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Time to go old school, when polygon counts were low and sprites were king, and make any character/thing from a console/computer video game released no later than the year 1995. Entries can come from any of the consoles, not just NES and Sega. Don't forget about consoles like Atari, Turbo Grafx 16, Coleco Vision, Neo Geo, 3DO, and even some titles on the Sega Saturn and original Playstation.

-All entries must come from games made no later than 1995, no exceptions. Modern remakes and new retro style games are not allowed. Characters that have been remade in modern times can still be used for entries but they must be based on the original game and not the remake.

-This contest is about retro games, not re-imagining retro games. There is a certain amount of artist license that is acceptable, but you must stay true to the original design.

-As always there are no size restrictions for this contest. You may use any sort of materials, parts, tools or techniques that you wish. Whatever gets the job done.. 

What is the contest schedule?
Begins: Contest Closed
Ends: June 15th, 2013 - Last day for submissions. No exceptions! Cut off is at midnight Central Standard Time.
Voting: June 16th - 22nd.
Managed By: Green Skin

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
CAb00se - Sunday, June 16, 2013
that scorpion entry has been posted already...it is in the showcase pic with the noob saibot figure from the other day.
Green Skin - Monday, June 17, 2013
Thanks, we'll take care of it.
1andonly5711 - Monday, June 10, 2013
So if its look like our own version of the charater it won't work
Green Skin - Tuesday, June 11, 2013
A radical redesign from the original character won't work, but a design based on the original is okay so long as you stay true to the original character design. For example say you were doing Bill from Contra on the NES. His basic design is a blonde shirtless guy with blue pants and a gun. It's okay to deck him out with some pouches, some grenades, a shealthed knife, and maybe a hip holster. It's not okay to deck him out in camouflage, ballistic armor, night vision goggles and a helmet since none of that is true to the original design of the character.
1andonly5711 - Tuesday, June 11, 2013
What I ment was just like more realistic version or a different outfit
Green Skin - Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Different outfits are a no. Realistic versions are only ok with non cartoony characters. For example you couldn't do a realistic version of Mega Man, Mario, or Sonic. Though you could do a realistic version of the Contra Guys, Golden Axe or Double Dragon.
1andonly5711 - Friday, June 21, 2013
Hey I was going to enter my Mario figure but you said sonic Mario and megaman weren't aloud. I see 2 megaman and a mecha sonic. Can you please tell me why
THUNDERDRAGON STUDIOS - Thursday, June 6, 2013
quick question but does anyone know who the character is that is the poster pic for this contest?
sonicustoms - Thursday, June 6, 2013
The kid in the green, or the baby looking thing in the robot? The kid with the blob is from a game called "a boy and his blob" I have no Idea what that other one is...
THUNDERDRAGON STUDIOS - Friday, June 7, 2013
thanks for the info and the other is baby commando
VicVeinz - Monday, June 3, 2013
Do staff members vote on contests?
Green Skin - Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Voting is open to everyone, so I would assume they vote as well.
themarvellegendcollecter - Monday, May 6, 2013
Can we do like ex:War Machine from Marvel vs Capcom?
Green Skin - Monday, May 6, 2013
Nope, Marvel vs Capcom came out in 1998 and the cutoff is 1995.
sonicustoms - Monday, April 29, 2013
I really like this contest! A lot of times most of the votes go to things that are comic based, figure realms isn't as fond of video game characters as they are comic book super heroes, so this is a nice change of pace!
Patraw - Tuesday, April 30, 2013
A good custom is a good custom, regardless of whether the character comes from comic books, video games, or some other source material. Certainly, comic book characters are popular on Figure Realm, but I don't think that there's a voting bias towards them.

And keep in mind that there are dozens upon dozens of comic book based video games that were released before, and during, 1995, so it's highly likely that there will be at least some comic book characters submitted to this challenge.
crowmagnum - Tuesday, April 30, 2013
gonna have to agree with sonicustoms, Made some really good customs myself but regardless it is all about hulk, archangels or freaking remakes or dark knignt bane. I think the dealpool eras is over guess we will see.
BDCdiesel - Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Yeah, I agree with sonic as well. I think it's all about familiarity. If somebody makes an awesome Hulk and somebody else makes an awesome, lesser-known video game character (or comic book character), I believe the character people are more familiar with will get more attention. It's easier to comment on, or give a higher score, if you are aware of the specific character/costume details and how well the customizer translated them. I'm guilty of it myself, with Transformers customs. I know absolutely nothing about TF characters, so somebody could make the awesomest TF custom in the world and I wouldn't know it.
Patraw - Thursday, May 2, 2013
Three of the five trophies that I’ve won in Figure Realm custom contests were for lesser known video game characters, another was for a really obscure Dungeons & Dragons compatible tabletop RPG monster, and only one of my trophies was for a comic book character (who was a one-panel appearance from an old Golden Age comic that no one here had probably ever heard of), so, I’m living proof that you can win with obscure, non-comic submissions. If you take a closer look at the results of various contests here at Figure Realm, you will see that comic book customs aren’t always on top. I think the perception of a voting bias comes more from the volume of comic book characters that are submitted (if the majority of entries are characters from comic books, it stands to reason that, on average, they’re going to garner more trophies, simply based on numbers). I can only speak for myself, but I vote on the overall quality/creativity of the custom and how well if does, or does not, fit the contest theme, not on what it is or how familiar I am with the source material. Comic books, video games, movies/television, original designs, it doesn’t matter to me.
crowmagnum - Sunday, May 5, 2013
Patraw, I completely understand what you saying and this is in no way a dispute, however the customs that you make differ from most that are submitted. While they are all master pieces in my opinion,(espeically the castlevania ones) the fodder is 100% sculpted, that is alittle different from what everybody and I are saying. not to mention you are very well known on the realm dude. you could be a co-creater for all we know. I love the realm. it gives me something to freaking do while my wife watches reba...Just kinda sucks to see when there is a good lesser known (but known) video game custom come through just to be over looked, while somebody makes a another bane or an acqua hulk (something weird like that)..anyways Im gonna keep cranking them out because its the best hobby in the world to me. In closing, I will say the only one who can win video game custom contest without making a marvel/DC custome is Loosecollector.
cuztomiza - Tuesday, May 21, 2013
I usually send entries that are not from comic books superheroes.Except if it's a comic book line themed contest.I love getting and doing Characters from the modern video games and old board games as well..
BDCdiesel - Saturday, April 27, 2013
Alright, stupid question, but official artwork from a game, like the art from the instruction books, or just in-game sprite-based?
Green Skin - Saturday, April 27, 2013
Both are acceptable.
Group customs - Friday, April 26, 2013
An interesting idea. Boy that was a long time ago lol.
Green Skin - Friday, April 26, 2013
Lol, now you're just making me feel old.
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