Ninja II
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Mercenaries, covert agents, master assassins, and supernaturally enhanced killers. These are some of the many faces of the ninja. No matter how you describe them there is no denying that they have become an iconic part of our culture. With that in mind the goal for this contest is to create a custom of a ninja. You could go with one of the Mortal Kombat ninjas, one of the many ninjas of GI Joe, an original character, something from the TMNT franchise, or one of the many ninja from anime and manga. There is no shortage of potential entries for this contest.

-Since there is a fine line between martial arts fighter and ninja, we are going to keep it simple. If a character is referred to as a ninja in their source material, then they qualify for this contest. For example: Snake Eyes is a ninja, Strider Hiryu is not. Naruto is a ninja, but Deadpool is not.

-Samurai will also be allowed for this contest. Though they are the polar opposite, they are so closely associated with the ninja that they are fair game for this contest.

-If a character has been done as a ninja themed action figure for a toy line then they are fair game for this contest. For example Ninja Spawn, Ninja Sabretooth, and Ninja Robin. You may do your own ninja version of these characters, you do not need to mimic the officially released version.

-No dioramas will be allowed for this contest. However an exception will be made if it involves Ninja fighting Pirates.

-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: October 15th, 2013 - Last day for submissions. No exceptions! Cut off is at midnight Central Standard Time.
Voting: October 16th - 22nd.
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
Ericthered1987 -
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Silver Samurai?
Ericthered1987 -
Sunday, October 13, 2013
My bad I saw samurai are allowed up above
Batguy22 -
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Hi I was wondering if Talia Al Ghul would qualify for this contest? Thnx
Green Skin -
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Sorry no, she's an assassin not a ninja.
Monday, September 23, 2013
I was wondering since no one mentioned in the rules or in any previous post, are video game characters (ninjas) allowed to be entered into the contest, such as ryu from ninja gaiden or joe musashi from shinobi?
Patraw -
Monday, September 23, 2013
Ninja from any source material are allowed, including video games.
Super Darth Castro -
Friday, September 13, 2013
What if the figure you enter is similar to another customizers figure but with added changes and slightly different base figures.
Patraw -
Saturday, September 14, 2013
There's no prohibition on submitting similar, or nearly identical, customs at Figure Realm. Indeed, it's fairly common for a contest to have several entries of a popular character that fits the challenge's theme.

If their work was inspired by another customizer's, Figure Realm members will often mention it in their custom's description. While it's not required, if that is the case, it is a nice gesture to acknowledge your peer if you are trying to replicate their work. For example: "I really liked so-and-so's Wolverine, so here's my stab at making the same figure."
pulpyfiction -
Monday, September 16, 2013
Awesome reply Patraw!
I especially commend what you say about acknowledging other's work sourced in a custom, it's not only polite, but helps the uninformed and newbies starting out learn about what's going on in the scene and other good work that has come before.
Knightime -
Friday, September 6, 2013
What about TMNT's Shredder? Would he qualify?
Patraw -
Monday, September 9, 2013
Shredder is the master (Jounin) of an entire ninja clan (the Foot), so he's most definitely a ninja!
NecroDance -
Friday, September 6, 2013
What about akatsuki in naruto?
They are ninjas without masks.
Patraw -
Monday, September 9, 2013
Ninja don't have to wear masks, that's the popular stereotype, but, historically, most ninja wore "normal" clothing and would easily pass for an everyday citizen (which is ideal if you don't want to be noticed). There are many ninja in anime/manga, video games, etc. that don't wear masks.
mad_harleyq -
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
So what would be the difference between a martial artist and a ninja, besides being an assassin? Cos I've always considered Batman both, he uses techniques of ninjas, as in stealthiness and weapons.

Where Elektra is clearly a ninja, what is the verdict on Psylocke? She has killed but isn't an assassin,(well not now anyway) if that's the main difference here.
Patraw -
Monday, September 9, 2013
While ninja are often depicted as killers, all ninja are not assassins. Some are just spies, thieves, saboteurs, etc., but don't take lives.

Like Green Skin said in the rules, in order to qualify, a character has to be referred to as a ninja in whatever source material they come from (just because someone knows some ninjutsu techniques, that doesn't necessarily automatically make them a ninja). So, that's the litmus test you need to apply for whatever character you're thinking about making (a quick search of Wikipedia should be all you need for most characters to find out whether they're a ninja or not).

Or, again, as the rules state, if a character has had a ninja-themed toy produced in the past, then you can make them as a ninja. For example, McFarlane Toys' Ninja Spawn I & II. Most people wouldn't consider Spawn to be a ninja, but, because he's had ninja-themed toys, he's legal subject matter.
Green Skin -
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Thanks Patraw! Good to know you were on this while I was dealing with my horrible horrible computer.
Frenchtouch -
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Hello, I have a question. Although Firefly is presented as a ninja master, I suppose it can not be considered a true ninja? aside his mask, he doesn't have the usual characteristics of ninja, does he ?
Green Skin -
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
He's a bit unconventional but he's a ninja, in the comics at least. He was the Faceless Master of the Koga Ninja Clan.
Frenchtouch -
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Thank you.
Patraw -
Monday, August 26, 2013
This is just FYI for people who may be doing a search for characters to make: the Japanese have several words for ninja, besides ninja itself: Kunoichi (female ninja), Jounin (high-ranking ninja and/or clan master), Chuunin (mid-ranking ninja and/or ninja commander), Genin (low-ranking ninja, or, in other words, a ninja grunt), and Shinobi (just another name for ninja in general--I believe, historically, this is the more correct term).
Heroes Assembled Customs -
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Soo...just to get this out of the way: Would Batman have to be done as a specifically 'Ninja-version' Batman? Not that I'm going to make one, but I'm sure it will come up.
Green Skin -
Sunday, August 25, 2013
As far as this contest is concern Batman is a martial artist and not a ninja, so yes he would have to specifically be done as a "ninja batman"
1andonly5711 -
Sunday, August 25, 2013
So any charater done ninja style would be ok. Just wondering this kinda contradicts what I asked about deadpool.
Green Skin -
Sunday, August 25, 2013
"If a character has been done as a ninja themed action figure for a toy line then they are fair game for this contest." This is why a ninja batman is okay, there's never been a ninja style Deadpool release so he won't work.
1andonly5711 -
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Ok this will be pretty cool but what about ninjapool .
Green Skin -
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Nope sorry, no Ninjapool.
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