customs

Customizing on a budget
Many of you know about those items that are just a smidge outside our regular budgets. Those special items that are cherished by collectors and the people offering to sell said items know how much they are worth. For me, as a... read feature

Bowser Koopa

Customizer gives Bowser a sweet airship


Better than that flying clown face
Apr 13
Creative toy customizer Kodykoala unveiled his newest creation: a one of a kind Bowser Koopa airship. Starting with a Playmobil pirate ship, he went to town removing the sails and adding mast propellers and Koopa cannons... read
Flying Speeder Bike

Star Wars fan takes speeder bike to new heights


Use the force.. of lift
Mar 15
A Star Wars fan named Adam Woodsworth has taken the Speeder Bike sequence from Return of the Jedi and brought it to life! Combining a Power of the Force Speeder bike from Hasbro and some quadcopter technology, Adam created a... read
Ume Toys Geekachu

Ume Toys' Geekwok does a bit of cosplaying


Geekachu variant looks like a certain game character; not confirmed for production yet
Mar 10
Rich Page of Ume Toys has recently painted up one of his Geekwok resin figures in a bit of a cosplay favor. Calling it the Geekachu, the little yellow fellow has a sculpted tail and blushy red cheeks meant to evoke a certain ... read
Funko Pop!

Custom creator Vongeek puts some POP into Wreck-it Ralph


Schweetzness!
Feb 27
Toy customizer and artist Vongeek debuted her latest creations with her custom Funko Pop! renditions of Vanellope & Ralph from Disney's Wreck-it Ralph. Each of these little cuties is hand crafted to the last detail a... read
Minifigures.com offerings

Minifigures.com scares up its newest offering in The Pumpkin King


All hail the king
Feb 19
Minifigures.com -- a site specializing in custom Lego minifigures of celebrities, TV show characters, and entertainers -- has dug up its latest figure offering in The Pumpkin King/Jack Skellington from The Nightmare... read
Felt Mistress Momo

Felt Mistress assembles Avatar's Momo for upcoming show


Will be part of Gallery Nucleus' March 7 show
Feb 17
Gallery Nucleus is playing host to an impressive looking Avatar: The Last Airbender tribute show next month, and Felt Mistress has just revealed her piece for the event. She's made a plush -- of course -- of Momo and the... read
Crazy like a fox?
PackRatStudios has unleashed a killer new "Movie Concept" Marvel Legends Deadpool. The figure appears to be a fairly by-the-numbers redeco of a Marvel Legends / Infinite Series "Mandroid wave" Stealth Suit Captain America wit... read feature

Fuller's Big Cat Series

Under the Radar: Fuller's Big Cat Series


These ones don't want affection
Jan 31
Fuller has a new series of custom creations in his shop: The Grrrr... Big Cats Series of figures. Fuller has taken his Grrr character and made it into a 6-inch resin-cast creation, and four of them have been decorated like va... read
DAAAAAH Di Dah Dah!
A few weeks ago I was able to do a story on Minifigures, an England-based website where you could buy celebrity LEGO figures. I was happy to see that Queen frontman Freddie Mercury was one of the figures you could buy. I beca... read feature

MaloApril customs

MaloApril shows off a pretty zombie and a rocker chick


Pink-eye never looked so pretty
Jan 27
MaloApril recently finished up two custom Dunnys as a commission and, as always, I find myself super jealous of anyone owning her pieces. The first is a zombie with fantastic eyes (I love the lashes) and decked out with a sku... read
life-like 3D figure scans

Universal Studios Japan can turn you into an Evangelion figure


Full body 3D scan makes for a surprisingly realistic figure
Jan 25
3D scanners aren't anything new, Gentle Giant used them over a decade ago to make Jakks Pacific's WWF/WWE Real Scan figures. But with time comes innovation and now anyone can have a figure made of themselves if they know wher... read
vinyl

Custom Munny maker takes the women of Batman to adorable levels


The streets of Gotham just got cute!
Jan 24
Illustrator and vinyl customizer Shaun Nakasome has added to his work of custom crafted Munnys and Mighty Muggs figures with his new works for Batgirl, Poison Ivy, and Harley Quinn. These adorable little cherubs are 4" t... read
The damage to Starscream was less severe than sticking him in the Bayformers movies
Pack Rat Studios has crafted a custom "Hulkbuster Ultron" and, if you like it, you can bid on it via ebay right now (or rather bid within the next 4 days). The custom appears to be kit-bashed from a Transformers "Hunt for the... read feature

Star Wars

Landspeeder made of 3000 bricks, sold at nearest cantina


At least they got a fair price.
Jan 18
Not every Lego MOC I see is great enough to be almost ready for stores, but Aaron Fiskum's X34 Landspeeder could get there. It's a very impressive build; all the sides and angles look smooth. You even get a blown engine piece... read
Ume Toys

This Earl's lemon styles are off the charts


He is within his rights.
Jan 17
The Earl of Lemongrab is one intense dude. This custom Cranston Fellows Jnr piece shows off his fervor with some detailed sculpting. Sitting on an intimidating looking throne and ready to judge, he holds his glow in the dark ... read
Muppets in LEGO

German LEGO builder makes Swedish Chef from American Muppet Show


Muppet Show goes Lego
Jan 14
German LEGO Customizer Andreas Weissenburg has started the new year off right with his custom LEGO created scenes from Jim Henson's Muppet Show from the '70s. He has skillfully put together the iconic Swedish Chef, complete w... read
Pillow

8-bit Space Invaders can come to YOUR home


Net yourself a crab!
Jan 14
ThinkGeek can make your old school gamer dreams come true with an officially licensed Space Invaders Crab plush pillow. Selling for US$29.99, this 17.75" x 13" x 4" pillow memorializes the monumental Tomohiro Nishikado video ... read
Sure to bolster your cosplay
Anime conventions are great, aren't they? You go to see the cosplay (the good and the bad), maybe visit that same "Understanding Evangelion" panel that's at every con, and blow lots and lots of money at the vendor hall. Well,... read feature

LEGO

Lego Nutella art piece is too sweet


Just don't chew on the pieces
Jan 09
Admit it: when you have a Nutella jar accessible in your kitchen pantry, you eat it all through one sitting with the same spoon. Or is that just me? Guilty pleasure aside, Lego artist Brucewaynelego created this recent a... read
Gashapon

University art students create Hiragana gashapon


Gotta write them all!
Jan 08
A small group of art students at Musashino Art University decided to come together for a final project for a typography class. What came out of this collective were gashapon capsules (and dispensers!) on the first character i... read
LEGO

New website lets you make customized and famous Lego minifigs


Minifigures.com has your hook up
Jan 02
A new website has launched dedicated to custom LEGO Minifigures called, well, Minifigures. Minifigures prides itself on the fact they don’t use stickers or vinyl decals and all of their designs stay true to the LEGO Min... read
designer

Mucklebones will eat your soul


Or at least damage it a little
Dec 29
Alright, so maybe there won't be any soul stealing, but this little guy is so creepy cute it doesn't really matter. Customized from a Pocket Slideshow 'Sproot' toy (originally designed by Chris Ryniak), this sofubi has been c... read
Bjornik x Ketner collab

Otto Bjornik, Jeremiah Ketner collab on two custom figures


7-inch Munny, Trikky bear the hallmarks of both artists' styles
Dec 18
I'm a fan of Otto Bjornik and Jeremiah Ketner's work, so when news of a collaboration between the two emerged, I was immediately interested. Otto and Jeremiah have painted up a 7-inch Munny and 7-inch Trikky in a mish-mash of... read
custom vinyl

Fuller working on a mean little Groot custom


Tiny, but fierce
Dec 11
Fuller showed off a work-in-progress image of a Mighty Mugg custom he's working on, destined to become Groot. So far, he's got some sculpting done for the head, and opted for a fierce expression for the little guy. I generall... read
Snow Dumpling

Chill out with the Snow Dumpling


New custom from Shawnimals coming to myplasticheart Friday
Dec 10
Shawnimals and myplasticheart, in conjunction with Squibbles Ink, have a new holiday custom ready for you: the Snow Dumpling! Yes, Shawnimals' Dumpling is now in a festive flavor (though you still shouldn't eat it), decked ou... read
Gunpla

Don't be fooled, this is an amazing custom Gundum kit


Yeah, I still can't always adjust my eyes to see it as 3D
Dec 05
One of the most exciting things about this hobby is seeing others thinking outside the box. Sure, anyone can slap paint on a model kit, and some do an amazing job at it, but then you get pieces like this that are just too epi... read
Un-American Activity

Un-American Activity spotted Friday at Toy Art Gallery


New show featuring work from Doktor A, Jon Paul Kaiser and Seymour
Nov 12
Attention citizens of Los Angeles: we are receiving reports of Un-American Activity that will be going down this Friday at Toy Art Gallery (7571 Melrose Ave.). Three artists from across the Atlantic -- Jon Paul Kaiser, Doktor... read
DCon '14: Jeremiah Ketner

DesignerCon 2014: Jeremiah Ketner


Nov 10
Jeremiah Ketner's latest works were on display at DesignerCon 2014. His style has the same, vibrant-toned fantasy feel we've come to expect, but he's got a few new customs alongside his new illustrations. In particular, I'm d... read
A fantastic mix of designer toys from three amazing artists
The corner booth at DesignerCon that housed Scott Tolleson, Lana Crooks, and Carson Catlin had a eye-catching combination of plushes and figures, both original and customized. It also had several tantalizing con-exclusives av... read feature

Another citizen of Tox City takes the spotlight
I'm not going to lie; I have a soft spot for jellykoe's Tox City line. The series of plushes were a big success on Kickstarter and I adored their New York Comic Con exclusive addition as well. Kelly and J. Spencer Shull broug... read feature

Martin Hsu

DesignerCon 2014: Martin Hsu


Dragon Boy Strikes Back and Dragon Dog Blacky too!
Nov 10
Martin Hsu's Dragon Boy is one of my favorite characters in the designer toy world. I love all of the different forms he's been seen on, and I love Martin's art as a whole. A few other artists have shown love to Dragon Boy at... read
JPK Wreck-It Ralph

Jon Paul Kaiser's latest custom piece wrecks it


Wreck-It Ralph Muttpop
Nov 07
Jon Paul Kaiser is on the road to this wekeend's DesignerCon, but he's apparently finished up one more custom before the show: a Muttpop Tequilla refashioned to look like Wreck-It Ralph. It actually is a great choice of platf... read
Designer Con

Designer Con 2014: Tasha Zimich has a beautiful customized Camilla d'Errico figure


No Ordinary Love statue in a custom colorway
Nov 05
If you're headed to Designer Con this weekend, maybe stop by Canadian-based artist Tasha Zimich's booth (#911). Among other things she'll be showing off a one-of-a-kind customized statue based on Camilla d'Errico's No Ordinar... read
Groot chainsaw carving

I am Groot and you can too by watching this video


They say she carved it from a larger piece of wood
Oct 09
This isn't so much a collectible as it is a unique art piece, but why should that stop anyone from lusting after it? What you're looking at is a wood carving of Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy, made by artist Griffon Ramse... read
Dunny Monsters

Get your scare on with Mikie Graham's Dunny Monster Series


Halloween-themed custom Dunnys available in October
Oct 06
Time for a little spookiness in your life? Well, Mikie Graham has put together the Dunny Monster series, a set of 30 different custom Dunnys with a Halloween theme to them. He's created 15 characters in total that he'll be re... read
Impressive custom Paw is a thing of beauty
We haven't heard much from Fuller for a while, as he's been buried in a lot of work. But what's he been up to? Apparently part of that time has been working on this impressive custom Paw, the Warrior King. Made for a client w... read feature

Vinyl Thoughts 5

A peek at the customs of Vinyl Thoughts 5


Show opens in Dallas on Thursday evening
Sep 23
Just a quick reminder: the Vinyl Thoughts 5: MADL Makers show is this Thursday in Dallas, Texas, and Shelby over at Vinyl Thoughts has sent us photos of three of the customs in the show. The custom 5-inch MADLs are:  &l... read
Attack on Titan

Stare in awe at this Attack on Titan custom diorama by Team Revolver


The buildings are just as impressive as the figures
Sep 15
Japanese competitive modeling group Team Revolver is making waves with their latest completed diorama based on Attack on Titan. The the full scratch built piece includes multiple 1/35 scale figures taking on a pair of hu... read
Iron Giant Dunny

Custom Delights: Josh Mayhem's Iron Giant Dunny


Vin Diesel voice acting not included
Sep 08
Josh Mayhem has recently completed a new 3-inch Dunny commission, and this one is one of my favorites from 2014. His Iron Giant Dunny is exactly what you'd expect: a pint-sized representation of the film's title character, us... read






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