Fairy Tales
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Uh-oh, the kids want to hear a Fairy Tale, but you pawned the story book to get that last DC Universe Classics character you needed to complete the Collect & Connect figure (now, that's quality parenting!)--looks like you're going to have to crack open the toy box, wrangle up some figures, and improvise. The goal of this challenge is to customize any character/thing from the Fairy Tale of your choice.

- For the purpose of this contest, you may consider a Fairy Tale to be loosely classified as any pre-industrial age folk story or legend dealing with the fantastic or supernatural. Fables, nursery rhymes, parables, apologues, and similar/related works, are also fair game as far as subject matter goes. Even literary scholars disagree on what should, or should not, be defined as a Fairy Tale, so, don't worry about the classification too much--we're going to be pretty liberal here.

- The story you pick as your focus doesn't necessarily have to be "old"; many contemporary authors, particularly those that write fiction for children and young adults, have penned adventures that would fall into the Fairy Tale genre. Modern adaptations of classic stories in another medium (movies, cartoons, comic books, video games, etc.) are also acceptable.

- Some examples of stories that you could use characters from for this challenge include: Alice in Wonderland, Beauty and the Beast, the Boy Who Cried Wolf, Cinderella, the Emperor's New Clothes, the Frog Prince, the Gingerbread Man, the Golden Goose, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Hansel and Gretel, Jack and the Beanstalk, the Little Mermaid, Little Red Riding Hood, the Pied Piper of Hamelin, the Princess and the Pea, Puss in Boots, Rapunzel, Rumpelstiltskin, the Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and Rose Red, Three Billy Goats Gruff, the Three Little Pigs, Thumbelina, the Ugly Duckling, and the Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

- You can customize a traditional interpretation of the Fairy Tale character of your choice OR you may reinterpret/redesign them however you see fit. If you've ever dreamed of making a horror, sci-fi, steampunk, western, etc., version of Snow White, here's your opportunity.

- There are no size/scale restrictions and you can use whatever parts, materials, tools, and techniques that you wish, including a pinch of magic pixie dust (Figure Realm assumes no responsibility for any accidents resulting from the improper use of pixie dust.)

On a final note, regarding the contests in general, there's been concern expressed to me, from time-to-time, that it's often too easy to guess the identities of contest participants, due to subtle, and not-so-subtle, clues in the presentation of their entries, despite the anonymous nature of the challenges. To some extent that's unavoidable, as we all tend to have unique mannerisms and styles, but I'd just like to encourage everyone (including myself) to try to mix things up a bit to help keep the voters guessing. 

What is the contest schedule?
Begins: Contest Closed
Ends: April 30th, 2012 - Last day for submissions. No exceptions! Cut off is at midnight Central Standard Time.
Voting: May 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 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
sonicustoms -
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Can't wait for monday!
Patraw -
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Voting will still be active on Monday the 7th; you won't see the contest's results until at least Tuesday.
javier2099 -
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
May I answer a comment in a contest which people is voting now? I don´t know if I answer, my identity will be revealed.
Patraw -
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Sorry, no, you should refrain from answering questions/comments about your entry(s) until the voting has concluded, otherwise you will most definitely give away your identity.
sonicustoms -
Monday, March 26, 2012
I made a sort of preview for my entry (NOT GIVING AWAY WHAT IT WAS! OR SHOWING OFF THE FIGURE! OR EVEN THE BASE FIGURE) And I was wondering If I'd be able to submit that on youtube. Basically all that was said was that I was going to submit an entry to the fairy tales custom contest and that if people saw my custom and somehow could tell it was me than they should vote for me. It's allready been posted on youtube but I can take it down if it's against the rules.
Patraw -
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
So long as you're not actually showing, or telling, people what you're working on for the contest, I guess it's not violating any rules regarding anonymity. Soliciting people outside of Figure Realm to vote for your entry seems kind of sketchy though. You might want to run it by one of the moderators to see what they think...
sonicustoms -
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
after posting it I realized that it probably won't make anyone vote on it because no one will recognize that its me and know what I was saying to vote for! lol
RedRebelCustoms -
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Patraw, the pre-industrial comment aforementioned got me thinking. I apologize beforehand but urban legends are mostly mythos. Will these be legal subject matter? Many are after the industrial era or around. Such as Chupacabra, Mothman, Missouri, Monster(Momo) TJersey Devil, Dover Demon, The Yeti, Flattwoods Monsters, Loveland Frogmen, Bigfoot, Lochness Monster, as well sewer gators, mouse in the beer bottle...would any of those be acceptable? Thanks for all your work making these contests fun bro!
Patraw -
Monday, March 26, 2012
Urban Legends was something that I had included in an earlier draft of the rules, but ultimately removed, but I do recall discussing their possible inclusion when the idea for this contest was first suggested, as they are kind of the modern day equivalent of a Fairy Tale. Considering the broad scope of subject matter already permitted, why not? "Pre-industrial" was just intended as a rough guideline anyway, simply because that's the usual setting for most traditional Fairy Tales. So yeah, if you want to make Bigfoot, Mothman, The Jersey Devil, or whatever, go ahead.
JmTrtt -
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Odd question that may give away my entry, but I may choose not to do it: could we do a character from another country other than America? I figured a lot of people are going to be doing the typical snow white, cinderella, etc. and so I started discussing fairy tale characters from non-American cultures with some Korean friends of mine as soon as I heard about the contest.
Patraw -
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
You certainly can! Every culture has their own rich heritage of fairy tales, myths, and legends--don't feel limited to Western literature.
sonicustoms -
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
I have a great Idea for this! I'll enter it as soon as I can get 15 bucks for the base figure
Batman1016 -
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Ok, you HAD to know I was gonna pop in whip out my monkey wrench for this one! So, I was cool with the rules right until the "any pre-industrial age folk story or legend dealing with the fantastic or supernatural" line, then it sorta broke down for me. Pre-industrial is a HUGE space . . . we're talking a good 4000+ years of written language here, and God-only-knows HOW much oral tradition. "Pre-industrial supernatural fantasy" pretty much defines ALL fiction before the development of the printing press, and includes ancient mythology, religion, epic poetry, demons and sea monsters and magical beasts of every variety, not to mention folk heroes who may or may not have been real, like King Arthur . . . it's pretty broad. Are there ANY limitation here (like maybe "keep it post-Biblical" or "no gods/myths/religious figures" or "no arguably historical figures like Robin Hood or Jesus"), or are we allowed to just go crazy and post anything from Angels to Quetzalcoatl to Baba Yaga to Gilgamesh?
RedRebelCustoms -
Thursday, March 1, 2012
I believe when the contest was originally suggested there was some debate over whether or not to include mythology or religious figures as acceptable media. If memory serves correctly the reason it was made so broad was to incorporate more than one idea that had been suggested. At that time we were doing one contest a month and Mr. Patraw had done his best to get peoples ideas into contests. Even with a larger number of contests and the voting system, it may be a long time before we get through even a small portion of the suggestions. I think combining them not only allows for better variety but also encourages greater numbers of entrants. If the contests had more participants on a regular basis we could possibly see more contests and more specific subjects. Just a thought.
Patraw -
Thursday, March 1, 2012
While doing research for this challenge, it quickly became apparent to me that Fairy Tales are just something that's difficult to define (one quote I can recall reading went something like, “The one thing that scholars can agree on is that a Fairy Tale doesn’t have to have fairies in it”). There’s also a lot of overlap with other genres, which is why I stated that we're going to be pretty liberal as far as subject matter goes. Personally, I see no problem with mythological figures/heroes, divine entities, or quasi-historical figures, so long as they appear in a recorded fantastic/supernatural adventure of the Fairy Tale sort.

As RedRebelCustoms just mentioned, there was discussion, some time ago, when this contest idea was first suggested, as to what should, or should not, be included as subject matter. While I could have gone with a more restrictive classification, I generally try to provide a lot of creative freedom to the customizers, which, in turn, I feel helps to garner more participation for the contests. Sure, with a broader definition, we might get some entries that are questionable, but, by and large, I think most of the submissions will be on the mark.
Batman1016 -
Saturday, March 3, 2012
Ok, so the answer is yes, ANY pre-industrial fictional fantasy character. And as the rules state, modern adaptations of said characters are also allowed. So, just to be clear (these are NOT my intended contest entries, just examples, I'm not sure I'm even entering this one), characters like Marvel's Hercules, Thor, Loki, and Black Knight are all fair game?
Patraw -
Monday, March 5, 2012
Yes, Marvel's Thor, Loki, and Hercules would qualify as modern adaptations of classical mythical characters that appear in fantastic/supernatural tales. Black Knight would depend on which incarnation you're referring to (there are several in the Marvel Universe), but, in the general sense, if the character is intended to represent the legendary ebony knight of Arthurian literature, then yes.
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