Monthly Archives: September 2011
I am a huge fan of original concepts that are brought to life by talented customizers. In a fashion similar to the Star Wars Expanded Universe series, Jicco is introducing his own series which he is calling the Epilogue Series, which tells the story of the Post Dark of the Moon universe. Kitbashing a Transformers HFTD Ratchet, TFU Blaster, and Classic Prime, Jicco has created this Custom Transformers Dark of the Moon Epilogue Soundblaster figure. With companions Buzzsaw and Ravage, Soundblaster take the form of a modified Hummer H2. Armed with various communication tools and signal jammers, Soundblaster & his team is ready to contact other hidden Decepticons! The concept of the continuing the Transformers storyline is a fantastic idea and the figure is a cool concept that is very well executed, painted, and put together.
If you remember the brief moment of fame that Coleman Trebor experienced in the Attack of the Clones Star Wars Episode 2 movie, you may recall that he was the Jedi that was blown away by Jango Fett. Falling to his death below in the Geonosis Arena is no way for a Jedi to go! Immortalizing this brave Jedi is Christo7108's Custom Lego Star Wars Coleman Trebor minifig. Given the odd shape of Trebor's head, Christo did a great job capturing the detail, which is much more elaborate than the stock Lego heads that some of the figures come with. Add this one of a kind Custom Lego Star Wars Coleman Trebor minifig to your collection today!
Completely repainted from head to toe, Xaviercal pays a nice homage to one of the most iconic figures in toy history with his Custom Transformers Masterpiece MP-10 Optimus Prime. Using metallic and base flat paint to achieve a look that this figure deserves, the reds and blues really stand out, which make it look it came right out the G1 cartoon. Not only does this amazing figure have the G1 feel that we all loved from the 80's, Xaviercal has also painted the trailer to resemble G1 color scheme.
Just looking at the figure in truck and trailer mode brings back that feeling I had as a kid when I saw the Transformers cartoon for the first time and Xaviercal's Custom Transformers Masterpiece MP-10 Optimus Prime is the one to add to your collection if you want that feeling back in your life. Who knew plastic could be this therapeutic!
Rough, raw, edgy, and built for battle are ways to describe Sabretooth's Workshop's Custom Transformers Dark of the Moon Leader Class Shockwave figure. A lot of the parts on the figure were scratch built as to enhance the figure to Leader Class status. The chest is markedly different and I like the protrusion of the rib caged like chest, which gives the figure depth and dimension. The head on the figure, also scratch built, pays a nice homage to the Generation 1 Shockwave figure. The squared off and angled head with the light up eye helps achieve this look. There is also a fusion of purple and metal that weaves itself into the battle worn paint job that Sabretooth has painstakingly detailed on the figure. To place a bid on this amazing figure, head over to eBay and check out Sabretooth's Workshop's Custom Transformers Dark of the Moon Leader Class Shockwave figure.
Samurai is the term for the military nobility of pre-industrial Japan. Sporting a suit based on traditional samurai armor, Shinobitron brings to life one of Wolverine's oldest enemies with his Custom Marvel Legends Silver Samurai figure. One of the aspects that immediately stood out on this figure was the intricate detail that was paid to the armor. You almost get lost in the detail as the armor is very mesmerizing. My favorite parts of the figure are the shoulder and leg armor. The protruding spikes on the legs and shoulders gives the figure a menacing look while the realistic facial features complete the overall feeling of a soldier waiting to strike its prey. To get a closer look at the amazing detail of this Custom Marvel Legends Silver Samurai figure, head over to eBay and check out Shinobitron's masterpiece!
Dubz has given the main antagonist in the Transformers Dark of the Moon film a much needed movie accurate makeover with his Custom Sentinal Prime figure. The fire engine cherry red paint finish looks amazing and is a huge improvement over the out of the box figure. There are other movie enhancements to the figure and sometimes, the small details really add up. For example, the figure has diamond plating on the rear of the firetruck, chrome rails, and reflective mirrors, which add to the realism. Other details that Dubz added to the figure to make it more accurate include spiked knuckles made from metal, diamond plating on the robot mode, copper piping running from the chest to his right arm, and extensive robot mode detailing painted to match the on-screen character. This is what customizing is about...taking a mediocre figure that is off the shelf and turning it into an amazing work of art that you would be proud to display on your shelf.
JCartwork has outdone themselves with their latest Custom Transformers Dark of the Moon Ironhide figure. I don't remember Ironhide having a very large part in the Transformers Dark of the Moon movie but I am happy to see a Leader Class figure, rounding out the collection. It is cool to see Prime's two right hand men (Bumblebee and Ironhide) in a larger scale. Given Hasbro's lack luster look and feel, the silver and golds are in the right places, which makes Ironhide's face really stand out. The LED's give the figure an awe inspiring look and make the cannon appear that it is spinning at million RPM's ready to fire off a shot. The figure looks fantastic in GMC truck mode as it actually looks like a vehicle with the chrome stacks and showroom paint job. This Leader Class figure is heads and shoulders above the rest with its killer paint app, styling, LED's, and, in JCartwork's words, "freaking huge cannons!!!"
To commemorate the Star Wars Saga launching on Blu Ray in a couple days, I thought I would select my favorite custom in the Star Wars category. Capturing the magic and fantasy of the Star Wars Universe, myaprilsky has done an amazing job taking a model to the next level with his Custom Star Wars Light Up Republic Star Destroyer. Using the Revell model kit, this Star Destroyer contains LED's and fiber optics to achieve the special effects only seen in the movies. Using cutting edge technology, the base was made from scratch using Laser cutting machines and a 3D printer. The placement of the lights looks like it is a fully functioning Star Destroyer making its way through the galaxy. The custom base compliments the model so well as the lights and effects play so well off of each other!
You can feel the engeron and transformation of good to evil with LEK's Custom Shattered Glass Optimus Prime figure. The design of this figure is really well executed and thought out. The Shattered Glass effect is brought to life with the crackled paint effects on the hood and the cab, giving the figure a feeling of intimidation and power as this benevolent leader is turned into an evil overlord. Some really great additions were made to this figure, including a purple Autobot logo and a really cool gun that makes Optimus Prime look more like Megatron.
Baraka is one mean SOB and mjb3777 has captured the cold, brutal looking features of this classic Mortal Kombat character with his Custom Marvel Legends scale Mortal Kombat 9 Baraka figure. There are a couple aspects of this figure that are outstanding. First, the blades protruding from the forearms slice seamlessly from the the flesh and integrate nicely into the bone. Second, the facial expression of anger and shear malcontent really comes through with the way the eyes, mouth, and teeth were sculpted and painted. The costume design is simple yet very effective, capturing the video game styling of this classic character. This Custom Mortal Kombat Baraka figure is 12th in mjb3777's series of MK figures so if you are collecting them all, this one is not to be passed up!
What do you get when you cross a ROTF Optimus Prime, ROTF Megatron, TFTM Megatron, ROTF Human Alliance Sideswipe, numerous Zoid parts, and several McFarlane Cyber unit figures? You get the first Transformers Dark of the Moon Leader Class Megatron that stands 12 inches tall and looks like it was right from the movie! This is a great example of art imitating life where the Megatron in the movie was remade with a conglomerate of parts. Due to the nature of this figure, it does not Transform but that is a small price to pay when you have a highly detailed scratch built Transformers Dark of the Moon Leader Class Megatron to feast your eyes on. The detail in this figure is something to behold. Zildjian has brought out the rough, ruthless, and raw side of Megatron communicated through this amazing figure. The way the head was crafted gives the figure that battle damaged look from the movie that made Megatron a force to reckon with. To view more photos of Z's Transformers Dark of the Moon Leader Class Megatron, head over to eBay!
Ever wonder what life would if Hasbro scaled the vehicles to the size of the figures? With Michael Fright's imagination and ingenuity, you can get a glimpse into a Star Wars universe that is the right size for the figures. This Custom AT AT Walker is just one example of Michael's craftsmanship. If you notice at the bottom of the photo, you will see small figures at the base of the feet of the AT AT Walker but these are actual 3 3/4 inch scale figures, which goes to show you how large this AT AT really is. Standing at 4 feet tall, this AT AT is how Star Wars vehicles should have been made!
Along with the scale being grandiose, the detail inside the AT AT is not spared. The photo above is a shot of the inside of the cockpit and there is plenty of room for figures in this amazing Custom AT AT Walker.
If you can't get something done the way you want it, do it yourself! That was Encline Designs inspiriation for this amazing Custom Transformers Leader Class Dark of the Moon Shockwave figure. This figure appears like a piece of digital art with the sharp edges and fine lines but looks can be deceiving as this is a scratch built figure made from a host of other Transformers figures. The protruding rib cage and leg armor give this figure an ominous 3D feel and the swivel and ball joints make this figure super poseable. Let's get a feel for how Encline Designs came up with the idea for this amazing figure:
"I have been hoping to see a huge DOTM Shockwave since the first time I saw laid my eyes on that awesome design. Shockwave have always been a favorite of mine. Seeing his movie design was perfect. He captures pure cold, calculating, and logical beast that he should be. I knew the only way to get one is to build it myself. Using a leader class Megatron, Optimus, and a bunch of random parts as a base to start with, I scratch built the body parts using styrene and a torch. Then finished it off with a sculpted head and unique paint job using many shades silvers and steel and then topped of with a slight purple pearl. He glows with great lighting! Standing at 10" tall, Shockwave is sure to make a unique and intimidating piece to your collection."
You can see from the photo above how the figures articulate, giving it the feel from the movie it deserves. This 10" figure must look amazing in person so if you want a chance to own this great work of art, head over to eBay and bid on Encline Design's Custom Transformers Leader Class Dark of the Moon Shockwave figure.