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Giant robots with incredibly destructive firepower, superhuman masters of obscure and deadly schools of martial arts, adorable school girls with amazing magical powers---you'll find all of these things, and more, bursting off of the pages, or out of the television screen, of your favorite Japanese comics and cartoons. The object of this challenge is to make a customized anime/manga themed character of your choice (for the benefit of those that might be unfamiliar with the terms, "anime" is simply the Japanese phonetic interpretation of the English word "animation" and "manga" is the Japanese word for "comic/cartoon".)

You have two options for your entries for this challenge:

1) You can customize a toy of any character/thing from an existing Japanese anime/manga. There are thousands of titles to choose from, so, there should be something for almost any taste imaginable. Akira, Appleseed, Cowboy Bebop, Cutey Honey, Dragonball, Fist of The Northstar, Fullmetal Alchemist, Ghost in The Shell, Gundam, Inuyasha, Naruto, Ranma 1/2, Robotech, Sailor Moon, Vampire Hunter D, and Voltron are just a handful of the many franchises that you could potentially select as the subject matter for your entry.

2) You can give your favorite non-anime/manga character a Japanese cartoon/comic makeover so that they look the part. Both DC Direct's Ame-Comi and Kotobukiya's Bishoujo comic book character statues are excellent examples of that kind of reinterpretation that you could look to for inspiration.

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: January 15th, 2012 - Last day for submissions. No exceptions! Cut off is at midnight Central Standard Time.
Voting: January 16th - 22nd.

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 dog 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
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
I'm so Glad there so many entries this time.Had fun judging...But I can see already the potential winners. Its just crazy to see how people declaring their bet as winners already.OO

Too bad, some people are blinded by PHOTO ENHANCED CUSTOM FIGURE entries. I just hope people would vote objectively and because of the quality and amount of work not because of the popularity of the character and digitally enhanced pictures. Where in if you will actually see them in person, they looked simply done or not that exciting as it appears in their photos.

Its a plus to have nice picture shots just to show the clearly the details but bottom line, this is still a custom figure custom contest not a photography contest. So I would give higher points based on quality of the works.

Congrats every one for a job well done!
cuztomiza -
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
How about SoulCaliber characters? Final Fantasy Characters?Tekken?
Patraw -
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
I know that there's Tekken and Final Fantasy anime, not sure about Soul Calibur. Regardless, even if there isn't any anime/manga, under option #2, you can still make your own manga/anime interpretation of the character.
markdamalerio -
Saturday, January 7, 2012
Is darkstalkers ok for this contest?
Patraw -
Monday, January 9, 2012
There are both anime and manga adaptations of Darkstalkers, so yes (you might have to look under the Japanese moniker for the franchise, "Vampire Hunter/Savior" in order to find some examples).
markdamalerio -
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
TY Patraw
zach8265 -
Sunday, January 1, 2012
What if I were to post something not specific, but is in many anime. For example, a generic robot. Many anime have robots,But my robot wouldn't be a specific robot from any anime, just a generic robot. I may be confusing you.
Patraw -
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
A non-specific, generic robot would fall under the category of original characters, which isn't an option for this particular challenge. You can make an anime/manga robot, but it has to be of an existing character, not your own creation.
KJL2381 -
Friday, December 30, 2011
Is Afro Samurai considered japanimation and/or eligible?
Patraw -
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Yes, Afro Samurai is very much a Japanese anime/manga (it was originally created by manga artist Takashi Okazaki) and, as such, would be perfectly legal subject matter for this challenge.
toxinvenom -
Thursday, December 8, 2011
is Ninja Scroll fair game?
Patraw -
Friday, December 9, 2011
Yes, Ninja Scroll is a Japanese anime, so it's legal subject matter.
yugiohcardmaker1 -
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
allright ill tell my friend that he has to enter some thing from something thanks patraw
yugiohcardmaker1 -
Sunday, December 4, 2011
will like something original count or does it have to be from something because my friend whants to either a original piece or ichigo
Patraw -
Monday, December 5, 2011
No original characters for this particular contest, sorry. We want to see something from an actual manga/anime or how well you can interpret an existing character, from some other media, in that artistic style.
boris -
Friday, November 25, 2011
What about some existing submitted custom work here, but never been used in any contest? can those be part of this contest?
Patraw -
Friday, December 2, 2011
Nope, you're not allowed to submit old figures (that's one of the standing Figure Realm custom contest rules), it has to be a new piece created for the contest that no one has seen before.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
will characters from a japanese-made video game work with a manga art style work?
Patraw -
Friday, November 18, 2011
it is very true that a lot of Japanese video games do use the anime/manga aesthetic, so, it is tricky to really differentiate them from one another in the visual sense. Further blurring the line, some games have production-quality, in-game anime cut scenes or openings/endings, and a lot of the more popular Japanese game franchises have separate anime or manga adaptations to boot. In the interest of simplicity, I'll say that you can make a video game character, provided that they are done in the anime/manga style.

Under option #2 you could also do a Western video game character, provided you redesign them to look like an anime/manga character.
cogmandino -
Thursday, November 17, 2011
What about marvel anime?
Patraw -
Friday, November 18, 2011
Any anime is fine. Even if there wasn't any Marvel anime, you could still make your own anime/manga interpretation of a Marvel character under option #2.
cuztomiza -
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
ahah!Can't wait to submit my Hentai club.. right Mr. Patraw?.
Patraw -
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Well, there is certainly no shortage of explicit Japanese figures/statues to use as base bodies for such an endeavor...

In all seriousness though, keep it PG-13 if you want the moderators to approve your submission(s).
cuztomiza -
Thursday, November 17, 2011
o'ayt! Sir!..
timone317 -
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Looks like I'll be submitting a custom to this site for the first time in years...I can't wait to see how this contest turns out.
Shinigami -
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
What about stuff like Power Rangers/Super Sentai and other henshin live action shows?
Patraw -
Thursday, November 17, 2011
The core subject matter here is cartoons/comics, so live action doesn't really fit into that.

That said, option #2 allows you to make a comic/cartoon interpretation of any non-anime/manga character, so you could potentially go that route to make an animated version of a live action Super Sentai character. Also, if you do a search, some of the more popular shows might actually have manga associated with them, just like popular movies/television shows here sometimes get comic books.
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