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Too Cool for Preschool - Custom Action Figure Contest!





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By the time we take up the dremel and x-acto blade to craft our own toys there is a large group of characters that gets forgotten. They were the characters that taught us how to count, taught us how to read, and us how to share. This contest is for them, the forgotten characters of our early childhood. The objective of this contest is to create a custom of a preschool character.

There are 3 ways you can go about this contest:
1-Make a straight up custom of a preschool character.
2-Reimagine an existing character into a preschool version.
3-Take an existing preschool character and give him a gritty grown up make over.

-Original characters are allowed.

-Dioramas are allowed for this contest.

-As always there are no size restrictions for this contest. You may use any sort of materials, parts, tools or techniques that you wish. Whatever gets the job done. 

What is the contest schedule?
Begins: Now!
Ends: August 31st, 2014 - Last day for submissions. No exceptions! Cut off is at midnight Central Standard Time.
Voting: September 1st - 7th.
Managed By: Green Skin

What are the rules of the contest?
  • Please use the form here to submit your custom figure.
  • At least a paragraph description is required with your entry. This paragraph, at a minimum, should answer the following questions:
    • How was this custom customized?
    • How does the custom fit into the contest theme?
  • You may submit up to three different entries for the contest.
  • Please only submit figures that were created for this contest. Do not submit old figures from the Showcase or previous contest entries.
  • Your entry should not be posted on this website, any other website, or anywhere on the internet until the contest is completely over.
  • The pictures for your entry will remain hidden until the contest ends and the voting begins.
  • Your identity will remain hidden until after the voting completes.
  • Do not include names, logos, signatures or anything on the pictures that will give you away as the creator of the custom. We want to keep the customizer's identity a secret until the contest is over.
  • Don't wait until the last day to submit your entries. If your internet is down, or something happens beyond your control, you will miss the contest! Also keep in mind how many customs you can submit in one day. You may not be able to submit all your entries in one day.
  • The contest is purely for fun... well... and bragging rights!
How does the contest voting work?
Anyone can vote for their favorite customs in the contest, you don't even have to submit anything to the contest! You do have to be logged-in to your Figure Realm account though so we can keep track of the votes. Only appointed Figure Realm staff can see the votes, so anonymity is guaranteed. Voting begins once the entry deadline is met and lasts for a week.

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.


Questions or Comments?
kodykoala - Thursday, July 31, 2014
Yay! you used my DJ Lance for the icon. Awesome!!!
Mike Customz - Tuesday, July 29, 2014
looking forward for this one....
Patraw - Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Who are those five characters in the second photo? I feel like I should know, but, for the life of me, I can't figure it out.
Banner/HULK Inc. - Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Those are characters from the show "Yo Gabba Gabba!" They are (left to right): Muno, Foofa, Plex, Brobee, Toodee. Those great customs were made by Xysma Warhorse.
Patraw - Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Thanks for letting me know who they are! I don't think I've ever seen that show, despite it airing on Nickelodeon.
King ToT customs - Thursday, July 10, 2014
Would Rescue heroes count?
Green Skin - Thursday, July 10, 2014
Yes
DeadpoolAndFriends - Thursday, July 10, 2014
Holy Cow! You guys used my figure for this! Thank you. I'm going to show this to my son. He will be excited.
FireStride - Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Would any character from carebears count? Even the humans or enemies?
Green Skin - Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Yes
Jaida - Wednesday, July 9, 2014
You need to finish number 3.
Green Skin - Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Whoops, got cut off when I was copy and pasting.