it depth and the the black really stands out due to the way the clothing was fashioned. The rippling effect on the body make it look like the figure is going to jump through the screen and get you! The sculpting of the axe and skull knee armor make the accessories look like they are real metal. Giving the figure that worn and battle hardened look is a superb weathering and cracking job. If you want to add a one of a kind figure that will fit with your Marvel Legends collection, check out Loosecollector's Custom Marvel Legends Bloodaxe figure.
I hate to admit it but I just got a chance to go out and see Transformers 3 Dark of the Moon so like Optimus Prime is out to hunt the Decepticons, I came back and I am out on the hunt for some amazing customs and Encline Designs Custom Transformers Dark of the Moon Ironhide figure caught my attention really fast! As always, I am amazed at the movies special effects and the rendering of the robots seemed so life like. Out to bring back some of that movie feel to the figure, Encline Designs has really enhanced this Ironhide figure from head to toe. Here is a rundown of the customizations:
"Added a ton of new body panels, recessed the tires int he chest, scratch built new arm cannons, head on a ball joint, waist on a ball joint, fully articulated hand, add some LEDs and correct placement of certain parts, and BAM!! I present to you one of my favorite movie customs I have done! HE DOES NOT TRANSFORM!"
The LED's really make the figure come alive and the scratch built canon arm cannons give Ironhide the menacing appearance he had in the movie. Other aspects that make this figure unique are the various ball joints that were added to increase articulation. I think that adding ball joints can give a figure that much needed personality. Although this figure does not transform, Encline Designs Custom Transformers Dark of the Moon Ironhide figure would make a great addition to your collection!
Mirage was one of the G1 greats of the Transformers line and Wikkid has produced this amazing figure in a much larger scale with his Custom Masterpiece G1 Transformers Mirage figure. Looking at the figure side by side with the original, it is clear that this enhances the classic version with increased articulation and overall style. A mix of figures were used to create this The base components are alternators Prime, Sunstreaker and Skids re-shelled with a 1/20 scale Ligier JS11 Ford F1. The head sculpt looks more like the G1 cartoon and colors are a great match, rounding out a very nice G1 Masterpiece figure.
Gearing up for the July 22nd release of Captain America on the silver screen comes Raybot Customs with his Custom Marvel Legends Captain America figure. Given the intense gaze and stare of the figure can mean that this figure means business and he is out to prove it. The lower body and the upper body contrast each other very well and I like the way the red, white and blue costume bleeds into into the black matte finish. Here is some more information about this great figure from Raybot himself:
"Bucky was revived as the Winter Soldier, and after Steve Roger's death he took on the mantle of Captain America! Now leading the main Avengers team, James Buchanan Barnes fights alongside Thor and Iron Man. He uses his indestructible shield, bionic arm, special pistol and expert fighting skills to defend the world in Fear Itself. This custom's built tough so you won't have to worry how you handle it, and he features a slick metallic paintjob, factory-styled oversprays, a working holster, as well as a shield, pistol, and machine gun."
To view more photos of Raybot's Custom Marvel Legends Captain America figure, head over to eBay!
What customizers do best is see how to make the figures we grew up with bigger and badder and this is what Malfuntion did with his Custom G1 Transformers Custom Ultra Magnus figure. Standing 15" tall, with better articulation, scale, and proportions, this Ultra Magus is a great homage to the 80's figure. The colors are spot on and Malfunction set out to create a figure that did not resemble an repaint of Optimus Prime and, to put it in his own words, this figure is a "ZERO parts-former meaning there is no Optimus Prime with a bulky costume on."
Let's read more about Malfunction's inspiration for creating this figure:
"Neglected by Hasbro, Hasbro/Takara took shortcuts by painting Optimus Prime white and adding an add on kit then called it Ultra Magnus, why?!!! Even today, the masterpiece line releases a white Optimus Prime and calls it Ultra Magnus. When in the animated cartoon did you ever see Ultra Magnus remove his armor and a white Optimus Prime appear? So what I did was make a custom that didn’t move away from the original but mirrored the original at a larger scale with a lot more modern technology. Pretty much my main goal was to create a g1 figure that was more g1 than the original, 80’s style, with 2011 technology and better proportions. I got fed up with Hasbro’s laziness and came up with my own custom made ULTIMATE ULTRA MAGNUS."
To place a bid on Malfuntion's Custom G1 Transformers Custom Ultra Magnus figure, head over to eBay!
The Custom Transformers Dark of the Moon figures are coming out in full force with the highly anticipated release of the movie. Customizers like Frenzy.Rumble, LEK, Encline Designs, Sabrina Ng, FrogDNA, Big Hank, and many more are showing off their mad skills with the latest line of Transformers toys. If you want to link directly to the Custom Transformers Dark of the Moon figures, I created a special link that will just show the latest and greatest from the Dark of the Moon movie so follow this link or click on any of the images in this post.
From dreadlocked head to pointy toes, Izzy Black has made this comic book character come to life with this Custom Marvel Legends Shathra figure. The iridescent blue really stands out against the black figure and looks exactly like the comic version. This blue is also carried through the wings, which gives the figure a glowing appearance. Although the comic art shows the hair in more of a crazy mess on the head, Izzy Black's version almost looks likes a cross between the Predator and Alien with its elongated skull and dreads. Overall, I really love the concept and it is great to see new characters being created!