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Metroplex dwarfs other bots in comparison and living up to his role as the living embodiment of Autobot City is Xaviercal's Custom Transformers G1 Metroplex figure. Completely repainting in the classic G1 color scheme, Metroplex is painted and detailed in a very unique way. This figure looks like it has seen many a war and lived to tell about it with the massive amounts of scoring and grunge that is infused into him. Most of the customs I see are pristine versions of a repaint or a sculpted version of a figure that is a million times better than what you can get off the shelf but rarely to do you this level of battle damage. My favorite part of this customs is the cracked chest piece and the shattered look and feel overall. Xaviercal is one of the best in the business so check out his Custom Transformers G1 Metroplex figure before it is too late!
Netflix is known for delivering with their original series and TextureMe is renowned for making killer customs and you bring the two together, it is magical! TextureMe has modeled his latest Daredevil Custom Marvel Legends Figure after the critically acclaimed show of the same name that debuted back in April 2015. Taking a darker side to the figure, he creates a likeness matching the on screen appearance of the character, which is a must have for any Marvel or Daredevil fan!
Growing up in the 80’s, I had most of the Transformers toys and there was always something that bothered me about the G1 Megatron! After seeing Xaviercal’s Custom Transformers IDW Megatron figure, I think I have figured it out! The 80’s Megatron is not bulky or massive enough. Xaviercal has fixed this issue with one of the best Megatron’s I have seen of late. He gave Megatron such much needed additions to bulk up his legs and shoulders. Giving him a new fusion cannon and and a tank barrel to resembler his Walther P38 appearance in robot mode cements the look! Interesting to see that he chose to go with a dark gray color scheme but it works surprisingly well! There are also very subtle aspects of the figure that you might notice. For example, instead of using a purple Decepticon symbol, he chose to go with a metallic gray symbol that almost fades into the background.
With the Star Wars Black 6" series, the Marvel Universe and the icons from a Galaxy far far away were destined to collide. Fanboy Toys' Custom Marvel Legends Boba Fett Deadpool crossover figure is a thing of beauty! The two concepts gel together and play off of each so well. For example, the classic Deadpool eyes are integrated into Boba Fett's helmet in a way that is so natural. You will also notice a Deadpool belt buckle instead of a Mandalorian symbol. The color of the armor is just right and the addition of soft goods and sculpted holsters takes this figure to another level.
The brown soft cape, the belt, and the holsters compliment the armor and give the figure a classic look. It is this attention to detail that really blows me away. If you look closely at the holster, you can see very small stitching, which gives the piece a very realistic feel.
Other really cool aspects of the figure center around the weaponry and jet pack. I also think I see a Rubik's cube on the back of the figure, which I assume is there for when Boba needs a break from his Bounty Hunter escapades or when he is plotting his next mission.
This figure is on the top of my list for the most coolest, well designed figures I have seen in 2015 and to make this your own, head over to eBay and place a bid on Fanboy Toys' Custom Marvel Legends Boba Fett Deadpool crossover figure.
The fans choice Masterpiece figure was voted Star Saber and paying homage to the original G1 Japanese Brainmaster is Xaviercal's Masterpiece Black Star Saber Custom Transformers MP-24 figure. This figure looks so much better as a Decepticon and Xaviercal nailed the G1 style and coloring. The finish on the figure looks smooth and the colors are all in the right place. To tell us more about how this custom was made and what inspired him to make is Xaviercal himself:
"Star Saber keeps most of the features the original G1 toy had, the main difference being in how the Brainmaster gimmick works: Saber's face is in the main body rather than in the Brain of Courage figure. Also he comes with an extra accessory that was not in the original figure, the shield Star Saber used in "Showdown! The Fortress vs the Victory Unification", which doubles as a "flight stand" for the figure when in its alternate mode. He also comes with two swords, one scaled for Saber and one scaled for Star Saber. I completely took this guy apart and repainted him into e-Hobby exclusive colors of evil redecos. I wanted to do the same but with the MP Version."
This figure is hot and is already going for over $250 on eBay so better place your bid while you still can!
Collaborations between customizers can only mean great things for fans. Take Frenzy.Rumble's and ThyVipera's recent team up to create this amazing Custom Masterpiece Transformers Galvatron figure. Using the unique skills of ThyVipera in the building of this killer figure coupled with Frenzy.Rumble's talent at paint application, there is no wonder why this figure is second to none. This version has an uncanny cartoon look and feel to it that you can see in the face. The purples and silvers are just the right color to bring out all of the detail. I especially like the way the orange was applied on the canon as it looks like it is ready to fire. To view more photos of this Custom Masterpiece Transformers Galvatron figure, head over to eBay.
Eddie Grayce graces us with his talent with his Custom Marvel Legends Modern Havoc figure. The contrast in colors on this figure are striking. The way the blues play off the black and silver give the appearance that the figure is somehow illuminated or there is energy running through the figure. Some of my favorite parts of this figure are the gloves and the hands. I love the way these were done and the blue features tie in nicely with the chest. The head sculpt was also done very well with the way the goggles appear that is something reflecting off of them. To view more images and to buy this Custom Marvel Legends Modern Havoc figure, head over to eBay as there is only less than 5 hours to go on this one!
According to the Transformers Wiki, the Ark, the Ark is the name given to the Autobot spaceship that, in many universes, originally carried the Autobot and Decepticon armies to Earth. The Ark is a Vanguard-class Deep Space Interceptor. It has five decks and houses a full crew complement of 300 Transformers (although it can be flown by only a handful if necessary). Its environment is fully automated and self-sufficient. For engines, it features 4 Hyperfuel Intake Accelerators. Wiliestbilame recreates this classic scene where the Arrk rests in this mountain as the Autobots headquarters with his Custom Transformers Ark diorama. This dio is scaled for 3" to 5" figures and goes nicely with the Titan Metroplex figure that towers 2 feet tall. The rocks looks so real I almost thought he had used some boulders he found in nature. This dio is well done and sure to add some spice to your Transformers collection.
Frenzy Rumble really knows how to create towering works of art and his latest Custom Transformers Piranacon is no exception. This figure, which happened to be a commission but the buyer could not follow through with his end of the deal, stands a towering 16" tall and has two bright yellow LED's for eyes. That really makes these large figures one of a kind are the attention to detail and creativity that customizers pour into every figure. For example, the lines and edginess of this custom give it rather harsh and stealth like appearance. Paying homage to the original G1 color scheme, Frenzy Rumble did an amazing job incorporating all of the pastel colors from the 80's figure we grew up with. To check out more photos, head over to eBay and view his Custom Transformers Piranacon and look at all of the killer photos!
The combiners are always a site for sore eyes and I am happy that a talented customizer has tackled one of the coolest figures ever made. ForgottenForest has created this massive Custom G1 Transformers Predaking figure. Sometimes it is hit or miss whether customizers include how they created the figure but lucky for us, ForgottenForest wrote a ton so let's take a look:
"Standing at a massive 16.5 inches (42cms) tall to the top of his head and about 21 inches to the top of his gun barrels with a wing span of over 20 inches(51cms),Predaking will tower over any autobot and be the pride of your collection. One of my all time favourite transformers this custom took months to create and i have Designed him to be in scale and fit perfectly with the classics/generations/henkei figures. Built with an eye for detail ,Predaking is largely scratch built so you will not be able to find him elsewhere. His custom scratch built parts include his hands which are ball jointed at the wrist and on every finger as well as having an extra joint on every finger allowing for an incredible range of motion. Predaking also has scratchbuilt hip and thigh armour (which is moveable) as well as his wings which were designed to be very generation one acurate as well as having individually posable feathers which fan out to really catch the eye (the wings are also posable to allow for greater movement). Predaking also comes with a custom scratch built head that is unique and modelled after his generation one appearance. As an added free bonus Predaking comes with G1 acurate re creations of his arm mounted cannon weapon as well as his massive sword which is 11 inches long all by itself."
This figure brings back memories to the G1 greats of the past. The colors are spot on with the classic orange, yellow, and black color scheme that we all know and love. To check out more photos, head over to eBay check out this killer Custom G1 Transformers Predaking figure.
Some things come full circle in the cycle of customs. Some sales are brokered through eBay and some don't even see the light of day on eBay as some customs are commissioned directly from fan to customizer, which brings me to Encline Design's Custom Masterpiece Shockwave figure. I am not sure if this was a direct comission or not but, lucky for you, the owner of this fine custom is listing it and it is up for grabs! Painted to look like the IDW comic version, Encline displays his talent and passion in this figure. Check out the comparison in size with the Masterpiece Starscream figure and you will see just how large this one this.
I have always thought the Crimson Guards deserved a more beefier armor and a more versatile uniform and Homemade Joes (aka Zartanman) has finally answered the call with this Custom Cobra Crimson Guard figure. Fitted with chest armor that is painted metallic silver, one of the uniform options for this figure already looks much better than the original from the 80's. Adding a full face helmet and a shield makes it look like these Crimson Guards are headed for a riot, which probably would have benefited them in the 80's cartoon. To check out more looks to this great figure, head over to eBay and check out Homemade Joe's Custom Cobra Crimson Guard figure.
Giving a much needed facelift to an Autobot Triple Changer, Xaviercal has applied his talent and gave an IDW and G1 feel to his Custom Transformers Wrecker Sandstorm figure. Giving a metallic look and feel to the figure pays homage to the Generation 1 figure with the coloring and styling. In the original Voyager Class figure, the colors are a bit bright for my tastes which mutes the details in the overall figure but Xaviercal has found a way to bring out the features and make this figure better than the original. The addition of the metallic dark silver accents are a welcome addition to the figure. To view more photos, check out Xaviercal's Custom Transformers Wrecker Sandstorm figure!
RedRebelCustoms has brought Tony Stark's concept to life with his Custom Marvel Legends Hulkbuster Iron Man figure. It is amazing how this figure started out and what it transformed into. Taking an XMEN Juggernaut figure, he did an amazing job creating an Iron Man figure out of this. Seriously, aside from the domed head, the original figure looks nothing like customized final product, which is something only very talented people like RedRebelCustoms knows how to do. Featuring 29 points of articulation, you would never guess that this figure is THAT articulated given how streamlined and solid the figure looks. The shoulder armor and the riveting are some of my favorite parts of this custom. To view more photos and to place a bid on this killer Custom Marvel Legends Hulkbuster Iron Man figure, head over to eBay and also checkout his website at RedRebelCustoms.com.
When Shinobritron calls this a hybrid figure, he is not kidding! Combing several Transformers Universes together as well as one Autobot leader is a recipe for one killer looking figure. His Custom Transformers Hybrid Megatron effectively combines styles from Generation 1, the Transformers movies, as well as the latest Beast Hunters line. As Shinobitron mentions on ProCustomizers.com, this figure is also a mix of "various other parts and pieces from around my work zone/ fodder bins." The Generation 1 aspect comes out loud and clear to me in robot mode. The addition of Meg's fusion canon was a very nice touch. While using the Beast Hunter's Optimus Prime figure as the base, the Transformers Movie comes out when the figure is in vehicle mode. If you remember, Megatron was a really decrepit oil tanker truck and aspects of this are present in the grill and the smoke stacks which are inherent in the base figure. Shinobitron always takes really close up detailed photos so check out his Custom Transformers Hybrid Megatron or his photo gallery to see more!
L/R Customs improves upon the DC Universe line with his Custom Aztek figure in Marvel Legends scale. The Aztek character was made into a figure back in 2005 as part of the Justice League line but L/R Customs has gone above and beyond, creating a figure that is on a grander scale! Using the likeness of Aztek as he appeared in the Justice League Unlimited series, the classic gold, white, blue, and red costume is very well executed. The spikes protruding from his head are evenly spaced and his neck has the detailed striations you will find on the character that is shown from the series. To buy this Custom DC Universe Aztek figure, head over to eBay.
Lilmosnter777 has some imagination and some skills to create this one of a kind Custom GI Joe Pursuit of Cobra HISS Tank. By combing the best parts from a Pursuit of Cobra HISS Tank, a Pursuit of Cobra Fury vehicle, and a DTC HISS Tank, he create one ultimate armored vehicle that actually looks better than the 3 stand alone vehicles ever could! If you need a visual, here you go:
Not only is this a killer design but the overall paint app makes this look like an actual tank that has been rolling through the mud into battle. I have to agree with Aristotle when he said, "The whole is greater than the sum of its parts," and this Custom HISS Tank definitely fits that description. To check our more detailed photos, head over and check out this Custom GI Joe Pursuit of Cobra HISS Tank over on eBay!
Using the Shattered Glass TFW Hercules Perseus figure to create his Custom Diaclone Devastator Transformers Combiner, Xaviercal brings out the color and styling of this precursor to the Transformers line. I find it fascinating to learn the origin of words, phrases, and pretty much anything. For example, the phrase "the whole nine yards" comes from a World War 2 reference where aircraft machine gun belts were nine yards long. Relating this to the Transformers Universe, Diaclone is one of those words that is great to know the origin of. What is Diaclone? Well, before the Transformers brand was introduced, Takara directly exported some Diaclone toys to North America under the brand names Diakron and Kronoform, but those lines met with very little success. In 1983, Hasbro representatives discovered Diaclone and Microchange toys at the Tokyo Toy Show, and soon struck a deal to create the Transformers brand.
The colors really pop on this figure and brings the classic Diaclone look and feel with the primary use of reds and yellows. Xaviercal has numerous photos of his Custom Diaclone Devastator Transformers Combiner over at his auction page where he has taken single pictures of each figure close up as well as combined into the mighty behemoth we know as Devastator.
AFC has a virtual sit down with Pack Rat Studios, a customizer that caught my eye with his unique styling and concepts. I am a closet Steampunk fan and PackRatStudios' Custom Steampunk Boba Fett first drew my attention and after that I was hooked on his customs! Let's read more about this talented customizer:
AFC: Tell your fans a little about yourself.
PackRatStudios: My name is Jonathan, I live in St. Paul, MN where it still snows in April!, and I am all that is PackRatStudios!
My contact info:
AFC: When did you start making customs?
PackRatStudios: Since I was young. I remember painting figures with enamels and casting parts in plaster (lose lose situations). I always collected action figures up until going off to college, and I actually sold pretty much everything I had at that point. But when I got out of college, I started back up with action figures, and customs came right after. I was doing customs in a one bedroom apartment that I lived in with my wife, cramming stuff in all kinds of nooks and crannies, working at the kitchen table, it was a mess. Then we bought a house, and my collecting, customizing, and Storage for customizing just exploded! So I called myself PackRatStudios, cause I pack it in. I'm not a HORDER! Yet I do keep some of the weirdest things on hand, Just in case!
AFC: Can you describe your workspace?
PackRatStudios: Organized Hording 😉
AFC: What is your favorite toy line to do customs for?
PackRatStudios: I seriously cannot pick one! I love jumping around and doing Marvel Legends, DC Universe, Star Wars, Gi Joe, TMNT, and SteamPunk. Nothing is off limits in my mind!
AFC: What is the custom you are most proud of?
PackRatStudios: I’d have to either pick between my 24 inch SteamPunk Iron Man, or my 36 inch Nautilus I did last year.
Both were commissions, both were large, both were learning opportunities for me! These projects were very daunting coming into, not having done any projects this large. But I learned a lot doing both of these, picked up some new techniques and I and my customers were very happy with the results.
AFC: What customs do you have lined up for the future?
PackRatStudios: I have ‘WIP’ Project bins stacked and ready. I’m never without a project! But Right now, I have some more TMNTs Planned, GI Joes, SteamPunk stuff, and Transformers: I have a Military Vehicle concept Combiner that has been half finished sitting on a shelf for about a year or two now… that, and I have a full line of WW2 Star Wars figures that have been sitting longer…including a WW2 AT-AT!
AFC: If you had one piece of advice for other customizers out there, what would you say to them?
PackRatStudios: One piece of advice that has worked well for me is to take my time on projects, and work on more than one thing at a time. There are times where I will have more that 5-6 projects going at a time, at different stages. This gives me the ability to switch back and forth between projects, where I am not getting bored with a figure. Boredom with a project leads to sloppy project! When I get bored with a figure, I just switch to another. As stated before, I have dozens of projects lined up in my WIP bins, so I ALWAYS have another figure I can go to. When sculpts are drying, I can move to Paint, when Paint is drying, I can move to building!
I thought this Custom Transformers Pretender Optimus Prime figure was a very cool concept! The story is amazing so without further ado I will let Primos take it from here:
After being severely damaged in battle with Bludgeon and the Mayhem Attack Squad on the ravaged planet Klo, Prime in put into a repair bay to heal his injured body. His Power Master body has suffered extensive damage.
Prime starts to remembering how many countless times this has happened. Looking at Ratchet "What is it all for? Megatron, Bludgeon, Shockwave, there’s always another enemy luring on the horizon. Always one step closer to putting out my spark for good."
Ratchet: " This is why you’re our Prime, you’re the answer to all these evils. Just relax Optimus.We’ll have you fixed up in no time " Prime: "Like so many times before"
As Prime slips into sleep he hears the Matrix calls him…Engulfing him into the light and pulling him to another time.
Prime is shown a savage war. Prime thinks to himself “Is this the past or the Future?”.
He’s watches a courageous Transformer named Primal. Both organic and machine on a somewhat familiar world. His body is something Optimus has seen before. Much like the Pretenders we developing on the Steel Haven from the stolen plans of Scorponok.(The Transformers (Marvel US) #40, "Pretender to the Throne!" )But these beings did not use it for disguises, they were both organic and machine as one.
Prime see’s flashes of battles, Organics and Transmetal soldiers. The uncertain future of Cybertron. The namesake of Megatron and Prime live on into the future..or is this the past?
Then he sees the Ark, where he and the Autobots laid dormant for so many years. He’s see’s a new tyrant named Megatron lining up to destroy him. "Why are you showing me the past ? Has this already transpired"? Booom
Flash of Light. Clearing the landscape, he see’s Primal protecting his spark from Destruction. Combining it with his own "He’s saved me, before I awoke so long ago."
Prime seen how they were together as Optimal Optimus as they shared his spark. His existence is a direct reflection of Primal’s own determination. That determination will protect his resting soul in the past. It’s a circle he can’t escape from. The Future and the past is one. The burden is to be shared!
"PRIME" He hears Ratchet calling. Losing focus and brought back into Ratchets repair bay. "Your Powermaster armor is pretty much destroyed" Were re-scanning you. Teletran-1 is rebuilding your original earth Alt mode. it will take some time before you’re ready to Roll Out". Prime: "Wait, I have an idea. Contact Maximus on the Steel Haven, Tell him I want initiate the Pretender process for myself until my body is repaired."
Rachet: "You, an Organic human? Don’t you think you would need something with a little more..bulk?" Prime: "Human? not exactly".
What a difference an accurate paint app makes! Not only has Sagedad1306 created a show accurate figure with his Custom Transformers Prime Optimus Prime figure but he also integrated the G1 coloring that we all grew up with.
As you can see from the comparison photo, the dark brown plastic parts were painted with a nice metallic silver color, which makes these features pop, especially in the torso region. The choice of red that was used blends nicely with the G1 color scheme. The same attention to detail was paid to the guns and accessories as well. These were given a small amount of black washing which gives the guns a cool effect. To see more photos of the accessories and the more shot of the overall figure, head over to eBay and check out this cool Custom Transformers Prime Optimus Prime figure.
"We are the Death Watch, descendants of the true warrior faith all Mandalorians once knew. Now my people are living in exile because we will not abandon our heritage. Our people were warriors. Strong. Feared! Now they're ruled by the New Mandalorians who think that being a pacifist is a good thing. They've given away our honor and tradition for peace. Duchess Satine and her corrupt leadership are crushing our souls, destroying our identity. That is our struggle."
―Pre Vizsla introducing the Death Watch to Darth Maul on Zanbar
The Star Wars Clone Wars series is a fantastic way for customizers to visualize new and exciting figures from the Star Wars Universe and Parasite Collectibles has create a killer set of Custom Mandalorians from Death Watch, which includes Pre Vizsla and two Mandalorians. It is always great to see new figures added to the line, especially when they are Mandalorians.