Saturday, May 31, 2008

Friday, May 30, 2008

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Earthworm Jim action figure

Custom Earthworm Jim action figure by "N TT." Click here for more photos and the recipe.

Action Figure: Monarch's Henchman (Venture Brothers)

Custom action figure by Shinobitron:

SHS Monarch Henchman 21 by *Shinobitron on deviantART

*Buy Venture Brothers toys and collectibles at eBay.

Action Figure: Fallout 3 Power Suit

Custom Fallout 3 action figure by Jin-Saotome. He typically sells his custom action figures here.

Fallout 3 Power Suit by =Jin-Saotome on deviantART

How to dress up a kaiju model with lots of cool effects

Lots of tips
from Bill "Monster" Jones on creating lighting effects, explosions, scenic bases and more.

*Find kaiju at eBay.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Iron Man action figure

Custom Iron Man action figure by 2DToys. The base is a wrestling figure and the armor is all sculpted out of epoxy putty. Lots more photos here.

Action Figure: Ralph McQuarrie Concept Luke Skywalker

Custom action figure by CollectableKid Customs.

*Previously: Ralph McQuarrie Concept Luke Skywalker Miniature.

Squall Leonhart My Little Pony (Final Fantasy)

Customized My Little Pony by AnimeAmy:

Squall Leonhart Pony by *AnimeAmy on deviantART

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Sculpting Union Jack in 24 hours

"Tommy Chaos" is going to sculpt a Union Jack statue start to finish tomorrow. He'll be posting photos of his progress every hour. Here's one of his recent statues:

Designer Toy: Ghost Rider Munny

By "patman." Click here for more photos and some comments on how it was made.

*See more custom Munnys here.

*Buy Kidrobot toys at eBay.

Clone Trooper Lego Minifig with light-up eyes

More photos in this gallery, and here's the pieces you'll need. Via.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Munny: Heath Ledger as the Joker

By "Lobster Johnson." See a making of photo and side shot here.

*Buy Munnys at Fugitive Toys.

R2-D2 Munny

Spotted here.

*Buy Star Wars sketch cards at eBay.

Custom Yeti Bot

Flickr link. You can read an interview with Tom Torrey of Gamma Ray Bots here.

*Buy Yeti toys at eBay.

Action Figure: Psycho Mantis (Metal Gear Solid)

Custom Psycho Mantis action figure from Tony's Customz.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Custom McQuarrie Concept Luke Skywalker Miniature

Here's my inspiration: Kotobukiya's beautiful and very expensive Ralph McQuarrie concept Luke Skywalker statue. (Lots of high-quality photos here.) I set out to make a miniature version, using miniatures from Wizards of the Coast.

I used the Jedi Consular's head, Arcona Smuggler's torso (it's too thin, but has a great backpack), Dark Side Enforcer's legs, and Bail Organa's arms (with their gorilla-sized hands). The pieces more or less match up, but it sure would be nice if Wizards of the Coast used better quality control and standardized the size of their miniatures. You can buy blind boxes of the latest set of Star Wars miniatures for about 30% off at Amazon. I typically just buy common and uncommon singles at CoolStuffInc.

Here you can see the assembled figure. I used green stuff to add the scuba gear.

And here's the painted miniature. As always, when I see a miniature blown up to this size, I notice various spots that need to be cleaned up, but you get the idea.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Action Figures: Gallery of sculpted Sith characters from the Dark Horse Star Wars comics

Lots of photos of custom Star Wars action figures here, including Darth Nihl, Darth Malak, Darth Maleval, and Darth Talon.

Action Figure: Super-Patriot

Custom action figure by DayYote.

Warhammer 40K Miniatures: United States Slayer Sword Finalists

Games Workshop says:

Last year we hosted the first ever Slayer Sword Challenge, a contest between the US Slayer Sword Winners to convert and paint an exquisite model based off of one of our plastic kits. The rules were simple; each partcipant was allowed the same amount of time and supplied an identical sprue with which to create their masterpiece. Aside from the components on the sprue and other raw materials like green stuff and plasticard, no additional GW components, nor any parts from other miniatures manufacturers or toys could be used. For an additional challenge, each participant was assigned a descriptive paragraph detailing a particular character which their creation had to adhere to as closely as possible.

Last year the theme was the Fantasy Orc Warboss, and this year the plastic Chaos Lord was the basis for the competition. The entries are from US Slayer Sword Winners, Chris Borer (Chicago), Natalya Melnik (Baltimore), and Todd Swanson (Atlanta). Doug Jones ((LA), was unable to compete due to that pesky thing called 'real life'. We invite you to peruse the three following entries and decide for yourself which one is the best. Following the gallery for each miniature there is a write-up detailing how the painter went about their task. For the sake of anonymity and fair play, we have removed the names of the painters, so this contest is based solely on what it should be, the models themselves! When you have decided on your favorite, please send an email to the following address with the name of your favorite Chaos Lord (Gaelus, Festus or Balthazar) in the subject line.of the email.

Voting will last for one month. Duplicate votes will be deleted. After a month has passed, we will total the results, reveal who painted what, and crown a winner!

Click through for lots of high-res photos.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Scenery: How to sculpt roses

Instructions here.

Action Figure: Captain Rex (Star Wars Clone Wars)

See more photos of the custom Captain Rex action figure by Spirit of Vengeance here.

Buy Captain Rex toys at eBay.

Sculpted elephant

Step by step photo guide here.