Category Archives: Generation 1
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!
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!
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.
To commemorate the space shuttle Enterprise's ride on top of a modified Boeing 747, I felt it was fitting to feature one of the coolest shuttle Transformers from 80's. Maintaining all 6 original modes (shuttle, tank, transport shuttle, lion, bird, and griffon), GetRightRobot (GRR) has created a masterpiece with his Custom Transformers Masterpiece Sky Lynx figure. This custom is a marvel in both design, form, and function. Adding 6 LED lights to the figure gives it an added dimension while the colors cast a magnificent array of custom mixed colors of flat white, Ferrari red, and brilliant blue. The scale is quite massive as well and putting regular sized Transformers next to Sky Lynx really highlights the difference. There is also a killer video but you will have to click over to GRR's auction page to view it so head over and check out this amazing Custom Transformers Masterpiece Sky Lynx figure.
Using the Mighty Hercules version of the classic combiners, TB Productions has created a very cool rusted, metallic weathered Custom Transformers Devastator G1 combiner. Custom painted with different shades of green which reflect differently under different lighting, TB has captured the classic feel of Devastator with a rough and raw look. There are super detailed photos over on TB's auction page so head over there and check them out!
"Unyielding resolve has no conqueror." Sculpt-Bot, creator of one of my favorite Custom Steampunk Jetfire figure, has scratch built one of the biggest Autobots with his Custom Actionmasters G1 Omega Supreme! Taking his custom handle seriously, he has taken styrene and "sculpted" 95% of this figure into a non transformable Actionmaster. Let's read more about it from Sculpt-Bot himself:
"He has 3 independent LEDs, one for each arm, and one in the head that lights the eyes, and the turret on the back of his head. All of the LEDs have a seperate battery compartment, so they can be changed if they run out. The canopy opens to reveal his face, and rotates backwards for a more streamlined look. He stands 2 feet tall at the tip of his wings, and is extremely poseable"
Using styrene gives the artist tremendous flexibility to create accurate renditions of figures from the past and looking at the G1 cartoon and Sculpt-Bot's Omega Supreme figure, he has created a two foot tall amazing sculpture of this massive defense base in robot mode. To check out more photos and to place a bid on this amazing work of art, head over to eBay and check out Sculpt-Bot's Custom Actionmasters G1 Omega Supreme!
Ok...so there is something really cool about seeing the charred head of Unicron at the feet of MacrossFA-19's Custom Transformers Classics Galvatron figure. As we know from the Transformers movie, Rodimus rips the matrix of leadership from Galvatron's neck while Unicron explodes and his head floats off into space. Creating a custom "Triumph of Galvatron" figure stand, MacrossFA-19 presents an alternate universe where Galvatron is the sole survivor, standing over the obliterated carcass of Unicron. Adding articulation to the neck, giving the figure articulated hands, and scratch building the arm cannon really brings to the life the G1 look and feel we saw on the silver screen back in 1986. This custom ranks up there with one of the coolest looking dioramas I have seen. It just goes to show you that brilliance can come from the right pieces!
Going for the most cartoon accurate representation of the planet gobbling planet (I guess that would make Unicron a cannibal), FrogDNA has created this amazing Custom Transformers Cartoon Style Unicron figure. If you remember back to the cartoon, Unicron's colors are very basic given the large representation of grays and oranges, which FrogDNA has replicated very nicely. He even went as far to mix his own custom orange to get as accurate as possible. Removing the teeth from the chest, which was a suggestion from another customizer, Frenzy.Rumble, it helped to retain the overall look and feel from the cartoon. Using sculpting techniques and creating a custom mouth, this is the most realistic looking figure I have seen in a long time. The figure looks more impressive in planet mode!
Combining efforts from two other customers, Wilestbilame makes his childhood dream of creating a Dinobot a reality with his Custom Transformers G1 Cartoon Style Masterpiece Swoop figure. Using a custom cast kit from Sculpbot, hands designed by Fakebuster, and the ingenuity of Wilestbilame, this Custom Swoop achieved the look and feel that was inspired the G1 cartoon! The shading of the figure sealed the deal for me! Every now and then, customizers provide us with their inspiration for creating these great pieces so let's see what he has to say:
"Ever since I was a kid I always loved the dinobots, and apart from Grimlock I always had admiration for Swoop the truly awesome pterodactyl Transformer that really knew how to be as savage as his Dinobot leader. Sadly we never got a proper update to this legendary bot nor classics or MP, but thanks to master sculptor and customizer Sculptbot, Swoop has now become an awesome reality!! Utilizing a custom casted kit by Sculptbot I combined it to upgrade another transformer into a full fledged Masterpiece swoop and I figured I would bring him into the masterpiece line with a closer to the cartoon appearance than previous toys done a in the past. He features super articulated individual finger seeker hands(special thanks to Fakebusker for designing them), ball joint head, articulated dino head and jaw, wings fold via swivel for easy transition from dino mode to bot mode and for flapping his wings I guess LOL, embossed autobot symbol on dino head. I painted the sword to look as if it were lit up all the time and heating up, I wanted to bring back the glory days of generation 1 by recreating this masterpiece with his Cartoon colors, one of the things. I always loved about the cartoon and comic was that"shine effect" they were drawn with on their windshields and shading on their bodies, sort of as if the metal and glass had it's own shine in cartoon style, so I replicated that effect through a modern method known as "cell shading" and panel lining across his body to bring out a true cartoon style adding a more dynamic color scheme far beyond the simple repaint. Swoop was carefully sanded and cleaned prior to painting, after which he was airbrushed with super high quality automotive grade lacquers and slightly detailed with high quality acrylics, and sealed with UV resistant matte finish to preserve his colors for years to come!"
Hot off the heals of his Custom Shattered Glass Devastator comes Xaviercal's TFC Hercules Custom Transformers Devastator in a Generation One color scheme. Using the 3rd Party Transformer as the base for the figure, the classic nature of the G1 yellow-green paint app really shines through. One welcome addition to the color palette is the use of purple on various parts of the individual figures. For example, on Mixmaster's cement mixer and Bonecrusher's bulldozer front end. The addition of the color purple help to break of the overbearing green that the typical Devastator radiates. In addition to the awesome paint app, Xaviercal has also created a G1 inspired gun for his Custom Transformers Devastator so head over to eBay to take a peak at this homage one of the greatest combiners!
Call it the trifecta of the post Megatron Transformers universe where Unicron's spawn's rose up from the twisted metal from the heated battle of Cybertron. FrogDNA has created custom cartoon G1 versions of Galvatron, Cyclonus, and Scourge, which is a first in his customizing career. One of FrogDNA's strengths is getting that cartoon look and feel just right. The way that he paints the figures and shades them bring out every detail. Due to the fact that Galvatron was kitbashed and, in his own words, "some kind of Frankenstein," the alternate mode was sacrificed to make the robot mode as close to the cartoon as possible. I am cool with that given that the finished product looks amazing.
In the G1 Transformers cartoon, it appears that Omega Supreme is the largest Transformer. Decepti-Punk has made this a reality with his Custom Transformers Supreme Class Omega Supreme figure. Standing a towering 20" tall, this figure is one behemoth of a custom. Not only one, but two Energon Omega Supreme's and one G1 Omega were used to make this fully transformable figure, which is a feet in an of itself. Usually, when you build figures this tall, some customizers sacrifice the transformability of the figure, usually called an Action Masters, but Decepti-Punk used his skill to create a massive battle station. Keeping with Omega's G1 color scheme, this figure is one of the best Omega Supreme figure's I have seen to date.
Customizing is an artwork! Customizers, like JCartwork, pour countless hours into projects hoping to achieve and build products that fans will go crazy over. This Custom Transformers G1 Defensor is a great example how perseverance and determination can transform several off the shelf toys into grand masterpiece of a combiner we knew and loved as kids. The figure stands between 20" and 21" tall and has over 20 points of articulation, something the toys from the 80's were lacking. Sometimes customizers share how much effort goes into thier work so here to tell us about it is JCartwork:
"Its been a while since I have any new kitbashes online to share .Recently I have decided to complete my long waited combiner Defensor which I have been working on for almost a year plus, on and off .Its a very anticipated project which I wanted to complete for a long time. Remember the first Defensor which FR and Ryan Uybengkee did it was really mind blowing experience seeing how talented these guys have injected life to those plastic not to mention other talented kitbashers as well which I have missed . I was really inspired and decided to build mine version of Defensor as well . The progress of making this kitbash is painstaking .I have changed serveral joints inorder to make it strong when combined . Took me alot of time doing research and keep on improving until its fixed . I have used the best quality lacqer ,enamel and acrylic paint ,so it can withstand any weather condition . And I have also created decal to make it more G1 accurate .Its the most time consuming and anticipated project I have ever done."
One aspect I am impressed by is the construction of the figure and how this figure resembles the vintage Defensor with an updated kick! The old Defensor was too blocky for my tastes (that did not stop me from buying him) and JCartwork has really gone above and beyond with his Custom Transformers G1 Defensor combiner.
Using the unique Xovergen Grand Patriot figure, Captain Cosmic creates a highly detailed G1 version of the Leader of the Autobots with his Custom Transformers Optimus Prime figure. The Grand Patriot cast is a very futuristic or Cybertronian style of the Optimus Prime. It goes without saying but the paint app on this figure blends the right amount of weathering and gloss for a war torn, battle hardened look. In addition to the recoloring of the figure, Captain Cosmic has also cast some additional weapons and heads that make this figure even better. Adding Battle Blades that fit into the fuel tanks pay homage to Prime's onscreen movie styling while creating multiple heads adds to the display factor of the figure. In order to ease the pain of swapping heads, they come packed with magnets so you can easily interchange the heads. A ton of work went into this figure so head over to eBay and check out the other photos of Captain Cosmic's Custom Transformers Optimus Prime figure.
Standing at an impressive 15" tall, TB-Production & XavierCal team up to give you this Metroplex Custom G1 Transformers Supreme Class figure. I love when customizers put their heads together because you are guaranteed a superb figure when it is all said and done. The construction of the figure was done by Xaviercal and he has done a fantastic job at placing articulation where needed and replicating and scaling the large parts needed to pull off a Metroplex custom. The arms and mid torso are my favorite parts of this custom. TB-Productions put on the finishing touches to this great piece by applying multiple shades of white and gray overall and black and gray to achieve a steel like effect. This is one of the best Metroplex customs I have seen to date so if you want to see more, head over to eBay and check out TB-Productions and Xaviercal's Metroplex Custom G1 Transformers Supreme Class figure today!
Reflector was an interesting concept and only available via mail away in 1986. If you were lucky enough to save up for points and a nominal fee, you could get your hot little hands on this G1 great. Colosal Customs has paid homage to this Decepticon spy machine with his Custom G1 Transformers Reflector figures. By combining a G1 color scheme fused by a cartoon look and feel, you get an updated style while retaining the classic nature that made these figures great. The original G1 figures all looked different and this custom makes all of the figures look very similar, which is a great concept! I like the continuity that comes with the figures looking the same as the trio act more like triplets than separate robots. I also like the way that the barrel of the camera can be used as either a spy device or a canon (your imagination may vary). To get a closer look at this trio, head over to eBay and check out Colosal Customs Custom G1 Transformers Reflector figures.
Perceptor was one of those interesting figures from the 80's. It was not a plane, car, or other cool vehicle. It was a microscope and for some reason, the figure really appealed to me as a child and thanks to Area Nifty-One, he has paid a grand homage to the Autobot scientist with his Custom Transformers Commemorative Titan Class Perceptor figure. Starting off as a Supreme Class Cyberton Metroplex figure, Area Nifty-One received his inspiration from the 25th anniversary re-release of Perceptor. The Metroplex base figure is a fantastic figure to use as the alternate mode looks like a mobile laboratory where the Autobots can analyze any data the Decepticons throw their way. In keeping with the classic nature of the figure, the colors that were used stay true to the original as the reds, blues, and silvers complete the overall look and feel of the figure. To check out more detailed photos, head over to eBay and check out this amazing Custom Transformers Commemorative Titan Class Perceptor figure.
I will always have a place in my heart for the combiners of the 80's. From Devestator to Defensor, the Transformers had the market cornered on a toy line that was a huge hit on television and an even bigger hit on the playground. Nomad Customs has captured this feeling with his Custom Transformers Denfensor combiner and has done it on a much grander scale. Standing a towering 19" tall, this figure can break down into the five Protectobots. This is how the combiners should have been made many moons ago but thanks to customizers like Nomad, the figures are made bolder, badder, and bigger!
This goes without saying (but I will say it anyway!) that there are differing styles and color pallets depending on the medium which you choose to consume your Transformers addiction. If you are a fan of the G1 television show from the 80's or if you primarily read comics, you will notice stark differences in the styling and features of your favorite characters. That said, Wilestbilame has taken one of the coolest Masterpiece figures and gave it a comic color makeover with his Custom Transformers G1 Comic Color Masterpiece Grimlock figure. The blue, red, and gold colors are so vibrant, really bringing the comic character to life. I always love a great back story on why customers choose to make the figures they do so here to tell us about it is Wilestbilame himself:
"Ever since I was a kid I always loved Grimlock, especially the Marvel comics version, giving Grimlock a more cold, savage and strategical personality to the character as the true king of the dinobots, so since the style I've been using being cartoon style, at times some have dubbed it as more comic inspired than cartoon, I figured it would make sense to bring the comic grimlock into the masterpiece line with a closer to the comics appearance than the MP-08x that came out a few years back, he features one of the coolest gimmicks ever, COLOR CHANGING Blue to Red and Back LED Eyes for both Dino mode and bot mode, with easy access to batteries for easy switching. Special thanks go to fellow Floridian Customizer and Tfw2005 member Big Hank for his masterful LED Work!! I gave him a high contrast cel shading with dark tones of grey, yellow red and of course his comic exclusive blue paint apps, detailed the bolts on his grey areas with a lighter tone of grey for a subtle but welcome contrast and although I kept the light up feature on his arm I painted the sword to look as if it were lit up all the time which dims the light up feature but I think this looks better for the style, I didn't paint the crown of leadership simply because I like it's blingin aspect that gives a good contrast to the cartoon look. I wanted to bring back the glory days of generation 1 by recreating this masterpiece with his Comic colors, one of the things I always loved about the cartoon and comic was that"shine effect" they were drawn with on their windshields and shading on their bodies, sort of as if the metal and glass had it's own shine in cartoon style, so I replicated that effect through a modern method known as "cell shading" and panel lining across his body to bring out a true cartoon style adding a more dynamic color scheme far beyond the simple repaint. Optimus was carefully sanded and cleaned prior to painting, after which he was airbrushed with super high quality automotive grade lacquers and slightly detailed with high quality acrylics, and sealed with UV resistant matte inish to preserve his colors for years to come!"
To view more photos or if you are a fan of this work, head over to eBay and check out this fantastic Custom Transformers G1 Comic Color Masterpiece Grimlock figure.
The first of its kind featured on AFC is GetRightRobot's Custom G1 Transformers Dinobot 5 Figure Box Set. Fresh for 2012 are the Dinobots reimagined in their G1 colors in a totally unique 5 bot box set. Customizing the Dinobots in their rare earth mode, this set captures the feel of the dinobots in a task force dubed "Dynamic Infiltration of Non-Biological Operations." In robot form, the figures take on the appearance of the Dinobots but in alternate form, they are hidden in plain site as a force to be recon with. The box art on the set is all original and it is a very cool concept to release a "convention" style exclusive. This set goes above and beyond my expectations and is truly a one of a kind set:
"This set comes in a convention styled, telescopic box that is 20"x10"x5" and features original artwork. The box is extremely sturdy and has 4 1/2" soft foam cut to hold each figure. Included in the box are all five Dinobots, Swoop, Snarl, Slag, Sludge and Grimlock in their short lived Earth modes. A comic strip (also original artwork) included with this set tells the story of why the Dinobots adopted Earth modes to begin with. Each figure is painstakingly painted and comes with guns/missile launchers and swords!"
I have heard from GetRightRobot that this set has attracted a ton of attention and rightfully so! To view more detailed photos of each figure, head over to eBay and check out GetRightRobot's Custom G1 Transformers Dinobot 5 Figure Box Set.
I have always been attracted to Shinobitron's unique styling and artistic prowess when creating customs. So much, in fact, that I have been writing about his customs for almost 4 years! His latest Custom Transformers Movie G1 Black Zarak figure combines the classic colors with an update movie look and feel. Using the Transformers Movie Scorponok as the base figure, he has created a triple changer as this Zarak can transform into a Robot, Scorpion, and a Cybertronian Osprey Helicopter mode. Shinobitron is always thinking of creative ways to make his figures better and better. My only gripe with the original G1 Black Zarak is that the figure is too chunky and stalky but Shinobitron's version gives the figure a more royal look and the body is proportionate in all the right places. To see more photos of this figure in his alternate modes, head over to eBay and check out this Custom Transformers Movie G1 Black Zarak figure.
Go big or go home! Xaviercal has definatley gone bug with his Custom G1 Masterpiece Transformers Fortress Maximus figure. Standing a gargantuan 2 feet tall, this figure captures the essence of the Generation 1 figure with the updated articulation and scale of the custom designed by a talented individual. There are many feature that have been packed into this great figure, including LED's and scratch built parts. The hands and sword were designed and built from the ground up. A lot of work went into this amazing custom so make sure to head over to eBay and check out Xaviercal's Custom G1 Masterpiece Transformers Fortress Maximus figure.
After enjoying some rest and relaxation from a nice long vacation, I am back in action and this week I am a sucker for the G1 combiner homages and ThyVipera has created this amazing Custom G1 Transformers Menasor combiner to feast your eyes on! Standing 16" tall, this Menasor captures the bulky and stalky nature of the original combiner of 80's but with added articulation, this figure does not suffer from the robotic like poses we were stuck with as kids. In some cases, customers have to sacrifice the ability of the figure to reduce down to the sum of its parts but not in this case! ThyVipera has created a true combiner that represents the classic nature of the Stunticons in true Generation 1 fashion!
Released only in Japan, Liokaiser is a unique and highly sought-after combiner and Forgotten Forest has recreated this figure in amazing detail with his Custom Transformers Liokaiser Combiner. Designed with a series of custom scratch built parts, including his hands, which are ball jointed at the wrist and on every finger, giving the figure the fine motor skills it deserves. Scratchbuilt hip and thigh parts and a custom scratch built head round out the amazing features of this classic combiner. He even comes with a cartoon G1 accurate re-creation of his spiked hand held weapon in addition to his main gun, which combines from Killbisons turret and Jarugas missile rack just like the G1 classic. The scale of this figure is massive and I wish that the original combiners were made this large. Check out the comparison photo standing behind the G1 Bruticus combiner:
Usually there is little room for improvement with the Generation 1 Transformers line but Thyvipera has figured out a way to go above and beyond with his Custom G1 Transformers Overlord figure. Standing 17" tall and featuring tons of articulation, this figure can be posed and played with in several different ways. As the Overlord figure came later in the Transformers line, Thyvipera accurately reproduced the turquoise and purple colors that plagued the figures in the later years of the line. The way the figure was painted makes each part stand out on its own and the colors are much bolder than the original figure. Complete with a new tank barrel and a new jet lasers in the alternate modes, this figure pays a great homage to original figure.
What is the Transformers universe without Starscream's sidekicks? Wilestbilame gives us a sneak peak at what that world would look like with his Custom Transformers Dark of the Moon Leader Class Thundercracker in G1 colors. I don't see many Dark of the Moon G1 customs so this one stood out among the great Transformers customs this week. The G1 color scheme and the striping pays a nice homage to the Thundercracker of the 80's and gives the figure an updated look with the F-22 Raptor design. Here is the back story and the inspiration for this figure:
"While waiting for dark of the moon to premiere, it was announced that a version of movie starscream with thundercracker colors was in the works, I was excited hoping it would be an updated voyager or even leader version (dare to dream) much to my dismay it was a deluxe version, and while it's nice and all I always felt that both thundercracker and skywarp where lost potential in the movie universe, they would have been awesome as leader class figures and even more on the big screen to say the least, but I said to myself no more! I also made several modifications which include include fully individuallly fingered articulate hands with movie accurate knuckle claws!(special thanks to fakebuster for providing these!) articulate wrists of 360 degree movement, all of this and still fully transformable! custom movieverse decepticon symbols, about 6 different shades of metal used for his metallic parts for a realistic look, meticulously detailed with different tones of gold and silver all the way up to his eye sockets! I literally searched every little detail where attention needed to be given to create one of the most detailed movie figures ever!! he even has individually detailed wires!! all of this done with the highest quality automotive grade lacquers, enamels and acrylics available."
The exposed wiring gives the figure a more realistic feel and the articulation in the fingers gives it more of a human personality that comes through when you see the movies. It is great to see teamwork on these customs and Wilestbilame credits Fakebuster for proving movie accurate knuckle claws. It is amazing to see how each customizer chooses to spend their time to achieve Movie greatness and you would not think that adding articulation to fingers makes a big difference but it really does. To view more photos of this amazing Custom Transformers Dark of the Moon Leader Class Thundercracker head over to eBay!
Continuing with his G1 Tribute line, Malfunction brings us the great Autobot battlestation of the 80's with his Custom Transformers Generation 1 Metroplex. Chalked full of articulation and the classic G1 color scheme, this retooled and enhanced Japanese reissue is a force to recon with. Here is the back story on this amazing creation:
"A battle base for the autobots that also transformed into an unstoppable robot force, how coo was that. The only transformer strong enough to take on Trypticon. Too bad he lost every time because he couldn’t bend his arm or leg…lol. This custom started off as an authentic Japan version re-issue Metroplex. 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. 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 better proportions. And with a little bit of chopping, stretching, and bulking this is the custom I came up ULTIMATE METROPLEX."
I really like the overall color and paint scheme as it gives the appearance of an actual functioning battle station with the carbon scoring and detailing. The over sized gun integrates into the station and provides a cool visual point of interest when the figure is in battle mode. With the figure in robot mode standing 16" tall, this Custom Transformers Generation 1 Metroplex must be a sight to see in person so head over to eBay to own this great tribute to the G1 Metroplex.
Standing at over 13" tall, Matt1989cars has created this amazing homage to the combiner of yesteryear with his Custom Transformers Generation 1 Defensor figure. Although the combiners from the 80's will still be my favorites, they lacked the articulation and scale needed to pull off the amazing battles we saw in the cartoon but thanks to customizers, we get to see these great figures in the proper scale with the cartoon look and feel we have always wanted. Not only has Matt1989 cars made the Defensor combiner as great as it can be, he also created a battle station made from all of the parts that form the combiner!
Mirage was one of the G1 greats of the Transformers line and Wikkid has produced this amazing figure in a much larger scale with his Custom Masterpiece G1 Transformers Mirage figure. Looking at the figure side by side with the original, it is clear that this enhances the classic version with increased articulation and overall style. A mix of figures were used to create this The base components are alternators Prime, Sunstreaker and Skids re-shelled with a 1/20 scale Ligier JS11 Ford F1. The head sculpt looks more like the G1 cartoon and colors are a great match, rounding out a very nice G1 Masterpiece figure.
What customizers do best is see how to make the figures we grew up with bigger and badder and this is what Malfuntion did with his Custom G1 Transformers Custom Ultra Magnus figure. Standing 15" tall, with better articulation, scale, and proportions, this Ultra Magus is a great homage to the 80's figure. The colors are spot on and Malfunction set out to create a figure that did not resemble an repaint of Optimus Prime and, to put it in his own words, this figure is a "ZERO parts-former meaning there is no Optimus Prime with a bulky costume on."
Let's read more about Malfunction's inspiration for creating this figure:
"Neglected by Hasbro, Hasbro/Takara took shortcuts by painting Optimus Prime white and adding an add on kit then called it Ultra Magnus, why?!!! Even today, the masterpiece line releases a white Optimus Prime and calls it Ultra Magnus. When in the animated cartoon did you ever see Ultra Magnus remove his armor and a white Optimus Prime appear? 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. 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 better proportions. I got fed up with Hasbro’s laziness and came up with my own custom made ULTIMATE ULTRA MAGNUS."
To place a bid on Malfuntion's Custom G1 Transformers Custom Ultra Magnus figure, head over to eBay!
Get Right Robot (GRR) quickly caught my eye with his Custom G1 Cartoon Style Jetfire and he is back again with his latest amazing G1 IDW Custom Transformers Fortress Maximus that stands over 2 feet tall. Inspired by the concept of art of IDW artists Nick Roche and Guido Guidi, the overall design of the figure is a massive achievement in the literal and figurative sense. Employing design skills using sketches and translating the drawings into AutoCAD, which is an engineering software program, Get Right Robot designed the exact look he was going with not only one face but 5 completely different looks. As you can see below, the interchangeable faces (complete with LED), give the figure 5 unique personas. Here is a glimpse in to the process of creating the heads:
Recreating the articulation you would find in a human hand, GRR used 120 cut out plexiglass segments per hand and created his own hinges to build the raw IDW look he was going for. Here are some amazing shots of the amount of of work and examples of how articulated these hands are:
The amount of thought and engineering that went into this figure is beyond what I have seen any customizer do (I am sure there are more out there that do this but I am just not aware). I have really only been left speechless by a handful of customs since I have been writing about them since 2007 and Get Right Robot's G1 IDW Custom Transformers Fortress Maximus takes the highest honor of leaving a blogger speechless!
Standing at almost 20" tall, Colosal Customs G1 Masterpiece Transformers Devastator combiner is just that...colossal! This Devastator, with its scratch built head, looks mean and nasty and ready to take any Autobot on. The first thing that came to mind when I saw this figure was Revenge of the Fallen meets Generation 1 classics. One aspect that the Revenge of the Fallen movie captured with Devastator was a raw sense of destruction and mayhem and this figure captures that essence while paying homage to classic figure we grew up with. The scratch built wrecking ball and plasma rifle add to the menacing look and feel that Colosal Customs captured so well. This is the first Devastator I have seen in a long time that carries a massive personality in a well engineered figure! To view more photos of this amazing G1 Masterpiece Transformers Devastator combiner, head over to eBay!
A little over two years ago, I featured MacrossFA-19's Custom Menasor and I very happy to see that he has back at it. This Custom G1 Transformers Menasor combiner is better than the last one he made and even features the Hasbrotoyshop Special Edition Dragstrip figure. Striving to make this Menasor all he can be, there are a few differences to point out. Deadend and Breakdown have been created with different heads and the connections and joints have been made stronger. This combiner has some very subtle detailing on the arms which makes all of the difference and sets this custom apart from others. For example, the yellow and red accents seem to flow into the figures, which creates some continuity in the figure, which can sometimes get lost when the figures are so large like this. To view more photos of this amazing Custom G1 Transformers Menasor, head over to eBay!
The minibots were the mainstay of many G1 Transformers collections. My friends and I had many of them and my guess is, looking back, they were much less expensive than the larger figures so parents were more apt to buy them. Beachcomber was one of those minibots that I had as a kid and Xaviercal has created a more update version of this minibot from a DOTM Sandstorm figure with his Custom Transformers Dark of the Moon Beachcomber figure. The basics Sandstorm figure was the perfect base for this custom and with the addition of the G1 style blues and silvers, and a modified head, Xaviercal payed a nice homage to this little minibot. You will also notice that Beachcomber also has a golden hand, which, if you are a fan of the G1 cartoon, is from an episode where Beachcomber found a golden lagoon full of electrum, a naturally-occurring element which would make any Transformer impervious to harm. After dipping his hand into the lagoon, it turned completely gold in color, which he hid from his fellow Autobots,
I am looking forward to DarkCaveCustoms' latest venture if the next five seekers come out as great as his first Custom Transformers Gundam Style Skywarp figure. Built from a 1/100 HG Gundam 00 Arios figure with a head cast from a Classics/Universe 2.0 Drift, the combination of these two figures plus the classic G1 color scheme makes for a very cool and modern looking Cybertronian type warrior. The orange paint accents on the chest remind me of the canopy of the G1 Skywarp from the 1980's, bringing together the cutting edge new styling while paying homage to the classics. Skywarp also looks amazing in jet mode:
As you can see in the photo above, the touch of orange on the canopy and the blue accents on the afterburners define the seeker in its alternate mode. As I said before, this is the first of the seeker jets to get this Gundam style treatment so look out for more figure like this Custom Transformers Gundam Style Skywarp figure.
I love it when customizers are not satisfied with the toys that are hitting the shelves because we get to see awesome customs like FrogDNA's Custom G1 Transformers Classics Hot Rod figure. Disappointed with the head sculpt of the figure, he completely resculpted the figure to resemble the G1 cartoon, along with making other G1 cartoon enhancements. I love the windshield of the figure and the way the blue was painted makes it look like the light and the sky are reflecting off of it. I like the use of gray on the legs, replacing the factory red plastic. The striking colors make each piece of the figure stand out, rounding out its G1 look and feel.
I love when customizers remake the Minibots from the 80's because when they do it, they make them in Masterpiece scale and zeroadam12_123 has created this Custom G1 Transformers Cosmos on a much grander scale. Made from an amalgamation of different Transformers parts, this Cosmos is no longer a minibot but retains the G1 color scheme and look and feel of the little classic minibot with the pop up head and funny looking arms. This larger Cosmos figure adds a lot of dimension provides much more definition than the smaller scaled figures. My favorite parts of this figure are the head and the chest plate. Giving Cosmos different color eyes really adds some life to the figure and the Chest plate pays homage to the sticker that was present on the G1 figure from the 80's. All in all, I think this was a very creative venture and is a great example of how great a larger scale minibot can look from an inspiration of the 80's.
Standing close to two feet tall, ThyVipera has created one of the coolest figures I have seen in a long time with his Custom Transformers G1 Masterpiece Scorponok figure. First of all, the figure is massive and has earned the title of Masterpiece! The detail on each piece really stands out due to the attention to the paint app as the black washing of the colors give each piece of the figure its own outline. Not only has ThyVipera retained the classic G1 color scheme, he has gone above and beyond by giving the figure a battle station mode (see below). Scorponok is not my favorite of Transformers but the way that ThyVipera combined the classic style with a more useful alternate mode makes this one of my favorite customs I have seen to date.
A lot of time and thought has gone into making this custom the best it can be. Some of the cool features of the battle station mode include it being "heavily armed, with 4 double-barrel cannons, and 4 missile launchers." Figure, such as Cyclonus and Scourge that are pictured with the custom, can fit into the turret cockpits and both arm a cannon. Lord Zarak can fit nicely into the cockpit, commanding Scorponok into battle. To check out more photos of this amazing Custom Transformers G1 Masterpiece Scorponok figure, head over to eBay!
The pairing of two killer customs in a diorama setting is something you don't see very often and ThyVipera has pitted the Autobot and Decepticon cassette bots against each other in breathtaking MP scale with his Custom Masterpiece Transformers Soundwave and Blaster figures. In order to create the scale and richness of these 9" figures, ThyVipera had to make them Actionmasters, which means that they do not transform into their alternate modes, which is fine by me as the robot modes are more impressive and nicer to look at, especially the way the diorama sets them off. These customs retain the G1 look and feel we all grew up with as kids and to see how these figures scale in comparison to the figures from the 80's, here is a shot of ThyVipera's Custom MP Soundwave and the G1 Soundwave:
Another very cool aspect to these figures is the diorama, which you don't see very much. These figures are meant to be displayed and a dio can really add so much more to the presentation of the figures. You can imagine this battle raging on the planet Cybertron as Soundwave and Blaster continue their epic struggle to retain their respective titles as the best outdated 80's music players! To view more photos of this dynamic duo, head over to eBay to check out these awesome Custom Masterpiece Transformers Soundwave and Blaster figures.
Customizers are always looking to make the toys we grew up with better and Shinobitron has done this his latest Custom Transformers Ratbat figure. I agree with him when he said that the cassettes have not "been given the respects they should have had" until recently. Although this figure does not transform into a cassette, Shinobitron has captured the essence of the G1 Ratbat figure and updated it with a more modern look to fit with the current line of Transformers figures that are on the shelves. The alternate mode turns into a combination shield/gun, an interesting concept for this figure.
While the robot mode has captured the look and feel of the G1 figure, the alternate mode takes a new twist to one of Soundwave's minions as you can imagine this robot as protector of communication while Soundwave is doing his dirty work. To see how this figure looks perched next to Soundwave, head over to eBay and check out Shinobitron's Custom Transformers Ratbat figure.
Paying homage to the little Battlechargers that could, Zildjian gives these G1 pull-back motor cars an updated look and feel with his Custom G1 Transformers Runabout and Runamuck figures. Based on the Transformers Generations Drift figure, Zildjian's Decepticon duo feature custom heads to resemble their G1 counterparts as well as custom cast hands. It is cool when customizers look at the overall figure and make modifications and adjustments when needed. It could have been really easy to overlook an aspect like the hands but it is this attention to detail that sets other customizers apart from each other. You might also notice the red on the eyes and this effect is achieved neither by paint nor Photoshop effects but with LED lights that can switch on and off. If you are familiar with the G1 Runabout and Runamuck figures, you will be very happy that someone took the time to update these classic figures so you can add them to your Transformers collection!
The Ravage figure that was produced for the Transformers 2 movie was pretty lackluster and there was not much it could do except turn into a cybertronian jet built for reentry back into the Earth's atmosphere. Protis82 has put his skills to good use and has created a Custom Transformers Revenge of the Fallen Steeljaw figure in a G1 color scheme. I don't see many customs made out of the Ravage figure so I thought I would highlight this one as it is unique and it fills a void where the Transformers 2 movie did not provide any robots to counter Ravage on the Autobots side. The head was sculpted to resemble what Protis82 thinks a ROTF Steeljaw to look like if it appeared in the movie. Although this figure suffers from the alternate mode where it is just a reentry bot, at least the alternate mode is much more interesting and looks like the G1 Steeljaw we grew up with.
Since the teaser trailer from Transformers 3 was released there has been a lot of speculation as to which robot was within the depth of the space craft that crashed on the Dark Side of the Moon (sorry...had to throw in a Pink Floyd reference there). Some thought it was Vector Prime, Unicron, Sentinal Prime, and even Alpha Trion, which brings me to GetRightRobot's latest Custom Transformers Alpha Trion figure. Fashioning his figure after the G1 cartoon version, GetRightRobot strove for cartoon accuracy and boy did he nail it. Let's read more about this great figure from GetRightRobot himself:
"Never before has the more youthful, A3 been represented as a custom figure. A3 has a utilitarian transport truck mode that was common for Autobots of his time. He reflects the sleek robot designs of his era without the added armor and weapons that are found on all Cybertronians after the Great War. This figure has been heavily customized and features a one-of-a-kind, cartoon accurate head. He maintains great articulation and wonderful color accuracy. As with many elders in fiction, Alpha Trion was ancient beyond the memory of most Cybertronians still living. Only he remembers his own origins. This Alpha Trion has the armor, cape and beard that make him such a recognizable hero. He also carries his massive sword, adorned with the symbol of the Quintesson slave race."
To view more photos of this Custom Transformers Alpha Trion figure, head over to eBay!
As Gene Wilder said in the classic movie, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Facory, "Invention, my dear friends, is 93% perspiration, 6% electricity, 4% evaporation, and 2% butterscotch ripple.” In this case the 93% perspiration applies as Encline Designs and Primo join forces to create an homage to the comic and G1 version of this massive Transformer with their Custom Transformers G1 Overlord figure. Maybe they celebrated their triumph with some butterscotch ripple but that is not likely. Nonetheless, it is not very often you see to great customizers work together but when they do, great things happen! Let's read more about how each customizer contributed to the overall design:
"NICK ROCHE has re-introduced the TRANSFORMERS fandom to one of the coolest, most evil, twisted and demented Decepticons/Destrons to grace the pages of a Transformers comic, OVERLORD. I know I personally could NOT wait until each month came and I could run down to the comic shop and pick the next issue up. What is even better, fellow customizer and friend, PRIMO was just as addicted. Once the series ended, we knew what we had to do.....bring Nick's creation to life! Taking a G1 OVERLORD, and some donor bots, PRIMO did a great job adding articulated shoulders, biceps, elbows, hands, waist, thighs and hips, and knees to this bad boy. He then sent him my way. I hand sculpted the face to capture the essence of what was portrayed on the page. I extended the horns, added a ball joint neck, and some flexible neck cables to fill in everything, and did some other small additions. Then, to top it off, I painted this joint up in my usually fashion, airbrushed with metallic and flats, shading, washes and highlights."
Capturing the look and feel of the comic was what they set out to do and they executed their vision together. To view more photos and to place a bid on this one of a kind Transformer with their Custom Transformers G1 Overlord figure created by Encline Designs and Primo, head over to eBay!
Doing a straight up repaint of a Deluxe Rodimus figure, Solrac333 tries something new with his Custom Transformers Classics Hot Rod figure. Instead of sticking with the traditional flames on the figure, he wanted to do something different so he made a sunburst effect on the hood of the car. In my opinion, the choice of the colors makes the figure look more masculine and tough as the choice of a darker shade of red, red/orange, and blacks works really well on this figure. It was an interesting choice of color to go with an orange for the upper thighs but I think it blends well with the figure, giving it less of a robotic tone and more of an organic feel. The lack of flames also give the car a more subdued look, which is a nice change from the other Hot Rod figures I have seen.
Featuring a cartoon accurate head cast from the talented Frenzy.Rumble, ThyVipera brings us this Masterpiece Action Masters Custom Soundwave figure. Standing 9.5 inches tall, this G1 Soundwave does not transform into the obsolete tape deck from the 1980's but I find when you have a killer robot mode to display, why in the world would you want to transform it? The legs and arms feature a weathered steel look and a in addition to the killer G1 paint app, the cassette door opens and closes so Laserbeak can rest when he is not performing his spying tasks. The photos over at ThyVipera's auction for his Masterpiece Action Masters Custom Soundwave figure are also courtesy of Frenzy.Rumble, which is very cool to see collaborative efforts between the customizers!
Shooting for cartoon accuracy on a massive scale, Forgotten Forest brings us this 15" Custom G1 Masterpiece Cartoon Devastator combiner! In the Transformers cartoon from the 80's, the television version, like most of the Transformers at the time, differed from their toy counterparts in very big ways, but that did not seem to worry us as kids. Now that most of us are adults, we are looking to customizers like Forgotten Forest to close the gap in accuracy and realism with their skill and talent. The cartoon version of Devastator was a very blocky looking figure, which went with the animation style back in the 80's and this figure does an excellent job at portraying that aspect in the design. One of my favorite aspects of this figure are the three different head sculpts that were made for the figure:
As you can see, the three different head sculpts, which were scratch built, give Devastator the much needed personality that appeared in the cartoon. Not only does this add to the poseability of the figure, it brings the figure to life. Another aspect that I love is the scale of the figure, which you can see once you make the jump over to eBay to see this Custom G1 Masterpiece Cartoon Devastator combiner as a photo was taken with a G1 Bruticus figure.
Some people see a bunch of Transformers and think that nothing ever could be made from a pile of parts except for customizers like Shinobitron. Combining parts from various Transformers, he has scratch built his first ever team of Custom G1 Transformers Insecticons. Shinobitron did an excellent job retaining the G1 look and feel to Kickback, Shrapnel, and Bombshell. I really like the head sculpts that he did for each figure and it is cool that he made fully transformable figures, which he is really great at doing. I have been writing about Shinobitron's customs for over 3 years now and his creativity keeps exceeding my expectations. He has more photos of each individual figure over at his auction page so head over to eBay and check out his Custom G1 Transformers Insecticons.
With a percentage of the sale going to the Battersea Dogs and Cats Charity, Unavermin brings us his Custom G1 Transformers Masterpiece Shockwave figure that scales really nicely with your MP collection. Chockablock full of modifications, this MP Shockwave has a new custom made head, pulsing LED eye, click rotation feet, blinking LED laser hand, laser blasting sound, and hip missile detail. To check out the scale of the figure, Unavermin posed the figure with an MP Starscream (not the most flattering pose for Starscream but he is used to begging on his knees for mercy):
Unavermin also made a short video demonstrating the blinking LED light in his head and blasting so check it out after you make the jump to view his Custom G1 Transformers Masterpiece Shockwave figure.
Designed to resemble the G1 cartoon figure from the 80's, Xaviercal has created this very cool Action Masters Custom Transformers G1 Devastator figure. This figure stands a gargantuan 17" inches tall, which is almost a foot and a half of Devastator goodness. Capturing the G1 coloring and styling of the cartoon figure, Xaviercal has made this figure in Action Masters style, meaning that the individual Contructicons do not transform and separate from the figure.
A couple of features I really like about Xaviercal's Devastator is the streamlined chest armor, which gives the figure a more unique and slim look to it. A great design choice was to make the bulk of the armor in the center of the chest piece, which achieved a more subdued, but overall effective, look to the armor piece. I always thought that the original G1 Devastator's armor piece was a bit too large for the figure. The second feature that I like is the blaster that Devastator is toting around so you know that this Decepticon means business! To view more photos of Xaviercal's Action Masters Custom Transformers G1 Devastator figure, you will find them on eBay!