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Songbird Custom Action Figure

Custom #:49485  
Custom Type:Action Figure
Toy Series:Marvel Legends
Date Added:May 5, 2013
Base Figure:Modeled from scratch, then 3d printed.
Height:6.50 inches
First custom ever!
She was modeled and sculpted in 3d using modo and 3d printed the parts through shapeways. The goal was to create a reusable base for future figures that can be printed at (almost) any size. For the articulation I wanted something between marvel legends and DC direct. Marvel has the articulation and DC has the looks, so I tried to marry a bit of the 2.

Painted with regular (cheap I guess) acrylics and coated with Krylon. Lacking any experience in painting figures, I went for clean and save.
I kinda messed up her eyes and had to redo them which didn't turn out so good anymore.

Overall it was a fun experience and I'm looking forward to the next figure. Thanks to everyone in the forums keeping me motivated!.

I'll be making this figure (unpainted and unassembled) available through shapeways soon, just need to tweak some small things first.

User Comments
EPICGRAVEBULLA - Saturday, July 5, 2014
Hey great job on the figures and do you know where you can get a cheap 3d pronter?
Comicustoms - Sunday, November 10, 2013
Absolutely amazing!
JonMichael - Monday, June 17, 2013
This is great! You've really got same talent modeling in 3d. You designed the articulation very well. The details you worked in are great. And, the fact that you are putting this up so everyone can get it, is so generous.

I've seen a few other 3d printed figures. People are really getting the details of articulation and size down right. With $200-300 home 3d printers coming out this year, it's great to think we could all be able to have something like this one day soon.

This is still overall cheaper than buying all the chemicals and equipment needed to mold and cast entire figures over and over again. I can't wait to buy my 3d printer around christmas!
Strangefate - Monday, June 17, 2013
Thanks Jon!

I'd be careful with 3D printers, especially if you want to use them for something that needs a clean and/or accurate finish, you won't get that from the cheaper ones.
The ones I know for around $300 have a 0.4mm accuracy, meaning that there's almost a half milimeter error marging per layer, which is a lot. You woulnd't be able to do small details / parts or accurate joints. Plus you also want to keep an eye on what printing technology is used and it's limitations.

In comparison, the one used for my figures has a 0.15mm accuracy. I personally wouldn't go for anything over 0.2mm if possible. The others will be fine for things with simple shapes and details.
JonMichael - Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Yeah, I've been reading up on many different printers and trying to keep up with all the new upgrades and advances they have been making. I'm definitely going to make sure I have a printer that will not crap out or mess things up. I'm really wanting to get one around christmas or new years, but if in 6 months someone announces a much better printer in 2014 I might just wait.

The $200-300 printers I mentioned were just to point out how far we've come in a few years and how these are becoming more and more available for a regular house, not necessarily for making these kind of detailed figures. I would never try it on one of those.
Wolverhulk Iron Spideysurfer - Sunday, June 2, 2013
I'm going to have to take a closer look at 3d printing. very cool.
Hulk1000 - Sunday, June 2, 2013
Hey my friend great work. Amazing detail!!!!!! I was wondering if you could make me a Hulk based on the Avengers Hulk using your method of art.How could I reach you my friend?
Strangefate - Sunday, June 2, 2013
Hey, glad you like it hulk1000.
I'm afraid I don't do commisions. Doing a good quality new body type with all articulation would be a few thousand dollars worth of work, so commisions are only worth it if they can use an existing body as base... and right now I only have the one
RoyHarper - Friday, May 31, 2013
I'm kinda not so into the nipples, but the sculpt and paint are amazing.
Strangefate - Friday, May 31, 2013
Thanks I've since made a version if the torso without nipples. Most figures I'm working on right now have no nipples anymore... they seemed like a good idea at the time
The Watcher - Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The future is now!! Great job, man. This is too cool..
Strangefate - Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Thanks Watcher, lets hope its here to stay
ZERO2HERO - Sunday, May 12, 2013
Prity awesome
Strangefate - Monday, May 13, 2013
batman the dark night - Sunday, May 12, 2013
wow u did a great job with the body but I really like the face
Strangefate - Sunday, May 12, 2013
Thanks Batman, my crappy painting skills didn't make the face any prettier, that's for sure. Good news is I can only get better I guess.
Lucidaemon - Sunday, May 12, 2013
Well I'll be dayumed!!! Beautifully done!!
Strangefate - Sunday, May 12, 2013
Well thanks a lot
jarasa1 - Thursday, May 9, 2013
Great work man and welcome to the Ream. Mind blowing. this is an awesome jump in the evolution of customs and action figures production. McFarlane toys is scanning and digitizing the actor's faces for the Walking Dead action figures. No wander how they achieve that uncanny likeness. I wander if DC Comics did the same thing with Christian Bale's face.
Strangefate - Friday, May 10, 2013
Thanks Jarasal
I work on the games industry and we've used actor scans before, usually getting that kinda stuff done is part of an actor's movie contract these days and once they do them once, the studios will pass the scans along to whoever is using their IPs. So yeah, most high profile actors will already have scans ready or will be bound to make them as part of their contracts.
MarvelLegendsLover - Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Could u put a you tube video of the articulation and possible how u made her with steps that would be great she is a gem
Strangefate - Thursday, May 9, 2013
I'm afraid I don't have a cam, I'll post more info about the articulation she has when I make her available.
How she was made: she's like any other hipoly 3d model, you have to model and sculpt her as you would do for a video game or digital cinematic etc. The articulation is cut in later.
Her WIP forum thread has more info and answers on the process: ... d34faa2489
Hope that helps.
Strangefate - Thursday, May 9, 2013
I can post her joints here actually:
Ball joint head, ball joint torso, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel biceps, hinge elbows, swivel hands, Ball joint hips, hinge knees, hinge feet.
Joints are tight, comparable to a new figure and I tried to give all hinge joints a movement range as close as possible to 90 degrees without destroying the natural look of the affected area.
The rest, you could check out in the WIP thread linked earlier, plenty of shots with poses and you can see the different parts that make up the figure.
Shinigami - Tuesday, May 7, 2013
I want one. Do you have a price yet?
Strangefate - Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Well, 3d printing isn't very cheap yet I'm afraid, the tweaks I'm doing will add some sprues to small parts and to avoid left/right limb confusions. Every bit of material adds to the price.
I think the price for the 6.5 inches figure will come to around $65-69 and the 6.2 inches versions usually prints for around 4 bucks less.
dreamcatcher - Tuesday, May 7, 2013
This is awesome, totally factory made, she has original parts and great paintjob, this is great, congrats, kudos
Strangefate - Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Thanks Dreamcatcher
MCollector - Monday, May 6, 2013
Pretty good!
tommyx - Monday, May 6, 2013
I don't know what 3D printing is, but it looks amazing!
Flavor of Mott - Monday, May 6, 2013
this could make us all obsolete. freakin machines.
Strangefate - Monday, May 6, 2013
I would hope it does a bit of the opposite. Given the time it takes to create a model + articulation for printing, commissions for single characters or characters that don't fit an existing mold/model aren't that appealing or realistic to do.
On the other hand, once a mold is done it can be printed at any size, allowing you to print bases for larger characters and such that maybe can't be easily done now.

Then, 3D printed figures still need to be assembled which with current technologies still involves some cleanup and tweaking for everything to work properly, plus they need to be painted and I think those are steps most end users / collectors would like to avoid, and instead pay someone else to do a good job and just deliver the final figure.
christinacxxx - Monday, May 6, 2013
I agree with impressive as this figure is and I do!! think its very beautiful I personally think it nothing compared to the work put into a figure by many other realmer's despite the amount of time it takes to create a 3D model can learn to use a computer program but it takes craftsmanship to make something from nothing by hand
JonMichael - Monday, June 17, 2013
Christina you've never tried to do full, from scratch, 3d modeling...have you? Not to mention designing the articulation into it and not having any sort of base figure to work with. I would hardly belittle the sculpting someone takes the time to do in a computer, compared to in clay or another physical medium. Both are their own craft, that requires an artisan to make masterpieces.

This is like is like someone making a custom figure, and then casting and molding each part so they can reproduce the figure as many times as needed. Except, this way is faster and more cost effective for making the copies. You won't be able to buy a full custom casted figure for $60.
Strangefate - Monday, May 6, 2013
Thanks guys, glad to be here
For anyone curious about the process, there's a WIP thread in the forums showing WIP 3d prints, renders etc: ... 4b9ba16454
cowboyink - Monday, May 6, 2013
amazing!!!!! glad you are here! that turned out great!
customfig - Monday, May 6, 2013
The future of customizing
BrokenPlastic - Monday, May 6, 2013
vayne - Sunday, May 5, 2013
this is a BIG succes! pretty awesome!
NeCrollector - Sunday, May 5, 2013
This is AMAZING! I knew it was only a matter of time before we'd see a 3d-printed figure! Awesome!
Welcome to the Realm!
evrybdyluvsjosh - Sunday, May 5, 2013
completely awesome! You're really on to something here!
lonewolf77 - Sunday, May 5, 2013
Caenman - Sunday, May 5, 2013
mind blown!
please keep making them!
Strangefate - Sunday, May 5, 2013
Thanks, and I will. I have along list of figures to be made using this base / mold, a few are already half done.
Strangefate - Sunday, May 5, 2013
Thanks for the comments guys, after working on her for so long it's hard to judge if she was a hit or miss... and I'll always dislike the eyes.
Face - Sunday, May 5, 2013
This is absolutely amazing!! Love
scorpio13 - Sunday, May 5, 2013
holy crap! I can't seem to find the words to describe this beautiful creation.from concept,to manufacture,to completion this is truly amazing!
bigtocinet - Sunday, May 5, 2013
I´m still in shock with this work.... totally AMAZING!
gunn2mann1 - Sunday, May 5, 2013
Great Job and first time too!! Keep up the good work!!
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