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.



Thursday, 7 April 2016

Let's look at: the VITRUVIAN H.A.C.K.S AMAZON ELITE WARRIOR

Something special has arrived... the Kokomo Toys Amazon Elite Warrior from Boss Fight Studios. And let me tell you, she is something special.



This might be the greatest female action figure in 1/18 and 4inch size to date and it's going to be hard not to gush about this figure. We can start by feeding this kitten.


Now, she comes with a few things, 2 sets of hands, 2 helmets, one long spear, 2 axes, a long bladed sword, a shield and a Boss Fight stand.










One of the nicest things about these figures is the double ball jointed neck, one into the skull the other into the neck, allows for some excellent posture and it's quite emotive for a 4 inch figure. The other is that the figure is designed to be taken apart with ease, but not at the expense of any structural integrity. And the body is extremely posable all over. They might not have the full articulation a Microman from the early to mid 2000s, but man are way more sturdy with some supreme quality control.




Now her armor is complete removable, her bracers fit snugly on the wrists, just pop the wrists out and viola, bare arms.


Same with the shin guards, even with the female Boss Fight body having the foot articulation as ankle rockers, just pop the foot off and get that off. Like the Arm braces is't snug and needs some gentle care, but don't worry the armor is all this nice soft plastic that has a lot of give.


Next the Chest armor, secured by two tabs that wrap around from the front into the back.


Makes for a solid and secure fitting when on the figure, ready for battle.


Lewd, now for the skirt, you just pop the figure apart at the torso joint just above the abdomen and below the chest. It's a really well designed ball socket clip, they really knew what they were doing when creating these figure's construction.


And now we have a nude action figure (well she's got painted underwear on the bottom, the blank figures will not).



Size comparison with some recent Marvel universe (or whatever they're calling it now) and the SDCC Jinx who I think was sculpted by one of the Boss Fight crew.


Honestly the pictures of the figure tell you more than I can via the medium of type on a blog.


OH... my


And there you have it, a brief and amateur rundown of the Amazon Elite Warrior from the  VITRUVIAN H.A.C.K.S line, I hope you have one in hand or on the way. You won't be disappointed. I need to go pre-order some more.

Friday, 12 February 2016

G.I.Joes in progress

February is hot and muggy, but that hasn't stopped me on working on some easy customs and parts swaps.

Behold:




 Scarlett is just the Resolute body with the neck shortened to accommodate the Renegades head. Just add minor paint wipes and viola.

Covergirl was a figure I had longed to have/make. But $300NZD for the Club 1.0 Sub figure was way too much so I got a loose DTC comic pack COver girl from 2005 and took her arms, jacket and hair. Added them to the Retaliation Lady Jaye figure with some minor sanding to make the shoulders fit as well as drilling wrist articulation and that worked out well. Her head was a spare Mara Jade from the SW Black Series, with it trimmed to fit the hair. So I now have a Courtney Krieger I am satisfied with.


Since I didn't need the RoC Dialtone for Covergirl, and already made an updated male Dailtone I added a few bits and pieces to the figure to make.... I dunno Firewall? Maybe an original character (do not steal)  called Tollcall? 

The Baroness's head is just the MU/Marvel Infinite Valkyrie head trimmed to fit the Resolute Baroness head with some Rise of Cobra shades since I need to work out some custom eye wear for her.


Now Duke's had some good figures during the PoC/30th, but we've been needing a modern parts remake of his classic design. So I threw this together and started removing paint apps, with the aim and making a Classic Duke with as little painting as possible, so all that's need is to colour match his lower torso trouser bits and I should be good. I had some spare bits and it hit me: DO THE TIGER FORCE DUKE, and use the PoC Jungle head. So that's gonna need way more work but I think I can do it.


You can breath a sigh of relief as I didn't just destroy a Tiger Force Convention Sabertooth for the above Duke without having a spare to keep and cherish, he's rad... and totally not Firefly.


Been hankering for some Oktober guard, so Diana here is first on the list. Gonna keep her as close to the torso colors the RoC Covergirl had, and might swap the legs for the RoC Hawk since they seem to match. Getting an Olga Gurluckovich vibe from her, maybe I'll do some more guard members influenced by MGS2 later...


I've further upgraded my Cobra troopers, now they've got the battle helmets from Marauder with goggles over the helmet. Just the look i wanted. Also some nice Shocktrooper updated vests from Raginspoon. Now they look proper hard. 


Been messing around with the old 25th Trooper like this Extreme conditions Officer (good 7-pack that was). Head is the spare Sabertooth (same mold as Retaliation Firefly's head), I wish I had a few more. While the Dollar General Blue booties Cobra trooper has a Marauder Harness rig with attachments and a helmet set up like I mentioned before. I'm seeing him as part of a Cobra unit headed by a Cobra Mortal that do naughty Cobra things in South America. Dunno why but that's what crops up in my head. I hope to make a few more of these guys. Maybe paint the boots black... but I kinda like the darker blue for those parts.

That's all for today.





Saturday, 16 January 2016

I Triple Jinx'd myself.

FINALLY!




Man it's good to have the SDCC White Sparring/training/Dojo Jinx from a few years back. I was lucky to get the classic Red version before the Retaliation black and yellow was released. Jinx was a favorite figure and character for since 1987, back when I was a little lad and got this kick ass Lady Ninja.


The mold is superb, one of the best female sculpts done by Hasbro (I think those responsible are at Boss Fight Studios). Masked head is great and the unmasked head which bares Elodie Yung likeness (she was pretty good in the film, espeically with those cut scenes restored on the Blu ray). It's just a pitty the pony tail gets in the way of any backpacks.


Now I've got to think about getting the recent FSS Vypra figure which uses all of the Jinx mold except the the legs. Evil Ninja/vehicle courier, what's not to like?


Bonus: Storm Shadow likes to have outfits for all occasions.




Friday, 2 October 2015

G.I. JOE I love you.

So it's time for another post in which I spam all these pictures I've taken and posed over the last month on /toy/, flickr and various Facebook groups.

New 50th stuff came out and I've been slowly picking off figures since the 3 packs aren't on BBTS. Lets get straight to the biscuits.


Stupid Sexy Firefly repaint (with new backpack, holster, pouches and knife sheath. Hard to go wrong with this mold and I'll bracing for the eternal repaints like they did with the vintage mold. Zartan is a neat kitbash of 25th/resolute and early PoC. I think he works wonderfully.


FOE Striker, now this is a wonderful reworking of the AWE Striker, came with a great Chuckles vs a Cobra Horseman Driver and his Repurposed Snow Cat, the blue Cobra Basilisk. Gung Ho is marvelous and I dig the Spirit and Shipwreck figures. Just need to give Spirit a better vest that fit the torso and didn't restrict the shoulders.


 The Basilisk is blue and silly, but eh why not.


Storm Shadow needed some alterations, bigger feet and his neck ball socket needed to be drilled so his head didn't sit so high up like a Bobblehead.


 I've also gotten on the GI JOE club figure purchasing, via third parties cause it's less hassle and probably cheaper/safer for a New Zealander like myself.


Honestly, to me they're worth it and the new head sculpts from Boss Fight, muy bueno. Naturally I gave all the skin some paint washes for detail work. That's just how I roll.


I suppose I should track down her two brothers, or at least make some customs from all spare parts I have now. Bombstrike's head sculpt is supreme, Will look amazing on a Marauder Valkyrie body (coming next year)


Loved the original as a kid so I just had to have the remake. Utterly gorgeous. Wish I could have two but not at those prices now, yikes.


Had to swap out his vest and belt cause it was that old 25th suckfest. I love the Shocktroopr arms and legs and want them in every colour. He uses the old 25th Cobra Python Trooper so it could be worse.


I bought Big Brawler cause I want to give him a Raginspoon head, and I never had a Big Brawler. Quite a good figure all things considered. Good mix of big guy parts (4u). 


Now due to demand, prices and bad timing you can't always get everything. Such is life so sometimes you just got to do it yourself. So Muskrat here is a custom I cooked up using the same body parts the club uses but obviously from previously released retail figures. Then the head, vest and pouches are all from the Marauder Task Force line which I didn't back last year because I am an idiot. 


Speaking of Marauder Parts, they're perfect for spicing up your modern era GI JOEs. Behold as Cobra got a serious upgrade. Check out Alexx's and Tom Brook's posts about them in detail for the low down.



Begone smelly 25th anniversary straps and webbing, only the new hotness is wanted here. Seriously you can customize them however you please (glue them in so they don't fall out).


Now I proceeded to give the Shocktroopers a visual upgrade along with the Black Dollar Store Cobra Troopers and they kinda resemble XOF from MGSV.


And then one thing lead to another and now I've got more Marauder parts on the way for my Cobras. The Joe Troopers from Retaliation also got some upgrades.


It'll be interesting to see where they go from here and beyond next year's Valkyrie's. I'm ready even if my wallet is not.


Now I mentioned Raginspoon, he's a caster who makes wonderful stuff like this Kit I used to make Wild Bill from a Retaliation Trooper. HEad, Hat, Belt and Vest are all cast in their respective colours leaving you to decide what details. I've also gotten some nice Vest casts like the ones seen on the Scarface image above on the Black Uniformed Troopers. Raginspoon is extremely good and hist product and service are superb much like Starwarsgeek and AngryNomad who I've also bought cast heads off. Go get some.



A simple vest (thanks Raginspoon) and backpack swap that fits the Eel's diving helmet better and viola, tacticool Cobra Eels. The Backpacks are from the Dollar Store Shopwrecks that you should still be able to find in the USA.

Now I'll leave you with some more photos you might enjoy. Till next time...