New to the world of Customizing
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New to the world of Customizing

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Good Day all!

Thank you for taking the time to read this. I just wanted to say that I am amazed at all the work people have done into customizing figures. I feel that this could be a very fun and entertaining hobby for myself. I am very new to this and the only thing I have ever done was touch up work for some of my old figures.

As a n00b, I was wondering what would be a good start for a new customizer? Who should I try making first? I am looking for a simple, non-advance start to this field.

Any tips and tricks would be helpful and much appreciated.

Thank you again for your time

- JK

Posted by JokerKardz
on Friday, July 25, 2008
User Comments
PJ&AudsCustoms -
Saturday, September 13, 2008
I'm very much new to this myself, and am currently working on a gigantic Bane figure, made from a Pitt BAF. I'm also going to do a Joker using a LCBH Madman. With the purple gloves he was asking for it. Repaints are always good to start out with, as sculpting is hard, and requires a lot of practice.
Dante -
Saturday, September 13, 2008
I know the feeling a lot of stores selling junk figures well lately. I buy most of my figures as lots on ebay. I love buying about 25 figures for $6-$10 shipped. I always bid if at least one item I want is in it. You got to remember it might not interest you now but later it might.

There are also random online stores that have nice clearance sales.
somebody1 -
Saturday, September 13, 2008
know anywhere to find knock off figures? The knockoff transformers around here have dried up all of the sudden. Dollar tree had some fairly nice Primes for a buck and last x-mas Big Lots had every kind of combiner and optimus prime (all based on Armada) with various attatchements such as a tow truck rig. I can't even find knockoffs at Dollar General anymore.
Esbat -
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Yeah I suggest just messing around with fodder and base figures and paint. I used old toys and then graduated on to using knock off figures, 'cause they're cheap, and now I'm onto custom Marvel Legends and DC figures.
Dante -
Friday, September 12, 2008
I started doing sports customs since you just repaint them. They are easy to swap parts to make new poses to. You can buy a bunch of these now on ebay for really dirt cheap prices. This was a good learning experience when I just started out. All you do is find a photo then part swap and repaint to match. You do not need to part swap at first but it is very easy.

I also think the halo 3 new figures are easy to do wide variety in.
HeartBreakKid -
Thursday, August 14, 2008
I think the best first custom would besomeone you know best ,yourself mybe
somebody1 -
Thursday, August 14, 2008
DTM is right. The easy customs will help you learn the basics, which I'm still on, and even if you're doing the really complicated ones it gives you a nice break. Head swaps are pretty easy too, I'm doing a FF7 Crisis Core Zack made from a cloud and used the spares to make a Cloud figure who is undercover. Actually he fits in with a joke I saw on the VGcats website. Anyhow something like that simple can be impressive and a learning experience. I used to look at some of the fancy customs and automatically wish I could do it but after a few "errors" I've decided to go slow. Practice sculpting and painting if you plan on doing advanced figures, it'll help.
Mighty Tom -
Friday, July 25, 2008
I'm still pretty new to this customizing thing myself so I don't really know where a good start for you would be as I started straight away with sculpting but you could always try just swapping some body parts around to make other characters and just see what you come up with.

also a good trick which I don't know if any one else uses is before I sculpt hair I always practice using blue tac, I know this probably sounds weird but its pretty good to practice with and it gives you a rough idea of what you want plus if you make a mistake you can just start again.

hope this helps.
Friday, July 25, 2008
well, Deadpool is pretty easy by itself. Just get a Moon Knight figure, paint it deadpool colors. For the accessories just use existing parts or fodder to add on. Like pouches from Super Patriot or other figure with pouches. For belts you can use Mr. Sinister's cape or foam. Just slap them on with some superglue. There are soem other easy custom like repainting an existing figure, it's not too difficult. I look forward to seeing your custom.
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