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Jin Saotome

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  1. Some kinds of plastics are extremely resistant to paint no matter what you do. These are usually toughened waxy plastics/superhard plastics like polyoxymethylene that make up parts of a figure that could easily be stressed if made from the usual pvc or abs. The limbs of the Transformers Siege Battle Masters are made of this stuff and you need to color them, so what do you do? It's RIT DyeMore for synthetics to the rescue! Mix half the bottle of dye with a cup or so of water, boil the liquid on med to high heat just so you get a gentle rolling boil and drop your parts in. I like to suspend mine
  2. Let's take a trip into the Star Wars universe and envision what if Luke Skywalker appeared in an episode of the Mandalorian during season 2? Well here's my take on Luke as he continues his training as a Jedi and finds himself investigating the appearance of what he believes is an old armored foe... Luke was created using an old Luke body, parts of ML Karl Mordo, and a Trash Compactor Luke head. He was primered using Bulldog Adhesion promoter, painted with Testors acryl and airbrush paint, and sealed with Mr Hobby Premium Flat spray sealer for a factor finished look. Luke comes with three hands
  3. Here's a nifty custom of Metal gear Solid's Raiden with an armor-upgrade feature. He was created using the hasbro Overwatch Genji body and Revoltech Raiden head (with moving eyeball!), various armor fodder pieces, new sword blade attached to the Genji sword hilt, and a piece together combat rifle. You can customize his armor loadout and even equip him with a riot shield. Raiden was painted using Testors Metalizer Lacquers, primered with Bulldog Adhesion Promoter, and sealed with Mr Hobby Premium spray sealer. For more pics take a look at his page here: Custom Metal Gear Solid Raiden
  4. Ready for something really unique? Here's a Transformers/Marvel Legends Crossover Bludgeon! He was created using the Silver Samurai body and heavily modded helmet, Ghost Rider head, War Machine armor/forearms, TF Hoist shoulder for the backpack, Overwatch Reaper legs, KO TF Scrapper top for the shield, and some fodder parts. Bludgeon was primered with Bulldog Adhesion Promoter, sculpted sections using Aves Fixit Sculpt, hand painted, airbrushed metallic armor effects, and sealed with Mr Hobby premium Matte. His eyes are glass reflective and he has a 5mm port in his left arm. For more pics
  5. The Age of Apocalypse Holocaust (Nemesis) Build-A-Figure would have been amazing if Hasbro hadn't painted over its clear plastic with solid yellow paint! It took quire a few hours and a bottle of acetone to carefully remove the opaque paint. Fortunately I was able to restore the clear look to the armor and used Tamiya clear yellow, orange, and red to shade and add bubbles to it. The canopy was given a ball joint hinge in the back so you could spin it around out of the way and the shoulder pads were ball jointed as well for maximum poseability! I also hollowed out the weird vents of his left ar
  6. Chromed for your protection! Here's a TMNT Chrome Dome created to mirror the vintage figure's style that I created using a Spiderman Beetle (or Ultron) body, Iron Man lower arms, Spiderverse Prowler hands, noodle soup Taskmaster feet, and Darkhawk wings. Pieces of the original Chrome Dome were worked into the sculpt like the head, chest, and removable belt. Other details were sculpted using Aves Studio's Apoxie Sculpt grey color. The figure was primed with Bulldog Adhesion Promoter, hand painted/airbrushed and then sealed with Mr Hobby Premium sealer. For more pics hit up his page here: C
  7. He's an intergalactic arms dealing mechanical menace and part of the Combaticons team, enter Decepticon Swindle! Here I bring you a nifty Transformers Siege style Swindle to add to your action figure collection. Swindle was made from a Siege Hound mold and the Combiner Wars Swindle head, tho I had to remove a bit of his crest to get it to fold down into the hood gap. An arm cannon was built up from pieces, the barrel from Hound's gun swapped out, and Swindle completely repainted in the Siege paint-scuffed theme. Sealed with Mr Hobby Premium Top Coat Swindle can transform and looks legit in bot
  8. When an army of unstoppable shiny silver T800 Endoskeletons can't defeat the human resistance there's only one thing for Skynet to do....create a purple one with horns and hip-blasters! Ah yes the golden years of Kenner Toys gave us some amazing designs, some a bit more interesting than others such as the endoskeleton Kromium from their vintage Terminator Future War line. While I wasn't able to incorporate the extending feature the vintage toy had (there's not much plastic to work with using a plain Endo) I tried to get him as close as I could to the original design! Kromium was made usin
  9. Straight out of Shonen Jump's manga comes my newest custom, Space Adventure Cobra created in Marvel Legends scale! Classic Cobra was created from a Red Guardian body, Whirlwind lower arms, Ultron forearm, wrestling head with modded Starlord hair, and various fodder parts/belts. He comes with a removable Psychogun arm, Lady Cobra revolver, multiple hands, and cigar! For more out of this world pics, head to his page here: Space Adventure Cobra figure
  10. Ready for some retro Foot-clan action? Here's a 6" scale Foot Soldier that's decked out like the original vintage toy! This Foot Soldier was created using an Neca TMNT cartoon Shredder, vintage transforming Foot Soldier head/arm guards, and Aves Studio's Apoxie Clay to sculpt the vest as well as fill holes and add detail. The tunic was trimmed, new hands added, and the vintage toy's mace and Shell-Biter staff refitted. Foot Soldier even comes with a big ol' commando knife, roof top base, and is painted just like the vintage toy! For more pictures of this custom head here: NECA Style Vinta
  11. Stalking the junkyard of Ord Mantell comes the fearsome assassin droid/bounty hunter IG-88! I wasn't satisfied with the level of articulation the Black series had so I decided to fix him up. A tilt joint was added to his neck in order to make his head taller and allow him to look up and down. IG88's hip swivels were replaced with the smallest revoltech joint so he can widen his stance and his elbow grommets cut and modded allowing for 90 deg motion. All the short wires on his legs were removed and replaced with longer flexible ones. 88 was then given the full metallic and weathered repaint tre
  12. "Stories were told to Eternia children of the Lost World of the Warlord where heroes and monsters battled underground for supremacy...except they were more than just stories. Subternia held the key to linking both worlds with Skullman emerging ready to conquer all who opposed him. But wait, the surface of Eternia was already claimed by....another skull-faced Villain? Skullman and Skeletor were instant foes for there can be only one bone-headed barbarian in Eternia!" Ready for something retro? This week I've created SKullman from the vintage Remco Warrior Beasts line using a Red Onslaught
  13. "When it comes to crypts that needs exploring, ancient ruins that need discovering, or tribal warlords that need battling, none are better equipped than Radd-Venture. This mysterious man of action intends to explore every inch of Eternia using his rocket boots to propel him over dangerous chasms and power-whips to disarm traps. What's this? Skeletor is searching for an ancient gem of power? Radd-Venture is already in the tomb and has raided the treasure! For historical purposes of course." Here's another original custom creation for your Masters of the Universe Classics collection, Radd-V
  14. "Savior, conqueror, hero, villain. You are all of these things, Revan..." The Legacy of Darth Revan wasn't always dark, he was once a Jedi knight and here I'm bringing Jedi Revan to you in 6" Star Wars Black series form! This version of Revan was featured in the Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes mobile game and was created using the Darth Revan figure with modded machine man belt, Old Luke skirt, and various straps/buckles. The hood needed to be removed, the neck reworked, and a complete paint job with metallic armor finished him up. For more pics head over to his page here: Custom Jedi Revan 6" S
  15. He's short, he's stocky, and he's the best at what he does. It's Wolverine and today I'm bringing his MvC2 sprite to life as a custom Marvel Legends figure! Wolverine was created from a Marvel universe hulk body/fists, sabertooth waist/upper legs, Masters of the Universe forearms, old ML Wolvie head with Apoxie Clay sculpted cowl, and Revoltech Wolverine lower legs/claws. Flexible boot tips were added, lots of shading and detail, along with extra range of movement added so you can pose Wolverine doing all the video game attacks like his Berserker Barrage and Weapon X specials. For a barra
  16. When evil needs to be punished you bring in the man named for the task, the Punisher himself armed to the teeth and armored for war! This week I bring you a special version of Frank ready to take on your Legends collection all by himself. The Punisher was created using the Civil War Crossbones body, Demo man arms, Walgreens Punisher head, and Captain America lower legs. Scarlet Spider pouches were added to bulk up the arms and he was repainted head to toe with subtle shading and weathering. Punisher's arsenal includes a 50 cal, M-16, pistol, rocket launcher, shotgun, and ammo bin. Elastic web
  17. Here's another original custom creation for your Masters of the Universe Classics collection, Tem-Plarr! Modeled after the Templar Knights of lore this stony stoic statue was created from a Callix body, Mythic Legions knight head, Omega Red ponytail Iron Monger BAF fists and feet, Ceratus waist armor, Dr Strange cape section, Lightseekers shoulderpads, and sculpted detail using Aves Apoxie Clay. His broadsword was made using a ML Ares sword with a new hilt and a Digimon shield was modified into a Templar version that plugs on to his left forearm. Tem-Plarr was given realistic stone effects and
  18. "High above in the skies of Eternia a watchful warrior patrols, Dyna-Soar the Jurassic Aviator. Ever since he was hatched Dyna dreamed of chasing the feathered flying creatures and buzzing insects. But waiting around for his kin to grow feathers would take forever! Dyna began studying methods of flight and with the help of King Randor's mechanics devised a powerful flying apparatus he could pilot. With his mighty Meteor-Mallet Dyna-Soar keeps the skies clear of trouble, and sometimes the ground when he comes in for a landing!" Here's Dyna-Soar, another original custom creation for your Ma
  19. My post-apocalyptic Transformers are back and the "End of the Road" series continues! In the far future humankind has become all but extinct and the war between Autobot and Decepticon has ravaged the planet, each faction doing anything it can to survive. Here I've taken a Titans Return voyager Optimus Prime and given him all the battle damage, weathering, scuffed, dusty, and bullet-ridden detail my other EotR figures have. Prime features metal wheel covers and chains. His plane mode is gone and there's magnetic missile launchers that store in his legs now. His Battle-Tanker alt mode features a
  20. You've captured Venom, locked up your Rhino Build-a-Figure, and jailed Omega Red...but who's going to keep tabs on them? Enter the Vault Guardsman ready to join your 6" scale Marvel legends collection. This Guardsman was created using a Whirlwind body, Iron man lower arms/Legs, and a Eel head. All details were sculpted on using Aves Studio's Apoxie Clay, similar to Apoxie Sculpt but holds finer detail and sticks better to glossy surfaces. Guardsman was equipped with a repulsor blast and taser blasts to subdue inmates. Testors Aztek Airbrush acrylic metallic green was used for his armor and a m
  21. "The saying one man's trash is another man's treasure has never rang so true than when Bot-Fly is rummaging through a pile! From broken Eternian Guard armor to a trashed Horde Trooper, nothing goes to waste with Bot-Fly continually replacing parts and upgrading himself with the latest trash thrown out. With no true allegiance to speak of Bot-Fly just hovers around stealing bits of this and that, occasionally capturing a meddlesome hero or villain in his Fly-Trap mace should they object. Will this buzzing garbage collector be a friend or foe to those who cross him?" Here's another original
  22. It's a gun! It's a plane! It's a tank! It's MEGATRON! Ok this time he's a tank and here I'm bringing him to you in oversized voyager scale as you remember him in the G2 toyline. Megatron was created using a 7.5" Wei Jiang scaled up voyager Hardhead. The metal chest panel was removed and sculpted over as was the M on his waist and a voyager Megatron face grafted onto the headmaster. A classic G2 paint scheme was achieved by airbrushing on a base of green followed by purple camo, then weathered, detailed, and finally sealed. Now you can have a voyager scale G2 Megatron to battle your Voyager Pot
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