Gone, But Not Forgotten: Part 2 – 1983

These are my Class of ’83 Joes.  There are many like them, but these are mine. Ok, not really, not anymore.  That’s the point of the post.  But they made a heck of a display.  You can find Part 1 here.  Enjoy! ‘Til all are one, collecting is half the battle.  (Note: The other half…

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…

Knocked-Up Transformers

In the world of Masterpiece Transformers, there are plenty of third party companies that would like to get a piece of Hasbro/Takara’s pie.  Many third party companies make their own designs that look like established Transformers characters, but they are original sculpts, original transformation schemes, and ultimately provide fans with more characters and more choices…

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…

Snake Eyes – Rod Whigham

In searching for the artwork for the previous post, I came across one more piece that I thought I should share.  This is a Snake Eyes sketch done at a convention in the mid-80’s by none other than regular (at the time) GIJoe artist extraordinaire, Rod Whigham.  His pencil work from the majority of issues…

Incredible Change-Bots

In 2007, author/artist Jeffrey Brown created a pseduo-parody of the Transformers called The Incredible Change-Bots.  His brand of humor and playful poking fun at all the tropes that filled the cartoons and comics of our youth make for a fascinating and entertaining read.  Every G1 Transformers fan owes it to themselves to read this funny, charming…

Gone, But Not Forgotten: Part 1 – 1982

As a child of the 80’s, I recall toy stores with entire isles dedicated to singular lines like GIJoe or Transformers being common.  Clearly just-in-time inventory systems were not widespread, and larger toy stores like Toys-R-Us and Children’s Palace often stocked like they were hoarders, preparing for a toypocalyse.  It made finding new toys easier,…

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!