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Shapeshifters - Custom Action Figure Contest!

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Skin ripples and stretches, bones painfully grow and elongate, pistons and gears screech as they move steel into new configurations, facial features melt and flow like water--your figure is turning into something new, but what form will it take? The object of this challenge is to create a custom toy of any entity that has the power to change its shape from one form to another.

- You can make the shapeshifting character in their normal “default” shape, mid-transformation, or fully changed into someone, or something, else.

- The character doesn't have to be able to reshape its entire body, just a portion of the anatomy is sufficient. For example, someone that can morph their hands into a variety of weapons, or their face into different likenesses, would be fine.

- If the character you wish to make as an entry can literally turn into anything, and you want to show them disguised as someone else, then the transformed figure has to incorporate some kind of visual clue as to who the shapeshifter is. For example, if you wanted to make the T-1000 in the form of Hulk Hogan, you couldn't just submit a normal looking figure of the famous wrestler, you'd have to paint part of his body silver, give him some liquid metal battle damage, or do something else along those lines, in order to demonstrate that he's really the T-1000. This rule is intended to prevent people from just submitting whatever they want and saying, "It's really [insert shapeshifting character] in disguise!"

- Some examples of the many characters/things that you could potentially make for this contest include: Adam Power, Beast Boy, Billy Batson/Captain Marvel, Clown/Violator, Dr. Arcane and his Un-Men (Kenner Swamp Thing line), Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde, GoBots (any), Hulk/Bruce Banner, Metamorpho, M.A.S.K. vehicles, Mr. Fantastic, Mystique, Plastic Man, Shang Tsung, Skrulls, TMNT Mutations (the sub-line of transforming figures, not mutants in general), Transformers (any), Werewolves (and other were creatures), and the Wonder Twins.

- Your custom figure(s) can be any size/scale and you can use whatever parts, materials, tools, and techniques you like. 

What is the contest schedule?
Begins: Contest Closed
Ends: April 15th, 2012 - Last day for submissions. No exceptions! Cut off is at midnight Central Standard Time.
Voting: April 16th - 22nd.

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.