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Re: That Tomato guy's Thread
« Reply #90 on: September 16, 2016, 06:49:29 PM »


So I would have had actual photos for ya'll, but I had a string of bad luck this morning, so I had to leave without taking any. In the meintime, thought I'd post an example of my raging OCD... Basically, to prevent myself from going overkill and just never stopping, I have to chart out my collections pretty heavily to establish limits to my raging insanity.

I may have posted this chart before, but eagle eyed people might notice I swapped out Agent Venom for Space Venom... Mostly because I was buying the whole SV wave anyway and it didn't make sense to then buy a separate version of the same character.

In other news, I've already started painting Black suit USM, right now I've just gotta rework the head and add the chest symbol. I'm kind of annoyed that I ran out of time to take a quick photo, it looks so good already.

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Re: That Tomato guy's Thread
« Reply #91 on: September 17, 2016, 02:09:04 AM »


Need to set up my shelf for the current group shot, but here's USM as he currently stands. I'm waiting for the the sculpt to finish so I can sand down the eyes and finish painting the head, plus do some quick touch ups to the paint job, but I think he's coming along fairly nicely.

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Re: That Tomato guy's Thread
« Reply #92 on: September 17, 2016, 08:55:25 PM »


Much better photo this time, not with the mask as well. I'm actually still doing touch ups there (mostly just cleaning up edges) but he's mostly done, at least until I get the logo decals.

I'm gonna finish up a few minor things and then set up the shelf again, try to take a shot of the full collection

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Re: That Tomato guy's Thread
« Reply #93 on: September 17, 2016, 10:27:38 PM »


So right after taking a whole bunch of photos of the shelf, my ipad dinged, letting me know the packages containing Hammerhead and Kraven the Hunter were delivered. So I was like "welp, so much for those photos" and ran down to go pick those up before the PO closed for the day. The successive batch of photos was not great, especially since the lamp is just to the left of the frame, but... eh.

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Re: That Tomato guy's Thread
« Reply #94 on: September 17, 2016, 11:39:21 PM »
That is one impressive collection of spider-characters.

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Re: That Tomato guy's Thread
« Reply #95 on: October 11, 2016, 02:07:02 AM »
So after torturing myself over some of the recent (and not so recent) reveals, I finally broke down and restructured my list so as to incorporate some of the characters I had/wanted to add.

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And an update to the shelf:



Yes, that is an unfinished Ricochet and a headless ML8 Green Goblin. The former will need some new pieces, and the latter's head will be stuck on a Spectacular Spider-Man body spliced with GG/Hobgoblin pieces for a Harry Osborn custom (I wanted the ML8 Goblin head since that's far closer to the classic art than the more modern Sandman wave GG). Electro is handless because I'm giving him some spare hands because the lightning ones weren't great.

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Re: That Tomato guy's Thread
« Reply #96 on: December 10, 2016, 11:09:28 PM »
So today I got some new additions to my MCU shelf, and since I was taking new photos of some of my old collections anyway (recently joined a forum for DBZ figures), I snapped some pics.





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Re: That Tomato guy's Thread
« Reply #97 on: December 11, 2016, 12:43:55 AM »
This is cute.
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Re: That Tomato guy's Thread
« Reply #98 on: May 07, 2017, 01:59:38 AM »
So I've been around a little bit less lately, partly due to me having the attention span of a gnat, but also because I've recently moved from an ok apartment with not a ton of space, to renting a house with 3 of my best friends. And unlike the apartment, which didn't REALLY have a ton of space for me to put my displays, we've got a bit more legroom as far as "hey, here's the top of a bookshelf I can put these figures on." Since today is my first "day off" (not really, but it was a half day) where I wasn't moving furniture up stairs and all that, I've had a bit of time to set some stuff up today, and took some photos.

Before I go into that though, question for other collectors out there: A few of the friends who will be moving down have pets, a dog and a cat. I'm not really worried about the cat knocking them off directly (the more valuable displays with customs are mostly in my room, anything downstairs can and has taken a few tumbles). That being said, there are always going to be issues with figures falling due to a bookshelf being knocked, and I'm trying to think of ways to, for lack of a better explanation, glue their feet to the shelf without actually gluing them down.

Anyway, to photos. We'll start with...

Titans
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So this one's been through some iterations. I did finally unpack Tempest (he was made by loosecollector over a year ago, but I never unpacked him because when I got him I was moving from Maryland to Nevada, and then had no real space for displays). As for the Teeny Titans (they have a real name, but I'm not looking it up atm) I went through a few iterations of them and I'm still not entirely happy with the results. I got some of the Bandai figures from the original Teen Titans show, but those were kinda blah, they never really looked like the show, and making customs to fill in the gaps wasn't really appealing. Briefly got a few of the Jazwarez figures (which is where the Tower comes from btw) but... while I will credit them being show accurate, those were some cheaply put together toys. I bought a few larger ones for my brother (who LOVED Go) and Raven pretty much exploded right out of the box. Plus, the writing was pretty much on the wall that Mattel was taking that line away from pretty early on.

The reason I'm relatively ok with this line (which is Mattel's) is that, A. I got really into the Teeny Titans mobile game (it's good. worth the 4 bucks or whatever) and B. They're basically glorified lego men. If this line dies, customs are stupidly simple.

JLA/CSA
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So this collection used to be a bit larger, but due to some issues (A few of the N52 league figures broke during one of the moves, and the DCEU ones... just... meh) but in a way it's also been distilled down into my favorite iterations of the two groups. Also, I've got this one set up on the shelf in my closet, which has a sliding door where you can only see one half of the closet or the other at a time: Nightmare for photos, but it's also like... I open one side, Justice League. Other side: CSA/Justice Lords.

Dragonball
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So between getting the androids and the re-release of Cell I've mostly filled in the gaps with what's actually been released that I want. I have my WIP custom Gohan still packed up, haven't bothered to get him out since he still has no head to speak of atm. I'm eventually planning on making the second Cell (the Figure Rise one) into a custom Final Form King Cold, but I'm not there yet.

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Apologies on the cruddy quality of the photo, but getting a good shot with my ipad was kinda awkward. This one's had a few changes, partly due to the space I'm using for it, but also because of current and upcoming characters and figures.

First, I removed Giant Man and Wasp. I love them, I wish OC Janet and Hank were included, but the comic costumes just don't quite fit alongside the MCU counterparts. I'm kinda waiting to see what happens with Antman and Wasp though, since Wasp will be in that film, and I've been toying with how to include Hank. Second, I picked up some GotG figures finally... I know I know, but unlike the other MCU films, I don't have any attachment to the characters outside of the film. Third, I left a space open for the Netflix figures coming... whenever they're coming. I also currently have my Andrew Garfield Spider-Man chilling in the back of Team Iron Man until I bother to pick up the new SM figure.

Edit: Also, before I forget, I DO have a special space that's already home for the FR figures. I'm just not sure where one or two are at the moment (bubble wrap: Great for keeping figures safe during moves, not so great trying to find them amongst other bubble wrapped things.) so I'm waiting to take the photo until they're out.
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Re: That Tomato guy's Thread
« Reply #99 on: May 07, 2017, 02:19:34 AM »
...and yet you still don't have a DJ, MikeB7, Gdaybloke, Beyonder, or MJB figure...hmph..no love for the originals...
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Re: That Tomato guy's Thread
« Reply #100 on: May 07, 2017, 02:57:00 AM »
Sweet collection. I was actually really close to picking up some GotG figures today.
Is that Piccolo posable? If it is I'm really impressed to see a figure that can cross it's arms like that.
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Re: That Tomato guy's Thread
« Reply #101 on: May 07, 2017, 03:02:52 AM »
What they do with the figuarts figures (which is where that figure comes from) they're made for collectors, so they have swappable faces, arms, hands, etc. For the crossed arms, they're actually molded that way as a separate attachable piece, because there's realistically no way to do it otherwise with hard plastic.

That said, there are apparently Dragonball figures that have flexing biceps now. So that's a thing.

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Re: That Tomato guy's Thread
« Reply #102 on: May 25, 2017, 04:57:06 PM »
Envy. I used to have so many (think I mentioned I worked at a toy store) but really loved the Spidey stuff. The design just lends itself to figures so well. My favorite line was probably Along Came A Spider followed by Planet Of The Symbiotes. I also love the Deep Sea Venom for some reason.

Speaking of I've been extracting models from Spider-man Unlimited and uploading them to my Deviantart account all week. Should have almost everything up by the months end short a few that came out broken. Spider-Ma'am was the first I did as I thought I recalled you asking about that one.

Envy your Mario stuff too. I've had a desire to buy a lot of the small plush World Of Nintendo ones. Sort of waiting for them to go down a buck or two. I have the Toad in Catsuit one though, he hangs out on my bed with with my Harley Quinn plushy lol.

Oh and last, was just looking at these online last night. Whoo, don't have the $$$ but I so WANT!...
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« Reply #103 on: September 04, 2017, 09:37:47 PM »
So last week I went out and got a display shelf specifically for my Spider-Man figures... figured I'd show updates to that one off here.



Larger pics of the individual cubbies are up here, but I also want to show off the newly completed addition to the shelf, which has been a labor of love for me for awhile now.



So I've talked a bit about this before, but I'm a bit more of a fan of Harry Osborn as the Green Goblin than I am of Norman in the role. While Harry had died by the time I was 4 years old, I grew up on my dad's back issues, and I loved the complicated history between Harry, Liz, Mark, Peter, and MJ. Harry's confrontations with Peter just seemed much more... personal than they ever were with Norman, especially since... well, let's face it, aside from the secret identity thing, Norman really had nothing to do with Peter's life outside of his dealings with Harry. Harry ALSO knew Peter's secret identity, but there was also personal torment because he was also Peter's friend. And they've TRIED to do some weird father-son dynamic with Norman and Peter since his resurrection... but to me, it just wasn't as strong as what we'd gotten with Harry.

So if I was gonna do a large scale Spider-Man shelf, having a Harry Osborn was a must. But rather than do the cliche "Here's a second Green Goblin figure, and I shall name it Harry" thing, I wanted to have a Harry that was visually distinct from his father. To accomplish that goal, I took the head from the original ML Green Goblin, and trimmed the ears down so they'd be more in line with the smaller ears used on Harry's mask. I then used a Scarlet Spider body to give him the same lean body type as Peter to distinguish him from the future Green Goblin figure that was inevitable as soon as Hobgoblin came out. The result is a Goblin figure that is distinctly Harry Osborn.

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Re: That Tomato guy's Thread
« Reply #104 on: August 27, 2018, 09:51:18 PM »
So I recently finished a few customs, thought I'd post them here.

Enforcers:


About freaking time. Been working on these guys off and on for two years now. For those who don't remember, these are VERY loosely based on the Enforcers of the Spectacular Spider-Man cartoon... With outfits that don't annoy me.

Agent Antivenom


This was something I decided to do more or less on a whim (hey, what if instead of having Brock venom, Brock Antivenom, and Flash Venom, I just do Brock Venom and Flash Antivenom. Shouldn't be too hard right?) and spiraled out of control. I'm happy with the result though.

Next to him is a modified Toxin... Not much to say there, the figure was meh but the original head was just derpy looking, so I repainted the Brock Antivenom head and it looks much better.
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Re: That Tomato guy's Thread
« Reply #105 on: August 27, 2018, 11:43:36 PM »
...and still no DJ figure...
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Re: That Tomato guy's Thread
« Reply #106 on: December 02, 2018, 05:27:14 AM »
I've already told you DJ, my figure shelves get dirty enough without adding in a pile of decaying goop.
Though real talk I did spend some time a few months ago trying to find your avatar skin and I might legit have a decent base figure for a custom based on what I remember of it, but I never did find a DL and even if you sent it RN I couldn't guarantee I'd do it right away given what I'm about to talk about, but I would like to at some point if you want to send me a PM.

Anyway, so as of this afternoon's completion of a Scorpion custom, I'm about 88% done with my Spiderman collection (which I will post later, decided to take new photos and have to edit them all). It's... actually kind of surreal for me, since I usually don't achieve collection goals and in fact have been scaling back most of them for awhile now to make them more obtainable. Granted, some just don't have an end (the MCU shelf will continue evolving as the MCU does, for example) but it's nice to, FOR ONCE, finish a collection I planned out. It makes my OCD happy.

That said... I was hoping to discuss a few gaps I still have in the collection, since I'm super wishy washy on their inclusion. I'm currently missing 6 figures... 1 Amazing (aka good Spider-men), 1 Symbiote, 1 Superior (the darker characters like Kaine, Superior SM, and Noir) and 3 Spider-Women*. I'm pretty dead set on the Amazing and Spider-Woman characters I have planned, but the Symbiote and Superior sets... I'm not so sure. I have some characters listed that I MIGHT still resort to, but I'm not positive.

Superior- Up until a few months ago I wasn't really that fond of my options, and when I was compiling the list for the shelf I even went so far as to move over Ultimate Jessica Drew from the Ladies shelf to pad it out (and also to have as many spider-ladies as possible). With Spider-Geddon though... I dunno. I like the Spider-Osborn character introduced even if I cringe back from the idea of customizing him (though there are tutorials on the net for a six arm Spider-man I could potentially adapt) but Assassin Spider-man was one of Octavius' inner circle in 'verse and I'm reluctant to remove him even if he does have kind of a boring outfit. I honestly may just wait and see on this one, since I expect we might get one of them in a future wave and 'Geddon is still ongoing.

Symbiote- ... Hrm.

You would think... with a movie out that I actually marginally enjoyed (not great, but better than I expected) and with the sheer INSANE number of symbiote characters getting figures, that surely SOMEONE would take my interest long enough to get me to purchase a figure, right?

AHAHAHA no.

Thing is, I'm not even that fond of the ones I already have. Venom, Anti-Venom, Scream, and Carnage are all symbiote mainstays, and I've managed to make a decent looking Symbiote Scorpion figure (based on some customs I found online with a similar goal in mind) but Toxin has a bleh design and I only tolerate the released ML figure now that I've replaced his head with a repainted version of Anti-venom one which doesn't have the stupid buck teeth. Other than that, my options are:

Red Goblin- Has a decent figure and the design is at least visually interesting (a problem with 75% of symbiotes tbh), but it's a stupid, gimmicky concept that I've hated since they introduced it. The magic of Norman overcoming the symbiote weaknesses was just stupid, and despite some ok bits the story was marred by a pointless character death, several heel-turning character motivations, and was generally more frustrating than it was worth.

Poison Spider-Man- Why did this need a figure? It doesn't help that he doesn't even have a proper wikia page, being relegated to a "list of poisons" while there's a what if story where Peter re-dons the Venom symbiote and calls himself "Poison" and THAT comes up when doing a google search instead. I literally only know about it BECAUSE it has a figure. Otherwise, it's a boring design that looks like a discount anti-venom, who I already customized. No Thanks.

Riot- Oh Sony, you tried so hard to make me care, but I really, REALLY don't. Riot is a palette swapped Venom without the symbol to give him any personality. And it's not even a GOOD palette swap, since Riot is dark gray to Venom's black... YAWN. He's such a boring loser he didn't even make it into the wave made to coincide with the film where he was the primary antagonist, and I doubt many even noticed.

Lasher- While this one at least isn't technically yet ANOTHER Venom or Carnage variant, and I do technically own it (it was one of the Lizard wave) it's just... boring. The character's yet another of the Life Foundation posse, who all just felt like lame spinoffs even when they were introduced. Scream is the only one to ever really do much in the books, and the Lasher figure is just kinda there. It's a poor repaint of the Spider-man buck, and I already have several better figures on that buck. Plus, Scorpion kinda fills my "green symbiote" quota. FYI, not listing any of the other two LF symbiotes because they're even worse.

Hybrid- So while I'm not fond of the Life Foundation symbiotes separately, of all the options, Hybrid has probably done the most. It's just such a shame that a mix of 4 very different looking symbiotes, none of which are red mind you, resulted in yet ANOTHER Red symbiote in a sea of Black/red symbiotes. At least Hybrid Deadpool kept the colors (though I wouldn't include him because DP can never be in a collection, only photobomb other collections. It's a rule I have), regular hybrid is boring and meh looking.

Mania/Maniac- The problem with both these options is the same: they're a poor man's Venom and share the exact same visuals we've seen with all the Venom incarnations over the years. Mania at least was a kinda decent redesign of the whole She-Venom idea, but the whole curse mark thing was stupid and without Flash there's not much to do with the character. And Maniac... I dunno, I've never actually read the books he's in, but he isn't that interesting visually and what I've read up on him isn't any better.

Scorn- Don't like the character too much, but based on visuals alone I tend to give this one a bit more leniency. I'd like a purple symbiote anyway (it's a color that I don't already have, and it would help break up the mass of black and red I've got going on) and the mix of purple and silver is pretty visually striking. That said, she doesn't really have any sort of consistent look, not even the symbiote "hair" we've seen with Mania and Scream. And, again, the character isn't really interesting and was apparently killed in a story about Symbiote god (or whatever, this is why I get so freaking tired of symbiote stories in comics) so bleh.

And... yeah. There's a glut of meh to awful options for symbiotes, even with the sheer glut of insane options from eye-rolling events like Venomverse. So I dunno.

*As an aside, the fact that we have SP//DR, Red Goblin and Spider-Ham and we STILL don't have Julia Carpenter or one of the SEVERAL Superpowered MJ figures (my preference would be Spinneret from Renew your Vows, but Iron Spider, one of the SEVERAL Spider-woman versions of Peter's outfit, the Carnage one from the USM cartoon... I'd have taken ANY of them) is INSULTING and I'm so salty with Hasbro about that. I'm finally resorting to customs for both, which are at varying stages of completion.
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Re: That Tomato guy's Thread
« Reply #107 on: December 09, 2018, 07:11:38 AM »
Nice Enforcers customs!