Mascot Mayhem
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Many organizations and products have a special person or entity that serves as a highly recognizable symbol to the rest of the world. The goal of this challenge is to bring one of those mascots to life in customized toy form.

- Mascots can be people, animals, or things. While most participants will likely choose to do a figure of some sort, don't be afraid to pick something that's more abstract or unusual.

- Your mascot can come from ANY media, past or present. Sports teams, political parties, insurance companies, food products, internet sites, etc. (pretty much anything you can think of) are all fair game. In addition to real world examples, fictional mascots are also legal subject matter.

- To the best of your abilities, your custom should resemble the mascot you've chosen. In other words, don't dress up the Michelin Tire Man like Deadpool or turn Captain Crunch into a zombie--make them how they're supposed to look. We all understand that changes/concessions sometimes have to be made in order to make a custom work, but, at the same time, try to stay true to the essence of the character/thing.

- You MAY NOT invent an original mascot, your custom must be based on an existing one.

- You may utilize whatever base bodies, parts, materials, and tools you like to bring your chosen icon to life. Which mascots will outshine all the others and obtain the juicy gold, silver, and bronze endorsement deals (a.k.a., Figure Realm trophies)? 

What is the contest schedule?
Begins: Contest Closed
Ends: February 28th, 2014 - Last day for submissions. No exceptions! Cut off is at midnight Central Standard Time.
Voting: March 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 girlfriend 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
WayneTech Customs - Monday, February 24, 2014
If the company doesn't have an official mascot but more rather a logo, can we create a fictional mascot with a basis of the logo ?
Patraw - Tuesday, February 25, 2014
It depends. If the company logo already has a character in it, it'd be okay to make a 3-dimensional version of that. For example: the Starbucks Siren custom that NeCrollector made or the "no ghosts" 3-dimensional logo that was included as an accessory with one of the recent Matty Collector Ghostbusters toys. But, otherwise, you can't just make up something that isn't already present in the corporate logo.

Let's say, for example, you wanted to make a 3-dimensional target symbol to represent the Target chain of stores, that'd be fine as an entry, as would be the Target Dog, but if you took a superhero base body and painted the Target logo on his chest and called him "Target Man" or something similar, that'd be taking things too far, because you'd be inventing an all new mascot in the process.
WayneTech Customs - Tuesday, February 25, 2014
That answers it, thanks!
Warspectre - Thursday, February 6, 2014
Don't do this, don't do that, don't do this, don't do that.
...So...even the 'mascot' for this contest wouldn't count, as it is 4 cereal mascots that have been made into wrestlers. Which is a great custom by the creator but, likely, would not be allowable in this contest.
Sorry, just playing devils advocate!
Patraw - Saturday, February 8, 2014
You're grossly exaggerating the situation. All I'm asking people to do is look into whether or not the character they're interested in making is actually a mascot or not, and to make their custom resemble said mascot--I hardly think that's unreasonable.

Why would I select a photo of cereal character customs to represent this challenge if I didn't think that they fit the theme? And, so far as I can tell, LuvNidleness' descriptions of those four customs contain no references to wrestling, so, unless I'm missing something, I'm not sure where you got the idea that those four cereal mascot customs are wrestlers. I would have no problem with the Tony the Tiger, Lucky the Leprechaun, Cap'n Crunch, and Toucan Sam figures, nor the Matty Collector custom at the top of the page, as submissions (although, because they've already been posted on Figure Realm, by default, they're not eligible as entries).

Maintaining the focus of the contest's theme, while at the same time allowing customizers to exercise their imagination/creativity, can be quite a juggling act. If you're too liberal, some people will say that you're letting customizers submit whatever they want instead of sticking to the challenge's theme, and, conversely, if you're too strict, then others may feel that they have little in the way of creative freedom. I'm not perfect, but I do my best to find the middle path when I write the rules and answer questions/concerns.
mistic*Misty - Wednesday, February 5, 2014
o your hosting a contest thats so cool so I wanted to know those video games main monster count like the mascot of it like nemesis from resident evil , pyramid head from silent hill , things like that or the main characters like heather from silent hill 3
Patraw - Wednesday, February 5, 2014
A popular protagonist/monster and a mascot aren't necessarily the same thing. Like I've told everybody else, if you can find a reliable source/reference that says the character in question is a mascot (which you should cite in your entry description as proof), then it's legal, if not, then no.

Another thing to keep in mind is that some companies/franchises simply don't have an official mascot at all, even if they do have a stable of highly recognizable characters.
Patraw - Saturday, January 25, 2014
This came up in a private message, so I'm posting this here for anyone who may have the same question: Some mascots occasionally dress up for the holidays and/or promotions. So, if you can find an OFFICIAL image, video, etc. of the mascot in question dressed up as someone, or something, else, that would be a legal entry (Cap'n Crunch as Santa Claus when he's promoting Christmas Crunch would be an excellent example of this). However, keep in mind that you can't just make up your own amalgam redesign, it has to be based on something that the mascot has officially done.
Heroes Assembled Customs - Thursday, January 16, 2014
Does this include 'perceived' mascots? Characters such as Mario, Sonic, or even Mickey Mouse & Bugs Bunny are considered 'mascots' of their individual companies, even if they're not 'official' mascots like Cap'n Crunch or Ronald McDonald.

If Mario is considered a mascot, would Luigi, Link, Donkey Kong or even Samus?

Also, in the case of McDonalds, do ANY of the McDonald Land characters count as a MCDonald 'mascot'?

Thanks in advance for any clarification!
Patraw - Friday, January 17, 2014
"Perceived mascot" is slippery terminology that I'd rather stay away from, as that could easily open the door for almost anything and everything. Perception is a very subjective thing after all--the general public's opinion of who is, or isn't, a mascot may differ significantly from that of the company that owns the character(s). Let's keep it simple: If you can find an authorative source, like Wikipedia, the company's home page, etc., that states that a given character is a mascot, then it's legal. Just put in your entry description what your justification/source is and you should be fine. Also, don't forget that, provided the company in question still exists (which Nintendo and McDonald's do), you can e-mail them directly and get the answer straight from the horse's mouth.

I agree that it can get tricky/confusing when a given company has several highly recognizable characters. Most people wouldn't dispute the big names as being the "faces" of their respective brands, but when you start moving on to secondary or tertiary characters, that's when things get messy.

I would also like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that it's your job to tell the voters how and why your custom fits any given contest's theme. If you can't come up with a good reason why the character you want to make belongs in a custom contest, then it probably doesn't.
NeCrollector - Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Can you make the mascot look a bit more 'evil' so long as it stays true to his/hers/its appearance?
Patraw - Wednesday, January 15, 2014
As long as what you want to do isn't a significant deviation from the character's design that should be all right. For example, if you wanted to make the Keebler Elf look grumpy/mean, instead of happy, but he was still recognizable as the Keebler Elf, I don't see any harm in that.

The Toucan Sam, Lucky the Leprechaun, Tony the Tiger, and Captain Crunch custom figures pictured above all look more fierce/serious than their normally jovial cartoon counterparts, which is fine.
NeCrollector - Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Cool! Thank you so much, Patraw!
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