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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 Joecustoms.com annual Custom Celebration, we will be debuting Project: No Joe!
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.