Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Overkill - G.I. Jeff

So the G.I. Jeff episode of Community last season was amazing. Seasons 4 and 5 were a little uneven at times, but the homage to G.I. Joe was an amazing episode. The character designs were terrific, and I've been working on making figures of them in the style of modern G.I. Joe figures.

SeƱor Chang's cartoon counterpart is a Storm Shadow / Quick Kick based design, frustratingly called "Overkill." Frustrating because, uh, duh! Overkill is already a COBRA character! This bugged me at first, until I realized that given the attention to detail in this episode, some one noticed it, probably brought it up, and they decided to leave it in just to bug the fanatics... like me. Still, it is a pretty fitting code name for Ben/Kevin/El Tigre. Not a great facial likeness for Ken Jeong, but it's passable as a toy based on a cartoon based on another cartoon based on another toy of a character from a live action show.

The back shot shows off some of the water slide decal techniques I'm practicing with.

Parts Recipe:
Quick Kick - Top of head, Torso, Arms, Vest
Tunnel Rat - Head, Lower Legs
Storm Shadow - Thighs
Weapon X - Feet

Monday, October 12, 2015

Codename: Cyclops - Weapon-X Spotter

Codename: Weapon-X is my mashup of the X-Men universe with GI Joe. I'm re-imagining each character's mutant ability as a military specialty.

Cyclops is the last figure in my first "wave" of these characters, but I hope to revisit the concept again soon.

Parts Recipe:
Wallace "Ripcord" Weems - Torso
General Clayton "Hawk" Abernathy - Arms
Snake Eyes - Legs
Firefly - Goggles
Leatherneck - Harness
Hawkeye - Head

GLDT (Ground Target Laser Designator)
Double Blast - Tripod
Star Wars Range Finder/Macrobinoculars - Main Body
LEGO Lever - Hinge

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Codename: Nightcrawler - Weapon-X Infiltrator

Codename: Weapon-X is my mashup of the X-Men universe with GI Joe. I'm re-imagining each character's mutant ability as a military specialty.

Nightcrawler is actually the first figure I pieced together that inspired the whole concept. These have sat on my work bench for a long time, and I'm happy to finally see them completed!

Parts Recipe:
Snake Eyes - Legs, Harness, Belt
Conrad "Duke" Hauser - Torso, Arms
Hit & Run - Grappling Hook, Rope
Beachhead - Backpack, Crossbow
Antares Draco - Head



Saturday, October 10, 2015

G.I. Joe Logos

Here's a collection of various G.I. Joe symbols and logos I remade in Illustrator for various projects over the last few months. All are .pngs with transparent backgrounds, both in black and white and color. Vector versions in .pdf format can be found at the joecustoms.com file repository. Feel free to use these for your personal projects, I just act that you don't use them for any commercial/resale purposes. We've got the classic Dreadnok tattoo, the Neo-Dreadnok hood skull with and without text, the Pursuit of Cobra+ era Joe logo, and the Steel Brigade Patch.











Friday, October 9, 2015

Codename: Colossus - Weapon-X Breacher

Codename: Weapon-X is my mashup of the X-Men universe with GI Joe. I'm re-imagining each character's mutant ability as a military specialty.

Parts Recipe:
Duke - Head
Beachhead - Collar
Bench-Press - Torso, Arms
Night Adder - Legs, Vest, Hands

Thursday, October 8, 2015

G.I.Joe Resurgence II - "Mail-Away" Flyer

G.I. Joe Resurgence is a project by a group of customizers that imagines an entirely new, complete line of figures and vehicles that's a spiritual continuation of G.I. Joe's "glory days". PHX Customs have put together an exceptional collection of customs, but that's really just the beginning. There's an on going story arc between each year of Resurgence, as well as professionally designed card backs and other packaging. I was asked if I'd like to take a crack a recreating one of the old pack-in toy catalogs featuring Resurgence II, and I had a great time doing it! The 80's Joe-line had certain items available through mail order, and there were often designed as mission dossier flyers that doubled as order forms, like these. My modernized version points to an (imaginary) website/app instead of having an mail-order form. The first image is the "closed" front of the flyer, the second is the "opened" back, and the third is the interior.


Wednesday, October 7, 2015

G.I. Joe Resurgence II - Toy Catalog

G.I. Joe Resurgence is a project by a group of customizers that imagines an entirely new, complete line of figures and vehicles that's a spiritual continuation of G.I. Joe's "glory days". PHX Customs have put together an exceptional collection of customs, but that's really just the beginning. There's an on going story arc between each year of Resurgence, as well as professionally designed card backs and other packaging. I was asked if I'd like to take a crack a recreating one of the old pack-in toy catalogs featuring Resurgence II, and I had a great time doing it! You can see an examples of the type of catalogs from the 80's I used as my inspiration here. The catalogs were a lot of fun to work on, and I look forward to seeing what's in store next for Resurgence!


Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Codename: The Professor - Weapon-X Leader

Codename: Weapon-X is my mashup of the X-Men universe with GI Joe. I'm re-imagining each character's mutant ability as a military specialty.

Parts Recipe:
Sharad Hett - Head
General Clayton "Hawk" Abernathy - Base Figure, Harness, Holster


Monday, October 5, 2015

Codename: Wolverine - Weapon-X Infantry


Codename: Weapon-X is my mashup of the X-Men universe with GI Joe. I'm re-imagining each character's mutant ability as a military specialty. First up is WOLVERINE!

Parts Recipe:
Wolverine - Head (resculpted hair)
Wolverine - Torso/Arms
Wallace "Ripcord" Weems - Legs
Drax the Destroyer - Belt, Knives
Wet-Suit - Harness
Snake Eyes - Knee pads
TTBP - FNFAL





Sunday, October 4, 2015

COBRA Feral

My first two "waves" of COBRA zombies were based on the special-infected ftome the Left 4 Dead games. Series three brings the freak-type zombies from another excellent zombie game, State of Decay.

This was a fun exercise in just how different a figure can look by rearranging it's own parts. I swapped the thighs and shoulders to change the proportions, then cut up and reshaped the lower legs into a digitigrade formation so he could scramble along on his fingers and toes. Another naked zombie, because they're just more terrifying that way sometimes.

Parts Recipe:
Nom Anor - Head
Sabretooth - Fingers
Grinnah (The Hobbit) - Base Figure

Saturday, October 3, 2015

COBRA Screamer

My first two "waves" of COBRA zombies were based on the special-infected ftome the Left 4 Dead games. Series three brings the freak-type zombies from another excellent zombie game, State of Decay.

State of Decay's Screamers lack any arms or lower jaw rendering them incapable of a direct attack, but their shrieking attracts hordes of nearby zombies and can disorient the living. Interestingly, a similar concept was planned by unused for the L4D special-infected.

Parts Recipe:
Zombie-Viper - Head (cast)
Deadpool - Base figure
Namor - Feet

Friday, October 2, 2015

Undead Skeletons

This was a quick-fix project. These guys lacked any arm articulation, so I took some extra sets of legs, shortened them, and spliced them with the hands to let these two be a little more grabby. Followed it up with a black base and some gray and off-white dry brushes, and they were ready to shamble!

Parts Recipe:
Army of Darkness Skeleton Deadite

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Samurai Jack - Time-displaced Samurai


"Long ago in a distant land, I, Aku, the shape-shifting Master of Darkness, unleashed an unspeakable evil! But a foolish Samurai warrior wielding a magic sword stepped forth to oppose me. Before the final blow was struck, I tore open a portal in time and flung him into the future, where my evil is law! Now the fool seeks to return to the past, and undo the future that is Aku!"

Samurai Jack is from a cartoon that came out a little later than most of my cartoon based custom action figures, but it was a pretty wonderful show with an amazing art style and character designs.

I've got a few more Samurai characters I'd like to make to go along with him, and maybe even tackle the evil Aku.


Parts Recipe:
Rain (The Corps!) - Head
Battle Blade Hogun - Topknot (chonmage)
Storm Shadow - Torso, Upper kimono
Kwinn - Forearms
Namor - Legs
Cairo Henchman - Lower kimono and sleeves, sandles

31 Days of Dead!

Alright, here's the challenge. I'm going to try my hardest to post something new everyday this month! I've got about 10 figures complete, another handful that just need a few tweaks, and a some graphic design projects I did for other customizers that I haven't shown off here before. The difficulty? Well, things were going great and I and was making really good progress and then season 5 of The Walking Dead hit Netflix. Plus there's this 14-month old running around who REALLY doesn't think I should be hanging out in that garage studio instead of watching him. He's pretty insistent about it. Still, let's give it a shot!

 Check back daily to marvel at new stuff from my workbench or revel in my hilarious and inevitable defeat!