Metal Cooler - My 500th Custom (Dragonball Z) Custom Action Figure
Custom #:38478
Name:Metal Cooler - My 500th Custom
Custom Type:Action Figure
Toy Series:Dragonball Z
Date Added:April 19, 2012
Base Figure:Toyman DCUC
Height:6.00 inches
Articulation:25 points
It has take its time, but here it is, my 500th custom! I (of course) wanted to do something special for such a landmark in a customizer's career, and it took a long time for me to decide what could be that something so special. The opportunity appeared as a chroming powder I bought months ago and arrived just in time. Now I was sure; it would be a chromey custom that will be ultra-durable and ultra-poseable!

After -again- looking at various characters, I decided for Metal Cooler (bad luck for Silver Sable), the movie villain of Dragon Ball Z and brother of Freezer. The base figure was Toyman DCUC (I think, there wasn't much left of him when I started) as it is slimer than a regular DCUC (which is my standard for normal superhero-villain). The hands were took from a Myth Cloth figure. One of the important parts of the custom (and surely, the most difficult) was making a tail. I didn't know what to use, as I didn't know of any that suited the purpose, and in the end I used a ball joint from Punisher and the made a solid one, so it has a good deal of movement and still looks good when posing.

I had to sculpt nearly all the surface of the figure, and of course, I made the head from zero too. The shoulder pad have a mechanism so it doesn't bother him for the movement.

For the chroming, I first applied a black coat of gloss Tamiya, then the chroming powder, gloss varnish, then Tamiya clear blue + green, then more chroming powder, and then more varnish. It is a bit darker than the original, but it gives a very nice gloss metal finish.

For more pics (including the WIP one), just search by the net :) . I take the opportunity all the people that has left comments and feedback in this site and everywhere ;) .

User Comments
Murgyatno -
Friday, October 23, 2015
Masterpiece bro.. I watched this episode which take place on Nameck..
ShadyBone1 -
Friday, January 17, 2014
This looks amazing! Great jobbb
Shinobitron -
Monday, April 30, 2012
Congrats on 500! Cooler looks awesome and that chrome really makes him stand out. Great work all around!
Cosmic Fantasy Customs -
Friday, April 20, 2012
congrats on a double feat, your 500th awesome custom and a flawless custom on top of that. epic work in the past and present and await your future works.
argenta-2008 -
Friday, April 20, 2012
Many thanks to everybody .
NeCrollector -
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Congrats master Argenta!!!
WOW! 500!
Much, much respect dude!
This custom of Cooler is beautiful! I love the DBZ movie where they introduced this character. He's freaking cool!
Thanks for 500 inspirational works of art, Argenta.
scarecrow studios -
Thursday, April 19, 2012
I gotta try this powder cause this figure looks incredible. congrats on the milestone too.
RedRebelCustoms -
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Congrats Argenta! And not a one of them a flop by any measure! This Meta Cooler is a SHINY ICING ON THE CAKE BRO! Awesome recipe! If my son sees this I'm in trouble! LOL.
argenta-2008 -
Friday, April 20, 2012
RedRebel, your son is a fan of Dragon Ball or of chromed figures? either way, he has great likings .
argenta-2008 -
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Many thanks . Fastfreddie, it is called MGM Prime Electro plating Hobby Super Magic Powder, and costs 10 $, it is a small pot but only a tiny bit you can chrome a whole figure. Alclad can only be used with airbrush correctly, and although some people have achieved very good results, there is a lot of others which isn't more than glorified silver, and as I resist to purchase an airbrush I have desestimated it.

The only bad thing about this powder is that the result is a bit dark for most chrome characters, so I'am still on the search for a more bright chrome. The good thing about this powder is that it can be varnished retaining it's shinyness (and maybe could even look better with some other glossy varnish, I have yet to fully test it). All the same, each time I'am nearer to achieving the same result as electro-plated chrome.

Mad_Bastard -
Thursday, April 19, 2012
fastfreddie -
Thursday, April 19, 2012
CONGRATULATIONS ON NUMBER 500!! THAT IS A LOFTY MILESTONE and one to be proud of! This custom surely fits the occassion also! I really love the chrome effect as I have been experimenting with it also. I have not heard of a chroming powder before. What is the name of it?? I have been using ALCLAD II CHROME PAINT, but it is a little expensive in the U.S. ($5-$7 dollars). The other spray paint chromes are good if you don't put a varnish or sealer over them but I've never been able to get good results without it being messy! THANKS and here's to 500 more!
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