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I originally hadn’t planned on making any customs past 1982, but some of these came together way too easy. Deep Six, however was the missing piece of the puzzle.
Deep Six: Diver
Chad and I brainstormed this guy for a while, first trying to use a Battleship Alien with no success. Really wanted him to have a larger appearance, so I added foot weights, wrist gauntlets, shoulder pads, and front/back armor. I added his pump for good measure. Base is Firefly with camo removed, Zartan shoulder pads, Ace helmet, and Flash head.
I’m not a huge fan of the original figure, but love him in the comics. This one was straight forward, but didn’t feel complete until the addition of the pouch sticker from the Wolverine. Torso is Battleship, arms and legs are Land Adventurer, and Flash head.
Spirit uses more Lego than I’d prefer, but very needed. Head is Tunnel Rat, torso is Cutter, and legs are from Doc. Hair, loin cloth, and eagle are Lego.
Thunder was the easiest of the bunch. Ace head, Star Trek Nero torso and arms, with Tunnel Rat legs.
As with 1982, Hasbro gave us many characters from 1983. In fact, the only G.I. Joe character Hasbro did not make was Cover Girl.
Cover Girl: Armor
Cover Girl was made from Star Trek Nero, Lady Jaye’s head, Doc’s legs, and Lego hair. Although I’ve digitally designed a lot of custom torso stickers, this is the only one that was necessary to print for my 1982-1984 project.
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 Clutch, Scarlett, Snake-Eyes, and Flash and we are almost 50% there. Here are the rest, in alphabetical order.
Breaker was made from Stalker with a Adventure Team head. Helmet and headset are from Brickforge.com
Grandslam: Artillery/JUMP Operator
Grandslam was made from Flash with a Brickforge helmet and a custom Lego JUMP.
Grunt was one of the easier, made almost entirely from Rock N Roll.
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 uses a Battleship torso with Stalker legs. His visor was purchased from www.eclipsebricks.com
General Flagg is the bonus figure here. Base is from a Battleship figure, head is Lifeline, hat from BrickForge, and modified Lego hair.
Here are a few WIP Kreons that I’ve been working on. From left to right, General Flagg, Hawk, Steeler, Grunt, Breaker, Flash, Zap, Short-Fuze, JUMP Jet Pack, Cobra Stinger, and bonus Cityville Snake Eyes. Hope to have some of these finished soon.
Kre-o has offered a FANG, Trubble Bubble, and CLAW. An ASP and HISS tank has been announced. That left one glaring omission: the SNAKE Armor. Once again, I design this in Lego Digital Designer and order the pieces from Toypro.com and shop.Lego.com. The stickers were printed by J_Man, once again, from Joecustoms.com. He also designed and printed the stickers for the custom HISS drivers. I chose the HISS driver as the SNAKE pilots because they were packaged with the Cobra Escape Armour in for the Action Force line, as you can see here:
The HISS drivers were made using two Red Ninja figures and helmets (I sculpted on visors) from Warpath (Transformers).