Monthly Archives: May 2013
The Leader of Cobra has to be one of the most recognizable and iconic of the GI Joe figures. As a kid, I always wondered what he looked like under that silver faceshield. FrogDNA has reimagined this fearless leader with the shrieky voice with his Custom Zombie Cobra Commander figure. this figure works on a couple different levels. Yes, you can view this figure as a Zombie as it was intended or you can view it as a battle damaged Cobra Commander, which is how I am choosing to see this figure, as the leader of Cobra just coming back from a major war. His armor rittled with bullets and his faceshield torn off to reveal what he looks like on the inside. Pretty freaky! To view more photos, head over to eBay and check out FrogDNA's creepy (yet cool!) Custom Zombie Cobra Commander figure.
Benefiting the GlobalGiving Oklahoma Tornado Relief Fund, Red Hand Customs has created this awesome looking Custom Marvel Legends Iceman Bobby Drake custom figure. Based on the Marvel Icons "Iceman" 4 book series, this figure shows a lot of detail in various places that makes this custom unique. For example, the hair is sculpted in a way that makes it look realistic and the frosting blends nicely with the overall look of the figure. A very cool way this custom was painted gives the flesh a frost bitten look and I love the way the ice has blended with the physical jacket the figure is wearing. To top it off, the figure is benefiting a great cause so go check out this Custom Marvel Legends Iceman Bobby Drake custom figure and place a bid to help out the victims of the Oklahoma Tornado!
I am a huge fan of original concepts and Deceptipunk has created this Custom Transformers Galvatronus figure for you to feast your eyes (and your wallet) on! Made from the Beast Hunters Shockwave and other Transformers figure, he imagines a Galvatron becoming increasingly more powerful (and cool looking) as he has acquired and unknown Energon source. This figure looks like it is a cross between colors found in Unicron, Galvatron, and Megatron with the orange, golds, and purples and the canon mode is reminiscent of both Galvatron and Megatron. Deceptipunk alludes to more characters being created from this concept in his auction page so go check out his Custom Transformers Galvatronus figure a look!
When Shinobritron calls this a hybrid figure, he is not kidding! Combing several Transformers Universes together as well as one Autobot leader is a recipe for one killer looking figure. His Custom Transformers Hybrid Megatron effectively combines styles from Generation 1, the Transformers movies, as well as the latest Beast Hunters line. As Shinobitron mentions on ProCustomizers.com, this figure is also a mix of "various other parts and pieces from around my work zone/ fodder bins." The Generation 1 aspect comes out loud and clear to me in robot mode. The addition of Meg's fusion canon was a very nice touch. While using the Beast Hunter's Optimus Prime figure as the base, the Transformers Movie comes out when the figure is in vehicle mode. If you remember, Megatron was a really decrepit oil tanker truck and aspects of this are present in the grill and the smoke stacks which are inherent in the base figure. Shinobitron always takes really close up detailed photos so check out his Custom Transformers Hybrid Megatron or his photo gallery to see more!
Back in 1988, Catilla was part of the Pretenders lines. The outer Pretender Shell which contained his robot form can transform back into a yellow saber-toothed tiger with red and silver robotic armor. Armed with a large grey laser rifle that can be mounted on the top of his mechanical tiger form, this mechanical feline is ready for battle! Primos Customs has recreated and updated this beast with this Custom G1 Transformers Catilla figure. If you recall, I also featured his Pretender Prime custom, which was a similar genera of toy where a robot "pretends" to look like an organic being. I think bringing back the Pretenders was a great idea on Primos part as this is part of the Transformers line that does not get much attention. Beautifully executed, this figure retains the classic Generation 1 nature but the styling is light years beyond what the late 80's had to bring us. My favorite piece of this figure is that armor that sits atop of the feline, a great homage to the figure of yesteryear. In the original figure, the face shield was silver and I love the use of black instead on the figure makes the cat look more bad ass. You can check out super highly detailed photos over at his gallery or place a bid on his auction here!
As Vernondo says, one of his favorites "is the mystic maiden who goes by the name Gypsy." It is great when customizers create figure they love instead of making customs that might appeal to the mass market. Don't get me wrong, appealing to the mass market is not bad but it is nice to see other figures get some love now and again, which brings me to Vernondo's Custom DC Universe Gypsy figure. Created to reflect her look from the comic and on television, there is an interesting story about how he created this figure and the parts that were used to make it:
"I was in a comic shop last week and the owner had a box of broken up and faded loose toys in the bin, so I picked up the X-Men 3 Jean Grey cause I thought I could do something with the skirt. Then I remembered I had always wanted to make Gypsy and the parts started coming together. I used DCUC Raven base and Cheetah head and most of the rest was scuplty (blouse, jewels, belt) The feet were left over from a Poison Ivy I had used for another commission and the head scarf was in the fodder bin from Dr. Strange."
One of my favorite parts of this figure is the way the hair was done. It looks flowing and and realistic and adds to the appeal of the figure. To check out more photos, check out Vernondo's Custom DC Universe Gypsy figure!
Jbarb76, from ProCustomizers.com, created an homage to little minibots from the 80's. Back in the day, the minibots were the little Autobots that could and Jbarb78 has created one of these blast from past figures in a much grander scale with his Custom G1 Transformers Huffer Masterpiece figure. Using the classic orange and blue coloring, Jbarb has retained the Generation 1 styling we grew up with and also retained the aspects of the figure that make it uniquely Huffer. For example, in the original figure from the 80's, when Huffer transformers into robot mode, the cab of the truck flips behind the neck to reveal the head. To view the figure in scale with a Masterpiece Optimus Prime figure, check out this cool Custom G1 Transformers Huffer Masterpiece figure for more detail!
The Gunships in the Star Wars Universe are my favorite vehicles and most of the vehicles are pretty generic so it is great to see how creative customizers can get. Take Jaf1970's Kashyyyk Republic Gunship, for example! With Legos, you have the freedom to create any style you want and I think it is cool that we can imagine a Gunship styled after the famous battle for Kashyyyk. The colors of the bricks blend very well with that world. My favorite part of this custom is the World War 2 style deco of the arm ripping off a head of a battle droid. To see more photos, check out Jaf1970's Custom Lego Star Wars Kashyyyk Republic Gunship on eBay!