This quarter’s theme was Service Dress. Please take a second to vote on the custom you think has the look and overall custom chops to be named the 1st Quarter winner.
We have 4 quarterly custom contests set for the year. Participate in 1 or all of them. New format and rules for this year so be ready for anything. Contest starts tomorrow Jan 15th and to kick things off the theme for this 1st Qtr which we call “The Tradition” will be just that, it’s a GI Joe/Cobra Military Service Dress or Service Academy look. So get those clean cut men and women dressed up and make those boots shine. This contest ends on Feb 15th.
From the workshop of Dravenheart:
“If one thing’s for sure, it’s that I’m quite behind on comics. But, when the Red Daughter of Krypton storyline started, I had to at least pick up an issue. Loved the design, but never got around to it until a request came in recently. When the new Corps started up, I liked the idea of other characters in the DCU joining them. But, I really hate how they keep being temporary endeavors. You’re supposed to not be able to separate from the Red Lantern ring, right? Either way, it’s a really cool design for her.
I would say simple repaint, but tedious certainly fits better. Those white lines were agonizing. I had already used my Mystique hair for Mileena, so I was a bit stuck on where to go. Then, I came across hair from the Avengers movie Black Widow and it actually worked a lot better. Fit perfectly over the She-Hulk head, and sits great overall. Went through about three capes before I came to the one from the Infinite Heroes Superman. While most others were a bit too big, this one sat great. Not quite as long as I would have liked, but I was running out of options, really. Overall, I’m very happy with how she came out in the end. “
Dravenheart is prolific. Aside from Icecreamman, he might put out the most sheer volume of customs I’ve seen. Not only does he do amazing work, and introduce us to characters we might not see in toy form, but he also gives stories and info behind his work. Personally, I do not enjoy looking a pictures of customs where the artist has given no background, no words, and no communications. If I wanted that, I would turn into a 12 year-old girl and hang out on Pinterest or Facebook! Nope, Draven is the real deal, and it is always an honour to showcase his work!
From the workshop of Dravenheart:
“Even though I enjoyed Secret Six and really like Suicide Squad, I am not a fan of Deadshot. He just never caught my interest. As far as assassins go, I greatly prefer Deathstroke. And since I had one, I even included a duo shot of them here. A request came in, though, so I finally gave it a shot.
Started out by sculpting his chest, lower torso, and bracers. I had this oversized blaster on hand, so I cut the lower half off and attached it to his arm. Cut the sheaths and straps off a Deadpool belt, then cut and smoothed over the logo. For the holster I just grabbed one from Bullseye, and cut the strap off another Bullseye holster for it. Full repaint, then I attached the head to finish him off.”
From the workshop of Dravenheart:
“So much of what I’ve been making these days has been remakes. A lot I still haven’t even bothered to post. But, Black Lightning was one I’ve wanted to try out for a while. What actually held me up was his head. After seeing the Infinite Heroes figure, that was pretty much the only head I could be convinced to use for him. I finally got my hands on one recently, and decided to give him a shot. Fixing up the body was a simple enough process. Even the yellow lines didn’t give me too much trouble. Fairly happy with how he came out in the end.”
From the workshop of VideoViper:
“Some customs I’ve wanted to post for a while but havn’t gotten around to photographing them till now.
First off Captain Cold, wasn’t planning on making this figure, but when I saw the parts it made sense, especially since I had just finished Flash.”
Action Figure Insider has posted up the newest round of Mattel’s exclusive toy reveals for this year’s upcoming San Diego ComicCon.
“Batman™ Arkham Knight Batmobile ($85)
In the video game, Batman™ battles all-new threats in Gotham City with the help of an arsenal-equipped vehicle. This Batman™: Arkham Knight Batmobilefeatures premium, highly-detailed deco and authentic sounds straight from the game, and much more! The tires can do a complete 360-degree spin, allowing the vehicle to turn on a dime… very handy for pursuing villains. When the top of the vehicle is pressed downward the firepower is revealed: on the left side, a riot suppressor rubber bullet gun, and on the right side, a high-powered Gatling gun, both with sounds and light effects – straight from the game! Hold the activation button longer than three seconds to create a red glow, simulating heat transferring, and press the rear button to turn on the headlights and play the game’s iconic Bat-swarm sound effect. There are also controls to rev the engine, to see the exhaust light up, and for the sound of the cannon. The vehicle comes with an articulated DC Comics™ Multiverse Arkham City Batman™ figure with a fabric cape allowing Batman™ to sit in the driver’s seat!
This product will be available for pre-order at MattyCollector.com on June 24, 2014, to be picked up at San Diego Comic-Con. It will also be available for purchase at the show. DC Comics™ Total Heroes™ Ultra Cyborg ($25)
Tech-equipped Cyborg joins the Total Heroes™ lineup! As homage to the Super Powers Cyborg figure, this figure has silver VUM deco, and arrives with two interchangeable heads, his classic look and an updated stylized version, as well as three sets of hands. This hybrid of man and machine brings with him a tool and gear for just about any job he might encounter, including a Mega Blade, a Concussion Cannon and a Sonic Scrambler (all of which fit onto his arms), and a Jetpack with Airfoil Wings so he can take to the air!
This product will be available for pre-order at MattyCollector.com on June 24, 2014, to be picked up at San Diego Comic-Con. It will also be available for purchase at the show, then at MattyCollector.com on August 5, 2014. Disney•Pixar Cars 2014 Special Edition Neon Racers Gift Pack ($50)
In Japan, the presentation of a gift is as important as the gift itself. You can experience this Japanese tradition with the 2014 Special Edition Neon Racers Gift Pack. The specially designed furoshiki, Japanese wrapping cloth, features comic book-style illustrations of the Neon Racers story. Open the wrap and you’ll find a racing diorama with die-cast characters Lightning McQueen and Shu Todoroki illuminating the streets of Tokyo in their amazing customized lighting and neon deco. Please enjoy! Tanoshinde kudasai! This product will be available for pre-order at MattyCollector.com on June 24, 2014, to be picked up at San Diego Comic-Con. It will also be available for purchase at the show.“
CWTV has released the latest, extended trailer for this fall’s new spinoff series, The Flash.
Will you be watching?
The latest Q&A on Star Trek Toy Lines
Ask DST. These are the musings of the president of Diamond Select Toys, DSTChuck. His mission? To answer collectors’ questions about DST products, grouped together by topic. To let Star Trek fans know what is going on with the next starship, role-play item or action figure. To boldly go where no toy company president has gone before! Now on to your questions!
“Diamond Select Toys has announced a line of deluxe Marvel Retro 8″ figures that will reproduce (and add to) those classic figures, starting with the Amazing Spider-Man!”