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Jin Saotome

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Jin Saotome rolls out a new custom of his namesake

Featuring a larger scale, die-cast metal armor
Jun 18
// Brian Szabelski
Jin Saotome the custom figure maker has just completed a new figure of Jin Saotome from Cyberbots and Marvel vs. Capcom. However, while it's a new 7-inch-scale figure, the bigger size isn't the only difference. He's also gone...
Custom by Jin Saotome photo
Custom by Jin Saotome

Jin Saotome returns with new custom Slenderman and more

Slenderman, Gordon Freeman and Headcrabs
Nov 06
// Andres Cerrato
Even though we've just celebrated Halloween, it's okay to still have some fright in November. Jin Saotome is not a stranger to Tomopop. His customs inspire awe and amazement, but his two new customs will be sure to also ...
Custom NECA Gipsy Danger photo
Custom NECA Gipsy Danger

Cancel the apocalypse with Jin Saotome's Gipsy Danger

100% of the proceeds go to help the Special Olympics
Aug 13
// Andres Cerrato
Saying that I loved Pacific Rim is an understatement. As much as I loved that NECA made some highly-detailed toys of the Jaegers and Kajiu, I wasn't exactly thrilled with the range of movement in the joints. Per usual, Jin Sa...

The Brass Knight is here to fight in an old timey fashion

Customized by Jin Saotome, this Batman figure can be yours for the right bid.
Apr 09
// Vanessa Cubillo
Jin Saotome makes custom action figures from toy lines like Marvel Legends, DC Universe, GI Joe, etc. His latest custom comes from his DC Steampunk line, a custom 6-inch steampunk Batman he calls the Brass Knight. Just che...

Custom Made Monday: A new coat of paint

Feb 11 // Brian Szabelski
Sigma by Jin Saotome Carrying over the old tradition from MMR, we start with the customs featured in the header. First up, Jin Saotome's custom Sigma from Mega Man X. Jin is apparently an impatient man, and not willing to wait for Bandai's D-Arts figure, he has made his own in a Marvel Legends style. It's 8.5 inches tall, and uses parts from the DC Direct Parademon and Lex Luthor, Orange Lantern Luthor's head, and capes from Magneto and Mr. Sinister. The beam saber is crafted from a acryllic rod and the whole thing looks fantastic. Knock Knock, the Trebuchet Mammophant by f+ Next up, we have f+'s latest commissioned piece. There's a Dunny acting as the rider, but the entire piece is actually a highly customized 10-inch Labbit. While the trebuchet is small and only made of wood ... it actually works and slings a 3-inch Dunny head projectile, according to Josh.  Don't believe me? Watch it in action: I'm in love with it. Josh says he's going to make more Mammophants now that he knows he can do something like this, including a ballista and traditional catapult. I await them eagerly. Yukata Miku Nendoroid by unknown artist Sadly, I don't have an idea who is the artist behind this one, as the FG-Site page doesn't list the artist's name. But gosh, it's an adorable rework of Yukata Miku, giving her a more summer festival-style attire, complete with new accessories like the apple on a stick and cotton candy. Wish this could have been the original release! [via Nendonesia] Custom Mortal Kombat props by Mint Condition Customs Custom props aren't normally Mint Condition's thing (he generally does action figures), but he's done three prop replicas for a client: Sub Zero's ice ball, Liu Kang's fireball, and Scorpion's spear. Each one is meant to be a 1/1-scale replica, and both elemental blasts feature light-up capabilities. Be sure to check out the links above for all the WIP details and more specifics! Rusty Flamethrower and A Dude Monster, both by TazX TazX sends us two customs he did recently: a 3-inch Dunny named Rusty Flamethrower that, true to its name, is rusty and has a flamethrower; and A Dude Monster, a Dudebox figure that he's turned into a large-mouthed monster. Pretty simple to guess which is which, right? If you're interested, both customs are in TazX's shop. A Dude Monster is US$25, and Rusty Flamethrower is US$40. Wrath by Phu! Phu!'s latest, for the Art Without Borders show on Feb. 23 at Art Whino, is an 8-inch Qee mech he's calling Wrath. Carrying a bladed shield and with a hidden Gatling gun in its belly, the Rebel Pilot-helmed Wrath features a different color palette than usual from Phu! This one is camoflauged in red and yellow with a military green backdrop. Some of the found objects Phu! used look really good on this piece, like the nobs or caps on the back tank and the extra gears in the head. Water Snake 2013 Qee by Patrick Wong From Patrick Wong, we've got a 5-inch Toyer Mini Qee here to celebrate the new Year of the Snake in 2013. Mixing in the zodiac element of water to go with the snake, and the end result is this cool blue and black custom that means business. It's available, too, if you want it: the price is US$100 in Patrick's shop. 420 by melodreama The latest from melodreama is a custom Munny for a good little cause: she's made it for a Kickstarter that starts today for a vinyl documentary by Dope Vinyl. It'll be one of many customs offered us as Kickstarter rewards; stay tuned! We'll have a post up on it a little later tonight, probably. TMNT Casey Jones, Metalhead and Super Shredder by PackRat Studios While Playmates may be announcing new TMNT figures at Toy Fair 2013, PackRat Studios has made their own, featuring Casey Jones, Metalhead and Super Shredder as they appear in the Nickelodeon cartoon. I like the detailing work on Metalhead's wiring, and Super Shredder does look like someone you wouldn't want to cross ... though I don't know how he gets through doors with those big claws of his. Maybe he doesn't use doors. Jungle Critter Customs by David Stevenson From David Stevenson, we have these custom mini Buff Monster figures. Each of the figures is a totally different design, and they'll all be at ToyCon UK in April for £5 each. I love some of the whimsy in these designs, and how they feel like they might be just as easily found on the pages of a child's story book as they would on a custom designer toy. Nugglife Dunnys by Ian Ziobrowski Ian Ziobrowski has recently completed four new additions to his Nugglife universe, all Dunnys: There's Leafy, which I believe is a customized version of DrilOne's Dunny due to the inclusion of his gas mask. And it's fase to say with a name like Leafy, he may be a fan of lighting it up; Second is Waxy, who happens to make certain oils that are popular within the Nugglife world. Ian notes that Waxy's eyes never seem to be open, and he's not sure why that is; Waxy's never told him; Third is a series of Nuggyeaters, yetis who live within the Nugglife world and likely live up to their names, if their designs are any indication. New to the yeti crew is a cyclops yeti. Finally, there's a custom Ian did for Shawn Wigs' series, taking a resin Dunny and turning it into the Nuggy Inspector, a little robot who helps Nuggs figure out the cream of the crop of his stash. It's available as part of the blind-boxed Da Crusher custom Dunny series in for US$100 Bowser Dunny by Ian Ziobrowski Ian's also done some commissions this year, and one of them, happens to be this little 3-inch Dunny based off the King of Koopas. The little guy still has his spiky shell and comes with a fireball accessory, though it leaves me wondering; could you do an 8-inch Bowser and have a series of 3-inch Munnys or Dunnys as the Koopalings? I think that'd be an awesome idea, but please feel free to leave dumb old Bowser Jr. out of the mix. Custom Flight Dunny by Scott Kinnebrew Scott Kinnebrew has a few new things going on, and one of those happens to be a quick customization he did of kaNO's Flight Dunny. Not only was it a little bit of a repaint, but Scott's also crafted some new wings for the Starscream-inspired Dunny. I think the new paint job adds a nice weathered effect and it looks nice, but sadly, I can't buy it; it's already sold out. Scott does take commissions, though, so be sure to contact him if you've got something you're interested in having done. If you're willing to wait a little bit, though, Scott mentioned to us that he'll have some new pieces in the upcoming Vinyl Thoughts Nation blind-boxed series. The series, which releases at the beginning of March, will feature 5 Banditos and a Senorita chase all customized by Scott; we'll have some more info and perhaps some photos coming soon on that. Electro Spawn by Scott Kinnebrew Also new from Scott is a customized 8-inch Medicom Hamburger Head Spawn figure, featuring a bright new paint job (with lovely pink accents for fighting the agents of Heaven, I see). This custom is available in Scott's shop for $US(PRICE) at the moment, with free shipping for purchases within the U.S. Ren the Moth by Stitches and Glue Finally, we have another custom QiQi for the Creo Design QiQi show at ToyCon UK, this one from Stitches and Glue. They're normally more known for their creative plushes and the like, and this certainly fits the bill even though it's a vinyl figure. They've taken the regular QiQi body and flocked it, added some antennae and other hand sculpted features, attached some taxidermied eyes, and created some gorgeous mesh wings. The whole thing sits upon a custom tree branch base, and as a note to it's size, the QiQi is only 3 inches tall, so this is a pretty big piece. Definitely one of the more eye-catching customs I've seen for the show so far; I'm looking forward to seeing more of them! [That wraps up this week's installment of Custom Made Monday! If you have any customs you'd like to see featured, or just spot something that's eye-catching and fits the feature, be sure to e-mail us and let us know!]
Custom Made Monday debuts photo
Now featuring more than just Munnys and Dunnys
Today's my birthday, and as such, I figured today would be as good a day as any to announce the rebirth of Munn-day Morning Recap into a new, expanded feature — Custom Made Monday. Custom Made Monday expands on what Mun...

You can pick it up from eBay if you have the money
You probably remember seeing Chris' review of figma Samus Aran, and if you did, you probably were wondering what could have been done to make her a bit better. Well, Jin Saotome has you covered; he's put together a new f...


Jin Saotome's custom Zero is a force to be reckoned with

Jan 03
// Chris Pranger
Just as promised, Jin is continuing his journey through the Mega Man universe with a new custom. You may have seen his Mega Man custom from about a week ago (which ended up selling at just over US$350 by the way), but the tim...

Jin Saotome's custom Mega Man is what the world needs now

Dec 25
// Chris Pranger
Merry Christmas to everyone, and what better way to spread the cheer on a joyous day such as this than with a brand new custom action figure from Jin Saotome, one of my favorite custom figure designers. He's brought us so man...

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