Friday, 14 October 2016

Some Marauder and assorted Marauder upgrades (for Joes/Cobra)

Now you can find good write ups on this network with Toysandtomfoolery and Reasonablyintelligentrambling. They'll give you an excellent run down of what you can get with these wonderful figures. You want a video then STRYDENT has you covered. I'm just gonna briefly talk about the deluxe Recon Ops figure set.

He's got those 1982 like Green with Brown Original ARAH Joes colours going on. After I'd glued the various pouches and holsters I have these left over, so you could easily buy one deluxe and a few headless basic figures in the same colours and have yourself a good time. 

So many goodies left. I don't know where to start. Then add to that the up and coming lower limb variations as well as unmasked head sculpts. You'll be drowning in options. 

I'm going to need more when my wallet allows it. 

Now I've mentioned it before but the Marauder gear is also great for sprucing up your G.I Joe figures. Give your Cobra Troopers some love with better harness and headgear. Add some flavour to your Joes and make Sabertooth slightly less Firefly looking by giving him his own personalized gear. I'm quite fond of using thin elastic strips attached to the harness belts to simulate various combat rigging. It helps keep the harnesses from leaping off the shoulders when moving the torsos and legs.

On a side note, I do like this new SDCC Scarlett figures. Gave her some mods as I always do, in the form of a spare 50th Lady Jaye harness and swapped the old 25th era head for a painted up ROC Scarlett (whom the figure's torso and upper arm tooling originated from). 

Till next time.

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Unique Toys enters the pocket scale section of the 3rd party Transfomers.

And it is glorious.

Tiny head masters of the Palm Collection Tom & Jerry (Weirdwolf and Chromedome respectively) 

Complete with storable guns, pilotable beast and vehicles. They even have a feature that references the original toys of old's headmaster power level gimmick. Here's just a panel with sculpted detail.


Both have waist swivel, ball socket hips and shoulders, knees. While Chromedome has a bicep swivel and elbow bend Weirdwolf just has a ball socket.

The only downsides are no head articulation and Chromedome's car mode is slightly poos in proportion (dat bot mode though).

They have Skullcruncher & Hardhead up next (shown as early grey prototypes a couple of weeks ago). 


Tuesday, 5 July 2016


When Boss Fight Studios uses a slogan like the following:

They're not kidding.

So when I fool around with some bits and pieces originally intended to use on some Marvel Universe figures and slap them on a H.A.C.K.S a light bulb goes off (hooray).

One thing lead to another and once I got my kickstarter goodies in I gave myself a moratorium on properly customizing the figures I had (like new LEGO sets as a child would remain intact till they would be mixed up for the greater build). That time is over. 

I give you the Hob-Goblin

Super easy build, the hardest part would be painting the head to match the blank's colour, or near enough to satisfy my eye in hand.

He's made from the following:

Body, Arms, legs & Feet: Sunny Wheat male blank
Hands: Tree Bark Brown Blank
Head: Cast from Starwarsgeek (he's really good) from a couple of years ago
Accessories: RoC Viper Commando Vest trimmed, a Bridge Direct Hobbit Finbal the orc waist piece. A pair of H.A.C.K.S Black accessories Shin Guards. A Pair of Blank glove pieces from Marvel Universe. His under armor mail piece came from a Army of Darkness Deadite.
Weapons & Shield: One mace thing from the same Bridge Direct Hobbit line orc, a sword from the Army of Darkness line and the shield is from a 1/18 fantasy figurine line by Blue Box Toys I think.

It's all removable and he only gets sexier if you take it off... 

Oh I also gave him the Red Accessories Gorgon Helm minus the spine so it can sit on his head snugly. Now he's the Hob-est of them all. 

I'm super happy how this turned out, naturally he needs friends to go raiding with, so I hope to make more. All that's left is to give him some straps and a place to store his weapons, but I'll update that when the Hockey Tape I've ordered from the UK arrives.

 Happy trails.

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Time for more Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S.

Now I wasn't an all in kickstarter backer, I had to take into account my funds and the dreaded import tax limit that all in would have given me another $100NZD at least on top of the all in.

So alas I could not get one of everything. Instead I opted for the 1st wave, an Amazon, some blanks and armor sets... and SKELETONS.

They also gave everyone a free pink Skeleton and for international backers who opted to wait for one shipment instead of in parts you got to choose a free figure. So the Athenian Warrior the choice. Paint apps on point,articulation all present and correct. Gorgon Tails a fantastic feat of engineering and everyone should at least have one.

What can I say, they turned out wonderfully. I wish I could have gone for more at the time, but eh that's what pre-orders at their shop are for. 

Now for the Skeleton, I find him way better than the old Deadites from the Army of Darkness toyline, not as robust as the Pose Skeleton but way more durable than the Larger Revoltech Skeleton. The sculpt is unreal. They got it all in their at 4inches and he's smaller than the Male and Female since he's a skeleton that would normal be inside a body. 

I'm gonna need more skeletons. 

Now their blank System is what is behind everything, sort of like the old Microman Material force blanks of old, they come in a variety of flavors for which you can use for anything you can think of. They also have some sets of Armor and weapons, that come in one solid color for you do with as you wish. Boss Fight Studios plans to keep the blanks in constant circulation while adding sets as the series theme change (bring on the fantasy and sci-fi gear).

Each blank comes with 2 sets of hands (each pair a different tilt axis like the regular figures) 3 sets of feet (booted, sandals and bare foot) and 4 heads (bald, short hair, super hero mask and a 2nd head of hair, with the female having a ponytail piece that is removable and pose-able). All cast in whatever the blank figure is allowing for some good base color configs before you even touch a paint brush.

Head swaps with other figures form other toylines will take some surgery, below are just held on temporary with blu-tac.

Here are some finished and

Now you aren't limited to the Greek or future Fantasy and Retro-Sci-fi themes. The 1st stop is obviously Super Heroes... or you can make a wetsuit:

... or Quiet from MGS V: The Phantom Pain!

 Even the skeletons can get in on the action, like here in Marauder Task force gear:

Speaking of Skeletons again, here are my 4 white ones given various paint washes... THE WORKS etc. What more could I ask for?

Total satisfaction, I'm now a customer for life, now I just got to budget myself sensibly. The only thing I can think of that could do with some attention is the shields. Now they're beautifully made and whatnot, just that the piece on the inside that's part of the handle and frame is made from a material that is thick and a bit heavy for the female and skeletons to hold for most periods of time. It'll also hamper the male figure's balance (bipeds am-i-rite). Which is a shame because the way it clasps onto the fore arm is rather genius, but better suited to 6inch figures or above.

I hope you enjoyed this and you enjoy your H.A.C.K.S.

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Custom Update: G.I Joe all day, everyday

Time for a short update and to show you some customs. Nothing fancy as I'm still aiming for custom figures that require as little work as possible (more usability and less paint rub too). Let's get going.

Captain Claymore was a lot of fun to make, using the convention figure's head, helmet, vest, backpack and weapons (the figure was too stumpy for me) I transplanted them onto the parts, swapped out the feet with Marauder Falcon's and painted the kneepads while colour matching the upper boots and lower torso's pants. Alas he doesn't have the banana Giraffe camo pattern, but I chose not to do that. 

Stalker here is just the head from last year's convention figure witha  Marauder beret made to fit the neck of the excellent 30th figure (not that I didn't like the dreads, but the new head IS Lonzo Wilkinson).

Airborne is another attempt salvaging the lower legs from the previous custom I had painted all over. If I could get a cast of the Shocktrooper/Steel Brigade vest in a light blue/grey I'd use that to give him a greater classical feel. Still, I am happy with the results and the elastic leg straps glued to the belt.

Finally we come to my Classic Duke in progress, he's almost complete. I just need a US Flag decal for his right shoulder and a Marauder Helmet.

I'm rather pleased at how this has turned out so far. A good use of parts I had laying around.

Please leave any advice and feedback, it's always welcome.