Swimsuit Special
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Summer's just about here, so it's time for your toys to put away their machine guns and light sabers, jump into a swimsuit, and head out to the beach or pool for some well-deserved rest and relaxation. The goal of this contest is simple: Make a custom of any character dressed up in some type of swimwear (bikinis, one-pieces, trunks/shorts, speedos, thongs, diving gear/wetsuits, etc.)

- There are no character limitations (you can even make an original one if you like.) No matter how ridiculous the results are, as long as you put them into a swimsuit, you can make a custom of whatever you want. Depending on whom you choose as your subject matter, your custom could be sexy, hilarious, or just plain disturbing!

- No skinny-dipping!!! Even if a character doesn't normally wear clothing, you must dress them up in a swimsuit for this challenge. For example, you'd have to put a pair of shorts or something on Marvel Comics' Silver Surfer to make him a legal entry.

- There aren't any size or scale restrictions and you may use whatever base bodies, parts, materials, tools, and techniques you like to turn your favorite characters into scantily-clad beach bums. 

What is the contest schedule?
Begins: Contest Closed
Ends: August 15th, 2012 - Last day for submissions. No exceptions! Cut off is at midnight Central Standard Time.
Voting: August 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
Universal Customs - Sunday, August 5, 2012
Say, what if I posted an accessory for someone/something at the beach? Would that be a legal enty?
Patraw - Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Sorry, no, you have to make someone or something dressed up in a swimsuit, not a beach accessory. You're welcome to include beach accessories with any figure you make, but an accessory, by itself, wouldn't really fit the bill here.
Carnage99 - Friday, August 3, 2012
Hey, I'm new here. What are bragging rights? Is it just being able to say that you won a contest???
Dr. Snorable - Saturday, August 4, 2012
Ya u can say that but Carnage how do you get a pic for ur account like your white carnage...I got a pic I want there but I don't know how to do it!
Carnage99 - Sunday, August 5, 2012
Dr. Snorable I saved a picure from google images and uploaded it for my avatar from my files.
Patraw - Wednesday, August 8, 2012
That's right, "bragging rights" just means that you can say you won. The trophy also becomes a part of your Figure Realm customizer profile, and trophies also get you points on the contest leaderboard I maintain in the forums.

While this contest doesn't have an actual physical prize, the Power of Grayskull one does, if you'd like to shoot for that.
Dr. Snorable - Friday, August 3, 2012
Patraw, how you get a comment picture or account picture?
Patraw - Wednesday, August 8, 2012
You just go into your account profile and upload the image.
Dr. Snorable - Thursday, July 26, 2012
Dr. Snorable - Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Patraw - Thursday, July 26, 2012
I understand that, but if somebody posts here, in response to your question, that yes, they're making Jean Grey in a bikini, they would have just compromised the anonymity of their entry.
Dr. Snorable - Monday, July 23, 2012
Is anyone going to do a hot girl (like jean grey) in a bikini custom?
Patraw - Monday, July 23, 2012
Contest submissions are supposed to be anonymous, so participants shouldn't talk about what they're planning on making.
Shinigami - Sunday, June 17, 2012
So, anyone gonna do the entire (godawful) Marvel swimsuit catalog?
Beast806 - Saturday, June 16, 2012
do you win anything like I probably won't win if I enter but are there prizes
Patraw - Tuesday, June 19, 2012
There aren't any physical prizes, but, in addition to bragging rights, the top three finishers get virtual Bronze, Silver, and Gold trophies which become part of your customizer profile statistics.
Xysma Warhorse - Friday, June 15, 2012
Ok, I gotta participate in this one, sounds fun. I have no questions, just wanted to say great idea! I also love that She-Hulk picture, I've had it as my screensaver before.
Patraw - Friday, June 15, 2012
Yeah, that image is a favorite of mine too--best She-Hulk artwork ever in my opinion.
Batman1016 - Friday, June 15, 2012
Are ordinary water-based characters who wear swim trunks acceptable (Namor, for example), or is this like the "Subterranean Custom Contest," where it has to be a regular surface dweller actively changed into swimwear? Also, as the goal of this contest seems to be comedy, should I assume this isn't about characters wearing specialized equipment for water missions, like Submarine Iron Man, or Aqua-Battle Batman or something like that, you're just looking for actual swimwear, yes?
Patraw - Friday, June 15, 2012
Characters that already wear swimwear as a costume, like Namor, are okay.

The goal of this contest isn't necessarily comedy, although you can certainly choose to take that approach. Whether your entry is serious or not is up to the individual participant.

The idea here is casual swimwear, the kind of stuff you'd normally see people wearing at the beach or pool, not high-tech deep diving stuff. Wetsuits and scuba gear would be all right, because people do use those for recreational water activities, but anything more heavy duty than that would probably be straying too far from the contest's theme. Remember that the characters are supposed to be enjoying some R&R, not going off to save the world.
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