Botcon 2011 CUSTOMS CLASS..are you in?

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  1. encline

    encline customizer of love TFW2005 Supporter

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    I was thinking it would be nice to say hi to all of those in the customs class before we actually meet...

    I will be there on Wednesday...

    Anyone else?
     
  2. Treadshot A1

    Treadshot A1 Or just 'A1' for short...

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    You're a year late.

    EDIT: good, you fixed the title.
     
  3. encline

    encline customizer of love TFW2005 Supporter

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    lol....well....that is how I roll:) 

    fixed..
     
  4. backlash3906

    backlash3906 Throttlebot

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    Anyone interested in the class just for the experience and not set on keeping their figure? *hopes, likely in vain*
     
  5. hockeygamer40

    hockeygamer40 Autobot Hockey Player 40

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    I thoroughly enjoy the class and the discussions. Third year in a row -- each one a Wednesday class. Hopefully we'll be getting another G2 figure! :) 
     
  6. Superquad7

    Superquad7 We're only human. Super Mod

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    Whoever goes needs to shoot photos!
     
  7. Omnius

    Omnius Well-Known Member

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    Got in on Thursday's! :D 
     
  8. Karhukjnsi

    Karhukjnsi Universal Wrestler

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    WAS going to be in Wednesday's...but poor loading and a timer screwed me.
     
  9. ninety

    ninety NERDS!!

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    In on Thurs, there's four of us from the UK then.
     
  10. DrBifford

    DrBifford Well-Known Member

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    Customizing classes

    I was lucky to get into one a few years ago. I do not understand why Brian doesn't expand the customizing classes? People will spend the money for the class. Look at the demand, it just makes sense in a business to give the customers what they want and the demand is there.
     
  11. Insane Galvatron

    Insane Galvatron is not insane. Really!

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    I've never been able to make it to a customizing class. I tried to register early enough, but the servers would not respond and I never got past the login page until after it sold out. :( 
     
  12. Matty

    Matty @StayingInTheBox Moderator News Staff

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    I'm a first timer class goer and I'll be there on Wednesday! I'm really hoping it's an educational process because I have ZERO experience customizing figures :eek: 

    Hopefully people will help me out. Can't wait to see you all there!
     
  13. gen1fan

    gen1fan G1 PRIME FROM VA TFW2005 Supporter

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    they need to change it to a lottery pick, cause not everyone is able to sitting infront of a computer everyday all day long. Was at the doctors office when the email came out
     
  14. Dragonclaw

    Dragonclaw Comic Ink - Dublin, CA

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    I can see why they can't expand it too much because there IS only 1 Shawn :p  I still would really like to see them add a simultaneous "Advanced" class for people who have taken the class previously and don't need as much supervision...they could easily tripple the number of people that can get in this way :) 
     
  15. Sidecutter

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    In on Wednesday this year. Highrise as well. Looking forward to it, this is still one of the few parts of the con where I'm not having to simultaneously be a dealer and can just enjoy the event.
     
  16. encline

    encline customizer of love TFW2005 Supporter

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    looking forward to a little break before the anarchy...lol..

    For those who have been before....how in depth does it go?
     
  17. sunlink

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    As much as I'd personally like them to increase the class size I believe it actually goes beyond "there's just one Shawn" - don't get me wrong, he's a nice dude and a great guy but I also believe (if I remember hearing correctly) it's Hasbro that's limiting the size. Basically, since Hasbro provides the spruced components of one of their toys it would provide their competitors and I'd imagine the KO companies the easiest way to duplicate Hasbro's toy. I think we saw that with G2 Sideswipe where the sealed bags of spruce parts were sold and then within a few weeks/month G2 Sideswipe were available in China.

    If the time was spent to break all the parts off the spruce and maybe bag them up for each person then maybe that would allow Hasbro to increase the overall number. In my mind it would almost be like buying a toy off the shelf and then deconstructing it. It's a lot of manpower but I'd volunteer to help do that if it would increase the overall size of the class.
     
  18. Sidecutter

    Sidecutter Evil Dealer Scum TFW2005 Supporter

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    Basically, you're going to learn assembly and painting techniques. The figure is complete un-assembled, which is intended to give you a feel for how the figures go together, to help you in dismantling and reassembling figures on your own.
     
  19. videriant

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    You've got 1 Shawn, a handful of assistants and 30+ people per class. If the mix is like last year about half of the people already know what they are doing and half are complete newbs. For Sideswipe last year we had to:

    1) Remove the parts from the sprues. Most could just be twisted off but sometimes you wanted to use an boxcutter to remvoe some flash.

    2) Sort the screws

    3) Some assembly with the screwdriver required that you widen the hole before putting in the screws for a better fit and reduce the chance of stripping the screws during assembly.

    4) For the pin assembly Shawn had some pin pushers. At the beginning his assistants would do it for you but if you felt comfortable they would allow you to do it yourself.

    5) Assembling the headlights required melting the plastic. Shawn did that for everybody. If you stripped your screw he would also use the solder to heat the screw in but there's no going back from that step.

    6) Before painting we were suppose to use this liquid-sand to prep the plastic and then wash and dry the pieces

    7) Painting small details was done with a brush.

    8) The tires were spray painted and then the rims hand-painted.

    9) The windshield was spray painted but since only parts of it needed to be painted you needed to cover parts of it with masking tape first.

    10) Then of course there's the assembly portion.

    That's all I can remember off the top of my head. While you're actually assembling a figure learning all these steps will help you disassemble and customize figures also.
     
  20. gen1fan

    gen1fan G1 PRIME FROM VA TFW2005 Supporter

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    its truly not that hard to do. Now if you never put together a model plane or car then you will be total lost and should not of sign up for the class
     

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