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80s Style II - Custom Action Figure Contest!




Contest Winners:

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The goal of this competition is to make a custom of someone, or something, from the years 1980-1989. The three best representations of the decade, as decided by Figure Realm's voters, will win the gold, silver, and bronze awards.

- Anything that existed during the years 1980-1989 is fair game as far as subject matter goes for this challenge: Toys, comic books, movies, sitcoms, cartoons, musicians, novels, athletes, politicians, trading cards, video games, etc. In addition to standard figures, vehicles and playsets/dioramas are also acceptable as entries.

- Your customs should match what the character or thing looked like during the decade in question. Character designs/costumes from before, or after, the eighties aren't allowed. If you're making a custom of a real person, you should try to make them look the correct age for the time period.

- If a person or thing wasn't around during the 1980s, then it's not legal subject matter for this challenge under any circumstances. Time travel and retconning (or any other explanations that you can think of for placing a character in the eighties that wasn't actually there) aren't allowed. Likewise, you cannot make an ineligible character legal by giving them an eighties-style makeover or redesign.

- Please note that, while subject-wise this is an eighties contest, your base bodies and parts do not have to come from toys produced during that decade--when crafting your custom entries, you're welcome to use fodder from any year, vintage or modern. And, as usual, there are no limitations or size/scale and you may utilize whatever materials, tools, and techniques you like. If you'd like to see some examples, or just need some inspiration, you can view the results from the first incarnation of this contest here.
 
What is the contest schedule?
Begins: Contest Closed
Ends: October 15th, 2012 - Last day for submissions. No exceptions! Cut off is at midnight Central Standard Time.
Voting: October 16th - 22nd.
Managed By: Patraw

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.