Made for the "No-Joe-Challenge" #89 at joecustoms.com, "Faux-Joes", I took a stab at Chip Hazard from the film Small Soldiers. I really liked how the movie makes the typical hero figures into the badguys, and thought the Commando Elite could make for an interesting corrupt PMC organization in the 'Joe universe. This is my first real attempt at camo patterns on a figure, something I've always found daunting and wasn't too happy with when I finished the figure. Turned out alright in the photos, I'm encouraged to try some more elaborate patterns eventually.
These are just some simple diorama background pieces I put together using some older Star Wars figures with static poses. I liked the way the first one came out so much that I decided I needed to make a darker counterpart. Very happy with how these came together!
Parts Recipe: Padmé Amidala - Base Figures
MegaBlocks World of Warcraft Swift Gryphon - Angelic Wings Darkchylde Ariel - Demonic Wings
Cast - Skeleton Head
Gandalf - Light Sword
Army of Darkness - Dark Sword
Wooden Craft Candle Stick - Internal support base
Papa John's Sauce Container - Statue base
I came up with this design based on some great figures by HypnoHustler and 2DARK2C over at joecustoms.com. Originally I planned on making her red to match my Shadow Weaver figures, but decided to try white and was very pleased with the result. I also crowd sourced for name ideas, and had two people suggest the Jorōgumo from Japanese mythology, also known as the Binding Bride.
Lore-wise, like the rest of the Shadow Weavers she depends heavily on deception. She is the Hidden Master of the Arashikage clan, though very few people know that a woman holds the title. She is happy to play into the superstitions and expectations of her enemies to maintain an upper hand, though is a formidable fighter when misdirection is no longer and option.
Hey, do you remember Ghostbusters? No, not that one. The ORIGINAL Ghostbusters? So yeah, this is a pretty obscure big bad from an 80's cartoon and toyline. Admittedly, I don't remember much about Filmation's Ghostbusters other than being REALLY confused about how it fit in with the movie I was familiar with by the same name (which is to say, not at all). Still, it had some really interesting villain designs, like this guy. Is he ghost? A robot? A robot-ghost? A ghost-robot? I don't know, but I'm pretty happy with how my update of him came out!
I updated the design here a bit, foregoing the helmet and trying to make his body more organic, and his armor more ornate. He's got a bit of a MOTU Webstor influence to his look, with the additional (fully posable!) legs. An 80's villain I've wanted to tackle for some time, started and completed during CCX. He doesn't have a torso joint, but does have a swivel waist now (with fixed hips) bringing him mostly in-line with GI Joe articulation.
This one has been sitting unfinished on my work bench for a while, but I decided the PHX Retro Toy Chest contest was a good time to finish him up. He's loosely based on the 'toon design, and involved a bit of sculpting (adding a beer gut to the Rhino figure, his neck, and turning the five-fingered hands into three-fingered hands). I designed quite a few Dreadnok inspired tattoos for him as well, but I'm unhappy with the results I'm getting from the waterslide paper I have on hand, so those will have to wait for a future update.