Before They Were Heroes - Custom Action Figure Contest!
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Nobody starts out life as a hero - an individual generally has to work their way up from mundane origins to become the stuff of legends. The object of this challenge is to create a custom figure of any existing character depicting what they looked like before they took up the fight against crime or gained superpowers.
- How you approach this challenge will be dependent on the history of whatever character you choose to focus on, but here are some examples to get you thinking: Family man Frank Castle (Punisher). Normal police officer Alex Murphy (Robocop). Pet shop turtles (TMNT). Government operative Al Simmons (Spawn). Teenager Peter Parker before he was bitten by a radioactive spider (Spider-man). Test pilot Hal Jordan (Green Lantern). Various young Marvel Comics mutants before their powers expressed themselves (Colossus, etc.)
- While the title of this contest says heroes, you can also choose to explore the dark side and do "Before They Were Villains" instead. So, stuff like: College student Victor Von Doom (Dr. Doom). Pre-transformation street punks (Bebop and Rocksteady). Smeagol prior to his corruption by the one ring (Gollum).
- There aren't any limitations on size/scale and you may use whatever base bodies, parts, materials, tools, and techniques you like to bring your custom visions to life.
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.