Frieza form 3 Difficulty: 1/10 How to make: Outline the eyes and mouth with black paint to make the figure look more like the character. If you'd like it to be even more realistic, use purple paint for the lips. What I had to do to restore it: Nothing, I received a brand new Frieza form 3 I'm going to give the same treatment, so I decided to sell this one that isn't as perfect.
Captain Ginyu SZF Difficulty: 4/10 How to make: Take Jakks Striking Z Fighter Captain Ginyu and boil him. Pull off his shoulder pads and cut off his waist armor. Cut the tabs off the shoulder pads, repaint the chest and neck purple, glue on the shoulder pads. Use automotive grade silicone (I used black, but it comes in clear) to glue the thigh armor back on in the proper position. Super glue won't work, because the legs will knock the armor right off, and it is very frustrating. Repaint eyes red. What I had to do to restore it: This is a brand new custom!
Saiyan Saga Vegeta (Sold 2/3/17 to doomprevails88) Difficulty: 8/10 How to make: Take Irwin Series 4 Vegeta and cut his gloves and boots off and make him shorter. I think I replaced them with Majin Vegeta gloves if not boots as well.... I used Nappa's thigh armor for shoulder pads, resculpted the stomach, and made the thigh armor by brushing liquid latex onto Nappa's thigh armor and pulling it off. It worked well enough and is flexible enough to work! What I had to do to restore it: I decided not to restore this figure, because the only thing I dislike is the gloss coating I gave it many years ago.
Captain Ginyu Difficulty: 10/10 How to make: Use Jakks Raditz and Bandai Blasting Energy Action Ginyu's head. Section Raditz's legs off to make them a more normal length. Replace the forearms with the forearms from Jakks USS Trunks. Spend a VERY long time sculpting the armor and redoing little things to make them better. One important thing to do to the head is to add 1/16 an inch to the forehead and cut off the horns and reposition them. The BEA head just doesn't look right without fixing it. Anyway... spend another very long time painting it. I really, really, really like the way this custom turned out, so I took a lot of pics... What I had to do to restore it: Nothing, because it is new. After taking it out of the Body Change pose, I had to use permanent marker to dye the joints purple though, because I was just plain not interested in repainting them. It doesn't match well in the elbows particularly, but until I think of a permanent solution to the paint flaking problem, it will work. i48.photobucket.com/albums/f232/BrangetaBB/IMG_3444.jpg
Goku - Saiyan/Namek Saga Difficulty: 5/10 How to make: Use Irwin Angel Goku. Remove the wings by heating the figure up in boiling water, and just pull really hard. Either the wings will come off, or your fingers will. After that, fill in the holes where the wings were and sand flat. It'll take some time to get perfectly filled in and sanded without bulges. Modify the face by making an open mouthed smile and raising the eyebrows. Cut the hands and wrist bands off and replace them with Irwin Krillin's fists. You'll have to lengthen Goku's right forearm before gluing the hands on though. You'll need to repaint the boots, stripes, and laces the proper color. If you want to copy me exactly... then fill in the hole where the halo went, and later on discover you need the halo there. So cut the stick (that holds the halo up) shorter and glue it on. It's removable, but not without regluing now... What I had to do to restore it: Nothing, it's brand new and now my favorite Goku I think. i48.photobucket.com/albums/f232/BrangetaBB/IMG_3455.jpg
Goz with mace/club Difficulty: 11/10 (no, not a typo) How to make: Use Irwin Spopovich. Modify the arms to be straight. Spend a TON of time resculpting the face and a massive amount of time sculpting the clothes. The mace is made from: the handle from Spopovich's accessory, two keychain chain links, the metal part from a broken paint brush, a screw, a plastic easter egg, and sculpey spikes. What I had to do to restore it: Nothing, it's brand new. i48.photobucket.com/albums/f232/BrangetaBB/IMG_3473.jpg
Mez Difficulty: 11/10 (no, not a typo) How to make: Use Irwin Spopovich. Modify the hands. Spend a TON of time resculpting the face and a massive amount of time sculpting the clothes. What I had to do to restore it: Nothing, it's brand new. i48.photobucket.com/albums/f232/BrangetaBB/IMG_3481.jpg
SS Majin Vegeta Difficulty: 1/10 How to make: Irwin Majin Vegeta needs his eyes outlined, and mine needed his hair repainted. To outline the eyes, use a small brush with black paint on it and outline them. Use a toothpick to rub off your mistakes when the paint dries a little bit. What I had to do to restore it: I used to like shadowing my SS hair with orange. I didn't like the way this looked anymore, so I repainted him blonde and did some yellow shadowing. I thought it would be best to not highlight with white like I normally would, because I didn't think it would look good since he lacks definite strands of hair for the most part in the front.
SS Cell Saga Vegeta Difficulty: 2/10 How to make: Use Jakks SS Vegeta body and take off the ridiculous and ugly looking head (the one where his face looks like a peanut and his hair looks like a sci-fi spaceship). Use any Majin Vegeta head as the replacement. Mine was a gold haired one without the M on his forehead, I believe the head that came on the Vegeta who came with my Saiyan Space Pod. Anyway, the head pretty much snaps right onto the body's peg. Just fill the head with a little bit of putty so it fits the neck size a bit better, and repaint it how you want it. I repainted mine blonde, redid the eyes, and painted the neck to match the face. It was very easy to make. What I had to do to restore it: This is a brand new custom.
Little Kid Gohan in purple gi Difficulty: 2/10 How to make: Use Jakks little Gohan in purple figure. Sculpt him some lower teeth since he only came with upper teeth, this is kind of difficult and time consuming. Repaint boots brown instead of white and black like they came. I used 4 coats of skin color first, then 4 coats of brown. You're done! What I had to do to restore it: This is a brand new custom. i48.photobucket.com/albums/f232/BrangetaBB/IMG_3940.jpg
SS Vegetto/Vegito Difficulty: 2/10 How to make: Take Jakks SS Vegetto (one that's been played with by a previous owner and damaged), and repaint entire figure. I skipped redoing the skin because I didn't see the point. If you're a perfectionist, you'll want to sand and resculpt the molding/casting issue on the hair. I did not do this and wish I did. What I had to do to restore it: This is a new custom.
Tien from the Cell Games Difficulty: 1/10 How to make: The above rating is just for the leggings, which are the only thing newly sculpted and painted on this older custom figure. To make him you'll take Jakks Art of Fusion SS Goku or any other Goku with this body, swap the head from a series 12 Tien and the forearms from... End of DBZ Goku I believe, and then do some minor sculpting work to the shirt,inner part of the head, and the leggings and boots. Of course a complete and detailed paint job will be required. What I had to do to restore it: No restoration, just the addition of leggings and a little bit of boot resculpting.
Nail Difficulty: 8/10 How to make: The sculpting and jacket making portion is only 5/10, but the painting is 11/10 which averages to 8/10 in my opinion. First, start off with the Jakks Nail figure, or like me, the more common shirtless Piccolo figure. I put him in boiled water so I could reposition the legs. All of these Jakks Piccolos have the legs too close together, so this really helps not only with standing, but appearance. So put him in some hot water, remove him from it, space the legs while he's still hot with a clothes pin or something between the legs, then put him in the freezer to chill for a few minutes. Remove him, and the pose should stay. (It's usually a little better to overdo the change than underdo it.) The jacket is made from clear vinyl from a fabric store--there are better materials out there, but it's what I had available. The clear vinyl works decently well because Nail's jacket in the anime didn't seem very form fitting and seemed kind of stiff and boxy, another good option would be fake leather. I cut that out after figuring out how to make a jacket out of it and then painted it with 4 coats of house latex paint as a primer, then about 6 coats of navy blue acrylic colors then flat clear acrylic. I used a bit of semi-gloss clear on the inside to make it smoother and easier to get on the figure. The neck wrap is made from epoxy putty and I patched the battle damaged pants with that as well. I resculpted the face a bit by making the eyes a bit smaller and I cut off the mouth and sculpted a new one. The face already had slightly asymmetrical cheeks, so the expression I sculpted worked well to me. I bought this figure used from Adam, and he had super glued a vest he made to the figure, so I had to sand a bit of that off the front and back before I started painting. The painting took many hours. I worked on other Namekian characters while working on him, but I would estimate the total and complete repaint (nothing is still the same as Jakks painted him) at approximately 12 hours. The sculpting, sanding, and jacket making portions were at least another 6 hours off and on. If you start with a perfect figure, you may only want to paint the pants, but I wanted him to be better than perfect. The red in particular is very difficult to paint as the lines are very thin. A very complicated paint job. What I had to do to restore it: Brand new custom made from a slightly damaged shirtless Piccolo figure.
Perfect Cell Difficulty: 3/10 How to make: I started with what I believe is the Beckett exclusive metallic Perfect Cell, but you can start with whatever you want. This repaint only takes an hour. You'll need to repaint the blue skin as a very pale gray, and I did some shading. I then tried to match the purple. In my case it was mostly red, a little lavender, a tiny bit of dark purple, and a bunch of pearl additive. Took a lot of coats because for whatever reason, the lavender is extremely translucent. I put a little on the exposed purple parts as well to help match as I was only 95% a match. I semi-glossed the face parts, so it looks a bit different than the rest. Lazyness. I also outlined the eyes in black. Back when these Cell figures first came out, I used to correct them for other people on commission. I'd resculpt the face with a heated up nail held in a pair of forecepts and repaint accurate to the show. It made the figure a better likeness as the eyes are seriously improper on this figure as is the expression. However, I didn't want to do that this time. I just straight up repainted and just wanted to match the color of purple that was all over the figure already. Here's a few pictures of some of the 4 or 5 Cells I did in the past though. Some people didn't want extremely elaborate 'burning hot nail' resculpts though so they just got new eyes and smiles, but the very best was the most elaborate one I really had to be careful with that had the lines under the eyes and the biggest smirk. Not sure who ended up owning that one but I don't own any of them anymore. i48.photobucket.com/albums/f232/BrangetaBB/perfectcellcustom.jpg i48.photobucket.com/albums/f232/BrangetaBB/Mvc-045s.jpg i48.photobucket.com/albums/f232/BrangetaBB/Mvc-046s.jpg i48.photobucket.com/albums/f232/BrangetaBB/perfectcellandFThead.jpg What I had to do to restore it: This figure was used. In the before picture you can see the one flaw, the chest scuff. I just put some Testors Model Masters Semi-Gloss Acryl Clear on it and it actually disappeared. I wish scratches on my car were that easy! He also has what looks like a mole on his cheek in my pics. I didn't even notice it when I was painting or I would have sanded it off.
Dende Difficulty: 6/10 How to make: I started with a bootleg SBC Goten and an SBC Piccolo head. The head was a dumb idea because I was stuck with an angry face thanks to the eyebrows and I would have preferred a happy or terrified Dende. But I made this custom originally about... 5 or 6 years ago. So I was stuck. I resculpted everything with Aves Apoxie Sculpt and repainted him. His vest is made of fake leather from a fabric store. He was a lot of work thanks to having to resculpt everything. What I had to do to restore it: Basically resculpt everything. I love how he turned out. He's to scale with Irwin and Jakks figures UNLIKE Irwin's enormous Dende.
Saiyan Saga Piccolo Difficulty: 9/10 How to make: Gosh, this ended up being a difficult, time consuming custom, and if I didn't get fed up with him, he could have been slightly better. What in particular? The cape. It was taking so much white paint, and I didn't sand the parts I sculpted onto it completely flush, so there's slight errors on it, and the Folk Art paint I was using on it was a bit thick (as usual with that brand) so the white has some texture to it in areas where it is up to 10 layers thick. Anyway... start with Irwin series 4 Piccolo. This figure is nearly perfect except his neck is extremely short. The first thing you need to do is sand the heck out of the torso where the arms attach. I found out the hard way that if you don't do this ahead of time, the torso will remove all your beautiful paintwork on the arms. Sculpt a longer neck. You'll probably want to cut the peg off his back that attaches to the cape. I didn't bother, but should have. You'll need to shave the 'head' of the peg off on his neck peg so you can put his head in and out without having to pop the body open each time. You'll need to enlarge the peg so it fits snug. Now draw lines on the shoulders and paint them. I wanted Piccolo to look evil, so I resculpted his nose, added under-eye lines, and added long fingernails. If you're going to repaint the head, in order to make the hat fit and not damage your paint you'll have to sand the inner lip off of it and then gloss it. You'll need to put some Model Masters Flat Clear Acryl on the head to protect the paint from the hat. I did a full repaint of the figure because I wanted him to be perfectly how I wanted him to look. I'm really happy with him and consider him a vast improvement over the original figure as well as the Jakks Piccolo. What I had to do to restore it: It's basically new. I started it years ago but nothing was finished.
Jakks Raditz Difficulty: 9/10 How to make: Take Jakks Raditz, remove his head, and cut his legs shorter. I took the area out above his boots. Switch the boots so the geometry doesn't get messed up (it'll look like Raditz is standing on the side of his feet if you don't) and boil and pop the feet and switch them from the shins/boots. Pop the arms out, sculpt new upper arms onto the originals, and sculpt around the articulation. (Get the tail out while you're at it, because it's going to get in your way and scratch your paint off before it dries.) Had I not chosen to give Raditz one of my fancy paint jobs, the elbow articulation would have been retained. I like him better like I did him... fancy... so I have no regrets. After that, you need to sand him like crazy and spend a mind-boggling amount of time painting the body separately from the tail and head for the next... 20 or 30 hours approximately. Once that is done, heat up the head and tail in some boiled water for a minute or two and carefully put them back on after wiping all the water off them. Now spend forever painting the head, and don't bother with the tail. For the scouter I repainted it and made a new clear lens out of some clear lamination that was some excess from something Kinkos laminated for me years ago for school. Use permanent marker to color it lime green. Overall, I made this into a very lengthy project, but since I like Raditz, it was worth it. I had a lot of fun with his photos too. Enjoy!
[img src="http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f232/BrangetaBB/IMG_5105s.jpg I spent so damn long on painting it, including the backside that the hair covers, that there's no way I'm not showing it off. You can see the sculpt of the new upper arms pretty well now too. [img src="http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f232/BrangetaBB/IMG_5086s.jpg [img src="http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f232/BrangetaBB/IMG_5087s.jpg [img src="http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f232/BrangetaBB/IMG_5088s.jpg Before and After (had to do this in Photoshop since I don't have another Raditz)
Compared to Irwin.
Nappa isn't looking too cool anymore.
Compared to a lot of others, including Ginyu, who was also made from a Raditz.
Last Edit: Sept 17, 2013 16:25:55 GMT -6 by Branjita
Sell Saga (get it???) Yamcha Difficulty: 8/10 This Yamcha was created as my final, last, yes, I am repeating it twice, FINAL figure I plan on ever creating specifically to sell (edit from 2013: this didn't end up being true lol, CapsulexNike owns this Yamcha now though FYI). Thus, I wanted him to be amazing. I don't time myself when I customize, but I know I spent over 40 hours on this guy, and he wasn't always fun. But you know what? I have NEVER had so much fun playing with one of my custom figures before LOL. Most immediately go in my cabinet (like Raditz did) but I have been letting Yamcha get revenge on everyone who has ever pissed him off LOL and it has been so much fun. I'm very happy that my final custom ever specifically created to sell is my favorite character Yamcha. How to make: I'm not even going to get into specifics, it was a lot of work. He is made from series 5 SS Goku body, AB Gohan feet, series 7 SS Gohan belt/sash and heavily modified head. Hopefully before I sell this guy I can get some comparison shots with that Gohan (turlestuffle is sending me one). Some of these pics were created specifically for the ebay auction. I had a lot of fun with these! I <3 Yamcha! ;D
I didn't want to put this in the speech bubble... but... "How 'bout I put my foot up your ass for putting your hand through my chest?"
Edit: I have a series 7 SS Gohan now and can do a comparison pic. When I was making this Yamcha, I made the cheeks and forehead/sideburns wider, added the scars, modified the hair quite a bit obviously, and changed the hair line quite a lot on the back of the head, so he does not immediately scream that he was made with this head.
Last Edit: Sept 17, 2013 16:57:18 GMT -6 by Branjita
I currently have a mint Burter that came as part of a lot. So I finally took comparison pics next to my somewhat old Burter custom that I spent forever repainting to make more accurate and nice looking. You can also see how much taller my work in progress Burter is even without lengthening the legs... which I will be doing.
These guys are the only 11/10 difficulty customs in this finished album I think. These guys took a lot of hours. I finally have another Spopovich so I can finally do comparisons. My only disappointment with them is that my flat clearcoat was obviously a bad mixture so they are actually a bit glossy.
Last Edit: Sept 17, 2013 16:59:27 GMT -6 by Branjita
Ultimate (Mystic) Gohan Difficulty: 1/10 How to make: I bought a mint Ultimate Gohan, but he was missing the bang. monkeyb0y posted a pic of the figure without the bang missing and I based my sculpt on that, but made it a bit thinner and different based on some pictures from the anime. I then painted it black and redid most of the other black on the figure. Bandai didn't paint really well around his ears and forehead, and didn't give him enough of a widow's peak so I actually sculpted and painted that in. I put some Model Masters Clear Semi-Gloss Acryl on top (I hate how it has a tendency to show brush strokes and bubbles) but it turned out pretty nice.