Minor/Repaint: Classics Goldbug (custom head)

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  1. SmokescreenSWE

    SmokescreenSWE Well-Known Member

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    Being brought up on the Transformers comic, Goldbug is much more relevant to me than Bumblebee. His (mis)adventures with Blaster and the rivalry with Grimlock is one of the most important arcs in the comic, and I always felt there was an interesting dynamic with Goldbug, a small golden robot, replacing Scrounge as Blaster's friend.

    Like with many of my customs, Goldbug is the repaint I had waited for that never happened. The Classics Bumblebee was released in 2006 and has received a huge number of repaints, but always as different variations on Bumblebee himself. There's even Goldbug-coloured versions of the Alternity and Legends figures, although they both use the original head. With Hasbro happily making new heads for repaints, I had thought Goldbug was a given. Apparently not.

    So I bought a second Bumblebee and set to work. There has been a few third-party castings of a Goldbug head, but I wanted to make one myself. Both because none of them really captured his looks, and because I didn't feel like spending another $20+ on this figure. The head was built on the original one, with the entire face sawed off. The new one is built from scratch using styrene and a small strip of transparent plastic. Having bought sets of thinner and grooved styrene, I was able to make much better details than my earlier custom heads (Blaster and Smokescreen). The smaller size was also an interesting challenge, especially with the nose.

    The colour scheme is entirely based on his Universe profile in the comics, which is also why his eyes are clear. I didn't bother with a gun since Goldbug never, from what I can remember, used a gun in the comic, even when going up against Starscream.

    This repaint didn't take long. The head took about an evening to finish, and all the painting was made on a sunny day after that. In the same time I also produced an add-on kit for another figure, but that's for another time...

    Blog post here
     

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  2. SMOG

    SMOG Vocab-champion ArgueTitan

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    Love the G1 Marvel homage pictures! Nice Goldbug (in comic colours, no less). The custom head turned out really well. He looks like he just stepped off the page. :) 

    zmog
     
  3. aledromo

    aledromo Decepticon at the Gate

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    Agreed. Great plotline.

    What gold did you use?
     
  4. tuddymus bee

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    Looks great
     
  5. SmokescreenSWE

    SmokescreenSWE Well-Known Member

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    The spray paint is made by Maribu, a German company. No idea if it's available overseas.
     
  6. BScorpinok75

    BScorpinok75 Squadron X #1 Consultant

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    Awesome!!!
     
  7. D-Unit

    D-Unit #1 Heel

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    Very nice. Was just reading those old comics with the Scraplets in them over the weekend
     
  8. jazz89

    jazz89 i'm rockin' moon base 1.

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    looks spot on! love all the gold:drool: 
     

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