Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Battle Corps Month Day 31: Recap and Group Shots

In May, when I began assembling my modern takes on Battle Corps figures, I was planning only a few figures – Beach Head, Wild Bill, three Battle Corps Rangers, a few others. I thought I would roll them out over the course of a week. As I looked at more and more figures, the project grew from Battle Corps Week to Battle Corps Month. All told, the project counts 36 different characters for a total of 44 figures (with multiple troop builders) and 2 vehicles. Not bad for about 4 weeks of customizing.

I started this project as a way of using some of my less used parts and colors. My goal was to make cool customs in a common theme without breaking the bank. The objective was to buy as few parts as possible to complete this. In this aspect, I believe that I succeeded. I wanted to use the parts at my disposal in new and interesting ways. A few customs could benefit from acquiring a few new parts: the Alley Viper’s accessories, the Ice Cream Soldier’s head and a few others come to mind. However, as a whole, I’m super satisfied with the results of this undertaking. I will keep an eye open and if I can ever acquire these parts cheaply, I will improve my customs when I can.

This project was a whole lot of fun to make. It allowed me to use and explore colors, parts and concepts that I usually shy away from because of a lack of realism or wackiness. Now that I have embraced my inner neon, I will be more open to the use of color in my customs. I may revisit this time period at a future date. I picked about three dozen characters for this project, but 1992 to 1995 had many more figures that could serve as inspiration. There are many more Battle Corps figures that could be made – Law, Major Bludd, Dial-Tone, Mindbender, Muskrat, Roadblock and the list goes on. Also, Mail-Away Interrogator, the Arctic Commandos, the Shadow Ninjas or the Air Commandos could all serve as inspiration for a future project. Hmmm, maybe I should look at doing this again…

Thanks for looking and commenting, I hope you enjoyed these as much as I did making them.


1993-94 GI Joe Battle Corps

Drug Elimination Force - DEF

''Green'' Team

Heavy Weapons Specialists

Naval Specialists

1995 Battle Corps Rangers

Cobra Battle Corps

Battle Corps Class of 1986

Cold Weather Specialists

Dramatic Re-Dos

As an added treat, here are a few figures that didn’t make the cut. These are still very preliminary WIPs (Works in progress) and not necessarily the parts (and certainly not colors) that would have been used for my final customs. Some of these I will probably finish. Others will get parted out again. It will depend when/if I revisit this project at a later date.


Air Commandos Spirit:

Battle Corps Rangers Flint:

Battle Corps Rangers Footloose:

Cross Country:

Mail-Away Interrogator:

Battle Corps / Eco Warriors Outback:

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Battle Corps Month Day 30: Battle Corps Rangers Duke

Well, here we are at the end of the month and we have come full circle. We started Battle Corps Month with one of GI Joe’s most iconic characters. It seems fitting that we end with him as well. Duke was supposed to be included in the Battle Corps Rangers line. He was to be packed in with the Sea Wolf, a repaint of the iconic WHALE. We have an idea of what he was supposed to look like from an image of gift-wrapping paper that appeared in 1995. This is my version of this never-produced figure.



Monday, 29 July 2013

Battle Corps Month Day 29: Battle Corps Rangers Hawk and Ace

From 1992 to 1994,  Battle Corps and all the other GI Joe sub lines had been well permeated with wacky outfits and bright colors. In 1995, Hasbro pitched a ‘’return to basics’’ approach. Their proposed ‘’Battle Corps Rangers’’ line would have brought back popular characters in more subdued and realistic military outfits and gear. Unfortunately, the damage was done and GI Joe went on hiatus until 1997.

In 1994-95, American Greetings Corps released GI Joe wrapping paper. It had images of a bunch of unknown characters. The likely hypothesis for their origin is that some of these figures would have been released in the cancelled 1995 Battle Corps Rangers line. This line would have brought GI Joe back to its roots with realistic military figures and colors. One of the images depicted a new version of General Hawk holding an American Flag and saluting.

Another character found on the 1995 gift wrapping paper is Ace.  Most likely, Hasbro would have released this figure as part of the never-produced Battle Corps Rangers line. Perhaps he would have been included with a new vehicle? We may never know.
In the meantime, I used the image as inspiration for these customs.



Saturday, 27 July 2013

Battle Corps Month Day 28: Bazooka

Here is a sneak peek at day 28 just for our regular readers :)

In 1993, Bazooka became a sports fisherman, or so his outfit would lead us to believe. According to his filecard, ‘’ extensive traveling made Bazooka homesick and long for his favorite hobby: fishing.’’ I guess he went straight from the lake into battle with this getup. Jokes aside, Bazooka embodies the wackiness of this era. He is about as far removed from realistic military as you can get. Yet, the figure has a lot of charm.

Battle Corps Bazooka was the first figure I wanted to make when I tackled this project. Unfortunately, I looked through my ‘’big man’’ Joe fodder and couldn’t find the parts that worked. I went back and forth for a couple of weeks until I remembered that I had a spare Captain America Crossbones. When I snapped the Bazooka head on the body, everything clicked into place and Bazooka was born. Of course, I had to include some fishing gear.