Monthly Archives: January 2012

Cryax Marvel Legends Custom Mortal Kombat Figure by Bischoff

Cryax Custom Mortal Kombat 9 Figure

Cryax Custom Mortal Kombat 9 Figure

According to the Mortal Kombat Wiki, Cryax made his debut in Mortal Kombat 3.  He was one of the four cybernetic ninjas created by the Lin Kuei, in an effort to convert all members into unfeeling, cold-hearted, cybernetic assassins to improve their performance. He was assigned to hunt down the renegade, former Lin Kuei member Sub-Zero as designated unit LK-4D4.  Bischoff has a passion for creating MK figures and he is one of the best and his Cryax Marvel Legends Custom Mortal Kombat figure is not exception.  Recreating the colors and the body armor are the attributes that make this figure stand out above the rest.  The shading of the armor gives the figure depth and the braided hair coming out of the back of the head bring the figure to life.  I love the saw blade at the end of the arm which gives the figure the feeling of a finishing move that is soon to come!

Custom Masterpiece Grimlock in G1 Cartoon Comic Style by Wilestbilame

Custom G1 Masterpiece Grimlock in Comic Colors

Custom G1 Masterpiece Grimlock in Comic Colors

This goes without saying (but I will say it anyway!) that there are differing styles and color pallets depending on the medium which you choose to consume your Transformers addiction.  If you are a fan of the G1 television show from the 80's or if you primarily read comics, you will notice stark differences in the styling and features of your favorite characters.  That said, Wilestbilame has taken one of the coolest Masterpiece figures and gave it a comic color makeover with his Custom Transformers G1 Comic Color Masterpiece Grimlock figure.  The blue, red, and gold colors are so vibrant, really bringing the comic character to life.  I always love a great back story on why customers choose to make the figures they do so here to tell us about it is Wilestbilame himself:

"Ever since I was a kid I always loved Grimlock, especially the Marvel comics version, giving Grimlock a more cold, savage and strategical personality to the character as the true king of the dinobots, so since the style I've been using being cartoon style, at times some have dubbed it as more comic inspired than cartoon, I figured it would make sense to bring the comic grimlock into the masterpiece line with a closer to the comics appearance than the MP-08x that came out a few years back, he features one of the coolest gimmicks ever, COLOR CHANGING Blue to Red and Back LED Eyes for both Dino mode and bot mode, with easy access to batteries for easy switching.  Special thanks go to fellow Floridian Customizer and Tfw2005 member Big Hank for his masterful LED Work!!  I gave him a high contrast cel shading with dark tones of grey, yellow red and of course his comic exclusive blue paint apps, detailed the bolts on his grey areas with a lighter tone of grey for a subtle but welcome contrast and although I kept the light up feature on his arm I painted the sword to look as if it were lit up all the time which dims the light up feature but I think this looks better for the style, I didn't paint the crown of leadership simply because I like it's blingin aspect that gives a good contrast to the cartoon look.  I wanted to bring back the glory days of generation 1 by recreating this  masterpiece with his Comic colors, one of the things I always loved about the cartoon and comic was that"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 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. Optimus was carefully sanded and cleaned prior to painting, after which he was airbrushed with super  high quality automotive grade lacquers and slightly detailed with high quality acrylics, and sealed with UV resistant matte inish to preserve his colors for years to come!"

To view more photos or if you are a fan of this work, head over to eBay and check out this fantastic Custom Transformers G1 Comic Color Masterpiece Grimlock figure.

IDW Cobra Commander Custom GI Joe Figure by 785_Tanks

IDW Cobra Commander Custom GI Joe Figure

Cobra Commander gets new, updated, look courtesy of IDW via the comics and 785_Tanks with his Custom IDW Cobra Commander figure.  This figure looks like it is a direct translation from the comic and captures the hard lines and features from the pages.  This may be one of the best Cobra Commander concepts I have seen (aside from the 80's versions).  The face shiled is very reminiscent of the Cobra Vipers and it is about time that Cobra Commander has a similar look.  The helmet even has two small fangs like you see in the comic.  You can imagine him leading a garrison of Vipers into battle like Patton charging into battle leading the Third Army.  785_Tanks did a fantastic job creating this figure to honor Cobra Commanders new look so head over to eBay and check out more photos of this awesome Custom IDW Cobra Commander figure.

Darth Malgus Custom Marvel Legends Star Wars Figure by Katosuki

Darth Malgus Custom Marvel Legends Star Wars Figure

Darth Malgus Custom Marvel Legends Star Wars Figure

Darth Malgus is one of my favorite of the Sith Lords and Katosuki has captured his likeness with his Custom Marvel Legends Scale Darth Malgus figure.  The painting and sculpting technique used to make this figure give it a rough and raw edge.  The texture of the armor and the sculpting on the face give Malgus that battle hardened look.  I typically like a soft cape to wrap the figure but the hard plastic cape featured here gives the cloak a flowing look that adds personality to the figure.  Katosuki also has other custom Sith Lords this week so make sure after you have checked out his Custom Marvel Legends Scale Darth Malgus figure, go see what other surprises he has in store for you by viewing his other customs for sale.

Custom G1 Transformers Dinobots 5 Figure Set by GetRightRobot

Custom Transformers G1 Dinobots 5 Figure Set

Custom Transformers G1 Dinobots 5 Figure Set

The first of its kind featured on AFC is GetRightRobot's Custom G1 Transformers Dinobot 5 Figure Box Set.  Fresh for 2012 are the Dinobots reimagined in their G1 colors in a totally unique 5 bot box set.  Customizing the Dinobots in their rare earth mode, this set captures the feel of the dinobots in a task force dubed "Dynamic Infiltration of Non-Biological Operations."  In robot form, the figures take on the appearance of the Dinobots but in alternate form, they are hidden in plain site as a force to be recon with.  The box art on the set is all original and it is a very cool concept to release a "convention" style exclusive.  This set goes above and beyond my expectations and is truly a one of a kind set:

"This set comes in a convention styled, telescopic box that is 20"x10"x5" and features original artwork.  The box is extremely sturdy and has 4 1/2" soft foam cut to hold each figure.   Included in the box are all five Dinobots, Swoop, Snarl, Slag, Sludge and Grimlock in their short lived Earth modes.  A comic strip (also original artwork) included with this set tells the story of why the Dinobots adopted Earth modes to begin with.  Each figure is painstakingly painted and comes with guns/missile launchers and swords!"

I have heard from GetRightRobot that this set has attracted a ton of attention and rightfully so!  To view more detailed photos of each figure, head over to eBay and check out GetRightRobot's Custom G1 Transformers Dinobot 5 Figure Box Set.

Custom Transformers Movie Classics Black Zarak G1 Colors by Shinobitron

Black Zarak Transformers Custom G1

Black Zarak Transformers Custom G1

I have always been attracted to Shinobitron's unique styling and artistic prowess when creating customs.  So much, in fact, that I have been writing about his customs for almost 4 years!  His latest Custom Transformers Movie G1 Black Zarak figure combines the classic colors with an update movie look and feel.  Using the Transformers Movie Scorponok as the base figure, he has created a triple changer as this Zarak can transform into a Robot, Scorpion, and a Cybertronian Osprey Helicopter mode.  Shinobitron is always thinking of creative ways to make his figures better and better.  My only gripe with the original G1 Black Zarak is that the figure is too chunky and stalky but Shinobitron's version gives the figure a more royal look and the body is proportionate in all the right places.  To see more photos of this figure in his alternate modes, head over to eBay and check out this Custom Transformers Movie G1 Black Zarak figure.

WWE Custom Kane Resurrected Mattel Elite Legends Figure by jps9779

Kane Custom WWE Figure

Kane Custom WWE Figure

I was a fan of the WWF back in the day when Hulk Hogan and Andre The Giant were clashing in the ring and Demolition ruled the world of Tag Team.  As I got older, I did not watch it as much but the WWE will always have a special place in my heart.  I love when customizers are passionate about their creations and create figures that are both meaningful to them and have a good story.  Like jps9779, I am a wrestling fan, and this Custom Kane Resurrected Mattel Elite Legends figure is a great display of his talent as well as skill.  The key to making one of these figures believable is executing the facial expression and the costume design, both of which are nicely done!  Choosing to create the mask as he appeared when wrestling in the WWE, the forehead wrinkles and the texture of the mask looks very realistic.  Round the figure off with hand painted flames and stitching and you have one mean Custom Kane figure!

Happy 2012 from AFC!

Courtesy of Stephen Hayford

Courtesy of Stephen Hayford

Happy New Year from all of us at AFC!