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.

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

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



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




Thursday, 15 September 2016

DTC Monkey Wrench

In many ways, the DTC line incorporated the best elements of sculpting, articulation and figure construction from previous New Sculpt lines and produced several solid figures. DTC Monkey Wrench is such a figure. Although I'm not the biggest Dreadnok fan, I thought it would be fun to remake Monkey Wrench into the modern format. Since I use the RoC version as the character, I will be renaming this guy Switch Blade.

Head, coat: DTC Monkey Wrench
Torso: 25th Roadblock
Arms, legs: PoC Zartan




Wednesday, 14 September 2016

1997 Concept Cobra Commander

1997 Concept Cobra Commander

1997 brought GI Joe back to store shelves after a two year hiatus. The new line included several repaints of classic figures. One of the characters included in the line was Cobra Commander in his 1987 battle armor. However, it seems that was not the original plan. In concept pictures from 1996-97, Cobra Commander is shown in his classic battle mask look from 1982-83. His uniform is a darker blue and the highlights are red and bronze.

I've always been fascinated by unproduced figures such as this. Even though it is a simple repaint, I wanted to do it to include in my ever growing 1997 ME customs collection.

Thanks to for the reference pic. The last pic is the Cobra Commander that we were supposed to get and the Cobra that we did get, in modern form.



All: Retaliation Ultimate Cobra Commander

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

GI Joe vs Cobra Gung-Ho

This custom started as a simple LBC. I swapped 50th Gung-Ho's head onto a Retaliation Roadblock body thinking it would make a decent and easy GvC version of the character. I was going to remove the Arashikage tattoo and call it done, but Dusty79 suggested swapping the feet for Kwinn boots. I took the good advice and figured that since I was at it, I could paint over the camo pattern, add the knee pads, add the white shirt, update the vest and make a proper GvC Gung-Ho.

Head: 50th Gung-Ho
Torso, arms, legs: Retaliation Roadblock
Boots: Retaliation Kwinn