Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Adventure People Alien Pilot

This guy is part of my ongoing Adventure People project. I remember that my neighbor friend that lived across the street had the original figure and vehicle - the Firestar 1 (or Alpha Star 1) - when I was a kid. When I started researching the Adventure People last year, The blue alien was one of the first ones that I remebered. A few weeks ago, I realized that 25th Deep Six would make a good base for a modern custom, even if it would be less articulated than the original, so I moved him to the top of my to-do list.

Enjoy,

OB











Friday, 11 March 2016

Adventure People Rescue Copter and Safari








Air Rescue Copter
The Adventure People line was launched by Fisher Price in 1975. The sturdy sets allowed older kids to act out various action and adventure scenarios with the 4’’ figures and vehicles. I had a few sets as a kid (still have my Safari Truck packed away somewhere). Since I built a homage to the Safari Expedition in 2015, I figured I would keep the theme going with another one of my childhood favorites – the Air-Sea Rescue Copter.

I used the PTE Little Bird as a base. This allowed me to fit two pilots and there is a small area in the back to fit a stretcher. It replaces the original’s life raft, so my version is the Air-Land Rescue Copter. I stayed as true as possible to the original colors.

For the pilots, I tried to keep the ‘’simple’’ look and feel of the original figures. To do this, I used 25th parts. These have slightly less sculpted detail than the more modern bank. At the same time, 25th parts have a decent range of motion. The paint colors mimic the original figures as well.

All: PTE Little Bird with weapons removed








 

Air Rescue Pilot Jess
Head: DG Duke
Helmet: 25th Pilot Scarlett
Torso: 25th Viper
Arms, hands: 25th Spirit
Upper legs: Resolute Cobra Trooper
Lower legs: 25th Ripcord
Lower legs: 25th Ripcord

Air Rescue Pilot Roger
Head: RoC Ripcord
Helmet: 25th Pilot Scarlett
Torso: 25th Viper
Arms, hands: 25th Spirit
Upper legs: Resolute Cobra Trooper
Lower legs: 25th Ripcord








 
Safari Adventurer – Jim
The Adventure People line was launched by Fisher Price in 1975. The sturdy sets allowed older kids to act out various action and adventure scenarios with the 4’’ figures and vehicles. I had a few sets as a kid (still have my Safari Truck packed away somewhere). Since I built a homage to the Safari Expedition in 2015, I thought it would be fun to go back and make the proper figures for the set.

I started with Jim, the dad, or the leader of the expedition depending on how you look at it. He was a pretty straight forward build. I used similar parts to my other Adventure People figures that I have made so far. The Spirit hands homage the strange sculpted hands of the originals.






Head: 25th Steeler

Hat: VvV Wild Bill
Torso, arms: 25th Spirit
Upper legs: Ret Colton (2x right thigh)
Lower legs: Ret Colton (2x right shin)
Feet: Ret Colton

 
Safari Adventurer – Jody
After making Jim – the expedition leader – I looked at making Mom. However, after making April O’neil and Canary Ann custos in the past few months, I figured I had enough figures clad all in yellow. Instead, I decided to make Jody from the Safari Expidition set.









 

Head: DTC Lady Jaye
Torso, arms: 25th Lady Jaye
Legs: RoC Breaker

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Some Really Simple LBCs

I made these during the recent Custom Celebration over at Joecustoms.com. They were for he 48h LBC contest.


Tomax & Xamot
These are as LBC as you can get. However, I liked them enough to make them my default business suit Crimson Twins. If I get motivated, I may paint the pants gray to better match their Sunbow appearance.





 

Head: 25th Tomax & Xamot
Everything else: Marvel Chameleon



Rampart
This is another very simple LBC. This one turned out better than I was expecting. Since I do not have Rampart in my collection, this LBC will stand in until I get around to building and painting a real version.








Head: PoC Dusty
Torso, arms: PoC Night Fox
Legs: PoC Steel Brgade (v2)
Harness: RoC Snake Eyes (City Strike)



Shockwave (Night Force)
While experimenting with MTF parts, I came up with this. I liked the recipe enough to keep him built for now. I may go back and add some painted detail like the thigh straps.










Head: 25th Shockwave
Everything else: Marauder Task Force


Skullbuster
Since I do not have Skullbuster in my collection (I did not pick up the Club’s version), this LBC will stand in until I get around to building and painting a real version.









Head, helmet: 25th Range Viper
Torso, arms, legs: 50th Dusty
Harness: 30th Stalker





Sunday, 6 March 2016

Some Early 2000s Figures: Daina, Big Ben and Storm Shadow


Custom Celebration X finished last week. However, it gave me the opportunity to finish some ''WIPs'' (works in progress) that have been sitting on my desk for a while. I'll be posting these up in the next week.

Big Ben
When GI Joe was re-launched in 1997, several older molds were repainted. This was an opportunity for collectors to get their hands on certain figures that had missed as kids. Big Ben had not been seen since 1992 and was repainted as an Arctic trooper in 2000. I bought this version when I was just getting back into Joes and this repaint always made sense to me. After I found a good recipe to make the original Big Ben, this custom was added to my ‘’to-do’’ list. A couple of weeks ago, I decided to knock it off my list.





Head: 2000 Big Ben
Torso, upper arms: RoC Duke
Lower arms: Retaliation GI Joe Trooper
Legs: 25th Snow Serpent



Daina
Daina sat in my ‘’Work in Progress (WIP)’’ pile for a long time. I built the custom a while back, but since it was a pretty simple painting job, I kept pushing back due to other projects. I kept telling myself ‘’It won’t take long to paint, so I should work on stuff that takes longer first’’. Recently, I told myself that it was time to buckle down and get her finished. I was correct, it was a very quick painting job. She is now displayed with my custom Oktober Guard. Updating them will go on my to-do list now.


 

Head: VvV Comic Pack
Torso, arms: 25th Lady Jaye
Harness: 50th Lady K=Jaye
Legs: RoC Breaker



Storm Shadow (Urban Division)
One of the great things that came out of the New Sculpt years, particularly during Valor Vs Venom, was the Toys R Us 6-packs. These sets took vintage Joes and repainted them into new sub-teams. The Cobra Strike Team - Urban Division was pretty good at the time. It had some good troop builders and a fun version of Storm Shadow clad in gray. Since I have already made Firefly as well as Scrap Iron from this team, I figured that I may as well keep going. Next up will probably be Nullifier.






 

Head: 50th Storm Shadow
Upper legs: 50th Lowlight
Everything else: DG Storm Shadow

Friday, 4 March 2016

Some Action Force Customs

Recently, Joecustoms.com held their annual two-week Customs Celebration. One of the 2-Week challenges was to make Action Force related characters. Here is what I came up with.

''Breaker'' Z-Force Radio Operator, based on the 1983 Palitoy figure:
http://www.bloodforthebaron.com/toys/002/z/019/index.html








Z-Force Minesweeper, based on the 1983 Palitoy figure:
http://www.bloodforthebaron.com/toys/002/z/017/index.html






Z-Force 2 Para, based on the 1982 Palitoy figure:
http://www.bloodforthebaron.com/toys/001/006/index.html






Z-Force Infantryman, based on the 1983 Palitoy figure:
http://www.bloodforthebaron.com/toys/002/z/014/index.html