Digital Beatdown
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The local arcade closed its doors years ago, a storm just knocked the power out, and the battery in your handheld is dead, so, if you want some virtual fisticuffs, you're going to have to make your toys duke it out. The goal of this challenge is to create a custom figure of any character that appears in a "versus" style fighting video game. For the purpose of this contest, that will be roughly defined as any game that involves two, or more, combatants slugging it out against one another, usually in timed matches, within a tournament-like structure.

Art of Fighting, Battle Arena Toshinden, Darkstalkers, Dead or Alive, Eternal Champions, Fatal Fury, Guilty Gear, Justice League Task Force, Killer Instinct, King of Fighters, Last Blade, Marvel vs. Capcom, Mortal Kombat, Power Stone, Samurai Shodown, Shaq Fu, Soul Calibur, Star Wars: Masters of Teras Kasi, Street Fighter, Super Smash Bros., Tekken, TMNT: Tournament Fighters/Smash Up, Weaponlord, World Heroes, and Virtua Fighter are just some of the many fighting games out there that you could potentially choose from. Additionally, combat games focusing on real world sports, like wrestling, boxing, or mixed-martial-arts, are also acceptable.

- You may also make characters from unreleased/canceled fighting games (Primal Rage II, for example), or characters that were cut from finished games (i.e., Hobocop in Clayfighters 63 1/3), provided that there's documentation that they existed at one time (screenshots, press coverage, dumped Betas, concept art, etc.)

- You must make the characters look like they do in the video games, not some other adaptation from live-action movies/television, cartoons, comic books, etc.

- Sidescrolling beat-em-ups, like Double Dragon, Final Fight, Golden Axe, Streets of Rage, etc., don't count, because that's a separate genre. However, some of the characters from those properties do appear in versus-style fighting games, which would then make them legal (several Final Fight characters can also be found in the Street Fighter series, for example).

- M.U.G.E.N., and any other unofficial fan-made programs/mods, are forbidden as subject matter, simply because that would open the floodgates for almost anything, which would distort the intent of the challenge.

There are no limitations on size or scale and you may use whatever parts, materials, or tools you like to create customs of your favorite pixilated brawlers. 

What is the contest schedule?
Begins: Contest Closed
Ends: March 15th, 2012 - Last day for submissions. No exceptions! Cut off is at midnight Central Standard Time.
Voting: March 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
Blazinjai03 -
Saturday, March 17, 2012
I thought clearly it says 2 or more fighters sluging it out most entries I see its all really great custom figures but I'm only seing one character on the pictures, so I thought I just put that in there.
Patraw -
Monday, March 19, 2012
I'm afraid you're incorrect, there was no requirement that anyone had to make two custom figures, or that they had to depict a battle between two figures in their entry photos. All that was necessary for this challenge was to make a single custom figure of any character from a "versus" style fighting game.
devildice -
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Has the vote begun yet?
Patraw -
Monday, March 19, 2012
Voting is currently active now, but, on the day that you posted your question, which was the last day for submissions, no. The voting doesn't start until the last day of the entry period is over.
Tim121RVC -
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
I may have overlooked this somewhere, but what's the deadline time for submitting entries? And is that UTC?
Patraw -
Thursday, March 15, 2012
I believe the cutoff point is midnight tonight. I'm not sure what time zone the moderators/administrator use. As Figure Realm members come from all over the world, that's a good question...
sonicustoms -
Thursday, February 16, 2012
I've got a great idea for this contest so I will probably enter if I can get the base figure by the time its over
Patraw -
Friday, February 24, 2012
I hope you're able to get the parts you need in time to contribute!
ninjinister -
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Background/cameo characters are excluded, right?
Patraw -
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
As long as they're in a versus fighting game somewhere, even if only for a brief second, you can make them. Let's say you wanted to make a custom figure of one of Shang Tsung's masked guards or a Shaolin Monk, both found in the backgrounds of the original Mortal Kombat, you could. Just make sure to tell us where they can be found in the game in your entry description to avoid any confusion.
Wakeangel2001 -
Sunday, January 15, 2012
could I make characters from Super Smash Bros or Sonic Battle? Or do those not count?
Patraw -
Monday, January 16, 2012
Both Super Smash Bros. and Sonic Battle are versus fighting games, so, yes, both are legal subject matter.
BDCdiesel -
Saturday, January 14, 2012
- Sidescrolling beat-em-ups, like Double Dragon, Final Fight, Golden Axe, Streets of Rage, etc., don't count, because that's a separate genre. However, some of the characters from those properties do appear in versus-style fighting games, which would then make them legal (several Final Fight characters can also be found in the Street Fighter series, for example).

So, can you use any look from any game they have appeared in, as long as they once apperaed in a 1 on 1 fighter, or can you only use their look from the 1 on 1 fighting game? Example: Abobo, from Double Dragon, has to have his 1 on 1 fighting game look (completely different look) and not his side scroller look.
Patraw -
Monday, January 16, 2012
No, you cannot use any look from any game that they ever appeared in, it has to come from a versus fighting game. Any costume/look that comes from something else is off-limits. So, using your Double Dragon Abobo example, you would have to make him look like the Neo-Geo versus fighting game incarnation, not the sidescrollers.
crowmagnum -
Thursday, January 12, 2012
so the winner gets bragging rights? or..I'm confused. ill be there!!
Patraw -
Friday, January 13, 2012
I'm not sure what you're confused about. There isn't an actual physical prize for the contest, that's where the "bragging rights" line come in.
yugiohcardmaker1 -
Thursday, January 12, 2012
so basically its making 2 toys fight
Patraw -
Friday, January 13, 2012
No, you don't have to make two toys fight (although you can if you'd like to). All you have to do is make a single customized figure from a fighting game.
Tim121RVC -
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Check out fightersgeneration dot com, that site could be helpful for this awesome contest!
ninjinister -
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Nah, I prefer something with a little more scope, like Fight-A-Base. FG is too limited to get an idea of fighting game characters.
ninjinister -
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Right up my alley!
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