Monthly Archives: December 2011
I remember playing Megaman as a kid and seeing this figure brings back many memories of spending hours in front of the tube (when TV's came with tubes). Jin Saotome has made a modern looking Custom Marvel Legends Megaman figure that is both versatile in display and angelic in appearance. The face of the figure is one my favorite aspects as the eyes and porcelain like features make this figure come alive. A completely new design, this Megaman is reimagined and from the blood, sweat, and tears of Jin and his artistic mind. I love the accessories that were made for the figure as they capture the classic nature of the Megaman. The metallic paint sheens of the figure is so well applied that the plastic ends up looking like armor. There are more photos of Jin's Custom Marvel Legends Megaman figure over on eBay so head over and take peak!
The use of LED's are getting more creative as the years go by and this Custom Transformers Nemesis Prime is a nice example of a figure that is both artistically and technically sound. By applying an LED in the sword, the figure has a very cool effect. Using the Maktoys Battle Tanker add on kit, this figure looks like it can open a can of whoopass on any foe. The paint app on the figure is stellar and Wilestbilame's technique goes way beyond a simple repaint. Recreating the G2 color scheme on this RTS Laser Prime brings back that classic feel with a more updated modern look. Let's read more about this figure from the source:
"Nemesis Prime, scourge, many names have been given to the infamous evil version of optimus prime, but one thing remains clear, it is one of the freaking coolest concepts ever brought into the transformers lore!! still, when the laser prime debuted into the reveal the shield figure series, I felt that there was still something missing from the aesthetics to truly make an intimidating and menacing rendition of scourge, thank goodness for maketoys battletanker armor!! This third party add-on makes this mold taller, bulkier and even adds a light up sword and a trailer for his truck mode which transforms into a super insane ultimate multi missile exosuit!!! Now we could have a really awesome taller armed to the teeth scourge!!! So keeping this notion in mind, I wanted to bring back the glory days of RID by recreating this reveal the shield version figure with his evil version cartoon colors, one of the things I always loved about the cartoon was "shine effect" they were drawn with on their windshields and shading on their bodies, sort of as if the metal and glass had it's own shine in cartoon style, so using several stills I replicated that effect through a modern method known as "cell shading" and panel lining across his body to bring out a true cartoon style adding a more dynamic color scheme far beyond the simple repaint. Scourge and his trailer armor were carefully sanded and cleaned prior to painting, after which they were airbrushed with super high quality automotive grade lacquers and slightly detailed with high quality acrylics, and sealed with UV resistant matte finish to preserve his colors for years to come!"
Taking a page out of the George Lucas' playbook of making figures that only appear briefly in movies for a half second is Joe Amato's Custom MOTU Classics Wind Raider Pilot who goes by the name of Sky High! All jokes aside, it takes a keen eye to spot this heroic sky strider from a Masters of the Universe poster and an even more talent to translate this tiny piece of art into a figure. Now that Mattel has released their first ever MOTU Classics vehicle, Sky High was made to fit in the new Wind Raider. Given the concept art that Joe had to work with, he did an excellent job staying true to the MOTU Classics look and feel all the while creating a brand new figure for the line.
A first in AFC history, Koof LED has captured my attention and has not even laid a paint brush to his DA 28 Striker Optimus Prime Custom Transformers figure. You read that right, no paint has been applied to this figure! Instead, his talent lies in wiring LED lights all throughout the figure to create the cool effects you see in the photos. Here is a rundown of the LED modifications:
Led fiber optic roof lights
Led waist lights
Blue led eye
Dedicated switch located beside the engine sound activation switch
Lights gimmick link to the inner circuit, so lights gimmick activated when he speak
Shield with white and blue led
Headlights in vehicle mode
The figure looks pretty intimidating in vehicle mode. LED's can easily be overdone (especially if you know what you are doing) but Koof LED's work puts the lights in all of the right places.
Combining two of my favorite toy lines, Fernando has used combinations of Marvel and GI Joe body parts to create a new line of 3 3/4" Custom Masters of the Universe figures. I don't know how many countless hours it took this person to figure out what parts created which character from the classic 80's cartoon but the results are fantastic. He did a great job keeping the 80's look and feel of the characters while also giving them a more updated look, which is akin to what Mattel's Masters of the Universe Classics line has done. The costumes and colors are pretty dead on and for He Man collectors that are running out of room to house the larger figure (you know who you are), the scale is small enough that this particular collection won't take up that much space.
Highbrow takes on an entirely different look as Lek uses this P-38 to create a Custom Transformers Sunstorm figure that looks like it is taking to the skies fire! Using florescent paints and applying them to make it look like the vintage World War 2 plane is engulfed in flames, the figure takes on a great look that is a deviation from the usual Sunstorms that cross my path. The flame effects are not overdone, which takes restraint as some tend to go overboard with this kind of technique but the flames are in the right place and are believable. Looking at the figure in color takes on a totally different dimension.
The flames look even better in living color and they appear to be sculpted on as opposed to just painted on. This gives them a 3D effect that looks stellar when the lights are on. I have a soft spot for World War 2 planes and I applaud Lek for thinking outside the box on this one and not just doing a Starscream repaint. To take a look at the robot mode of the figure, head over to eBay and check out this amazing Custom Transformers Sunstorm figure.
Go big or go home! Xaviercal has definatley gone bug with his Custom G1 Masterpiece Transformers Fortress Maximus figure. Standing a gargantuan 2 feet tall, this figure captures the essence of the Generation 1 figure with the updated articulation and scale of the custom designed by a talented individual. There are many feature that have been packed into this great figure, including LED's and scratch built parts. The hands and sword were designed and built from the ground up. A lot of work went into this amazing custom so make sure to head over to eBay and check out Xaviercal's Custom G1 Masterpiece Transformers Fortress Maximus figure.