Silver Age
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Many of today's popular comic book heroes and villains (not to mention many forgotten ones) made their first appearances during the Silver Age (1956-1970). The object of this challenge is to bring one, or more, of them to life in customized toy form.

- Your custom must depict the character you decide to make as they appeared during the Silver Age, no matter how ridiculous their respective costume(s) were back then.

- Any American comic book publisher from the Silver Age is fair game, not just Marvel and DC. All that matters is the time period, not the publisher.

- Retcons, time travel, flashbacks, etc., don't count. Whatever you make has to have actually appeared in a comic book printed during the specified time period (1956-1970).

- You MAY NOT redesign/reinterpret a Bronze or Modern Age comic book character as a Silver Age one. Likewise characters from media other than comic books are forbidden. Provided that they were still active in the Silver Age, Golden Age characters are legal; however, keep in mind that you still have to dress them in the appropriate costume(s) for the time period (1956-1970), unless, of course, they continued to wear their Golden Age duds into the Silver Age.

- In addition to figures, vehicles and playsets/dioramas are also acceptable as entries, provided that they existed during the time period (for example, a Silver Age Batmobile or Batcave).

- You may use whatever base figures, parts, tools, materials, etc. you wish to create your custom creations. Have fun, and don't be afraid to dig up someone or something really obscure! 

What is the contest schedule?
Begins: Contest Closed
Ends: January 31st, 2014 - Last day for submissions. No exceptions! Cut off is at midnight Central Standard Time.
Voting: February 1st - 7th.
Managed By: Patraw

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
Fig-Lord -
Thursday, January 9, 2014
Is zebra man acceptable
Patraw -
Thursday, January 9, 2014
The original Zebra Man would be a legal entry (first appearance January 1960), but the second Zebra Man (first appearance July 1987) would not be. For future reference, I would suggest consulting Wikipedia (which is what I did to answer your question), or one of the other many comic book centric information sites online (for example, the Unofficial Guide to the DC Universe), to find out any given comic book character's first appearance date.
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