Frigid Festivities
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You might be warm and toasty, sitting in front of the fireplace sipping hot cocoa, but the action figure with the stuck joints that you popped into the freezer a week ago, and forgot about, is getting frostbite. The goal of this challenge is to customize a toy that's connected to either a winter holiday or cold temperatures/conditions. The coolest (pun intended) entries will be awarded with virtual gold, silver, or bronze candy canes.

Listed below are several suggestions for possible contest submissions, but feel free to come up with your own ideas as well, so long as they conform to the central theme of the challenge:

1) Customize a figure that represents some aspect of the winter holiday season. These events include, but are not limited to, Christmas Eve/Day, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, the Winter Solstice, and New Years Eve/Day. You could make a specific person/thing associated with your chosen winter holiday or dress up another character to look the part (i.e., stick antlers and a light-up nose on Marvel's Wolverine to create Logan The Red-Nosed Mutant.)

2) Make an arctic gear version of the character of your choice. Slap things like a parka, scarf, skis/snowshoes/skates, gloves/mittens, etc. on them and you're good to go. Individuals that are already dressed for winter are also acceptable (G.I.JOE's Snow Job, Iceberg, Snow Serpent, etc.)

3) Create a real, or fictional, organism indigenous to arctic environments (wampa, penguin, ice dragon, polar bear, yeti, frost giant, etc.)

4) Craft a character that has powers/abilities that incorporate cold temperatures (Marvel's Iceman, DC's Mr. Freeze or Captain Cold, Mortal Kombat's Sub-Zero or Frost, etc.)

There are no size/scale limitations and you may utilize whatever materials/parts/tools you like when crafting your entry. And please remember NOT to put any logos/names/watermarks on your entry photos that identify you as the customizer; each toy's creator is supposed to remain a secret until the conclusion of the contest's voting period! 

What is the contest schedule?
Begins: Contest Closed
Ends: December 31st, 2011 - Last day for submissions. No exceptions! Cut off is at midnight Central Standard Time.
Voting: January 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.

User Comments
Madtinker76 -
Monday, January 2, 2012
Not to be a snitch or anything but one of the entries is not a custom made specifically for this contest, it was already posted several months back. But don't know if that really matters being this contest is just for bragging rights.. I am still gonna vote highly for it because its a really nice custom.
Patraw -
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
If the custom in question was previously posted on Figure Realm, than it is in violation of the contest rules. However, if we're talking about the same entry, than it looks like it was further modified for this contest, not a straight re-use, which I would think technically makes it a new custom. The moderators will have to make the final call on that.
yugiohcardmaker1 -
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
does it have to about christmas or can it be some thing else
Patraw -
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Too late now, but, no, as the rules stated, entries didn't have to be specifically about Christmas, any winter holiday, or more general cold/winter themed figures would have been acceptable.
daredevil96's Sidekick Studio -
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
dbocustoms -
Saturday, October 29, 2011
I agree with johnnyvu,awesome contest,and who made the evil snowman at the top?that thing is killer!
Patraw -
Monday, October 31, 2011
That's an evil Frosty The Snowman from McFarlane Toys' Twisted X-Mas line. I imagine it's a relatively easy figure to find if you want one.
dbocustoms -
Monday, October 31, 2011
ok sweet thanks man!
JonnyVu -
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Awesome contest. Painting ice can be quiet fun!
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