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Cloud Stryfe (Marvel Legends 6" Scale) Custom Action Figure

 
 
Custom #:17089  
Name:Cloud Stryfe (Marvel Legends 6" Scale)
Custom Type:Action Figure
Toy Series:Final Fantasy
Creator:blaynescott  
Date Added:September 3, 2009
Base Figure:Play Arts Crisis Core Cloud
Height:6.00 inches
I created this figure as a gift for my brother, Chris. However, I was bothered by the limited articulation in the hips, and freakishly long thighs that effect most FF Play Arts figures.

:::: Recipe:
-Final Fantasy 'Play Arts' Crisis Core Cloud Stryfe
(modified thighs, repainted, sealed)

-Final Fantasy: Advent Children (Head/hair)

-HML Ares BAF Sword
(repainted and sealed this + kneepads and shoulder pads with Krazy Glue & Vallejo matte varnish for a harsh metallic effect)

-NECA Pirates of the Caribbean Skeleton belt/shash
(heavily cut down/repositioned/painted)


Most of the work associated with this project was changing the figures height by giving Cloud the leg length of a normal human being. I cut almost a 1/2 inch out of each leg, but maintained both the leg swivel and knee articulation.

Afterward giving Cloud surgery, I sculpted over and filled in each with Aves sculpt, and let it cure for a day. I knew the Aves wouldn't be strong enough to hold on it's own, so I forcibly 'broke' the section of Aves out (which took the shape of the surrounding plastic on both sides), then using Gel-type superglued, glued it back in.

Later (while wearing a vapor mask) I drilled into each side of each leg. To reinforce each the leg, I super glued lengths of paperclip and finishing nails to act as rebar.

Once everything was set and assembled, I sculpted over each transitional area, and dremmeled it down to match the rest of the figure. The rest of the work involved painting, dry brushing, and using a sepia toned wash/dry brush on Clouds hair.

:: Added note: I had a display at the Fan Expo 2009 Comic/Anime/Horror/etc. convention in Toronto, Canada between August 28-30th. As part of the gift to my brother, Chris, I had an artist from the booth next door (Rob Tari from "Nexus Studios") draw a picture of my custom Cloud Stryfe using the figure as a reference. I've attached the image below (with permission granted from Rob).

Hope you enjoy the figure as much as I did customizing it. :)

Cheers,
-Blayne


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User Comments
wesr - Thursday, September 3, 2009
I like all the version sof cloud but I wish they had different articulation. I used a spare AC head for a custom too that started with a game cloud head. I like this custom and I have high hopes for the FF stuff you're helping me wiht lol I need someone to do it right so it looks good.
blaynescott - Thursday, September 3, 2009
Yes, I'm definitively feeling that.
blaynescott - Thursday, September 3, 2009
Hey guys,
Good eye - I actually forgot that I swapped the head on this figure with the FF:AC Cloud head! I've since given all my Final Fantasy:Play Arts figure to my brother Chris, so it totally slipped my mind that the figure started with a chibi-style head (it now exists on a FF:AC Body, which looks cool in it's own way).
I'm happy with how the figure turned out - I have a shot of him next to a 6" scale ML figure (another of my customs - my Edward Scsissorhands) to show scale that I'll be posting to my website soon.
As for your question RE: When are the other customs being posted? Soon.
A lot of them I actually didn't have photographed before the convention! Eek. I sold one or two that still don't have photos taken of them too. Ah well. I've shot pictures of about 5 of the 12 that are new, and those will be posted to Figure Realm over the next week or so.
Thanks for your interest, critique, and praise.
Actually, that Cloud head is from Advent Children which has realistic looking models. From VIII and on (not including IX using chibis and all) they all used realistic proportions and faces have full noses and lips, but with animeish looking hair. I hope I'm not coming off as bashing him or anything because like I said, I really like his work. PAs are 1/8 scale rather than 1/12th like ML so I was just saying them being 8-9"s makes sense. The AC Cloud's head is a bit smaller than the other PAs (he's non scaled) so it didn't look as off anyways as if using say a CC Cloud head, or Zack head, Squall, etc.
blaynescott - Thursday, September 3, 2009
Wow, cool! Thanks for stopping by in any case! Saturday was a crazy day - I waited in line to see Thomas Dekker for a long time (he played John Connor in the Terminator TV series) while friends tended my table.
I'm really glad you liked the display. I sold enough to break even on the table cost, which was cool. It was my first time at a convention as an exhibitor. Hopefully I'll be there in following years too.
Chaos Zero - Thursday, September 3, 2009
Also, just wondering why some of the other awesome customs I saw are going to be uploaded here soon.
Actually, that Cloud head is from Advent Children which has realistic looking models. From VIII and on (not including IX using chibis and all) they all used realistic proportions and faces have full noses and lips, but with animeish looking hair. I hope I'm not coming off as bashing him or anything because like I said, I really like his work. PAs are 1/8 scale rather than 1/12th like ML so I was just saying them being 8-9"s makes sense. The AC Cloud's head is a bit smaller than the other PAs (he's non scaled) so it didn't look as off anyways as if using say a CC Cloud head, or Zack head, Squall, etc.
HeartBreakKid - Thursday, September 3, 2009
really ya think so I like this figure , and cloud is anime he is suppose to be disproportional especially a larger head ,keep up the good work, but you know I can't resist giving you a hard time lol
Chaos Zero - Thursday, September 3, 2009
Hey, I also saw this at the Fan Expo. The paint app looked really sweet in person and I think the flash might be throwing it off a bit here. I didn't talk to you, but I came by the booth twice because I liked your customs. Even though I loved the paint app, I must admit this is the one custom I didn't like so much because I think shortening the thighs throw off the proportions with the 8" scaled heads PAs use since after all they are bigger figs than ML or McF/Neca. I absolutely loved everything else I saw though and I hope to see you there again next year. It was really exciting to see a customizer get his own booth. Cloud's last name is Strife btw.
Unknown User - Thursday, September 3, 2009
I was at the con last weekend I came by your booth to say Hi several times on the Saturday, but kept missing you (too much stuff, so little time in one day to see). I hope to see you next year, and have a chance to talk face to face. I loved your set up though. The case/display was awesome!
It was nice to see the customizers representing in Canada. Have you had a table in previous years?
by the by awesome cloud!
Darththomas - Thursday, September 3, 2009
Just for the record, Coooooool!!
blaynescott - Thursday, September 3, 2009
Heh. The ultra-rare, 1 of 1 variant.
wesr - Thursday, September 3, 2009
maybe that sash could be a variant of the blue of his outfit.
blaynescott - Thursday, September 3, 2009
Thankyou.
blaynescott - Thursday, September 3, 2009
Thanks man. I'm happy people like him, odd-ball croch withstanding. Maybe if the sash was black with a grey highlight it would work out better.
I'm really happy with how the metallic effect turned out - by using a really large, scraggley brush (actually an old kindergarten painting brush from my father's old classroom) to apply the silver effect on top of the gunmetal, it added a great effect.
Also - when I applied the Krazy Glue superglue to the shoulderpads, I placed one near a sanding sponge which left a plasma-burn like effect on one shoulder. I resealed the area, and added some rust effects. Sometimes accidents add detail.
Patraw - Thursday, September 3, 2009
Great work; very professional looking. I didn't notice the crotch thing till it was mentioned, but it does look like wet blood down there.
Unknown User - Thursday, September 3, 2009
I'm a huge fan of everything final fantasy and I just wanted to say this custom is GREAT! never liked how those play arts figures were in a scale of their own.. too big for the 6" scale but too small for the 12" scale. keep up the great work and to me.. the crotch is fine (in the straightest sense possible) haha.
HeartBreakKid - Thursday, September 3, 2009
I've... never seen it that way before. Weird. The sash/belt was used to increase articulation while hiding the hideous gaping holes that exist in the original sculpt. In that way, I think it was a success -- but perhaps a different color near his 'junk' would be better. Suggestions?
I'm sure cloud would appreciate being de-castrated, oh yeah good job still
blaynescott - Thursday, September 3, 2009
I've... never seen it that way before. Weird. The sash/belt was used to increase articulation while hiding the hideous gaping holes that exist in the original sculpt. In that way, I think it was a success -- but perhaps a different color near his 'junk' would be better. Suggestions?
HeartBreakKid - Thursday, September 3, 2009
I don't know if its just me but the redish on his crotch looks like battle damge ,like someone took a knife and carved out clouds junk lol
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