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Green Skin - Monday, March 31, 2014
 Interesting idea, I like it.
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Green Skin - Monday, March 31, 2014
 We could probably do one in the next few months.
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windblock2007 - Sunday, March 30, 2014
here's a contest idea.....dollar toy contest.....you could only use action figures from the dollar toy , to make up any amazing customs.......this should be interesting.......let's put those customier to work, and let their talents shine.
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ShyGuyWolf - Sunday, March 30, 2014
can some one Make a custom G.I.Joe character?
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Patraw - Saturday, March 29, 2014
 You're welcome!
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Synister Troy's Toys - Friday, March 28, 2014
this is epic Deadpool is my fave, thanks for doing this!
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JayBlazeXGen - Thursday, March 27, 2014
 K Thank You
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Patraw - Wednesday, March 26, 2014
 All the members of the WWE's Shield are wrestlers, so you can submit custom figures of any, or all, of them for this challenge. If you make all three, then it's up to you whether or not you'd like to submit them together as one entry or divide them up into three individual entries (both arrangements are equally acceptable).
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JayBlazeXGen - Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Would The whole Shield be allowed or could I only submit 1?
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Patraw - Monday, March 10, 2014
 Heh, yeah, I share your prediction too. I was going to put a comment in the rules that went something like this: "I consulted Reed Richards, and, after running the numbers, he believes that, by his most conservative estimates, this challenge should generate roughly one bazillion submissions."

A Deadpool contest is something that's been suggested/requested numerous times, so, I figured it was about time to actually do it.
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G Brand - Sunday, March 9, 2014
I'm predicting the most submissions into a contest, ever!
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Patraw - Friday, March 7, 2014
 Batman Beyond's glider wings would be a-okay. There's no restriction that the wings have to be of the flapping variety--immobile "fixed" wing designs, like those found on jets/planes, are fine.
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Patraw - Friday, March 7, 2014
 Yes, even though they're teensy, and located in a weird spot, Namor and Namorita ankle wings count. That said, just like the Captain America and Thor head wing examples I gave in the rules, a character that has ornamental wing designs on their sandals/shoes wouldn't count.

I actually had Namor and Namorita specifically mentioned in an earlier draft of the rules, but it got removed during one of my edits.
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Heroes Assembled Customs - Friday, March 7, 2014
Interesting question....Namor and Namorita have functioning ankle wings...do these count?
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meeko - Thursday, March 6, 2014
would something like the batman beyond's glider wings count? or do they have to be full on flapping wings?

im not planning on doing him but he's similar to a character I wanna do
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Heroes Assembled Customs - Thursday, March 6, 2014
 It's funny, when I saw it I thought exactly the same thing. Totally understood. Thanks for the recognition anyway!
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Patraw - Thursday, March 6, 2014
 Yes, if you want to include a customized pilot with a winged vehicle, then the pilot would also have to have wings in order to conform to the theme of the challenge. However, please note that it's not necessary to include a pilot as part of a vehicle submission, just the winged machine/conveyance by itself is fine.
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Rabid_Ewok - Thursday, March 6, 2014
The rules state that if you enter multiple figures/things as one entry they all have to have wings. So if someone was to enter a winged vehicle that included a pilot figure, would the pilot figure also have to have wings?
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Patraw - Thursday, March 6, 2014
 Unfortunately, that image is going to have to come down and be replaced, because I wasn't thinking when I submitted it to Captain Coder. Don't get me wrong, it's an outstanding custom, but, according to the rules I wrote, you can't submit a custom of a character with wings that normally doesn't have them (which Zarathos doesn't), so, I don't want to have an image up on the contest page that contradicts the rules, which might confuse the challenge's participants.

Anyway, I hope you understand. This is entirely my fault, and I apologize.
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Heroes Assembled Customs - Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Hey! That's my Zarathos!
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WayneTech Customs - Tuesday, February 25, 2014
 That answers it, thanks!
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Patraw - Tuesday, February 25, 2014
 It depends. If the company logo already has a character in it, it'd be okay to make a 3-dimensional version of that. For example: the Starbucks Siren custom that NeCrollector made or the "no ghosts" 3-dimensional logo that was included as an accessory with one of the recent Matty Collector Ghostbusters toys. But, otherwise, you can't just make up something that isn't already present in the corporate logo.

Let's say, for example, you wanted to make a 3-dimensional target symbol to represent the Target chain of stores, that'd be fine as an entry, as would be the Target Dog, but if you took a superhero base body and painted the Target logo on his chest and called him "Target Man" or something similar, that'd be taking things too far, because you'd be inventing an all new mascot in the process.
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WayneTech Customs - Monday, February 24, 2014
If the company doesn't have an official mascot but more rather a logo, can we create a fictional mascot with a basis of the logo ?
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Patraw - Monday, February 24, 2014
 If he actually wrestled in that particular costume, then yes, if not, no.

I haven't seen the latest Spidey flick, but, browsing online, it seems like that Vigilante costume was just inspired by Peter looking at a wrestling poster, which wouldn't be enough by itself.
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Fig-Lord - Monday, February 24, 2014
Could I post vigilantie spiderman?
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WayneTech Customs - Saturday, February 22, 2014
 If you are referring to the internal housing for the figure, I personally use a heat gun to mold the plastic housing for a nice fit on a new custom. Basically you take the old clear plastic housing, pull out the old figure, then the next part is tricky but I hold the heat gun over the plastic until it gets soft then push the new custom in place and in a few seconds the clear plastic will harden again and your new custom will fit right into place like a glove; I'll also poke some holes and add twist ties to secure the new figure.
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Patraw - Wednesday, February 19, 2014
 Provided the new figure is small enough to fit inside of the card's bubble (you're probably not going to be able to fit a 6" figure into a 3.75" figure's bubble for example), you can either carefully remove the bubble from the cardback, insert the new figure, and then re-glue the bubble, or, you can cut a slit in the bubble's bottom or side, slide the interior tray out, put the new figure in it, and then slide it back in. There may be other methods, but I believe those are the two most commonly used for blister cards. Boxes are obviously a lot easier to open and reseal.
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DrStrange14 - Monday, February 17, 2014
How do you put a figure in a package that is not the their's? Random question
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meeko - Saturday, February 15, 2014
 ok, I see what you mean thanks
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Patraw - Saturday, February 15, 2014
 Let's keep things limited to the outfits/personae that the wrestlers have actually used over the years, and the groups/factions that they did, or do, belong to, rather than "what if" type scenarios.

While I can understand how such fantasy pairings could be cool, at the same time, if those type of things were allowed, then, out of fairness, participants would also have to permitted to make Spider-man, TMNT, M.U.S.C.L.E., etc. as members of other wrestling leagues/factions which would contradict the rule that you have to depict the character(s) as they actually appeared when they wrestled, and that, I fear, would only be one shakey step away from allowing any character at all to be submitted as a wrestler.
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meeko - Friday, February 14, 2014
sorry another question,
would a wrestler be allowed if done in a different attire (completely made up but still based on wrestling), for example a 'what if' type scenario like rock joining legion of doom or mankind as part of the NWO or kane as part of the hart foundation?
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meeko - Thursday, February 13, 2014
 thanks, I ddnt know that about the rock..... very cool
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Patraw - Monday, February 10, 2014
 Yup, as long as the wrestler is still portraying a wrestler, then it's legal. Your Macho Man Randy Savage/Bonesaw in the Spider-man film is a great way to illustrate that. Another example of this would be when The Rock portrayed his father, Rocky Johnson, in an episode of That 70s Show.
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Patraw - Monday, February 10, 2014
 As long as the individual was actively participating in a wrestling event (in other words, not just an observer), then they count. The only catch is that you have to make your custom look how the person was dressed at said event.
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Mighty Tom - Saturday, February 8, 2014
what about famous people who have participated in wrestling events like Mr T, Dennis Rodman, Mike Tyson, Jay Leno, David Arquette etc.
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meeko - Saturday, February 8, 2014
would a certain wrestler playing a different wrestler in a different film/tv show etc for example macho man randy savage as Bonesaw from the 2002 Spiderman movie be valid because of this rule....

''The athlete/character must be depicted as their wrestling persona. For example: Andre the Giant as Bigfoot from The Six Million Dollar Man or The Rock as Roadblock from G.I.JOE: Retaliation would not be legal submissions. In other words, wrestlers performing in unrelated roles don't count.''

or is it ok as they're playing a wrestling character?
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Patraw - Saturday, February 8, 2014
 You're grossly exaggerating the situation. All I'm asking people to do is look into whether or not the character they're interested in making is actually a mascot or not, and to make their custom resemble said mascot--I hardly think that's unreasonable.

Why would I select a photo of cereal character customs to represent this challenge if I didn't think that they fit the theme? And, so far as I can tell, LuvNidleness' descriptions of those four customs contain no references to wrestling, so, unless I'm missing something, I'm not sure where you got the idea that those four cereal mascot customs are wrestlers. I would have no problem with the Tony the Tiger, Lucky the Leprechaun, Cap'n Crunch, and Toucan Sam figures, nor the Matty Collector custom at the top of the page, as submissions (although, because they've already been posted on Figure Realm, by default, they're not eligible as entries).

Maintaining the focus of the contest's theme, while at the same time allowing customizers to exercise their imagination/creativity, can be quite a juggling act. If you're too liberal, some people will say that you're letting customizers submit whatever they want instead of sticking to the challenge's theme, and, conversely, if you're too strict, then others may feel that they have little in the way of creative freedom. I'm not perfect, but I do my best to find the middle path when I write the rules and answer questions/concerns.
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Patraw - Saturday, February 8, 2014
 Wrestlers from any source material, including comic books, are fair game (like the Spider-man and TMNT examples I gave in the rules). It doesn't matter what the character's origins are, as long as they're a wrestler, or a wrestling-related personality, like a manager, commentator, referee, etc.
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Warspectre - Thursday, February 6, 2014
Don't do this, don't do that, don't do this, don't do that.
...So...even the 'mascot' for this contest wouldn't count, as it is 4 cereal mascots that have been made into wrestlers. Which is a great custom by the creator but, likely, would not be allowable in this contest.
Sorry, just playing devils advocate!
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Whowatches the watchmen? - Thursday, February 6, 2014
what about a comic book character who wrestles?
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Patraw - Thursday, February 6, 2014
 Yes, Mixed Martial Arts counts, provided that the character in question regularly employs grappling moves during fights. Anybody who's ever watched a MMA match knows how big a factor grappling often plays in the outcome of those bouts. Indeed, any MMA athlete that doesn't have some proficiency in wrestling disciplines is probably going to be in deep trouble when they inevitable get taken down to the mat by their opponent.

That said, please note that a character that practices multiple fighting styles, but none of which are wrestling, would not be a legal submission, because that would not meet the criteria of this contest's theme.

I actually did have MMA listed in the examples of wrestling styles/types in an earlier draft of the contest rules, but it got left on the cutting room floor after one of my edits.
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VicVeinz - Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Do MMA qualify?
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Patraw - Wednesday, February 5, 2014
 A popular protagonist/monster and a mascot aren't necessarily the same thing. Like I've told everybody else, if you can find a reliable source/reference that says the character in question is a mascot (which you should cite in your entry description as proof), then it's legal, if not, then no.

Another thing to keep in mind is that some companies/franchises simply don't have an official mascot at all, even if they do have a stable of highly recognizable characters.
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Patraw - Wednesday, February 5, 2014
 You're welcome. I selected four relevant images, from Figure Realm's wrestling customs category, and then Captain Coder picked which ones to use for the contest page and thumbnail from that group.
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mistic*Misty - Wednesday, February 5, 2014
o your hosting a contest thats so cool so I wanted to know those video games main monster count like the mascot of it like nemesis from resident evil , pyramid head from silent hill , things like that or the main characters like heather from silent hill 3
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The Composer - Tuesday, February 4, 2014
The contest thumbnail is my custom Kane.
That's awesome!
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Patraw - Tuesday, February 4, 2014
 If the character in question isn't actually a wrestler, then no. Having a costume that resembles a wrestler's isn't enough; the character has to actually be a wrestler, or a related personality like a manager, referee, etc.
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Darth_Castro - Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Can Luchador inspired outfits be submitted. for example if a certain artist has their own depiction of a Super hero and the clothes resemble a luchador outfit would that be acceptable?
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Patraw - Saturday, January 25, 2014
This came up in a private message, so I'm posting this here for anyone who may have the same question: Some mascots occasionally dress up for the holidays and/or promotions. So, if you can find an OFFICIAL image, video, etc. of the mascot in question dressed up as someone, or something, else, that would be a legal entry (Cap'n Crunch as Santa Claus when he's promoting Christmas Crunch would be an excellent example of this). However, keep in mind that you can't just make up your own amalgam redesign, it has to be based on something that the mascot has officially done.
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Patraw - Friday, January 17, 2014
 "Perceived mascot" is slippery terminology that I'd rather stay away from, as that could easily open the door for almost anything and everything. Perception is a very subjective thing after all--the general public's opinion of who is, or isn't, a mascot may differ significantly from that of the company that owns the character(s). Let's keep it simple: If you can find an authorative source, like Wikipedia, the company's home page, etc., that states that a given character is a mascot, then it's legal. Just put in your entry description what your justification/source is and you should be fine. Also, don't forget that, provided the company in question still exists (which Nintendo and McDonald's do), you can e-mail them directly and get the answer straight from the horse's mouth.

I agree that it can get tricky/confusing when a given company has several highly recognizable characters. Most people wouldn't dispute the big names as being the "faces" of their respective brands, but when you start moving on to secondary or tertiary characters, that's when things get messy.

I would also like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that it's your job to tell the voters how and why your custom fits any given contest's theme. If you can't come up with a good reason why the character you want to make belongs in a custom contest, then it probably doesn't.
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