Gears & Gadgets II
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Technology is perhaps the most important measure of a society. It can create beings from lifeless hunks of metal and wires, allow us to travel the stars and give mankind the ability to hold it's own against beings of incredible power. Imagine Tony Stark without the Iron Man armor, Batman without his utility belt or Transformers without robotics...not a pretty picture. The goal of this contest is to create a custom based on technology. There are two ways you can go about this, gadgets or gears. Gadgets focuses on technologically enhanced weapons and gear, where as Gears focuses on robotics, cybernetics and machines. Please note that combination entries are perfectly acceptable.

-Gears: These entries must feature a piece of technology capable of it's own motion. Characters with cybernetic limbs are a good example of this; such as Winter Soldier, Misty Knight and Cyborg. Another area in this category are standard vehicles; such as the Batmobile, the Avengers Quinjet, and the Punisher Van. And of coarse full blown robots like Transformers, Sentinels and artificial intelligences like the Cylons or Ultron.

-Gadgets: Entries in the gadgets category must feature tech equipment, I hesitate to say high tech because low tech steam punk style gadgets are also acceptable. Think of things like wrist communicators, scanners, death rays, trick arrows, cloaking devices, plasma rifles, tracers, tasers, EMP's, grappling guns, re-breathers, night vision goggles, and the best gadget of them all, the Exo suit.

-Please note there is a fine line between weapons and gadgets. To qualify as a gadget ,for the purpose of this contest, a weapon must be technologically enhanced. For example: arrows are not gadgets, but trick arrows are. Armor is not a gadget, but Iron Man type armor is. A M16 is not a gadget, but a plasma rifle is. A grenade is not a gadget, but a cryo-grenade is.

-In keeping with the rules of the original Gears & Gadgets contest, no repaints will be allowed for this contest. Swap in some alternate parts, give them some new weapons, battle damage them, anything really. As long as entries are more than just a repaint. This rule is especially aimed at Transformers and Iron Man entries.

-Diorama displays are valid entries, but only for a gadgets type entry.

-As always there are no size restrictions for this contest. You may use any sort of materials, parts, tools or techniques that you wish. Whatever gets the job done.. 

What is the contest schedule?
Begins: Contest Closed
Ends: July 31st, 2013 - Last day for submissions. No exceptions! Cut off is at midnight Central Standard Time.
Voting: August 1st - 7th.
Managed By: Green Skin

What are the rules of the contest?
  • Please use the form here to submit your custom figure.
  • At least a paragraph description is required with your entry. This paragraph, at a minimum, should answer the following questions:
    • How was this custom customized?
    • How does the custom fit into the contest theme?
  • You may submit up to three different entries for the contest.
  • Please only submit figures that were created for this contest. Do not submit old figures from the Showcase or previous contest entries.
  • Your entry should not be posted on this website, any other website, or anywhere on the internet until the contest is completely over.
  • The pictures for your entry will remain hidden until the contest ends and the voting begins.
  • Your identity will remain hidden until after the voting completes.
  • Do not include names, logos, signatures or anything on the pictures that will give you away as the creator of the custom. We want to keep the customizer's identity a secret until the contest is over.
  • Don't wait until the last day to submit your entries. If your internet is down, or something happens beyond your control, you will miss the contest! Also keep in mind how many customs you can submit in one day. You may not be able to submit all your entries in one day.
  • The contest is purely for fun... well... and bragging rights!
How does the contest voting work?
Anyone can vote for their favorite customs in the contest, you don't even have to submit anything to the contest! You do have to be logged-in to your Figure Realm account though so we can keep track of the votes. Only appointed Figure Realm staff can see the votes, so anonymity is guaranteed. Voting begins once the entry deadline is met and lasts for a week.

It's hard to choose just one custom to vote on when there are tons of great entries, so Figure Realm has a unique voting system where you can vote on ALL the customs! When you click on an entry to view, there's a bar with buttons on it that lets you give the custom anywhere from 1 to 5 Stars. 1 Star means you think they could have done a better job on the custom while 5 Stars means you think they did a perfect job. The votes for each entry are added up when voting is closed and averaged-out to determine the winners. Also, don't abuse the system. Don't give your own custom 5 Stars and then give everyone else 1 Star to boost your rating. Remember, the votes are monitored.

Some points you might consider when casting your vote: Is the figure well-made? Is the paint smooth or crusty? Are there noticeable fingerprints on the sculpted parts? Is it an original custom? Is it accurate to the source-material (comics, photos, description in a book)? Are the pictures clear enough to see the details? Did the creator take the time to include a back-story or recipe? Is the custom so unbelievably awesome that you'd trade your dog for it?

Craftsmanship and creativity are major factors to consider, but ultimately your vote should depend on how much you like the custom, and how well you feel it fits the contest theme.

User Comments
petergriff6 -
Sunday, July 28, 2013
Quick question: The entry I posted didn't have the specific group, so I just put it in random. I requested the group, so is there any way I can switch it to the group (if they get accepted)?
Green Skin -
Sunday, July 28, 2013
Not quite sure what group you are referring to.
Patraw -
Monday, July 29, 2013
Green Skin, he's talking about the Toy Series categories. He picked the Random one, because what he wanted wasn't an option, so he requested it be added and wants to know if he can change the category his custom belongs to when, and if, the new grouping is added to the list of existing ones.

Petergriff6, you can always edit your customs by selecting the little wrench icon in the top right-hand corner next to your custom's number code (your changes will have to be re-evaluated by a moderator first, so don't expect instantaneous results). I've edited my contest entries in the past, when something needed to be corrected/fixed, as have others, so it shouldn't be a problem.
petergriff6 -
Monday, July 29, 2013
Patraw, thanks for all the help!
And sorry about that Green Skin, should have made that more clear
Green Skin -
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Thanks Patraw, Wasn't sure if he was talking about Toy series or the contests.

No worries petergriff6
CAb00se -
Saturday, July 27, 2013
do cyborgs count?
Green Skin -
Sunday, July 28, 2013
snufkin500 -
Friday, July 12, 2013
You mention Cylons - what about skin jobs? Arguably tech, but they don't feel like they really fit with the theme of the contest...
Green Skin -
Saturday, July 13, 2013
Yeah they don't really fit. I'd say they are not allowed on the basis that they are made from organics, and this contest is more about the nuts and bolts side of technology.
Vershx8 -
Saturday, June 29, 2013
Green skin, can it be a gear or gadget that you made up? ( well at least your own version of it?)
Green Skin -
Saturday, June 29, 2013
As long as it fits within the rules you can make up original entries, yes.
1andonly5711 -
Sunday, June 23, 2013
How many entries are aloud
Green Skin -
Sunday, June 23, 2013
Each customizer is allowed up to 3 entries per contest.
mtsbspidey -
Thursday, June 13, 2013
That's what I figured, but I thought I'd check. Thanks for clearing it up.
mtsbspidey -
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Looking at the wording of the "Gadgets" category, I'm wondering if someone were to make full-size trick arrows or wrist communicators or whatever, would that count? Or is it more for figure accessories?
Green Skin -
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
More for figure accessories.
NickyHavok1 -
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Fair enough. That's what I thought. Soon there will come a contest that my batrilla/gorbat will dominate.
NickyHavok1 -
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
What if it's a biological enhancement ? Is that allowed? Like putting huge bat wings on a gorilla? But said gorilla did it to himself(thru science!) to get an edge on a certain red suited speedster.
Green Skin -
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Sorry, no biological enhancements. That would be a different contest all together.
Heroes Assembled Customs -
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Wow! You used my Iron Man photo in the write-up! I'm honored!
Green Skin -
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Had too, it's awesome.
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