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If you grew up in the 80's (like me) and you had a Nintendo Entertainment System (the original), you must have played the game Contra. Released in 1988, this game consumed days of my life as I battled through the world that Konami created and Mint Condition Customs has brought to life the heroes of that classic game with his Custom Mad Dog and Scorpion Contra figures. What inspired these figures? I was wondering the same thing but Mint Condition sheds light on the topic:
"...what if Contra had been made into a live action movie back in the 80's? That was the question I asked myself while tackling this project. Since the original characters were so obviously based on Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone (so much so that the cover to the original game was traced over movie stills from Predator), I decided that none other than the two action stars themselves would play the lead characters, Bill "Mad Dog" Rizer, and Lance "Scorpion" Bean."
These figure are top notch and not only did he do a fantastic job creating highly detailed figures out of 8 bit game characters but he even included the signature weapons that made Contra the killer game it was (and still is). I remember waiting for those weapons to appear as they flew in from the side of screen. To own these one of kind figures, go check out Mint Condition Custom's Mad Dog and Scorpion Contra figures.
Attention Call of Duty Modern Warfare fans! Ciabattoni2006 has created some killer versions of the troops from that video game and his Custom Simon "Ghost" Riley figure is one of them. With attention to detail straight from the game, the figure captures the face mask and overall look and feel of the game character. The figure looks like it was pieced together using figures from the GI Joe line and would make a great addition to anyone's collection.
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Creating his 29th figure in the series, Bischoff Inc has made a near copy of the in game character's look and appeal with his Custom Mortal Kombat 9 Skarlet figure in Marvel Legends scale. Constructing and sculpting the body almost entirely from scratch, the figure is an outstanding rendition of the various features you will find in the game character. For example, the attention to detail paid to the red hair with a black stripe tied back in a low ponytail, her red and black clothing and ninja mask over her face and neck are very well done! If you notice, the figure also has her signature four kunai strapped onto her right leg, completing the look. Bischoff Inc nailed the colors on the figure! If you look at the comparison of the game character (on the left) and the Custom Mortal Kombat 9 Skarlet figure on the right), you will see what I mean!
There is not enough Star Wars to go around for my lifetime or any fan's lifetime I am sure of that! The movies are one thing but the story lines of the video games, books, and the television shows really bring the Star Wars universe to life. Customizers, like Katosuki, bring the on screen video game persona's to life and his latest Star Wars Old Republic Custom Marvel Legends Female Bounty Hunter is a testament to that. This figure is not in your typical 3 3/4" scale but a 6" figure more in keeping with the Marvel Legends scale figures. I provided a comparison shot in the photo above and as you can see, the figure that was created did a great job at capturing the overall look and feel of the figure while taking some liberties with the design - as customizers should! The Bounty Hunter definitely looks ready for action so if you want to check out more photos, head over to Katosuki's Star Wars Old Republic Custom Marvel Legends Female Bounty Hunter as he has some great shots of the figure!
I remember playing Megaman as a kid and seeing this figure brings back many memories of spending hours in front of the tube (when TV's came with tubes). Jin Saotome has made a modern looking Custom Marvel Legends Megaman figure that is both versatile in display and angelic in appearance. The face of the figure is one my favorite aspects as the eyes and porcelain like features make this figure come alive. A completely new design, this Megaman is reimagined and from the blood, sweat, and tears of Jin and his artistic mind. I love the accessories that were made for the figure as they capture the classic nature of the Megaman. The metallic paint sheens of the figure is so well applied that the plastic ends up looking like armor. There are more photos of Jin's Custom Marvel Legends Megaman figure over on eBay so head over and take peak!
Bringing to life one of Batman's foes is MadTinker76's Custom Marvel Legends Bane figure! Ooooozing with detail (and toxic waste), the figure looks like it was plucked right from the Arkham Asylum video game. The detail is stunning on this figure. My favorite aspect of this figure is the way the toxic chemicals appear to be flowing from his body and running through his veins. The toxic waste weapons and storage armor are the highlight of the figure from a functional perspective and the way the face was painted and sculpted makes Bane come alive and look like he is seething with anger and vengeance. The shading and detail applied to the figure give it a 3D feel to round out this Marvel Legends scale figure.
Bischoff Inc. brings this awesome Mortal Kombat character to life with his Custom MK 9 Noob Saibot figure in Marvel Legends scale. This character holds the unique distinction of appearing, in one form or another, as a fighter in all of the first seven main fighting games and now you can add him to your collection thanks to unique styling and creativity of Bischoff. This figure looks nearly identical to the one that appears in the video game and the way that the arms and legs were sculpted it looks like the figure is wearing clothing. The creasing of the thighs and the upper arms gives this appearance. If you hop over to view more photos you will find a most disturbing image of Noob admiring his work after he has finished someone off so head over to eBay and check out Bischoff's Custom MK 9 Noob Saibot figure.
The Bi-Beast is an android with two heads (one atop the other - the top skull is given knowledge of warfare while the bottom skull was given a knowledge of culture) and Lokoboys has brought this creature from the pages of the comics with their Custom Marvel Legends Bi-Beast figure. Fashioned in the likes of his appearance in the Incredible Hulk video game, the figure features a killer sculpt with very deep, rich colors that accentuate the parts of the figure. The metal parts of the figure look very worn, weathered, and realistic. The head sculpt is achieved by the melding of a crazed head on top of a more down to earth yet serious head. It is cool when figures from video games are brought to life with interpretation from talented customizers like Lokoboys so head over to eBay and check out more photos of this Custom Marvel Legends Bi-Beast figure.
Chief Warrant Officer Jorge-052 is a SPARTAN-II commando of the UNSC Naval Special Warfare Command, attached to Special Warfare Group Three. He fought during the Fall of Reach in 2552 as a part of Noble Team under the call sign Noble Five. Access412 has created a mini version of this character with his Custom Jorge Halo Lego minifig. This figure is one of the meatiest lego minifigs I have seen in while, and it has to be to replicate one of the Halo characters with all of his gear. The weathering on the figure gives the suit some added depth, which is needed for figures this small. There are so many parts to the this figure so check out how it breaks down:
I have now come to realize that wasting countless hours and quarters playing Mortal Kombat at the local bowling alley was well worth it when I see figures like Anthony's Custom Marvel Legends Mortal Kombat Scorpion figure. The entire costume design of the figure is outstanding. Scorpion has a skull as a belt but Anthony has taken it to the next level and has embellished the belt in a way that it incorporates the skull design all the way around, which is a very subtle but effective touch to the figure. The figure gets some more added touches, with the addition of the silver spear and a black spear that attach to the figures left hand.
According to the Star Wars Old Republic Wiki, "Darth Malgus, born Veradun, is a male Sith Lord in service of the Sith Empire. During the Great Galactic War he earned the rank of "Darth" and led a Sith invasion on the Core World of Alderaan. His attempt failed and he was defeated by a female Jedi. Because of his injuries in this battle he was forced to wear a special mask. Later in the year 0 BTC he led the Sith attack on the Jedi temple. He was managed to enter the Jedi Temple and kill Ven Zallow."
JackOfTradze does and excellent job at creating figures that are lesser known or simply do not exist at all. His Darth Malgus Star Wars The Old Republic Custom figure is an great example of how he can take a figure from concept art and create a figure you would die to have in your collection.
I really love the overall look of the breathing apparatus attached to the face of the figure as it brings back the feeling of and the sounds of listening to Darth Vader for the first time. The costume design looks like it is right from the game. To own this awesome Malgus Star Wars The Old Republic Custom figure, head over to eBay!
Using a Marvel Legends Hulk as the base figure, Nuffsaid has a cool figure for video game fans with his Golden Oozaru Dragon Ball Z Custom Marvel Legends figure. It is hard to believe that this figure used to be an Incredible Hulk figure but that is the talent of Nuffsaid coming through. Using a ton of apoxie sculpt, he fashioned the head from a the original Hulk head, fodder jaw and hair to create this beast figure from the popular animae series. The hair sculpting on the body looks great and the head sculpt achieved the beady eyed and enraged look from the cartoon. There is only a couple hours left before this auction expires so head over to eBay and check out Nuffsaid's Golden Oozaru Dragon Ball Z Custom Marvel Legends figure. How would you like to meet up with this beast in a dark alley:
Straight from Mortal Kombat 2 comes Jinzin's Custom Mortal Kombat Reptile Marvel Legends scale figure. Although the costume design is reminiscent of MK2, this figure appears to be an amalgamation of Reptile through the MK years. The scales on the arms give it a very authentic look and I especially like how the scales permeate through the fingers. I don't know if this was done on purpose but the knee armor look like snake heads. The gold accents outline the figure nicely and set off the armor and detailing. The profile view of the figure shows off the facial details and more of the scaling that was done to achieve a very snake like look. As you can see in the photo below, the face is sculpted to give the figure a serpentine twist to compliment the beady little eyes.
This is one my favorite Mortal Kombat figures that Jinzin1 has up for sale this week, going above and beyond by scaling this Custom Marvel Legends Shao Kahn figure to 8 inches tall. He has exhibited much talent with this figure so let's read how this figure was made:
"Kahn has multiple hand sculpted features all over his body including handsculpted armor, and a completely hand sculpted head and helmet. The Cape, strapes, loin guard and mallet have all been custom crafted and the cape was designed so you can take it on or off at will. This figure has been painted using high end spray painting techniques to really bring out the multiple tones in his muscles and make his skin look realistic for a toy."
My favorite part of the figure is the head sculpt. I also like the soft cape that you can remove, which changes the look of the figure. The spikes on the figure give it depth and character. This is one of many Mortal Kombat figures Jinzin1 has up for sale this week so check out his Custom Marvel Legends Shao Kahn figure.
Continuing the focus on Jinzin1's Mortal Kombat figures, I turn my attention to his Custom Marvel Legends Sub-Zero figure. Jinzin1 has given Sub-Zero an almost zombie looking look to his face by not painting in any eyeballs. The striations on his arms and on his face make it look like ice is flowing through his vains. Here is the story on Sub-Zero (from wikipedia):
"Sub-Zero is the name given to two game characters from the Mortal Kombat series. Being brothers, both of them were born in Earthrealm, and are blue-garbed assassins that descended from Cryomancers, an ancient race of gods possessing the ability to generate and control the powers of ice, which gives Sub-Zero the innate ability to control ice in many forms."
If you are a fan of Mortal Kombat or Sub-Zero, head over to eBay and place a bid on Jinzin1's Custom Marvel Legends Sub-Zero figure.
When I was a kid, I remember wasting so many hours playing Metroid on the 8 bit Nintendo system and Narpa Sword Customs has a blast from the past with his Custom Samus Aran with bonus Metroid figure. This Samus is in GI Joe scale and looks fantastic! Granted, the 8 bit Nintendo version looks nothing like this one but as the gaming systems got more sophisticated, Samus got better and better and this figure epitomizes the Metroid era for me. This figure is very highly detailed and well done! Here is what the bonus Metroid figure looks like:
To own a piece of Metroid history, head over to eBay and check out Narpa Sword Customs' Custom Samus Aran with bonus Metroid figure.
Army of Two is a third person shooter video game developed by Electronic Arts, released on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, focusing on two mercenaries fighting through war, political turmoil, and a conspiracy from 1993 to 2009. Jin Saotome has done a fantastic job translating the characters that appear in the game into 3 3/4" (1:18) scale figures with his Custom Army of Two Rios and Salem figures. I am not sure if this is a coincidence or not but the figures from the game fit perfectly in the GI Joe Rise of Cobra line. The figures are made with such detail and depth that it is hard to tell they are only 3 3/4" tall. They also look like they are plucked right from the game. To place a bid and view more photos of Jin's Custom Army of Two Rios and Salem figures, head over to eBay!
2dtoys has a killer Arkham Asylum Batman Custom Marvel Legends figure up for sale on eBay this week. The figure has a presence to it. With the stern look and the stature of this Batman, this figure will look excellent in your display case. Let's hear more about this figure from 2dtoys:
"Batman is made in the DC Universe style standing 6 inches tall with 26 points of articulation. His unique costume in the video game was painstakingly recreated in remarkable detail. You might not see it in the photographs but he even has that unique texture all over his suit. It also features a new accurate head professionally sculpted from scratch. Even after the extensive full body sculpting, this figure is still fully poseable."
Be sure to check out 2dtoys' 2dtoys Arkham Asylum Batman Custom Marvel Legends figure on eBay for more photos and to place a bid.
Based on her appearance in the Knights of the Old Republic 2 game, JackofTradze has created this excellent Custom Star Wars KOTOR 2 Visas Mar figure. This figure is well done and even though you can't see her eyes, this figure's face is very striking and the figure is very well done as it stays true to the concept art.
Seeing this custom has brought back some great memories! Ninja Gaiden was one of those staples of the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) back in the days of 8 bit gaming goodness. Kyle Robinson has brought to life, in 6" scale, a legend in the platform gaming arena with his Custom Marvel Legends Ryu Hayabusa figure. The costume design on this figure is simple and well executed. The soft goods as a great touch to the figure, giving it depth and the ability to give the figure slightly different looks. My favorite aspect of this custom are the eyes, which gives the figure personality and the look a ninja who is ready to set out on a journey. Kyle is one of the best customizers out there so if you want to own a peice from a legend, head over to eBay and check out his Custom Marvel Legends Ryu Hayabusa figure.
Jin Saotome is beefing up the Halo army with his Custom Halo Recon Spartan figure. Halo was a game that made me buy an XBOX so it is great to see Jin paying homage to this great game in this way. Here is more about this figure:
"This auction is for a custom made 5" tall Spartan with removable Green USNC Recon armor, magnetically attaching battle rifle, Mauler, and grenade. He has all the great articulation of a regular Halo 3 figure and will fit right in with your current collection. It's rare, it's cool, and it's sought after by every Halo gamer out there. It's Recon armor! This is a set that attaches to your Halo 3 Spartan figures, but you get more than just the armor in this auction. You get the figure as well! Precisely hand-painted in a tan desert 'USNC' numbered theme, this Recon Spartan has all the equipment necessary to complete any mission. All weapons attach with the M.A.P. system (magnetic attachment points) and if you have any of my earlier customs those weapons are interchangeable too. The armor of course is removable and can be swapped between your figures. So, need to equip your soldiers with the rarest armor?"
To army build a one of a kind figure, head over to eBay and check out Jin's Custom Halo Recon Spartan figure.
Kyle Robinson pays homage to the great Ninja Gaiden 2 character with his Custom Marvel Legends Ryu Hayabusa figure. It is great that people bring these figures to life as you will only see them in the game but Kyle has given you the chance to display this figure next to all of your Marvel Legends figures. The head sculpt is awesome as there is so much intricate detail to it and given that there is not much face shown, he does a great job drawing the eyes and making them engaging and believable. Kyle makes customs of all genres so head over to eBay and check out his Custom Marvel Legends Ryu Hayabusa figure and his other Custom Marvel Legends figures.
Always ahead of the curve, Jin Saotome has a treat in store for Killzone fanatics with this Custom Helghast Soldier from the upcoming Killzone 2 video game. This figure is made from GI Joe 25th Anniversary line and I guarantee that you will never see anything like this come out of that line with this level of detail. Since these figures are in 3 3/4" scale, it is really difficult to get very detailed with these figures but Jin manages to pull it off with ease. Let's hear more about this great figure from Jin himself:
"Straight out of the upcoming Killzone 2 game comes the Helghast soldier, your basic trooper in their war against humanity. This trooper is painted with an exceptional level of detail such as deep shadows, grimy highlights, and metallic battle weathering. Equip this fellow with his rifle or have him fight it out in melee combat with the trench knife, this soldier is ready for any mission."
If you are looking to add a unique video game figure to your 25th Anniversary GI joe collection or your video game collection, head over to eBay and bid on Jin's Custom Helghast Soldier figure.
I remember wasting countless hours (and quarters) playing Street Fighter when it first hit arcades back in the late 80's. I used to work in a Bowling Alley as a teenager and when my shift ended, I would basically deposit my paycheck into the large glowing box they called Street Fighter. Ashkanls has done an excellent job capturing one of the characters from this ground breaking game with his Custom Marvel Legends Street Fighter Ken figure. The smirk on Ken's face pays a great homage to the great warrior with the Shōryū-ken, Rising Dragon Fist punch. This figure also comes complete with a fireball and from the looks of the photos, this is a great rendition of this classic character. I have to admit that I was the recipient of that on many occasions and countless battles and time was spent trying to perfect those moves. For all of you Street Fighter fans out there, head over to eBay and check out Ashkanls' Custom Marvel Legends Street Fighter Ken figure and own a piece of video game history!
Jin has the ability to take you back in time with every custom he makes and these pair of twins is no exception. Contra is a game that I wasted several weeks of my life playing and these Custom Contra Twins Mad Dog and Scorpion capture the period of time in my life when I had the Contra music running in my head 24 hours a day (those who know the music know what I am talking about). One the coolest weapons to have in the game was the Spreader and if you got a hold of that baby you were invincible. To get a peak at the Spreader and to view more photos of these awesome customs, head over to eBay and bid on Jin's Custom Contra Twins Mad Dog and Scorpion figures.
Fallout 3 takes place in the year 2277, 36 years after the setting of Fallout 2 and 200 years after the nuclear war that devastated the game's world. The game places the player in the role of an inhabitant of Vault 101, a survival shelter designed to protect a small number of humans from the nuclear fallout. Jin Saotome has filled the void of video game figures with his Custom Marvel Legends Fallout 3 Power Armor figure. Looking at the concept art for the game (see below), Jin does an excellent job translating the art to a figure you can be proud to display in your collection. Let's read more about this awesome figure:
"In the future man's ability to survive will be tested. The vaults will be opened and it will be time to reclaim the earth. Where will you stand? What will you use to protect yourself? Enter the Power Armor, your last best hope to survive in the wasteland that was once earth. This Power Armor has been meticulously painted with tons of weathered shading, rusty detailing, oily splotches, and metallic shading. This is the figure that's featured in my new Metallic/worn armor painting guide on my site as well. There's hand sculpted detail all over him and you can pose him on the battle-ravaged display base with his battle rifle in hand. This is a one-of-a-kind figure never to be made again and will show up in a future issue of Playstation Magazine."
If you want to own a piece of history and have a chance to display a custom that will be featured in a 'to be determined' issue of PSM, head over to eBay and bid on Jin's Custom Marvel Legends Fallout 3 Power Armor figure.
Inspired from the Capcom game, Darkstalkers, NTT has made this unique rocker come to life with his Custom Lord Raptor figure. The flaming blue hair and the way the eyes are done are some of my favorite parts of this custom. He painted the eyes asymmetrically, which gives the figure that rocker attitude, like he is right in the middle of a killer solo. The smallest of details make a big difference to collectors and NTT added gold accents to the belt and it looks like he is using actual steal cable for the strings of the guitar.
"This figure stands 7.5 inches tall and features multiple points of articulation (including head, arms/wrists, torso and legs). Parts of this custom was sculpted with Aves apoxie (very durable) and completely hand painted in acrylics. Inspired by the Capcom video game Darkstalkers, this Lord Raptor figure comes complete with custom made toy electric guitar and a whole lotta attitude! This variant is an original design and was made as fan interest. He can be posed and handled without damage by an adult collector."
Head over to eBay to view more photos and to place a bid on NTT's Custom Lord Raptor figure
Jin Saotome has created one of the coolest Marvel Legends figures I have seen a long time with his Custom Marvel vs. Capcom Spiral figure. The way the arms were integrated in this figure were very well done and flow seamlessly out of the arm sockets. Let's read more from Jin about this unique figure:
"Spiral is the 6-armed beauty of Mojoworld, one of the neater female designs Marvel has ever come up with. Here you get her in all her multi-limbed glory done in Marvel vs Capcom2 style. She has a nice suit shading, multiple metallic effects, fur/hair detail, and highlights just as the game sprite has. I'm doing a whole line of MvC2 customs and she'll fit right in with them. She has the now correct armored-sculpted half arm, an alternate hand for her seductive pose, and 6 count them SIX swords, one for each hand just like she tosses at you in the game."
If you want to add a very cool figure to your Marvel collection, check out Jin's Custom Marvel vs. Capcom Spiral figure.
I love when BoskoesToys goes 80's and we get things like this awesome Custom World of Warcraft Lion-O Thundercats figure. I don't come across many videogame Thundercats crossovers but BoeskoesToys has the ability to make the two worlds come together. The paint aps on this figure are impecable and the way they are applied makes the plastic look like metal and the flesh tones look like skin. A few noteworthy aspects of this Lion-O include an exchangeable left hand and removable claw shield, both long and short versions of the Sword of Omens, and a super vibrant paint job. There are more photos to view over at eBay so head over there and check out this blast from the past with BoskoesToys Custom World of Warcraft Lion-O Thundercats figure.
"I present to you Kratos from the super popular God of War series! He's the next figure in my VideoGame AllStars lineup and is done in an 'animated' style similar to the GI Joe Sigma 6 figures. Kratos has been painted with various shades, weathered leather and metal armor effects, detailed right down to the scar on his face! He has the body tattoo as well that wraps around his left side and looks quite striking. Speaking of 'striking,' Kratos comes with the Sword of Olympus and two Blades of Chaos with metal chains that can be wrapped around his arms and swung about just like in the game! Kratos is a good inch taller than normal Sigma 6 figures so he's scale perfectly to fit in to your collection. This is also the ONLY custom Kratos I'll be making for my VG AllStars series."
Jin Saotome has created a dead on Custom Sam Fisher from the video game Splinter Cell from a GI Joe Sigma Six figure. One really cool feature about this custom is the light up goggles, which, if you have played the game, are used quite a bit and cements the look of Sam outside of the video game world. Like all of Jin's customs, the paint aps look flawless. Another cool aspect of this custom was that is was featured in Playstation Magazine! Nice going Jin! In Jin's own words, here is how he created this great custom:
"Here's my take on Sam Fisher from Splinter Cell, covert black-ops agent and all around tough guy. He's styled to match the Sigma 6 GI Joe theme and is part of my Video Game All-Stars line that will be appearing in issues of Playstation the Official Magazine. Sam's painted with various highlights, shading, and texture with hand sculpted sections made from Aves Fixit Sculpt, the best sculpting compound on the market. Check out the straps and pouches all over him, who knows what he's packing in there! But what's Sam Fisher without those trademark goggles? And yes folks, THEY LIGHT UP! All three goggle lenses were hand-made and have bright green LEDs. Press the button on his back and you can illuminate a dark corner they're so bright. Batteries are included and can be changed out when needed. So... ready to sneak around your figure collection with Sam Fisher? Know a friend who owns a bunch of Metal Gear figures that need assassinating? Then don't pass this auction up!!"
You can own this figure by going to eBay and bidding on Jin's Custom Sam Fisher Splinter Cell or check out the other Custom Video Game figures.