Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Delirium of the Endless Kitbash

Delirium of the Endless. She used to be Delight but something happened to her that made her into Delirium. She is the youngest of the Endless.

My interpretation of the anthropomorphic personification of Delirium has the odd blue and green eyes and multicolored hair that Delirium exhibits in some of the later comics. I also chose to make her less of a hippy and bit more of a riot girl.

This figure is actually about 9 inches tall which makes her look considerably younger than the other Endless. I will post a group picture when I have enough of the Endless customized or kitbashed to do so.

Here is a view of the back of her head to show that there are actually many colors in her hair. My version also has a couple of random braids made from different colored strands of hair.

Here is a close up. I may add an eyebrow and ear piercing later on. Of the Endless, Delirium's appearance seems to change the most.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Death of the Endless Kitbash

I have a great appreciation for well written comics. One of my favorite is Neil Gaiman's Sandman. I decided to come up with my own custom Death figure in 1/6 scale.

The body is a Volks doll painted white. I also used various clothing from other figures that I had for the boots, pants and shirt. I found the Ankh at a bead store.

Here is her profile. Although Death's appearance changes slightly from chapter to chapter of the Sandman. It also changes depending on what time period she appears in. I tried to be as true to the comic as I could.

Here I have posed to the figure as if she were saying, "Take my hand."

My plans are to kit bash or customize a figure of Delirium. I think it would be great to someday have figures of all of the Endless in this scale.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Shiny New Toy

Here is another Microman custom. I decided to do this one because the Command 2 or Pharoid figure was one of my favorite figures when I was a child.

I was surprised to find out that there was a fantastic Command 1 figure released by Romando for the 20th anniversary called M150 Edge. He is the figure and the capsule on the left side of the picture. You can see my friend Paul's write up on him on his site microforever.com

I really wanted a shiny Command 2 figure so I decided to make one by simply changing parts around from different Command 2 figures. I will provide a list of the figures that I used below.

Here is the back side of the figures together. Here are a list of the parts that I used (and links to pictures of them on Paul's site) to create my shiny Command 2:

M164 Sammy and Gold Capsule
M164sp Puzzle Figure
M:I:S 04 Microman Command 2

I hope that this inspires people to mess around with their figures to make something that they really want.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

More customs from others

Here's another custom that was purchased from ebay ages ago. I like the creativity even though the creator simply dismantled and reassembled the figures and mixed up the color schemes.

The back view shows the sticker that was chosen to go on the upper back of the torso.

Here's a final view of this custom.

I believe that this one was done by the same artist. It is done to match the color scheme of the Microman Robotman.

Here is the back view. I like the addition of the sticker because it mimics the color of the treads on the back of Robotman.

Here is the size comparison. I choose not to display the figure in the cockpit of Robotman because it is the same color scheme and just gets somewhat lost.

Here is the back view so that you can see what I mean by the treads.

Customs from others

I actually purchased this custom from another collector through ebay. I did this quite some time ago, but I haven't had a chance to share this figure with the public. It is a great custom and I would never dare to paint a Titan myself, but I am glad to have it just the same.

I actually have a lot of gothic industrial Micros that are in black and jewel tones and some metallic color schemes. For all those out there that may not be aware, goths don't just wear black. They often mix in a bit of some other color as well. The metallic tones go well with the industrial look. I'll post more or these later.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

New Acroyear with Cast Parts

I have had this New Acroyear for a few years now. It was missing a claw, beak, and a missile.

Here is a back view showing the existing missle that has some chrome loss next to the missile cast in white resin.

Each different color of New Acroyear had a different beak and a different chest. Although the beak was cast from one found in a complete green New Acroyear, it is still good to have a beak that works at all.

To see more about the New Acroyear series, please see my friend Paul's site microforever. You can also go directly to the New Acroyear page.

Lobros Restored

Pictured on the left is a complete vintage Lobros. The one on the right is modeling some casts pieces.

The antennae, left cuff, and shield are all newly cast pieces that have been cleaned up and painted. They are not perfect, but to me they are good enough to display. It also makes me feel like I have two complete figures.

Fun with Molding and Casting

Here are some pictures of some parts that I have cast. I attempted the Anubis mask that fits vintage Pharoid figures and Microman Command 2 figures, Lobros antennae, Lobros shield and Lobros cuffs.

I also tried to cast the Kronos gun, the beak from a green New Acroyear, the claw hands and missiles from a New Acroyear, and the head from a Super Microman Dash Wing.

As you may be able to see with the shield and some of the guns, the casts were often plagued by bubbles. All of the Anubis masks were plagued by small bubbles. In fact most were plagues by small bubbles which may render them useless. Fortunately the Microman head and a couple of the missiles are minimally affected.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Henshin Cyborg Microman Custom

Here si a custom that I created using a Microman military force figure and a Henshin Cyborg gashapon figure. I wanted to do this one because Microman started off as a version of Henshin Cyborg that was resized to 10 cm tall.

Here it is from another view. I actually painted the inside of the Microman figure to get the chest effect.

Here is the figure with the outer head taken off. To see more about Henshin Cyborg, please see the link below:

Microforever Henshin Cyborg

Lady Command Microman

Here is a simple custom that I made from using a Microman material force figure and combining it with a repro Lady Command figure.

I wish that Takara had decided to reproduce the old figures from the 70's and 80's and then added on designs that were compatible with the older figures.

The reason I did this one is because it would also have been great if they had released the older figure designs and updated them with the material force bodies.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Microman Raptor Rider

I found these toys on clearance at Toys R Us over a year ago. This one was probably about $5 and it seemd to be the same scale as the Microman figures I collect. Since I have always liked the Microchange series (many of which became the first Transformers) I decided to customize one similar to the Microriders of old.

Here it is transformed into bike mode. I think it looks good in both modes. While I like Transformers, it is important to me that they look good in both modes. If not, I just won't purchase it.

Here is the view from the front. I used some paint and some foil decals to change up the Raptor. I used an existing Microman head, foild decals and some Microman material force figures to create the Rider.

To see more about the original Microrider or Microman in general, please see my friend Paul's site:


Here is the direct link to the Microridor page:

Micro Ridor at Microforever

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Thoughts on Customs and Blind Box Toys

I have been trying to work on some ideas for my own toy line. I always have to be working on several projects at once when I work on my own stuff. I sometimes need to stop what I'm working on and step away so that I can go back with a fresh view. I can only do this by taking my focus away for a little while. It's like painting or drawing. Sometimes as an artist, one needs to stop and step back to view the artwork from a different vantage point. That way he or she can see some areas that need work that may not be noticed when he or she is working on that art piece.

Right now, it has been hard to get motivated and work on my own sculpts. It is much easier to practice technique my building customs of characters that I already know. It is much harder to come up with my own characters and designs. I'd like to do this so that I can develop my own line of blind box toys.

It would be a dream for me to work with toys. I also wouldn't mind building models and dioramas of buildings and architecture. I feel that I have the technical skills for this. I have been sculpting and painting for many years. I just need to get my thoughts in order to come up with some original designs.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Lady Cilicia of Spartak

This custom is also going to my friend who will be getting the Shaitan. Cilicia is made from Microman material force, a gashapon figure, styrene, beads, parts from military force and plastic piping.

The boot tops are made from the plastic piping. The rivets on her chest and the side of the boots are made from metallic beads that were cut in half and sanded down. I also used Mod'lers Mastic for the shoulder detail.

I looked through several of the comics and viewed several interpetations of Lady Cilicia when I made this. In some pictures there are two rivets on the outside of the boots like I did here, and in some pictures there was one on the inside and one on the outside.

Here's a slightly overhead view. You can see that the ponytail is long and flowing and not curly like in the comics. She also has silver bands on her thighs. I saw this in one of the pictures and tried it. I like the way that it looks so I left it like that. I hope my friend likes it.

Prince Shaitan of Spartak

Here is a nice little custom that I made for a friend of mine. Prince Shaitan brother to Acroyear is made from paint, styrene, beads, Microman material force and a Palisades Micronauts Acroyear sword that modified with styrene.

Here's another pose. It took me a while to do the boots and I ended up doing the feet over again because I wasn't happy with the results. One of the hardest parts were the abs. In the comic Shaitan has similar armor to the Acroyear 2. Since it is sectioned there on the material force it posed a slight problem.

This is not the best pose, but it does show you the detail of the abs, boots and the circles that Shaitan has on the legs and arms. I used brushed aluminum Bare Metal Foil and a hole punch to create these. I had to paint over a coat of clear coat so that they would not fall off.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

My Views on Art Toys and Customizing

I was always the type of child that enjoyed making stuff. If I got a toy or gadget and it had visible screws in it, I would take it apart and put it back together. I liked building models and trying to make them better. I was always curious, inquisitive and most of all creative.

I found some of my mother's drawings when I was a small child and it inspired me to draw. I never really stopped drawing which then lead to painting and sculpting. This is combination with tendency to take things apart lead me to customizing toys and making my own toys.

I tend to combine toys with art and art with toys. I always welcome screws in toys and even if they don't have screws, I sometimes have to dismantle them. I like unique things and I love creating things. While I appreciate designer vinyl and art toys, I know I'll always have to mess with them and create my own. I guess it just speaks to my individuality and creativity. I like mass produced toys, but they just don't compare to the customs that I create that I deem successful.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

On Customs and Size Comparison

Bug and Pharoid together to show the size comparison between my Micronaut Microman custom figures and Micronauts released by Palisades Toys. Microman Material Force are slightly bigger but they fit in pretty nicely as far as scale goes.

I recently was told by someone in reponse to a question that I asked in an online group, that they weren't much into customs and that I should make these for myself. I actually do make these for myself, but given the opportunity to make these for others I would. That is if I could make them for what they are worth. They are one of a kind, hand-made customs. Even if I made another of the same character, it would be slightly different.

I understand that some people are into mass produced toys and want their toys to look like one of thousands or millions. I even understand that some people aren't into customs, but to me, being an artist, I need to use this hobby as an outlet for creativity and I happen to like unique things. Whenever I see screws on a toy, I am tempted to take it apart. If I see a blank Dunny, I have to paint it. It leaves me wondering why that person even responed to my post.