Monthly Archives: April 2012
A little color can go a long way. Growing up with the original Star Wars trilogy, the cruisers, tie fighters, and star ships were pretty bland and gray. Don't get me wrong, the vehicles in the Star Wars universe are classic but when the prequels came out, they started to introduce some subtle color. The Republic Cruisers added a nice cranberry red and it brought the vehicles to the next level, which is what MyAmazinValues has done to this 5000+ piece Custom Lego Star Wars Millennium Falcon #10179. Replacing the few red bricks of color with a few shades of blue in the right places really gives this Lego Star Wars behemoth pop! Let me know your thoughts by posting a comment!
To commemorate the space shuttle Enterprise's ride on top of a modified Boeing 747, I felt it was fitting to feature one of the coolest shuttle Transformers from 80's. Maintaining all 6 original modes (shuttle, tank, transport shuttle, lion, bird, and griffon), GetRightRobot (GRR) has created a masterpiece with his Custom Transformers Masterpiece Sky Lynx figure. This custom is a marvel in both design, form, and function. Adding 6 LED lights to the figure gives it an added dimension while the colors cast a magnificent array of custom mixed colors of flat white, Ferrari red, and brilliant blue. The scale is quite massive as well and putting regular sized Transformers next to Sky Lynx really highlights the difference. There is also a killer video but you will have to click over to GRR's auction page to view it so head over and check out this amazing Custom Transformers Masterpiece Sky Lynx figure.
Using the Mighty Hercules version of the classic combiners, TB Productions has created a very cool rusted, metallic weathered Custom Transformers Devastator G1 combiner. Custom painted with different shades of green which reflect differently under different lighting, TB has captured the classic feel of Devastator with a rough and raw look. There are super detailed photos over on TB's auction page so head over there and check them out!
"Unyielding resolve has no conqueror." Sculpt-Bot, creator of one of my favorite Custom Steampunk Jetfire figure, has scratch built one of the biggest Autobots with his Custom Actionmasters G1 Omega Supreme! Taking his custom handle seriously, he has taken styrene and "sculpted" 95% of this figure into a non transformable Actionmaster. Let's read more about it from Sculpt-Bot himself:
"He has 3 independent LEDs, one for each arm, and one in the head that lights the eyes, and the turret on the back of his head. All of the LEDs have a seperate battery compartment, so they can be changed if they run out. The canopy opens to reveal his face, and rotates backwards for a more streamlined look. He stands 2 feet tall at the tip of his wings, and is extremely poseable"
Using styrene gives the artist tremendous flexibility to create accurate renditions of figures from the past and looking at the G1 cartoon and Sculpt-Bot's Omega Supreme figure, he has created a two foot tall amazing sculpture of this massive defense base in robot mode. To check out more photos and to place a bid on this amazing work of art, head over to eBay and check out Sculpt-Bot's Custom Actionmasters G1 Omega Supreme!
Apathy Ink has a very cool Custom Marvel Legends Doc Ock up for sale this week. A very cool pod like capsule enshrouds Dr. Otto Gunther Octavius. The metallic looking capsule is intricately designed and the way it was painted makes the plastic look like aluminum, with the striations that are found in these materials. One of my favorite parts of this custom is the way the head was constructed. The pock marked face looks eerily human and combined with the cyborg looking features, looks like something post apocalyptic. Relying on machinery to breathe and operate his limbs, this Custom Marvel Legends Doc Ock is ready to take on any foe!
Ok...so there is something really cool about seeing the charred head of Unicron at the feet of MacrossFA-19's Custom Transformers Classics Galvatron figure. As we know from the Transformers movie, Rodimus rips the matrix of leadership from Galvatron's neck while Unicron explodes and his head floats off into space. Creating a custom "Triumph of Galvatron" figure stand, MacrossFA-19 presents an alternate universe where Galvatron is the sole survivor, standing over the obliterated carcass of Unicron. Adding articulation to the neck, giving the figure articulated hands, and scratch building the arm cannon really brings to the life the G1 look and feel we saw on the silver screen back in 1986. This custom ranks up there with one of the coolest looking dioramas I have seen. It just goes to show you that brilliance can come from the right pieces!
Mephisto, sometimes using the name Mephistopheles or even Satan (among many others) is a powerful demonic super-villain from Marvel comics and is one of several such demons that feed off humanity's belief in the devil so as to masquerade as Satan himself (Source: Villains Wiki). Now that we got that out of the way, Jin Saotome, in larger than life scale, created this awesome Custom Build A Figure Scale Mephisto Marvel Legends figure. It takes patience to make customs as good as Jin's and it must have taken so much time to create the figures wild mane, which is made up of over 200 individual spines. The shading technique that was used creates depth in a figure that is essentially one color and brings out all of the detail that gives the figure that black soot'like feel. If you take a look at the photo, you can see just how massive and intimidating this figure really is. The hands are a fantastic scale and look great wrapped around Scarlet Spider.
Number 26 (yes, you read that right!) in the line up is Bischoff Inc's Custom Sub Zero Mortal Kombat 9 figure in Marvel Legends scale. I am very impressed with Bischoff's Mortal Kombat customs both for his technical ability and his dedication to the theme of trying to create the line one figure at a time. There are so many fine details in the armor of the figure. If you look close up, you will see the intricate detail in the bicep and forearm armor. I love the addition of the soft goods on the figure as it helps to break up the plastic feel and help give the figure depth. To see more photos of Bischoff Inc's Custom Sub Zero Mortal Kombat 9 figure, head over to eBay!
Darkcave Customs brings us this Burnimus Prime Transformers Custom figure. Here are the figures and genius that went into this custom:
"Originally a piece intended for my personal collection, it is now available on eBay. Burnimus Prime is a repaint of both the Classics/Universe RTS Rodimus action figure as well as the Fans Project TFX-04 Protector. The original hands have been replaced by 1/100 Gundam hands. His metal applications were made using Chrome for a nice metallic high shine finish. His armory includes the factory issued missile launcher as well as 2 additional weapons: A chrome plated Master Blade, A swap-in Long Range Ion Rifle Barrel, Magnetic connections for handles on both weapons."
For a character called Burnimus, I thought that the figure would take on more of a flaming or scorching scheme but the figure looks amazing in the ice blue that engulfs it. Replacing the hands with fists from the Gundam universe allows the figure to hold the killer weapons that were designed for it. The figure also looks great in vehicle mode as well!
As the Skylanders craze continues, Camo and Warnado are the next up in the latest release of new Skylanders figures. Like Zook, Lightning Rod, and Ignitor, Camo and Warnado are hot hot hot! What could be hotter is this Custom Skylanders Hex sporting a pink cloak. This Hex figure will fit nicely into your Skylanders collection and will give your collection that much needed boost of uniqueness! If you are tired of running out to the toy store and finding empty shelves, head over to eBay and check out some Custom Skylander figures for a change of pace.
Building upon the little known fact that Skywarp can warp to and from places in the blink of an eye, Wilestbilame brings us his version of this seeker jet bending space and time with his Custom Transformers Masterpiece Midwarp Skywarp figure. Inspired by the customizer Frenzy.Rumble, this figure was created using the clear masterpiece mold while adding his own personal touch to the figure by painting the figure in an electric blue. It is this technique that gives the figure the illusion that it is ripping through worlds faster than the speed of light. To hear more about this figure, let's read more from Wilestbilame himself:
"Skywarp has always been an iconic transformer to me, while he retains the exact same appearance as starscream and thundercracker, it is the fact that he was given a unique personality and abilities that really made him a seeker all his own, amongst this was the very little known fact that skywarp has the ability to "warp" between spaces in the blink of an eye, giving him a strategic advantage in battle, if only he knew what to do with it! LOL, well keeping this notion in mind and inspired by a prior custom piece made by FR, I created this skywarp using the clear masterpiece mold, I took advantage of the clear areas while solidifying others in a way not just depicting him being in the middle of manifesting his warping ability but also in a more dynamic aspect, as if he were ripping through the fabric of space and time itself!! for this he was custom painted with the highest quality automotive grade lacquer paint available, his warping ray was Handpainted with several shades of blue to achieve a truly awesome electrical effect between his solid to clear areas for a more believable transition."
The overall electricity effect is what attracted me to this figure. The blending of the clear pieces along with the crackling electric blue ripples throughout the figure complete the look and transformation of a normal looking Masterpiece Skywarp figure into this amazing Custom Transformers Masterpiece Midwarp Skywarp figure.
The MOTU 200x line that was produced back in 2002 provided the back story on the Masters of the Universe line we loved as kids from the 80's. As far as a cartoon goes, it ranks very high on my list as one of the best story lines for a toy line. The series met its unfortunate demise and was only run for a couple of years but I think the line was before its time. If the series came out today, I have a feeling it would have been around for a very long time. Fortunately for us, we have customizers like Hunter Knight to create the figures that were left in the line up and his Custom MOTU 200x Hordak figure is a great example of how one person can continue the legacy of a toy line one figure at a time. Like the 200x line, which was designed with hard lines and very sharp edges, this Hordak figure fits right into the line up!
With all of HKC's customs, painstaking detail goes into every figure. HKC took the statue and made prints of all the patterns and sculpts then transferred them onto a fully articulated base body. As you can see in the intricate designs of the armor, HKC really poured a lot of detail and effort into this great piece. The fireball adds that wow factor for me and gives the figure an added sense of personality when it is attached to Hordak's fist. I am very happy to see this line being built out one figure at time and I hope he continues his great work on other figures!
The Chernobyl disaster was a catastrophic nuclear accident that occurred on April 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine where an explosion and fire released large quantities of radioactive contamination into the atmosphere, which spread over much of Western USSR and Europe. It is widely considered to have been the worst nuclear power plant accident in history, and is one of only two classified as a level 7 event on the International Nuclear Event Scale (the other being the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster). Scottheking has incorporated this event as a diorama with his Custom Transformers Dark of the Moon Shockwave figure like the movie did! With an awesome paint job and a custom cast head, this figure looks like it is right out of the movie, especially when it is posed in the diorama. The diorama was cast from scratch, giving it a realistic effect as Shockwave blasted through it. To see more photos of this killer Custom Transformers Dark of the Moon Shockwave figure and diorama, head over to eBay!
Darth Krayt served as a Jedi Master in the waning days of the Galactic Republic. Eventually falling to the dark side and proclaiming himself Dread Lord and Dark Lord of the Sith, he took the name "Darth Krayt". Stronox, using his skill and talent, has made this Dark Lord from the Expanded Universe with his Custom Star Wars Darth Krayt figure. What I love about customizers is that they are always trying to improve their figures and themselves. For example, here is how Stronox has modified this design:
"Darth Krayt's shoulder pads have been modified for better positioning giving his upper arms a better range of motion, has had his waist modified so he is a bit taller, and he has also been given articulated ankles for better poseability."
The armor on the figure is intricately designed, giving the plastic a metallic like look and feel. Another aspect of this custom that is really cool is that the helmet is removable, revealing the face of this Sith! To check out more photos or to place a bid on Stronox's Custom Star Wars Darth Krayt figure, head over to eBay!
Going for the most cartoon accurate representation of the planet gobbling planet (I guess that would make Unicron a cannibal), FrogDNA has created this amazing Custom Transformers Cartoon Style Unicron figure. If you remember back to the cartoon, Unicron's colors are very basic given the large representation of grays and oranges, which FrogDNA has replicated very nicely. He even went as far to mix his own custom orange to get as accurate as possible. Removing the teeth from the chest, which was a suggestion from another customizer, Frenzy.Rumble, it helped to retain the overall look and feel from the cartoon. Using sculpting techniques and creating a custom mouth, this is the most realistic looking figure I have seen in a long time. The figure looks more impressive in planet mode!
In the Transformers Dark of the Moon movie, the presence of Shockwave was not only seen but was also felt through the rumblings of earth and the twisted metal that made this character one of the coolest Decepticons on the silver screen. Hasbro only gave Shockwave a Voyager Class figure mold but ForgottonForest has given this beast the leader class treatment he deserves with his Custom Transformers DOTM Leader Class Shockwave figure. Let's read how ForgettenForest made this great figure:
"This custom made Leader Class dark of the moon Shockwave stands at an impressive 11.5 inches tall and is designed to fit perfectly with all other leader class figures. He has been scratch built to be as acurate to the Josh Nizzi concept art and official movie CGI renders as possible. i took great care to build this custom with a sense of power and strength to acurately mirror his appearance in the film in addition to ensuring his menacing and evil aspects were also represented. I wanted Shockwave to be in keeping with the beautiful DMK-01 model kit so i really went overboard on the details, with cybertronion tattoos etched into his gun and sword as well as cables and lots of mechanical details that are hidden all over this design. Shockwave is not just a base figure with extra bits glued on, he is absolutely unique as well as being very beefy and heavy."
I really like many aspects of the design of this figure. The metallic look and feel of the figure is bold, giving Shockwave the menacing feeling he had in the movie. There are many detailed photos to view over at his auction page so head over to eBay and check out Forgotten Forest's Custom Transformers DOTM Leader Class Shockwave figure.
TFMAKER's Custom Transformers Ultimate Optimus Prime is locked, loaded, and ready for action! Redesigned based on Frenzy.Rumble's design and using three different Prime figures (Jetwing optimus prime , Ulitmate optimus Prime, and 2007 Leader class Optimus Prime) to complete this project, I would say the whole is greater than the sum of its parts! The paint app techniqued used for the canons and wings give the plastic a metallic look and feel. There are very subtle effects, like adding a carbon like texture to the end of the gun barrels to give it them a freshly fired look! The wing system has that same look (see below).
Isolating the figure by itself reveals just how much effort was put into every detail on Optimus Prime's frame. The colors on the figure really pop and again give that metallic feel. TFMAKER's Custom Transformers Ultimate Optimus Prime is available on eBay right now and you can see so many detailed pictures so head over there and check it out!