Kre-o Class of 1982

Posted March 2, 2015 by themayor36
Categories: Matthew's Customs

I have planned an Original 13 since the Kre-o line was announced. I attempted this during both the new sculpt and the 25th eras, but lost interest in both of those lines. Although Kre-o GI Joe has probably gone the way of the dinosaurs, I’m still heavily into this line.

Starting out Hasbro gave us Rock N Roll and Stalker, who were perfect bases for most of the original 13. Add ClutchScarlett, Snake-Eyes, and Flash and we are almost 50% there. Here are the rest, in alphabetical order.

Breaker: Communications

Breaker was made from Stalker with a Adventure Team head. Helmet and headset are from

Grandslam: Artillery/JUMP Operator

Grandslam was made from Flash with a Brickforge helmet and a custom Lego JUMP.

Grunt: Infantry

Grunt was one of the easier, made almost entirely from Rock N Roll.

Hawk: Radar

I would have preferred Silver straps for Hawk, but still looking for the perfect decal solutions. For now, using Stalker as a base works for me.

Short-Fuze: Artillery and Zap: Bazooka Soldier

These two use Rock N Roll as a base. As with Hawk, I haven’t been happy with torso decals, so both of these get body armor.

Steeler: Armor

Steeler uses a Battleship torso with Stalker legs. His visor was purchased from

General Flagg

General Flagg is the bonus figure here. Base is from a Battleship figure, head is Lifeline, hat from BrickForge, and modified Lego hair.

Darknut – Legend of Zelda

Posted February 24, 2015 by Smelcer
Categories: Chad's Customs

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With the release of the Jakks Pacific Link, I have been on a huge Legend of Zelda kick.  After seeing the Terra figure Razhan Mol: The Unholy at Target, I picked up this “statue” because it looked too much like a Darknut from the LoZ series.

The shield was made from the bottom of tin can w/ styrene and elastic.

This figure had no articulation, so on a whim, I cut off his right arm, and then his left (I had already pulled the shield off his back with much effort).  Luckily I found that the figure was not a solid cast but glued together.  After some boiling in water, I was able to remove the legs at the waist and the head at the neck.

To add articulation to the shoulders, I used knee joints from the Epic Tunnel Clash Hulk.  After much grinding and sculpting, the shoulders were finished.  The pegs for the shoulders I made from styrene rods.  After realizing that he would never be able to hold the shield correctly without elbow articulation, I took the joints from the ankles of the above Hulk figure.

The head and waist were articulated using a 1×1 technic brick (#6541) and a friction connector peg (#2780).  Styrene was inserted into the pegs to widened them to “lock” the pieces together.

The sword and part of the hilt were originally removable, but the bottom of the hilt was in the figure’s hand.  Using a small drill bit and a dremel, I cut out the hilt and glued it back together, along with some sculpting to keep the texture of the hilt.

The shield was made from the bottom of a soup can (yep) after realizing that the shield that came with the figure really was not right for a Darknut.  The elastic straps fit nicely into a piece of styrene that was cut and glued inside of the shield.

The cape is fabric.  After several design attempts, I drew on the final pattern and outlined it in Mod Podge.  When it was dry, I trimmed along the line to prevent fraying.

Both stickers, on the belt buckle and shield, are clear labels.  I printed them in black (the centipedes were left “clear” and the circle was black).  After applying the shield sticker, I painted over the black with charcoal gray paint.

Since there are so many Darknut’s in the Zelda Universe, I used the paint scheme from The Wind Waker Darknut, and the shield was influenced by The Minish Cap.  To see more about Darknuts, go the the page on Darknut.

Please view the images below, which include action shots, comparison and construction pictures, pre-paint pictures, and photos of the original figure.


Street Fighter, Super Cop, and Autobot Clutch 10/2/14

Posted October 2, 2014 by themayor36
Categories: Matthew's Customs

As promised in May, here are the light blue version of Super Cop, Street Striker Clutch, and, as a bonus, Autobot Clutch

GI Joe: Resurgence by Bucky OB, Dusty79, GITrekker and more!

Posted September 10, 2014 by themayor36
Categories: Matthew's Customs

Well, a little late to post this, but it never hurts to see this again. A massive project with many players, GI Joe Resurgence is a “what-if” custom project that pushes GI Joe into the 21st century with new characters, but with the same spirit of the 1980s. Check it out over a GI Joe: Resurgence by Bucky OB, Dusty79, GITrekker and more!

Meanwhile, here was my contribution to the project.

Tiger Force and Super Cop Clutch 5/4/14

Posted May 4, 2014 by themayor36
Categories: Matthew's Customs

Back in November 2012, I posted the first two of a series of Clutch customs. After a year and half, I finally found the time for two more, Tiger Force and Super Cop. Super Cop, much like MRF Clutch, has an alternate head. I went with lighter hair and a mustache to harken back to the original Super Cop.

Next for the series will be a light blue version of Super Cop and Street Striker Clutch. I have an idea for another one, but I need a Stalker 83 waist to finish him up. If you can help please let me know.

Marauder Inc. Figure Kickstarter Pre-Order

Posted April 1, 2014 by themayor36
Categories: Announcements

Marauder, Inc has been around for a long time producing excellent 1/18th accessories. Now they are adventuring into figures, and they look great!

Check out their Kickstarter here,, along with pictures I’ve mirrored below.


Hard Master and Dreadnok Zartan 2/26/14

Posted February 26, 2014 by themayor36
Categories: Matthew's Customs

Up first is the Arashikage Hard Master. I’ve had this character in WIP form since I did Issue #27 for Joecustoms Comic Pack Group Project.

I had planned on customizing the Hard Master, Soft Master, and Apprentice Snake Eyes using mostly Slice and Storm Shadow 88 parts. Soon, the custom was relegated to the Island of Misfit WIPs (which is becoming quite crowded). Fast forward to last year, I found someone else’s custom that used this figure, however I cannot find the picture in order to give credit to the customizer.

Head: Prince Xizor (modified)
Arms: Red Ninja Viper 05
Chest: Red Ninja Viper 05
Waist: Red Ninja Viper 05
Thighs: Red Ninja Viper 05
Feet: Red Ninja Viper 05
Sword & Scabbard- Hard Master 08
Bow & Arrow- Hard Master 08
Blindfold- Hard Master 08

Next is Dreadnok Zartan. Zartan is awesome. His first figure is very iconic, but the Ninja Force version is not. However, version 2 has a biker feel that version 1 does not. A few part swaps and color changes later, and Zartan feels right at home with Buzzer, Ripper, and Torch.

Head: Zartan 93
Arms: Zartan 93
Chest: Headhunter 92
Waist: Headhunter 92
Thighs: Zartan 93
Feet: Zartan 93
Sword- Zartan 93
Bow- Zartan 93
Knives- Zartan 93


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