Brat Pack
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They may be hotheaded and immature at times, but whatever they lack in experience is balanced by youthful exuberance and determination. We're talking about kids, and even though some of them might barely be out of diapers, for June's contest here at Figure Realm, they're out to prove that they can throw down just as well as the big guys and gals in your toy collection can. This is your opportunity to pit your vision of a heroic Superboy, a disgusting Garbage Pail Kid, or an adorable Muppet Baby against the creations of your fellow customizers.

There are numerous approaches you could take to this Brat Pack challenge, but here are some ideas/suggestions to get you started: (1) You can craft a younger version of your favorite adult figure (Big Barda --> Little Barda, Howard The Duck --> Howard The Duckling, etc.). (2) Create a custom of an existing youth character (Thundercats' Wily Kit/Kat, Family Guy's Stewie Griffin, Marvel Comics’ Franklin Richards, etc.). (3) Perhaps you'd like to make the amalgam son/daughter of a "dream team" couple (what would the child of Thor and Wonder Woman be like?). You're welcome to come up with other creative interpretations of the theme as well, including completely original characters.

The most important thing to remember is that whomever, or whatever, you choose to make MUST be a pre-adult in some shape or form. For humans, you can choose any state of youth: infant, toddler, tween, teenager, etc. For non-humans, classifying what constitutes an adolescent stage can become a little trickier, particularly for things that have much longer, or shorter, lifespans, or completely different life cycles, but, you should shoot for something roughly equivalent. For example, rather than a childhood as we know it, a monster/alien might have a temporary larval form before it undergoes metamorphosis to become an adult (i.e., Xenomorph facehuggers and chestbursters).

While children may be short, that doesn't mean your custom has to be. Your figure(s) can be any size/scale and you can use whatever parts/materials/tools you like to welcome your toy kid(s) into the world. 

What is the contest schedule?
Begins: Contest Closed
Ends: June 30th, 2011 - Last day for submissions. No exceptions! Cut off is at midnight Central Standard Time.
Voting: July 1st - 7th.

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.

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