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Grimlock Shattered Glass Custom Transformers Fall of Cybertron Figure by Wilestbilame

Custom Shattered Glass Grimlock

Custom Shattered Glass Grimlock

The Shattered Glass Transformers features a twisted world where do-gooders are evil and villains are saints.  Wilestbilame has brought the leader of the Dinobots into this bizzare universe with his Custom Transformers Shattered Glass Grimlock figure.  When you dig deeper, the figure is an amalgamation of the Fall of Cybertron, Shattered Glass, and G1 worlds where the paint app and styling pays homage to the largest transforming dinosaur Decepticon Trypticon.  With the freedom to make the figure how he wanted it, all of the styles combine into one amazing looking figure.  I thought it was a cool idea to design the figure after a G1 Decepticon, which really makes the figure fit in to the "dark side" of the Transformers Shattered Glass scheme.  To hear more about what inspired this great creation, here is Wilestbilame to tell you more about it:

"Having enjoyed the  Fall of cybertron video game I had an absolute blast playing as Grimlock, there's nothing cooler than being a prehistoric powerhouse raining fire all over my foes! LOL so I felt more than motivated to give the incredibly awesome and recently released  voyager figure a spin, and having seen some cool looking customs done in his game accurate color scheme I wanted to take a different approach for my personal attempt by bringing back one of his coolest incarnations, The Evil Shattered Glass Universe Grimlock! based on the extremely popular mirror universe where autobots are evil and decepticons are heroic, one concept that really stood out to me was that of Grimlock appearing in colors that homage Trypticon, although he was given a darker grey color than his G1 persona, I always thought Grimlock would look better in black to truly bring out the trypticon within him."

 

Monarch Custom DC Universe Marvel Legends Scale Figure by Katosuki

Custom Marvel Legends Monarch

Custom Marvel Legends Monarch

It is great when customizers bring to life figures from the comics and Katosuki's Monarch Custom DC Universe figure is a great example.  Looking at the comic and concept art, the figure looks like it came straight out of the pages.  The blue, golds, and grays play nicely off of each other.  I like the choice of the kama design as the texture on it adds some dimension to the design.  I think this figure best represents this version of Monarch seen below.  To bid on Katosuki's Monarch Custom DC Universe figure, head over to eBay!

If you are not familiar with this character from the DC Universe, here is more info on it:

"The original Monarch was a tyrant from a future dystopian Earth. He chose scientist Matthew Ryder for a time-traveling experiment that would change the latter into Waverider. Waverider, knowing Monarch was originally a hero that turns evil in 1991, goes back in time to that year to prevent Monarch from ever coming to power. Monarch follows Waverider, without his knowledge, to stop his plans. He hides his surveillance of Waverider until the latter makes physical contact with Captain Atom, and battles the Justice League. During the battle he kidnaps Dawn Granger and escapes, pursued by Hank Hall. Hall catches up just in time to see Monarch kill her. Without her calming influence, Hall rages out of control and beats Monarch to death. However, he discovers that Monarch is in fact the future version of himself" (comicvine)

Custom Masterpiece Optimus Prime Transformers MP-10 G1 Figure by ThyVipera

Custom Masterpiece Transformers Optimus Prime

Custom Masterpiece Transformers Optimus Prime

Starting with Hasbro's MP-10 version of the leader of the Autobots, ThyVipera has built upon a solid foundation and made it even better with his Custom Masterpiece Transformers Optimus Prime figure.  With the limited paint app from the original figure, I can see why ThyVipera decided to change up the colors to make them more deeper and richer.  For example, in Hasbro's version, the blue looks more pastel and the colors make the figure looks like plastic.  With ThyVipera's version, he has selected darker colors, even going as far as darkening the Autobot symbol on the figure's arms, which is a great, but subtle, addition to the overall look and feel of the figure.  The inside of Optimus' trailer looks amazing as it got a first class paint app, bringing out the richness and detail of this hidden gem.  An excellent job was done retaining the G1 feel while changing up the colors for this Custom Masterpiece Transformers Optimus Prime figure!

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Joker Death of the Family Marvel Legends Scale Custom by Horton’s Heroes

Custom Death of the Family Joker

Custom Death of the Family Joker

The Joker marks his return to Gotham by assaulting the GCPD and recovering his preserved face and Horton's Heroes has captured the essence of this villain with this Custom Death of the Family Joker figure in Marvel Legends scale.  What you will notice about the Joker from the comic is that the face looks like it is in terrible shape, which I guess what happens when you put your face back on.  This figure and the way the head was sculpted recreates this look from the comic in stunning detail.  In addition to the face looking like it came from the comic book, this figure also includes a real tool belt and tools, which adds to the realism of the figure.  To check out more details of this Custom Death of the Family Joker figure, head over to eBay.

AFC Q&A with Xaviercal: Custom Transformers Masterpiece Soundblaster

Masterpiece Soundblaster Custom Transformers Figure

Masterpiece Soundblaster Custom Transformers Figure

Ever wonder the effort it takes to make a custom but were too afraid to ask?  AFC interviews Xaviercal to find out more about his Custom Transformers Masterpiece Soundblaster figure:

AFC: What is the custom you have up for sale on eBay this week?

Xaviercal: Well this week I will have a inspired Masterpiece G1 Soundblaster custom from the Headmasters cartoon series.

AFC: How was this figure made?

Xaviercal: This figure was a MP-13 Takara Soundwave, repainted using ,metallic black & red  both from Tamiya Color as well as a bit of custom blending to give Soundblaster a very nice look such as a Henkei figure but not overdone that It could fit with other stock Masterpiece and Customs.  As painting techniques goes, one big step that is mainly key factor is the disassemble to every little bit and cleaning each piece from stock paint or else the new paint might react to it and well come out terrible or everything will need to redone. The key is always to take time in preparation in cleaning the figures especially if you are going for a clean look.

AFC: How many hours did it take you to create this figure?

Xaviercal: Hmm I would guess with taking it apart, cleaning it, painting, masking, paint some more, wait for it to dry, putting it back together and final taking photos of it, would say a good 48 hours about.  It is hard to keep track, especially with other projects going on at the same time.

AFC: What inspired you to create this custom?

Xaviercal: Well had come across a MP Soundwave and thought about doing a Normal Soundwave but why not Soundblaster? Actually now that I think about it, I hardly see any Soundblasters around, but yes he has a cool color scheme, black with red with some blue in it.

AFC: Is there any other interesting information about the process of making this custom that you would like to share with your fans?

Xaviercal: Well there are sometimes design changes that happen at the last minute.  For example, I painted Soundblaster's chest a translucent red; however when it came to the photos, his chest was too dark to tell it was red so I went back to repaint it a solid red now, which now has better impact in the overall design.

Superman Man of Steel 2013 Custom Figure by MattHancock

Superman Man of Steel Custom

Superman Man of Steel Custom

In anticipation of the upcoming Superman Man of Steel movie that hits theatres June 14th 2013, MattHancock has created this Custom Marvel Legends Scale Superman figure modeled after Henry Cavill, the lucky actor to play the Man of Steel!  The one major change to Clark Kent's costume is the lizard'like appearance of the suit, which is replicated very nicely in this figure.  Textured and hand sculpted, the suit displays a high degree of accuracy to the movie version.  The smallest details can make or break a custom and Matt has even thought about the cloth cape as it folds into the shoulders as he replicated the way linen folds into the actual costume from the movie.  He also added a very cool reflective base to show off this fine piece.  To view more photos of MattHancock's Custom Marvel Legends Superman Man of Steel custom, head over to eBay!

AFC Q&A with Frenzy.Rumble: Custom Masterpiece Revenge of the Generation One Starscream

Custom Masterpiece Revenge of the Generation One Starscream

Custom Masterpiece Revenge of the Generation One Starscream

AFC sits down with Frenzy.Rumble to get the latest info on his Custom Masterpiece Revenge of the Generation One Starscream figure:

AFC: What is the custom you have up for sale on eBay this week?

Frenzy.Rumble: Masterpiece Revenge of the Generation One Starscream

AFC: What inspired you to create this custom?

Frenzy.Rumble: I'm a huge fan of both Generation One and the movie stuff. Why not mash the aesthetics of both designs

AFC: How was this figure made? 

Frenzy.Rumble: This creative and unique Masterpiece Starscream is a hybrid / mash-up of Generation One Starscream and Movie-verse Style Starscream. I hand painted (no stencils!) his jet mode's tattoos using references from the movie and existing figures. Starscream is painted in a barrage of grays. Really happy with the way he turned out. Original figure was iGear's Thundercracker, which has superior sliding tail sections, better joints and other neat Easter eggs.

AFC: How many hours did it take you to create this figure?

Frenzy.Rumble: Starscream took about 20 hours from start to finish

AFC: Is there any other interesting information about the process of making this custom that you would like to share with your fans?

Frenzy.Rumble: The "tattoos" are all free hand painted. I post up near my work station some reference images and load up my brush with paint and get painting.

Overlord Custom Transformers GI Joe Crossover by GetRightRobot

Overlord Custom Transformers GI Joe Crossover

Overlord Custom Transformers GI Joe Crossover

You really can't go wrong when you combine the two most successful toy lines in history with each other.  GetRightRobot has this recipe down and his Overlord Custom Transformers GI Joe Crossover figure is evidence of this.  Taking a vintage Night Raven and HISS Tank, GRR has painstakingly prepared these iconic toys to combine with each other to form a gigantic figure that stands over two feet tall.  Here is GRR to tell you more about it:

"There were 283 pieces individually cleaned, prepped and airbrushed for this big boy.  He is 26" tall and the Mega Jet alone is over 2 feet long!  There are 53 moving parts including 37 ratchet joints.  The neck alone has 3" of optional travel, 3 ratchet joints, and a nice stiff ball joint in the head to allow superhuman range of posing.  The legs slide (HISS tank halves) onto pins and then snap into place and ABSOLUTELY cannot fall off accidentally.  The drone or piggyback jet fits securely onto the Night Raven (Mega Jet) and into the right hand by interlocking into the thumb and finger. Utilizing a stern peg in the 'trigger' to prevent falling.   This guy was BOLTED together using mostly 8-32 screws and nuts.  This massive custom needed more than glue.  The aesthetics  of the robot mode were inspired by Overlord's appearance in Last Stand of the Wreckers and the head was modeled to reflect that design.  The front of the jet/shield attaches to the left arm via a heavy, interlocking peg that sits on a swiveling ratchet joint.  The Zarana (Mega) and Zartan (Giga) features G1 toy paint schemes and 'backpacks'.  Their packs can post into Overlords chest as the G1's did.  Either figure can pilot any of the 5 available cockpits.  Any 3 and 3/4 GI Joe is compatible with this set."

Combining the two color schemes inherent in the Transformers and GI Joe lines, this crossover figure represents the best of both universes.  Add to the fact that any GI Joe can fit in these vehicles, you have a recipe for one amazing custom!  To view more photos and to watch a really cool video, head over to eBay and check out GRR's Overlord Custom Transformers GI Joe Crossover figure.

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AFC Q&A with Hunter Knight Customs: Bow Masters of the Universe Filmation Style

Bow Masters of the Universe Classics Custom

AFC has a virtual sit down with Masters of the Universe (and other genre) customizer extraordinaire Hunter Knight Customs!  We wanted to learn more about his latest Custom Masters of the Universe Filmation Style Bow figure:

AFC: What custom do you have up for sale on eBay this week?

HKC: Masters of the Universe classics Bow inspired by the Filmation cartoon

AFC: How was this figure made?

HKC: Bow was really a simple one, since the most difficult part was to modify the boots to make them cartoon accurate. It’s basically the Bow base with He-man upper boots. They had to be shaved so the traditional Bow boots could be sculpted. His bracelets were also shaved, muscles resculpted and Filmation bracelets sculpted in place. The upper armor was resculpted as seen in the cartoon. I kept the quiver cause it just looks better and in character.

AFC: How many hours did it take you to create this figure?

HKC: Hmm hard to say, since the work is split in days/weeks. I'd say around 15 hours. I really like to take my time on making them, since a rush job is never good.

AFC: What inspired you to create this custom?

HKC: It was actually a suggestion from my Facebook fans/friends, they always wanted a Filmation style Bow Since the cartoon looks is quite iconic among He-man/ She-ra fans.

AFC: Is there any other interesting information this custom that you would like to share with your fans?

HKC: It was made by a fan, for the fans. It also includes an extra flaming arrow and the bow has a string added that allows the figure to shoot arrows..just don’t shoot at your pet….Shooting Panthor is fine though.

Action Figure Customs Has a New Look!

Action Figure Customs

I am happy to announce that AFC has a brand new look!  Check back often as I will be adding more features and functionality to allow fans and customizers to better connect with one another!  Please let your friends now by sharing this post on their Facebook pages!

Piranacon Custom G1 Transformers Seacons Combiner by Sculpt-Bot

Piranacon Seacons Custom Transformers Combiner

Piranacon Seacons Custom Transformers Combiner

You have probably gathered by now that I have an affinity for combiners done really well and Sculp-Bot has created his version of a Custom Transformers Piranacon combiner that will blow your mind.  I don't know if you think about how much work goes into making these customs but Sculpt-bot has spent over 100 hours pouring his heart and soul into this amazing work of art.  Sometimes, customizers have to sacrifice the transformability (ok I made that word up) of the figure to create these tall figures but, in this case, he sought out a team of 6 Decepticons.  I love it when customizers tell the entire story of how they created this great figures and, lucky for us, Sculp-bot has provided it so here it is:

"This team is the result of 3 years of parts scrounging, modifying, and scratchbuilding, and has over 100 hours of work, and too many individual parts to name invested into it.  Included is Snap Trap, Nautilator, Overbite, Skalor, Tentakil, and Seawing. All combine to form the super robot mode of Piranacon.  Most of the figures in the set owe their existence to no less than four different toys (in some cases up into the double digits in donor figures) and all have an element of scratchbuilding as well. I found the original "Sea Monster" concept kind of silly, and have changed up the creatures to be a little more menacing (doing away with Tentakil's "Sigmund the Sea Monster" mode, and changing Skalor's Coelacanth monster to the far more powerful and intimidating Dunkleosteus.) I also made a conscious effort to have the bot-modes represent different body types (slim, stocky, short, tall, etc.,) because it adds a little visual interest to the set, and mirrors one of the few things I like about the recent selection of retail sets (Animated, and Prime series showcasing different bot body styles.) I also limited the color pallette to a total of 4 base colors to further unify the group, and serve a more cohesive combined mode. I also did away with the weapon modes for each, as they looked like an afterthough on Hasbro's part with the originals, and I did not want mine to suffer the same issue (3 modes were hard enough to come up with!)"

One aspect that Sculpt-bot nailed was the colors.  Granted, the original color scheme of these figure from the G1 era were not that great but somehow he made these colors work on the figure.  He did this by toning down the pastel look to the figure that the G1 figures had an abundance of.  The really cool thing is if you head over to his auction page, you will find a link to over 100 photos he has taken of his Custom Transformers Piranacon combiner so check it out!

 

Darth Plagueis Custom Star Wars Figure by Darksider80

Custom Darth Plagueis Figure

Custom Darth Plagueis Figure

One of Darth Plagueis' greatest contributions to the Star Wars Universe was training Darth Sidious in the ways of the Sith and the dark side of the Force.  By doing this, he enabled Palpatine to take control of the entire galaxy and bring about an age of the Sith along side of Darth Vader.  Darksider80 has epitomized this iconic Sith Lord with his Custom Star Wars Darth Plagueis 3 3/4" figure.  Uniting the concept art from various sources, it looks like this Darth Plagueis is an amalgamation of various comic forms of the Sith Lord into one cohesive and great looking figure.  The skin texture that appears in the concept art was brilliantly translated onto the figure, giving him an Old Republic styling.  Thanks to Darksider80 for giving us a glimpse of what Darth Plagueis would have looked like as an action figure!

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Toxin Eddie Brock Marvel Legends Custom by Raybot

Toxin Eddie Brock Marvel Legends Custom

Toxin Eddie Brock Marvel Legends Custom

Versatility is a great aspect to capture in a custom and Raybot's Custom Marvel Legends Toxin Eddie Brock figure is a great example.  With three different ways to display the figure, it is like you are getting three customs in one!  Having two swappable heads, you can mix and match looks depending on your mood.  A removable tongue adds the third look to the figure.  The construction of this figure is top notch as evidenced by the sculpting and the paint app that brings out depth and character to the figure.  The way that the Eddie Brock head was made makes it look like the tongue is protruding from his chest, a very cool effect!

Zauriel Custom Marvel Legends Scale DC Universe Figure by Vernondo

Custom DC Universe Zauriel Figure

Custom DC Universe Zauriel Figure

One of the reasons I started writing about custom figures was the sheer talent and creative imagination of customizers like Vernondo.  I admire the hard work that each customizer puts into their work.  It is one thing to see a character in a comic book and say that is cool but to actually create a figure and translate the aspects from the pages to plastic blows my mind and this Custom DC Universe Zauriel is an example of such a figure.  Getting his inspiration from fellow customizer Leo Customs for the recipe of the figure, Vernondo goes on to describe how this figure was constructed:

"All credit goes to Leo Customs for recipe this one. I have had Zauriel on my to do list for a log time but also did not want to sculpt all that leg and arm armor. Then I saw Leos version and had to try him out. I took the easy way out and took away the waist movement and made his armor all one piece in the front. I also went with a ML Quicksilver head and sculpted the helmet. The shoulder armor is from a few leftover Sportsmasters. Most of the tattoos are done with a fine tip sharpie. The sword is from the fodder bin with Human Torch flames added on. The wings are from a Mcfarlane redeemer."

The black, white, and gold colors play nicely off of each other and bring out the comic likeness that Vernondo was going for so if you want to see more photos, head over to eBay and check out this amazing Custom DC Universe Zauriel figure.

Omega Supreme Custom WFC Transformers Figure by Xaviercal

Custom Transformers WFC Omega Supreme

Go big or go home!  Xaviercal is taking that mantra to heart with his Custom Transformers WFC Omega Supreme figure.  Striving for a game accurate War for Cybertron color scheme, Xaviercal has gone above and beyond and created this figure with more detail than the actual game.  Here is some background on the figure from his creator:

"War for Cybertron Omega Supreme has being created by Planet X's PX-01 Genesis. Planet X's PX-01 Genesis: it one of best figure in personal view; is one of the most detailed and very accurate especially for its size and weight. This figure has more detail then the actual video game model. Omega transforms into a space craft as seen in the video game but also a secret base mode as well that represents G1 Omega launching rocket pad.  I have taken him completely apart every limb and section for the preparation for paint... I have completely repainted him inside and out to more game accurate colors scheme, and keeping with his video game feel of War for Cybertron. Everything has being detailed painted and extend panel lining into the red veins or black depending on the pieces. He is an amazing figure full of fun and is an awesome piece to any collection."

The colors on this figure truly make it a work of art.  You can tell that Xaviercal takes a lot of pride in his work and it shows.  He has even gone as far as filling in tiny paint details in some of the smaller groves of the figure, which bring out the richness and depth makes the figure pop!  There are more detailed photos on his auction page so head over to eBay and check out this amazing Custom Transformers WFC Omega Supreme figure.