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



Friday, 28 July 2017

GUTS! Aikido Force

''You command them to penetrate enemy lines, infiltrate and perform sabotage missions! They're warrior specialists with the best warfare technology in their hands. They've got the right stuff to get the toughest job done! They've got...GUTS!''
GUTS! was a line of small (2.5''-3'') army men. Released in 1986, each figure was molded in one piece, had no articulation and was painted. They were available in packs of 2, 5 and 10 and there were 6 squads for a grand total of 60 different soldiers to collect.

I loved army men as a kid. I probably had about a hundred of these plastic guys and they got at least as much play time as my Joes. So when GUTS! were released, I jumped at the chance to collect some. The TV commercial was really cool too. Aside from the size and the paint, the thing that set these apart was the styling. These little guys looked like they jumped out of 80's action movies like Rambo or Commando. Also, each one had a name and a one-line bio on the back of the packaging.

After I made my first 6 customs (in early 2016 for PHX Customs Retro Toy Chest project) – one from each squad – I continued looking at the rest of the original figures. I thought I would make a few once in a while and fill in the squads gradually. However, when I jump in, it’s with both feet. Anyway, before I knew it, I had all the figures for Aikido Force, the Jungle Fighters and Green Berets built on my desk and waiting to be painted.

Aikido Force was finished first because of their simple color palette. I tried to stay as close to the originals as possible without extensive mods. The originals were all black, but this was boring on a 4’’ figure so I added subtle gray and silver highlights.

Dark Dragon
''Fierce and powerful king of the knife''

Head: AVAC Cast
Webgear: 25th Cobra Trooper
Everything else: Renegades Storm Shadow (Amazon 4-pack)


''Hot shot hurler with bullseye precision!''

Head: Retaliation Combat Ninja
Torso, arms: PoC Snake Eyes
Vest: 25th Zartan
Legs: 25th Storm Shadow

Iron Fist 
''Holder of the ancient secret of the iron hand!'' 

Head: resolute Duke
Torso: Resolute Snake Eyes
Upper arms: 25th Gung Ho
Lower arms: Resolute Storm Shadow
Legs: RoC Starm Shadow

''Master of devastating feats of prowess and speed!''

Head: resolute Duke
Torso, legs: 25th Storm Shadow
Arms: ?

Panther Claw
''Fast and unseen, out of nowhere, he pounces on the enemy!''

Head: AVAC cast
Torso: Retaliation Firefly
Arms: DG Snake Eyes
Upper legs: Resolute Storm Shadow
Lower legs: ROC Neo Viper

''Armed and ready to spring into action!'' 

Head: Star Wars Clone Trooper
Torso, arms: Retaliation Kamakura
Legs: PoC Hawk
Vest: PoC Storm Shadow
Helmet: RoC MARS Officer (modified)

''Flashes a blazing path against all enemies!''

Head: Retaliation Storm Shadow
Torso, upper arms, legs: 25th Iron Grenadier
Lower arms: DG Snake Eyes
Skirt: PoC Storm Shadow
Helmet: PoC Snake Eyes

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Action Force Blowtorch

I was reading Mike T's blog article about Antorcha, a Blowtorch repaint that was released in Argentina. I love his blog. His articles are always insightful. In the article, he mentions that he would have liked to have gotten different Blowtorch versions from international markets:

"So, there's 6 uses of the mold: but 4 are basically the same and the other two are just slightly different. I'd have loved a Night Force Blowtorch, an Action Force green Blowtorch, a Sky Patrol Blowtorch (though TNT kind of fills that role), a wacky Funskool Blowtorch and even a desert themed Blowtorch." - Mike T.

I did a whole bunch of Blowtorch versions a while back using spare 50th figures, but an Action Force version never crossed my mind. Since I still have figures from the 2-packs, I decided to take on the challenge.

The build is simply 50th Blowtorch. I swapped the head since I consider him a different character in my Joe-verse. For colors, I picked the same pallet as my previous Z-Force customs - green with black and red accents.

Head: Retaliation Firefly
Everything else: 50th Blowtorch

Edit: here is the link for Mike T's blog

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Cobra MSV

The Cobra MSV was originally released in 1983 only at Sears in Canada. Because it was produced in limited numbers, it has become a highly sought after collector’s item. Since I don’t want to pay secondary market prices for this set, it has been on my customs to-do list for a while. The recent announcement of the 2017 SDCC exclusive Missile Command HQ kick started my interest in all things early ARAH, so I whipped out my WIP and got it completed. It is a simple custom. Paint everything black, add Cobra stickers, done. However, I kept some dark gray parts of the 50th VAMP unpainted to break up the black.

VAMP: 50th VAMP with vintage gun and PTE clip
MMS: Vintage

Here is the original courtesy of

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

GI Joe Redemption Bonus Day

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