Non-TF: MvA Wicked Jack scratchbuild

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  1. Pimp My Toy

    Pimp My Toy AKA Jimster

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    This is a scratch-built action figure of the pumpkin giant from the Monsters Vs Aliens Halloween special, built for the Procustomizers.com Holloween competition. It's huge in the film, so I decided to make it equally huge; it's about 14 inches tall, so should be roughly in scale with the Ginormica/Susan action figure from the line (though I couldn't find one to check).

    The figure was made from a block of foam, trimmed to a basic shape using a hotwire. The foam was then coated with basic details using air-drying clay as it's very cheap, but brittle and cracks as it dries. Having used probably a kilo of the stuff, I coated it all again in mode expensive Milliput epoxy clay. This forms a complete shell around the figure, dries as hard as rock to hold the whole thing together, and takes sculpting detail easily. Even with the airdrying clay making up the bulk, I still got through about five boxes of epoxy on this monster.
    The arms are made from Struxx connectors and ball joints, covered in wire, and both clays again. The big ball joints are firm and can easily hold all the weight I put on them. Lets just say, Lego Knights joints pale in comparison and would not be up to this job.

    The neck is a combination of two large ratchetting joints to give extension and lift, topped by another Struxx ball so that the head can move from a monsterly shrug, to upright like ET, and still look around.

    Finally, he was painted with Tamiya and GW acrylic paints.

    I have to say that he isn't finished yet, being maybe 80% complete so far. I will be casting him which will hopefully make the copies sufficiently lighter so that I can wire him up with some LEDs to make the eyes and mouth glow like the film. Once he's been cast I will also add the finer vine and foliage details, and I still have a shed-load of painting effects and shading to do to make it more movie accurate.

    More pictures of the build process are on my pages.

    Incidentally, this technique is what I'm doing for the TF Prime Unicron build, currently underway. More pics on that soon.


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  2. rattraprules98

    rattraprules98 AKA Chr0nus

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    Wow... that's pretty fuckin creepy...
     
  3. Pimp My Toy

    Pimp My Toy AKA Jimster

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    Well, I suppose it was intended that way ;) 


    *Updated the OP for more detail of the joints and process.
     
  4. Megatron31

    Megatron31 I Belong to Nobody!

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    agreed on creepyness, but awesome none the less
     
  5. Rumble02

    Rumble02 Radicon of Obliticons

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    that is awesome
     
  6. asphalt

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    This is piles of fun. Now I wish there would have been toys for the Halloween special. Something like this sitting on the shelf would be awesome.
     
  7. bellpeppers

    bellpeppers A Meat Popsicle

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    Whoa! Good job, man!

    *edit*
    I type this from my job- only a few miles from Modesto.
     
  8. Stormvapor

    Stormvapor Well-Known Member

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    Perfect in my book!
    I love organic sculpting :) 
     
  9. TheDemonDzko

    TheDemonDzko °-{[●□●]}-° {Beep. Boop.)

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    o_o I want it!
     
  10. Lazerwave

    Lazerwave My Most Prized Treasure

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    Neat!
     
  11. Pimp My Toy

    Pimp My Toy AKA Jimster

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    Cheers fellas.

    I'll be casting a few hopefully, probably in time for next Halloween ;) 

    Thanks! Watch out for those pesky meteorites ;) 

    Thanks guys, much appreciated!
     
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    Very cool. I thought that special was great too.
     

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