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How to add more character profiles Topic - Added by GokaiWhite   
Sunday, May 20, 2018

I want to add more character profiles like that of Optimus Prime(duh!), among the huge list of Transformers characters on my mind. Can a user such as me do that? If not, is that a site manager's job?...[See More]
Action Figure POC Topic - Added by Talysman   
Saturday, May 19, 2018

I had tons of action figures growing up. I have a fondness for some of these older toys, so when ReAction issued the previously un-released ALIEN figures, I thought it was an exciting idea. I was even more excited when I found out that they would be producing retro-styled STAR TREK figures, something I would have killed (or at least maimed) for when I was a kid. Unfortunately for me, though, the sculpting across the various ReAction lines was a bit hit or miss. They nailed the "retro" styling, but in some cases the figures themselves suffered a bit. And as happy as I was that there were now 3 3/4" STAR TREK figures, I just didn't like them as much as I thought I would. The upper bodies were a little too wedge-shaped, and the arms a bit too noodle-y. That started me thinking, though. Since there were literally dozens of different styles of action figures when I was growing up, what style would really work for something like STAR TREK?

I've always been fond of the Fisher Price Adventure People. Sturdy, well-constructed, with deceptively simple sculpting; loads of every-day character types. This, I thought, would make a nice base for a random STAR TREK crewman proof-of-concept. Since I knew this was going to be a test of sorts, I didn't want to re-invent the wheel. I chose an appropriate FP figure, pried it apart, and cast bits in Smooth-On plastic.

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This was my first time casting in plastic, so there was a bit of trial-and-error, and a number of miscasts before I got what I wanted. Once I had decent casts of the pieces, I began grinding them into the shapes I wanted with a Dremel. So much grinding... I took a comparison shot from early in the process; along with details, I re-shaped the chest, back, and hips a bit, although I did not think to take more pics of the process.

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Grinding and re-shaping complete, I started adding putty to the figure.

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Many of these are cellphone pics, so their quality isn't as great as it could be.

I basically build up detail on the blank I had created, including whipping up a face in about ten minutes.

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From the completed sculpt, I made a series of new molds, and once again cast in white Smooth-On for testing purposes. I assembled one test figure from the white plastic bits, then began to add tint to the plastic. Tint was also new to me, and required more trial-and-error, especially in the flesh tones:

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It took a bit of work, but I was eventually able to get something less bubble gum pink for the head.

Color casting complete, I began painting the details, but ran into another small snag. For the life of me, I couldn't find my primer. I instead opted to apply the paint directly to the un-primed detail areas, then to use a plastic sealant to keep the paint from rubbing off. That proved to be my downfall, as I applied the plastic sealant too heavily, and all my careful brush work on the head and face ran like I had doused the figure in thinner:

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The final product was...close...to what I had initially envisioned. There was a bit of a learning curve getting to the final figure. I also think that to continue to pursue something like this, injection-molding might be more beneficial than gravity-pour molding. It was definitely a fun project....[See More]
Technetium Public Profile - Updated by Technetium   
Saturday, May 19, 2018

eBay User Name: andymac1
Favorite Series: Dr Who
Collection Size: Small at the moment
Currently Collecting: Character options Dr Who series
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mittt Public Profile - Updated by mittt   
Friday, May 18, 2018

First Figure: toy story buzz
Collection Size: tiny
Currently Collecting: jp
Want List: jurassic world 2 toys
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Covered in Spiders, Man Topic - Added by antithetical   
Friday, May 18, 2018

Thought this was kinda funny. Funnier still that they're sold out at $48 a pop.

https://obvious-plant.myshopify.com/col ... 4255415380...[See More]
Henchmen4Hire -
Friday, May 18, 2018
If I still had any passion left, I would contact that guy and ask for a goofy interview. I think at the very least we might get some insight to how he made such good looking custom packages.

Considering there are 7 billion people on this planet, I'm not surprised that at least a handful of them would want to buy this kind of stuff.
GokaiWhite Public Profile - Updated by GokaiWhite   
Thursday, May 17, 2018

eBay User Name: hadda-share
Favorite Series: Final Fantasy
First Figure: Kiba Ranger/ Classic White Ranger
Collection Size: Huge
Currently Collecting: Transformers, Final Fantasy
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Mrjaybles Public Profile - Updated by Mrjaybles   
Thursday, May 17, 2018

Favorite Figure: Skeletor
Favorite Series: Marvel legends, Muscle men, masters of the universe, gi joe.
First Figure: Tri-clops
Collection Size: Huge
Currently Collecting: M.u.s.c.l.e.s. marvel legends masters of the universe
Want List: Muscle figures.
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Nute Gunray Character Profile - Updated by DAMartin   
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

A Trade Federation viceroy who is controlled by the evil Lord Darth Sidious, Nute Gunray leads the attack on Naboo with the help of fellow Neimoidian, Rune Haako....[See More]
R4-p17 Character Profile - Updated by DAMartin   
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

R4-P17 is an astromech droid that accompanies Obi-Wan Kenobi on the Jedi fighter. Handy and well equipped, this droid is ready to repair any damages to the ship....[See More]
AT-TE Tank Gunner Character Profile - Updated by DAMartin   
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

These elite clone trooper specialists received advance training under ARC troopers on Kamino. They have specialized skills to operate the AT-TE (All Terrain Tactical Enforcer) tanks and other armored vehicles....[See More]
Maateo Feo Public Profile - Updated by Maateo Feo   
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Currently Collecting: TMNT, MOTU, MMPR, Thundercats, Small Soldiers, WWE, Real Ghostbusters, Loyal Subjects
Want List: Ghostbusters Firehouse, Thundercats Cat's Lair, Eternia Playset, MOTUC Castle Grayskull
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Brett James Public Profile - Updated by Brett James   
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

eBay User Name: brettjstyles
Favorite Series: Marvel Legends
First Figure: Mikey TMNT
Collection Size: Whoa. Hold on. We just met!
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Dr. Light Character Profile - Updated by DAMartin   
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The Monitor, needing more heroes to help against the Anti-Monitor, caused a light beam from a red star to strike astronomer Dr Kimiyo Hoshi, who got light-generating powers and became the superheroine Dr Light....[See More]
Thunderstrike14 Public Profile - Updated by Thunderstrike14   
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Favorite Series: Marvel legends
Currently Collecting: Marvel legends, dc multiverse, star wars the black series, halo, dc collectibles
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Sieg84 Public Profile - Updated by Sieg84   
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Favorite Figure: Marvel Legends Ironman
Favorite Series: Marvel Legends
First Figure: Shadow Master (Double Dragon)
Collection Size: Newbie
Currently Collecting: Marvel Legends/Select
Want List: Marvel Legends Ironman(Comic Versions)
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