Monthly Archives: February 2012
Customizing is an artwork! Customizers, like JCartwork, pour countless hours into projects hoping to achieve and build products that fans will go crazy over. This Custom Transformers G1 Defensor is a great example how perseverance and determination can transform several off the shelf toys into grand masterpiece of a combiner we knew and loved as kids. The figure stands between 20" and 21" tall and has over 20 points of articulation, something the toys from the 80's were lacking. Sometimes customizers share how much effort goes into thier work so here to tell us about it is JCartwork:
"Its been a while since I have any new kitbashes online to share .Recently I have decided to complete my long waited combiner Defensor which I have been working on for almost a year plus, on and off .Its a very anticipated project which I wanted to complete for a long time. Remember the first Defensor which FR and Ryan Uybengkee did it was really mind blowing experience seeing how talented these guys have injected life to those plastic not to mention other talented kitbashers as well which I have missed . I was really inspired and decided to build mine version of Defensor as well . The progress of making this kitbash is painstaking .I have changed serveral joints inorder to make it strong when combined . Took me alot of time doing research and keep on improving until its fixed . I have used the best quality lacqer ,enamel and acrylic paint ,so it can withstand any weather condition . And I have also created decal to make it more G1 accurate .Its the most time consuming and anticipated project I have ever done."
One aspect I am impressed by is the construction of the figure and how this figure resembles the vintage Defensor with an updated kick! The old Defensor was too blocky for my tastes (that did not stop me from buying him) and JCartwork has really gone above and beyond with his Custom Transformers G1 Defensor combiner.
Using the unique Xovergen Grand Patriot figure, Captain Cosmic creates a highly detailed G1 version of the Leader of the Autobots with his Custom Transformers Optimus Prime figure. The Grand Patriot cast is a very futuristic or Cybertronian style of the Optimus Prime. It goes without saying but the paint app on this figure blends the right amount of weathering and gloss for a war torn, battle hardened look. In addition to the recoloring of the figure, Captain Cosmic has also cast some additional weapons and heads that make this figure even better. Adding Battle Blades that fit into the fuel tanks pay homage to Prime's onscreen movie styling while creating multiple heads adds to the display factor of the figure. In order to ease the pain of swapping heads, they come packed with magnets so you can easily interchange the heads. A ton of work went into this figure so head over to eBay and check out the other photos of Captain Cosmic's Custom Transformers Optimus Prime figure.
There are a few figures in my GI Joe past that I have fond memories of and Cobra's Trainer is one of them. I remember having grand battles between Cobra and GI Joe and Big Boa was always in the thick of it mixing it up and giving the Joes heck! Ratfink Customs has brought this classic figure up to 25th Anniversary standards with his Custom Big Boa GI Joe figure. Giving Big Boa a very different look than his vintage counterpart, the figure is given a more updated look with a Cobra Tank Top and a myriad of tattoos. It is great when customizers redefine the figures from the past and create their own styles and new looks. Keepem comin!
Tonight (technically 12:01 am on Friday) marks the re-release of Star Wars Episode 1 so I thought I would feature a Star Wars Custom in honor of the movie premier. Tonight, Mastercloner has a Custom Shadow Airborne Trooper up this week that also doubles as an ARC Trooper. When I first saw this custom, I thought it might be a repaint of an Airborne Trooper from the ROTS line but as I dug deeper and investigated, it turns out that Mastercloner casts his own helmets, which are designed to pop on and off and fit perfectly on the bodies. I don't think Hasbro has produced a solid cast Airborne Trooper head so this may be the first. I thought the Shadow Airborne Trooper was a great idea because the figure lends itself to more stealth action.
Standing at an impressive 15" tall, TB-Production & XavierCal team up to give you this Metroplex Custom G1 Transformers Supreme Class figure. I love when customizers put their heads together because you are guaranteed a superb figure when it is all said and done. The construction of the figure was done by Xaviercal and he has done a fantastic job at placing articulation where needed and replicating and scaling the large parts needed to pull off a Metroplex custom. The arms and mid torso are my favorite parts of this custom. TB-Productions put on the finishing touches to this great piece by applying multiple shades of white and gray overall and black and gray to achieve a steel like effect. This is one of the best Metroplex customs I have seen to date so if you want to see more, head over to eBay and check out TB-Productions and Xaviercal's Metroplex Custom G1 Transformers Supreme Class figure today!
Reflector was an interesting concept and only available via mail away in 1986. If you were lucky enough to save up for points and a nominal fee, you could get your hot little hands on this G1 great. Colosal Customs has paid homage to this Decepticon spy machine with his Custom G1 Transformers Reflector figures. By combining a G1 color scheme fused by a cartoon look and feel, you get an updated style while retaining the classic nature that made these figures great. The original G1 figures all looked different and this custom makes all of the figures look very similar, which is a great concept! I like the continuity that comes with the figures looking the same as the trio act more like triplets than separate robots. I also like the way that the barrel of the camera can be used as either a spy device or a canon (your imagination may vary). To get a closer look at this trio, head over to eBay and check out Colosal Customs Custom G1 Transformers Reflector figures.
One of the most elusive figures in the GI Joe cartoon was the supreme leader of the terrorist organization Cobra! With his screechy high pitched voice and the slithering hiss of the tongue, Sunok Studios gives a glimpse of what could have been under the famous powder blue suit with his Custom "I was once a man" Cobra Commander figure. It looks like one of Destro's or Dr. Mindbender's experiments has gone awry as this time, the leader of Cobra is turning into an actual snake. This concept is executed nicely as we are catching Cobra Commander in a half transformation. The plastic clothing is detailed and sculpted in a way that it makes it look like the clothing is tearing off his body, exposing his scaly, serpent skin. The snake texturing gives this figure the look of a snake ready to molt its skin. To view more photos of Sunok Studios Custom "I was once a man" Cobra Commander figure, head over to eBay!
Perceptor was one of those interesting figures from the 80's. It was not a plane, car, or other cool vehicle. It was a microscope and for some reason, the figure really appealed to me as a child and thanks to Area Nifty-One, he has paid a grand homage to the Autobot scientist with his Custom Transformers Commemorative Titan Class Perceptor figure. Starting off as a Supreme Class Cyberton Metroplex figure, Area Nifty-One received his inspiration from the 25th anniversary re-release of Perceptor. The Metroplex base figure is a fantastic figure to use as the alternate mode looks like a mobile laboratory where the Autobots can analyze any data the Decepticons throw their way. In keeping with the classic nature of the figure, the colors that were used stay true to the original as the reds, blues, and silvers complete the overall look and feel of the figure. To check out more detailed photos, head over to eBay and check out this amazing Custom Transformers Commemorative Titan Class Perceptor figure.
In honor of Super Bowl XLVI, CheeseHead Customs has create a couple custom Football figure from the teams that are facing off today! The 12" Custom Rob Gronkowski (Patriots) and 12" Custom Justin Tuck (NY Giants) figures are available today for bid and are one of a kind creations from head to toe!
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Debuting fully in the Star Wars Force Unleashed video game, Stronox has created an amazing rendition of this Star Wars icon with his Custom Star Wars Expanded Universe Starkiller figure. Actually, you got a taste of the Starkiller character if you owned the Soulcalibur 4 game, which he made his first appearance. There are several aspects of this custom that drew me to it. First, the resemblance to the concept and character are spot on. From the outfit to the facial expression, this figure captures the look and feel of this figure very well. In addition, the way the figure was painted was outstanding. The shading that was applied gives the clothing depth and a feel of soft goods when the figure is actually plastic. Overall, this figure is very well executed! To view more photos of Stronox's Custom Star Wars Expanded Universe Starkiller figure, head over to eBay!
I will always have a place in my heart for the combiners of the 80's. From Devestator to Defensor, the Transformers had the market cornered on a toy line that was a huge hit on television and an even bigger hit on the playground. Nomad Customs has captured this feeling with his Custom Transformers Denfensor combiner and has done it on a much grander scale. Standing a towering 19" tall, this figure can break down into the five Protectobots. This is how the combiners should have been made many moons ago but thanks to customizers like Nomad, the figures are made bolder, badder, and bigger!