Winged Wonders
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Flap! Flap! Flap! For this challenge, all you have to do is make a custom figure of any character that has wings.

- Any winged individual, from any media, is fair game. It doesn't matter who they are, or where they come from, only that they possess wings. You can even create a completely original winged character if you like.

- The wings can be natural (feathers, skin, bone, etc.) or artificial (mechanical, energy constructs, etc.) in nature. Keep in mind that wings can come in many shapes/sizes and be made out of all sorts of things.

- Minor winged costume elements or symbols don't count. For example: the bird wings on Captain America's and Thor's headgear or the Evil Horde's bat symbol aren't enough to qualify them as winged characters.

- You may not place wings on a character that doesn't normally have them, unless that's something that actually happened, however briefly, as part of their history/fiction.

- In addition to figures, winged vehicles are also acceptable as entries (Wind Raider, Cobra Rattler, Wonder Woman's Invisible Jet, etc.) Similarly, transforming robots with winged alt modes are also legal subject matter (Jetfire, Starscream, Leader-1, etc.)

- If you choose to submit multiple custom figures/things as a single contest entry, they must ALL have wings. For example: Hawkman and Hawkgirl would be a legal pairing, Archangel and Cyclops would not.

- You may utilize whatever base bodies, parts, materials, and tools you like to bring your winged wonder to life. Which three entities will outwing all the others and capture the gold, silver, and bronze trophies? 

What is the contest schedule?
Begins: Contest Closed
Ends: April 30th, 2014 - Last day for submissions. No exceptions! Cut off is at midnight Central Standard Time.
Voting: May 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
Emmett -
Thursday, April 3, 2014
I feel honored that my Angel custom is being used to promote this contest!
Patraw -
Friday, April 4, 2014
You're welcome. What could be better than an angel to represent winged characters, right?
windblock2007 -
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
I'm pushing for $1.00 contest .
Patraw -
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
The ideal place for that would be the contest ideas thread in the forums.
Heroes Assembled Customs -
Friday, March 7, 2014
Interesting question....Namor and Namorita have functioning ankle these count?
Patraw -
Friday, March 7, 2014
Yes, even though they're teensy, and located in a weird spot, Namor and Namorita ankle wings count. That said, just like the Captain America and Thor head wing examples I gave in the rules, a character that has ornamental wing designs on their sandals/shoes wouldn't count.

I actually had Namor and Namorita specifically mentioned in an earlier draft of the rules, but it got removed during one of my edits.
meeko -
Thursday, March 6, 2014
would something like the batman beyond's glider wings count? or do they have to be full on flapping wings?

im not planning on doing him but he's similar to a character I wanna do
Patraw -
Friday, March 7, 2014
Batman Beyond's glider wings would be a-okay. There's no restriction that the wings have to be of the flapping variety--immobile "fixed" wing designs, like those found on jets/planes, are fine.
Rabid_Ewok -
Thursday, March 6, 2014
The rules state that if you enter multiple figures/things as one entry they all have to have wings. So if someone was to enter a winged vehicle that included a pilot figure, would the pilot figure also have to have wings?
Patraw -
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Yes, if you want to include a customized pilot with a winged vehicle, then the pilot would also have to have wings in order to conform to the theme of the challenge. However, please note that it's not necessary to include a pilot as part of a vehicle submission, just the winged machine/conveyance by itself is fine.
Heroes Assembled Customs -
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Hey! That's my Zarathos!
Patraw -
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Unfortunately, that image is going to have to come down and be replaced, because I wasn't thinking when I submitted it to Captain Coder. Don't get me wrong, it's an outstanding custom, but, according to the rules I wrote, you can't submit a custom of a character with wings that normally doesn't have them (which Zarathos doesn't), so, I don't want to have an image up on the contest page that contradicts the rules, which might confuse the challenge's participants.

Anyway, I hope you understand. This is entirely my fault, and I apologize.
Heroes Assembled Customs -
Thursday, March 6, 2014
It's funny, when I saw it I thought exactly the same thing. Totally understood. Thanks for the recognition anyway!
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