Non-TF: MegaBlok GI Joe Customs

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  1. mwm

    mwm Well-Known Member

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    I collect Transformers and GI Joe, as well as things that fit in with either collection. I love the MegaBloks figures scale; it puts them close to Masterpiece TF size, so I can add some humans to my MP dios. However, they're mostly generic. I decided to tackle customs of GI Joe figures in the MB scale. I'd made some customs before, just making characters as I found parts that fit the characters. But now, I've changed my approach. I'm going to customize GI Joe characters chronologically, starting with 1982. There are a couple caveats: if a character had multiple releases, I'm not going to make each one. I'm going to go with the one that I liked the best. Some will be the character as I would have made him. However, they'll be displayed with the other characters from their first year of release. Some of the figures have a lot of customizing done to them, while others are all just parts-swapping, without even a drop of paint added. I'll be doing all the Joes first, then go back and do the Cobras. I will also be adding Action Force characters (I've already made Skeletrons) but am not sure how they'll work into my universe.

    For now, here is the class of 1982:
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    Rock n Roll (v2 inspired. Hair sculpted on and painted, rest of figure is factory), Breaker (figure is factory with headset crafted onto helmet), Clutch (factory with parts swapping)

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    Clutch (again), Grunt (in back, all factory), General Hawk (factory with holster and strap fashioned from clear elastic band painted black and glued on)

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    Steeler (factory with parts swapping, range finder crafted and glued to helmet), Snake-Eyes (factory with painted head and parts swapping), Stalker (TMNT Casey Jones head sculpted to look like v2 mask, painted to look like v2 character, body is factory), Scarlett (painted head to toe, 'white' is actually light tan. figure is a place holder until articulated females are available), Short Fuze (factory with glasses crafted by dropping/smoothing glue on his face then painting them)

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    Better shot of Short Fuse, Grand Slam (silver pads version. Factory with painted padding and visor crafted from clamshell packaging glued to helmet), Flash (Factory with pads painted red and visor crafted from clamshell packaging glued to helmet. Backpack made by cutting down a gun with 3mm handle, thread glued to backpack and gun to give the cabled appearance), Zap (factory with 'pencil' mustache painted on)

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    Overhead view to better show Stalker, Grand Slam, and Flash

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    Overhead to better show Breaker's helmet, shot of Grunt.


    One thing I noticed in the pics, especially on RnR's torso and Grunt's face -- These figures are made from a plastic that gets a filmy appearance over time. It's easily wiped off but isn't always noticeable when looking at them. It certainly stands out in pictures, though.


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    Stormvapor Well-Known Member

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    Soooo awesome!
    I really want to see the commander :) 
     
  3. mwm

    mwm Well-Known Member

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    I actually already had CC and a couple others done from earlier customs:
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  4. shiftypenguin

    shiftypenguin Fancy-Pantsless Dancer

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    Cool! Great work!
     
  5. mwm

    mwm Well-Known Member

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    Only got one figure done today. Presenting Gung-Ho. TMNT Bebop upper body and CoD lower body.
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    Nice work, I did a bunch of these too.
     
  7. mwm

    mwm Well-Known Member

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    Thanks. Any pics of your work?
     
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    Thanks! And thanks for linking to Nacho's thread; I somehow missed it, so it was good seeing his work.

    I found some pics of other MB customs I'd done in the past, so thought I'd link them up here, too (sorry they're kind of blurry, they were taken when I was just learning the camera on my phone):

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    MB Action Force Red Shadow's Skeletrons:
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    MB MOTU Whiplash (when I saw this TMNT figure, I just knew I had to make this character from it. The tail is posable):
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    Class of '83. I took a couple of cues from Nacho and his MB Joes on a couple of these:
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    Class of '84 is done:
    Link to pics from front back, and sides
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    Cutter, Deep Six, Thunder -- I'm not happy with Deep Six's helmet, but it was the best I could come up with. I may revisit it later. Thunder is pretty much just a parts swap

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    Duke, Spirit, Ripcord, Mutt -- Duke is pretty much parts swap. I still need to find an eagle for Freedom and a ~1:36 Rottweiler for Junkyard.

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    Recondo, Roadblock, Blowtorch -- Recondo was straight out of the package, with paint apps for camo and sleeve insignia, as well as face painted and boonie modded to look more like his iconic hat. Roadblock is a TMNT Bebop with CoD legs and Assassin's Creed head, machine gun and backpack are from a knock-off Lego set, his straps ride a bit high; I need to trim the back strap so they'll sit lower on him. Blowtorch was a lot of sculpting.

    Back view of Recondo, Roadblock, Blowtorch:
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    Including this because Blowtorch's backpack is completely scratch-built. It's not an exact duplicate of his original, but it's close.
     
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    Finished up the Class of '85:

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    Awesome
     
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    mwm Well-Known Member

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    Thanks. I got a ton of notifications of new likes, which reminded me of this thread. I haven't done any Joe customs lately, except an update to my Deep Six Except for the head, he's a complete 3D design and print of my own:
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    a welcomed update...nice work
     
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    Man, these are great! For a while now I've felt the Mega Bloks/Construx "Micro Action Figures" were basically perfectly scaled for current Generations scale, so I love seeing projects like this.
     
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    Mega Construx is my jam for customs and action figures while ~1:64 is where I look for setting up epic dioramas.
     
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    Nice! I really think hasbro missed out and should have gone this scale!
     
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    Seeing the whites in the eyes with the small pupils reminds me of the comics in the old ToyFair Magazines.
     
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    Love the printed parts for Deep Six. He is one of my favorites.