G.I. Joe Resurgence returns with a vengeance

By far one of my favorite customizing events is G.I. Joe: Resurgence, a very elaborate and well thought out group of customs posted to Oreo Builder’s blog as well as elsewhere throughout the Internet.  Billed as a refreshed and new concept G.I. Joe for the next generation, the figures are all at once great homages to the past as well as some really fresh, new ideas.

The third installment of Resurgence kicks off today with three great initial entries, including Croc Master, Swamp Fox, and Underbrush.  A great story is woven together among the customs with some really interesting filecards as well.

Keep following Oreo Builder to see the latest installments, and meanwhile, I’m going to go drool over that awesome Croc Master some more!

Fantastic custom project G.I. Joe: Resurgence has arrived!

I’ve covered many of Oreo Builder’s projects in the past enthusiastically…him and Bucky both have some great customizing talent, and I love what they’ve done with past projects, especially the ones focused on Battle Corps and the 50th Anniversary Celebration.

Well, now they’re jumping on something new and even more exciting (to me)!

Introducing G.I. Joe: Resurgence!

The year is 2015, and G.I. Joe has made its official return to retail with a whole new story and whole new series. With a mixture of familiar classics and brand new characters, Resurgence will simulate a whole new retail presence for G.I. Joe.

I was priviledged enough to write a few file cards for the project, and I think folks are really going to love it. Keep watching Oreo Builder’s Blog for updates and huge props to Oreo Builder, Bucky, GI Trekker, Dusty79, notpicard, and even Kirk Bozigian himself!

Two days have been posted so far, and they’re already a whole lot of fun. Make sure you keep watching for more!

Introduction

GI Joe: Resurgence

It is the year 2015. Following years of relative peace, the ruthless terrorist organization known as Cobra has resurfaced by staging several bold attacks on high profile targets all over the World. Returning to active duty, General Hawk enlists the help of his most trusted acolytes – Duke, Beachhead, Stalker and others. Together, they recruit a new group of soldiers and rebuild the World’s ultimate special operations unit: GI Joe.

Coming in 2015, GI Joe: Resurgence brings back famous GI Joe members from all eras and introduces many new faces to the team. It also marks the return of Cobra Commander and his army of evil henchmen bent on World domination! Collect them all and create your own battles.

They’re at it again – Oreobuilder and Bucky work their magic on the new sculpt era

Oreobuilder has been doing simply amazing things over the past several months.  Even if you somehow missed his fantastic work on “Battle Corps” month last year, I think his spectacular job on his tribute to G.I. Joe’s 50th Anniversary most likely got your attention.  I’ve actually seen many folks saying that Oreobuilder’s tribute was far more fitting to G.I. Joe’s legacy than Hasbro’s own offerings at Toy Fair, and it would be tough to disagree with that.

Well, now he’s taken things even one step further, and working alongside long time Joe Customizer Bucky, they are tackling something near and dear to my heart.  The new sculpt era!

I was a huge supporter of the G.I. Joe era from 2002 – 2005 and have often reminisced about how great the coalescence between direct to DVD films, comics, and the toyline was back then, and that Hasbro was actually charting new territory and weaving new stories.  The designs for many of those new sculpt figures were terrific, unfortunately the execution was just not quite there.  Whether that was due to technology or desired format still isn’t really clear, but what is clear is that many of the new sculpt figures would greatly benefit from modern era treatment.  Over on OreoBuilder’s blog he is already hip deep in the project and has already given some new sculpt figures fantastic overhauls in the more modern style.  Agent Faces?  I mean, come on!  That stuff is gold.

Make sure you book mark and visit often, as we’re sure to see plenty of updates and check some of the past work while you’re at it.  I’ve mirrored a couple of images below.

Oreobuilder brings the custom lumber for G.I. Joe’s 50th Anniversary

I’ve talked about Oreobuilder’s projects here before, specifically his awesome Battle Corps theme month where he tackled many of the various Battle Corps characters in one month long customization barrage that had me on the edge of my seat waiting for the next one to show up.

Well, now, appropriately, he is celebrating 2014 with a new month long custom event, this time the G.I. Joe 50th Anniversary!

Already 7 figures into it, you can check out his thread over on JoeCustoms.com and see new figures emerging on a regular basis.  He’s already tackled many awesome classic figures, and he shows off the original 12″ versions, too, if only to prove how great an accurate modern 4″ line based off the old school 12″ stuff could be.  I know lots of folks have wished for a modern Adventure Team, but Oreobuilder is showing that some of these tribute figures would work in the old military aesthetic, too.

Really impressive stuff.  Keep watching JoeCustoms.com for each new entry.  I’ve mirrored just a couple of images below.

Looking for custom commissions? I’ve got a guy for you.

I’ve dabbled in customizing myself throughout the years with some mixed success.  I was able to get myself a President Zartan and movie accurate Cobra Commander for my G.I. Joe: Retaliation display, and I’ve filled out some classic/Pursuit of Cobra ranks as well with a Lt. Stone, Barrel Roll, and Sneak Peek.  Nothing mind blowing, and no major sculpting involved, just some part swaps, paint, and the tiniest bit of creativity. (Check out these customs below):

I have nothing but the utmost respect for customizers, and when Luke dropped me a line over on Facebook, offering to make me a commission piece if I’d promote his commission service, I said sure.

Then I saw the commission piece… and immediately requested three more, paying the requisite commission fees without hesitation.  He filled my requests very quickly, had all of the necessary parts on hand already, and was extremely communicative, friendly, and got the work done exceptionally fast.  I was beyond impressed.  He operates out of the UK, but still managed to get me photo samples, get my stamp of approval, and exceeded all of my expectations with the end result.

Commission fees are about 55 pounds, which equals approximately 88 dollars, and when he puts out pretty much one of a kind product (that likely takes him several hours) it feels very worth it to me.  Especially when a small investment completes my G.I. Joe: Renegades team so nicely.  :)

He didn’t ask for any parts for any of these items, he had them all in hand and did some great parts combinations, sculpting, and paint work, making these figures blend quite nicely with the existing Hasbro offerings.  I am a huge G.I. Joe: Renegades nerd and I couldn’t be happier that Luke offered these services and completed them so quickly.

He currently operates out of Facebook, so if you’re on Facebook hit him up with a Friend Request.  If you’re not on Facebook and would like to contact him, let me know and we’ll see if we can set something up.  You will NOT be disappointed in the end result.  I know I wasn’t.

NJCC is coming August 18th featuring awesome Mirage give away!

For fans in and around New Jersey, the New Jersey Collectors Convention is coming on August 18th, and as usual, it features an amazingly cool custom figure as a give away door prize. Previous prizes included Metalhead and Salvo, two fantastic looking figures hand crafted by Kevin Watts, raginspoon and Nova, with weapons by Marauder, Inc, stickers by CobraStickers, package art and card back by Dan Khanna and Joe Moore. The excellent photos below were taken by Tony Bacala.

This year’s prize is none other than Mirage, the Mega Marines weapon expert! It’s a fairly simple recipe with the usual awesome vest, and just the right amount of additional pieces. The goggles and the translucent blue tube are great touches and bring the whole figure together nicely. Make sure you hit up NJCC this weekend, and keep watching NJCC on Facebook for the latest updates.

The backdrop and table are just for display, but the figure does come with all the weapons you see in the pictures below as well as a combination NJCC/Mega Marines flag. Once again some beautiful work by all involved. Make sure you swing by if you’re in the area.

Holiday Inn Cherry Hill – New Jersey
2175 West Marlton Pike (Rt. 70), Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Sunday, August 18th, 2013
Early Admission 8am to 10am $20.00
General Admission 10am to 4pm $10.00

Photos courtesy of HissTank.com.

The best custom project ever? Oreobuilder presents “Battle Corps Month”!

I think by now everyone knows how much I love the 90’s era of G.I. Joe, and that certainly includes Battle Corps.  Even with their sometimes bright colors, the designs meshed military realism with futuristic technology beautifully and are an almost perfect example of what I look for in G.I. Joe.  Figures like Stalker, Lifeline, the Cobra Viper, and many others throughout those last two years of G.I. Joe’s life deserve far more credit than they generally get.

So imagine my excitement when Oreobuilder, a customizer who I have some love for already, kicks off “Battle Corps Month” where he’s tackling the wide ranging Battle Corps cast of characters in modern era custom form.  This is going to be fantastic.

He started this project off on the Oreobuilder’s Blog and JoeCustoms.com and already has Lifeline, Stalker, Shipwreck, and Duke wrapped up and promises many more updates throughout the month.  I am on pins and needles waiting to see the rest.  Big kudos to Oreobuilder for jumping into this neglected part of G.I. Joe history, and giving it some genuine street cred with his awesome customs.

Keep up with Battle Corps Month on JoeCustoms.com and Oreobuilder’s Blog.

Assembly Required 2012 – AVAC’s Lab Terror Drome diorama

I don’t think the pictures even do this thing justice….  I talked about Assembly Required from the Codename: Iowa guys last week, and one of the showcases of that even was, without a doubt, the diorama by customizer/genius AVAC.  He’s famous for his HISS Tank themed and construction vehicle themed customs, but this diorama set totally goes above and beyond.  It’s simply spectacular.

These images were featured on HissTank.com, and the video was shared by the Codename: Iowa Facebook page that really shows the size, scale, and scope of this amazing diorama.

All I can say is I wanna play with this thing!  Just imagine the dio-story potential here… wow.

Check out the images and the embedded video below.  I think this qualifies as a Kick Ass Custom, to be sure.

Don’t forget you can also hit up the Codename: Iowa Goodsmiths store and pick up some of the great exclusive pieces they had for sale at the show.

Kick Ass Custom and Diorama – NJCC Hazard Tank and Compound Z Lab!

This past weekend the always entertaining NJCC (New Jersey Collectors’ Con) tore up New Jersey, and just like last year, the immortal Kevin Watts provided door prizes in the form of modified HISS Tanks.  This year, they focused on tanks for the 30th Anniversary Hazard Vipers, and they came out very nicely.

But as cool as the HAZARD Tanks are, this is where Kevin really knocked it out of the park.  As part of the show, Kevin build a diorama for the Compound Z Lab.  Using existing G.I. Joe playset parts, he assembled a very professional looking lab that fits the theme perfectly.

Check out the thread on HissTank.com and I’ve also mirrored a few images below.  Kevin does some fantastic work, I’m one of his biggest fans, and I think this is an example of some of the great stuff he can do.  Bad enough his customs are tearing it up, now he’s gotta depress me with his awesome diorama work, too.  Ah, well…

Kick Ass Customs – Oreobuilder’s Dino Hunters!

Ohhh wow.  Too often I feel like G.I. Joe fans do not fully embrace the almost ridiculous nature of the G.I. Joe universe.  I love the real world military element as much as the next guy, but there were some far out concepts in the Joe universe that I thought really gave is some of that kid-based charm.  As collectors many of us shrug that stuff off, which is why I was really excited when I saw the latest JoeCustoms Group Project was for the Dino-Hunters.

With only two figures a part of this Hasbro theme, I loved the idea of expanding the whole Dino-Hunters concept.  Well, last week, JoeCustoms unveiled the Dino-Hunters, and it was good.  Unfortunately there wasn’t a huge turn out this time around, but quality rules over quantity in my mind.  Chief among this idea was the masterful work of Oreobuilder.

He took the whole Dino-Hunter concept and ran with it.  Sooooo cool!

Link Talbot for the win.  And look at that Dino-Viper!  Love it!

Awesome work by Oreobuilder, and by everyone who submitted to this Group Project.  If you’re ever in the need of a custom fix, definitely check out the JoeCustoms Group Projects.  Some very impressive stuff there, and if you go back far enough, you can even see some of my work.  ;)