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