Cell Saga Piccolo Difficulty: 2/10 overall How to make: I made this Piccolo from a Piccolo I may have posted somewhere earlier in this topic; a Jakks Piccolo I made replacement antennas for. I didn't paint the head very well and I didn't like it. Well, I had this Chara Puchi Nail bootleg figure I bought months ago and I never used it or had any plans for it, so I figured I better use it. I took the head off, trimmed it with my x-acto, took a lot of the nose off, and sanded a negligible amount of material off the antennas. I planned on fully repainting the body, but since I have already made one badass fully repainted Piccolo and am currently working on a second one, I didn't think I needed to. I matched the green to the rest of the body as best I could (pretty darn close!!!) and repainted the head and neck/chest. After that, I carefully boiled only the legs on the figure, and I reset them into the position I wanted, wedged a fork between his legs to make sure it held, let it cool a bit in the refrigerator, and then ran cold water over the legs to make sure they would stay spread like this permanently. Turned out great.
ANY Saga Piccolo Difficulty: 10/10 How to make: This was a very complicated custom. First, I started with a Bandai Ultimate Figure Series Piccolo. The figure came in great shape, but like many of them, the arms broke at the elbows basically immediately--the forearm plastic tore. So I had to fix that first. These figures are made from a different plastic from Irwin and Jakks figures. Super glue actually works as a permanent or near-permanent fix.
After that I worked on shortening the pegs that hold the legs. The official figure has legs that stick out too much at the hips. I don't have a picture to show this unfortunately. Strangely, the bootleg of the Kai version of this figure seems to have this corrected based on pics. This process was very difficult as the plastic this figure is made from is very hard. To be honest, I don't remember how I even succeeded in doing it; you'd have to look at my WIP topic. I tried repairing the shortened peg with epoxy several times and it never worked. Then I tried super glue and it worked permanently. The first time super glue has EVER been a permanent solution on any figure I've ever customized. Epoxy is usually the answer.
I don't remember the exact order I went through, but I decided the arms were too long at the forearms and I tried cutting them. I made it through one of them by hand, and it was incredibly difficult. I tried doing the other one and ended up using my new dremel with the cutting disk attachment. I used the kienzan/destructo disk to cut the arms at the wrist, and a spot higher up on his forearms so I could remove a chunk and still maintain the hand switching ability. I then used a different dremel tip to basically destroy the heck out of the forearms. They were too wide to simply glue the wrist back onto, plus the forearm sculpt SUCKED! After using that tip of mass destruction, I used a different one to deburr my destuction and smooth everything out. I then sculpted a new skin for these arms.
Sculpting done, I went through the extremely tedious process of painting him. It's convenient that parts of UFS figures are removable, this made painting easier, but not easy. I probably have 40 hours in this paint job. Maybe more.
If you look closely at some of these comparison photos, I think UFS or Jakks copied the mold for the cape as well as the torso and then made their own custom. It's almost like they are identical in some places.
If you can't tell, I am very happy with this figure. I am also very happy it is the last Piccolo I will ever have to paint. I only have three Namekians left to make: Kami, Moori, and Tsuno but they won't be for a long, long time.
Super Saiyan God Goku Difficulty: 3/10 How to make: This is Goku from the 2013 movie Battle for Gods. I started this before very much artwork of Goku in this form was released/leaked, but I am actually very happy with the results. I started with a Jakks series 16 SS Goku body I got from Shiffty. It had a broken neck with missing pieces so I used pink apoxie sculpt to fill in those areas. I stuck the figure in boiling water and repositioned the legs wider and let it cool like that so it would hold the stance. I used an End of DBZ Goku head for the head and sculpted new hair onto it. If you have the figure, you'll notice he had hair sculpted as a part of his forehead. I cut that off and then used my dremel with one of the green deburring tips to basically erase the evidence of hair ever being there. Since Jakks used lifeless fleshtone plastic for the head, I did not have to repaint the skin, which was kind of nice. I drilled the head bigger to fit better on the neck and did the hot glue method for attaching it to the peg I created. The body had imperfections so I touched those up with a close-matching orange color. Then I covered them with clear to make them blend and be durable. I used the fists from a bootleg Real Works Tien figure for the fists. I designed the symbols and printed them.
All in all, I really like how it turned out. I consider this a low effort custom though, as I did not bother to repaint everything, and did not spend weeks working on the hair.
Janemba (Soul of Hyper Figuration) Difficulty: 1/10 How to make: I didn't like how his purple skin was pink looking. I repainted all of the pink purple and accidentally went a bit darker with the shading than I wanted to, but it still looks great. I left all of the production paint job flaws, as I didn't want to repaint the white or red areas. Before I repainted, I should have cut the horns off his head and resculpted them as they are laying back too much. Oh well. At least I now like the figure instead of dislike it.
SS Goku (Buu Saga, Battle Damaged) Difficulty: 3/10 How to make: I bought the original custom figure from Timone, and he did a great job engineering it. To be honest, I'm not sure how much he actually had to do to make this figure. I'm not sure if the arms came on this or not. I assume the head was a #$&%* to get on that enormous neck this torso has. Anyway, I added scratches all over the skin since Jakks didn't do enough, including adding them to the face. I touched up the hair to repair some factory paint chips. I've never liked the sculpt of the shirt, so I simply went over it with some apoxie and then sanded it mostly smooth--I didn't put a lot of effort into the resculpt of the shirt. It turned out better than the original IMO. After that, I repainted the shirt blue entirely. I really like how it turned out. It looks just like SS Goku when he threw the spirit bomb at Kid Buu.
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?