This is the topic where I post my finished custom figures. This topic was formerly known as Bringing Branjita's customs back from the dead.
The first few parts of this topic are copy and pasted from a topic I started in 2008 on old DBT.
I'm going to be taking my old custom figures and restoring them if necessary; lots of these customs are brand new though. Some need paint, some need repairs, and some just need to be completely redone. Keep in mind, that in some of these cases, my pictures are going to show figures about 800000 times their real size, so there are going to be things you'll see that you'd never see on the real figure.
I'm also going to be giving difficulty ratings from 1 to 10, for if any of you decide you want to recreate one of my customs. The difficulty isn't related to what I am having to do to restore the custom, it's related to the original work to create it. Only the most insanely difficult and time consuming will be rated a 10/10.
I'm going to give short recipes for each of them as well.
Let's start with what I did today... really easy repairs since I'm not used to painting anymore.
Bubbles Difficulty: 2/10 How to make: Take Irwin Bubbles (comes with King Kai), separate tail from body carefully with knife, sculpt a little, sand his back, and repaint entire figure. What I had to do to restore it: Just needed some paint touchup.
Bulma Difficulty: 1/10 How to make: Irwin Series 1 Bulma never came with eyelashes, and thus looks really weird compared to the other girls. Her eyes are also somewhat poorly painted around the edges if you look real close, so this helps fill the gap. Use a small brush and black acrylic paint and do eyeliner and mascara. Use a wooden toothpick to rub out mistakes like an eraser. What I had to do to restore it: The old eyelashes were FAR too thick. I also added an eyebrow between the strands of her hair since there was room. That was a little hard to do.
Frieza Form 4 (my second one) Difficulty: 9/10 How to make: Use Irwin Majin Vegeta body and Burger King Frieza forearms, tail, and lower legs. Sculpt head from scratch. Lots of sculpting involved. What I had to do to restore it: Absolutely nothing, this one is one of very few that has not been damaged over the years.
Brangeta--the self portrait Difficulty: 7/10--it's hard to make something that looks similar to you. How to make: Skinny Gohan parts, clear vinyl for a shirt, and a whole ton of sculpting on the face. What I had to do to restore it: Nothing--the base kept him from falling over all these years.
End of DBZ Goku Difficulty: 5/10 How to make: Goku parts with damage repaired, and a very time consuming hollowing out of Angel Goku's head to work with the part joint. Very, very time consuming, but not extremely hard. Very little actual sculpting is involved. What I had to do to restore it: Nothing--he's rock solid.
Vegeta after Recoome trashed him Difficulty: 7/10 How to make: SBC Vegeta parts, and believe it or not, but I didn't use clay on this custom. I experimented and used Wildberry Starburst candy (I hate that flavor) and used it to sculpt with. It didn't hold the sculpt as well as clay, but it's actually survived very well. Anyway, the difficulty rating on this one is rather high just because of the blood and scrapes. If you want to make it out of Starburst or Tootsie Rolls, give it a try. They're kind of sticky at first though, and don't accept paint without primer. What I had to do to restore it: Nothing.
Chaozu Difficulty: 7/10 How to make: Use AB Goten, sculpt head and other stuff. The relatively high difficulty rating is due to how difficult it is to 1) sculpt his head since it is so round and 2) how difficult it is to paint his eyes and red cheeks--you'll screw up at least 5 times on both. What I had to do to restore it: I sanded the head down along with some other areas and resculpted the ears and back of the head. It wasn't apparent to me when unpainted, but I didn't correct every problem.
Dende Difficulty: 2/10 How to make: Use Irwin Dende, cut antennas off, position them properly, repaint forehead as needed. This would be a 1/10 if not for the difficulty of color matching the green. If you don't color match, it'll be obvious you used glue to reglue the antennas. What I had to do to restore it: Nothing, he's still great.
Janemba Difficulty: *10/10* How to make: Use X-men/X-force Quicksilver figure from the 90s, use Puipui's horns from his back on his head, use BEA Piccolo's head and remove all facial details. Spend about 30 hours hand sculpting EVERYTHING from scratch. Spend another 10 hours painting with highlights and lowlights. What I had to do to restore it: Spent about 2 hours resculpting his face, and another 8 hours repainting him entirely. I created and painted the sword in about 4 hours. This is my favorite figure.
Android 18 Difficulty: 1/10 How to make: Paint eyeliner and lashes onto Irwin's Android 18. Use a small brush and use a toothpick to erase mistakes by rubbing the paint off. What I had to do to restore it: Not much, I just fixed the lashes a little more. They aren't perfect, but are good enough.
Android 17 Difficulty: 1/10 How to make: Paint eyeliner onto Irwin's Android 17. Use a small brush and use a toothpick to erase mistakes by rubbing the paint off. What I had to do to restore it: Nothing.
Chaozu--my first one Difficulty: 4/10 How to make: Start with some little unknown 1980s or 1990s figure from some obscure line, cover it in sculpey and start sculpting. This isn't a very good custom in my opinion, but is my 4th, unless you count a terrible SS2 Gohan as my first custom, in which case, he's my 5th. (I consider Zarbon as my 1st, Yamcha as 2nd, Yardrat Goku as 3rd, Chaozu as 4th). What I had to do to restore it: Nothing, it'd be a waste of time to refine this any further because it'd be a completely different figure once I got done with it.
Krillin--Irwin version Difficulty: 1/10 How to make: I never liked the way Irwin's series 3 Krillin's eyes were, and I decided to modify a bit more. First you repaint all the skin, and the eyes a lighter shade of tan. Then you dry brush darker pink details on the skin. Repaint the eyebrows, relocate eyes to be glaring from an angle, and repaint the arm bands. What I had to do to restore it: Redid everything I said above. It was time for a refreshening because he didn't have many layers of paint on him previously.
Shenlong Difficulty: 2/10 How to make: Get a bootleg 7 inch tall Shenlong/Shenron off ebay from Hong Kong. I recommend thoroughly washing the figure with soap since it is a bootleg and likely has unsafe plastics and paints... It comes with dragonballs, so sand the rough edges off these, and glue them on. Cut off chin whiskers and glue them on the nose. Take an old hand towel, and cut the edging off. Cut the edging to make into frills, glue them on. Cover frills with a generous coat of plastic cement (non-toxic Testors brand) and wait a day for it to dry. Repaint areas that need it and to your preference. What I had to do to restore it: This figure is a brand new custom, so no restoration required.
King Kai Difficulty: 1/10 How to make: Irwin King Kai came with his antennas on wrong, and it's not extremely hard to fix. Just cut them off at the base, glue them properly, and repaint the entire hat. What I had to do to restore it: Nothing, I made this custom recently, so it is new.
Puar Difficulty: 4/10 How to make: Cut Irwin Series 10 Puar's tail off and glue on in new "floating" position since she was almost always floating in the air. Then repaint entire figure for about 4 hours and you're done. The figure is fairly complicated to repaint because it's hard to hold onto. What I had to do to restore it: This custom is brand new.
Jeice Difficulty: 3/10 How to make: Boil and pop Jeice's hair off his head. Repaint his throat and neck to black to be accurate to the anime. Repaint his skin red with darker red shadows. Repaint eyes and eyebrows. Repaint shoulder pads and other armor the proper color of golden brown. Add detail to scouter. Heat his hair up in some water that has been microwaved close to boiling for a minute or more. Carefully pop his hair back on. Put a paint brush or permanent marker between his hair and his lower back, and put the figure in the refrigerator--this will add space between his back and hair so his head can move a little more. The refrigerator will cool the plastic, and it will hold its new form. What I had to do to restore it: This custom is brand new.
Burter Difficulty: 7/10 How to make: Repaint areas of black on Burter if necessary. Repaint armor padding the proper shade of golden brown (don't forget the boot tips if you like his boots like that). Repaint all skin with a lighter blue and dry brush with a darker blue, then a lighter blue, and so on (I did 7 coats). Repaint eyes magenta with several coats of paint. Repaint head patch yellow. Repaint his teeth at least 8 times from accidentally getting blue on them. Repaint ALL white lines (a mind numbingly slow process that is very difficult). Add detail to scouter. This is a really difficult and time consuming repaint, especially if you don't boil and pop Burter to remove his arms. I would not want to do another one, but I love the results! What I had to do to restore it: This custom is brand new.
Dodoria Difficulty: 10/10 How to make: Use a headless Toybiz Generation X Jubilee figure. Cover with about $10 in sculpey or more durable clay and pray that it doesn't crack! Use the teeth from a hair comb for the spikes. What I had to do to restore it: He... is in bad shape... and will have to be completely redone. I'm posting these for nostalgic reasons before I redo him.
Frieza Form 4--My First One Difficulty: 9/10 How to make: Take the head off of a Majin Vegeta and sculpt the head from scratch. Use the tail from Bandai SBC Frieza if you wish. What I had to do to restore it: He... will have to be completely redone likely. I don't like all of the sculpting I did, he needs to be sanded, and the paint colors are all wrong. I'm posting these for nostalgic reasons before I redo him. The head on this one is pretty nice in my opinion, and is what I failed to cast properly for the second one. I like the head on this one better, but nothing else as much as the second one.