It's been quite a while, but the TFW2005 Creative Spotlights
are back! Now on a regular semi-scheduled basis, every two weeks here on TFW2005
we will be looking at something we think is special from TFW2005's Creative subforums
(Namely the Radicons Customs
and the Fan Art
groups) and do a special little article on it, where we interview the individual a little bit about themselves and what they do/have done on the boards. Sort of as a thank you to the creative subforums- which is one of the biggest communities here on TFW2005.
First up, we have something that was originally planned to run in TFWe
: A Radicons spotlight on Chansformers' Kreon Omega Supreme
! A few months ago, we went out and interviewed Chansformers regarding this custom piece, as well as his history of making customs and his creative process. Check out the interview, as well as a gallery of his custom after the jump. TFW2005: How in the world did you come up with the idea of using the giant LEGO Minifig for a custom like this? Chansformers:
One day I was at Toys R Us, looking at pics of Kreons at the display. I looked over, saw the flashlight minifig guys and almost instantly saw Kreon-sized combiner potential. I still want to try to acquire one of the giant 2-feet-tall display figs in the TRU isles somehow. TFW2005: Is there anything you wish you could have done differently? Chansformers:
During the build, I wanted to try to keep the whole LED flashlight still functional. When I was modifying the chest, I made sure to make the button for the light still functional. It was only once I altered the back and added the pack/thrusters/wings and attached them permanently, sealing in the batteries for the light. One day I may go back and try to switch it all around if I can. TFW2005: How did you go about creating this? Was there anything different from your normal processes that you had to go through? Chansformers:
To create this, I used the same process i always go through: Digging through parts bins, test fitting, altering/cutting, adding pieces on, removing pieces, etc. There usually really is no set plan, the pieces just fall into place as I go along. Sometimes you find the perfect piece, but you have to cut it out from a bigger piece. Other times you spend 4 hours fabbing a certain area, only to discover you did something wrong awhile back... Fun times. TFW2005: Are you currently working on anything else? Chansformers:
My coffee/bash table is currently overflowing. I've been warned a few times by wifey so far, so a lot of these have to be finished very soon and the table cleared, as my wee one is now able to reach pretty high and grab stuff. TFW2005: How did you get your start making customs? Chansformers:
I've always been an artsy kind of guy since I was young, give me an ink pen and some paper and I'll show you a trick. I started by making my own G.I. Joes and bashing Joe vehicles (adding details/paint/motors/lights/sounds/etc.) As for just TFs, I started quite as few years back. A lot of my main inspirations back then came from guys like TFMaster, Dak, Jin Saotome, etc. Unfortunately, I was even more computer stupid back then and was stuck being a lurker as I had no clue how to even sign up/log in to sites. IIRC, it was 06 or 07 that i actually learned how to log in, load pics, etc. TFW2005: Do you have a favorite work of yours? Chansformers:
I actually have two favorites: The first being Classics Powermaster Prime from a modified first run City Commander armor. He holds a special place in my heart in that he was the first City Commander armor to be modified, and he won me first place at TFCon. The second would have to be Classics Omega Supreme. He also helped me win a first place at TFCon a different year, and he's also the biggest custom I've finished to date until the big one comes.
Special thanks to TFW2005 Radicon Chansformers
for taking the time for the interview itself, and many apologies for taking so long to let it see the light of day! Check back in two weeks for the next entry into TFW2005's Creative Spotlight. Will you be featured in an upcoming entry? Only time will tell!