Full Action Kit Krillin (for sale for $60 USD) Difficulty: 10/10 How to make: I've been struggling with this figure for years. He has about 15 layers of paint on his clothes now. I started him about 10 years ago, making him from parts of FAK Goten and Trunks. I sculpted his head with sculpey years ago, and I redid it with apoxie. Long story short, he looks great, I'm glad he's done, and I would like to get $60 or best offer for him if you're interested. He has a clear coat on him, so his paint should look great for decades, but I don't recommend you play with him as the rubber clothing is not friendly to the acrylic paint. i48.photobucket.com/albums/f232/BrangetaBB/IMG_4598.jpg
Repainted Real Works SS Gohan Difficulty: 2/10 How to make: I started with a Real Works SS Gohan from the Walmart exclusive four pack (USA exclusive) and he had some paint chips on the blue parts, so I repainted them. I decided to repaint the rest of the details on the boots, then I redid the hair (including using pearl additive and a semi-gloss clear so it'd look as good as the original hair), and I touched up 3 to 5 small chips on the orange parts of his clothes and cleared him. I don't have the right base for him, but I'm including one he fits. He looks just like he did in DBGT, Battle of Gods, and maybe some scenes in Buu Saga. I want $15 or best offer.
Cell Saga Goku Difficulty: 1/10 How to make: I started with a Mystic Gohan body Adam sent me. It was near mint other than a broken off neck he put some apoxie on and boots he shortened. I replaced the boots with boots from a WIP Yamcha of mine I haven't started. I carved the neck then used pink apoxie to fill in some cracks. I did the hot glue method with a piece of plastic to make a neck peg. I repainted the hair because it was chipped. Overall, finished everything in about 2 hours. Didn't bother to paint the neck as the white apoxie under the thin layer of pink looks close enough to the skintone.
Saiyan Saga Goku after King Kai's training Difficulty: 0.5/10 How to make: I decided I needed a Goku with a King Kai symbol on his back in my collection and my only figure left to use for him was the completely mint, never been played with series 4 Goku I've had since new that I use in figure comparison pictures. I couldn't bear to use him. I found a real cheap one on ebay, and surprisingly, I won him without spending very much at all! To my surprise, he was also completely mint and never been played with, so that was a nice surprise. I painted his boot lines proper for that saga, and then proceeded to glue my only large King Kai symbol on his back... crooked. I glued the 5% smaller one on top of it and colored the edges black... and then put the Master Roshi turtle symbol on the front. A little bit of clear and he was done.
Malaka, one of Frieza's men Difficulty: 5/10 How to make: I used a Popy Malaka head, Irwin Babidi body, and part of a Batman cape for the armor. I then dremeled the cape to take the details off. I then covered it with apoxie clay and sculpted the armor. I filled in the breasts and back protection parts with apoxie sculpt since I have so much of it. I really like the way he turned out. He may not perfectly resemble the character, but he's cute and I wish I had a custom figure of somebody he interacted with in the series, but I don't have any of those characters made yet.
SS Bardock (head only) Difficulty: 3/10 How to make: Brownodynamite commissioned me to do this head for him. The body is just a damaged Bardock body and not included with the head. The head started out as an SS Goku head Brown sent me. The scouter was pretty difficult to locate the drilling point. You have to drill pretty much exactly where I did to get it to attach, and you have to match the angle of the peg. It's pretty tricky. After I did that, I noticed the scouter didn't go all the way on, so I carefully sanded the ear a little bit, then applied Model Masters flat clear acryl to make the texture smooth again. Brown never requested this, but I thought I'd do it as a bonus since I had something perfect for it and it'd make the head look so much better: the headband tie in the back is actually the belt off of a Mucha Lucha figure that was wearing a purple gi and has an enormous white head. The forehead I sculpted a bandana/headband on. The scar I carved in by hand and then painted. I was going to try the tiny engraving tip I bought for my dremel, but I've never used it and since repainting the skin wasn't an option, I couldn't risk trying that out. I think it turned out really, really nice.
If Brown ends up wanting me to repaint or customize a Bardock body to go with it, this might get even cooler.
SS Goku, Buu Saga Difficulty: 3/10 How to make: I used an SS Goku in armor head and some sort of Jakks reissue of Irwin Series 4 Goku, the one with brown scratches painted on his arms. I cut off the belt and sculpted a sash. The neck looked funny, so I took some height out of it with my dremel. I sculpted the boot laces and repainted those. I repainted all of the skin to match and look better.
Future Trunks after the Hyperbolic Time Chamber Difficulty: 1/10 How to make: I already redid this figure one time before. This time I repainted his skin, eyes, and hair to match my newest one and also to fix his funny looking expression via his eyes. I also shaded the padding on his armor.
Future Trunks from DBZ movie 9, Bojack Unbound Difficulty: 7/10 How to make: This figure was very difficult, mostly because I wanted him articulated. I used a Real Works head that is basically just repainted with a heavily modified neck. The body is a bootleg SS Trunks HSCF figure. It's important you get the SS version, because the regular version is (for whatever reason) a much taller figure. I shaved off the sword and strap and did a lot of fixing to this body, especially to the neck, which I articulated for a nearly useless reason. The jacket was insane. I used Irwin SZF SS Trunks arms and articulated them into the jacket. It was very difficult. Painting this figure was a very long process because Trunks as a character is composed of very unusual colors. Despite owning over 40 colors of paint (estimated) I still had to mix at least two colors together for every single color on this guy! Even the black is mixed to be a darker black because I wanted it to look darker than regular. Overall, this might be the longest time I've spent on a paint job in a long time, simply because of how many colors were involved, and having to go back and repaint things because they were too dark, too blue, too purple, too yellow, etc. I'm very happy with the results and am happy I got to recreate my favorite Trunks scene: him getting his teeth knocked in by Tien!
Mr. Satan (Hercule) without Championship belt Difficulty: 3/10 How to make: I ended up with a Mr. Satan that was missing his Championship belt in a lot I purchased. I figured I might as well have a Mr. Satan in my Cell Saga display AND my Buu Saga display, so I decided to sculpt a belt and the missing portions of his robe. I used a portion of the belt off IF Labs Goku (DB version that comes with Boss Rabbit) and sculpted the rest. This was supposed to be a quickie custom, so I didn't go through a huge amount of effort. I originally planned on just matching the Irwin brown color, but one of the browns I mixed in with the other colors wasn't a very saturated/vibrant color so my mixture ended up a lot duller. Ended up having to repaint the entire sleeves and such. I forgot to go back and add a dark brown shadow just above and below the belt, but it looks good enough. I redid the eyes a light blue with black dot. I did the same to my other Mr. Satan which had darker blue eyes previously, so they'd match. Overall, very happy. However, which figure goes where? Which saga should have the one with the championship belt? Which saga should have the white belt?
Buu Saga Krillin Difficulty: 7/10 How to make: I wouldn't say this was complicated, but it was time consuming to do it properly. I started with a bald CP Krillin head, an Irwin body, Jakks SS3 Gotenks legs, and bootleg HSCF Goku-Ginyu arms. I chose those arms because they were a little bit smaller in scale (and were just about the only smaller arms I have) and I chose those legs because it shortened him a lot. The shoes are from I think a BK balancing Krillin as I didn't have Gotenks' feet for some reason. I sculpted the hair entirely from apoxie sculpt using the Irwin head as visual reference. I sculpted the neck and cut the Irwin one off because it was too big around, I then articulated it. The legs pretty much fit and didn't require engineering I don't think. I sculpted the bottom of the pants and the shoe laces, along with the sole of the shoes since they didn't fit flush with the ground. It wasn't a hard custom, but it was time consuming. For example, the last night I worked on it, it took 4.5 hours to paint 5 coats of paint on the pants, shoes, and the white accents. The only thing I didn't paint was the shirt since it was mint, though I did paint the underside of the sleeves.
Chaozu from Cell or Saiyan Saga Difficulty: 7/10 How to make: I am making a whole bunch of new Chaozus eventually for my collection, and this one was the first to be finished and how he appeared from Saiyan to Cell Saga. I used the body from the HSCF bootleg Chaozu, arms from a DWC Goku of some type I think, the head from a CP Krillin, and to be honest, he was quite a lot of work for such a little figure to get it to look right. Painting Chaozu figures is always difficult and this was no exception. The eyes are always a problem, and this was so difficult. I articulated the head, but not the arms. He looks basically exactly like he does in the famous group shot from the opening animation for DBZ episodes. I can practically hear "Rock the Dragon, Rock the Dragon, Dragon Ball Z! EEEEEYAAAAAAAAH!" just looking at him. I don't have enough of my Cell Saga characters done yet, so I decided to just take a group shot of who was left after Yamcha was killed by the Saibaman. Looks like I need to start finishing some of my Yamchas and Tiens soon.
Gee, having a Tien here that I only halfway customized sure makes Tien look like crap! Curse Jakks and their lifeless dyed plastic and inaccurate lazyness!
At least I have one good Tien
Tim wanted to see how my SS Goku from Buu Saga compared to some of my other Buu Saga customs and production figures and I went ahead and took pics of it with some of my other Gokus and then all of my Gokus. Enjoy.
I spent a couple of hours today (yeah, a "couple" haha) picking out all of my customs I've made since I started customizing again. I forgot to include at least three figures in the big group pic (Saiyan Saga Tien, Cell Games Saga Tien, and Perfect Cell), forgot to include Saiyan Saga Tien in the Saiyan Saga group pic, and all of the pics are also missing every custom I've made by commission and/or sold. I know I've sold at least two to Cap and one to DG. Not sure about any others.
Sabretooth Cat Difficulty: 3/10 How to make: I bought a tiger at a dollar store. He came with a much smaller lion, and some sort of tree that didn't scale well with either of them lol. Pretty awesome deal though. I liked him because his fur texture wasn't very textured, so he had a little bit of an anime look to him rather than realistic, which is good. I spray painted him white with plastic paint to make repainting him easier and fill the texture in even more. Then I did a couple coats of goldenrod paint, decided I should actually sculpt his details, so I did. Although it isn't evident necessarily in the comparison pic, I lengthened the snout a lot and did not reuse the teeth or anything from the original figure. Anyway, I decided he needed longer claws and toes, which was actually kind of difficult, but I sculpted those too. He had some small external seams from being cast from a mold, so I cut those off, and the seams that were like valleys around his neck, I filled in and sculpted more fur over. He was a pretty easy custom.
DB Goku Difficulty: 1/10 How to make: I have never liked the head Jakks put on the body, and I had an extra DWC Goku bootleg, so as soon as this Goku came in the mail, I took his head off, and went through the process to get the DWC one on. Basically, just had to drill it out. I put my extra IF Labs power pole on his back. I didn't feel like trimming the pegs off of the rope. He looks kind of like a WIP, but my DB collection's quality isn't as important to me as my DBZ collection's. I'm happy with him as-is and I'm happy with only spending 15 minutes on him. Maybe someday I'll paint him and refine him, but that day is not today.
The Oolong is a figure I will have to actually custom make--I'll probably remove his hat and make him into his more typical outfit. The Yamcha is my lesser quality Jakks/Giant Ape one because I didn't want to take the IF Labs one out of his Wolf Fang Fist pose for a quick picture. The Lunch is also my lesser quality Lunch figure that I'll eventually make into the brunette version. Not all of my DB figures are pictured because I couldn't fit them on the table, or they are not a similar scale. The collection is looking rather complete.
Also, this is an older custom, but I just received two unmodified figures so I can provide a comparison shot.
Last Edit: Sept 30, 2013 12:07:30 GMT -6 by Branjita
Saiyan Saga Toddler Gohan Difficulty: 8/10 (as far as single color paint jobs go) How to make: I've done so much to get this custom to work that it's ridiculous lol. Let me just make the story short. The head is a bootleg chara puchi one I repainted; the other head is a bootleg Goku CP that I sculpted new hair onto. I made the heads fit the Jakks body, touched up the red lines on the body as well as making the symbol thicker, and minor touchups on the rest. Not a fun custom, but I love the results!
Lunch/Launch (brunette blue haired version) Difficulty: 3/10 How to make: I used the Jakks/Giant Ape version of Lunch, which was a good/lucky thing, because the hair is rubbery. The original IF Labs release (like my blonde one in the pics) has hard plastic hair. Overall, the IF Labs releases are always, always, always better painted (just an FYI for collectors). The head is from a World Collectible Figure (I guess? It's that style at least) of the character Nami from One Piece. I had to sculpt the back of the head and do a lot of sanding and engineering to get the hair to fit on it. I'm sure it was considerably less work than if I used IF Labs stiff hair. I did a pretty good job; no glue necessary on that. Other than the head/hair, just a lot of gluing, sanding, drilling, and repainting. I did have to sculpt a replacement index finger on her right hand. I never noticed it was missing. That's what happens when you buy your figures used lol. So all of the paint work was on the hair, eyes, a little bit of skin, the ribbon, touchups on her gloves where paint was missing, the new finger, and I repainted her entire top because I couldn't match the dull color of the original paint. That's one thing that's hard to do with Delta Ceramcoat paint: dull colors. I've never figured out how to do that, as every color they make, even their khaki/sandstone color is really vibrant and saturated. Good thing I'm making cartoon/anime characters huh?
Boss Rabbit Difficulty: 5/10 How to make: I started with a DWC Boss Rabbit bootleg figure. I extended his legs and sculpted bigger feet. Then I repainted the entire thing, which wasn't very easy. I covered up the original logos on his shirt to make my repaint smoother looking, and then I got on the computer and designed the logos and printed them. They were time consuming to cut out. I then sculpted a carrot for him to hold. Overall I love how he turned out but he was a lot more work than I was expecting for what was supposed to be a quick custom.
Krillin in armor from Namek Saga Difficulty: 9/10 How to make: This figure ended up basically just as time consuming and difficult as my Burter figure. I made him from scrap. A Burger King Krillin head, Namek Saga Jakks Vegeta torso and upper arms, Frieza form 4 forearms and hands, legs from a Turles bootleg, boots from Jakks Namek Saga Vegeta, shoulder pads that were I think Jakks Captain Ginyu's hip armor. Tons of sculpting. Tons of engineering to get the articulation to not remove paint. Tons of hours. Tons of hours painting... so much work!
I'm finally done with Krillin! I never have to make another DBZ Krillin ever again! Hooray!