Thursday, 29 September 2016

Action Force Doc

Doc was the Z-Force medic. My version is a pretty straight forward re-do of the original. Finding parts that had similar characteristics was not all that difficult and the recipe came together rather quickly. That said, I started this custom in February 2016. I got it 95% done and got lazy when it was time to paint the cross on his chest (I also got really busy with Resurgence 3). The custom sat on my workbench until the end of the summer until I decided to grab the bull by the horns and get him done.

Head: RoC Pit Commando
Helmet: Captain America
Torso: RoC Snake Eyes (Paris Pursuit)
Arms: Retaliation ultimate Firefly
Upper Legs: 25th Dusty
Lower legs: 25th Beachhead

Enjoy!

OB









Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Action Force Gaucho

This custom has been done by several customizers already and the Club is releasing their own, but I wanted one to add to my Action Force ranks.

Gaucho acted as the Z-Force mechanic and was included in the Action Force HQ. My version is a straight forward re-do of the original. 50th Gung-Ho is an awesome figure so repainting it from head to toe with no mods was fine. I darkened the skin tone a bit to reflect Gaucho’s Mexican roots and removed the tattoo to make him different from Gung-Ho.

Enjoy!

OB






Monday, 26 September 2016

Action Force Steeler

Like his American doppelganger, Steeler was Z-Force’s tank commander and was included with a repainted MOBAT. So far, all official modern era Steelers have been disappointing (at least to me), so I decided to rebuild him from the heels up. I used an obscure head to give him a different face from my 25th version. I use these as two different characters.









Friday, 23 September 2016

Action Force Tracker


In the early 80's, Palitoy released a line of 3.75 inch figures based on their popular Action Man line from the 70s. Although the line included several repainted GI Joe figures and vehicles (like the VAMP, Fang, Mobat, Steeler, Stalker and Snake Eyes to name a few), most of the characters were made from 5 POA figures. These were divided into several sub-teams like SAS (Special Ops) and Z-Force (Infantry).

Tracker was part of the Z-Force’s sapper (combat engineer). My version is a pretty straight forward re-do of the original. Finding parts that had similar characteristics was not all that difficult and the recipe came together rather quickly. I’m not crazy about the head and that may get updated sometime in the future.

This was one of the first customs that I finished for Resurgence 3 (2016). Tracker was slotted to be a ''mail away'' for our mock toy line. Plans changed and I pulled him out of the project. After that, I kind of forgot about him until I started building other Action Force customs.

Head: RoC Ice Storm
Torso, arms, harness: Retaliation Firefly
Legs: RoC Snake Eyes








Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Adventure People Highway Trooper


As with all my previous Adventure People figures, I tried to keep the ''simple'' look and feel of the original figures. I started with Lady Jaye’s helmet from the DTC Comic Pack (44) as this was the closest that I could find to a ‘’CHIPS’’ helmet. After that, the torso and legs were pretty straight forward. Bucky suggested using 25th Breaker’s giant melon to fill in the helmet after my first few head options were disappointing.

After I thought I was done, I looked at different reference pics online and realized that I had painted the helmet the wrong color and omitted the badge, so the figure went back to the WIP stage. I had a spare Renegades Law vest in my fodder, so the changes took no time at all and yielded a better figure. Although the original Adventure People line did not have a police motorcycle, I’m tempted to make one now to complement this figure.
 
Head: 25th Breaker
Helmet: DTC Lady Jaye
Torso, upper arms: RoC Zartan
Legs: Renegades Cobra Commander 









Monday, 19 September 2016

Adventure People Construction Workers


Continuing with the Adventure People theme with the Construction Workers (based on set 352). I wanted Frank to be more heavily built, so I went with Heavy Duty parts from Rise of Cobra. This yielded the hoped-for results while keeping his similarly styled as my previous Adventure People customs.

Frank
Head: Caterpillar figure
Torso, upper arms, hands: ROC Heavy Duty
Lower arms: 2x Right lower arm RoC Heavy Duty
Legs: 50th Snow Job

Barney
Head: Renegades Tunnel Rat
Torso, arms: Resolute Duke
Legs: RoC Storm Shadow

Enjoy!

OB

















Friday, 16 September 2016

Adventure People Mountain Climbers


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 to homage the Safari Expedition in 2015, I figured I would keep the theme going with the Mountain Climbers (based on set 351).

As with all my previous Adventure People figures, I tried to keep the ''simple'' look and feel of the original figures. The trickiest part for Jan was to find parts to make the legs with shorts. I first tried Kwinn’s legs, but they looked massive on the tiny female frame. I decided to interpret the baroness’s legs differently and swapping the feet from high heels to flat boots helped a lot. I’m pretty happy with my solution for now, but I’m open to updating her legs if a better option comes along.



Mountain Climbers - Red
Head: Star Wars Kenobi
Torso, upper arms: RoC Zartan
Lower arms, hands: 25th Airborne
Legs: RoC Ripcord
Harness, backpack: Retaliation Kwinn

Mountain Climbers - Jan Head, torso, arms: 25th Lady Jaye
Legs: RoC Baroness
Feet: RoC Neo Viper
Backpack: Retaliation Kwinn

Enjoy!

OB