Battle for Middle Earth - Custom Action Figure Contest!
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Unaltered toys shall not pass! The object of this challenge is to make a custom of one of the many characters/things from J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth fantasy setting
- The original books, and any and all official interpretations of Tolkien's works into other media, are fair game. Your custom can be based on characters/things from the novels, movies, cartoons, video games, toy lines, etc. While most people will think of The Hobbit, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King, don't forget about the lesser known source material like The Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales.
- Similar or derivative works, like Dungeons & Dragons and other high fantasy settings, are not legal. The focus of this contest is solely upon the mythical world and characters of J.R.R. Tolkien.
- "In-universe" amalgams or reinterpretations are okay, but you MAY NOT combine Tolkien characters with unrelated intellectual properties and genres. For example, you could make Gollum a Ring Wraith if you wanted to, but you're not allowed to submit stuff like Deadpool Gandalf or Cyborg Bilbo. You can be creative, just try to retain the spirit/flavor of the fictional universe in doing so.
- In addition to regular figures, you may also make dioramas/playsets (Weathertop, Hobbiton, Rivendell, Moria, etc.), mounts (horses, wargs, elephants, giant eagles, etc.), and fantastic creatures (ents, balrogs, Shelob, Smaug, etc.)
- You may utilize whatever base bodies, parts, materials, and tools you like to bring your Middle Earth customs to life. The Dark Lord Sauron will bestow gold, silver, and bronze Rings of Power (a.k.a., Figure Realm trophies) upon the three best entries!
What are the rules of the contest?
It's hard to choose just one custom to vote on when there are tons of great entries, so Figure Realm has a unique voting system where you can vote on ALL the customs! When you click on an entry to view, there's a bar with buttons on it that lets you give the custom anywhere from 1 to 5 Stars. 1 Star means you think they could have done a better job on the custom while 5 Stars means you think they did a perfect job. The votes for each entry are added up when voting is closed and averaged-out to determine the winners. Also, don't abuse the system. Don't give your own custom 5 Stars and then give everyone else 1 Star to boost your rating. Remember, the votes are monitored.
Some points you might consider when casting your vote: Is the figure well-made? Is the paint smooth or crusty? Are there noticeable fingerprints on the sculpted parts? Is it an original custom? Is it accurate to the source-material (comics, photos, description in a book)? Are the pictures clear enough to see the details? Did the creator take the time to include a back-story or recipe? Is the custom so unbelievably awesome that you'd trade your girlfriend for it?
Craftsmanship and creativity are major factors to consider, but ultimately your vote should depend on how much you like the custom, and how well you feel it fits the contest theme.