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How do you guys that do comissions get your work? What techniques do you use to find and sell to people your techniques and services?

Posted by VariablePenguin
on Saturday, November 25, 2006
User Comments
Mr-X -
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
AWESOME just AWESOME . You want to PM about the price or do you plan to send'em to ebay?

You should submit it to the customs gallery, hes KICK@ss!!!
Gee_jays_Customs -
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
oh man love the hair TMB! yea looks like foamies, which ones did u use?

~Gj
VariablePenguin -
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Looks like foamies with painted edges to me. Great job by the way.
Henchmen4Hire -
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Okay, now you have to tell us how you made the hair!
ToymakerB -
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
ToymakerB -
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
No problem
Mr-X -
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Right from price qoute to figure, cool

You can send me a PM or ill send out an email and we can discuss cost
ToymakerB -
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Lol..Should be done tonight...If you don't like it , Ill throw it on Ebay.
ToymakerB -
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Anyway....getting back to your custom, I have a few ideas on the body, The Anime face wouldn't be that difficult to sculpt and the hair wouldn't be that bad either. I don't want to commit to a price on the posts...Just think its wrong. So Email me and we'll discuss a time frame and a cost. I'll give ya deal for being a Figurerealmer-er.
VariablePenguin -
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Look what I slapped onto the end of my eBay auction

Henchmen4Hire -
Monday, November 27, 2006
Damn...maybe a Mystique body? xD

You don't have to sculpt the hair, you could use other stuff like foam or wire to simulate it.
Mr-X -
Monday, November 27, 2006


The resident pyschopath of the anime Full Metal Alchemist, Envy, is the custom figure im after. A company released a way of FMA figures before but they were more statues then figures with little to no articulation and ran for a hefty price. I don't know how difficult he'd(yes its a he lol) be to make, I just know at this point and time I wouldn't be able to sculpt the hair to a point id be happy with it. That and trying to find a decent body seem to be the worst part since he doesn't have a real bulky body...
Mr-X -
Monday, November 27, 2006
Soon as I get a good picture Ill post it and see how much the price goes



Im currently working on a version of him right now thats about 80% done. The only difference between him and the one im making is a dark blue body suit with black armor, a black helmet with red trim and no jet pack. I just need to make the guantlets, attach the head on and then paint it all and im done
VariablePenguin -
Monday, November 27, 2006
Exactly. In general, I'd probably charge $27 for minor sculpting & painting. A little more if I have to mangle more than one figure.
Henchmen4Hire -
Monday, November 27, 2006
It can't be that much, it'll cost you what, a little putty, some stuff you have lying around, and some figure parts? Heck you could do an entire figure with only Sculpey if yer good enough xD But if it's something intricate that has to be done, I can see why it would cost more...

I would like this sentence engraved on his forehead in letters half a millimeter tall, please LOL
VariablePenguin -
Monday, November 27, 2006
OKay, can't exactly give an exact price or even an estimate without knowing what the job is and figuring out what figure I'd need for it and how much work I'd need to do.
Henchmen4Hire -
Monday, November 27, 2006
I like how no one is giving exact prices xD

I'd do stuff for free if I had the money :]
VariablePenguin -
Monday, November 27, 2006
I could give it a try if you wanted
Henchmen4Hire -
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Well, I did just sell a white hat for 60 dollars, so I can definately afford it xD

But my money is going towards food this week :P
Gee_jays_Customs -
Sunday, November 26, 2006
is dat a comission ur asking for doc? lol

~Gj
Henchmen4Hire -
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Somebody make the guy in Mr X's avatar! @_@
Gee_jays_Customs -
Sunday, November 26, 2006
I think for TMB and the others gettin a lot of comissions, it just happens automatically....it's like a gift for attracting customers....^_^ wish I had it....hehe

~Gj
ToymakerB -
Sunday, November 26, 2006
That would be good...
Mr-X -
Sunday, November 26, 2006
That I can do, you need pictures along with it?

I guess for a veteran it wouldn't be a hard figure, I just can't sculpt to well yet
ToymakerB -
Sunday, November 26, 2006
I guess that would depend on who here at Figurerealm, you are asking. You can email me if you like. Ill be happy to give you a price quote.
Mr-X -
Sunday, November 26, 2006
How much would a comission for a six inch figure,no fodder sent go for? I ask because I have a custom in mind that I don't think would turn out well if I tried it
modern_messiah -
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Seems like a good idea, this could work!
ToymakerB -
Sunday, November 26, 2006
I had a guy in the military contact me because he saw some of my work on Ebay, He sends me custom fodder and I do the work for him. He Pays me well on top of all the figures he sends. He has sent a lot of figures to me. Its actually working out very well. So in answer to your question, I think your work speaks for itself in these matters. As far as sending cards or flyers, I have spoken to people that feel that is too in your face advertising for them.
Henchmen4Hire -
Saturday, November 25, 2006
Always a good idea to drop some customs off at the comic shop for promotion. Theyt display it and people start asking where it came from and VIOLA! You have yourself a customer or at the very least word-of-mouth adevertising :P
Mr-X -
Saturday, November 25, 2006
My "local" comic stores are...interesting. One usually has loose and/or figures missing limbs everywhere. Theyve got a pretty good comic selection though and allot of older figures that could be used to make some decent customs.
modern_messiah -
Saturday, November 25, 2006
Lol.... all the comicbook merchandise is rare in the UK and is SO DAMN EXPENSIVE! But we do have a lot of the shockers, they're always in ASDA (owned by WalMart) but im gettin loads of MLs for xm,as
VariablePenguin -
Saturday, November 25, 2006
Wish I had a "local" comic shop. The closest comic shop to me is 35 minutes away on bad roads and the store sucks now and pretty much only sells manga to fat little kids.
Shinobitron -
Saturday, November 25, 2006
Sorry VP I beat ya there. I always give a flyer with all of my auction promoting. I had 2 people interested in various Emercency Alternators but in the end none of them ever got back tome. I'm thinking about dropping some stuff off at my local comic shops, and even putting some of my work on display for examples.
VariablePenguin -
Saturday, November 25, 2006
$#!t now I gave away my idea!
Gee_jays_Customs -
Saturday, November 25, 2006
yea I wish I knew what these people do to get comissions. But dats a good idea wit the card for your auctions, I migh try that. Thnks VP!

~Gj
VariablePenguin -
Saturday, November 25, 2006
I know, he was offering me $80, plus he was going to buy the figures and pay for all the shipping! Then he was gone. I hope he didn't die or something, then I'd feel slightly bad.
Henchmen4Hire -
Saturday, November 25, 2006
That stinks, I hate it when people just ignore you. Not even a simple "sorry I found someone else".

If someone wanted a comission and they offered to buy all the figures and pay the shipping then I would go for it, lol.
VariablePenguin -
Saturday, November 25, 2006
I've gotten 2 comission request and I was too busy to do one and the other guy stopped responding to me after he told me he'd get the base figures sent to me.

I just got some business card paper and printed some cards to go in with my sales from eBay to let my buyers know I'm serious and not just some kid making toys. Even though I guess I am just some kid making toys.
Henchmen4Hire -
Saturday, November 25, 2006
Well, I don't promote myself at all, because I don't do comissions, and I occasionally get a comission request. I can only imagine how many requests the rest of you get with so many of your fancy customs on display xD
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