December112013

custom: wookie bounty hunter

i had recently bought a bunch of wookie figures in hopes to kit-bash/fix my 2005 ROTS wookie warriors. that didn’t really work out, but i was able to make a bounty hunter-looking chewbacca from the parts i was left with. i’ve seen (and dismissed) many custom variations using the mcquarrie concept chewbacca, but actually having one has exceeded my expectations of the figure. the only downside is that the figure’s shoulders are limited by swivel joints.

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head, forearms & lower legs: saga collection early bird chewbacca
the rest: TAC mcquarrie concept chewbacca

November162013

custom: penguin commando hummock

this was my attempt to bring back the o.g. penguin commandos. i wasn’t totally happy with the end product, but thought it deserved some mention.

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head: batman returns penguin commando
the rest: g.i. joe PoC jungle assault skydive

October312013

custom: skirmisher augment

the halo: reach skirmisher minor was another great-looking figure cursed by limited poseability. after seeing glowing reviews of the halo 4 elite ranger, i figured it was a good candidate for a head swap, especially since the elite ranger’s head is trapped by a non-removable helmet. oh, and that rifle though.. that rifle?! after some very intense drilling, i ended up with a beastly-sized skirmisher.

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head: halo reach skirmisher minor
everything else: halo 4 elite ranger

August242013

described to me as “the best superhero movie so far this year,” i finally saw and very much enjoyed justice league: flashpoint paradox. at first, the animation style and character designs were distracting, but the great storyline and action eventually won me over. the ongoing war in the alternate universe is ripe with tension and brutality. glad they didn’t hold back. great stuff, but it left me longing for a legitimately shared dc animated universe rooted in bruce tim’s justice league or greg weisman’s young justice.

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July32013

custom: matt trakker

i needed a generic non-star wars mercenary-type, and the matt trakker figure came to mind. besides trakker’s helmet, head, and chest armor, this guy’s parts are all from my fodder bin. the only painting done was the black on the thighs.

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helmet, head, & chest armor: 25th anniv. matt trakker
torso & upper arms: RoC flash
forearms & lower legs: RoC accelerator suit ripcord
thighs: 25th anniv. mercenary wraith

May172013

custom: republic hunter

i wanna try to use up as many parts as possible from my fodder bin to kit-bash up some characters. fortunately i’ve got a good number of clone trooper parts which provide great articulation for potential new characters. unfortunately, customs with clone trooper parts have been done to no end.

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helmet: clone trooper from 2012 deluxe barc speeder
forearms & jetpack: the force unleashed multi-pack jump trooper
lower legs: RotS super-articulated clone trooper
blaster: CG clone wars clone trooper
everything else: comic pack bultar swan

April262013

custom: cobra leader

the torso of this agent helix figure sat unused in my fodder bin for the longest. i figured i’d repaint the figure’s yellow jumpsuit in order to create a “commander” for my cobra forces.

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head: RoC M.A.R.S. officer
forearms: RoC neo-viper
lower legs: RoC reactive scarlet
everything else: RoC agent helix

April112013

finally picked up some retaliation stuff, but i still haven’t seen the movie.

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March172013

the end of young justice

as years go by, there are fewer and fewer shows/properties that really bring out my fandom. so when young justice and green lantern: the animated series ended, the letdown was more severe.

loved young justice from the start. the new take on the characters’ backgrounds, motivations, and designs made me feel that this was going to be the best, most realistic take on the DC universe, which i had waiting for. however, with the series’s numerous plot elements, and being hampered by hiatuses, it’s not surprising that the ending was rushed. oh well. hopefully the creators will get the chance to come through on their open-ended conclusion.

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i think overall, green lantern ended up being the more solid series.

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March92013

an upcoming summer with new jurassic park dinos? it almost takes me back to ‘93. with the return of jurassic park to theaters in 3D, they’ve put out some dinos with great sculpts, articulation, removable dino-damage (it’s back!), and of course gimmicky action features. last, but not least, incorporating g.i. joe figures to this property is an excellent idea. the scale and theme of the joes fits JP nicely. i’m questioning that $30 price point though.

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