Make Mine Marvel
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Excelsior, True Believers! For this challenge, the goal is to customize any character from Marvel Comics. The three best entries will be awarded shiny Gold, Silver, and Bronze No-Prizes!

- In addition to anything from the "normal" Marvel Universe, character variations from alternate continuities/time-lines/dimensions are also valid subject matter (Age of Apocalypse, Marvel 2099, Ultimates, What If?, etc.) Adaptations of Marvel characters into media other than comic books (movies, cartoons, toy lines, video games, trading cards, etc.) are fair game as well.

- Marvel's interpretations of licensed properties are off-limits. In other words, even though they published comic books focusing on them, you can't make stuff from franchises like Conan the Barbarian, G.I.JOE, Robocop, Star Wars, ThunderCats, Transformers, etc., because Marvel doesn't own them.

- Crossover characters, from other companies, comic book or otherwise, are also prohibited (no Marvel/DC amalgams, Capcom entities from the Marvel vs. Capcom video game series, etc.) That said, amalgams whose component characters all come from the Marvel Universe are acceptable.

There are no size or scale limitations and you should feel free to use whatever base bodies, parts, materials, tools, and techniques you like to bring your Marvelous creations to life. 'Nuff said. 

What is the contest schedule?
Begins: Contest Closed
Ends: July 15th, 2012 - Last day for submissions. No exceptions! Cut off is at midnight Central Standard Time.
Voting: July 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
Ole Jade Jaw - Sunday, July 22, 2012
I'm curious, out of what's left, which are not on the level? All the remaining entries look solid to me.
CAb00se - Sunday, July 22, 2012
Also noticed a few entries are now gone. Disqualififed?? If so...maybe a few others should be considered as well, especially if they are supposed to be anonymous ...
CAb00se - Sunday, July 22, 2012
just noticed a bunch of comments are missing, were they deleted by the user or is it some sort of glitch?
Patraw - Monday, July 23, 2012
I don't know; you'd have to ask one of the moderators or Captain Coder.
devilclownhaha02 - Saturday, July 14, 2012
will the boss to spiderman web of shadows work a.k.a venomzilla ?
Patraw - Tuesday, July 17, 2012
It's a bit late now, but, yes, Marvel characters from video games were legal subject matter.
custombase - Tuesday, July 17, 2012
you just poted a repaint of venomzzila proving who made that entry, thats bad sportsmanship
RedRebelCustoms - Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Agreed! It is a cool concept but you should have at least updated the current figure with any photos you may have had. Although, many of the entries fall nearly into the same category. Always strange goings on. It's all in fun though, right?
HandPrintProduction - Friday, July 6, 2012
Is Spiderman allowed?
customfig - Friday, July 6, 2012
Any Marvel character will work.
cuztomiza - Sunday, July 1, 2012
Can't wait for this contest.This will be a big blast! And voting will be hard and tough. So many entries for sure!
Patraw - Monday, July 2, 2012
Yeah, it looks like there's going to be a very heavy turnout for this one!
CAb00se - Friday, June 15, 2012
Just noticed something...Contest entries are not supposed to be posted on other sites, until the contest ends, correct?? Some of the entries are showing up on other sites, kind of spoils the contest if you ask me...
Patraw - Tuesday, June 19, 2012
If individuals are posting their entries on other sites, prior to the conclusion of the voting process, then they are in violation of Figure Realm's custom contest rules and the offenders should be reported to a moderator so that the appropriate action can be taken.
HellfireSamurai - Thursday, May 24, 2012
I saw were it said no franchise stuff but I was wondering if that included THE MEN IN BLACK. I know it's now a movie franchise but it started out in comics first with Aircel publishing it in 1990 until Malibu bought them out in 1991 & published it until they were bought out by Marvel in 1994 who then released some issues in 1997 when the first movie came out. Plus in the credits (or opening titles) it even states the movie is based off the Marvel comics series.
Patraw - Friday, May 25, 2012
Men In Black didn't start out at Marvel, but Marvel currently owns the property, so, that makes it legal subject matter for this challenge.
UNR3AL'S VAULT - Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Are characters from or based on characters from "the nam" comic book allowed cause as far as I am aware, that was a marvel original comic ?????
Patraw - Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Yes, The 'Nam characters would be okay (the Viet Nam War isn't something that "belongs" to anybody, intellectual property-wise, so there's no conflict.) Additionally, the Punisher appeared in several issues of The 'Nam, which would seem to be indicate that it's considered to be a canon part of the Marvel Universe.
Caenman - Saturday, May 19, 2012
Hey are my hero Duckies acceptable or are they too non-published alternativeish?
Patraw - Monday, May 21, 2012
Rubber duckies are generic everyday objects, so I don't see any problem, as I wouldn't consider them to represent a prohibited crossover. Marvel characters fused with My Little Pony, Littlest Pet Shop, etc. would be off-limits though, because those are specific intellectual properties.
Mizzinno - Friday, May 18, 2012
Cross-over Iron Man armors? Like a Darth Vader armor.
Patraw - Friday, May 18, 2012
No crossovers period, sorry. Darth Vader is not part of the Marvel Universe, so you can't make a Darth Vader themed suit of armor for Iron Man.
yugiohcardmaker1 - Thursday, May 17, 2012
so its gust making a marvel character of your own sorda
Patraw - Friday, May 18, 2012
Yes, the goal of this challenge is to make a custom of a Marvel Comics character.
Hrothmeir - Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Ah, these rules just seem to foster so many questions... Is an original interpretation of a Marvel character Kosher for this? I.E. Spider-man as a homeless person on blue & red sweatpants?
Patraw - Friday, May 18, 2012
I guess an original interpretation of a Marvel character would be okay, say, like redesigning their costumes or something, provided you're not mixing in stuff from non-Marvel properties (the no crossovers aspect of the rules still applies.) Your example of a homeless Spider-Man wearing blue and red sweatpants would be all right.
sonicustoms - Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Are crossovers aloud? like a character dressed as someone from marvel? Like for instance (and this will not be my contest entry if any) optimus prime as spiderman?
Patraw - Friday, May 18, 2012
No crossovers period, sorry. You could dress up one of Marvel's character as another Marvel character if you wanted (the Hulk wearing Captain America's outfit for example), because that's Marvel-centric, but you may not dress up a non-Marvel character, like Optimus Prime, as a Marvel character. Likewise, you cannot dress up a Marvel character as a non-Marvel character.
Batman1016 - Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Patraw - Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Yes, teams of Marvel characters (Fantastic Four, X-men, Avengers, etc.) are fine.
massprime - Tuesday, May 15, 2012
It says that you can't make any character that Marvel doesn't own even though they might have appeared in Marvel Comics. GIjoe,Transformers,Star Wars and some other toy properties all had comics published by Marvel back in the day. Also none of the Capcom characters from the Marvel vs. Capcom games. I doesn't matter where you get the parts from as long as you are making a Marvel character.
Patraw - Wednesday, May 16, 2012
That's right on the money, thanks for helping to explain!
Diablo_Roberto - Tuesday, May 15, 2012
The rules are a little confusing, I agree. Is it allowed to use GI Joe parts? or any other toy lines?
Patraw - Wednesday, May 16, 2012
You may use bodies or parts from any toys that you want, in any scale, including G.I.JOE figures. You just can't make actual G.I.JOE characters (even though there were Marvel G.I.JOE comics years ago) because the focus of this challenge is on Marvel-owned characters (G.I.JOE belongs to Hasbro.)
sonicustoms - Tuesday, May 15, 2012
This may seem like a stupid question, but I'm a little confused. Are we making a marvel character out of anything, or making anything out of a marvel character?
Patraw - Wednesday, May 16, 2012
The focus of this challenge is making characters from the Marvel Universe only.

You can make a Marvel character out of any components that you like--in the interest of creative freedom, I generally allow participants to use any base bodies, parts, materials, etc. that they want.
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