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On Memorial Day, I thought this GI Joe Mountain Base Diorama was a fitting custom to highlight as we remember our fallen soldiers on this day. When I first glanced at this dio, I immediately thought of the bunkers and strongholds our soldiers had to face as they invaded France on June 6th 1944 to mark the turn of World War 2.
Although this dio is made of dense polystyrene foam board, the way ti was painted and sculpted makes it look like stone, rock, and cement. The artist did an excellent job varying the coloring to achieve a very natural look. One thing I noticed was the scale was right on for 3 3/4" figures and even the small vehicles (Cobra Trubble Bubble, Ferret, etc.) can fit nicely with this base. You will notice that there are two levels on the inside so this base also serves as a small barracks. If you are into Dioramas, don't miss this Custom GI Joe Mountain Base Diorama.
As an army builder of GI Joe figures, I can appreciate the need for a great weapon and Marauder Inc. is a fantastic resource to meet your needs! Specializing in weapons for 3-3/4" figures, the product design is simply amazing and fills a much needed gap in the accessory department for smaller figures. To be honest, the stock weaponry that comes packed with figures these days is a joke so if you are serious about displaying your figures with the best replica guns and ammo around, head over to Marauder Inc and check them out!
Below you will find an example of their Modular ACR Assault Rifle w/ accessories and you can see how bad ass these weapons are. Imagine the possibilities if you equip your GI Joe or Cobra army with these weapons.
Or take this Modular M4 MOE Carbine Assault Rifle...a truly amazing piece that looks even better in the hands of a capable 3 3/4" figure
They not only specialize in weapons but they also make gear for dioramas too! For example, let's say your Joe army needs to camp out for the night after a long battle fighting the evil forces of Cobra. you can make it happen with this Nylon Tent:
They also sell weapon sets so if you are looking to outfit your entire brigade with some killer firepower, these types of sets are for you.
Here is how the company describes themselves:
"The source for weapons & accessories scaled for use with ALL collectible 3-3/4 inch action figures. We carry accurate 1:18 scale miniature replica versions of authentic looking weapons or designs based on military & science fiction originals. Sturdy & highly detailed items are NOT "soft & bendy" rubber or "fragile & brittle." Similar feel to vintage 1980s 1:18 scale weapons. The weapons are perfect for the ADULT COLLECTOR to "upgrade" the equipment of their collectible 3-3/4 inch (1:18 scale) figures or to finally provide those incomplete or custom figures with COOL & INEXPENSIVE accessories."
I love when universe collide and Gill Customs has created an amazing Custom Cyclonus GI Joe Transformers Crossover made from a Conquest X-30. Painted in the classic purple and silver colors, the base vehicle makes a great start for a G1 seeker jet. In addition to the killer paint app, Cyclonus has lights in the cockpit, rear thrusters, and engines. The cockpit canopy even sports the orange color that was found on the original G1 Cyclonus figure. There have been many unique GI Joe Transformers crossover customs made over the years and I wish customizers would make more because I love both toy lines and it is great when they are blended together. If you want to see more photos of Gill Customs' crossover Custom GI Joe Transformers Cyclonus figure, head over to eBay!
Stronox Customs knows how to treat a ruler right and his Custom Cobra Serpentor figure with Thrown pays a killer homage to the ultimate Cobra leader. Both the thrown and figure have stunning detail, especially for a 4 inch figure. Stronox has given Serpentor many different looks and even gives you a hooded version, which pays respect to the original Cobra Commander figure. The cape is also wired which is a very cool addition and gives the figure an added sense of versatility and poseability. The thrown is painted almost in an Aztec fashion with 3 striking cobra heads that give the thrown a very royal feeling. The flames are a very nice touch and add to the mystique of the figure. To place a bid on this great piece of work, head over to eBay and check out Stronox's Custom Serpentor figure and Thrown!
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.
The Leader of Cobra has to be one of the most recognizable and iconic of the GI Joe figures. As a kid, I always wondered what he looked like under that silver faceshield. FrogDNA has reimagined this fearless leader with the shrieky voice with his Custom Zombie Cobra Commander figure. this figure works on a couple different levels. Yes, you can view this figure as a Zombie as it was intended or you can view it as a battle damaged Cobra Commander, which is how I am choosing to see this figure, as the leader of Cobra just coming back from a major war. His armor rittled with bullets and his faceshield torn off to reveal what he looks like on the inside. Pretty freaky! To view more photos, head over to eBay and check out FrogDNA's creepy (yet cool!) Custom Zombie Cobra Commander figure.
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!
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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Growing up, Star Wars and GI Joe were the mainstays in my toy collection. I never really thought to cross the toy lines in battle. It never occurred to me to have Stormtroopers battle Duke and his gang of merry Joe's or have the Battle Android Troopers take on Luke Skywalker. When I first saw Psychotropic76's Custom Stellar Stiletto Rebel Starfighter, I knew there was something familiar about this one of a kind vehicle. After I remember its origins as a Cobra vehicle, I thought how cool is this!
Aside from the general shape of the Stellar Stiletto, this custom does not even resemble its former self pictured above. Giving the vehicle a Rebel scum makeover, this Starfighter looks like it belongs in one of the movies (in fact, if you look at the last picture, Psychotrpia76 has placed it in a cinema scene)! The carbon scoring and classic burgundy accents gives it the feel of a classic Star Wars vehicle. There is even a cool back story on this vehicle to make it fit right into the Star Wars Universe so head over to eBay and check out Psychotropia76's Custom Stellar Stiletto Rebel Starfighter and while you are there, place a bid to add this crossover to your Rebel alliance!
I will always have fond memories of playing with GI Joes as a child and Lifeline was a mainstay in almost every battle with Cobra that I had. Rpiaskoski's Custom GI Joe Lifeline figure reminds me of days spent spending hours creating battles between Cobra and the Joes and Lifeline was always there to clean up the mess that my Battle Android Trooper army left behind. I remember from the cartoon show that both GI Joe and Cobra and run through a hail of bullets and laser fire and come out unscathed but that did not work in my world. The Battle Android Troopers would wreak some havoc on the Joe army and Lifeline was always there to mop of the mess. Now that I have written than I see the irony that Lifeline survived every battle in my Joe universe but someone had to fix all the troops.
There are a few figures in my GI Joe past that I have fond memories of and Cobra's Trainer is one of them. I remember having grand battles between Cobra and GI Joe and Big Boa was always in the thick of it mixing it up and giving the Joes heck! Ratfink Customs has brought this classic figure up to 25th Anniversary standards with his Custom Big Boa GI Joe figure. Giving Big Boa a very different look than his vintage counterpart, the figure is given a more updated look with a Cobra Tank Top and a myriad of tattoos. It is great when customizers redefine the figures from the past and create their own styles and new looks. Keepem comin!
One of the most elusive figures in the GI Joe cartoon was the supreme leader of the terrorist organization Cobra! With his screechy high pitched voice and the slithering hiss of the tongue, Sunok Studios gives a glimpse of what could have been under the famous powder blue suit with his Custom "I was once a man" Cobra Commander figure. It looks like one of Destro's or Dr. Mindbender's experiments has gone awry as this time, the leader of Cobra is turning into an actual snake. This concept is executed nicely as we are catching Cobra Commander in a half transformation. The plastic clothing is detailed and sculpted in a way that it makes it look like the clothing is tearing off his body, exposing his scaly, serpent skin. The snake texturing gives this figure the look of a snake ready to molt its skin. To view more photos of Sunok Studios Custom "I was once a man" Cobra Commander figure, head over to eBay!
Cobra Commander gets new, updated, look courtesy of IDW via the comics and 785_Tanks with his Custom IDW Cobra Commander figure. This figure looks like it is a direct translation from the comic and captures the hard lines and features from the pages. This may be one of the best Cobra Commander concepts I have seen (aside from the 80's versions). The face shiled is very reminiscent of the Cobra Vipers and it is about time that Cobra Commander has a similar look. The helmet even has two small fangs like you see in the comic. You can imagine him leading a garrison of Vipers into battle like Patton charging into battle leading the Third Army. 785_Tanks did a fantastic job creating this figure to honor Cobra Commanders new look so head over to eBay and check out more photos of this awesome Custom IDW Cobra Commander figure.
I have a soft spot for GI Joes and sometimes it does not take much for a custom Joe figure to catch my eye but this Custom Cobra Terror Trooper is very simplistic and the concept is great! What a great formula...take a comic pack Cobra Trooper, paint it black, and gray, throw a new symbol on the chest, and you have a new line of soldier ready to dominate the world for Cobra Commander. Great concept!
Aside from the Terror Drome, Cobra has gotten the shaft when it comes to bases to execute their quest for world domination but Zartanman has addressed this with his Custom Cobra Mobile Arctic Base made from the GI ROC Pitt. The first thing you will notice is the Cobra blue, which is very reminiscent of the of the Cobra A.S.P and the Cobra Bunker colors. The snow theme really came through nicely as there is "snow" accents on the wheels and on the rook of the mobile command center. One of my favorites aspects of this base is the frozen cobra hood ornament on the front of the base and the icicle detailing that makes it look like it is rolling through the arctic tundra.
If this looks as good as it does on the outside, I can't wait to see what this looks like on the inside. There are only 4 hours left to nab Zartanman's Custom Cobra Mobile Arctic Base and you will also find many other cool GI Joe customs over on his seller page and also on the website www.procustomizers.com.
The GI Joe Tiger Force line gave me another reason to buy yet another Duke, Roadblock, and other figures I had multiples of and Chris Wheethee is giving fans of the line a new ride to haul around all of those figures with this Custom Tiger Force Tomahawk Helicopter. Sporting the tale tell markings black and yellow tiger markings, this Tomahawk captures the essence of the Tiger Force line and looks like it was made to fit in with other vehicles. The front of vehicle has hand painted jaws and features the custom blending of brown tiger face bleeding into the yellow body. The tiger stripes are well placed and no overdone. Keeping with the traditional red blades and red accents, this Custom Tiger Force Tomahawk Helicopter hits the mark with respect to truly blending in with the line.
One of my other hobbies is learning as much as I can about military history so this Custom German M3 Half Track caught my eye as it captures a scene from the not so distant past where the world was at war. The detailing and paint application on this vehicle are made to look raw and gritty, like they were fresh from the battlefield.
The added accessories add realism to the group of Germans that look like they are out to ambush some Sherman tanks that are pressing their way through Normandy France. The Soldiers and Half Track are in 1:6 scale and this looks like a hefty piece so make sure this would fit in your space for collectibles before bidding on this Custom German M3 Half Track!
Zildjian has possibly created the coolest Transformers/GI Joe Crossover figure with his almost two feet tall Custom Transformers GI Joe Megatron figure/vehicle. Using the concept art of Don Figueroa as a blueprint for this amazing piece, Zildjian has outdone himself as this Megatron was completely scratch built from the ground up. Using joints from a Cybertron Metroplex, and Energon Omega Supreme, as well as potions from Energon Omega Supreme, he was able to craft a figure that not only looks awesome but can function as a vehicle for Destro and his troops.
The remaining 80% of this figure was custom built using styrene plastic, industrial grade plastic fusion adhesives, custom built joints, and numerous screws. With a figure like this, it is not meant to be read but seen so here is a video of all of the special features of Zildjian's Custom Transformers GI Joe Megatron:embedded by Embedded Video
D&D Customs has set out to create every GI Joe figure in Marvel Legends scale from years 1982 to 1988, which are really the best years for the Joe and Cobra lines. I am focusing on this Custom Marvel Legends Dusty figure today but D&D has made a countless number of other figures. Dusty was one of my favorite figures to play with as a kid and D&D has done a superb job, along with all of his other customs, in recreating that 3 3/4" classic GI Joe feel in Marvel Legends scale.
You can really see the fine detailing in a close up shot. From the classic desert camouflage to the stitching in his uniform, it looks like no detail was left untouched. The helmet and weapons tie the figure together and make D&D's Custom Marvel Legends Dusty figure very sought after if you are looking to own larger scale classic GI Joe figures. D&D is one of the best at creating this line of figures so if you don't want to lose out on this, head over to eBay and buy it now!
If you are fan of the Killzone video game, you will love jps9779's Custom Kill Squad GI Joe 25th Anniversary figures. First of all, how could you pass up a group of customs called the Kill Squad? I sure can't and jps9779 could not pass up making them! My favorite figure in this set is the Heavy Gunner as it reminds me of the Helghast figure with the way the helmet was constructed and painted. The gas mask is not only pretty cool looking but incorporates elements of both modern and vintage masks from World Wars 1 and 2. I like the double canister filter look, which pays a nice homage to the origins of the gas mask. Besides, you can't have too much protection on the battlefield!
Of course, no squad is complete without an Propaganda minister but you will have to check him out, and the Squad Leader, while you are clicking over to view jps9779's Custom Kill Squad GI Joe 25th Anniversary figures.
The Crimson Guards are the elite and best of the best in the Cobra Army and Mythic Customs has given these soldiers an upgrade with this Custom Battle Armored Crimson Guard squad. The combination of Star Wars Kamas works well on these figures and gives them a more refined look. One thing that the CG's lacked was proper body armor so it looks like Destro and the Crimson Twins have struck a deal! The armor on the figures has great coverage, especially in the neck area, where the helmet meets the rest of the uniform. The tiny rivets on the shoulder armor add realism to the uniform as well as the squad leader's silver chest plate gives the appearance of rank and order in the Cobra Army, another aspect that was lacking in the toy line and in the series.
Destro has always been the fashionable one in the Cobra Legion and Mindbender Customs has created a Crimson Pimp Daddy Destro figure to add to his wardrobe. As one of Destro's other duties is to chair the Crimson Guard meetings, he needed a suit for the special role. You can imagine Destro has a suit for every occasion and he realized that the silver head just wasn't doing it for him anymore. All in all, it is a cool concept and I like the different color head for Destro.
Looking like something out of a 1930’s science fiction movie, 785Tanks has created this Custom Steampunk General Hawk GI Joe figure. The story behind this figure is a unique one:
“General Hawk is a Renowned Sky Captain and the Father Of Scarlett who he plans one day to hand over the role of Commander
His Body was injured in a Cobra Raid so Mech Body was created to help him to move about and assist in fighting Cobra
he is more gung ho now than ever before!”
The overall clunky nature of this figure lends itself to the period very well as you can imagine having to scrap together a mech suit from materials found in the 30’s. The suit looks like a combination of a deep sea diving apparatus with some parts from an old pipe organ strapped to the back. The head sculpt also gives the impression that General Hawk was a salty sea sailor with years of experience behind him, which you can see in his face. I love the overall concept of the figure as it brings together some aspects of Star Wars as General Hawk’s body had to be salvaged and reborn as well as staying true to the classic Steampunk styling.
Cobra's special forces are at it again! They have infiltrated the GI Joe line, stolen their Mauler M.B.T. and gave it the classic black and red Cobra style. The soldiers in the Cobra army were not the smartest of people as you can see the bright crimson red tank barrel and wheels coming from a mile away but Cobra was not interested in camouflage and surprise as they yell "Cobraaaaaaaaaa" into battle.
This Cobra Crimson Mauler is painted using the classic Black and Red coloring found on the Crimson Attack Tank and the Sentry Missile System. The glossy black was a good choice for this tank and the cobra decals were not overdone. All in all, this is a very nice repaint of one of the coolest GI Joe tanks made.
The women in the GI Joe line have been under represented over the years but Ratfink Customs is adding one more lady to the line with his Custom GI Joe 25th Anniversary Female Alley Viper figure. The 25th Anniversary line really brought back the feeling of nostalgia for me with from the packaging to the look and feel of the figures. Ratfink's figure does the same at it is painted in the classic orange and blue camouflage that we all grew up with. I like the metal accents sprinkled throughout the figure and on the accessories. This Custom GI Joe 25th Anniversary Female Alley Viper figure would fit in great with your existing GI Joe 25th Anniversary line and would also make a great companion for the Alley Viper that was packed with the Defense on Cobra Island pack.
Giving one of Destro's military factions a refresh, Mythic Customs has made this Custom Iron Grenadiers GI Joe figure a new and updated look. There are some subtle aspects of the this custom that make this figure great. I like the addition of the sword case that is attached to the belt and the Kama, which is an accoutrement worn by certain Star Wars clone troopers. The Kama gives the Grenadier a more refined look and it gives the figure an appearance of being higher up in the military chain of command. Also, the head of this figure looks thinner than what I remember from the GI Joe 25th line (maybe my mind is playing tricks on me). One of my pet peeves with the original Iron Grenadier figures is that the head and the helmet look fused together but Mythic has solved this issue with his design as the the helmet looks distinctly different from his head. After you check out more photos of Mythic's Custom Iron Grenadiers GI Joe figure, check out his other customs as he has a very cool Cobra Viper up for sale too!
World War 2 is my favorite period of history to learn and read about and Jin Saotome has flipped the history books upside down with his line of World Wars 2 Alternate History figure line. I missed this figure last week so it is not available anymore but I thought I would do a retrospective right up on Jin's Custom Winston Churchill GI Joe figure. As you can see, this is not the same Winston Churchill from the 1940's. Let's read more about how Jin has rewritten history:
"Though the assassination attempt utilizing an exploding tea chair left him only half the man he use to be, Churchill still found the courage to rise for battle. The Allies' top scientists got to work on a new lower body built for combat. Outfitted with powerful servos, shield panels, a flame unit, and mechanical stomping legs, Winston joined Roosevelt and the others to fight the Axis up front and personal. Churchill enjoys rolling into battle sideways and bowling into the Nazis yelling "STRIKE!" leaving no one spared. The tide has turned, but the war still rages on!"
Even though Jin's Custom Winston Churchill GI Joe figure is over, you can still view it over at eBay and check out the photos.
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!
Lance858a has one of the best custom GI Joe figures I have seen in a long time with his Custom GI Joe 25th Anniversary Zarana figure. Paying homage to the classic style of the figure that came out in 1986, Lance858a has paid attention to the smallest of details. Lets hear more about those details from the source:
"Notice the careful attention to detail such as the working knife holster, the sculpted torn jeans, the knee pads, the custom pointy boots, the gloves, the torn shirt, all of which match the vintage 1980's character and figure 100%. She is a must have for any loving GI Joe collector."
One of the things that stands out about this custom are those minute details that complete this figure. For example, the knee pads are sculpted in a way that resembles the classic figure and I like the addition of the removable dagger. To see more photos of Lance858a's Custom GI Joe 25th Anniversary Zarana figure, head over to eBay!
Aside from the Micky Mouse Cobra Commander Figure that came out in the early releases of the GI Joe figures, the Cobra Viper Glider Pilot is another one of the quest for the holy grail figures that collectors pay top dollar for. Lucky for you, Jharris229 has a Custom Cobra Viper Glider Glider Pilot and Glider up for sale and you would be hard pressed to tell that this is a custom as it looks so much like the original. The bummer about the Viper Glider Pilots from the 1980's is that most of the symbols have rubbed off but Jharris229 has a mint symbol on this puppy that is not a sticker! There is less than 8 hours to go on this figure and glider so head over to eBay if you want to get a chance to own this piece of GI Joe history.
Besides finding killer customs to write about and feature everyday, another hobby of mine is learning all that I can about the brave soldiers who fought in World War 2. Lance858a has combined both of my hobbies into one great figure with his Custom GI Joe 25th Anniversary Scarlett figure in World War 2 style garb. From the hat, the colors, and the chevrons on the arm, a lot of thought was put into this figure to make it more of a period piece. The hat is removable, which adds to the look and poseability of the figure. If you want to check out more photos of Lance858a's Custom GI Joe 25th Anniversary Scarlett figure, head over to eBay. There you will find links to his profile on Hisstank and a great story about his love for GI Joe's.
FrogDNA has made some really great enhancements to the GI Joe 25th Anniversary line with his chrome work and detailed shading with his Custom Crimson Guard figure. Striving to retain the classic nature of the cartoon, FrogDNA has used his stills to apply chrome and accents in all of the right places. Let's read more about how he achieved this look:
For this Crimson Guard I used Palisades'statue and the artwork from the blister as reference to bring to life this classic figure. There's some airbrushed shading on his uniform and backpack, glossy paints on his helmet, boots and leather parts of his uniform and matt paints where was needed, to enhance the realistic look. You can actually see some reflections on his helmet! The gloss/matt effect is enhanced by several layers of clear coat, glossy and opaque as well.
FrogDNA has this figure and others so be sure to check out his auctions over at eBay!
Growing up watching the 80's GI Joe, we were exposed to some of the coolest Cobra weapons and ZartanMan has made some much needed additions to the Cobra arsenal with his Custom Mass Device that lights up. Seeing the need to bulk this weapon up, he added treads from the HISS tank and painstakingly detailed it to be as cartoon accurate as possible. There are lights in the beam emitter and in each of the MASS element containers. Brilliant job!
With all of the money in the world, Cobra Commander is taking things into his own hands and has contracted the talent of Jin Saotome to build him a suit of armor capable of opening a can of whoop ass on GI Joe. This Custom Cobra Commander in GI Joe Armor is an excellent figure and very well executed. I love the Gatling Gun on the right arm and the interchangeable claw...very cool! Let's read more and see how Jin describes this figure:
"You've never seen Cobra Commander like this before, he's upgraded his battle armor to something bigger and better! This Combat Armor suit with multiple attaching parts and can be posed in all sorts of battling positions. He's been painted to match your existing custom 25th Anniversary Joes and features plenty of shading, rich colors, and awesome detail. Attach the grappling claw or blast away with the chain cannon. Either way the Joes will be in for the fight of their life here!"
To see this Cobra Commander disciplining one of his Vipers, head over to eBay and check out Jin's Custom Cobra Commander in GI Joe Armor figure.
Being a military history aficionado, I was excited to see Build-A-Rama's Custom Desert Hiss Tank resemble a North Africa campaign style vehicle. First, the paint scheme and weathering on this Hiss Tank makes this piece feel like a period piece from the 1940's. I love the converted turret of the old Hiss Tank to a Trubble Bubble platform, which is a great concept! Overall, this vehicle is very well executed and would fit very well in your 1980's or current GI Joe collection. If you want to view more photos of Build-A-Rama's Custom Desert Hiss Tank, head over to eBay!
Zartan was one of my favorite characters from the GI Joe series back in the 1980's and I am happy to see that ZartanMan has created this Custom GI Joe Resolute Zartan figure. This figure is a kitbash of a few figures, including the GI Joe Rise of Cobra Flash, Resolute Duke legs, and a Zartan Head from the GI Joe 25th Anniversary collection. This figure will fit in with all of the your other GI Joe Resolute figures so head over to eBay and check out more photos of ZartanMan's Custom GI Joe Resolute Zartan figure.
Although I did like the GI Joe Rise of Cobra movie, there was one aspect I felt was missing and it was the spirit of the 1980's figures and GDX has captured that feeling with his Custom GI Joe Rise of Cobra Shock Trooper figure. Inspired by what a Cobra Blue Shirt would like, this Shock Trooper is an amalgamation of several figures but I like it because it reminds me of the older figures.
In honor of the GI Joe movie, SpawnSauce Customs has created this Custom Marvel Legends Hooded Cobra Commander figure. I have never seen Cobra Commander don a trench coat before (aside from the movie, of course), but I really like how this looks with the Hooded version of Cobra Commander. There are a couple aspects of this custom that I really like. First, the way the hood was made to look like it was flowing. Second, the lapel of the trench coat looks as if it was designed with a King Cobra snake in mind as it flares out and the detailing on it looks like it. To view more photos and to place a bid on SpawnSauce's Custom Marvel Legends Hooded Cobra Commander figure, head over to eBay!
I had the lucky opportunity to attend a preview showing of GI Joe The Rise of Cobra last night and I was say I was very impressed with the movie. Not to give anything away, I thought Snake Eyes was a bad ass who can hold his own anywhere and with anyone. That said, 2dtoys has paid homage to this legend with Custom Marvel Legends Snake Eyes figure. I love the detailing on this figure as it brings out the contours with the shading and painting techniques, which is hard to accomplish on a black figure. Here are more details about this figure from 2dtoys himself:
"Snake Eyes is made in the Marvel Legends style, standing around 6 inches tall with 38 points of articulation. He comes with his pet wolf Timber, his trademark Uzi, a removable knife and handgun, and a custom made sword. His costume was meticulously recreated to make the most unique Snake Eyes custom I could. He's definitely my favorite Joe custom and one of my most sought after pieces."
If you want to own a one of a kind figure, head over to eBay and check out this Custom Marvel Legends Snake Eyes figure.
ContradictionWear Customs has brought one of the most treacherous villains to life with his Custom Scratch Built Hooded Cobra Commander bust. It takes great skill and talent to replicate human features from scratch. For example, the eyes on this bust are amazing and really bring the figure to life. There are subtle features of this custom that make this great! For example, if you look closely, you can see a raised eye brow. ContraditionWear Custom has scratch built other busts such as Deadpool, Wolverine, and Venom, which you can check out by heading over to eBay and viewing his Custom Scratch Built Hooded Cobra Commander bust.
Quantum-7 customs is adding a Fire Department to the GI Joe 25th Anniversary line with his Custom Inferno Brigade figures. I love the concept of the figures and here to give you the back story about them is Quantum-7 himself:
After designing the fire proof armor that Barbecue wears to protect him from fire, CINDER was asked to lead his own specialized unit called the INFERNO BRIGADE. The team, consisting of, BLOW OUT who mans the Flame Retardant delivery system and BREAK-THROUGH who specializes in demolitions. They work side by side with the Joes to help protect our world in the fight against the evils of Cobra Commander and his henchmen. Together they make up the specialized team: INFERNO BRIGADE!!!
Back home in Ireland , Eoin McPatrick ( code name: CINDER ) was a volunteer fire fighter for 12 years. In those 12 years he lost two of his brotherens to the flames. Compelled to design a fire resistant suit for his fire fighter brothers to wear he studied for many years the dynamics of fire. He intensely studied the characteristics of it but how and why it behaves like a living organism, which materials it can consume and which ones it can't. He was determined to stop anymore fires from claiming more of his friends lives. After several years of hard work and experiments he had a breakthrough....he designed a suit that was completly fire proof and protected the wearer from any ill effects from the heat and smoke fire produces. It went into immediate use and on its first day it saved a fellow fire fighters life....Eoin was hailed a hero and even the Mayor gave him recognition. It wasn't very many days later that General Hawk contacted him and requested that he design a newer, better, more manuverable suit for a top secret American Team called: GI JOE. Eoin accepted and within 2 months he had designed a better version of his fire proof suit. After succeeding they asked him to join the GI JOE team. They offererd him the Captain's position in his own fire unit. They would be called the....... INFERNO BRIGADE!!!
Saadtoys picks up where the 25th Anniversary line leaves off with his Custom GI Joe Cover Girl figure. This figure brings back so many memories as I had her plow through Cobra's army with a barrage of missiles. This figure would make an excellent addition to your GI Joe 25th Anniversary figure collection!
Straight from the sewers and hazardous waste plant comes Ratfink's Custom GI Joe 25th Anniversary Bio Viper figure. This is an excellent use of the Cobra Air Trooper mould, which I was not a fan of Ratfink's figure is one that I would purchase if I saw it on the shelf. The helmet makes it look like he could go to the depths of the earth to root out GI Joe in the worst of conditions. The stand is also custom made, which makes a great display piece. To beef up your Cobra Army, head over to eBay and bid on Ratfink's Custom GI Joe 25th Anniversary Bio Viper figure.
How would you like to meet this ominous figure in a dark alley? Jin Saotome has developed the perfect killing machine in his Custom Cobra Banshee GI Joe 25th Anniversary figure. This thing looks vicious! To me, this looks like a cross between General Grievous (notice the legs) and a Battle Android alien machine. Let's get more background on this unique figure from Jin himself:
"The Joes are really in for a fight now. Enter the Cobra Banshee, the deadliest thing to come out of M.A.R.S. industries yet. This mechanical terror is full of glossy armor detail, metallic shading effects, and more sensor-eyes than Snake Eyes can shake a katana at. Swap out the Banshee's clawed hands with the laser blades and it's ready to slice it's way through anything, or anyone that gets in its path. The Banshee is also super articulated with balls joints that give it an incredible range of movement. The back spines can be put in closed or open positions and you have to check out the multi-sensored head!"
To check out more photos of this great figure, head over to eBay and bid on Jin's Custom Cobra Banshee GI Joe 25th Anniversary figure.
Amishonline adds another Dreadnok to the Cobra arsenal with his Custom Dreadnok Gnawgahyde GI Joe 25th Anniversary figure. This figure brings out the classic 80's version in an updated look and feel that will fit right in with your other 25th Joes! Aside from the excellent figure, I like the fact that Amishonline has set some really high standards for himself, which are outline below:
1. It must be durable for play or display. Each figure I make is as tough as or tougher than any related figure you can buy in the store!
2. Originality, each figure I make is a one of a kind piece, I may make similar items, but recipe, accessories, and style are each vastly different to each figure. It is not a practice to sell a figure for a large amount and make another identical item and sell it, to me that is an insult to the first buyer.
3. Competitive pricing is a must! I start all my customs at a low price of $0.99 to ensure that you, the buyer, will set the price. If it is not worth anything to you then it is not worth anything to me!!!
4. Kitbashing is frowned upon. I do not feel popping of a couple parts or weapons make a quality custom. Each figure I make is a complete breakdown of parts and accessories. If it does not fit to the feel of what I am looking for I will not use it. You will never catch me using inferior parts or misrepresenting a figure!
Head over to eBay and check out his Custom Dreadnok Gnawgahyde GI Joe 25th Anniversary figure!
Leave it to Shinbitron to blend the universes of GI Joe and Transformers to come up with his latest Cobra weapon. His Custom Cobra BAT Transformers figure is a cool concept and totally fits into modern warfare. If you think about it, unmanned drones are patrolling the skies in the Middle East and how cool would it be if they could transform and destroy targets on the ground? Shinobitron has taken the classic BAT colors and applied them to a Transformer and melded the two worlds together. To check out more photos, head over to eBay and while you are there, place a bid on Shinobitron's Custom Cobra BAT Transformers figure.
What a blast from the past! As a kid, MASK was one of my favorite cartoons to watch and toys to play with. As I am writing this article, I am staring at my MASK collection longingly and Jin Saotome has brought the nostalgia with his Custom Matt Trakker MASK figure from the GI Joe 25th Anniversary line. Jin has redesigned this cool figure to be more cartoon accurate and he did an excellent job capturing the feel of the old figure. Check out Jin's Custom Matt Trakker MASK figure on eBay to place a bid!
Beachhead was always one of those characters who flew under the radar. Making his debut in 1986, Beachhead became a great addition to the GI Joe's fight against Cobra. Wats9876 has epitomized this great Joe in Sigma Six form with his Custom Sigma Six Beachhead figure. This figure will fit perfectly in with your existing Sigma Six figures as Wats9876 has done an excellent job matching the look and feel of the line while still retaining some classic look to the figure. For example, Beachhead is in his classic green uniform, which is his classic look, and he is wearing yellow camo pants, which gives him a more updated feel to him. Head over to eBay to check out Wats9876's Custom Sigma Six Beachhead figure and to place a bid!
The Dreadnoks were a staple in my GI Joe universe as a kid and I remember filling the Thunder Machine to the brim with Zartan's crew. StratoViper has captured the true essence of one the clan with his Custom GI Joe 25th Anniversary Monkeywrench figure. This figure looks exactly like the one from the 80's but with better articulation and a more streamlined look. I like the bandannas around the legs and he even captured the patches on the jeans. Fan of the Dreadnoks or not, this figure would make an awesome addition to your GI Joe collection so head over to eBay and place a bid on StratoViper's Custom GI Joe 25th Anniversary Monkeywrench figure.