Sunday, 26 May 2013

2 For 1 Sunday! - Dusty and Mangler

Recently, I have been looking at some of my past customs with an eye on refreshing them a bit. Way back when the GI Joe 25th Anniversary figures were being released (2007-2008), I made a custom of Dusty version 2 (The one with the beret and the coyote). The custom was ok for it's time, but, with all the excellent parts released in the last couple of years, Dusty was looking dated. I pulled him from the shelf thinking I could swap out his legs or give him some other minor change to update him. I ended up rebuilding and repainting it from scratch.

Mangler probably isn't a Joe that is very well know to a casual fan. The character appeared in only one issue from the original Marvel comic book run: Special Missions 13. He was a young GI Joe recruit who accompanied Dusty and Lightfoot during a desert mission. A couple of months ago, I picked up this issue at a comic book store and knew that Mangler would make a fun custom, so I gave it a try.

For both of these, I did not stick exactly to their original looks. I re-invented them a bit. Here are the results of these efforts - Dusty version 2 and Mangler. Just for fun, I snapped a picture of all my recent customs together.



Saturday, 25 May 2013

Classic Steel Brigade Trooper

The Steel Brigade trooper was one of the first GI Joe exclusive Mail-in figures. Starting in 1987 and being available for several years, this GI Joe figure came in at least 5 variants. It is still one of the most sought after figures from the original '80s line. Recently, Hasbro released a couple of versions of this figure in the Pursuit of Cobra line. These figures are excellent updated versions. However, I really wanted a more classic looking figure for my 25th anniversary shelf, so I made this one.

So, here is my version of the classic Steel Brigade Trooper.



Friday, 24 May 2013

Spare Parts Brigade! Battle Corps Cobra HEAT Viper

I'll be posting this up on Joecustoms and Hisstank tomorrow, but I wanted to give you give you guys a first look.

This one is pretty wacky, but being a Joe fan means embracing (or at least tolerating) the crazier aspects of the history of the brand, at least in my opinion.

Playing around with some extra fodder, I came up with these. Anyone who knows what the vintage Battle Corps HEAT Viper looked like will know what to expect. To those who don't, well, let's just say that the figure was a product of it's time: the early '90s. Despite being part of my Spare Parts Brigade, I'm pretty happy with how close the result is to the original.

A warning, you may need sunglasses.

Last warning!

Here you go, 1993 Battle Corps HEAT Viper in all it's neon glory!



Battle Corps Gung-Ho

I know what you're thinking, two posts in two days? What is going on? That's right, another day, another custom. 1992 was a year when GI Joe started it's descent into neon colors, spring-loaded launchers and generic file cards. Basically, Hasbro started moving away from the recipe that had made ARAH a success. However, there were a few solid figures during that year and Gung-Ho was one of them. He featured relatively decent accessories and realistic military colors.

So here is my modern version of the Cajun marine, complete with flag and machine gun.



Thursday, 23 May 2013

Finally! An Update! Dialtone!

Hey guys, I can't believe that it has been almost 6 months since I posted anything. I have been taking a small break from collecting/customizing. Well, not a complete break, but you could call it a slowdown. Between a busy winter and spring at work and life as well as a drought of new Joes at retail, I haven't had the time or inspiration to get my butt into my workshop. I have been working on a few things though. I rediscovered Transformers thanks to the Masterpiece line and Kreons. I have also been doing a commission job for a fellow Joe fan. I'm working on three vehicles for him and they are progressing well. I will post these up as soon as I can. Also, I have been working on some entries for the next Group Project - Small Playsets, as well as a few figures here and there. So, all in all, I'm slowly getting back into the flow of things.

I'll be posting some new stuff over the next few days, so keep an eye on this space. Let's start this back up with a new version of Dial-Tone. If you recall, last year, I made a custom 25th DT for a friend's birthday. I had the parts to make a spare for myself. However, I never really liked my custom. With the release of some new awesome figures at retail, specifically the Retaliation 3-pack Firefly, I decided to revisit my custom. So, I present 30th anniversary Dial-Tone.



Comparison shot of 1986 Dial-Tone, my 25th anniversary custom and my 30th anniversary custom.