IS IT JUST ME!!!
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IS IT JUST ME!!!

Posted in Custom Workstation

it could be just me but do any of you guy's find that customizing action figures cost's a small fortune,

by the time you have bought a dremel,sculpting putty,magnets,paint,brushes and of course the base fig's at the rate I am spending money,

I am going to have to consider putting customizing on a back burner for a while

it's quite sad really

Posted by customizer
on Friday, September 29, 2006
User Comments
Shinobitron -
Sunday, October 1, 2006
Correct you get the reserve fee back providing you item reaches that point!
Henchmen4Hire -
Sunday, October 1, 2006
If you sell an item with a reserve bid, you get the fee's back, right?
VariablePenguin -
Sunday, October 1, 2006
You are just a naughty person. That is unethical.
customizer -
Sunday, October 1, 2006
I don't know you anymore

ohh come on don't tell me any of you have ever considered playing a little dirty when it come's to selling customs

or mabey I am just a very naughty person
ToymakerB -
Saturday, September 30, 2006
Two words for the people that want to sell but get attcahed...RESERVE BID....yeah I know it scares somepeople away when they see The words, but You will either sell it for what you want or end up keeping it. Everything happens for a reason. Try it out.
Henchmen4Hire -
Saturday, September 30, 2006
I don't know you anymore
customizer -
Saturday, September 30, 2006
also if any of you guy's would be interested in selling mabey 1 or 2 of your customs on ebay, here in the uk I would be happy to help you out.

all you would have to do is email me some pics of the customs you would like to sell I would then list them on uk ebay [with my user id] and let's see what we get

I will then email or pm you a day before the auction ends, and if you are happy with the price it is selling for then you sell it [if not then I will end the auction]

I also have a 2 ebay account to push the bids up I do it all the time

I am sure you would get a better price for your custom's here in the uk, as there is much less competition.

if you are interested then let me know.
VariablePenguin -
Saturday, September 30, 2006
The ONLY reason to get such a huge megapixel rating is if you are actually a professional photographer. It's a serious waste of money for the average person that is taking pictures of toys. Just get a lower MP rating and make sure it has a macro setting and you're set. Then, get a $7 tripod.
customizer -
Saturday, September 30, 2006
well my phone at the mo has a 2 megapixel camera anyway [ belive it or not] so I might just get a new fancy phone with a 3.2 megapixel camera

2 birds with 1 stone
Henchmen4Hire -
Saturday, September 30, 2006
EXACTLY. All you really need is around 3 megapixels. The one I have is 3.2 and it takes crystal clear shots. Why would you spend $2000 on a 10MP camera? xD!
VariablePenguin -
Saturday, September 30, 2006
If you can't afford a super nice 5 or 6 mega pixel camera (which you really don't need because you can only put 72pxi picture up on the web anyway) go for a lower mega pixel rating. I'm sure you can find something in the 1.5-4 MP range that won't cost $150 that will be WAY better than you camera phone!
customizer -
Saturday, September 30, 2006
hmmm thats another ?150 gone like the wind.

yeah I have seen k&l customs gj.
Gee_jays_Customs -
Saturday, September 30, 2006
Yea VP I know how you feel, that's why when I sell my Archangel, or Absorbing-Man, or wolvenom, I might have to sell remade versions of them, if I can make em the way I wanted them to look again, cuz I never knew Absorbing-Man would turn out like that, and I like how he really came out..so yea..and Customizer, good, actually great pics would definitley HELP sell your figures...cuz it could look nothing like in the pic than it does look in person, which is a lot better...so investing on a good cam would be a good idea...but again, that's money. I don't know if you've seen K&L customs? I remember when they first started, and they were only selling they're figs for $20-$30 maybe less....but as they're rep went up with their feedback, they're figures went up as well...I guess you have to be consistant with selling figures.....I don't know...lol ok I'm jus babbling now...lol oh well, you get the point! ^_^ later!

~Gj
customizer -
Saturday, September 30, 2006
the problem with me is that I have too many ideas at once I then end up buying a whole bunch of base figs, and then I start having doubt's about making them and then when I do start making them they go wrong

as for ebay I have decided to put my vindicator up for auction. as far as I can see there is only 2 other customizer's on ebay [in the uk] they are called snobtic and simmysue check them out.

I have just finished my custom mutated black tom cassidy [ I will try to get him up here but as you all know my shocking phone camera takes useless photos] and I have a magneto in the works but if they don't sell on ebay then I am definitely going to put customizing on the back burner.
VariablePenguin -
Saturday, September 30, 2006
Sometimes I just can't sell 'em for how much I think I should be able. You look at people like Jin Saotome, selling figures for about $200+ and some are nothing special (Magneto?). I put a LOT of work into some and they go for like $20. The best I've done is $45. I never set high starting bids and I don't jack up shipping. I just wish it would work out as well for me as it does for some of you guys.

I seriously just saw a custom Rhino for $80 and all he did was sculpt horns and a mask on a movie hulk figure, paint him grey and paint his face! WTF!?! On my Mr. T, I reshaped every last part of him, scuplted hair, beard, and socks and painted every last inch. All I got was $30. Why the heck will someone spend 80 on a loser like Rhino and a good figure like Mr. T gets completely ignored?

TMB, I had a guy contact me for a comission too, it never panned out. After initial planning and emails, he just stopped responding. The reason I get attached to my customs is that they never go for how much they are worth to ME. I'd gladly sell Grifter or Boba Fett if I knew I was going to be reimbursed for the time and love I've put into my work. These are two of my favorite works and it would hurt me to see them go for nothing after I spent hours scuplting and painting every last detail down to the buckles on Grifter's boots and making a thermal detonator for Boba Fett. I get attached to them because I don't honestly know if I could make them again. I know if I sold them and tried again, I'd just end up working on the second one forever because "it's just not like the first one"
Henchmen4Hire -
Friday, September 29, 2006
Yeah, catch a fish and eat it, but cook it first or it'll cook in your stomach...cool.
Gee_jays_Customs -
Friday, September 29, 2006
I totally agree with everyone here, it sucks cuz its expesnsive, and its REALLY hard to sell my customs on eBay. I sold my first one awhile back and got a good price for it, but for some reason it's still hard to sell the other ones I did....but I think I have to soon, cuz of my damn fone bill!!! >=0 and like what TMB said, there's so many fishes out there on eBay... so go fishing! lol ^_^

~Gj
Henchmen4Hire -
Friday, September 29, 2006
Costs costs costs! 40 bucks for a dremel that just breaks, 3 bucks each for tiny little bottles of paint that last for one custom, 20 bucks plus shipping for a pound of sculpting material, electricity/gas bills for curing the sculpting material, about 7-12 dollars per figure for custom fodder, more if you pay shipping, gas money driving from toy store to toy store...aarrggg!!!

Now imagine doing all that without even having a job, HAHAHAHAHHAHA *death*

Selling cusotms is the way to go, buddy. Just look at those customs on Ebay. Even JLU customs sell for over 100 dollars! That's insane! It's like an hour's worth of painting and the customizers get 100 bucks, that's sick! Some customs look like they were thrown together haphazardly and they still pull in at least 40 bucks! I've had offers for the customs I've put up on this site, but I make stuff I really like so I don't sell them. I'm making an animated Shocker figure, that'll be the first custom I put up for sale. Hopefully it gets me enough to buy another dremel...
Shinobitron -
Friday, September 29, 2006
I agree with TMB you can do some for yourself but for the most part I do mine for money. Not only do I get paid for my work but the feeling that someone was willing to pay X amount of dollars for my work is pretty cool too. I make more than enough to cover my cost and pull in a profit and have some extra to do what I want with. The first one is the hardest to get rid of because of course it is your first and you have fond memories of it, but once you get past that its easy to sell.

Customizer you should definatly do commisions or eBay auctions, with you in the UK you could get fellow UK resident to bid on your auction and save them the trouble of international shipping.


Well that my take on customizing.
ToymakerB -
Friday, September 29, 2006
Uh...I guess I'll have to say this. I think many customizers out there get too attached to thier figures, when they can just sell them or do commissions. If you sell one custom, usually you can recoup the things you put into it with the cash you make. Now I know ill get the " You can do commissions, but not all of us can" I won't give a name, but The guy im doing commissions for contacted me through Ebay out of the blue..after a few initial bumps we came to an agreement that ...well lets just say will keep me customizing and in Figure fodder for a long long time. So don't give up or our little site here is gonna go bye bye as far as creative talent goes. Sell some figures on an auction site and add a little card in the packages saying you do commissions....you throw your hook in the water enough times and you'll get a bite. thanks as always for letting me rant. It cuts down on my pill intake.
VariablePenguin -
Friday, September 29, 2006
I'm actually in the same boat. After I get Gee Jay's Apocalyse done and the cockpit I've been working on forever, I think I'm going to go on building hiatus.
I'm out of basic paints (black, white, red), almost out of Apoxie Sculpt(maybe enough for one figure), and I need to be saving money. I'll probably just do some comics and hang out on the boards for while. I may be involved in contests when they spring up.
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