As most of you know, JC has a traveling convention display that we put out at various conventions (really just JoeCon & AR) -- it consists of a banner, a couple of spice-rack-type shelves, and metric ton of donated customs.
The idea for the table came from us wanting to showcase our hobby, and was met with apprehension and suspicion by con-throwers, who didn't know what to do with us since we were 'display only' and not vendors. The rise and acceptance of Joe DeClassified really helped people understand the 'museum' aspect of what we were trying to do. Most of the customs on display in those early years were donated by beav (who was moving to Scotland and wanted to divest himself of them, yet keep them in the family) and consisted of variations of Shipwreck. Now, 10-ish years after our first convention, we have had additional customs donated to the traveling showcase. Actually, too many donations...
One of the things we like to do when we set up for a show is to leave some open space for JC members attending to put some of their customs on the table, even if only for the duration of the convention -- it gives con-goers, and us, something new to look at and talk about. What we've found over the last year or two is, that to leave space, we've had to leave customs in the box. And the box has a finite amount of room.
We have too many customs.
So, in true JC fashion, we're going to be having a series of polls. We're looking to trim the number of traveling customs, and we want the members of JC to determine which ones best showcase what we do. Not necessarily the 'best' or most 'popular' customs, but a variety of styles, builds, talent levels, fodder, etc., to give the best 'impression' of what JoeCustoms is.
HypnoHustler has graciously offered to photograph every custom in the box and set up a handful of polls on google for us to vote on. We are doing them in batches of 20-something. Our shelves hold 24 customs each without crowding. We will take the top 12 of every batch and keep them in the case (interestingly enough, the figure storage cases also hold 12 figures.) The figures that are not chosen to be included in the traveling display will be offered back to their creators for the cost of shipping, or have the option (default) of being put in the JoeCustoms 'Celebrate The Site' eBay auction next spring, with the proceeds going towards JoeCustoms' Front Page and other future endeavors. That being said, if you find one of your donated customs in the poll, and would like it removed, please just let us know via pm.
All that out of the way, here is the first batch: DISPLAY GROUP ONE
We've got plans, people. Plans and ideas, and this year we want to implement them!
First and foremost:
The year is now 2017, but our front page still lives in 2003. It's time to bring it up to date!
The staff at joecustoms has been looking for ways to upgrade the site, and the starting point for all things joecustoms should be the front page, with links to the wiki, the forums, contests/events, group projects, and most importantly, customs.
Pictures of customs, not just links. Sounds simple and easy, right?
Well, kind of. It costs some money to do this kind of stuff, and as a non profit website, we rely on ourselves to keep the lights on, so to speak. The cost of the redesign is an issue we have been looking at over the last couple of years, and we'd like to raise the money in a fun, "customized" sort of way.
So, we need some volunteers. We are looking for customizers that are willing to make a custom, or sell a current custom that is done, with proceeds going directly to the site. The volunteer sign up will be due by Saturday, December 10th.
Here's how it will work:
If you volunteer to make a custom or throw one in, you must have it mailed to Bucky no later than January 28th of next year. At that time, Bucky will photograph each custom, and each custom will go up on eBay, with credit for the figure going to the creator of course.
Example: "GI JOE Custom Red Laser by Bucky".
The auctions will start on the first day of Custom Celebration 11, February 12th, and last for a week. The auctions will be heavily featured on the site, Facebook, and wherever/whoever else we can promote them to generate the most amount for the site redesign.
The figures will then be mailed out to the winners by Bucky the following week, assuming the winners of the auction pay.
ALL PROCEEDS GO DIRECTLY TO JOECUSTOMS.COM!
*the end game goal is around $1500.
The first step will be to take care of the front page, any remaining funds will go towards things such as, but not limited to:
-a new banner for the Joecustoms table!
-classes/kits to be scheduled for Assembly Required 2017!
-prizes/awards for Custom Celebration contests/participation!
-hair transplants for Bucky! A horse mask for joemichaels! A smile for Chief!
Ok, that last line was just to make sure you were paying attention.
So, are you ready to Help us, help you? Sign up today by PM'ing bucky with your info, and he will add you to the list!!
-and that's an order!
It is being reported in the community that a one of our fellow customizers has lost his battle with cancer. I don't know any details and only know as much because TR1ER pointed it out.
If you don't know who rateeg is or you don't remember his work, you're in for something special. He was extremely talented and could paint and sculpt with the best of them. With a stroke of his brush he was able to give life to these little pieces of plastic. Just looking through it all again for this post, I envy his skills and will always admire his work. To rateeg!
And his more recent work
https://m.facebook.com/pg/rateeg1/photo ... l&mt_nav=1
Here's the Secret Santa 2016 edition!!! (note that this isn't site sponsored)
The idea of this event is sending a present to another forum member and receiving a gift from a member as well.
The 28th of November will be the deadline for signing up for the Secret Santa 2016.
Iíll then randomly match people up and send everybody their victim's address via PM. Then you'll have the job of trying to find a suitable gift to make your victim as happy as when he was 11 years old and found the Terrordome, a Super Nintendo or a Chinese Major Bludd under the Christmas treeÖ..or at least make him smile at the thoughtfulness of the gift. The goal is to have the gifts sent out before Christmas, the recommended date to have your SS victimís gift in the mail is before the 10th of December (See Step 6!).
START SENDING IN YOUR INFO
DEADLINE: Saturday, Nov 28th (You must have PMed me your address by this date!)
What to do:
Make a WISH LIST. It can be anything toy relatedÖ
Post your Wish List in the designated Wishlist threadÖ viewtopic.php?f=24&t=45168
Private Message (PM) me your mailing address and let me know if you are willing to ship internationally or not.
Wait - I'll get with you via PM giving you the name and address of your victim...I plan to have victims and Secret Santaís matched up and notified by the 30th of November.
Shop/Customize - Get a gift ready. It shouldn't be more then 20 bucks.
SHIP IT!! I know you think 'well duh' but some people have issues with this part. Itís nice to get the Secret Santa Christmas gifts BEFORE Christmas, and disappointing when you do not. The 10th of December date is a good guideline, but just make the best effort to get it there prior to Christmas.
Wait - Sooner or later you should be receiving a gift from a random person as well.
Brag - Show us what you got from your Secret Santa, Its fun for you and for us. You might also think of extending thanks to your Secret Santa. I'll open up a thread for that when the time comes.
1. Only JC members with a 100+ forums post count are eligible to participate!
2. DON'T STIFF ANYONE. Its rare but it does happen.
3. Try to keep your gift under 20 bucks. Itís the thought and effort that counts, NOT the price tag.
4. Donít be an ass. Be grateful and accept the gift in the spirit it was given.
5. Donít ask to be matched up to So-n-So. Its random: youíll get who you get (I usually have my wife randomize the list for me).
If you feel like giving to more then 1 person just PM me that you would like to do so. It helps take up the slack when thereís an odd number of people and when thereís not, itís out to be a cool bonus for one lucky JCer.
Post any questions here or PM me your info by 28 NOV and Iíll get to work ASAP. Also, do not forget to visit the Wish List thread and post your Christmas Wishes.
I think this video sums it up and has an action figure in it!
exsisting or fictional rock performer or band. rock as "you" see it! garth brooks to gwar. elvis to lady gaga. self customs as a rock star welcome. crossovers and bashes welcome. movie rockers, tv/cartoon ,books/comic ,album cover art, even satire , basically no holds barred.
andrew dice clay NO, ford fairlane "rock-n-roll" detective YES
freddy mercury YES, freddy krueger NO. freddy kruger bashed with freddy mercury YES
the simpsons NO, the simpsons band YES. scooby doo and the mystery crew band YES
peter griffon as meatloaf PLEASE . justin beiber NO
2 entries with up to 5 pics each
As many entries as you can finish, 3 pics each. - pluv
1 entry = 1 performer or group + their ride if you wish(ride must be loosley music themed like ZZ top hotrod or kiss tank)
1 group can be anything from white stripes (2 figures) to symphonic pink floyd (a whole bunch)
since it is a NJC no joes, but civilian version of joes with alternate civilian names should be allowed. want a civi R-n-R build him now call him louie louie.i won't tell!
Nope, still no joes. - pluv
Submissions due Monday 12/26 at 12:00pm (noon) Eastern
Cobra has a trooper for almost anything, so let's do that for the IG. Have fun with it. Do the Grenadiers have a sniper? They do now.
Techno Grenadiers, their tech is top notch. Female troopers; Jungle Grenadiers; New field leaders (Do the T.A.R.G.A.T.s have a commander?) Make a Dominator pilot?
No need for calling names.You can just stick Iron in front of the name or ______ Grenadier.
What can you submit?
Up to 3 figures and 3 vehicles with up to 5 pics each.
Submissions for this project are due Sunday, January 22th by 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time.
Hope you all have fun with this GP. I already have some ideas.