Shapeshifters
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Skin ripples and stretches, bones painfully grow and elongate, pistons and gears screech as they move steel into new configurations, facial features melt and flow like water--your figure is turning into something new, but what form will it take? The object of this challenge is to create a custom toy of any entity that has the power to change its shape from one form to another.

- You can make the shapeshifting character in their normal “default” shape, mid-transformation, or fully changed into someone, or something, else.

- The character doesn't have to be able to reshape its entire body, just a portion of the anatomy is sufficient. For example, someone that can morph their hands into a variety of weapons, or their face into different likenesses, would be fine.

- If the character you wish to make as an entry can literally turn into anything, and you want to show them disguised as someone else, then the transformed figure has to incorporate some kind of visual clue as to who the shapeshifter is. For example, if you wanted to make the T-1000 in the form of Hulk Hogan, you couldn't just submit a normal looking figure of the famous wrestler, you'd have to paint part of his body silver, give him some liquid metal battle damage, or do something else along those lines, in order to demonstrate that he's really the T-1000. This rule is intended to prevent people from just submitting whatever they want and saying, "It's really [insert shapeshifting character] in disguise!"

- Some examples of the many characters/things that you could potentially make for this contest include: Adam Power, Beast Boy, Billy Batson/Captain Marvel, Clown/Violator, Dr. Arcane and his Un-Men (Kenner Swamp Thing line), Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde, GoBots (any), Hulk/Bruce Banner, Metamorpho, M.A.S.K. vehicles, Mr. Fantastic, Mystique, Plastic Man, Shang Tsung, Skrulls, TMNT Mutations (the sub-line of transforming figures, not mutants in general), Transformers (any), Werewolves (and other were creatures), and the Wonder Twins.

- Your custom figure(s) can be any size/scale and you can use whatever parts, materials, tools, and techniques you like. 

What is the contest schedule?
Begins: Contest Closed
Ends: April 15th, 2012 - Last day for submissions. No exceptions! Cut off is at midnight Central Standard Time.
Voting: April 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 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
Batman1016 -
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Uh, one last question . . . do Marvel Symbiotes fall in this category? They're sorta "costumes," but not really since they're living things, and they do cause a transformation in their hosts, physically and permanently bonding with them and granting them powers, making them larger, stronger, etc. And technically, the Symbiote itself is sort of a shape-shifter since it changes appearance: normally a gelatinous mass, it takes on a specific physical form when it joins with a host, and it can even change appearances on the fly to mimic plain clothing to disguise its host. So . . . that fair game?
Patraw -
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Yes, Marvel Symbiotes are shapeshifters and fair game.
loosecollector -
Friday, March 2, 2012
Guys like say.... Hulk, qualifies as shape-shifter as well bro?
loosecollector -
Saturday, March 3, 2012
Ah! I got it now . I read "morphing" and there we go. So guys like a werewolf, Hulk and Mr.Hyde are in. I was just on the curious side that's why I asked .
Patraw -
Friday, February 24, 2012
In addition to stand-alone custom figures, here are some other creative approaches that participants might consider trying for this challenge:

(1) Make multiple, separate figures to represent each of the shapeshifter's different forms (example: ToyBiz's Incredible Hulk Gamma-Punch Hulk and Bruce Banner two-pack).

(2) Show the transformation process through the use of swappable heads/limbs or snap-on parts (example: McFarlane Toys' Spawn Movie Clown w/removable Violator head/hands).

(3) Make a hollow figure that opens up to reveal the other form nested inside (example: Mezco's Silent Screamers Reel Masters Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde two-pack).

(4) Build a playset/diorama with one of those trick revolving door chambers that simulates toy transformations [example: Kenner Swamp Thing Transducer Playset (the machine that Dr. Arcane uses to make his Un-Men)].
yugiohcardmaker1 -
Monday, February 20, 2012
so you gust have to make a shapeshifter from something sounds easy to me
Batman1016 -
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Four questions:

1) Are characters who create magical or holographic disguises acceptable? Someone who isn't physically changing shape, per se, but rather casting an illusion to appear differently, that sort of thing. The Shadow clouded mens' minds to make them THINK he was a shadow or a demon, but he really didn't change at all. Deadpool and Beast wear image inducers to disguise their true appearance. Skeeve in Robert Asprin's Myth Adventures appears as everything from an old man to a unicorn to a vampire, but if you throw a brick at his head, it flies right through because he's really just a short, scrawny human. Does it have to be a physical change, or just a visual one? Too fine a distinction to matter?

2) What about characters who transform psychologically with just slight changes to external physical characteristics? Multiple personality characters with only minor visible cues. Jean Gray and Dark Phoenix are two VERY different characters in the same form, but one gets white eyes, dark eyeshadow, and a color shift, so there's SOME change. Or Man-E-Faces who only changes his face and behavior, but nothing else. Or Colonel Une from Gundam Wing, normally a ruthless, sadistic antagonist, who loses her glasses and lets down her hair and suddenly becomes a good guy. Basically, how limited can this physical change be?

3) I assume not, but just to be clear, are we considering people who are just exceptional disguise artists? I'm not talking superheroes in secret identities, but what of the Mission: Impossible guys who routinely disguise themselves as other people with their perfect rubber masks? Or Sherlock Holmes who was notorious for being a master of stage makeup and human behavior and could thus make himself into entirely new people. Does it have to be an extra-human ability to change appearance, or can it be a realistic, trained skill?

4) What about evolutions? Characters who changed from one form to another over time. Kain and Raziel from Legacy of Kain, or X-Men's Beast, Fantastic Four's Thing, or even a Xenomorph, which changes forms over its life cycle. Does it have to be a repeatable and reversible ability, or can it be a one-time thing?

I think that's everything. Not trying to be a pain, just want to see where the boundaries bend, and where they break. If I don't ask, I figure someone else will.
Patraw -
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Those are some good questions (and I don't think that you're being a pain, that's what the comments section is here for, and it may be that other members have the same concerns). This contest was one of the more difficult ones I've written, due to the many ways the subject matter can be interpreted, and trying to provide a framework that gives participants as much flexibility as possible in subject matter.

1) The shapeshifting has to be an actual physical process, not just a visual one, so, no, holographic disguises and illusions don't count. Magic would be dependent on the nature of the effect. If the magic causes an actual physical change, then yes (a magic potion or spell that literally transforms you into a frog would be okay), if the magic only creates the illusion of change, then no (a spell that makes people think you look a certain way, even though you haven't changed, wouldn't count).

2) A mental change wouldn't be shapeshifting, unless it's also accompanied by a significant physical change (Phoenix's eyes changing to white isn't nearly enough, the rest of her appearance, like her outfit color, is purely cosmetic). Man-E-Faces would be a legal entry because his physical appearance does change significantly, even though it is limited to the facial region. I'm not really familiar with Colonel Une, but I wouldn't consider letting your hair down and taking off your glasses to be shapeshifting.

3) Costumes, acting, makeup, and similar skills/things that any normal person could employ aren't shapeshifting. G.I.JOE's Zartan, for example, wouldn't be a legal entry, because he uses masks and mimicry, not actual physical transformation, to assume others' identities.

4) In one of my earlier drafts of the rules, I had excluded permanent changes, but, upon further reflection, I decided that was too restrictive, and removed it. So, yes, you can make a character that has permanently changed/evolved/metamorphasized in some way from their original form. That said, it should be a fairly significant change in appearance, not something trivial/minor.
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