Category Archives: Jin Saotome
One aspect I love about Jin Saotome's customs is that he is always thinking about poseability and making his customs as versatile and unique as possible, which brings me to his Custom Marvel Legends Symbiote Spider Man figure. As Wikipedia describes, "The Symbiotes (originally known as the Klyntar) are a fictional race of amorphous extraterrestrial parasites which appear in the Marvel Comics shared universe. The Symbiotes envelop their hosts like costumes, creating a symbiotic bond through which the host's mind can be influenced. This transformation is just what Jin has created with this highly detailed figure. Here to tell you more about this great figure is Jin himself:
"This week I bring you the stealthy Symbiote Spider-Man straight off the comic pages! Spider-Man has been meticulously hand painted with detailed brushwork, airbrushed highlights/shadows/color gradients, and other effects. All joint holes have also been filled and sculpted over for a more smoother appearance. The entire figure has been sealed with a combination of matte, satin, and gloss varnish depending on the surface. Pose Spider-Man in any martial arts pose you want and he'll look incredible doing so. You get an extra pair of fists and a special alternate 'transformation' Peter Parker head!"
The transforming Peter Parker head is my favorite part of this figure. You can see it consuming his head and I love that the eyes are pretty much all you see on his face. I wonder what Peter is thinking right at this moment? Go check out Jin's Custom Marvel Legends Symbiote Spider Man figure over on eBay!
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.
Continuing with his Steampunk line of figures, Jin Saotome has immortalized the God of Thunder with his Custom Marvel Legends Steampunk Thor figure. It is cool to imagine the classic Marvel characters in an age of steam, metal and bronze. The shading of the figure brings out all of the amazing detail, such as the muscles, rivets, head gear. The voltage containment units on his back give the figure a very cool effect and the larger pointed bronze pieces protruding from the knees and biceps add dimension. Metal gears, chains, reflective optics, and magnetics round out this awesome Custom Marvel Legends Steampunk Thor figure so head over to eBay because there is less than a day left to snag this one and add it to your Marvel Legends or Steampunk collection.
Continuing his classic era figures comes Jin Saotome's latest Custom Marvel Legends Steampunk Dr. Doom figure. The way the armor was crafted and painted in bronze, gold, brass, and copper effects makes the figure look more like royalty, especially when it is holding a goblet in his hand. If you think about it, this is the perfect figure to do in Steampunk style due to the fact that his suit is made entirely of armor, which gives a lot of latitude in how this figure could be conceived and executed. My favorite part of this figure is the leg armor as I can picture Dr. Doom clunking around as the gears turn and the knee joints bend. The weathering of the figure makes it look like it is from the era. To view more photos of Jin's Custom Marvel Legends Steampunk Dr. Doom figure, head over to eBay!
Jin Saotome is continuing his Steampunk line with this amazing Captain America Custom Marvel Legends Steampunk figure. There are subtle details in this figure that bring out that old world style. For example, the letter A on Captain Americas forehead is done with a style reminiscent of the 1900's and the rivets on the front of the figure remind me of an old style military uniform. Saving the best piece for last is the magnetic clockwork shield, which I believe is the central feature of this custom. The detail in the gears and mechanisms of this shield are superbly executed and there are blades that can attach in any way you please.
Jin Saotome is a master of originality, which brings me to his latest Custom Marvel Legends Steampunk Deadpool figure. Never seen before in any comic or video game, this version of Deadpool is a one of a kind! According to Wikipedia, Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction, alternate history, and speculative fiction that came into prominence during the 1980s and early 1990s.Specifically, steampunk involves an era or world where steam power is still widely used—usually the 19th century and often Victorian era Britain—that incorporates prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy. Works of steampunk often feature anachronistic technology or futuristic innovations as Victorians may have envisioned them; in other words, based on a Victorian perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, art, etc.
The Steampunk style is evident in not only the costume design of Deadpool but also the weapons, which are my favorite parts of this figure. The weapons look like they were scrapped together using parts from a factory. Here is more about this great figure from Jin himelf:
"Complete with new headsculpt, Wade has been hand-painted from head to boot with deep shading, superb color blending, weathered highlights, brilliant metallics, and intricate detail which will really make him stand out in your Marvel Legends collection. He features hand-sculpted detail using Aves Apoxie Sculpt, the most durable 2-part modeling compound out there. Deadpool comes with two Steampunk inspired weapons he can hold in either hand and the ray gun plug into his beltpack. His sword is sheathed on his back and can be drawn to defend himself against whatever mechanical creations Dr. Doom has unleashed."
Jin more has pictures posted on his auction page so head over and check out his Custom Marvel Legends Steampunk Deadpool figure.
Adding to the War for Cybertron series, Jin Saotome resurrects this Custom G1 Galvatron done in Generation 1 styling. Not appearing in the line up for the game, this figure is sure to be very sought after. The colors really pop on this figure, especially the deep purple. The scoring and weathering makes the figure look like he is fresh from battle. The G1 coloring is a throw back to the 80's Galvatron, with the addition of the large orange canon, the signature weapon of Galvatron. What I really like about this figure is that no single body part seems to blend together as Jin has paid great attention to detail to ensure that each part of Galvatron stands out. Let's read more from Jin himself about this cool figure:
"From the gaping maw of Unicron comes the most feared Decepticon ever, Galvatron! But this time he's been done in the War for Cybertron series. Galvatron has been handed painted with deep shading, intricate robotic detail, weathered highlights, and sharp colors that will really have him stand out in your collection. He transforms into a space cannon we all know and love but also has wheels to act as a tank or hover treads. Check out his giant metallic cannon! It's ready to blast a hole in any Autobot...or Decepticon that gets in his way. You can also store his cannon on his back or swap arms."
In canon mode, the figure looks fierce and any Autobot in its way will get blasted to oblivion.
I am really hoping that the digital artists for the Transformers 3 Dark of the Moon movie are taking notes from the customizers out there because I could totally see this figure in the upcoming movie. I am calling this figure from Jin Saotome a Transformers 3 Dark of the Moon Insecitcon in hopes that this concept will make it into the movie. This is a great concept for a movie figure and a literal translation of an Insecticon as it looks very much like a pesky fly. I love the weathering and the metallic look of the figure as well as the LED light for the eye. Jin is always great at marketing his figures so here is an excerpt from his Transformers 3 Dark of the Moon Insecitcon description:
"This holiday everyone is getting a puppy, goldfish, cat, or even a pony (should you really want to spoil your daughter and own a ranch) for someone for Christmas. Well those pets are run of the mill sorts, why not treat that special someone to a really unique pet! Here we have a wild-caught Insecticon from the shimmering fields of Cybertron's east sector. It's about 5 inches long and has deep purple markings, brilliant metallic colors, dark shading, sparkling highlights, and a weathered, detailed look to its carapace that looks as if someone spent hours hand-painting the little guy. It's eye lights up a bright orange and its head looks just about anywhere with the curiosity of a small earthly animal. To keep it (and you) safe a special terrarium is included that has the proper litter and food necessary for the Insecticon's growth. It's internal spark lasts for a very long time and gently tickling it under its abdomen will have its eye turn on until you tell it to go to sleep."
Another cool aspect of this custom is that is comes with its own growth chamber:
Just a couple hours left to nab this awesome Custom Iron Man Mark VI figure by Jin Saotome! Sometimes looks can be deceiving in this 3.5" figure! As Jin states, in his auction,
"...sometimes the easiest 'planned' customs turn out to be pretty hard. When I cracked open the light-up Mark VI 3 3/4" Iron Man pieces went everywhere! There are multiple metal tabs that are held in place by the body and set against the main battery. Those had to be put back in, the LED swapped from orange to a blue one, and the leads bent to match the circuit. A few hours later I was actually able to get him back together and working! He was repainted like the 6" figure that's coming out as a Walmart exclusive and lights up bright blue now."
What a great idea to replace the orange LED with a blue LED and the repainted figure looks worlds better than the original factory job. Even the smallest of details make this figure shine! For example, some of the figure is outlined in black (mouth, knees, eyes) and it is this subtle detail that makes this figure stand out among the rest. Like I said before, just a couple hours left on this auction so head over to eBay and place a bid on Jin's Custom Iron Man Mark VI figure and own a figure from a legend in the customizing community!
World War 2 is my favorite period of history to learn and read about and Jin Saotome has flipped the history books upside down with his line of World Wars 2 Alternate History figure line. I missed this figure last week so it is not available anymore but I thought I would do a retrospective right up on Jin's Custom Winston Churchill GI Joe figure. As you can see, this is not the same Winston Churchill from the 1940's. Let's read more about how Jin has rewritten history:
"Though the assassination attempt utilizing an exploding tea chair left him only half the man he use to be, Churchill still found the courage to rise for battle. The Allies' top scientists got to work on a new lower body built for combat. Outfitted with powerful servos, shield panels, a flame unit, and mechanical stomping legs, Winston joined Roosevelt and the others to fight the Axis up front and personal. Churchill enjoys rolling into battle sideways and bowling into the Nazis yelling "STRIKE!" leaving no one spared. The tide has turned, but the war still rages on!"
Even though Jin's Custom Winston Churchill GI Joe figure is over, you can still view it over at eBay and check out the photos.
It takes a keen eye and a ton of creativity to take a character who only got 3 minutes of airtime in a movie and turn him into an instant G1 classic figure. Jin Saotome has created this Custom Revenge of the Fallen G1 Kickback out of a Sideways figure and the result is simply amazing. From using the car windows as wings to the black, purple, and yellow color scheme, this figure can fit into either the G1 or the ROTF line with no problem at all! Let's read more about how Jin customized this one:
"Well he's back and deadlier than ever, transformed into the Insecticon Kickback! He has been painstakingly detailed by hand with a deep glossy black paint job, metallic highlights, brilliant shades of color, and intricate detail that will really make him stand out in your Transformers collection. Transform him or pose him any way you want, just take care when doing so as there a lot of moving parts to him. Kickback even has his trademark antennae but you can remove them if you want the slim-headed look"
To see more photos and to place a bid on Jin's Custom Revenge of the Fallen G1 Kickback, head over to eBay!
With all of the money in the world, Cobra Commander is taking things into his own hands and has contracted the talent of Jin Saotome to build him a suit of armor capable of opening a can of whoop ass on GI Joe. This Custom Cobra Commander in GI Joe Armor is an excellent figure and very well executed. I love the Gatling Gun on the right arm and the interchangeable claw...very cool! Let's read more and see how Jin describes this figure:
"You've never seen Cobra Commander like this before, he's upgraded his battle armor to something bigger and better! This Combat Armor suit with multiple attaching parts and can be posed in all sorts of battling positions. He's been painted to match your existing custom 25th Anniversary Joes and features plenty of shading, rich colors, and awesome detail. Attach the grappling claw or blast away with the chain cannon. Either way the Joes will be in for the fight of their life here!"
To see this Cobra Commander disciplining one of his Vipers, head over to eBay and check out Jin's Custom Cobra Commander in GI Joe Armor figure.
Jin Saotome is well known for his highly modded and detailed customs and his latest Custom Revenge of the Fallen Sideswipe is no exception. The paint aps are not only amazing, but he added extra hoses and even scratch built his blades to make them more movie accurate. This is one of the best Sideswipes I have seen to date from the ROTF line. Here is more details from Jin himself:
"He's been given the detail treatment folks, the paint job for my RotF customs is more complex than anything I've done before and includes airbrushed shading, weathered detail, blended shades of color, highlights, oil/grease splatter, metallic toning, and more. All this culminates to a super realistic look of a professional miniature model and Sideswipe is no exception here. Included are two new removable arm blades that look more like the ones he sports in the movie, cutting Sideways in half on screen. They are scratch built with sharp pointy tips so take care when attaching them. Various hoses and extra detailing has been added to Sideswipe including fixing his feet to look more movie accurate. He still stands just fine and you can adjust the heel-spurs in the back to allow him different sliding poses!"
If you are in to super accurate movie figures, head over to Jin's item and check out his Custom Revenge of the Fallen Sideswipe figure.
Jin Saotome is beefing up the Halo army with his Custom Halo Recon Spartan figure. Halo was a game that made me buy an XBOX so it is great to see Jin paying homage to this great game in this way. Here is more about this figure:
"This auction is for a custom made 5" tall Spartan with removable Green USNC Recon armor, magnetically attaching battle rifle, Mauler, and grenade. He has all the great articulation of a regular Halo 3 figure and will fit right in with your current collection. It's rare, it's cool, and it's sought after by every Halo gamer out there. It's Recon armor! This is a set that attaches to your Halo 3 Spartan figures, but you get more than just the armor in this auction. You get the figure as well! Precisely hand-painted in a tan desert 'USNC' numbered theme, this Recon Spartan has all the equipment necessary to complete any mission. All weapons attach with the M.A.P. system (magnetic attachment points) and if you have any of my earlier customs those weapons are interchangeable too. The armor of course is removable and can be swapped between your figures. So, need to equip your soldiers with the rarest armor?"
To army build a one of a kind figure, head over to eBay and check out Jin's Custom Halo Recon Spartan figure.
Who can turn a mediocre Animated Transformers into a killer looking SWAT vehicle? Jin Saotome can with his Custom Transformers Animated Payload figure made from Bulkhead. Jin has totally changed the look of Bulkhead and made him into a Decepticon. What a great addition to your Transformers Animated collection.
"If you remember the Transformers movie version of Payload, he was an armored truck that I turned into a SWAT vehicle before. Well here's an Animated Payload based on that theme, an armored police vehicle of sorts. He has a great paint job that has all sorts of battle worn shading, highlights, and metallic effects so he'll fit right in to your Transformers collection. Check out those claws, they're articulated and can be used to pick up his Autobot enemies! You can transform him into his alt mode that resembles an armored police vehicle compete with custom decals and effects."
To check out more photos or to place a bid on this great figure, head over to eBay and check out Jin's Custom Transformers Animated Payload figure.
Always ahead of the curve, Jin Saotome has a treat in store for Killzone fanatics with this Custom Helghast Soldier from the upcoming Killzone 2 video game. This figure is made from GI Joe 25th Anniversary line and I guarantee that you will never see anything like this come out of that line with this level of detail. Since these figures are in 3 3/4" scale, it is really difficult to get very detailed with these figures but Jin manages to pull it off with ease. Let's hear more about this great figure from Jin himself:
"Straight out of the upcoming Killzone 2 game comes the Helghast soldier, your basic trooper in their war against humanity. This trooper is painted with an exceptional level of detail such as deep shadows, grimy highlights, and metallic battle weathering. Equip this fellow with his rifle or have him fight it out in melee combat with the trench knife, this soldier is ready for any mission."
If you are looking to add a unique video game figure to your 25th Anniversary GI joe collection or your video game collection, head over to eBay and bid on Jin's Custom Helghast Soldier figure.
Who can Cobra trust with their most secret documents or weapons? Surely they can't trust the Postal Service so they have acquired the stealthiness of Jin Saotome's own creation with his Cobra Black Racer Custom GI Joe 25th Anniversary figure. I see this figure as Destro's right hand man. Jin is widely known for his one of a kind creations so let's get the back story on this unique figure:
"When Cobra needs to move a top secret weapon or document in the shortest amount of time, they call on the Black Racer. This warrior is only comfortable at speeds of over 150 mph with other vehicles whizzing past him on the road. His motorcycle has an experimental stealth device build in that evades radar and even casts a shadow over the bike and its rider, appearing only as a dark blur at high speeds. Nobody knows the true identity of the Black Racer, not even Cobra Commander! But what is known is that you cannot catch the wind... or the Black Racer!"
Enter the Black Racer, Cobra's speed demon! He's full of hand painted detail that will match up perfect to the existing GI Joe 25th line. Not only do you get the leather-clad biker but you get his motorcycle as well! It has real rubber tires and diecast parts, decked out in glossy black with Cobra symbols. This is one foe that's ready to run down the Joes!
If you want to add this one of a kind custom to your Cobra arsenal, head over to eBay and check out Jin's Cobra Black Racer Custom GI Joe 25th Anniversary figure.
Jin has the ability to take you back in time with every custom he makes and these pair of twins is no exception. Contra is a game that I wasted several weeks of my life playing and these Custom Contra Twins Mad Dog and Scorpion capture the period of time in my life when I had the Contra music running in my head 24 hours a day (those who know the music know what I am talking about). One the coolest weapons to have in the game was the Spreader and if you got a hold of that baby you were invincible. To get a peak at the Spreader and to view more photos of these awesome customs, head over to eBay and bid on Jin's Custom Contra Twins Mad Dog and Scorpion figures.
Yes, you read that right! Jin Saotome does Jin Saotome! Bringing the worlds of Marvel Legends and Capcom together, Jin's stunning portrayal of this Cyberbots great is an amazing piece of work. The painting technique goes really well with this figure and the way the face was done gives the figure great personality. Jin always has a great back story on his figures so let's read more about Jin's Jin:
"It's time folks...time to pass on Jin to one lucky person out there in the world. If you've been keeping tabs on this figure, he's been with me for quite a while. You may have seen him at the SDCC up close or perhaps on my web page, deviantArt, or Flickr pics. Years ago, I created him and have slowly been resculpting and adding new features, updating him as my customizing skill have progressed. I can do no more to this figure and that means he's ready for a new owner, someone who will enjoy him just as much as I have over the years. Jin has been hand painted with all sorts of uniform shading, metallic effects, bright highlights, realistic flesh tones, and a sparkle in his eye that you only get from truly putting your heart into your work. His shoulder spikes are pointy and sharp so watch out! His bandana is poseable as is his real satin cloth scarf that's wired inside to hold poses. On his back is the kanji that roughly translates to "Number one in the universe" just as his character sports in the Marvel vs Capcom game."
To own a piece of video game history from one of the best out there, head over to eBay and check out this awesome Custom Marvel vs. Capcom Jin Saotome figure by none other than the one and only Jin Saotome!
Fallout 3 takes place in the year 2277, 36 years after the setting of Fallout 2 and 200 years after the nuclear war that devastated the game's world. The game places the player in the role of an inhabitant of Vault 101, a survival shelter designed to protect a small number of humans from the nuclear fallout. Jin Saotome has filled the void of video game figures with his Custom Marvel Legends Fallout 3 Power Armor figure. Looking at the concept art for the game (see below), Jin does an excellent job translating the art to a figure you can be proud to display in your collection. Let's read more about this awesome figure:
"In the future man's ability to survive will be tested. The vaults will be opened and it will be time to reclaim the earth. Where will you stand? What will you use to protect yourself? Enter the Power Armor, your last best hope to survive in the wasteland that was once earth. This Power Armor has been meticulously painted with tons of weathered shading, rusty detailing, oily splotches, and metallic shading. This is the figure that's featured in my new Metallic/worn armor painting guide on my site as well. There's hand sculpted detail all over him and you can pose him on the battle-ravaged display base with his battle rifle in hand. This is a one-of-a-kind figure never to be made again and will show up in a future issue of Playstation Magazine."
If you want to own a piece of history and have a chance to display a custom that will be featured in a 'to be determined' issue of PSM, head over to eBay and bid on Jin's Custom Marvel Legends Fallout 3 Power Armor figure.
Fitting in with the GI Joe 25th Anniversary line is Jin Saotome's Custom Iron Grenadier TARGAT figure. TARGAT was one of those cool figures that was introduced way back in 1989 and Jin has done a great job getting the colors exactly right on this one. This version has an updated look and will go great standing next to your other GI Joe 25th figures. To check out more photos, head over to eBay and view Jin's Custom Iron Grenadier TARGAT figure.
What a blast from the past! As a kid, MASK was one of my favorite cartoons to watch and toys to play with. As I am writing this article, I am staring at my MASK collection longingly and Jin Saotome has brought the nostalgia with his Custom Matt Trakker MASK figure from the GI Joe 25th Anniversary line. Jin has redesigned this cool figure to be more cartoon accurate and he did an excellent job capturing the feel of the old figure. Check out Jin's Custom Matt Trakker MASK figure on eBay to place a bid!
Jin Saotome is adding to Cobra Commander's BAT arsenal with his Custom Bodyguard Cobra Battle Android Trooper from the GI Joe 25th Anniversary line. It looks like he has taken the upper torso from the Crimson Twins and went to town on the rest of the figure. I love the way the figure mixes both realistic looking body parts (e.g, upper thighs and upper arms) with cyborg parts. Jin as interesting back story on this figure so let's see what he has to say:
"Destro is the king of black-market arms dealing and in that crowd you need extra protection. Recently our Intel has reported of him travelling with a new type of Cobra BAT decked out to match his team and always standing close by in case some mercenary tries to steal what he's already stolen. What worries us is the upgrades he's installed. These BATs have advanced combat training and are more than just the walk-and-shoot type. They are even agile enough to climb up walls and follow a target quietly, drawing a knife when it's time to move in for the kill!"
If you want a totally unique figure from one of the best customizers out there, head over to eBay and check out Jin's Custom Bodyguard Cobra Battle Android Trooper.
I am so happy with the 25th GI Joe Anniversary line and it is Customizers like Jin Saotome keep the line going with one of a kind pieces and figures like his Custom Scarlett with Iron Strike Mech. I like the Mechs that Hasbro produced a few years ago but they still could not get it quite right but Jin figured out that if he made his own, he could make something grand that would be a great addition to anyone's Cobra Army. Let's hear more about this great Mech:
"*Stomp Stomp Stomp Stomp* What's that sound? It's the sound of Cobra about to lose a battle! Enter the Iron Strike Mech, the Joe's newest battlefield addition. The Iron Strike has been painted with care to match the current assortment of Joe vehicles, yet still retains a certain level of detail such as panel lines, shading, and metallic effects which will please the demanding collector. You even get a pilot, Scarlett, all decked out in her new mecha pilot suit. She fits easily into the now modified cockpit, as will most other Joes that have the full range of hip motion needed to sit. Blast away at Cobra with the Iron Strike's cannons or use the claw to fling those pesky Zombie Soldiers out of the way."
Head over to eBay and bid on Jin's Custom Scarlett with Iron Strike Mech.
Jin Saotome has created one of the coolest Marvel Legends figures I have seen a long time with his Custom Marvel vs. Capcom Spiral figure. The way the arms were integrated in this figure were very well done and flow seamlessly out of the arm sockets. Let's read more from Jin about this unique figure:
"Spiral is the 6-armed beauty of Mojoworld, one of the neater female designs Marvel has ever come up with. Here you get her in all her multi-limbed glory done in Marvel vs Capcom2 style. She has a nice suit shading, multiple metallic effects, fur/hair detail, and highlights just as the game sprite has. I'm doing a whole line of MvC2 customs and she'll fit right in with them. She has the now correct armored-sculpted half arm, an alternate hand for her seductive pose, and 6 count them SIX swords, one for each hand just like she tosses at you in the game."
If you want to add a very cool figure to your Marvel collection, check out Jin's Custom Marvel vs. Capcom Spiral figure.
Jin Saotome brings us a modernized version of Tony Stark's weapon of the future with his Custom Marvel Legends Stealth Iron Man figure. What is great about this figure is that it is not seen in any comic and this is Jin's interpretation of how this suit would be modernized. The way this was painted really makes the plastic look like metal and this is a great effect that shows off the detail of the figure.
"This auction is for a 6” tall Stealth Armor Iron Man with glossy metallic finish. He has 22 points of articulation and can be put in to all sorts of stealthly mission poses. He’s scaled to fit right along with your Marvel Legends figures and will look great in your display case alongside your existing figures. This variation on the Stealth Armor design isn't featured in any comic and is a new 'modernized' version of the suit. A couple of reqests for a new Stealth Iron Man were sent my way and I always aim to please. This Stealth Iron Man has been painted with all sorts of glossy metallic details, deep armor shading, brlliant highlights, and a sealed surface against wear. I'm really, really, really liking the new Heroes Reborn Iron Man body as it has an excellent range of articulation and looks great in any pose!"
To view more photos, head over to eBay and check out Jin's Custom Marvel Legends Stealth Iron Man figure!
Shockwave was already a great addition to the Transformers Classics line and, as expected, Jin Saotome goes above and beyond and really brings out the Generation 1 feel to this Custom Transformers G1 Shockwave figure. Using the purple and pink color scheme from the cartoon, this figure very closely resembles the Shockwave from the 1980's. I like the modifications that were made from the Classics figure and it just goes to show you that more is less in robot mode. In blaster mode, on the otherhand, this figure closely resembles a German Nebelwerfer, a six-barreled (nonrotating) tubular projector, with barrels 3 to 3 1/2 feet long and 160 mm in diameter.
On that note, let's hear more about this great figure from Jin: "This auction is for an 8” tall ‘Shockwave’ figure with removable arm blasters, magnetic shoulder cannons, and Space Cannon/Ship base. He has multiple points of articulation and in my opinion is the best Shockwave mold ever to come out of the Transformers line. He’ll fit right in with your current Transformers collection and is scaled to Voyager size. He doesn’t come with instructions because of the different Alt mode but you can probably figure it out by the pics. You asked for him time and time again, the cold and calculating Decepticon with the single eye. Shockwave is back and this time he’s packing an arsenal of weapons! As you can see he’s been decked out in G1 colors using deep shadows, highlights, metallic effects, and the shocking purple/pinkish color right from the show. Shockwave has also been sealed against paint wear and transforms into a Space Cannon or removing the base has him looking like a cosmic battleship of sorts. His arm cannons are removable and fire off missiles while his giant shoulder cannons magnetically mount and can be removed too. So, were you looking for the definitive Shockwave for your Classics/Universe collection?"
To view more great pictures of Jin's Custom Transformers G1 Shockwave, head over to eBay!
I just watched the Iron Movie again and I was looking around for some inspiration and came across Jin Saotome's Custom Marvel Legends Iron Man figure. What I love about Jin's customs are that he is not afraid step out of the usual repaint and go above and beyond and infuse his own ideas to make great customs. Let's see what inspired Jin for this Iron Man:
"There’s so many different Iron Man suits that it’s hard to keep track sometimes! Well I’m adding to that mix with a new suit that’s never been featured in any comic. It’s a mix of modern and classic Iron Man designs and uses a great new body type for the Iron Avenger. He’s been painted with a true metallic gold using burnished metallic highlights that have been buffed in. There is also deep armor shading, panel detailing, and an overall polished look to the figure. Iron Man is ready to be posed alongside your Avengers or thrown into battle with Ultron on your shelf!"
If there is any Iron Man custom you want to own, get it from on of the best of the best and check out Jin Saotome's Custom Marvel Legends Iron Man figure!
You have to hand it to Jin for creating a mash up of two of the most popular toy lines in history with his Custom Cobra Rattler GI Joe Transformers Universe crossover figure. Using a great weathering technique, this Rattler is sporting the classic Cobra blue. The decals make this custom unique as the Decepticon Symbol and the Cobra Symbols compliment each other well on each wing. Let's learn more about this great figure:
"Powerglide has been transformed into the most iconic Cobra aircraft, the Cobra Rattler. He’s decked out in a highly detailed paint job that includes realistic shading, panel wear, flight weathering, metallics, and is sealed to prevent wear. He even sports the Cobra Airforce decals as well as Decepticon emblems. His missiles are removable and he has a rotating center turret that activates his lights and machine gun sounds."
To own Jin' Custom Cobra Rattler GI Joe Transformers Universe crossover figure, head over to eBay!
Jin Saotome is ringing in Halloween season with an excellent version of Johnny Blaze (or Daniel Ketch) with his Custom Marvel Legends Ghost Rider figure. The shading on this figure really brings out the depth and richness of the body. My favorite part of this custom is the flame neck engulfing the skull, which is a really cool effect. Let's hear from Jin about how he made this great figure.
"Ready to whip all the villains into submission with his metal chain, Ghostie has been painted with deep shadows, dusty gray highlights, semigloss leather effects, and a flaming bone look to his head and eyes. You can remove his chain as the lock magnetically attaches back when you’re ready to store it on him. All his chains are real metal and won’t tarnish or rust. You really have to get this figure up close as even the pictures don’t do him justice."
If you are wanting the best of the best with respect to quality, craftsmanship, and one of kind concepts, head over to Jin's auction page and check out his Custom Marvel Legends Ghost Rider figure.
Updating the Tiger Stripe Wolverine, Jin Saotome adds a very cool feature to his Custom Marvel Legends Wolverinefigure in the form of a pair of steel claws. Here is Jin to tell you more about this classic X-MEN figure:
"You asked for more steel claws and you got them! The new ‘tiger stripe’ Wolverine that came out in the Target Exclusive Red Hulk wave is by far my favorite Wolvie to date. He’s basically a direct mold of the old ML 6 brown Wolvie which has the best features in my opinion. Well this time around I updated him with my all new recipe for steel claws! These claws don’t simply sit on top of his hands but plug in with powerful magnets ensuring a tight fit however you play with him. You can remove them and plug in the retracted claw nubs for a different look. Wolvie has also been given an updated curved ear shape and some shading to his body for a more detailed appearance."
To check out more pictures, head over to eBay and check out Jin's Custom Marvel Legends Wolverine figure.
Jin Saotome continues to add great figures to the GI Joe 25th Anniversary line and his Custom GI Joe Overkill is no exception. To be honest, I have never been a fan of the Overkill figure but Jin has made some great improvements and modifications to the original Overkill concept. I like the proportions to the figure as I have always thought that the original Hasbro Overkill figure was disproportionate. Jin tells us a little more about his Custom Overkill:
"Overkill has been through many character changes over the years and it’s time he was upgraded once again. Here he is created in the 25th Anniversary style, complete with a super detailed paint job including multi-tone shading, weathered metal highlights, and battle-scuffed metallics. You can remove his right arm and attach his arm cannon the instant those Joes show up on his sensors. Overkill too damaged to go on? His head can be removed and saved for a new body, or perhaps installed on a B.A.T. so he can continue leading his android troops in battle! This is one android you don’t want to mess with folks. So, need an updated version of the B.A.T. commander? Know a friend who loves popping the heads off all his figures?"
I like the fact that you can remove his head and the wires coming out of the neck add a nice touch to his Custom BAT Leader Overkill so head over to eBay and check it out. After you are finished looking at this figure, check out the multitude of Custom GI Joe figures.
Jin Saotome has his creative juices flowing and delivers a unique, one of a kind Custom Marvel Legends Machine Headfigure from his own imagination. There really is no back story on this figure but Jin delivers a unique design that will please any Custom Marvel Legends fan. He explains more about this one of a kind figure:
"Over the past few years fans have written in, asking me to do original characters from my own designs. I have my comedy series ‘Brick Ninja’ but felt it was time for something new. Enter Machine Head. This mysterious character has come out of nowhere decked out in a sleek jet-black suit, bright red neck wrap, and metallic armor details. But who is he? Does he fight for the innocent or for his own sinister purposes? And is there anything human left under that helmet? This figure will leave you guessing for a bit and will include a bonus accessory later on that’s sure to turn heads. It will be added towards the end of the auction so keep an eye out. There is no backstory for Machine head. He has no past, and it’s up to YOU to give him a future. Consider this the ‘prototype’ figure eh?"
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When making customs, Jin not only goes big, he goes above and beyond to create one of a kind pieces that are made to fit in with the genera of choice. This week, Jin tackled a behemoth and the end result was his Custom Transformers Universe Style Megatron figure. He designed this figure to fit in with the Transformers Universe but I do see a hint of G1 in Megatron's eyes. The head sculpt defines this figure as Megatron and Jin has done a great job keeping Meg's classic look and feel. In Tank mode, the barrel of the canon is huge and menacing. I also see a hint of Shockwave in the canon, making it a great centerpiece of the vehicle. The grays and blacks bring out the detail in the figure and red accents are in the right places.
For your chance to own this one of a kind Megatron that you will never see anywhere else, head over to eBay and place your bid on Jin's Custom Tranformers Universe Megatron figure.
Jin Saotome has captured the classic feel of a 1980's Transformers favorite with his Custom Punch Counterpunch G1 Transformers Universe figure. Part of being able to capture that feel are the colors used to create this figure. The yellows and the blues are dead on and the most unique aspect about this custom is that it is essentially two figures in one. Jin goes on to describe more about this unique custom:
Jin's Custom Punch Counterpunch G1 Transformers Universe is available for bids on eBay so head over and check it out.
Guiltar Custom Transformers Animated Fusion of Megatron and Optimus Prime Generation 1 Figure by Jin Saotome
Adding some spice to Transformers Animated line, Jin Saotome cooks up this bizarre fusion of Optimus Prime and Megatron known in the Generation 1 world as Guiltar. Oh yes, don't forget to add a pinch of ghost spark from Starscream and you get a pretty cool figure that I will guarantee will never see the light of day in the Animated line. The molds of Optimus Prime and Megatron were perfect for this creation. When I first looked at this figure, I thought Jin had made two heads for it but when I read more about it, he actually created a movable faceplate that you can operate via a level to show a more rabid look to the figure. This figure looks very well put together for being a fusion figure and one to own for the hardcore Generation 1 fans. Head over to Jin's Custom Transformers Animated Guiltar figure today for your chance to own this great piece.
More About Guiltar (source)
Guiltar, also known as the "Great-Gun Soldier", is a bizarre, vicious fusion of Optimus Prime and Megatron, sent to attack both Autobot and Decepticon alike. It is ultimately a lifeless shell created by the Quintessons, animated by the "ghost" spark of Starscream. It has a massive artillery truck mode, as well as multiple gun configurations for its robot mode. Physically, it can hold its own against many of the toughest Transformers.
Jin goes on to describe this great figure in more detail: "Bionic Commando is back with an all-new look! This figure is based on Capcom's upcoming remake of Bionic Commando. He has a super realistic paint job with faded cloth colors, deep shadows, tanned skin highlights, and some great metallic features on his arm and legs. Check out his facial features and the tiny logo on his t-shirt, all painted freehand. His bionic arm features flexible piping and cords so you can aim his arm all different directions. Attach the bendable grappling cord and he can grab on to things or hang from objects. The clawed fingers move individually as well. This figure is scaled 6" to match your existing Marvel Legends figures, not 7" like the Player Select figures."
This awesome Custom Marvel Legends Bionic Commando figure can be yours by heading over to eBay and placing your bid! Don't miss out on this one!
Now that the Transformers Animated Series are in full force at retail, we are seeing some great customs of figures you will never see in stores. Jin Saotome has his take on the evil Autobot with his Custom Transformers Animated Nemesis Prime figure. Painted with a smooth finish, Jin's choice of colors fit in nicely with the rest of the Animated Transformers in the line. Instead of the typical black and purple color scheme, Jin chose a nice light blue, red, and black scheme. Read more about Jin's Custom Transformers Animated Nemesis Prime figure by heading over to his auction for your chance to own it!
Jin Saotome boldly goes where no customizers dare to go! He picks up where the toy companies leave off and that is evident with his latest creation: Custom Marvel Legends Hemingway figure. As you can see below, Jin used the original character art from ToyBiz and he did an amazing job! What I love about Jin's customs is that he makes interchangeable parts to achieve the look and feel that he wants. For example, the photo below show the Hemingway figure with a club hand and Jin also made a regular hand. The bones protruding from Hemingway's body is a great effect and they are nicely proportioned. The sculpting detail really pulls this figure together and he makes an almost exact match to the drawing but with his own twist. Jin's Custom Marvel Legends Hemingway figure is available on eBay so head over there now and check it out!
Now that the Transformers Animated figures are out in full force at retail, we are seeing more and more customs week after week. Using a perfect base figure from the new Animated Series, Jin Saotome has given the Lugnut figure a face lift and turned it into one of the coolest minibots with his Custom Powerglide Transformers Generation 1 Animated figure. Although this figure is far from mini, standing at 7" tall, Jin pays a nice homage to the little red plane known as Powerglide by closely matching the distinct rich red color that the original minibot was painted and also keeping the light gray accents. In the original figure from the 1980's, the head was cone shaped as the figure did not have much articulation or hiding places for transforming parts so I like the fact that Jin did not try mimic this aspect and give this Powerglide a pointy melon and kept true to the facial features with a new head sculpt. Jin has many talents but one that I really appreciate is he is not afraid to give figures new heads (and sometimes he gives them two) to keep in line with the original designs.
Bid on Jin's Custom Powerglide Generation 1 Animated figure on eBay today!
Jin Saotome is heating up the Iron Man custom section with his Custom Marvel Legends Iron Monger figure. The cool thing about this custom is that Jin has given this figure the look of brushed steel and has a light up chest but I will let Jin take it away from here:
"Monger has been decked out in a shiny metallic paint job with just a hint of blue shading and great highlights that give the look of real brushed steel! He has full articulation in the legs as well, not static posed like the first Iron Monger figure. Ready for the kicker? Open up the cockpit and flip the hidden switch, Iron Monger’s eyes and chest light up just like the onscreen character! Please don’t stare directly into the chest light, it’s so bright you can use this guy as a flashlight in case of an emergency. The batteries can also be replaced if needed."
Bid on Jin's Custom Marvel Legends Iron Monger figure on eBay today!
The custom transformers section on eBay has been a bit quiet but Jin has woken it up with his Custom Transformers Movie Barricade figure. Some of the things I really like about about Jin's customs are his quest to make it accurate, his attention to detail, and the quality and craftsmanship is light years beyond most. For example, in this Barricade figure, he has added a ball joint to the head, claws, and an LED kit so that the police lights work. My favorite part about this custom are the claws. I know it is a really small detail to be excited about but the original hands on the Barricade figure bugged me (well, most of the figure bugged me as it was not very movie accurate to begin with).
Read more about Jin's Custom Transformers Movie Barricade figure on eBay today!
Jin Saotome keeps the custom GI Joe 25th Anniversary figures coming with his Custom Ninja B.A.T. figure. The Battle Android Troopers are a mainstay of the Cobra Army and Jin has made them more versatile and more deadly. Keeping in tradition to the style of the B.A.T. line with removable weapons and accessories, Jin adds some very nice touches to this robot of war. With flip out blades on the elbows, this Ninja assassin is ready for battle and his opponent will not know what hit him! This auction just went up on eBay so head over to place an early bid for this unique Custom Ninja B.A.T. figure or check out the other pictures.
The Iron Man customs are heating up on eBay and their is very good reason! Typically, there is a surge of character specific customs that land on eBay before and after the launch of a killer movie. The 2007 Transformers Movie and the 2008 Iron Man movies have given customizers a great canvas to demonstrate their creativity. That said, I would like to focus attention to a really cool cross over figure done by Jin Saotome. Jin has created a hybrid Marvel Legends Sigma Six Iron Man that looks like it could belong in both worlds of Marvel and GI Joe. This Iron Man figure has retained the unique style of the Sigma Six GI Joe line and has married the aspects that make Iron Man a force to recon with. The colors really compliment figure and you can clearly identify this as an Iron Man figure and the black washing really brings out the detail. This blend of worlds has really come together into a great looking figure and boy is this auction hot! To read more about this awesome custom, head over to Jin's auction and see how red hot this figure is getting!
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Since there are so many great customs out there to write about, I can't possibly cover everything so sometimes I will troll around in the Completed Listings section of eBay and come across some gems that I missed. Jin Saotome has created a blast from the past with an updated version of an International figure with this Custom GI Joe 25th Anniversary Red Laser figure. Jin has made a really nice addition to this figure with the wrist gauntlet/backpack and weapon. The addition of the helmet logo pays great homage to the original Red Laser figure. For those not familiar with International GI Joe's, Red Laser was an exclusive figure that was available in the United Kingdom and Europe around 1983 by the Palitoy toy company. He was available packaged with the Action Force Laser Exterminator - a red and black repaint of the HAL (Heavy Artillery Laser).
Although the auction has ended already, you can view Jin's Custom Red Laser to find out more about him and also see more photos. Please Note: Items are removed from eBay databases every 90 days so if the item is gone, check out more Custom GI Joe figures.
"Cobra BATs are all the rage these days, disposable troopers that Cobra Commander can flood the battlefield with while he cheats Zartan at cards in the Terrordrome. No complaining, no need for medics, what more could you ask? Well what goes around comes around, enter C.O.M.B.A.T. standing for Command Oriented Military Battle Android Trooper. More sophisticated than the earlier models (and based on my Sigma 6 Combat) this trooper is ready to deploy wherever you need him. This Combat unit 055 is ready to handle your basic trooper needs and wields a PDW and machine gun. Out of ammo? No sweat, Combat can deploy its shoulder mounted machine gun for a quick attack. Check out the hand painted weathering, shading, and detail. He even has an American flag to show off his patriotic spirit!"
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Springer is a wise-cracking, easy-going, sharp-witted and somewhat caustic fighting Autobot. He has an unfailing optimism and good humor and courage beyond known bounds, and with it all, the willingness to sacrifice himself for his friends and the sake of his mission. Jin Saotome brings this G1 Classic figure to life with his Custom Transformers Springer figure. First appearing in the cartoon version of the Transformers Movie, Jin has given this figure a fresh look while retaining it's G1 nature. The original Springer figure left much to be desired and was a very plain Transformer but Jin has given this figure a new life by using the Transformers 2007 Movie figure, Incinerator.
Read more about how Jin created this great piece here!
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Jin Saotome has created a one of a kind Cobra creation with his Custom GI Joe 25th Anniversary Cobra Reaper figure. I love the creativity that goes into these customs and this figure is superbly detailed and would make a very unique addition to your Cobra army. Jin goes on and describes more about this figure:
"Introducing the Cobra Warlock, one of my newest customs that are based on the GI Joe 25th Anniversary figures. He's fully poseable and features metallic detailing, deep shading, and highlights that really bring this character to life. This warlock can wield his obsidian scythe or blood-fang into battle and is ready to take on the Joes with soul-rending accuracy! Check out the real metal chains and the cape blades, this is one dangerous foe. The figure comes with a custom base too for display and will look great in your Joe collection, blending right into the Cobra team. So, need a really unique warrior for your staged battles? Know a diehard GI Joe fan who would demand the Reaper carry a firearm into combat? Then don't pass this auction up!"
Bid on Jin's Custom Cobra Reaper figure by heading over to eBay!
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With the Iron Man Movie right around the corner, customizers have been going all out and showing how they can make the best Custom Marvel Legends Iron Man figures. Some figure to note this week are coming from customizers such as Jin Saotome (see photo above) and others:
Find these and others by heading over to eBay and bidding on all of the Custom Marvel Legends Iron Man figures (only if your wallet can handle it).
Custom Stealth Iron Man by Kyle Robinson