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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

CUSTOM MATT TRAKKER AND GLORIA BAKER, FROM THE 1980s MASK CARTOON [MARVEL LEGENDS SCALE] BY DSNG!

Prepare for a Blast of Nostalgia!!!! First, a Brief Cartoon Role Call: In the 2000s, we had Justice League, My Little Pony, Avatar Air bender, Danny Phantom, Samurai Jack, Ben 10 and Young Justice. In the 1990s we had TinyTunes, Animaniacs, Batman, Duck Tales, Goof Troop, Xmen and The Gargoyles [Fawk Yeah!!!] And back In the 1980s, we had the G1 Transformers, Voltron, The Centurions, Heman, G.I.Joe, and Ma-Ma-MA-MASK!!

 And my customs are based on two characters that I greatly admired as childhood heroes, back in the 80s, from the MASK Cartoon Series. Matt Tracker [or often spelled Trakker] was the ultimate good guy, cool-headed and always calm, and he was a loyal father. He also showed a fatherly spirit to his men [and women] and he was always a good father to his son, Scott, even when the young lad would get himself in trouble. Those traits in my eyes, made him a true hero, even though he had no super powers.

Truthfully that cartoon was way ahead of its time in the 80s setting, because the good guys & villains were using advanced nanotechnology, finite-particle manipulation and zero-state quantum mechanics to create those masks with diverse customized powers. Although fans never got to meet the wife of Matt, they did get to see the Karate Hottie, Ms. Gloria Baker [who is shown as my female MASK agent]. As far as I can remember, these two characters never hooked up in the series, but as a childhood fan, I thought it would be nice to put them together as a power couple.

    

   

    

   

The base toy for Matt was the ML Captain Britain [and I enhanced his chest with putty before adding the body armor, gloves and boots]. And the Captain Marvel Carol Danvers was used for Gloria’s base; plus the extra mohawk-head from the Carol toy was used as the base for creating Gloria’s aquatic mask via putty, in stages. Their removable masks and costumes were fully sculpted and hand-painted with Tamiya acrylics, and the base of the mask for Matt was gotten from a McFarlene TitanFall toy – but I had to enhance it greatly with putty as well. Some of their weapons have magnets and those guns were customized. Like and Share!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

CUSTOM BARONESS G.I. JOE COBRA TOY [MARVEL LEGENDS SCALE] BY DSNG!

Baroness [Anastasia Cisarovna] is one of the sexiest female villains from the 80s. And I added some of my artwork, to show some of the inspiration that I was drawing from, in order to get the custom job done swiftly. There is another pic that inspired my artwork’s pose, which was done by a popular comic artist guy called Adam Hughes [You can search Google for “Adam Hughes Baroness” to see it].

 Anyway, the Baroness base figure was ML Enchantress, but I later opted to utilize the top body of ML Mocking Bird, along with the head from that toy [since it came with the iconic glasses that I needed]. I borrowed the handguns from Star Lord, which are adhered to her hips via magnets. And her grasped submachine guns were heavily modified, and they originally came from Casting Cave [I highly recommend that site, for your 6-inch figure guns!].

 Some gemstone stickers were added to her costume, placed on her belt and her gauntlets, to give her that extra bling factor, since she is supposed to be very affluent in the cartoon series. And on her right hip she has a sculpted pouch adhered to her belt, while on her left hip she has some sculpted C4 explosives.


    

    

   

The armored thighs, legs, vest, and the rest of the costume of Baroness were sculpted with Milliput, and then I painted her with Tamiya black and metallic gray highlights. I also sculpted some extra hair strands for her, before planting them in the front section of Mocking Bird’s bleach-blonde hair. Then her hair was painted, while black gloss highlights were also added. I didn’t want to load her down with weapons like my other 6-inch G.I. Joes, since I felt that the simplicity of her design didn’t warrant the extra layers of the heavy weapons shown on the other guys like Flint.

[You may need to click the words "Read More" slightly below and on the right, to see the rest of the pics in this long article!]

Thursday, October 26, 2017

CUSTOM SCARLETT G.I. JOE TOY [MARVEL LEGENDS SCALE] BY DSNG!

All right guys, I’m an OG… I’m 37 years old, and I enjoy this hobby; I mainly worked on Transformers before getting into action figures last year.… and I’ve learned to take things slow, when making these customs…

This Scarlett gal was ready over 3 weeks ago, but it just didn’t feel right, so I held off on posting her. Finally, yesterday I decided to add some more stuff and touch up her paint a lil’ bit. And that’s how she got her uzi submachine gun, the cool shoulder-pad and the radio-thingy attached on her other shoulder strap. It’s those little things that make her standout.

 Anyway, the base body for my Scarlett was a fusion of Captain Marvel Carol Danvers [main body and legs] and Thundra [arms and chest]. Her vest, boots, gloves and costume were sculpted and her guns were customized. Her belt was from Deadpool and I customized it. And her custom M16 blaster rifle is held via a magnet to her back. Her hair was fully sculpted, and her ponytail also has a magnet holding it in place. Her hair was colored with two shades of Tamiya red, one as the base, and the other for blood-red highlights. The Duke custom toy [shown in some pics with Scarlett] was posted in my blog, and at my Figure Realm gallery. Stay tuned for more Joes!

   

    


   

Saturday, October 21, 2017

CUSTOM FLINT G.I. JOE TOY [MARVEL LEGENDS SCALE] BY DSNG!

Another new custom for 2017, and he is one of my hefty 6-inch G.I. Joes! This version of Flit has some special customizations for his weapon's storage, on his body [I’ll explain later].

The base body was ML Punisher, and I had to sand down his hair and then sculpt his beret hat. Then I sculpted the lower hem of his pants and his new armored best and all the pouches. His sleeves and gloves were sculpted, and then I sculpted & added a radio thingy to his right shoulder strap. His boots were fully sculpted as well, and I didn’t bother to prime him before I painted him with Tamiya paints [since his overall scheme would still be rather dark].

 And now, his weapon storage: On his back, as opposed to having two Katana swords like Deadpool, I created a rectangular holster for his handguns, which are inserted on each end, and that pouch is held via a 5mm magnet upon his back. So that gun-holster-backpack is removable, and it also hosts a stored dagger, which you can see if you focus carefully on it. Then upon his right thigh, I added a double-gun holster, partly sculpted, and created with some cardboard as well. Thus he actually has two more handguns held on his right thigh.
And then on his left thigh, he has the Demolition Man’s holster, so that was pretty standard. His chest armor also has another handgun, held close to his left armpit.
In total, my Flint custom has about 8 guns, when you count the two machine-guns that he holds with both hands.

    


  

    

Sometimes my G.I. Joes don’t look exactly like the cartoon or movie versions; and that’s fine, because I’m creating them in my own style, while ensuring that they have high quality and cool details.
BTW, the custom Duke shown in the background of some pics was uploaded previously in my gallery... Anyway, stay tuned for more Joes!

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