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 Post subject: What parts do you love for customizing? CC11, Day 3
PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2017 10:31 am 
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What is your favorite or most useful figure/part for customizing? (That one figure that you keep buying over and over because it's just so darn useful. Feel free to show of pics of the customs you've created with it.)

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 Post subject: Re: What parts do you love for customizing? CC11, Day 3
PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2017 11:59 am 
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I have a few that fit into this category.

ROC Pit Commando / 25th Dusty
This figure has probably been my most useful to date. Anytime I have a chance to pick some up in lots, I grab them. All parts of the figure are useful. The torso, arms and legs are generic enough to be use for almost any character. I would not have been able to make most of my 50th anniversary Action Soldier/Pilot/Marine/etc without these parts. Some examples:

http://www.joecustoms.com/customs/custo ... 4&id=12376
http://www.joecustoms.com/customs/custo ... 4&id=12394
http://www.joecustoms.com/customs/custo ... 4&id=12396
http://www.joecustoms.com/customs/custo ... 4&id=13353
http://www.joecustoms.com/customs/custo ... 4&id=13369
http://www.joecustoms.com/customs/custo ... 4&id=12423
http://www.joecustoms.com/customs/custo ... 4&id=13217


Retaliation Kwinn
Kwinn is another figure that I tend to hoard when I can. The shirted torso is great (shared with ROC Zartan), the rolled up sleeves and arms are well sculpted and are glove-less - which was rare during the 25th era. The accessories are pretty good too. The hunting rifle and shotgun are two of the best recent weapon sculpts.

http://www.joecustoms.com/customs/custo ... 4&id=16188
http://www.joecustoms.com/customs/custo ... 4&id=12422
http://www.joecustoms.com/customs/custo ... 4&id=16869
http://www.joecustoms.com/customs/custo ... 4&id=15383
http://www.joecustoms.com/customs/custo ... 4&id=15371

Also, the legs are something that I did not think I would get so much use out of.

http://www.joecustoms.com/customs/custo ... 4&id=12531
http://www.joecustoms.com/customs/custo ... 4&id=12424
http://www.joecustoms.com/customs/custo ... 4&id=15323
http://www.joecustoms.com/customs/custo ... 4&id=16761
http://www.joecustoms.com/customs/custo ... 4&id=12375


RoC Zartan
ROC Zartan has the same torso as Kwinn, but has long sleeves as well as the soft skirt and those come in handy often:
http://www.joecustoms.com/customs/custo ... 4&id=12354
http://www.joecustoms.com/customs/custo ... 4&id=12378
http://www.joecustoms.com/customs/custo ... 4&id=12357
http://www.joecustoms.com/customs/custo ... 4&id=16637

Also, ROC Zartan legs are my go-to for regular uniform that have no pouches, straps, holsters or knee pads, all of which are present on most other legs.
http://www.joecustoms.com/customs/custo ... 4&id=12362
http://www.joecustoms.com/customs/custo ... 4&id=12353


Retaliation 3-pack Firefly (also 50th Flint)
My most recent favorite has to be Retaliation Firefly, mostly for his shirted torso. I've been using this torso for everything from Duke, Dial-Tone and Firefly to Action Force customs. The arms and legs are also super useful, but are easier to find.
http://www.joecustoms.com/customs/custo ... 4&id=16235
http://www.joecustoms.com/customs/custo ... 4&id=16491
http://www.joecustoms.com/customs/custo ... 4&id=16638
http://www.joecustoms.com/customs/custo ... 4&id=16234
http://www.joecustoms.com/customs/custo ... 4&id=16650
http://www.joecustoms.com/customs/custo ... 4&id=16229
http://www.joecustoms.com/customs/custo ... 4&id=13448
http://www.joecustoms.com/customs/custo ... 4&id=16949
http://www.joecustoms.com/customs/custo ... 4&id=14241
http://www.joecustoms.com/customs/custo ... 4&id=15592
http://www.joecustoms.com/customs/custo ... 4&id=15426

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 Post subject: Re: What parts do you love for customizing? CC11, Day 3
PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2017 12:03 pm 
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I know this will sound totally like I'm a BFS mark (I am by the way), but I can't keep their blanks in one piece. I keep getting them thinking, "This one I will keep as is." Before I know it, that figure is parted out and bashed onto 4 different customs. I've probably used a dozen sets of extra hands on customs that have no other HACKS parts.

drbindy pointed out a RoC Storm Shadow lot on ebay once. I got 6 of him for the white pants legs.

I've grabbed a few of the Cobra Para Trooper. Being a 25th figure he tends to not garner a high resale price, but his accessories are pretty fantastic.

Dollar General Shipwreck and Cobra Commander. I got a few of the Storm Shadow, but that pales to the number of DG Shippies and CC's I snagged. Shipwreck's parts are completely reusable top to bottom. CC, has great boots and awesome arms.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2017 3:03 pm 
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Good Topic.

I build my customs based on the joints in alot of cases. I don't have a favorite part per se, but when I go to "update" a figure into a Modern Era/PoC style look, I gravitate towards figures that have black elbow and or/kneepads. I very much like my customs to be able to be posed as being displayed, with little to no chipping. I'll wait to build certain characters until the right part comes along. Like alot of people, there's always a wip list, sometimes it takes years.

Some prime examples (looking at my gallery there is ALOT built like this)
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The other type of part is more entire torso/figure that can be reimagined as a different character. Add some paint and accessories, and just enough things to make it instantly recognizable.
THOSE are my absolute favorite to make.

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 Post subject: Re: What parts do you love for customizing? CC11, Day 3
PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2017 3:42 pm 
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I've used the suited Professor X mold a few times and the legs from ROC Cobra Commander. Those are fun for doing non battlefield type customs which are a nice change of pace.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2017 5:20 pm 
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Her.

I use the head, with and without ponytail, pony tail, hands, arms, vest, guns, holsters, and case.

Amazon was blowing these out a few years ago and I picked up a half-dozen for around $2 per.

Now I'm down to my last one, and the price has shot waaay up on her.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2017 6:26 pm 
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With every shopping jaunt whether online or out in the real world, the one question and rule I shop by is "What is the "yield?"

I have a rule for myself that a purchased figure for a custom, unless that figure possess an accessory I'll never find singularly, must yield 50% usable fodder for the custom pool. So far, the one that has yielded to most has been the Indiana Jones: The Last Crusade Cemetery Warrior and the Ugha Warrior. From the first, I use the skull mask, shirt, arms, hands, moccasins, stick, and relic. From the second, his top knot, head, hands, feet, bola, waist wrap. Then, from his arms and legs, I will carve off and hollow out each and every wrapped bone items that I can. These get used for all my fantasy needs.

Another would be the Frodo and Sam in Goblin armor figures. I use their armor, swords, helmets, and hollow out their leather bracers and leg pieces for other figures.

And you don't want to know how many Weapon X's are in wheelchairs now because they lack feet.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2017 8:02 pm 
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Lately I've used alot of the sigma 6 cobra commander v1 and Zartans... those corps super soldiers with helmet where big help on several i had stalled on doing

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2017 8:33 pm 
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dtc major barrage /exclusive outback?

I have used that torso for
john MccLane
http://www.joecustoms.com/customs/custo ... 5&id=15604
Rambo
http://www.joecustoms.com/customs/custo ... 5&id=14838
and I have a wip using it for sgt. slaughter.

I really like the ME neo viper upper legs. perfect for non military type customs. I used these in my KISS set and have been hoarding them anytime I see them cheap.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2017 9:44 pm 
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pluv wrote:
drbindy pointed out a RoC Storm Shadow lot on ebay once. I got 6 of him for the white pants legs.

Dollar General Shipwreck and Cobra Commander. I got a few of the Storm Shadow, but that pales to the number of DG Shippies and CC's I snagged. Shipwreck's parts are completely reusable top to bottom. CC, has great boots and awesome arms.


Completely agree with ROC Storm Shadow legs. I can never have enough of those. Unfortunately, I haven't found a good use for the torso.

The DG stuff was a gold mine for cheap fodder. I really wish Hasbro made more of those.

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For me... Vintage parts like...

Salvo's head, torso and arms
Outback all except the head
Big Boa arms and legs
Shipwreck's torso
Wildcard waist and legs
Headman arms
Pathfinder torso
Eco Flint head

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2017 10:55 pm 
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RoC Cobra Commander legs for sure. It's too bad the rest of him is so hard to do anything with.

Any figure with bare forearms I can't get enough of. I have tons of Retaliation Coltons, almost exclusively for the forearms.

HACKS have made it easier to get "nude" parts, but because I like a variety of builds I still pick up Marvel Universe figures whenever I can find them at a decent price.

The 50th Shipwreck/Cobra Commander pack is useful too. 1 figure with a nice T-shirt torso and military pants, and another that's mostly "civilian" parts. It's the only recent 2 pack where I know I can use everything in it.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2017 9:10 am 
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Rambo wrote:
For me... Vintage parts like...
Salvo's head, torso and arms
Outback all except the head
Big Boa arms and legs
Shipwreck's torso


Agreed.
In general I like heads and torsos best, closely followed by the accessories. Those parts usually are the most characteristic for a figure.


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