Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Custom Motuc Lord Masque, G.i.joe Xamot and Tomax in business suits and Marvel Universe Scarlet Witch, and Quicksilver



Hey guys, another week here with more of that plastic addiction!


This week we have LORD MASQUE for the Masters Of the Universe classics line. This figure I must say is one of the finest I have made, I listened to several suggestions via my Facebook page, and here is one! he features a unique fabricated Staff made only for this figure, so if you commission it after the auction is finished, the staff will be different to what is shown here.


Next up, are the twins of evil! Xamot and Tomax are back in their business suits to syphon money to fund the illegal operations of Cobra! this auction is for BOTH of them so don't miss out!


Last but not least, another set of twins: Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch! The sons of the evil Magneto crash the Ebay auction block in the shape of this awesome Marvel universe figures!

Bid on them on actionfigures123's Ebay auctions here: http://tinyurl.com/cc6djv My official seller on the bay.


Now I have been getting several e-mails from my Youtube viewers: Why no more Mortal Kombat figures? Why only Motuc and Marvel Universe? Well the answer is simple: I'M BUSY!

My main income comes from commissions and I have the table Full. Most of the figures that went on Ebay on the past weeks were made while I was in New Mexico when I had the spare time.
But fear not, I still have a whole set of unpainted MK figures and Transformers, Tekken etc etc. An update will be coming soon on this blog about an upcoming Mk character that needed tons of original sculpt...nothing can prepare you...

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

This week: Custom Uncle Montork, Kitty Pryde and more!

Hello guys, back this week with more of that plastic goodness

This week, for the masters of the universe classics line, I have UNCLE MONTORK as seen on the episode 'Orko's favorite uncle" of the classic cartoon. He comes with wand, stand and book. You can watch his video on youtube here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lVc66pj8ZY

For the universe line, I made another fan favorite: Kitty Pryde on her ultimate uniform, along with her pet pal Lockheed. She includes a stand and file. Watch her video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lVc66pj8ZY

Next up, a reissue of Mary Jane and Lex Luthor in his bussiness suit.

You can catch all of these figures this week at actionfigures123 's Ebay auctions: http://tinyurl.com/cc6djv
Until next time!

Mattel anuncia: "el estilo 200X y su interpretacion estan retirados" no mas accesorios con temas 200X para motu classics



Por "Chris "Hunter" Diaz

En una movida que para algunos fans es controversial, en Agosto 14 el manager de
marcas de Mattel, Scott "Toyguru" Neitlich, anuncio que el estilo 200X para la linea masters of the universe classics ha sido "retirado"

En un comunicado en el foro oficial de Matty Collector, Neitlich anuncio que los administradores de Mattel han decidido descontinuar los "elementos hiper detallados" por los que la linea 200X fue conocida, de la linea actual, ya que ese estilo e interpretacion estan "retirados"

A esto agregaron que las cabezas extra que venian en los classics seran tambien retiradas debido a los altos costos de produccion y que solo las haran cuando sea necesario y no para homenagear al estilo hecho famoso por Mike Young Productions en la serie animada del 2002.

Aunque no se ha dado mas informacion sobre el tema, la especulacion se ha comenzado a surgir entre los muchos foros de fans de la linea: "esto significa que no veremos personajes como Evilseed?" ,"que hay sobre los accesorios?", "aun tendremos armas en estilo 200X?"

Esta y mas preguntas tienen iracundos a los fans: " Nos hacen sentir como leprosos solo porque nos gusta el estilo 200X" declaro un rabido fan en los posts de Matty Collector en Facebook.

Este humilde customizador es tambien un coleccionista, y mientras respeto el origen clasico de la linea, nunca fui fan de ella, yo no veia el dibujo animado, ni mucho menos coleccionaba los juguetes. Solo vi uno que otro episodio de She-ra, porque lo daban antes de mi dibujo animado favorito: "Thundercats"

El dibujo del 2002 es lo que me trajo a He-man, el "estilo hiper detallado" fue la cereza en la torta que me atrajo a ella. Como customizador, para mi fue muy divertido comparar los juguetes viejos y atrasados de los ochenta versus los estilos realistas y super detallados creados por los 4 caballos (the 4 horsemen, creadores de los juguetes del 2002 y de los classics) y matarme de la risa preguntandome "como alguien podia jugar con esto?? ...jajaja"

Al parecer, la ultima carcajada fue de Mattel.

Despues de toda la alharaca que hicieron en el dvd de la tercera temporada de la serie 2002,
felicitandose por lo bien que se veia la "nueva interpretacion" de la linea, y los elogios casi mesianicos a los 4 caballos por sus esculturas y el rol pivotal que tuvieron en re-imaginar la linea, ahora sin mas ni mas, la retiran, solo para continuar con el uso simplista de el mismo cuerpo y moldes para cien mil personajes una y otra vez.

Entiendo que esta decision se deba a la ansia de cortar costos, y tambien a la famosa filosofia ochentera de Mattel de "generar la mayor cantidad de ganancia con la menor inversion posible" por lo cual re-usan los moldes, pero como fans de la serie del 2002, no nos gusta ser tratados como "stinkors" (el personaje apestoso de los secuaces de Skeletor) solo porque Mattel no va a poder re-usar el molde que hicieron para el Conde Marzo (y dios sabe que de alguna forma, lo van a hacer) para incrementar sus ganancias.

Hay formas de generar ganancias sin decepcionar a los compradores Mister Neitlich, y nosotros, los fans del "estilo-super-hiper-animado-que-ahora-esta-retirado" estamos -de hecho- muy decepcionados. Digale eso a los "administradores"

Puedes leer la nota original del senior Neitlich en los foros de Matty aqui (texto en ingles): http://forums.mattycollector.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/4561004165/m/6561032246/p/1

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Mattel announces: " 200X style and interpretation retired " no more 200X extra heads for Motuc

By Chris "Hunter" Diaz

In a move that seems controversial for some fans, on August 14th Mattel's brand manager Scott "Toyguru" Neitlich announced that the 200X style for the Masters of the Universe classics line was "retired"

On a post on the Matty collector forums, Neitlich stated that the management at Mattel had asked them to retire the "Hyper detailed elements" of the 200X line from the current classics line, since "that look and interpretation was retired"

He added that 200x extra heads will be pulled back due to high costs in production, and will only do so when needed, and not to pay homage to the famous MYP cartoon, like they did with the Whiplash figure released last Monday 16th.

While no more information has been provided, speculation has started to run among the many fan forums of the line: "Does this mean we won't see any more characters like Evil seed?", "What about the weapons?", " do we still get 200X styled weapons?"

This and more questions has fans raving about the decision: "makes us feel like they are treating us 200X fans like disease" stated one fan, at the many Facebook rants about the decision.

This humble customizer is also a collector, and while I respect the classic origin of the line, I was never a fan of it, never watched the cartoon as a kid, nor collected the toys. I only watched a few episodes of She-ra cause they aired them before my favorite cartoon: "Thundercats"


200X is What got me into He-man. The "hyper detailed" looks were the awesomeness that drew me in. As a designer it was really fun to compare the crappy 80's toys Vs the new horsemen re-designed 200X line and laugh: " How come people could play with these? ...LOL!"

Guess the joke was on me.

After all the fuzz Mattel made in the dvd release of season 3 of the MYP cartoon (you can see it on disc 3) speaking about "how cool the new interpretation was" and the kudos they gave the horsemen for their sculpts and hard work re-designing the line, they now "retire" the "interpretation" going back to the simplistic re-use of molds time and time again.

I understand that this is done due to costs, and Mattel's famous 80's motto of "making the most profit without having to do a lot of investment " hence re-using every single mold, but as fans we feel that just because we prefer the 200X line, we should not be treated like "stinkors" cause we like the hyper-detailed-anime-style-that-is-now-retired, Just beacuse you can't re-use Count Marzo's mold, (god knows you will somehow) to get more profit.

There are ways to profit without disappointing fans Mr. Neitlich, and us the loyal 200X fans are in fact, disappointed. Please tell that to the "management"

You can read the original post by Mr. Neitlich on the Matty forums here: http://forums.mattycollector.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/4561004165/m/6561032246/p/1

Monday, August 2, 2010

This week: Admiral Scurvy, Marvel legends Ms Marvel (moonstone) and jedi master Lesthar Darek


Hello guys, I have been extremely busy this week, however I managed to finish some customs for Ebay:
Admiral Scurvy for the masters of the universe classics line, in the same style as he appeared in the episode "anchors aloft" of the She-ra series. He comes complete with sword, and pet cat. Scurvy is the arch nemesis of Adora's sweetheart Sea Hawk, and will stop at nothing to trap the pirate.
Next, is moonstone Ms. marvel in a secondary outfit,a bit different than my first one. She is fully posable and playable.
And finally, my first ever all original Star Wars character: Jedi Master Lesthar Darek, a chiss same as Admiral Thrawn.
Since I haven't seen many Chiss jedis, I wanted to add up this figure, he is fully playable and poseable.
I made a video for him. Stay tuned at the end of it:



As usual, you can find this auctions on ebay here: http://tinyurl.com/cc6djv