budget customs
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budget customs

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anyone have any tips for someone customizing on a budget? so far I've resorted to only buying figures I need on sale, and trading ones I don't need with my step-son for ones he doesn't like. I'm working on an entirely original super-villain team, and have about four figures that I can't finish because of missing parts.(mainly because I just started last month, and havent gotten used to the dremel yet. can't use parts with holes all the way through)

Posted by sandlvlan
on Sunday, June 24, 2007
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Bob-A-Ferret -
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Any other sites like that that have guys who make bases? and what nots?
Mikey11935 -
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Yeah that Jakey jakes site from Fwoosh! Kyle was talking about him the other day on some custom thread on the showcase board.
Henchmen4Hire -
Monday, June 25, 2007
I say 30 because a customizer can make his own base and paint it, but I'm guessing most of his customers will be random dudes who just want to make their toys look cool and can't spend the time making props.
VariablePenguin -
Monday, June 25, 2007
Well it's $30 painted. (course it's $24 not painted) He's been around for a while.
Henchmen4Hire -
Monday, June 25, 2007
That dude is going to make a killing (especially for that $30 Punisher wall, seriously, $30? WTF?)
cowboyink -
Monday, June 25, 2007
I saw the oposible batons on ebay and found the site pretty nifty stuff
hawkeye -
Monday, June 25, 2007
Awesome stuff.
carlos1 -
Sunday, June 24, 2007
How did you find this? Do they have pieces in 1:6 scale?
Punstarr -
Sunday, June 24, 2007
That your site?
VariablePenguin -
Monday, June 25, 2007
Heck that's all I really do. It's just that sometimes, people like to give me money for it too. I don't complain. It lets me do some more figures.
greymonk -
Monday, June 25, 2007
I agree with Hawkeye, that's the best and most pure reason for customizing. Creating something that you wanted to see and was not done or not done to your satisfaction.
Punstarr -
Monday, June 25, 2007
Ebay. Look up loose figure lots. Oh, and check your local thrift shops like Goodwill and Value Village.
hawkeye -
Monday, June 25, 2007
Thats the best reason to have this hobby.
sandlvlan -
Monday, June 25, 2007
guess I'll just have to wait untili free up some bill money. don't have anything to trade because all of my figures are dismantled and missing most of themselves. at least one of my guys has finally made it to the painting stage

and I don't hope to make it big like jin and kyle and vp. none of my stuff will be for sale, I was just disappointed with the lack of villains in the marvel legends line, and wanted to make something cool for myself
greymonk -
Sunday, June 24, 2007
First off my friend, except for the big dawgs like Jin and Kyle and AP, Shins and a few others... Modding on a budget and customizer are pretty much the same word. We also have to remember that those big dawgs started out on a budget too, they have just gotten big and popular so their work sells for big $$$ increasing their budget. We all hope to score big with a custom or two so we can increase the tricks we use, buy better tools and higher quality paints and sculpting goop, and increase the size of the fodder bin. So, do not feel bad about being on a budget, what you are doing with trading and such is EXACTLY how most customizers begin.

I personally go from figure to figure. I make one, pray like crazy it sells on eBay so I can buy the stuff I need for my next figure. Sometimes they don't sell at all or like this month, I made stuff for the contest instead of eBay and so I sat here the whole month with nothing to mod. If we have the patience to repaint a fig or sculpt something that didn't exist, we certainly ahve the patience to slowly build up a fodder bin and a customizing reputation. Ironically, original figures seem to go for pretty good money on eBay because people really dig what is born from someone unknown's imagination. Keep it up and fire away buddy, If I can do this on about $15-$20 a month budget, you certainly can my friend!

Welcome to the site, and to customizing from one amatuer to another, glad to have you here!!
VariablePenguin -
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Trading is a good way to go. If you post what you need and can part with in the Trading Forum, you might just be suprised that someone may be able to help out.
mukami -
Sunday, June 24, 2007
I always check out yard sales, flea markets, thrift stores and some comic/collectible stores have loose figures they'll part with for pretty cheap. You could always open up a thread in the trading post to see if anyone has anything you need. Swap parts for parts and such.
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