Monthly Archives: October 2011
Standing an impressive 11" tall and scratch built from the concept art from Josh Nizzi comes ForgottenForest's Custom Transformers Dark of the Moon Leader Class Megatron figure. this figure was designed with detail in mind with sculpted 3D rust effects, pistons that expand and contract, and lots of mechanical details that are hidden all over this design. The rust effects add a very cool effect on Megatron that mirrors his look in the movie, completing his decrepit and decomposing body he is trying so desperately to save. The pistons add realism and the addition of moving parts to a figure is always a plus. A special secret lies within his gun and to tell you more about this effect is ForgottenForrest himself:
I love the G1 effect as it is like and Easter Egg that only you (and the readers of this blog) will know! To view more photos of ForgottenForest's Custom Transformers Dark of the Moon Leader Class Megatron figure, head over to eBay!
Less than 5 hours away until this Custom Star Wars Old Republic Darth Malgus figure goes away forever (or until the next lucky soul puts it on eBay again). I must admit that I broke down and bought the complete Star Wars Saga on Blu Ray so I am back into the fantasy from the Galaxy far far away... I told myself that I would not buy them but I succumbed to the dark side. At any rate, this Darth Malgus custom is cool on several levels. First, it is not a toy that Hasbro will produce any time soon (or ever). Second, I really like how the face was designed as the figure looks like it has been through hell during the Great Galactic War. I love the pits and craters in the head and face as it reminds me of how Darth Vader looked when Luke removed his mask. The customizer did the video game character justice!
The addition of Optimus Prime's plethora of arsenal in the Transformers Dark of the Moon movie gave Prime the ability to fend off the Decepticons and Sentinal Prime in the battle to save eaeth and JCArtwork has captured this version of Prime in fanatastic detail and scale. This Custom Transformers DOTM Leader Class Ultimate Jetwing Optimus Prime captures the vision that movie portrayed in stunning scale and detail. The colors are so vibrant and they look like how they did on the big screen. In addition to the LED's that light up in the eyes, JCArtwork has also put LED's in the weapons as well, giving an energizing effect of powering on. If you are going to buy an Optimus Prime, this one would be the one to own! Combining the best of all Transformers movies into one super scale leader class figure is one of the best homages I have seen thus far to the great leader of the Autobots!
Hot off the just released Batman: Arkham City video game comes FitzJedi's Custom Marvel Legends Arkham City Catwoman figure. In the game, Two-Face has kidnapped Catwomen and plots to publicly try and execute her in a plot to gain control over Arkham City (an abandoned Gotham suburb that has been made into a prison following the destruction of Arkham Asylum and Blackgate Prison) forcing Batman to enter the city to save her.
FitzJedi has done an excellent job translating the video game character into a 3 dimensional action figure. The eyes on the figure are well done and give the character life. They also match the in-game shadowing of the eyes. To view more photos of this Custom Marvel Legends Arkham City Catwoman figure, head over to eBay!
I just finished watching Transformers Dark of the Moon again and this Custom Transformers Ghost Sentinal Prime caught my eye as it is the color scheme is a very unique twist on this figure. When I first saw this figure, it reminded me of of Saruman from the Lord of the Rings in both concept and execution. Saruman, like Sentinal Prime, aimed at gaining power for himself and advocated an alliance with the enemy.
The ghost concept is an interesting one from a storyline perspective as you don't expect the souls or sparks of the Transformers to live on but the overall execution of this figure is very well done. The glow in the dark Autobot symbol adds an extra touch to the vehicle mode as well as the weapons. Here is an example:
I really like the color scheme in truck mode as it gives the figure a higher level of sophistication than the original paint app.
To tell us more about the overall design of the figure is One2213 himself:
"I give you something you've never seen before...Sentinel Prime- Ghost. He has been airbrushed and brush painted to accentuate details. The paint employed is titanium white and black. This is truly a one-off. Self-directed color scheme on Transformer, sword and shield- makes it all the more unique. Forearms modified with cutouts to add definition. Feet detail has been swapped out with an actual metal panel. Addition of black pneumatic hose with metal fittings, can be carefully screwed off when transforming. Glow in the dark letterings on sword and shield. Plus the Transformer insignia is also glow in the dark. This Custom Sentinel Prime can still be transformed to its Rosenbauer Panther 6x6 Fire Truck Mode and vice-versa."
For a martial arts professional, flexibility is the cornerstone for any Master and Loosecollector has engineered those mutliple points of articulation in his Custom Marvel Legends Tekken Jin Kazama figure. Poseability is just one of the aspects that makes this figure great! In addition to bending the figure for kicks and punches, Loosecollector made several accessories that enhance the overall look of the figure, giving it the possibility of many different looks. My favorite accessories are the single lighting fist, red energy wave, and two crackling chi effects. They are very well designed and give the appearance of energy flying through the air. Rounding out this awesome figure is a great head of hair. I like the way it was sculpted and it gives the figure some depth. To view more photos and to place a bid on Loosecollector's Custom Marvel Legends Tekken Jin Kazama figure, head over to eBay!
Released only in Japan, Liokaiser is a unique and highly sought-after combiner and Forgotten Forest has recreated this figure in amazing detail with his Custom Transformers Liokaiser Combiner. Designed with a series of custom scratch built parts, including his hands, which are ball jointed at the wrist and on every finger, giving the figure the fine motor skills it deserves. Scratchbuilt hip and thigh parts and a custom scratch built head round out the amazing features of this classic combiner. He even comes with a cartoon G1 accurate re-creation of his spiked hand held weapon in addition to his main gun, which combines from Killbisons turret and Jarugas missile rack just like the G1 classic. The scale of this figure is massive and I wish that the original combiners were made this large. Check out the comparison photo standing behind the G1 Bruticus combiner:
Inspiration the cornerstone of a great custom and Andy Hibbs' wanted to create a movie version of one of his favorite G1 characters with his Custom Dark of the Moon Double Dealer Powermaster figure. When I first saw this figure, I thought to myself how is he going to pull off making the humanoid Knok and the bat-like Skar forms but he did! Andy Hibbs explains:
"As a Powermaster with three forms, he is bonded to both the humanoid Knok and the bat-like Skar, who transform into engines to allow him to transform from his vehicle mode - a missile trailer - into two other modes. When Knok becomes his engine, he transforms into an Autobot robot, but with Skar in place, he becomes a Decepticon falcon. Armed with an intercontinental ballistic missilecapable of flattening a mountain and a solid-light blaster, Doubledealer uses both his modes to switch back and forth between factions, working for both and neither. Doubledealer is a backstabber extraordinaire – utterly ruthless and treacherous, he is valued by everyone, but trusted by no-one."
I really like the dessert camouflage paint app on the figure as the vehicle mode is a perfect canvas for it. Playing into the story of Double Dealer landing in a decommissioned Soviet scrap yard, the vehicle mode has Russian Stars on it, which goes very well with Double Dealer's persona. Like the Soviets in World War II, they played both sides (signing a non aggression pact with Hitler then joining forces with the allies when Hitler invaded Russia). History is often a great tie in to aspects that customizers choose to add to their works of art. If you want to get a look at the other forms of this figure, head over to eBay and place a bid on this awesome Custom Dark of the Moon Double Dealer Powermaster figure.
Getting his inspiration from a 2002 the back cover of the 2002 comic book by MV Creations, Hunter Knight Customs brings us one of the most requested figures with his Custom MOTU Classics Illumina figure. HKC did a fantastic job translating the concept art into life, which finally brings this figure a reality. It is a shame when great concepts don't make it into production due to cancellations but it is great customizers that pick up the slack when the toy companies drop the ball. The figure is painted in Keldor blue and was made with armor accents that look very realistic, with decorative accents that complete the look of the figure from concept. The soft cape is a nice touch and softens the often hard looking MOTU Classics figures as most of them come with hard plastic capes. HKC also provides us with Emiliano's description of the figure:
"She's an old Gar with light related powers. She can control lights and she can blind adversaries when she fights. She's a formidable fighter, especially with melee weapons; in general her fighting skills are equal if not superior to a young Man-At-Arms, and also to a young Dekker. She's also a great strategist and wanders Eternia as a sort of nomadic secret agent..."
To view more photos or to place a bid on this Custom MOTU Classics Illumina figure, head over to eBay!
Combing ideas and inspiration from Frenzy.Rumble and Xaviercal, TB Productions has created an amazing Custom Transformers Dark of the Moon Ultra Optimus Prime. Using the Jetwing Optimus Prime as base-kit and combining with parts from ultimate optimus and other parts, including fakebuster83's articulated hands, the Leader of the Autobots takes on a tone of settling the score, finally, with the Decepticons. This effect is achieved not only by the hand crafted pin striping and the airbrushing but with the custom interchangeable gun that can be made into a cannon or a blaster, which is one of my favorite pieces to this custom. The paint job on this Custom Transformers Dark of the Moon Ultra Optimus Prime looks like it was fresh from the new car factory as it has that showroom shine. The pictures speak for themselves and TB Productions talent is on full display with his magnificent ode to the leader of the free bots!
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GetRightRobot is best known for creating killer Transformers customs but this week, he is taking a break from his usual and he is focusing his attention on an 80's classic toy line with his Custom Thundercats Feliner vehicle. Hoping to create a hybrid of the original toy concept and a more show accurate representation of the animated show Feliner, the execution of this vehicle is awesome! Given the scale of the Thundercats figures, this vehicle needed to be larger and with a 23" wingspan and 21" from nose to tail, this Feliner is large enough to hold 3 full size Thundercats figures. The video alone will make you want to head over to eBay and bid on GetRightRobot's Custom Thundercats Feliner vehicle so check it out here:embedded by Embedded Video
I have a soft spot for GI Joes and sometimes it does not take much for a custom Joe figure to catch my eye but this Custom Cobra Terror Trooper is very simplistic and the concept is great! What a great formula...take a comic pack Cobra Trooper, paint it black, and gray, throw a new symbol on the chest, and you have a new line of soldier ready to dominate the world for Cobra Commander. Great concept!
Benefiting the Save the Ta Tas Foundation, Encline Designs and Solrac333 team up to bring you these two pretty in pink Custom Transformers Optimus Prime and Bumblebee figures. It is great to see customizers come together for a great cause! Let's hear more about thier inspiration for and the story behind the figures:
"When Optimus Prime and Bumblebee get asked to help SAVE THE TATAS, they make sure to dress for the occasion! Breast Cancer can be a devastating occurrence in a person's life. Not only is it something that is straining on the physical body, but can also is very challenging on an emotional level. Especially for women. This disease not only effects women though, but men as well. One of the BEST things to do is keeping a check to catch it early. PREVENTION! Fellow Transformers artist/customizer Solrac333 and myself have teamed up to bring you SAVE THE TATAS OPTIMUS PRIME AND BUMBLEBEE! We hope that these two pieces of art will not only help raise money for research, but also raise awareness of how to catch this early. I think we all know someone who has been effected by this in one for or another. That is why 60% of the money raised by this auction will be donated to the SAVE THE TATAS FOUNDATION, and the other 40% will be given to family friends of myself that have recently been dealing with this devastating cancer and really need some help. Solrac333 and myself thank you SOO much for the support you will give to this event and please help spread the word to make this auction as successful as we can. We also want to encourage fellow artist to do what they can to help out. What is the point of having talent if we do not use it for good!"
After you head over to eBay and place a bid on these awesome Custom Transformers Optimus Prime and Bumblebee figures, check out the video that Encline put together:embedded by Embedded Video