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Wizard, witch, warlock, sorcerer, enchanter, magician, illusionist, mage, priest, conjurer, shaman, seer...whew. Seems like there are a million and one names for magic users these days. Whether as the heroes or the villains, magic users have been a part of our story telling since we started telling them. So in honor of our fascination with magic the objective of this contest is to create a custom of a magic user. All practitioners of magic are allowed whether they come from comics, books, movie, cartoons, or television. Here are some lists to get you started: Marvel, DC, general media, and just for giggles.

-Characters that use magic weapons or items as their main source of power are allowed. Such as Nico Minoru/ Staff of One, Nightmaster/ Sword of Night, Ragman/ Suit of Souls, Hood/ Norn Stones, etc.

-Dragons, phoenixes, faeries, centaurs and other 'magical creatures' are not allowed in this contest unless they are a known spellcaster.

-As for the Scarlet Witch, the nature of her abilities has bounced around enough that we will consider her a magic user for the purposes of this contest.

-Dioramas are not allowed for this contest.

-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: June 30th, 2014 - Last day for submissions. No exceptions! Cut off is at midnight Central Standard Time.
Voting: July 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 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
The Wiley-Barja Project - Tuesday, July 1, 2014
I'm confused by the rules here. I see a few entries one of which Songbird is all tech and no magic. Moonstone got her powers from an Kree gravity gem. I just don't see how these are allowed.
Steve_MArtin78 - Friday, July 4, 2014
Add the Richards kids to that list as well. Many of these contests are like that.
The Wiley-Barja Project - Friday, July 4, 2014
yeah I'm really starting to notice that
Fig-Lord - Friday, June 27, 2014
Can I just make somthing like the eye of agamotto
Green Skin - Friday, June 27, 2014
Fig-Lord - Monday, June 23, 2014
How'bout Etrigan?
Green Skin - Monday, June 23, 2014
He's good.
Bamf67 - Sunday, June 15, 2014
It's a little late for the 4th of July, but how about a patriot themed contest? ... and it doesn't have to be just the USA, it could be any country. Just a suggestion.
Fig-Lord - Thursday, May 29, 2014
Is ghostrider allowed?
Green Skin - Sunday, June 22, 2014
I don't think he quite qualifies.
panchopantera - Friday, May 23, 2014
Would it be considered cheating if I submit a figure I actually completed some time ago but never posted on this site, officially? I did re-paint her recently.
Green Skin - Sunday, June 22, 2014
There is no rule against it so long as it hasn't been posted elsewhere. Go for it.
panchopantera - Monday, June 23, 2014
Ah well, I already posted it.
Jarred706 - Wednesday, May 21, 2014
What about a character like Link, from the Zelda series? I mean he is generally viewed as a warrior, but he does regularly use magic spells, tomes and books.
Green Skin - Thursday, May 22, 2014
Link would be okay since his main weapon is the Master Sword.
Patraw - Wednesday, May 21, 2014
The rules say that dragons, fairies, centaurs, phoenixes, and other magical creatures aren't allowed, but many fantastic creatures are also spellcasters. For example, in Dungeons & Dragons, it's typical for intelligent monsters like dragons, fairies, demons, etc. to have several levels of spell proficiency in the mage and/or priest schools of magic. I'm not talking about the creature being "magical" just because it's a fantastic creature, I'm talking about them employing the very same spells that humans and demihumans use (I.e., I wouldn't consider a dragon or demon that doesn't know any spells to be a magic-user, but I would for ones that do).

So, are you then saying that only humanoid spellcasters are allowed? And, if so, where are you drawing the line exactly, anatomically/racially (that's a very sticky question, as the fantasy genre is rife with spellcasting races/species)? Are elves legal? Half-elves? Half-dragons? At what point does an entity with unusual anatomy become a "creature"?

Personally, I would propose that the criteria could just simply be that the character is a known spellcaster, not what race/species they happen to belong to. That'd make troubleshooting/moderating this particular challenge much easier.
Green Skin - Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Whoops, I clearly should have proof read this. There is supposed to be more to that line of the rules. Thanks for the catch.
Patraw - Thursday, May 22, 2014
That addition addresses my concerns, thank you.
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