December 31st midnight PST, the Gallery custom archive (front page list of customs) will be closed and no longer taking new submissions until after the JoeCustoms Awards nomination process has finished. We'll let the ones in the queue work their way through. Then nominating and voting process will look like this.
2 weeks of nominating through an online form on the site (just like every previous year). (As of right now estimated start day is the Jan. 11th-25th, but those dates aren't set in stone yet.)
1 week for 1st round of voting on the forums (narrow nominations down to a top 20) (estimated Jan. 26th-Feb 1st)
1 week for 2nd round of voting on the forums (narrow nominations down to a top 5) (estimated Feb 2nd-8th)
1 week for FINAL voting through a Google Drive link on the site. (estimated 9th-15th)
Winners announced at the end of Custom Celebration.
For those who have never been through our year end JoeCustoms Award process it is where we do a quick rewind to look at the year that was and give a pat on the back to the customizers, customs, and techniques that make this hobby what it is. Feel free to ask us any questions via this thread or private message. We'll walk everyone through the process as we go. You can also check out the JCA page to see winners from previous years and listen to last year's JCA awards show podcast (which we plan on doing again this year.
Here it is folks, the last Featured Customizer of the year. This is where I usually say something clever. Now go read what he has to say and then come back here and let him know what you think.
http://wiki.joecustoms.com/wiki/Unknown ... Customizer
Everyone is busy, but I just couldn't stand the idea of this wonderful tradition coming to an end. So, here's the Secret Santa 2014 edition!!! (note that this isn't site sponsored)
Since I'm already late, I haven't got the time to make a whole new set of guidelines and such. Crosshair did an excellent job last year, so I copied the info from last year's SS.
The 28th of November will be the deadline for sighning up for the Secret Santa 2014.
I’ll then randomly match people up and send your info to your Secret Santa via PM. Then they get the job of trying to find a suitable gift to make you as happy as you were when you were 11 years old and found the Star Wars Droid Factory Playset with a vinyl cape Jawa (or Strawberry Shortcake….) under your Christmas tree…..or at least make you smile at the thoughtfulness of the gift. The goal is to have the gifts sent out before Christmas, the recommended date to have your SSGE victim’s gift in the mail is before the 10th of December (See Step 6!).
START SENDING IN YOUR INFO
DEADLINE: Friday, Nov 28th (You must have PMed me your address by this date!)
How its done:
Make a WISH LIST. it can be anything toy related…
Post your Wish list in the designated Wishlist thread… viewtopic.php?f=24&t=42057&p=492039#p492039
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 Santa’s matched up and notified by the 20th 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. It’s 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. DON'T STIFF ANYONE. Its rare but it does happen.
2. Try to keep your gift under 20 bucks. It’s the thought and effort that counts, NOT the price tag.
3. Don’t be an ass. Be grateful and accept the gift in the spirit it was given.
4. Don’t ask to be matched up to So-n-So. Its random: you’ll get who you get (I usually have my wife randomize the list for me).
5. NO Secret Santa will be assigned to ME.
6. However, in case someone wishes to send something my way, I will post a wish list and provide my address to a yet to determined staff member so people can. There’s neither obligation nor pressure. Just sometimes people have requested that the SS administrator info be given in case people want to send stuff to them.
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 there’s an odd number of people and when there’s not, it’s out to be a cool bonus for one lucky JCer.
I will send a gift to a random person or 2 so I am doing my part as well.
Anyhow, post any questions or PM me your info by 28 NOV and I’ll get to work ASAP. Also, do not forget to visit the Wish List thread and post your Christmas Wishes. viewtopic.php?f=24&t=42057
Thanks again to Sharkbait for starting this event many, many years ago, to Tsunami and to Crosshair for hosting earlier Secret Santa editions!
Thanks to everyone that voted. And my choice for NJC #81 is...Batman 75th Anniversary, You can make any version of Batman or his famous rogues as they’ve appeared through the years in Comics, Television, Movies, Cartoons, Video Games or any other medium . If you want to make “Super Friends” Bat-Man go ahead. Jack Nicholson’s Joker, Be my guest. Nothing is off the table if it pertains to the Dark Knight Detective.
Email entries to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, December 29th at noon (12:00pm) Eastern Standard Time
The goal of this project is to create figures, vehicles, or playsets based on existing items that might easily be confused with GI Joe. YoJoe's list of Not GI Joe figures is a good place to check if you aren't sure. Remco's American Defense, Olmec's Bronce Bombers, or even an Armoured Car on the Snow field are all good examples.
The only restriction is that all submissions must be based on an existing item. All figure styles are allowed. Because of the vast number of choices here, there will not be any claiming. Vehicles and playsets are allowed. But a maximum of 5 items total per person.
Due date: Sunday, February 1st, 11:59pm PST. If for some reason you require more time, please let me know before that deadline as we'll probably roll the reveal into [spoiler:w6odvi60]Something with a Countdown[/spoiler:w6odvi60].
PAY IT FORWARD: The expression is used to describe the concept of asking that a good deed be repaid by having it done for others instead.
You may remember JoeCustoms launched this exact event a few years back. It was a howling success for many months, and what started as a small box of parts ended up somewhere around 20lbs before some one killed the project by keeping the box and not sending it on to the next person.
If you are a newer member, I'll 'splain how this project works: Members will sign up to participate based on the requirements listed below. I'll start the project off by filling a small box with custom fodder. Ill send the box to the first person on the list. When they receive it, they'll take out what they want, and replace it with fodder from their own parts box and send it on to the next person. And so on, and so on.
Due to problems that occurred last time, the rules will be a little different this time to make sure that the previous problems don't happen again. The goal is that we can keep this project going indefinitely. I'd like to see it continue for years if possible.
1.) We are limiting this project to 10 people at a time. First come, first to participate. Once the first 10 have participated, the box will come back to a JC representative and the process will continue with the next 10 people on the list. This keeps the project in motion, and better supervised.
2.) This project is limited to forums members that have been active the past 6 months only.
3.) To participate, PM Zombieguide your name, address, email and telephone #. We need to be able to contact people that hold up progress. Holding up progress means you won't be included in future PIF projects.
4.) Once the box comes, you'll have 7 days to go through it. Once you are done with it, you can log on to http://www.usps.com, and using their Priority Mail service, you can print out postage, with a tracking # and send it on to the next person. This way you can print your postage at home, and leave it for the mailman to pick up. "Can't make it to the post office" is not a valid excuse for holding up the project. If you know you'll have trouble committing to 7 days, then you may want to pass on this.
5.) Participation at this time is limited to the US. We're sorry but we don't want the customs procedures and additional postage to hold anything up this time around. If the project is successful there is the possibility international members will be included in the future.
6.) Please keep your takings and contribution limited to approx. a standard sandwich bag full. And please keep it limited to ONLY Hasbro GI JOE parts. No vehicle parts and NO JUNK! Include decent items that some one can actually use, and not as a dumping ground.
7.) To participate you need to agree to everything above.
If any of the above comes off as 'mean', we apologize. We see real potential to have a fun project that everyone can benefit from, but we need to be honest and straight forward to keep it going, keep it affordable for everyone, and most importantly KEEP IT MOVING.
This project will have its own dedicated thread in the Site Stuff section, so everyone can monitor progress and feel free to take photos and post it as it passes your hands. Ill post a video of what I'm sending out on day one.