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  1. Growing up with Gi Joe in the 70's was great as a kid. Then after my kids started in the 90's with the 3 3/4 Joes I got hooked on collecting them. Fast forward to 2010 when the Club released the 3 3/4 Adventurers, I bought them all and customized more. I just couldn'nt get enough of the fuzzy head bearded Adventurers that I grew up with. But one major piece was missing, the cool vehicles.

    Being a design engineer I thought hey just redesign the vehicles I grew up with using 3D cad then print the pieces out on a 3D printer. I also vacuum formed the bubble from the 3d printed bubble. I've also made the 6x6 ATV complete with working winch.

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  2. Hey All,

     

    This is my first try at sculpting a sword. I have sculpted other items over the years.

    I wanted an epic sword for one of my customs and sculpted one using milliputt.

    First I researched a cool looking blade a saved pics of it for ref.

    Then I searched my junk for a good round handle grip. I found and empty ink pen cartridge and it snapped into the figure hand perfectly. I cut the tube about a half inch long and mixed up a batch of milliputt and started sculpting. Once cured I carved the hard edges using an exacto knife. Paint and done.

     

    Here is a link to a pic of what the sword looks like.

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    Here a pics of the sword.

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  3. you know... I like ankle articulation.. and love double knees.. but it doesn't necessarily ruin a figure if they omit those features IMO

     

    However, the vehicle drivers are a slap in the face to the fans, to kids, to parents that will think they are buying their children a quality toy, to the sculptors that had to waste their talents on these statues, to the factory workers that had to put this garbage together, to the oil that was used for the plastic, and to the entire history of action figures and all of the progress made over the last 30 years!

     

    It looks like they only have t-crotch hips, swivel shoulders, and a neck joint.. that's it. No knee or elbow joints at all... and the arms and legs are pre-posed.

     

    I feel bad for the Joe design team. I mean you know that's not what they wanted to do... you know some number cruncher in a suit came in and screwed their plans big time. I think I would have refused rather than put my name on such sub-par work. Those figures are embarrassing

     

    Kids are spoiled on the articulation as well that's exactly why Green Lantern action figures bombed so badly. They had tough time selling even at clearance prices. As far as customizers buying them for fodder the only thing usable was the head. It is ashame because alot of these are sculpted extremely well. Clutch looks awesome except he's just a Ken Doll now!

    Jinx will be the third exclusive I won't get, oh well at least I found the 30th Stormy before Christmas. Hopefully Hasbro will be smart enough to sprinkle in some 30th in the line if we make it past the first wave of peg warmers! It's ashame to with everyone digging the movie line!

  4. Looks great! I've wanted to give this a shot with some other figures how would you rate the difficulty and cost? Looking forward to seeing your future additions!

     

    Thanks for all the great replies!!

     

    I just purchased a starter kit at Hobby Lobby and it had the RTV silicone rubber to make the mold the cups and sticks for measuring and mixing and the two part resin for molding. The investment was around $30 bucks Cost= Average investment.

     

    As far as setting up It took about 1 hour to figure out how I wanted to mold the part. 4 hours to make the mold and let the mold set up. Molding to about 40 minutes playing around to get the mix at it's minimum so no to waste alot of resin. All together about 6 hours to paintable parts. The resign is also easy to cut, sand, and drill by hand. Difficulty from 1-10 I put it at about 3. I would highly recommend you try this at least once.

  5. Does anyone think this set is worth the $86 non-member price? I think the Adventure Team concept is cool and it would be nice to finally get a toy version of Dr. Venom, but it is a bit pricey. Is the GI Joe club membership worth it? I've been a member of the Transformers Club for a while and have been pleased with their offerings, but I haven't been too impressed with the GI Club exclusives up until now.

     

    PharmV

     

    You can join the club for free as a trooper level and buy the sets $10 more per set than what the officer level price is which is $44 bucks for the air adventurer. check it out GIJOECLUB.com

  6. Thanks !!

     

    This is my Jungle connection http://www.schleich-s.com/

    They are pricey but cool.

    I got the Tiger Stripe jungle truck and wood crates for Faters day.

     

    http://www.schleich-s.com/en/action_figures/collectables/product_range/world_of_nature/wild_life/wild_life_vehicles/index.html

     

    http://www.schleich-s.com/en/action_figures/collectables/product_range/world_of_nature/wild_life/wild_life_accessories/index.html

  7. I was disapointed with my new MU punisher. Most of the reviews stated the his head was to big when in fact he has no neck. I added 1/8" to the length of his neck and pulled his belt down 1/8" and it helped pull his proportions back in line. Now he looks right. I also fixed the big "Paw" left hand by warming it up and reforming.

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    And after:

     

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