Category Archives: Transformers 3 Dark of the Moon
If you ever wondered where Prime's trailer comes from when it magically appears when he transformers, Wylun Customs gives you hint this his Custom Transformers DOTM Ultimate Optimus Prime figure. Taking a ROTF leader class Optimus Prime and combining the figure with the DOTM Ultimate Optimus Prime trailer, Wylun fused the armor to the figure and integrated it into key areas to make this killer Optimus Prime figure. This is the first time I have seen the Trailer integrated into a figure like this and I have to say that the enhancements it makes to the overall appearance of Prime makes him look even better!
As you can see, you can get a great look at the trailer detail from the back of the figure. In addition to the enhanced look of Prime, Wylun also gave him an ion canon and a cool removable helmet, which makes Prime look almost like a Roman Gladiator. With all of the detail that was poured into this figure, the transform-ability had to get sacrificed but that is a small price to pay to get a figure this detailed and stunning. To see more photos of this Custom Transformers DOTM Ultimate Optimus Prime figure, head over to eBay!
You have to admit that a large robot walking through the desert with a "disguise" over his head was a stretch but it gave Megatron a unique look for the Transformers Dark of the Moon movie. Capturing this look in stunning detail is Andy Hibb's Custom Transformers DOTM Megatron. Using ROTF Leader Prime and ROTF Leader Megatron parts as well as many scratch built parts using styrene, Andy has created a super detailed movie version and combining one his favorite scenes in the movie, he has also made a mini diorama! Here is Andy to tell you more about his creation:
"The figure can be posed in many different ways and is very articulated! I have studied many movie stills and pictures to create a very movie accurate custom which will be a perfect addition to any serious collectors collection. I have also scratch built the remains of Abraham Lincolns statue which Megatron half destroys and then sits down in which is one of my fave scenes of the film."
To take a look at more photos and to place a bid on his Custom Transformers DOTM Megatron and Lincoln dio, head over to eBay!
Looks like someone is trying to offload one of Xaviercal's coolest customs on eBay this week! This Custom Transformers Ultimate Ironhide in Leader Class scale. Irohide is a master of weaponology and this rendition of the figure really pays homage to the kick ass nature of the Autobot who got little airtime in the movies for how cool he is. Eighteen LED lights adorn this amazing figure, which are located in the Head, Headlights, fog lights, cab lights, stock guns, and 3rd part weapons, to name a few. The paint app is impressive and really highlights the metallic looking parts on a plastic figure. Not only does the figure look intimidating in robot mode, but it looks just as cool in vehicle mode! To view more detailed photos of Xaviercal's Custom Transformers Ultimate Ironhide, head over to eBay!
You have to admit, Megatron as gotten the short end of the stick in all of the Transformers movies. After being resurected from his frozen tomb, he got his Deception tail kicked and dumped in the Laurentian Abyss in the first movie, he is scrapped together with random parts in the 2nd movie, and then contracts some machine eating virus in the 3rd movie.
That said, Andy Hibbs has captured the look and feel of the Leader of the Decepticons with his Custom Transformers Dark of the Moon Megatron complete with his little lackey! Andy has created an Action Masters version, meaning that the figure does not transform but what is lost in the inability to convert the figure is definitely made up in the ingenuity and creativity of the custom. Using a combination of ROTF Leader Prime and ROTF Leader Megatron parts as well as many scratch built parts using styrene, this figure is movie accurate and amazing! If you look real closely, you will see Igor, Megatron's twisted little wretch, whoIgor hung around at Megatron's Decepticon refugee camp in Africa, where he was weird and crazy, eating the occasional minerals that Megatron gathered and brought back to him and the hatchlings. No detail was left out and he even captured the detail in Megatron's head where it seemed to be disintegrating right before your eyes. Andy has also made a killer video so check it out when you click over to view his Custom Transformers Dark of the Moon Megatron figure.
Combining forces to create this Custom Leader Class Transformers Shockwave DOTM figure, jacerc130 and Encline Designs display their unique talents. Kitbashing and sculpting various parts of the this figure, jacerc130 has transformed one of the iconic figures in the Transformers universe into a towering giant. One of my favorite parts of this custom is the large gun, which seems to have tentacles growing into it. This gives the gun a living breathing persona to it, which makes you wonder if it has a mind of its own. Topping the figure off with Shockwave's patented single eye and purple look, this figure possesses both the updated look from the movies as well as the classic feel of the 80's classic. Sealing this look is Encline Designs god given talent in paint application and design. To check out more photos of this Custom Leader Class Transformers Shockwave DOTM figure, head over to eBay!
The Chernobyl disaster was a catastrophic nuclear accident that occurred on April 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine where an explosion and fire released large quantities of radioactive contamination into the atmosphere, which spread over much of Western USSR and Europe. It is widely considered to have been the worst nuclear power plant accident in history, and is one of only two classified as a level 7 event on the International Nuclear Event Scale (the other being the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster). Scottheking has incorporated this event as a diorama with his Custom Transformers Dark of the Moon Shockwave figure like the movie did! With an awesome paint job and a custom cast head, this figure looks like it is right out of the movie, especially when it is posed in the diorama. The diorama was cast from scratch, giving it a realistic effect as Shockwave blasted through it. To see more photos of this killer Custom Transformers Dark of the Moon Shockwave figure and diorama, head over to eBay!
In the Transformers Dark of the Moon movie, the presence of Shockwave was not only seen but was also felt through the rumblings of earth and the twisted metal that made this character one of the coolest Decepticons on the silver screen. Hasbro only gave Shockwave a Voyager Class figure mold but ForgottonForest has given this beast the leader class treatment he deserves with his Custom Transformers DOTM Leader Class Shockwave figure. Let's read how ForgettenForest made this great figure:
"This custom made Leader Class dark of the moon Shockwave stands at an impressive 11.5 inches tall and is designed to fit perfectly with all other leader class figures. He has been scratch built to be as acurate to the Josh Nizzi concept art and official movie CGI renders as possible. i took great care to build this custom with a sense of power and strength to acurately mirror his appearance in the film in addition to ensuring his menacing and evil aspects were also represented. I wanted Shockwave to be in keeping with the beautiful DMK-01 model kit so i really went overboard on the details, with cybertronion tattoos etched into his gun and sword as well as cables and lots of mechanical details that are hidden all over this design. Shockwave is not just a base figure with extra bits glued on, he is absolutely unique as well as being very beefy and heavy."
I really like many aspects of the design of this figure. The metallic look and feel of the figure is bold, giving Shockwave the menacing feeling he had in the movie. There are many detailed photos to view over at his auction page so head over to eBay and check out Forgotten Forest's Custom Transformers DOTM Leader Class Shockwave figure.
TFMAKER's Custom Transformers Ultimate Optimus Prime is locked, loaded, and ready for action! Redesigned based on Frenzy.Rumble's design and using three different Prime figures (Jetwing optimus prime , Ulitmate optimus Prime, and 2007 Leader class Optimus Prime) to complete this project, I would say the whole is greater than the sum of its parts! The paint app techniqued used for the canons and wings give the plastic a metallic look and feel. There are very subtle effects, like adding a carbon like texture to the end of the gun barrels to give it them a freshly fired look! The wing system has that same look (see below).
Isolating the figure by itself reveals just how much effort was put into every detail on Optimus Prime's frame. The colors on the figure really pop and again give that metallic feel. TFMAKER's Custom Transformers Ultimate Optimus Prime is available on eBay right now and you can see so many detailed pictures so head over there and check it out!
When I first saw Andy Hibbs' Custom Transformers 1:16 Scale Megatron Tanker Truck replica, I thought I was looking at the real deal from the Transformers Dark of the Moon movie. This is a very different Transformers custom than people may be used to as the figure does not change into robot mode but the extreme amount of detail, raw material, blood, sweat, and time that was put into this 1:16 scale makes up for it. This is the best replica of the Tanker Truck I have seen to date. Spending 7 weeks working on this custom, the detail that was put into every inch of this replica really shines through when you when you look closely at the vehicle:
Andy also made a very cool video showing off his amazing Custom Transformers 1:16 Scale Megatron Tanker Truck replica so go head over to eBay and check it out!
The addition of Optimus Prime's plethora of arsenal in the Transformers Dark of the Moon movie gave Prime the ability to fend off the Decepticons and Sentinal Prime in the battle to save eaeth and JCArtwork has captured this version of Prime in fanatastic detail and scale. This Custom Transformers DOTM Leader Class Ultimate Jetwing Optimus Prime captures the vision that movie portrayed in stunning scale and detail. The colors are so vibrant and they look like how they did on the big screen. In addition to the LED's that light up in the eyes, JCArtwork has also put LED's in the weapons as well, giving an energizing effect of powering on. If you are going to buy an Optimus Prime, this one would be the one to own! Combining the best of all Transformers movies into one super scale leader class figure is one of the best homages I have seen thus far to the great leader of the Autobots!
I just finished watching Transformers Dark of the Moon again and this Custom Transformers Ghost Sentinal Prime caught my eye as it is the color scheme is a very unique twist on this figure. When I first saw this figure, it reminded me of of Saruman from the Lord of the Rings in both concept and execution. Saruman, like Sentinal Prime, aimed at gaining power for himself and advocated an alliance with the enemy.
The ghost concept is an interesting one from a storyline perspective as you don't expect the souls or sparks of the Transformers to live on but the overall execution of this figure is very well done. The glow in the dark Autobot symbol adds an extra touch to the vehicle mode as well as the weapons. Here is an example:
I really like the color scheme in truck mode as it gives the figure a higher level of sophistication than the original paint app.
To tell us more about the overall design of the figure is One2213 himself:
"I give you something you've never seen before...Sentinel Prime- Ghost. He has been airbrushed and brush painted to accentuate details. The paint employed is titanium white and black. This is truly a one-off. Self-directed color scheme on Transformer, sword and shield- makes it all the more unique. Forearms modified with cutouts to add definition. Feet detail has been swapped out with an actual metal panel. Addition of black pneumatic hose with metal fittings, can be carefully screwed off when transforming. Glow in the dark letterings on sword and shield. Plus the Transformer insignia is also glow in the dark. This Custom Sentinel Prime can still be transformed to its Rosenbauer Panther 6x6 Fire Truck Mode and vice-versa."
Inspiration the cornerstone of a great custom and Andy Hibbs' wanted to create a movie version of one of his favorite G1 characters with his Custom Dark of the Moon Double Dealer Powermaster figure. When I first saw this figure, I thought to myself how is he going to pull off making the humanoid Knok and the bat-like Skar forms but he did! Andy Hibbs explains:
"As a Powermaster with three forms, he is bonded to both the humanoid Knok and the bat-like Skar, who transform into engines to allow him to transform from his vehicle mode - a missile trailer - into two other modes. When Knok becomes his engine, he transforms into an Autobot robot, but with Skar in place, he becomes a Decepticon falcon. Armed with an intercontinental ballistic missilecapable of flattening a mountain and a solid-light blaster, Doubledealer uses both his modes to switch back and forth between factions, working for both and neither. Doubledealer is a backstabber extraordinaire – utterly ruthless and treacherous, he is valued by everyone, but trusted by no-one."
I really like the dessert camouflage paint app on the figure as the vehicle mode is a perfect canvas for it. Playing into the story of Double Dealer landing in a decommissioned Soviet scrap yard, the vehicle mode has Russian Stars on it, which goes very well with Double Dealer's persona. Like the Soviets in World War II, they played both sides (signing a non aggression pact with Hitler then joining forces with the allies when Hitler invaded Russia). History is often a great tie in to aspects that customizers choose to add to their works of art. If you want to get a look at the other forms of this figure, head over to eBay and place a bid on this awesome Custom Dark of the Moon Double Dealer Powermaster figure.
Combing ideas and inspiration from Frenzy.Rumble and Xaviercal, TB Productions has created an amazing Custom Transformers Dark of the Moon Ultra Optimus Prime. Using the Jetwing Optimus Prime as base-kit and combining with parts from ultimate optimus and other parts, including fakebuster83's articulated hands, the Leader of the Autobots takes on a tone of settling the score, finally, with the Decepticons. This effect is achieved not only by the hand crafted pin striping and the airbrushing but with the custom interchangeable gun that can be made into a cannon or a blaster, which is one of my favorite pieces to this custom. The paint job on this Custom Transformers Dark of the Moon Ultra Optimus Prime looks like it was fresh from the new car factory as it has that showroom shine. The pictures speak for themselves and TB Productions talent is on full display with his magnificent ode to the leader of the free bots!
I am a huge fan of original concepts that are brought to life by talented customizers. In a fashion similar to the Star Wars Expanded Universe series, Jicco is introducing his own series which he is calling the Epilogue Series, which tells the story of the Post Dark of the Moon universe. Kitbashing a Transformers HFTD Ratchet, TFU Blaster, and Classic Prime, Jicco has created this Custom Transformers Dark of the Moon Epilogue Soundblaster figure. With companions Buzzsaw and Ravage, Soundblaster take the form of a modified Hummer H2. Armed with various communication tools and signal jammers, Soundblaster & his team is ready to contact other hidden Decepticons! The concept of the continuing the Transformers storyline is a fantastic idea and the figure is a cool concept that is very well executed, painted, and put together.
Dubz has given the main antagonist in the Transformers Dark of the Moon film a much needed movie accurate makeover with his Custom Sentinal Prime figure. The fire engine cherry red paint finish looks amazing and is a huge improvement over the out of the box figure. There are other movie enhancements to the figure and sometimes, the small details really add up. For example, the figure has diamond plating on the rear of the firetruck, chrome rails, and reflective mirrors, which add to the realism. Other details that Dubz added to the figure to make it more accurate include spiked knuckles made from metal, diamond plating on the robot mode, copper piping running from the chest to his right arm, and extensive robot mode detailing painted to match the on-screen character. This is what customizing is about...taking a mediocre figure that is off the shelf and turning it into an amazing work of art that you would be proud to display on your shelf.
JCartwork has outdone themselves with their latest Custom Transformers Dark of the Moon Ironhide figure. I don't remember Ironhide having a very large part in the Transformers Dark of the Moon movie but I am happy to see a Leader Class figure, rounding out the collection. It is cool to see Prime's two right hand men (Bumblebee and Ironhide) in a larger scale. Given Hasbro's lack luster look and feel, the silver and golds are in the right places, which makes Ironhide's face really stand out. The LED's give the figure an awe inspiring look and make the cannon appear that it is spinning at million RPM's ready to fire off a shot. The figure looks fantastic in GMC truck mode as it actually looks like a vehicle with the chrome stacks and showroom paint job. This Leader Class figure is heads and shoulders above the rest with its killer paint app, styling, LED's, and, in JCartwork's words, "freaking huge cannons!!!"
What do you get when you cross a ROTF Optimus Prime, ROTF Megatron, TFTM Megatron, ROTF Human Alliance Sideswipe, numerous Zoid parts, and several McFarlane Cyber unit figures? You get the first Transformers Dark of the Moon Leader Class Megatron that stands 12 inches tall and looks like it was right from the movie! This is a great example of art imitating life where the Megatron in the movie was remade with a conglomerate of parts. Due to the nature of this figure, it does not Transform but that is a small price to pay when you have a highly detailed scratch built Transformers Dark of the Moon Leader Class Megatron to feast your eyes on. The detail in this figure is something to behold. Zildjian has brought out the rough, ruthless, and raw side of Megatron communicated through this amazing figure. The way the head was crafted gives the figure that battle damaged look from the movie that made Megatron a force to reckon with. To view more photos of Z's Transformers Dark of the Moon Leader Class Megatron, head over to eBay!
If you can't get something done the way you want it, do it yourself! That was Encline Designs inspiriation for this amazing Custom Transformers Leader Class Dark of the Moon Shockwave figure. This figure appears like a piece of digital art with the sharp edges and fine lines but looks can be deceiving as this is a scratch built figure made from a host of other Transformers figures. The protruding rib cage and leg armor give this figure an ominous 3D feel and the swivel and ball joints make this figure super poseable. Let's get a feel for how Encline Designs came up with the idea for this amazing figure:
"I have been hoping to see a huge DOTM Shockwave since the first time I saw laid my eyes on that awesome design. Shockwave have always been a favorite of mine. Seeing his movie design was perfect. He captures pure cold, calculating, and logical beast that he should be. I knew the only way to get one is to build it myself. Using a leader class Megatron, Optimus, and a bunch of random parts as a base to start with, I scratch built the body parts using styrene and a torch. Then finished it off with a sculpted head and unique paint job using many shades silvers and steel and then topped of with a slight purple pearl. He glows with great lighting! Standing at 10" tall, Shockwave is sure to make a unique and intimidating piece to your collection."
You can see from the photo above how the figures articulate, giving it the feel from the movie it deserves. This 10" figure must look amazing in person so if you want a chance to own this great work of art, head over to eBay and bid on Encline Design's Custom Transformers Leader Class Dark of the Moon Shockwave figure.
Combining the Takara DMK-01 Optimus Prime model kit with a Takara Dark Of The Moon Jetwing Optimus Prime is Encline Design's Supreme Jetwing Optimus Prime Custom Transformers Dark of the Moon figure. Portraying Optimus in the final battle scene of the Dark of the Moon movie, this figure is massive! Standing 11" tall and with a wingspan of 15", this figure is chockablock with articulation. Although this is a non transforming figure, you would not want to touch this figure! The base is an added bonus and I like the addition of the red and blue colors that artistically tie the figure to display base.
The figure looks outstanding and I have been following Encline Designs for years now and he consistantly creates amazing figures worthy of anyone's Trasnformers collection so head over to eBay and check out this killer Supreme Jetwing Optimus Prime Custom Transformers Dark of the Moon figure.
Before I start in on this amazing custom, my apologies for not updating the site in a while as I was recovering from a recent knee surgery. Even though I took a break, it looks like the Dark of the Moon customs are still abundant and doing very well! JCartwork's Custom Transformers DOTM Sentinal Prime is the exact reason why I started writing about customs. As many of you know, I was not happy with the off the shelf release of this figure due to the paint coloring being off but it looks like JCArtwork has really paid attention to detail on this fact and did an amazing job not only mixing a movie accurate paint job and applying it but the way the plastic shines like metal is worth noting. Overall, it looks like this achievement was a group effort as JCartwork also gives mention to Speedlees Customs helping out with the paint app. Overall, what a great piece of work from JCartwork and this Custom Transformers DOTM Sentinal Prime is sure to grab a pretty penny on eBay!
After seeing Transformers Dark of the Moon, I appreciated how the designers made Optimus with more weapons and Frenzy.Rumble has created one of the greatest figures I have seen thus far with his Custom Transformers Dark of the Moon Ultimate Optimus Prime. If you want a figure that stays true to the movie, this one is it! Not only does this figure have enough armor on it repel any Decepticon onslaught, Frenzy.Rumble paid attention to detail so many aspects of this figure. By custom making wings and a jet pack, this figure looks like he was pulled right from the movie. The jet pack was designed to appear that the thrusters were about to take off, which is a very cool effect and the Autobot symbols add a nice touch to this great addition.
Optimus also has the ability to change his head from battle to regular mode thanks to alternate head sculpts. To get a look at the amazing detail this figure possesses, check out the image of one of the legs below. You will see weathering, battle damage, and intricate paint works to achieve a robotic and metal effect. Although this figure does not transform into a truck, the robot mode of this figure makes up for the lack of transformation. To view more photos of Frenzy.Rumble's Custom Transformers Dark of the Moon Ultimate Optimus Prime, head over to eBay!
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!
I hate to admit it but I just got a chance to go out and see Transformers 3 Dark of the Moon so like Optimus Prime is out to hunt the Decepticons, I came back and I am out on the hunt for some amazing customs and Encline Designs Custom Transformers Dark of the Moon Ironhide figure caught my attention really fast! As always, I am amazed at the movies special effects and the rendering of the robots seemed so life like. Out to bring back some of that movie feel to the figure, Encline Designs has really enhanced this Ironhide figure from head to toe. Here is a rundown of the customizations:
"Added a ton of new body panels, recessed the tires int he chest, scratch built new arm cannons, head on a ball joint, waist on a ball joint, fully articulated hand, add some LEDs and correct placement of certain parts, and BAM!! I present to you one of my favorite movie customs I have done! HE DOES NOT TRANSFORM!"
The LED's really make the figure come alive and the scratch built canon arm cannons give Ironhide the menacing appearance he had in the movie. Other aspects that make this figure unique are the various ball joints that were added to increase articulation. I think that adding ball joints can give a figure that much needed personality. Although this figure does not transform, Encline Designs Custom Transformers Dark of the Moon Ironhide figure would make a great addition to your collection!
The Custom Transformers Dark of the Moon figures are coming out in full force with the highly anticipated release of the movie. Customizers like Frenzy.Rumble, LEK, Encline Designs, Sabrina Ng, FrogDNA, Big Hank, and many more are showing off their mad skills with the latest line of Transformers toys. If you want to link directly to the Custom Transformers Dark of the Moon figures, I created a special link that will just show the latest and greatest from the Dark of the Moon movie so follow this link or click on any of the images in this post.
Living up to his Electrifying tagline, Big Hank has successfully blended the G1 and Dark of the Moon styles to achieve this Custom Transformers Dark of the Moon Shockwave figure that is a cut above the rest. Adding LED's in the right places, the light up effects on the eye pay a nice homage to the cartoon version from the 80's where each word that the character spoke made his eye light up. The paint app on the figure is also well done with respect to the blending of the purple with the metal effects. The way this figure was painted and where the weathered silver was placed gives a nice depth and dimension that the original pre-customized figure lacks. In addition to the stellar overall look and feel, sound effects were added to the figure for you trigger happy collectors out there. To view more photos are commission a figure from Big Hank, head over to eBay or to ProCustomizers.com and view his Custom Transformers Dark of the Moon Shockwave figure!
It only took 3 movies but TF3 has brought us one of the great characters in the line now in Leader Class form and Frenzy.Rumble has turned Good to Great and Epic into Ultimate with his Custom Transformers Dark of the Moon Ironhide figure. I must say, the off the shelf version of this figure is not bad but after getting one glimpse of Frenzy.Rumble's creation, I have to agree with his 'Ultimate' designation for this figure. There are certain levels of customizing Frenzy.Rumble can take a figure, iterate the heck out of it, and transform it into a work of art. Take one look at the before and after shot:
At a 10,000 foot view, giving this figure a cohesive style and color was a huge improvement. I was not sure why the original figure has blue but Frenzy.Rumble saw this as an opportunity to give the figure the look it was meant for. At the 1,000 foot level, you will notice two very large scratch built cannons attached to his arms. These cannons bring out the badass in the figure, which boasted the line 'Feeling lucky, punk" in the first movie. Not only do these cannons look amazing, they also have LEDs for added effect:
At the 100 foot view, you will see paint app accents that give depth to the figure and define the various segments of the body. Sometimes when a figure is made this great, the ability to transform the figure is sacrificed but who would want to turn this figure into a truck when it looks this amazing? The release of the movie is right around the corner and Frenzy.Rumble's Custom Transformers Dark of the Moon Ironhide figure is set to end on June 29th so make sure you mark that on your calendar so you don't forget to bid on this epic figure!
With the Transformers Dark of the Moon figures out in full force, customizers all around the world are making these figures their own. Ultra Magnus was one of Dark Cave Custom's favorite characters from the 80's and it is great to see him remake this iconic character in modern form with his Custom Transformers DOTM Ultra Magnus figure. To capture the essence of Ultra Magnus, Dark Cave created a custom head and weapons that are signature to this great character. Given that this figure originally was a Sentinel Prime, Dark Cave achieved this look by making some great modifications and applying a killer paint app that is unique and re-imagines one of the great figures from the 80's in Transformers Movie form.
Transforming the lack luster Transformers Hunt for Decepitcons Leader Class Optimus Prime into this awesome Custom Transformers Dark of the Moon Optimus Prime custom really demonstrates Zildjian's talent and attention to detail. First of all, if you have seen the HFD Prime, it really looks nothing like this great figure that Zildjian has created. The colors are vibrant and was made with custom decals, created by Frenzy.Rumble, to achieve this DOTM look. Here is the rundown of the other features this figure contains:
- Fully articulated custom cast hands
- DOTM "styled" abdomen that connects magnetically and can be removed for transformation
- Screen accurate flames designed by Frenzy_Rumble that are decaled and hand painted on Prime
- New rubber single front tires, and rubber double tires in the rear
- Extended real chrome smoke stacks
- Chrome side view mirrors
- Correct blue LED in the head so eyes light up BLUE
- Custom painted "burning hot" arms blades that are now removable and held in the forearms with magnets
Some very cool Bonus items were added to this great custom:
- He will come with an additional front section of the head that features the face wothout the battle faceplate. This can easily be switched onto the figure's head by removing a screw from the back of the head.
- Prime will also come with a set of custom painted "flaming hot" arm battle hooks that easily plug into the holes in the forearms and held by magnets!
It is great that Zildjian did not wait for a DOTM Leader Class Prime to come out and just customize that version as this is a great example of customizers taking the Transformers line into their own hands and making great things! To view more photos of Zildjian's Custom Transformers Dark of the Moon Optimus Prime custom, head over to eBay!
If you know me by now, I am none too happy with the state of the paint color selection and general look of the figures produced by Hasbro for the Transformers movies so when I saw that the figures were released in my local Walmart store, I said to myself "thank goodness for customizers" because I know they can do better than this. Sabretooth's Workshop's Custom Transformers Dark of the Moon Sentinal Prime figure is evidence of great things to come with the DOTM line. I know that toy companies like Hasbro have to look after their bottom line and creating figures that match the movies is not possible for them to pull off so I am happy that there are awesome customizers to fill in the gaps. Take a look at the comparison photo below to see what I mean:
Sabretooth's custom is amazing and looks like it was pulled right from the movie. The weathering and shield detailing is a welcome change from the original clean production figure. If this is what we are to expect from the customizers for the Transformers DOTM line, it is going to be a great Summer! There are only 9 hours left to nab this great figure so head over to eBay and check out Sabretooth's Workshop's Custom Transformers Dark of the Moon Sentinal Prime figure.
I did a search on a popular site that sells toys and the first result that was staring me in the face was a hot pink Transformers Dark of the Moon Sentinal Prime figure. The box shows a nice cherry red vehicle yet the toy inside does not match the photo on the box. You would think that the Hasbro would get a clue by the third movie but I guess their market research clearly demonstrated a need for more hot pink Transformers! As the Transformers Dark of the Moon toys are hitting the shelves, check out eBay's selection of Custom Transformers.
Getting his hands on one of the latest Voyager Class figures from the new Transformers Dark of the Moon movie, Sabretooth's Workshop brings us this Custom Transformers Dark of the Moon Skyhammer figure. With this latest wave of movie figures hitting the stores we will see the array of hideous factory colors that Hasbro decided would look great on the figures so it is up to customizers like Sabretooth to apply a new paint app that most resembles the characters from the movie.
As you can see in the photo above, the factory blue and silver colors are changed to military colors. The paint app is stunning and makes the plastic look like metal with a great matte finish. If Sabretooth's Custom Transformers Dark of the Moon Skyhammer figure is an example of the customs we will see in the near future, I can't wait for more customizers to get their hands on more DOTM figures!
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,
Megatron is rearing his ugly head again as the Transformers 3 Dark of the Moon movie looms in the distance. As the toys slowly make their way to toy shelves and fans clamor to be the first to own the new designs, customizers have already worked their magic! By turning the ordinary into the extraordinary, Zildjian brings us his Custom Transformers 3 Dark of the Moon Megatron! From the photos below, you can clearly see that Zildjian's custom brings the figure more in line with the Movie Version as it will appear on screen. Taking the figure to the next level, he has created a real cloth tarp, bringing more of the realism out in the figure in vehicle mode. It is this attention to detail that makes figure like Zildjian's a cut above the rest. I am a fan of soft goods mixed with plastic as it adds a different dimension to the figure. The paint apps give Megatron that grimy and weathered look that can only be achieved by talented people like Zildjian.
If Zildjian's Custom Transformers 3 Dark of the Moon Shockwave figure is a sign of what is to come from the new movie, let the salivating begin! The arithmetic is simple...take a killer line of figures and add it to the hundreds of talented customizers out there and you have a recipe for great things to come. Speaking of which, Zildjian let's us inside his head on what enhancements he has made to Shockwave:
"In order to make Shockwave better resemble his Generation One character I switched him arms so that his blaster is on his left arm, not his right. This was no easy feat as it required disassembly, removal of pins, and shaving down of certain areas to allow the proper clearance of parts. Shockwave was given all the necessary preparatory work to produce durable, tough finishes. He was sprayed with multiple light coats of plastic adhesion promoter, and then sprayed with a custom mixture of Kustom Kolor plastic adhering paints."
The metal effects and the G1 color scheme really bring out the details in the figure. Most of the plastic on the original figure is pretty muted but Zildjian has brought out the best in this figure. Given that is a pre-release of the TF3 Shockwave, I can't wait for the line to be fully released so customizers like Zildjian can get their hands on them! Head over to eBay to bid on Zildjian's Custom Transformers 3 Dark of the Moon Shockwave figure today!
Sometimes when you are creating a figure and accuracy is your goal, you have to make some sacrifices and FrogDNA has made the ultimate sacrifice with his Custom Transformers Dark of the Moon Leader Class Starscream. To make this figure as accurate as he could, the ability for the figure to transform does not exist anymore but what he did in its place totally makes up for this. Let's read all about how he modded this figure:
"I tried to replicate every single detail from the CGI model, which differs greatly from the actual figure. I added tons of parts on his chest, arms and legs, for that messy and sharpy decepticon look. The original canopy section was removed, since it's not there in the movie version, leaving only the canopy itself, for a more accurate look. The whole chest section was redone using mostly new parts to get the right look (much bulkier than the original figure). The middle section (the one that goes right beneath his neck) was resculpted to be permanently open, with a few tiny mechanical parts here and there. A few parts were added on his neck as well. Speaking of which, the his head now can be tilted side to side. I added several wires on his arms, instead of just paiting the sculpted ones, for a much more reallistic look. I also added articulated fingers, and a ball joint on his right hand. Each finger has a tiny spike added, just like the CGI model has."
The fine details are what makes this custom great. It is the attention to detail paid to the chest of the figure and the additions of the spikes at the ends of the fingers that gives this Starscream a very unique look that is different from any other custom Leader Class figure. The wires added to the arms gives the figure some depth and the newly sculpted face gives Starscream his power hungry look. FrogDNA has taken many more photos over at his auction page so head over to eBay and check out his Custom Transformers Dark of the Moon Leader Class Starscream figure.
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:
Now that I have your attention, Zildjian brings us his version of a Transformers Movie Menasor Custom Stunticon combiner. I hope this is a prelude to the customs we will see coming from the new Transformers 3 Dark of the Moon, which will be released in July 2011. Since the movie has yet to be released, Zildjian has thrown his skills into making a concept that he developed himself. Build from Human Alliance scale figures, this behemoth stands a towering 24" tall and this one to behold because not only is the figure massive, it weighs over 7 pounds! As the saying goes, pictures speak louder than words so checkout the individual Stunticons, with a full scale Menasor figure at the end: