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I have always been attracted to Shinobitron's unique styling and artistic prowess when creating customs. So much, in fact, that I have been writing about his customs for almost 4 years! His latest Custom Transformers Movie G1 Black Zarak figure combines the classic colors with an update movie look and feel. Using the Transformers Movie Scorponok as the base figure, he has created a triple changer as this Zarak can transform into a Robot, Scorpion, and a Cybertronian Osprey Helicopter mode. Shinobitron is always thinking of creative ways to make his figures better and better. My only gripe with the original G1 Black Zarak is that the figure is too chunky and stalky but Shinobitron's version gives the figure a more royal look and the body is proportionate in all the right places. To see more photos of this figure in his alternate modes, head over to eBay and check out this Custom Transformers Movie G1 Black Zarak figure.
I can't believe it has been over 3 years since the first live action Transformers movie hit the silver screen but we are still seeing great customs coming from that movie. Granted, the figures have improved since then but one of the worst figures in the line at the time was the 'iced' Voyager Class Megatron. Customizers had a field day with that one and MeCoolJazz has improved the look and utility of this figure with his Custom Voyager Class Transformers Movie Megatron figure. The silver and gold detailing masks the figure's powder blue and gray original factory paint scheme and the removal of the ice from Megatron's body is a significant improvement. In fact, if I looked like that, I would want to stay in an icy tomb myself but I digress! One cool feature of the Megatron is that the canon is also removable and snaps right into the vehicle when Megs wants to fly to his next battle.
I am really hoping that the digital artists for the Transformers 3 Dark of the Moon movie are taking notes from the customizers out there because I could totally see this figure in the upcoming movie. I am calling this figure from Jin Saotome a Transformers 3 Dark of the Moon Insecitcon in hopes that this concept will make it into the movie. This is a great concept for a movie figure and a literal translation of an Insecticon as it looks very much like a pesky fly. I love the weathering and the metallic look of the figure as well as the LED light for the eye. Jin is always great at marketing his figures so here is an excerpt from his Transformers 3 Dark of the Moon Insecitcon description:
"This holiday everyone is getting a puppy, goldfish, cat, or even a pony (should you really want to spoil your daughter and own a ranch) for someone for Christmas. Well those pets are run of the mill sorts, why not treat that special someone to a really unique pet! Here we have a wild-caught Insecticon from the shimmering fields of Cybertron's east sector. It's about 5 inches long and has deep purple markings, brilliant metallic colors, dark shading, sparkling highlights, and a weathered, detailed look to its carapace that looks as if someone spent hours hand-painting the little guy. It's eye lights up a bright orange and its head looks just about anywhere with the curiosity of a small earthly animal. To keep it (and you) safe a special terrarium is included that has the proper litter and food necessary for the Insecticon's growth. It's internal spark lasts for a very long time and gently tickling it under its abdomen will have its eye turn on until you tell it to go to sleep."
Another cool aspect of this custom is that is comes with its own growth chamber:
I am not usually a fan of repaints but Lek's Custom Transformers Movie Leader Class Brawl is one of the best movie customs I have seen a very long time. First of all, this figure does not even come close to looking like the original figure. If you take a look at the comparison picture below, Habro's version, of course, looks like a child's toy (and yes these are primarily designed for children) but Lek's custom looks like it belongs in the military. If I did not know the scale of the figure, I would swear that this this tank was photographed on a military base:
Most often with the original figures, the face of the figure blends into the plastic and it can barely be seen but Lek did and excellent job bringing out the facial features of Brawl:
If you are looking for a Desert Brawl figure look no further because Lek's Custom Transformers Movie Leader Class Brawl is the one for you!
Now that I have your attention, Zildjian brings us his version of a Transformers Movie Menasor Custom Stunticon combiner. I hope this is a prelude to the customs we will see coming from the new Transformers 3 Dark of the Moon, which will be released in July 2011. Since the movie has yet to be released, Zildjian has thrown his skills into making a concept that he developed himself. Build from Human Alliance scale figures, this behemoth stands a towering 24" tall and this one to behold because not only is the figure massive, it weighs over 7 pounds! As the saying goes, pictures speak louder than words so checkout the individual Stunticons, with a full scale Menasor figure at the end:
TimShinn has an awesome Custom Transformers Movie Barricade figure up this week. The aim of this work of art was to get close to the movie version and pick up the slack where Hasbro left off. The hands are one of my favorite parts of this figure as they really capture the feel of the movie. Imagine getting chased by this figure! Here is TimShinn to tell you what went into this figure:
"Built over several months using a 1:25 scale Revell 2006 Mustang GT model kit and modified Bionicle parts for the skeleton into this articulated representation of the Barricade character from the 2007 Transformers movie. The model kit was cut up into over 200 pieces, cleaned, sanded and painted. The hands and head are mostly scratch built from sheet styrene and other found objects (Gundam bits, etc). 15 points of articulation. Stands at just under 9 inches tall. Hand painted and detailed. High quality custom decals were created by Reprolabels for this custom figure to duplicate the look of the movie character. 2 panels on the chest are removeable for access to the power switch and batteries for the working police lights."
I alway love hearing how customizers build thier figures. TimShinn's listing has many pictures of the work in progress so you can see the different stages of this custom so check out his Custom Transformers Movie Barricade figure up on eBay.
Not happy with how the Transformers Movie figures turned out, timandashley2005 have redesigned and custom created this Transformers Movie Blackout figure to be accurate. Although this Transformer is not transformable, he felt that the need to go above and beyond to create this great looking figure and the best part is that 10% of the proceeds from this auction go to help the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. I think it is great that customizers deviate from the norm and make tradeoffs for the best of the custom and the fans. Let's read more about this great custom:
"You are looking at a custom leader class non-transformable Movie style Blackout. Blackout out was created out of a need to fill in my movie collection. He was painted in Citadel acrylics and made from scratch. The base of this figure is Leader class Megatron, arms cannons and other bitz came from other transformers and model kits. His left arm rotor is removable for display and shipping purposes. Blackouts face was hand sculpted."
Head over to eBay to place a bid on this Transformers Movie Blackout figure for a great cause!
Manana109 pays homage to one of the most, in my opinion, undercustomized figures of the line with his Custom Transformers Leader Class Brawl figure. I love the camo job as it is really detailed and the browns really stand out on the figure, giving it more definition. If you want to see more photos, head over to eBay!
l.designs is not short on creativity this week and it shows with his Custom Road Warrior Optimus Prime crossover figure. What a way to put a Voyager Class Prime to good use. There are several aspects of this custom that are great. In vehicle mode, he designed a custom cow pusher, which is used as a shield in robot mode. There are also parts of the tanker that are used for his killer shoulder spikes. Let's read more about this great custom from l.designs himself:
Initially I was just planning on doing an all out G1 style repaint of this guy. Anyhow when I finished the matte black undercoat I saw the tanker from Road Warrior. After that I searched for a suitable tanker in the proper scale and everything. I went all out for the paint and weathering on this one. Made some custom scale barbed wire for the top (careful sharp) and scratch built the cowpusher that locks onto the grill. Just so happen that when I found the tanker it was the type to light up and has some great sound effects of a running truck to add to the fun.
To own one of the most unique Optimus Prime customs I have ever seen, head over to eBay and check out l.design's Custom Road Warrior Optimus Prime crossover figure.
Creg is back in full force and has a movie accurate Custom Optimus Prime Leader Class figure to feast your eyes on. Creg has really captured the personality of Optimus Prime and this shows in this custom. Sculpting a new face for Prime, he was able to capture the concerned look of the Autobot leader, giving this figure his own persona that adds to the display capabilities of the figure. To do this, he created two heads for this figure and added articulation in the form of ball jointed neck. Don't underestimate the tilt of a head to give the figure a new look as this also adds some human aspect to the figure and ability for it to change emotion with each tilt of the head:
Although Creg said that he has not made a Transformers custom in a while, you would never know it from this work of art so head over to eBay and see the vast photos of his awesome Custom Optimus Prime Leader Class figure.
In the 2007 Transformers Movie, Starscream chooses and F-22 Raptor to disguise himself until the time is ready. When he gets the call from Frenzy, he mobilizes and heads straight for the Hoover Dam to wreak havoc. The introduction of Starscream in the movie was a high point for me (1) because I like military vehicles and (2) the movie did a great job in translating Starscream into a robot. Crefigz has captured this same feeling with his Custom Transformers Movie Starscream figure with his unique painting technique and skill. The realistic paint aps is what makes this figure awesome! The weathering the carbon scoring that is applied to the figure is in all the right places. Again, he makes the plastic look like metal that has been through a few battles. To view more photos of the detail he puts into his figures, head over to eBay and check out Crefigz Custom Transformers Movie Starscream figure.
Sabrina Ng has gone above and beyond with her latest homage to the great leader of the Autobots with her Custom Leader Class Optimus Prime with trailer. This custom is jam packed with detail, as well as a uniquely designed MP-02 Trailer and a custom Battler Roller (remember that six wheeled little guy...yup...he is in there too!). I love the way that Sabrina can turn plastic into metal and she has a great eye for the color palette. Here to give us more detail is Sabrina herself:
"This figure is one the main reasons why I wanted to take up customizing initially. I've always wanted to do up a full repaint of the Movie Optimus Prime but it was too complex at first. The multiple layering of colours as well as flames made it a nightmare for most customizers. My G1 Prime enabled me to understand the toy's design better while I planned for a colour concept that would be unique to him. 6 months after my 1st custom, I belief that I've managed to recreate a Movie version of Optimus Prime that is truly aesthetically pleasing. This auction includes Movie Optimus Prime, an MP-04 trailer, the MP-02 Commander Set, the TFC-EX002 Battle Roller as well as an extra weapon for Optimus Prime. Optimus Prime was given many shades of colours that range from sunset yellow to orange, red and blue. Most of the colours blend smoothly into one another. He was also given a Mirror Chrome finish on certain parts of him. Do note that this is the Hasbro version of Optimus Prime. He does not initially have any Chrome parts unlike Takara's Premium mold. The MP-04 trailer was covered with styrene to emulate an actual truck better. Only the autobot logo from the original trailer remained. Flames that matched Optimus Prime were painted on the exterior and the internal compartment was dry brushed with silver and detailed accordingly. The upper, front and rear ends of the trailer were given a post and pre-shading treatment for a weathered look. The repair dock was painted in a metallic blue shade. The Mp-02 Commander Set was repainted to match Optimus Prime's colour scheme as the original colour was meant for Ultra Magnus. The TFC-EX002 was given a chromy metallic blue finish as well as a pair of articulated fists that holds an additional weapon. His joints have been tighten for more stability as compared to the vanilla version."
Head over to eBay and don't miss this once and a lifetime opportunity to own one of Sabrina's masterpieces so check out her Custom Leader Class Optimus Prime with trailer.
I have to hand it Encline Designs for his latest in his series of Transformers Ultra Class figures. His Custom Transformers Movie Blackout transcends any custom in this class this year. This figure is the third in his lineup and I was happy to cover his other two earlier in the year, which were his Custom 15" Optimus Prime and his Custom 13" Bonecrusher figures. Let's take a look at some of the aspects that puts this figure in a class by itself. First, the led lights in the figure make it unique and add another dimension to the figure, which replicates the way that Blackout was portrayed in the movie:
The huge chest cannon is massive and looks like it could cause massive damage. Made from a mix of model helicopter parts and other figures, Blackout's blades give the appearance of a mid-transformation where is then breaks out the huge canon and opens a can of whoopass on the base in Qatar. I seriously was in awe watching the first live action Transformer come to life and Encline Designs has captured the true essence of the movie figure with his massive creation. Here is what the figure looks like standing next to Megatron:
Head over to eBay and place a bid for one of the best Custom Transformers Movie Blackout's I have seen!
I never get tired of seeing customizers pay homage to the great leader of the Decepticons and jcartwork does an excellent job with his Custom Leader Class Transformers Movie Megatron figure. The shadowing and black washing on this figure is amazing and his technique makes the plastic cast a battle scared metallic look. The gold accents are in all the right places and add another dimension to the figure. Let's take a closer look at some of the fine detailing:
Head over to eBay and check out jcartwork's Custom Leader Class Transformers Movie Megatron figure!
I love the 2007 Transformers Movie but I was very disappointed with the quality of the toys that Hasbro produced. It is customizers like Sabrina Ng that have brought the toys back to life and reinvigorated the toy line with accurate figures like her Custom Transformers Movie Ratchet figure. I would call Sabrina's paint aps bullet proof because they look so life and the metal shines like it is real. Let's get more insight on why Sabrina wanted to customize Ratchet:
"Ratchet's something that I've longed dreamt of doing as I felt that the Hasbro/Takara molds do not do him justice at all. Even the Metallic/Best buy Ratchet was not even anywhere near droolsome. He was meticulously detailed and even his butterfly axe had the red patterns repainted. Ratchet was painted with a special paint mix of 80% yellow and 20% green. He was shaded and drybrushed, panel marked and had anti UV gloss smacked on to him. Well, that's that. Always wanted to re-do Ratchet. And I'm really happy that I've finally done it!! And among all my customs, I dare say that these pictures do not do Ratchet any justice as he seriously looks twice as nice (at least in my opinion. hehe) as he is resting on my work desk right now. I've also included 3 pictures of WIP in the slideshow to show how it looks like without the black background and lighting."
If you want to bid on a high quality custom from one of the best customizers out there, head over to eBay and check out Sabrina Ng's Custom Transformers Movie Ratchet figure.
Ever wonder what Jazz would look like if Jazz came across a different dealership and scanned a red Pontiac Solstace? Sabrina Ng applied her signature painting technique to make a version of the Transformers Movie Jazz you will never find anywhere. It is great to get into customizer's heads so let's learn more about this great figure:
"The last of my red customs (I think. hehe). Zoom Zoom!!!! I was inspired to take on this project when I realized that some Mazda cars on the road actually had the word Zoom Zoom written on them. He's been given some extreme metallics as well as an additional head, recasted to pay tribute to his Binaltech inspiration. I've always been amazed by how Jazz can look so good in red (or any colours for that matter). Deluxe Premium Jazz was given a nice shade of red metallics to emulate Zoom Zoom. As always, I take great pains to clean the figure of any factory residue. He was primed and was given a base coat of supper black to bring out the strength of the metallics. He's got approximately 7 layers of red and 3 layers of anti-UV gloss to keep him in great condition for the years to come."
Head over to eBay and check out Sabrina's Custom Transformers Movie Jazz figure!
A month ago, EnclineDesigns created a Custom 15" Transformers Movie Optimus Prime and this week he has his next installment of movie accurate customs with his Custom Bonecrusher figure that stands 13" tall. With a work of art like this, EnclineDesigns had to sacrifice the transforming function for this Decepticon legend, which is fine because if you look at the result, you will not want to transform this figure into a vehicle. The detail on this figure is amazing and EnclineDesigns is the first, that I have seen, to pay homage to this great Decepticon warrior in the scale he deserves. Let's read more about how he created this behemoth:
"Thank you for checking out my second HUGE custom from TRANSFORMERS live action movie. This time around I bring you Bonecrusher in all his angry Autobot hating glory. I am not even sure at this point how many figures, models, stryrene sheets, clay, or live animals I used to make this. But it was a lot!!! I have tried to make him as movie accurate as possible. But of course with doing this, he does not transform. I did make his arms and shoulders with up, down, in, out joints. They are also able to extend out like the toy and other pictures but never did in the movie. Bonecrusher also has his Mega Claw with 13 points of articulation. The wheels on his feet do roll!!! He has been airbrushed with enamel paints for durability. Then I added all the little details with brushes. Please remember, this guy has been built with a collector in mind. PLease note he can be posed but in mainly for display. I will have a few special features coming up later this week, but let's just say that he in battle damaged for a reason."
To check out more photos, head over to eBay and take a look at EnclineDesigns' Custom Transformers Movie Bonecrusher figure.
Those who grew up in the 1980's remember Ironhide as a a red and orange minivan. Sabrina Ng has taken the classic paint aps of the Generation 1 figure and fused it with the 2007 Transformers figure and you get her Custom Transformers Movie G1 Ironhide figure. Airbrushed figures are some of the best painted customs I have seen and if you are lucky enough to come across a customizer who uses this technique, you are in a for an eye candy treat. One aspect of the 2007 Movie Transformers that needed special attention was the look of the metal and steel and Sabrina has done an awesome job creating a realistic look of metal with her painting techniques. To tell you more about this G1 Ironhide, here is Sabrina herself:
"A weapons specialist, a tough soldier and one of the oldest Autobots. My fondest memory of Movie Ironhide is when he wanted to blow the dog away with his canons for peeing at his legs This is a very special custom to me as I took some time experimenting in combining airbrush shading with dry brushing to bring out a more shadowed steel look. After my G1 Optimus Prime, I felt that Ironhide deserved a G1 makeover as well. Ironhide was soaked, washed, cleaned and primed before painting. I made sure that the icky sticky factory finish did not interfere with my paint scheme. I applied three layers of shading combined with five shades of dry brushed silver. I gave him a very special metallic vermillion colour for his vehicle mode and topped it off with his G1 yellow stripe which is of a darker and more metallic variation of the typical sunset yellow. Various detailing were done but I was careful not to make Ironhide appear overly 'colourful'. I ended this custom with several layers of anti UV gloss coat in order to protect and retain his vibrant colours for years to come."
To own Sabrina's Custom Transformers Movie G1 Ironhide figure, head over to eBay!
It seems like everything Crefigz touches, turn to gold and his Custom Transformers Movie Bumblebee is no exception. Putting Crefigz's signature touch on this 1974 Camaro version, he has brought out the richness of color and detail in Bumblebee. The original Hasbro produced figure pales in comparison and is really only used as the base model for this custom creation. One aspect that I really love about this custom is that the great detail was paid to make this custom movie accurate, even down to the rust on the car mode. Crefigz has a unique talent to make plastic look like metal but don't take my word for it. Here is how Crefigz explains his process:
"Took over ages to complete this one and it will be the unique one and only from Crefigz.
Airbrushed with the IMPROVED signature shading style by Crefigz. Completed with worn out effects based on The Transformers Movie 2007.Different perspectives of view under high or low lightings show different tones of shadings done on most of the parts. This figure is not only special in the shading, it also has a layer of coating that makes it look ultra realistic and protects the paints from wearing off. The whole figure has been painted all over again to bring out the realistic feeling the moment you look at it."
Head over to eBay and check out all of the photos of Crefigz's Custom Transformers Movie Bumblebee figure.
"Insanely detailed realistic-movie accurate paint job" is the only way to describe Boskoestoys latest masterpiece. This Custom Transformers Movie Leader Class Megatron ranks on the top of my list as one of the best movie versions I have seen to date. The paint aps are so accurate and applied in such a way that the figure looks like metal. Check out all of the detail that went into this awesome Megatron:
"Next the Blue LED eyes- the biggest problem with movie Megs is that his eyes didn't light up. We fixed the problem by installing a tiny blue LED system in his head. The whole light system is contained in the head and works on a push putton. Push it once and it goes on a pulse. push it again and it stobes, push it a third time and give Megatron a steady glowing blue gaze- finally push it a forth time to turn it off. The LED system runs on 4 small watch bateries, and they are replaceable infact we'll include a spare set. The head mod doesn't change up any of Megatrons transformation, and aestheticallty is very discret. Claw fix- We fixed it so it shoots out when you push the button. Fushion Cannon Fix- Removed the spring so you can just flip it open and it stays that way until you fold it back in. Fairy wings- We didn't remove them 'cause we like'em. If you win this custom but want them removed they're as good as gone."
I would highly suggest that you head over to eBay to check out all of the great pictures of Boskoestoys' Custom Transformers Movie Leader Class Megatron figure.
Sometimes you have to sacrifice an aspect of a figure to make a truly amazing design. Encline Designs did what needed to be done and created a work of art with his Custom 15" Transformers Movie Optimus Prime figure. To pay great homage to Optimus, he had to make a non transforming Transformer but the end result is unreal. Scale is one aspect that Hasbro has grappled with ever since they started producing toys but it is customizers like this show them how the proper scale can really add a tremendous amount of value to the design. Capturing the grit and mechanics of the movie, Encline Designs balances emotion with realism. Let's read more about what inspired this amazing figure:
Hello fellow Transfans and collectors. Have you found all your movie Primes lacking something? I thought Hasbro really broke some new ground with the Transformers movie toys. Leader Prime is great. But, he is lacking one thing. SIZE!!!!! Up for auction is my scratch built 15" MOVIE OPTIMUS PRIME. He was scratch built and made from a number of figures, spare parts, and even styrene for parts I had to create. He does not transform. But, with out transforming, I was able to add a bit more to get the bot I wanted. I built him how I want him to be. He has various truck parts for body parts. I built him from the inside out. I airbrushed the truck body with a mix of red and copper pearl, then faded from back to front with a red candy. The blue is a mixture of blue, purple pearl, and silver. I then hand pinstriped the flames. I then did multiple brushing techniques for fine details. He has been painted with automotive paint and clear coated. I also added some damage and hieroglyphs to his face.He has about 30 points os articulation including his waist and chest. His head, shoulders, and wrists are on ball joints. One of my favorite shots in Transformers in after Prime rips the top off of the Sector 7 Escalade and we are looking up at Prime and you seethe silhouette with the headlights shinning. So, I installed a battery pack inside that runs off of 2 AAA batteries. The pack lights up the headlights, eyes, and yes, THE MATRIX OF LEADERSHIP!! This guy was built for a collector. I have taken great care in construction to make him safe to pose with careful adjustments.
As I said earlier, the scale of this figure is awesome so head over to eBay and check our more photos of this Custom 15" Transformers Movie Optimus Prime figure!
Crefigz, in another one of his signature shading jobs, has created a Megatron that will make fans drool over. This Custom Transformers 2008 Movie Megatronhas to make the execs over at Hasbro cringe when they see great work like this and it is a shame that they can't make toys as good this but then again, customizing is an art form so I would not want them to make figures this good. I still love a good Megatron and this is one of the best. For more photos and to own this awesome piece, head over to eBay and place a bid for Crefigz's Custom Transformers 2008 Movie Megatron or check out the other Custom Transformers while you are there.
BoskoesToys puts their spin on what they think Scourge would like if he appeared in the upcoming Transformers 2, Revenge of the Fallen movie with their Custom Leader Class Sourge Transformers Movie figure. One thing that sets this apart from other Scourge customs I have seen are the awesome flame effects (take a look below)
These effects are very realistic and add another dimension to the figure. Imagine if Scourge ever met The Falllen and you have BoskoesToys version! There are many more pictures to view so head over to eBay and check out this Custom Leader Class Sourge Transformers Movie figure or check out the other Custom Transformers figures while you are there.
Last week, I wrote about Sabrina Ng's Custom Transformers G1 Optimus Prime but unfortunately the auction ended without any bidders so it is back on eBay with a new pricing strategy and a new addition to the custom (pictured above). To see more pictures, check out Sabrina's Custom Optimus Prime G1 Transformers Movie figure.
Sabrina Ng has taken the Premium Leader Class Prime a step up and made it her own with her Custom Transformers Leader Class Movie Optimus Prime figure in Generation 1 style. It is really great when customizers go back to the G1 roots. The way this custom was painted gives it a metallic look that only a true artist can achieve. The truck actually looks like it has rivets in it. The color red is a very nice and richer than I have seen in most custom Prime's but the color goes well with the figure. Here is how Sabrina made this work of art:
"I've airbrushed, painted, dry brushed, weathered and highlighted the entire figure to be as realistic as possible!!! Well, let's see. After washed and dry, I gave him a coat of primer followed by a base coat of steel and gold. Anyway, I then gave him a nice overall chrome silver coating as well as 2 layers of gloss coat before I started on his primary colours of specially mixed red and blue paint. MP-01 had a chilli red colour scheme but I felt that it was too common and doesn't do this figure justice. Thus, I settled on a more intense shade of red and blue to give him a deeper character. Body parts were painted with a shade of silver and dry brushed for the steel effect. After all was done, I gave him another layer of gloss coat to seal in the paint before I started on doing some weathering and detailing for him. Before I ended the job, I gave him a glossy UV protection coat to prevent the colour from fading over the years. The end result, an ultimate work of art."
Head over to eBay to read more about Sabrina's Transformers Leader Class Movie Optimus Prime figure and check out more pictures. Please Note: Items are removed from eBay databases every 90 days so if the item is gone, check out more Custom Transformers figures.
The first thing that came to my mind when I saw this figure was 'royalty' and Crefigz has dressed Optimus Prime in his finest with his Protoform Optimus Prime Allspark Gold Custom Transformers Movie figure. The protoform mould is perfect for this kind of interpretation with Prime's crown-like head, which is painted very well, bringing out the royal look of the figure. The gold accents outlining figure also add to this effect. This is one the most unique Protoform Prime customs I have come accross and you know when you buy from Crefigz, you are getting top quality!
Crefigz explains some of the back story that went into the thinking behind this unique Protoform Prime: "This Protoform Optimus Prime has went through evolution made by Crefigz. Got this inspiration after listening to the Transformers Movie 2007 : The Scores - "Arrival To Earth" and wanted to repaint something royal / kingly and it came out to be this so called Golden Prime son of Optimus Prime - The King Of Autobots. (watching LOTR now)"
Head over to eBay and place a bid for this one of a kind Protoform Optimus Prime Allspark Gold Custom Transformers Movie figure.
This Custom Transformers Movie Protoform Optimus Prime figure is available on eBay so place your bid now!
Sonray Customs has found a great use for the Star Wars Transformers figures with his Custom Optimus Prime G1 'pre earth' figure. What a great idea to take a Star Wars Transformers Commander Cody and turn it into a G1 legend, Optimus Prime. I like Sonray's take on this figure as it pays a nice homage to Optimus Prime's earth likeness and what he may have looked like rolling down the streets of Cybertron. The G1 colors are great and the pin striping on the sides and the silver pipes gives this figure a very distinct and familiar. Sonray describes more about how he made this great figure:
"Basically I saw this awful SWTF toy in a store and saw that despite all its design flaws it had some potential to make a pretty good looking, pre-earth G1 Optimus Prime. So i took it home and painted him up with high quality acrylics and enamels in a pure G1 style, added a Movie voyager Prime head, and attached on some old 20th Anni' prime smokestacks i had saved.This is a great looking custom and very unique. Its fully poseable as you can tell by the pictures, and the paint is very durable."
Bid on Sonray's Custom G1 Optimus Prime on eBay today!
Sabrina Ng is new to customizing but you would not know it from looking at her Custom Movie Tranformers Jazz figure. It is great to see emerging talent in the customizing world, especially with Transformers. With the Transformers 2, Revenge of the Fallen due out in 2009, I am expecting high quality and unique work from the customizers out there. What struck me about this figure is the rich silver color that she was able to create and the finish on the figure is one to behold. The detailing on the circuitry in robot mode is a very nice touch as well, which was lacking in much of the original toys produced by Hasbro. I will be keeping an eye on this up and coming customizer as she already possesses the skills to deliver what fans want and need! Here she is to explain more about her Custom Jazz:
"Tried to give him a more accurate colour scheme faithful to the movies. Buffed, polished and waxed to get a very smooth finish. Managed to get some weathering in as well in certain parts of the body. Also, rest assured that all the pictures taken are not doctored or edited in any way to give it a more than accurate representation."
In the most anticipated movie of 2007, CREG Customs' recreates the Transformers Movie version of Optimus Prime in the most detailed, realistic custom I have seen to date. Through advances in CGI, Optimus Prime was able to exhibit emotion in the movie with various facial and mechanical expressions. To achieve emotion, the eyes and mouth are typically manipulated so that human emotions are mimicked, giving Optimus a persona that the 1980's cartoon could never achieve. That is one thing to capture that emotion for a multi million dollar movie but it is equally as difficult to capture feelings through sculpting a toy. Not only does this figure have amazing detail, CREG captures the raw emotions of Optimus with two types of custom heads: one with a mouth guard and one without. The head without the guard, really does a great job at capturing various looks of Optimus and, depending what angle you look at him, the figure will appear to exibit different emotions.
Bid on CREG's Custom Transformers Leader Class Optimus Prime today for your chance to own one of the best Prime's I have seen!
A stealth aircraft is an one that uses stealth technology to make it difficult to be detected by radar by employing a combination of features to reduce visibility in the visual, audio, infrared and radio frequency spectrum. Well known examples include the United States' F-117 Nighthawk and the modern F-22 Raptor fighter, which was the vehicle mode of choice for Starscream in the 2007 Transformer Movie. The stealth bombers I am familiar with have a black deco, like the Custom Stealth Starscream figure by Chih!
Chih's not only provides him with a stealthy paint job, but he also pays a nice homage to Skywarp, a Decepticon Seeker Jet that has a purple and black Generation 1 deco. The nose cone and the wing trim give this figure its signature G1 appeal and Chih even went as far as coloring the cockpit glass the classic yellow/gold that topped the 1980's classic seeker jet. Chih's Custom Stealth Starscream is available on eBay so head over quick to place your bid!
Chih is heating up the Transformers category with his Custom Megatron Transformers Movie figure. I don't know if this is a coincidence or not but I have seen a decrease in Transformers customs with the introduction of the Premium Series Transformers. I must say, the Premium Series is a slight improvement to the figure line but they do not hold a candle to the talent, craftsmanship, and artistic ability of the customizers out there and Chih ranks very high on my list of people that consistently create quality pieces for the fans out there.
For toy companies, it would seem like a simple task: Create a figure that comes close to their movie likeness. I guess that was what they were trying to achieve with the Premium Series line but they have to realize that they need to up the quality of the figures if they are to compete. Fans are growing tired of repaints and poor quality figures and that is where customizers fill the gap. Chih's Custom Megatron is a great example of Megatron was supposed to look. A very nice silver with bronze accents gives this figure that war torn battled look that the original toys were lacking. Chih's Custom Transformers Movie Leader Class Megatron figure is available on eBay so head over and place your bid now!
The custom transformers section on eBay has been a bit quiet but Jin has woken it up with his Custom Transformers Movie Barricade figure. Some of the things I really like about about Jin's customs are his quest to make it accurate, his attention to detail, and the quality and craftsmanship is light years beyond most. For example, in this Barricade figure, he has added a ball joint to the head, claws, and an LED kit so that the police lights work. My favorite part about this custom are the claws. I know it is a really small detail to be excited about but the original hands on the Barricade figure bugged me (well, most of the figure bugged me as it was not very movie accurate to begin with).
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Ever wanted to recreate the scene where Barricade and Bumblebee are tearing down the streets in the one of the best movie car chases? sdub442 makes this possible with his Custom Transformers Movie Barricade 1:18 Scale RC Dub City Mustang GT-R! This Decepticon is customized to the 'T' to look exactly like the Barricade that appears in the Transformers Movie. The functioning lights and the fact that this is an actual radio controlled car makes this custom very special. Check out sdub442's auction for the exact details on how he made this awesome car!
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Springer is a wise-cracking, easy-going, sharp-witted and somewhat caustic fighting Autobot. He has an unfailing optimism and good humor and courage beyond known bounds, and with it all, the willingness to sacrifice himself for his friends and the sake of his mission. Jin Saotome brings this G1 Classic figure to life with his Custom Transformers Springer figure. First appearing in the cartoon version of the Transformers Movie, Jin has given this figure a fresh look while retaining it's G1 nature. The original Springer figure left much to be desired and was a very plain Transformer but Jin has given this figure a new life by using the Transformers 2007 Movie figure, Incinerator.
Read more about how Jin created this great piece here!
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Chris' awesome Custom Beastbox is up for bids on eBay so head over there and place your bid! Please Note: Items are removed from eBay databases every 90 days so if the item is gone, check out more Custom Transformers figures.
Crefigz gives a slick look that is movie accurate with his Custom Transformers Ironhide figure. What is really great about this figure is that it (1) looks very much like the Movie version and (2) the metal detailing looks very realistic. Here is a close up:
My favorite aspects of Crefigz' Ironhide is that the truck mode and robot mode compliment each other very well. With some other customs I have seen, too much effort was spent on making the robot mode look great but when it is transformed back into truck mode, something just does not look right. Crefigz' made sure that Ironhide looks awesome in both modes, which will make this custom very sought after. Ironhide is up for bids on eBay so head over here and check him out for yourself.
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dan-saoto has given Custom Transformers Movie fans a reason to run over to eBay with his Custom Voyager Class Ultra Magnus figure. The truck mode is nice and clean with a stark white finish, giving it a classic look. Keeping with Optimus Prime's flare, the white flames add a nice touch that pay homage to the movie counterpart without over doing it. The metallics paint aps are in the right places and I like the red when Ultra Magnus is in robot mode. It is a nice surprise and adds some color to the figure. Complete with Autobot Matrix, removeable weapons and arms, and flames, Ultra Magnus is ready to for battle. Add this awesome custom to your collection by heading over to eBay and bidding on dan-saoto's Custom Ultra Magnus figure.
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Shinobitron is one of the most talented Transformers customizers I have met thus far. He also makes customs for Marvel Legends, Video Games, and GI Joe but I am drawn his work with the Transformers. If you are looking for a one of a kind custom to proudly display on your shelf next to the originals, you need to check out his work! I have blogged about several of his customs, including Highbrow, Beachcomber, Rampage, and the latest, Dragstrip. Please check out all my reviews of his figures on his dedicated page. I was lucky enough to get some insight and learn more about Shinobitron so please enjoy!
Shinobitron: My real name is Justin and I currently reside in north western Pennsylvania. I'm 28 years old and work in a stock room for the Pittsburgh Steelers when I'm not making customs. I'm big into Anime and classic 80s toons. Not only do I customize figures I also make costumes. I've been Cobra Commander, Storm Shadow, the Hobgoblin, and Soundwave! Soundwave could actually transform and the chest opened to reveal a cassette that also changed into Lazerbeak. LB had magnets in his feet that let him attach to my wrist!
My artist name comes from 2 things 1) Shinobi, one of my favorite video games of all time. Not only that but the remake for the PS2 had Hotsuma, the main character, in one awesome looking uniform. 2) Tron, not for the old movie but as in Megatron. I've always like the bad guys more. I currently started a website called Shinobitrons Dojo
I can be contacted there or thru my regular email at:
AFC: When did you start making customs?
AFC: How many customs do you work on at one time?
Shinobitron: For the most part I try to keep all my focus on one figure at a time. This lets me give all my attention to one item and let me give one figure my all. I do however base coat figures that up for painting while working on another figure. This let any sculpty or glues I have on my main project harden and keeps me from sitting idle. (I do cave and treat myself to some PS2 or PC games in between phases though)
AFC: What is your favorite toy line to do customs for?
Shinobitron: I have to go with Transformers on this one. First of all each piece can end up being super easy or one heck of a challenge. After you finish one of the pieces you get a great sense of accomplishment, knowing that you made not one but two toys in one project. You got a badass looking robot and a sleek vehicle that looks equally badass.
Another reason I like TFs is the fans reaction. TF has a diehard fan base that love their bots. When you sell a figure to a person and he/she says that your piece is proudly displayed in their collection for everyone they know to see it give you a great sense of pride.
Shinobitron: That's a tough question. I would have to say a very rough tie between my Darkstalkers, Ghost in the Shell, Galvatron, and Hotsuma figures. These piece have a special place for me as they are major display pieces on my shelves.
Shinobitron: My minds always working on what to make up next. I'm a real spur of the moment kind of person and even though I set myself a list of figure to make I usually end up doing something else cause I just got a great base fig I "have" to use right then and there. Heres a tenative list: Goldbug, Movie Beachcomber, Hoist, SHS Venture Bros figures, Animated Deadpool, Female Junkions, gears, The entire Cowboy Bebop cast, Bludgeon, Anime X-Men, 8" Master Cheif, Hellsing characters, G2 Grimlock, and more Sigma 6 Cobra members.
Believe me there so many I can't even remember them all.
AFC: If you had one piece of advice for other customizers out there, what would you say to them?
l.designs is showing his diverse talent with his Custom Transformers Leader Class Brawl Movie figure. One of things I really like about this Brawl is the depth that this figure has with l.design's paint ap technique. The camo art is very well done and the tank looks down and dirty. The blackwashing on the figure gives it a realistic feel and the mud on the tank treads makes it look like Brawl has traveled a long way to open a can of whoop ass on some unsuspecting Autobots. Let's get some more insight on how this Brawl was made:
"A lot of time and attention to detail went into making this as accurate as possible to available reference material I could dig up, but of course has my spin on it as usual. I started out in tank mode and took the approach of a real war worn tank. After creating a factory finish paint job from top to bottom I weathered this sucker as accurate as possible. The wheels were rusted a bit, then shined back up where it would naturally rub and thus be polished from use. Finally touches of mud were caked on top of that. The tracks themselves have dirt in the crevices, but then the exposed portion that would be rolling along several types of terrain have been scratched into a slightly polished look. All hinges and areas around hatches and edges and what not have a weathered metal look as the paint would be worn from these areas as well. There is soot stain across the paint job from years of battle and use as well as scratch marks here and there. The robot mode has had much the same treatment, with several types of metallic paint to give real depth to the metal areas."
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One of my pet peeves with the Transformers Movie toys is that Hasbro keeps making toys out of vehicles that did not transform into robots but chih makes up for this by making a kick ass Custom Stockade figure. I guess Hasbro can still pumping out toys as this gives customizers a nice canvas to work with.
What I really like about this custom is that chih made the robot mode look a million times better with weathered steel, copper accents, and a dull black that makes gives the figure a fresh from battle look. Sometimes the showroom shine does not do a figure justice and chih has a great ability to make a blase Transformers and make turn it into a masterpiece.
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Last week I featured frenzy.rumble's Custom Transformers Ultra Magnus where he left us with a teaser as to the mystery addition to his Ultra Magnus. The wait is over (and the auction) so check out frenzy.rumble's complete Custom Transformers Ultra Magnus in all his glory.
Not happy with the Transformers Allspark version of Cliffjumper, chris-morada has unleashed his talent and created his own Custom Transformers Cliffjumper figure. The aspect that always strikes me about chris-morada's work is the paint! He has the ability to create customs that have a 'show room' shine. Certain customizers go above and beyond simply repainting figures and chris has sculpted a new head for Cliffjumper to give him a more Generation 1 feel.
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From the creative mind and hands of frenzy.rumble comes his one of a kind Custom Transformers Ultra Magnus. Taking a Leader Class Optimus Prime as the base of this figure, frenzy.rumble has created a truley unique custom and is in a class by itself. To be honest, I was speachless when I saw this custom you will see why in the coming photos and description. To kick it off, I will let frenzy.rumble do the honors:
"This auction is for the leader class Autobot Ultra Magnus, which stands about 12" tall in robot mode. Created entirely from my imagination. Every single wire, detail, screw and millimeter has been carefully and perfectly detailed."
Every aspect of this custom is amazing and from what frenzy.rumble has disclosed about the paint aps it must be bullet proof (8 layers + 3 coats of lacquer). I will first start off by commenting on the 'Magnus' robot, which is blue and white (pictured above). This is one of the best looking metallic paint jobs I have come accross and the blues and whites really pop, creating a cohesive looking color scheme for the base of Ultra Magnus. In truck mode, I love the huge silver Autobot symbol screams louder than a semi's horn and is a great addition to the base Magnus figure. In his own words, he describes how the base is made:
"I built this custom starting with a leader class Optimus Prime, which I completely took apart, removed any factory paint, and primed with plastic primer, which provides a very durable protective under paint. All paint you see is 100% enamel. It's harder, and more durable than the customs you'll see painted in acrylic. Also, enamel paints are 'color-fast' meaning they will retain their original color for 10+ years, where-as acrylics typically fade after 2-3 years. The white paint used here is 8 layers thick including 3 layers of lacquer (clear coats) producing an INCREDIBLE shine (it's even waxable with car polish). The first robot you see (in only blue/white) is called "Magnus." The silver metal robot parts on him were painted in 6 shades of silver, to give the ultimate metallic look. This was done for the blue areas also."
To turn Magnus into Ultra Magnus, frenzy.rumble has outfitted this Autobot with custom armor and has armed him to the teeth! Anyone could have stopped at this point and called it good with an Optimus repaint but frenzy.rumble has taken it to the next level.
The custom head sculpt and armor are what makes this custom unique and why this should be the Ultra Magnus to add to your collection. By donning the armor and head, the former Magnus figure takes on a totally new look and a bad ass persona. This is one of my favorite customs to date and to let us in on more detail, here is frenzy.rumble:
"Armored Ultra Magnus: This mother is armed to the teeth. There's enough firepower on him to melt the decepticon army in a few blasts. All armor seen, was created using spare and extra parts from other transformers and action figures. The armor actually snaps or is magnetically attached to the base figure. His smokestacks were actually made from a woman's make-up applicator! The gun (shown in one of the last photos) actually winds up moves. The custom head was made from spare ZOIDS parts and a knock-off Transformer, and sits magnetically on the neck base."
"To make Magnus into Ultra Magnus, you'd need to actually perform a 3rd one-of-a-kind transformation (which I will provide to the winner)."
I love the latest wave of Transformers Movie figures as they have revived the customs and have people putting on their thinking caps to see how they can turn ordinary figures into extraordinary works of art. Warmachine demonates this with his Custom Transformers Brawn done in G1 style. I really like the way Warmachine sculpted the head to give Brawn an updated, more menacing look than the cartoon counterpart. He used a combination of acrylic, and enamel paints as well as utilizing the drybrushing, panel lining, and highlighting techniques to achieve a more detailed look. The colors came out spectacular and this custom pays a great homage to this classic minibot.
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Brawn looks on Earth as essentially a hostile environment - and he loves it. He is the most macho of the Autobots. He delights in challenges and when he faces one he becomes fully alive. He is strong, rugged and very agile - which is why he is frequently teamed with Bumblebee when the Autobots are in a mountainous environment - but it is his enjoyment of the challenge that makes him valuable to his leader, Optimus Prime. He won't be discouraged and that helps the morale of the rest. He is hardy and enjoys a good joke, if it is not too subtle. His main fault is that he tends to be contemptuous of those not as tough as he.
frenzy.rumble displays his talent with his latest Custom Transformers Movie Brawl as he was seen the final battle with Jazz. Not only is this is Movie accurate paint scheme, he also took it one step further and added much needed battle damage to the figure. The damage is the right amount to give him a war torn look without going over board. Sometimes, less is more and frenzy.rumble has done just that adding the slashes, bullet holes, and blood in the right places. The paint aps are a great shade of military green and and he has even gone as far as detailing all of the metal components and adding "energon blood", which he describes more below. Overall, this is one of the best Custom Brawl figures I have seen in a while and I am glad that he took this project on. frenzy.rumble describes how he created this great custom:
"This auction is for the leader class decepticon Brawl, which stands about 12" tall in robot mode. The figure has been meticulously detailed with 14 shades of military green, an array of metallic colors, and many other colors. EVERY detail is painted to perfection... even the underside of the main turret. Dirt, sand, mud, and grime have been added to the tank's treads and front areas. All 'battle damage" was carefully added on using special apoxy materials, tools, and more, giving it a very accurate damaged and burnt look. Some damage even has color-accurate energon blood (the Transformers' version of blood, but glowing, and blue) All paints used in the process were 100% enamels, so the finish is very durable, and the colors will stay vibrant and true for many years. (Keep in mind, this is a collectible, so don't leave throw it around!) I finished him off with some Testor's clear coats, all matte, semi-gloss, and gloss variations."
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The new Voyager Class Transformers Movie figures are giving customizers a fresh canvas to work with. I really loved the Voyager Class Incinerator mold and I have been chomping at the bit to see what this next wave of custom Transformers brings. This week, Shinobitron has remade a Generation 1 Classic Headmaster with his Custom Transformers Highbrow made from the Transformers Movie Figure Incinerator. What a great mold to make for Highbrow as the Incinerator mold comes very close to the G1 representation of Highbrow. The colors match very well and the figure even comes with his Nebulan counterpart Gort.
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Highbrow considers warfare a barbaric solution to problems, worthy of only the most primitive sentient creatures. He believes civilized folk should talk about their differences, a talent for which he seemingly has an endless capacity. Hardhead claims that Highbrow's voice box burns enough fuel by itself to power all the Nebulan Autobots for a year. Although that is doubtful, Highbrow does talk a lot and uses a lot of words that nobody understands. Even Chromedome often finds himself fruitlessly searching through his extensive vocabulary. Highbrow considers himself intellectually superior to the Nebulans and other Autobots. They think he's a self-righteous snob. Highbrow's biggest disappointment in life is that circumstance has forced him to lower himself to participate in the very activity he most loathes - fighting. Gort, Highbrow's Nebulan partner, is quite a contrast. He's a cheerful young man with never an unkind word for anyone. Spurred by concern for protecting his planet, he overcame his working-class origins as a stable boy for an exclusive Nebulan country club that catered to the aristocracy to join the elite ranks of the Headmasters. He is much admired by his comrades for his earnestness, common sense and courage - except for Highbrow, who finds it a humiliating, humbling experience to be binary-bonded to such a commoner. Young women all over Nebulos are attracted to the boyishly handsome hero, but Gort remains steadfastly faithful to his long-time girlfriend, Marita. Gort is the All-American boy of the Nebulan Autobot Headmasters.
Kicking off AFC's 150th article is chih's Custom Transformers Blackout figure with a bonus display base. Blackout is by far one of my favorite Movie Transformers and also one of my favorites to see customizers get a hold of. I was never happy with the baby blue paint scheme of the original Blackout and chih provides a great base paint ap, which looks like a military grey. Chih has made something you will be proud to display and speaking of which, he has provided a custom painted display base to show off Blackout in all of his Decepticon glory. In helecopter mode, Blackout looks awesome sitting on the base looking as if he is flying toward the base in Katar ready to open a can of whoop ass!
Hot on the heals of his Custom Deadend, warmachine has come back swinging with his Custom Transformers Onslaught made from a Transformers Movie Voyager Class Optimus Prime. What struck me about this custom was the unique repurposing of an Optimus Prime figure into a kickass Decepticon from one of the coolest combiner figures: Bruticus. The colors on this figure really bring out the Generation 1 style of the original figure and the extras are simply amazing. Not only has me made Onslaught, he also made Swindle, another Combaticon. The custom trailer and missles pay hommage to the original G1 figure with a great execution and vision for the potential of the Voyager Class Optimus Prime. I really hope he makes more Combaticons and completes the set of combiners. Warmachine explains more about how he created this classic:
"I custom painted the movie voyager size version of Prime but modded his original head by cutting away and trimming parts not needed, and then fabricated new parts with Milliput(modelers putty) and styrene. Then I custom detailed it to resemble his G1 toon Likeness. I also chose a shade of blue enamel paint to resemble his G1 cartoon appearence"