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Win your very own custom by one of the best!

Anyone who has been around G.I. Joe customizing for any length of time should be well aware of the skills of Chad Smelcer, AKA chad_ghost, most notably of  Along with posting some stuff on JoeCustoms, though, he also hosts his own page with a full gallery of all the fantastic customs he’s produced over his already long and illustreous “career”.  He primary works with the o-ring format, but a customizer of his ability doesn’t have many shortcomings.

Chad is currently holding a raffle, hoping to earn some money for a trip back to Niger, and the prize for this raffle is a one-of-a-kind custom figure made just for the winner.  The full details are here:


“This June 1st – 14th, I am returning to Niger, West Africa.
To help support my trip, I am offering up the chance to win a customized 3 ¾” GI Joe figure.

Here are the rules to enter the raffle:

    – Each raffle ticket is $10.
    – The drawing will be held May 28th, 10 PM EST via webcam feed.
    – You may buy as many tickets as you want.
    – Three raffle tickets will be chosen.
    – Buy more to increase your chances of winning.

There are a few limitations on the custom figure:

    – The figure will not be a remake of any custom.
    – Parts can be from any era of 3 ¾” figures.
    – Winner will not be required to donate parts, though this may limit the custom.
    – Only limited modifying/sculpting will be done.

Tickets can be purchased using Paypal at this address: chad(at)smelcer(dot)net
Each ticket will be confirmed via pm or email with your raffle ticket number. If you do not receive a confirmation, please contact me.

If you would like more information or questions about the raffle, please post here.

For more information about my trip to West Africa, please use the following link:


To give you just a small sample of Chad’s skills, here’s a gallery of only a sampling of his amazing custom work.  Check out his site to see the full range of figures that he’s done over the years.  Not only are you getting the chance to potentially receive an awesome custom figure, but you’re helping out a great cause as well.

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G.I. Joe: The Rise of COBRA carded gallery

As the Black Sheep Toy Store has been uploading new auctions, I’ve been grabbing the high quality images from those auctions, particularly the carded ones.  Here I’ve collected all carded images so far, and I gotta say the pics are awesome.  In case readers haven’t been able to tell, I’ve been drastically warming up to the movie toys and I’m really enjoying the design aspects of these figures.  Granted, I’m a Sigma 6 fan, so…

This isn’t an endorsement of the movie at all, I’m still firmly on the fence about how I think that’s going to turn out, but from a pure toy standpoint, I think Hasbro is doing some awesome stuff with these figures and I think if fans can keep an open mind there will be something for everyone in the months to come.  I can’t wait.

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New Storm Shadow images from Rise of COBRA Wave 1

The ever vigilant cmderinchief from JoeBattleLines and the Coil Club has provided us with some new images of the Wave 1 Storm Shadow with some nice detail pics included.  He also posted a little mini-review:

“I am not much of a SS fan, I admit it. He, along with Duke, CC, and especially SE have been rammed down our throats and like a bunch of lemmings, we keep buying them over-and-over-and-over again. BUT, our favorite Japanese…, I mean Korean character is different….in more ways than just his country of origin. I know there is some dislike for the movie figures, but I gotta tell you, this figure injects some hipness back to the character who has long been pretty darn boring. I mean, let’s face it, how can you reinvent a ninja. Most of what you see if not an over the top change, the changes are subtle and improve upon the original concept. Most, if not all, of the tooling on this figure is new. Some of the finer details include the clan’s symbol on the handles of the katanas. The katanas themselves have thicker handles so no more swords falling out the grip. The major downside of this figure is the backpack. It is NOT removable.

This one is all right. The movie toys are winning me over.”

The original post can be seen here, and check out the mirrored images below!

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