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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!
Growing up as a child, one of my favorite toys to play with in the GI Joe line was the Cobra B.A.T. This was a mainstay in my Cobra arsenal and provided hours upon hours of fun. D&D has immortalized this figure with their Custom Marvel Legends Battle Android Trooper. Turning a 3 3/4" figure into a Marvel Legends style custom takes some skill and D&D has definitely delivered. They nailed the classic yellow accents as well as the fine details that made the Cobra B.A.T. and instant classic. I love the over-sized detachable weapons, a unique aspect that made playing with the B.A.T. so much fun.
In honor of Veteran's Day, I thought it would be appropriate to post a GI Joe Custom as my tribute to the men and women who have fought (and are still fighting) for the freedoms that we all enjoy. I chose this figure because one of my hobbies is reading and learning about military history and the Screaming Eagles of the 101st Airborne are my heroes so I thought I would pay homage to them with a HALO Jumper figure.
With that said, let me introduce D&D's Custom Marvel Legends Ripcord figure. If you are not familiar with the Marvel Legends line of figures, the scale is roughly 6 inches tall so these will not go with your GI Joe collection from the 80's but if you wanted to start collecting these figures, start with D&D Customs. He is probably one of the best GI Joe Marvel Legends customizers that I know of. I really thought I was looking at a Sideshow figure when I first looked at this figure as the quality and details are amazing for a Marvel Legends scale figure.
D&D has several Marvel Legends scale GI Joe figures for sale so make sure to checkout them out after visiting his Custom Marvel Legends Ripcord figure.
I was intrigued to know more about D&D Customs when I found out they were recreating the entire GI Joe line into Marvel Legends 6" figures. Let's learn more about them:
AFC: Tell the fans of your work a little about yourself.
D&D CUSTOMS: We started designing customs Marvel Legends style 1/12 scale (6 to 7 inch) action figures under the name D&D CUSTOMS towards the end of 2008. I originally, as a child, collected a majority of toy lines like transformers, gi joe, star wars, dungeons and dragons, MASK, etc in the 1:18 scale standard gi joe size scale. It was not until recently that we started to appreciate the 6 inch scale which allows for greater detail and more of an adult collector feel without the size of a 12 inch figure which always felt more like a doll. We started recreating the Dungeons and Dragons toy line in a Marvel Legends style format at first and now we are working on doing the GI Joe toy line in the same 6 inch scale. We do side custom projects like the Xena and Hercules toy series and other game and movie characters from time to time upon request. We sell our customs exclusively with two eBay stores below:
The 1st sells our Gi Joe Marvel Legends Style Customs and other misc customs. The 2nd sells all of our Dungeons and Dragons toy customs for which we recreated practically the entire line in a 6 inch format, and a few other fantasy customs.
AFC: When did you start making customs?
D&D CUSTOMS: Late 2008
AFC: How did you get started making customs?
D&D CUSTOMS: I have always loved the GI Joe and Dungeon and Dragons toy line and wanted to create a more detailed fully poseable version for display.
AFC: How many customs do you work on at one time?
D&D CUSTOMS: We sometimes work on 10 a week. We alternate depending on when some are drying from sculpt or paint. We also employ artists from around the world to work on variations of a figure.
AFC: What is the custom you are most proud of?
D&D CUSTOMS: I have asked myself that question a lot and honestly I am not sure if I have an answer. I would have to go with my favorite character of all time which is The 1st character I was inspired to do, Venger from the Dungeons and Dragons animated series.
AFC: What is your favorite toy line to do customs for?
D&D CUSTOMS: GI Joe and Dungeons and Dragons
AFC: What customs do you have lined up for future projects?
D&D CUSTOMS: We are trying to work on every GI Joe from 1982 to 1988 so we keep fans updated on the next wave of GI Joes on our information page:
Here are a few lined up for this years release
TUNNEL RAT , DUSTY , GENERAL HAWK , LEATHERNECK , DIALTONE , WETSUIT , MAINFRAME , DOC , BLOWTORCH , ALPINE , STALKER TUNDRA , SHOCKWAVE , WILD BILL , SPIRIT , SNOW JOB , SHIPWRECK , ARTIC SNAKE EYES, GI JOE TOMAHAWK VEHICLE FOR 6 INCH LINE, COBRA EELS , COBRA PARAVIPER , ICE VIPER , SNOW SERPENT , TELEVIPER , ZANDAR , ZARANA , COBRA BAZOOKA TROOPER , DIABLO , COBRA COMMANDER , ALLEY VIPER , NIGHT VIPER , B.A.T. RESOLUTE , BARONESS 2.0 , MAJOR BLUDD , SERPENTOR , DR. MINDBENDER , CRIMSON GUARD 2.0, COBRA SNAKE, COBRA BLACK RAVEN & COBRA CLAW VEHICLE
AFC: How do you get your inspiration for your one of kind customs?
D&D CUSTOMS: I try to do a combination between the way the original toy looked, the current new version of the toy if it exists ,and the original picture from the carded figure.
AFC: You have taken on a large task of recreating the GI Joe line in Marvel Legends scale. What inspired you to do this?
D&D CUSTOMS: After seeing how the dungeons and dragons figures came out, we realized that doing a fully poseable gi joe custom with all the accessories and gear would be a fun project. Other toy designers also helped serve as inspiration.
AFC: What has been your toughest challenge recreating the GI Joe line?
D&D CUSTOMS: Honestly customizing is very expensive. Some customs parts can easily cost up to $200 which does not include all of the research. We sometimes buy 7 figures just to combine parts to make 1. Others are full sculpts and do not cost much other than time. We spends weeks trying to find the right bases and weaponry that will make the figures look like the original, but to also have a more adult modern military like feel.
AFC: If you had one piece of advice for other customizers out there, what would you say to them?
D&D CUSTOMS: Be patient with each sculpt. Think the whole project through in steps in your head before you start.
Setting out on the very large task of recreating every GI Joe figure made into a 6" Marvel Legends style figure, D&D Customs brings us his latest Custom Marvel Legends Storm Shadow figure. Modeled after the original from the 80's, this figure brings in the detail that made the classic line so great. First of all, the weaponry is very nice done and it is great that all of the pieces are removable (even the knife in the from of the belt). The way the eyebrows and eyes were made gives the figure a fierce looking personality. What is cool about D&D's version is that you can pose the figure with the arrow drawn with the bow, an aspect that reminds me of some of the figures from the Sideshow Toy collection.
To check out more photos and to place a bid, head to eBay and view D&D's Custom Marvel Legends Storm Shadow figure.
Hit and Run is another classic GI Joe figure worthy of replicating in 6" scale and Starbuck_bg1980 has done just this with his Custom Marvel Legends Hit and Run figure. This is a great looking figure with a ton of removable accessories. One aspect of this figure that I like is that the camouflage on the figure is very well done and blends nicely with the face, which is how the classic figure from 1980's was done. I like that the colors are more military on this one as opposed to the brighter green used with the original Hit and Run figure. To buy this item now, head over to eBay and check out this Custom Marvel Legends Hit and Run figure.