80s Style II - Custom Action Figure Contest!
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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 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.