Sunday, 10 December 2017


For anyone on Instagram, you can follow me at oreobuildercustoms. 

Fear not, new projects will continue to be posted here as well. In fact, the blog always has more pictures, parts lists and info.  However, Instagram works well to follow on the go via mobile or tablet. 

See you there!


Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Project: No Joe!

I have not been posting much in the last while. I have been busy with other things as well as taking a break from customizing. After so many large projects in rapid succession in the last few years, I needed to recharge my creative batteries so to speak.

That said, I have not been completely idle. I will have some new stuff to show before the holidays. But, more importantly, the guys from PHX Customs and I have cooked up a new project. Coming in February 2018 and in concert with annual Custom Celebration, we will be debuting Project: No Joe!

More info coming soon!

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

GI Joe Redemption Fancast by FlixMentallo21!

FlixMentallo21 is at it again. He had previously created a fancast for our Redemption project. Now, he posted his fancast for GI Joe Redemption. Check it out here:



Saturday, 2 September 2017

Red Shadows - Black Major, Red Jackal and Hyena Tank

Red Jackal

I resisted making this custom for years as Destro is really recognizable and I believe that a repaint of him to make a different character is impossible. The repaint will always look like Destro. Still, while playing around with spare parts, I threw this guy together. It’s a simple recipe and one that other customizers have already probably done.

I figure he could be Destro’s cousin or uncle, someone who represents MARS to the Red Shadows so Destro himself can focus on selling weapons and keeping Cobra happy.

Head: Marvel Drax
Torso, arms: 25th Destro v1
Legs: 25th Destro (IG)


This was a super simple custom inspired by RelenaWarcraft’s version. The custom only required removing the original Operation Crimson Sabotage stickers and replacing them with Reprolabels.

For a long time, I told myself that I would not make this custom. I felt that the HISS is too recognizable as Cobra’s weapon. Making it red did not change that fact. However, seeing RelenaWarcarft’s version as well as finally putting together a Red Jackal custom make me change my mind and take the plunge.

All: Operation Crimson Sabotage HISS with Toyhax labels

Black Major

My version is a straight forward re-do of the original and is heavily inspired by HypnoHustler’s excellent custom. I changed a few details to try to replicate the original figure as much as possible.

Head: MTF
Torso: ROC Paris Pursuit Snake Eyes
Legs: ROC Cobra Commander
Feet: DG Cobra Commander
Upper arms: 25th Duke
Lower arms: ROC Zartan
Cap: 25th Red Star

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Action Force SAS Squad Leader - Eagle

Eagle was part of SAS, Action Force’s special ops team. I tried to pick parts that best mimic the original’s look. I skipped the holster on his hip because there is already one on the vest.

Head: PTE (?)
Torso, arms: RoC Aqua Viper Officer
Legs: RoC Snake Eyes
Vest: ROC Pit Commando

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Action Force SAS Attack Trooper and Barracuda

Here are a couple of easy ones to add to my Action Force SAS ranks.

Attack Trooper

Head: Retaliation Airborne
Torso, arms, mask, helmet: 50th Shock Trooper
Legs: ROC Snake Eyes


Head: Marauder MTF
Torso: 50th Shock Trooper
Upper arms: ROC Snake Eyes
Lower arms: ROC Duke (Training)
Upper legs: ROC Dr Lewis
Lower legs: ROC Eel
Backpack, mask: ROC Shipwreck

and the SAS team so far...

Monday, 21 August 2017

Action Force Dolphin and Moondancer

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

One of these repainted Joes was Zap. In the UK, he became Dolphin, a member of a member of Q-Force, Action Force’s amphibious strike team. My version is a straight forward re-do of the original, including using a vintage style helmet.

Helmet: ARAH vintage Battle Gear
Visor: 25th Flash
Head: Retaliation Kwinn
Everything else: DG Duke V2

Another one of these repainted Joes was Short-Fuze. In the UK, he became Moondancer (version 2), a member of Action Force’s Space Force. My version is a straight forward re-do of the original, including using a vintage style helmet.

Helmet, visor: ARAH vintage Battle Gear
Everything else: DG Duke V2



Friday, 11 August 2017

Adventure People Frogman and Construction Workers Playset

The Adventure People Frogman was one of the later figures released in the original line. It did not include any accessories and was repaint of other diver figures. When picking parts, I wanted to avoid simply repainting a 25th Torpedo, so I changed things up with a different torso and arms. After that, I wanted to add some proper accessories. Now, I'm one figure closer to a complete modern Adventure People collection.

Head: 25th Torpedo
Torso: PoC Shock Trooper
Lower arms: RoC Duke
Upper legs: 25th Cobra Commander
Upper arms, lower legs: 25th Cobra Diver

In 2016, I made a bunch of customized Adventure People figures. Among them were Barney and Frank, the Construction workers. When I posted them, someone commented that I should make them their scaffolding to complete the original set. It took a little while to get back to this, but an online Playmobil sale allowed me to pick up a perfect scaffold to use with them. I painted the boards yellow to match the original toy and found Frank and Barney some accessories. Now, they are ready to get building.

Scaffolding: Playmobil repainted
Accessories: Various Playmobil and other lines



Sunday, 6 August 2017

Adventure People Clawtron and Space Commander


Clawtron was released on a card and not part of any set. It was a franken-figure made up of parts from previous figures and a new paint scheme. As far as I know, no back-story was provided for the character so kids could make up their own. I imagine that Clawtron is one of the blue-skinned alien henchmen, a cyborg allied with Brainoid, doing his nefarious deeds. The custom itself is pretty simple. Most of the parts were already black, so it was just a matter of painting some details.

Head: RoC Snake Eyes
Torso, hands: 25th BATS
Arms: RoC Neo Viper
Legs: RoC Barbecue

Space Commander

After making customs based on the Alpha Probe Astronaut and Brainoid, I started looking at other space based Adventure People for inspiration. The Space Commander jumped out as a cool retro space dude. The Marauder Task Force head oozes character. I picked the body parts with two criteria in mind. First, the original figure was a repaint of various diver figures, so I looked for parts that mimicked a tight-fitting body suit. Second, I wanted to avoid painting as much red as possible. Fortunately, the 25th Cobra Diver checks off both boxes.

Head: Marauder Task Force
Torso, arms, legs: 25th Cobra Diver
Collar: PoC Steel Brigade
Feet: 25th Cobra Commander