Monthly Archives: May 2012

Menasor Custom G1 Transformers Combiner by JCartwork

Menasor Custom G1 Transformers Combiner

Menasor Custom G1 Transformers Combiner

It is always a blast from the past when I see the G1 Transformers in a new light!  JCartwork, building on experience from 2 previous Stunticon combiners, has really hit a home run with this Custom G1 Transformers Menasor combiner.  The vivid colors really capture the look and feel from the 1980's version but with a very updated look.  Some of the subtle aspects that I like about this custom are the silver accents on the purple feet and the LED's in the eyes, which gives the figure a Menacing look (no pun intended)!  JCartwork provided a back story on this custom so let's see what was said:

"This is my 3rd combiner  project Menasor ,after devastator and defensor . Accumulating from my previous experience in building a combiner ,I have really taken a mile stone ahead in getting less kibble and tighter joint done .Besides all those precious experience I have gain ,I have also accepted critics in improving my previous job and also inject new ideas in my current and future project .Stunticons are always my favourite character during my childhood days where I used to collect 1 by 1 to make them combine as menasor .Making 1 menasor alive do reminisce me to the old days .It took me a few months to get those pieces of job combine into 1 and also I have spent some very good quaity time in making those individual stunticons alive by giving them a detail paint job .I coated them with a very thin layer of lacquer paint and diffuse it lightly with some very define detailing process .Took me almost near to 2 months in getting the paint job done .Its really a painstaking proccess but after seeing the overall result ,all the hard work are paid off."

A job well done indeed!  To place a bid on this killer Custom G1 Transformers Menasor combiner, head over to eBay!

AFC Remembers our Fallen Soldiers on Memorial Day

AFC remembers the men and woman who gave the ultimate sacrifice serving our country so we can be free.  All of us at AFC thank you and are indebted!

Skarlet Mortal Kombat 9 Custom Figure by Bischoff Inc

Skarlet Mortal Kombat 9 Custom

Skarlet Mortal Kombat 9 Custom

Creating his 29th figure in the series, Bischoff Inc has made a near copy of the in game character's look and appeal with his Custom Mortal Kombat 9 Skarlet figure in Marvel Legends scale.  Constructing and sculpting the body almost entirely from scratch, the figure is an outstanding rendition of the various features you will find in the game character.  For example, the attention to detail paid to the red hair with a black stripe tied back in a low ponytail, her red and black clothing and ninja mask over her face and neck are very well done!  If you notice, the figure also has her signature four kunai strapped onto her right leg, completing the look.  Bischoff Inc nailed the colors on the figure!  If you look at the comparison of the game character (on the left) and the Custom Mortal Kombat 9 Skarlet figure on the right), you will see what I mean!

Custom Transformers G1 Movie MP Rodimus Prime Figure by xleonx007

Custom Transformers G1 Rodimus Prime Figure

Custom Transformers G1 Rodimus Prime Figure

Whenever I see a custom inspired from the G1 Transformers movie from 1986, the soundtrack plays on a running loop in my head.  It is a blessing and curse sometimes but the words "You've got the touch...you've got the power," have a special meaning when it comes xlean007's Custom Transformers G1 Movie MP Rodimus Prime figure as it was customized in honor of the new leader of the Autobots in the colors from the movie.  I love when customizers provide their inspiration for creating figures so here is xleonx007 in his own words:

"The new leader of the Autobots and star of the 1986 animated film made this character my all time favorite.  So I knew I had to make my own custom the way I wanted.  He had to look tough and fearless.  However, Hasbro/Takara just came out with their version, although it seems to be the best rendition of Rodimus Prime to date, like Optimus it is just too cute and plain.  After all, the Autobots were soldiers in a war for peace.  The masterpiece figure looks like a robotic butler rather than a soldier.  So I had to create my own rendition, So what I did was make a custom that didn’t move away from the original but mirrored the original at a larger scale with a lot more modern technology and better proportions.  Pretty much my main goal was to create a g1 figure that was more g1 than the original, 80’s style, with 2011 technology and this is the solution I came up with. A Masterpiece Rodimus Prime."

The reds and oranges play really nicely off of each other and create that nostalgic look from the cartoon that was so awe inspiring on the big screen.  Some other modification include a Diecast chest with matrix storage room in robot mode, a transforming trailer attaches and detaches with ease, and articulation overload, including head on ball joint, articulated hands, arms and legs.  This is a fantastic figure that sure brings back memories!  If you want to see more photos or purchase this figure, head over to eBay and check out this great Custom Transformers G1 Movie MP Rodimus Prime figure.

Apocalypse Custom Marvel Universe Build A Figure Scale by Pack Rat Studios

Custom Apocalypse Marvel Universe BAF Scale Figure

Custom Apocalypse Marvel Universe BAF Scale Figure

Locked, loaded, and ready for action!  Pack Rat Studios fully equips his Custom Marvel Universe BAF Scale Apocalypse figure with a battery of weapons and accessories that is sure to intimidate any foe!  Using magnets as the medium to attach the weapons, you can easily change out the look and feel of this figure.  With 14 different add ons, you over 20 million ways to weaponize this figure in any way you see fit.  The colors and shading of this figure bring out the fantastic detail.  I love the hose detail that extends from his back to his arms.  To view all of the magnificent detail and the plethora of accessories, head over to eBay and while you are there, make sure you place a bid on this killer Custom Marvel Universe BAF Scale Apocalypse figure.

Soundwave Custom G1 MP Transformers and Cassettes by Colosal Customs

Soundwave Custom G1 Transformers and Cassettes

Soundwave Custom G1 Transformers and Cassettes

I have always wondered where Soundwave stored all of the cassettes that ejected from his chest!  That question has plagued me ever since the 80's but I will have to let this one go because Colosal Customs has diverted my attention to his Custom G1 Transformers MP Soundwave with, as he calls them, minions!  The line up includes Ravage, Ratbat, Slugfest, Laserbeak, Headstrong, and Razorclaw.  With LED's in the eyes and chest compartment, this Soundwave is not only unique looking but it gives the figure a different depth and dimension.  The grip that I had with the original Soundwave from the 80's was the lack of articulation but Colosal Customs has fixed that with his added telescoping waist, ball joints, and hands that rotate 360 degrees.  There are a plethora of photos over at his auction page so head over to eBay and check out his Custom G1 Transformers MP Soundwave and you will also get a closer look at the gaggle of cassettes that come with this figure!

Frenzy Rumble and Laserbeak Custom Transformers Cassettes by Frog DNA

Frenzy Custom G1 Transformers

Frenzy Custom G1 Transformers

FrogDNA is the master of creating G1 Transformers customs and this week, he has Soundwave's right hand men in classic Generation 1 style.  By sculpting the finest details, like Laserbeak's beak, and applying matt finish to get that cartoon feel just right, his customs always look like they are fresh from the 80's.  You can almost hear Soundwave's electronic synthesized voice commanding his army of mini cassettes and FrogDNA's customs makes this a reality with his Custom G1 Transformers Frenzy, Laserbeak, and Rumble!

Laserbeak Custom G1 Transformers

Laserbeak Custom G1 Transformers

Rumble Custom G1 Transformers

Rumble Custom G1 Transformers

Custom Deadpool and Transforming Exo-Suit by Frenzy.Rumble

Deadpool Custom and Transforming Exo-Suit

Deadpool Custom and Transforming Exo-Suit

I am a huge fan of crossovers and the blending of worlds that were not meant to be together.  Imagining a world where Transformers and the Marvel universes collide, Frenzy.Rumble has created a one of a kind concept with his Custom Deadpool with a Transforming Exo-Suit.  The Transforming mech suit that Deadpool controls is a machine of destruction that is ready for action.  The Exo-Suit has a massive amount of articulation and a gaggle of weapons  The suit sports two magnetically held guns on the backs of his forearms.  Like Frenzy.Rumble said, " If Deadpool's going to go big, he's gonna go big with some style."  What mercenary doesn't need a killer ride?  If you want to check out more detailed photos over his auction page, head over to eBay and view his Custom Deadpool with a Transforming Exo-Suit.

Megatron and Igor Transformers Dark of the Moon Custom by Andy Hibbs

Megatron Transformers Dark of the Moon Custom

Megatron Transformers Dark of the Moon Custom

You have to admit, Megatron as gotten the short end of the stick in all of the Transformers movies.  After being resurected from his frozen tomb, he got his Deception tail kicked and dumped in the Laurentian Abyss in the first movie, he is scrapped together with random parts in the 2nd movie, and then contracts some machine eating virus in the 3rd movie.

That said, Andy Hibbs has captured the look and feel of the Leader of the Decepticons with his Custom Transformers Dark of the Moon Megatron complete with his little lackey!  Andy has created an Action Masters version, meaning that the figure does not transform but what is lost in the inability to convert the figure is definitely made up in the ingenuity and creativity of the custom.  Using a combination of ROTF Leader Prime and ROTF Leader Megatron parts as well as many scratch built parts using styrene, this figure is movie accurate and amazing!  If you look real closely, you will see Igor, Megatron's twisted little wretch, whoIgor hung around at Megatron's Decepticon refugee camp in Africa, where he was weird and crazy, eating the occasional minerals that Megatron gathered and brought back to him and the hatchlings.  No detail was left out and he even captured the detail in Megatron's head where it seemed to be disintegrating right before your eyes. Andy has also made a killer video so check it out when you click over to view his Custom Transformers Dark of the Moon Megatron figure.

 

Brock Lesnar WWE UFC Custom Extreme Rules 2012 Figure by lllbll

Brock Lesnar WWE UFC Custom

Brock Lesnar WWE UFC Custom

I used to watch wrestling religiously as a kid when Hulk Hogan, George the Animal Steele and the tag team sensation Demolition ruled the ring.  I am pretty out of touch when it comes to modern wrestlers but I know a good custom when I see one and lllbll's Custom Brock Lesnar figure captures the essence from the Extreme Rules 2012 WWE event.  Customized from head to toe and decked out with a removable shirt, the combination of soft goods and detailed paint app brings this figure to life.  Adding the shirt gives the figure a new look so it is like you get two (two), two figures in one!  This figure is extremely detailed and would make a very unique and excellent addition to anyone's WWE or UFC collection so head over to eBay and check out this cool Custom Brock Lesnar figure.

Sea Spray Custom G1Transformers Figure by FrogDNA

Sea Spray Custom G1Transformers Figure

Sea Spray Custom G1Transformers Figure

The minibot from the 1980's we have known to grow and love has turned into a biggiebot thanks for FrogDNA and his Custom G1 Transformers Sea Spray figure.  Recreating the classic blue and gold vehicle in a grand scale, the head sculpt is brand new, which makes him look like his classic character but with a beefier body.  As he explains, "I used matt enamels to get that cartoony look and several screen shots from the cartoon to match the colors and details. I added several shades of a custom blue and yellow, for a deeper look, but keeping the G1 style.  All the details were handpainted, it also has several washes to bring out the details and it was finally clear coated with dullcote lacquer, for protection and a nice matt look."  To view more detailed photos, head over to FrogDNA's Custom G1 Transformers Sea Spray figure.

Spiderman Custom Marvel Legends Figure by Jin Saotome

Spiderman Custom Marvel Legends Figure

Spiderman Custom Marvel Legends Figure

I have been a fan of Jin's work for a very long time and there is good reason!  He consistently knocks his customs out of the ballpark!  His amazing Custom Marvel Legends Spiderman figure is packed full of articulation, where he can "look straight up, hunch, crouch, crawl, leap, akimbo, and pose just about any way you can imagine."  That is more articulation than you can shake a stick at.  I love the dark lines that compliment the red spider suit, highlighting fine details in the figure.  There is also one more hidden surprise, which you will have to discover by clicking over to Jin's item page to check out his Custom Marvel Legends Spiderman figure.

Shockwave Custom Leader Class Transformers Dark of the Moon Figure by jacerc130 and Encline Designs

Leader Class Shockwave Custom Transformers DOTM Figure

Leader Class Shockwave Custom Transformers DOTM Figure

Combining forces to create this Custom Leader Class Transformers Shockwave DOTM figure, jacerc130 and Encline Designs display their unique talents.  Kitbashing and sculpting various parts of the this figure, jacerc130 has transformed one of the iconic figures in the Transformers universe into a towering giant.  One of my favorite parts of this custom is the large gun, which seems to have tentacles growing into it.  This gives the gun a living breathing persona to it, which makes you wonder if it has a mind of its own.  Topping the figure off with Shockwave's patented single eye and purple look, this figure possesses both the updated look from the movies as well as the classic feel of the 80's classic.  Sealing this look is Encline Designs god given talent in paint application and design.  To check out more photos of this Custom Leader Class Transformers Shockwave DOTM figure, head over to eBay!

Archangel Custom Steampunk Marvel Legends Figure by Pack Rat Studios

Archangel Custom Steampunk Marvel Legends Figure

Archangel Custom Steampunk Marvel Legends Figure

Customizing in my favorite genera, Pack Rat Studios has reimagined a world where steam powers heroes and villains with his amazing Custom Marvel Legends Steampunk Archangel figure.  A work of art is an understatement when describing this figure!  Staying true the Steampunk era theme and overall design, this figure possesses many qualities that make it a masterpiece.  The bronze coloring and shading gives the armor, wings, and jet pack that classic feel we have come to know that encapsulates the Steampunk period.  No detail was spared in creating this piece.  From the mesh shoulder armor, which is very medieval, to the era defining rivets that adorn the wings and body armor, this is one of my favorite Steampunk figures to date.  Taking a detailed look at the wing pack, you can see the use of gold playing off the bronze and really highlighting the intricacy of this figure.  Pack Rat Studios has highly detailed photos on his auction page so head over and check out his Custom Marvel Legends Steampunk Archangel figure and while you are there, place a bid to secure this timeless figure in your collection.