By far one of my favorite customizing events is G.I. Joe: Resurgence, a very elaborate and well thought out group of customs posted to Oreo Builder’s blog as well as elsewhere throughout the Internet. Billed as a refreshed and new concept G.I. Joe for the next generation, the figures are all at once great homages to the past as well as some really fresh, new ideas.
The third installment of Resurgence kicks off today with three great initial entries, including Croc Master, Swamp Fox, and Underbrush. A great story is woven together among the customs with some really interesting filecards as well.
Keep following Oreo Builder to see the latest installments, and meanwhile, I’m going to go drool over that awesome Croc Master some more!
I’ve talked about Oreobuilder’s projects here before, specifically his awesome Battle Corps theme month where he tackled many of the various Battle Corps characters in one month long customization barrage that had me on the edge of my seat waiting for the next one to show up.
Well, now, appropriately, he is celebrating 2014 with a new month long custom event, this time the G.I. Joe 50th Anniversary!
Already 7 figures into it, you can check out his thread over on JoeCustoms.com and see new figures emerging on a regular basis. He’s already tackled many awesome classic figures, and he shows off the original 12″ versions, too, if only to prove how great an accurate modern 4″ line based off the old school 12″ stuff could be. I know lots of folks have wished for a modern Adventure Team, but Oreobuilder is showing that some of these tribute figures would work in the old military aesthetic, too.
Really impressive stuff. Keep watching JoeCustoms.com for each new entry. I’ve mirrored just a couple of images below.
Ohhh wow. Too often I feel like G.I. Joe fans do not fully embrace the almost ridiculous nature of the G.I. Joe universe. I love the real world military element as much as the next guy, but there were some far out concepts in the Joe universe that I thought really gave is some of that kid-based charm. As collectors many of us shrug that stuff off, which is why I was really excited when I saw the latest JoeCustoms Group Project was for the Dino-Hunters.
With only two figures a part of this Hasbro theme, I loved the idea of expanding the whole Dino-Hunters concept. Well, last week, JoeCustoms unveiled the Dino-Hunters, and it was good. Unfortunately there wasn’t a huge turn out this time around, but quality rules over quantity in my mind. Chief among this idea was the masterful work of Oreobuilder.
He took the whole Dino-Hunter concept and ran with it. Sooooo cool!
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Link Talbot for the win. And look at that Dino-Viper! Love it!
Awesome work by Oreobuilder, and by everyone who submitted to this Group Project. If you’re ever in the need of a custom fix, definitely check out the JoeCustoms Group Projects. Some very impressive stuff there, and if you go back far enough, you can even see some of my work. 😉
Yeah, I don’t even think I can really say anything that does justice to this Cobra Command Center of bad-assedness.
Really, it rocks. There’s blood and everything.
Check it out at customfigurewars.com, and in some of the mirrored images below. Absolutely insanely cool. Lots more images available at the site itself: customfigurewars.com.
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Who would have thought anything sporting the “Battleforce: 2000” moniker would be considered “kick ass”? Honestly, even the shameless fanboy that I am, I didn’t find much redeeming about Battleforce: 2000 back in the day. Well, except for Dodger. He became a really interesting character after he survived the bombing run that killed the rest of his team, and his figure was definitely the best of the lot, but beyond that, the figures were clunky, the weapons were horrible, and even the face sculpts were doofy looking. Those plastic empty shell vehicles that formed into the lamest “base” I’d ever seen certainly didn’t help either.
But leave it to a G.I. Joe fan to polish up Battleforce: 2000 and really make it cool. For whatever reason these designs really did NOT work for me in 1987, but seeing heretics awesome work bringing them to life in the 25th Anniversary format is a totally different story. These figures look fantastic. They call back to 1987 perfectly, yet with the larger, somewhat more streamlined figure design these days, they really end up looking better than they did back in the day. Awesome looking customs and very faithfully represented.
I found these customs on The Terror Drome initially, and you can check out Heretic’s custom page here.
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