Revoltech Transformers – Springer

Deviating from my previous work on Season 1 characters in revoltech form, I decided that the official Hot Rod and Ultra Magnus figures needed some reinforcements.  This was my very first attempt to sculpt or shape anything harder than mild curvature, and at such a small scale, it was challenging.  Making that helmet from nothing…

G.I. Joe – Mega Bloks: MOBAT

What can I say, tiny Steeler looked lost without his trusty tank!  The Call of Duty line of bricks produces a really great A-1 Abrams main battle tank, but it’s far more modern than a Joe MOBAT, and it’s decked out in a desert tan camo scheme.  That just wasn’t going to work.  And while…

Revoltech Transformers – Shockwave

Continuing our series of custom Revoltech Transformers characters, here we go with Shockwave, the quiet Decepticon strategist.  You don’t know who’s side he’s on…. besides his own.  Despite the order that I’ve presented them in, this figure was my very first custom toy of any kind (if you don’t count disassembling and rearranging GIJoe figures…

G.I. Joe – Mega Bloks: VAMP & Stinger

After customizing over 80 tiny GIJoe and Cobra figures from Call of Duty, Halo, and other Mega Bloks licenses, I decided they needed some wheels.  Kre-O’s GIJoe brick vehicles redefined the word “disappointment”, so that was a no-go.  The Call of Duty construction line has a wide variety of genuinely impressive military vehicles, many of…

Transformers Backgrounds

Displaying all of your hard earned plastic acquisitions is a rewarding part of being a toy collector.  And few toys make a better display than Masterpiece Transformers (and their third-party brethren).  Near-perfect representations of the characters we watched on TV and played with in the living room floor many moons ago, MP TFs are complex,…

Revoltech Transformers – Mirage

As I explained in an earlier post, I wanted to make additional characters in a line of highly articulated, non-Transforming figures that died well before it’s time.  Autobot Mirage, everyone’s favorite blue F1 car, was my second figure. Collecting is half the Battle!

G.I. Joe – Mega Bloks: Cobra – The Enemy

Continuing the spotlight on custom Mega Bloks GI Joe figures, today I’m posting the adversaries of the Joe team, the ruthless terrorist organization: Cobra.  This group had it’s good and bad points while making them.  The designs were simpler, and making repeats of the nameless/faceless troopers require less thought.  However, it got a little monotonous…

G.I. Joe – Mega Bloks: The Joe Team

A few years ago when Hasbro announced that they were going to get into the brick business (presumably to get a share of that sweet Lego revenue), we all rejoiced that we might get some really cool small-scale Joe figures.  Instead, we got “Kre-O”, a blatant ripoff of cute little Lego minifigures and grossly under-scaled…

Revoltech Transformers – Sideswipe

In the mid-2000’s, Japanese toy company Kaiyodo released a series of highly articulated, non-transforming 4.5″ figures based on some G1 Transformers characters.  Optimus Prime, Ultra Magnus (a white Prime repaint), Megatron, Starscream, and Hotrod were the only characters released before Kaiyodo moved on to different scales, movie figures, etc., and left the G1 fans wanting…