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TSCC: Custom Action Figures PART 1

Being a former seller and collector of action figures, I've decided to make a set of custom Sarah Connor Chronicles action figures from 3 3/4" GI Joes. Joes have always been my favorite and they're the easiest to customize since you can take them all apart and swap pieces around (not to mention I have lots of them). But as great as Joes are, there are still some obstacles. Not all pieces are interchangeable and there aren't many female parts to work with. I think it's going to be a fun challenge, though.

I'm making a set of 7 figures: Sarah, John, Cameron, Derek, Ellison, Charley, Cromartie

The huge task of sifting through hundreds of parts to select what I need is now done. Well, never say done until you actually start painting, but I think I'm done. Anyway, here's what I've assembled. Yeah, I know they don't look like much, but you'll just have to trust that I have a vision. And there's plenty more work to be done before these figures will be ready for painting.

Right now, I have issues with heads not fitting torsos on a few figures, which is a problem of mixing parts from the first 2 years of Joes with others (they changed the necks). I'll fix that by adding polymer clay to the base of John's and Charley's necks, and by grinding away some of Sarah's neck. You might also notice Cameron basically has no hair. I'll have to mold that (and if it works well, I might do Sarah's too since I'm not all that thrilled with what I've got now). I also need to cut/grind off some stuff from various parts.

As awesome as GI Joes are for customizing, the pitfall is that the body parts are generally loaded with weapons and gadgets that would look stupid for the characters. That's why Ellison, Charley and Cromartie ended up with the exact same lower bodies (choices are even more limited when you want shoes instead of boots and those particular legs only fit that particular abdomen) and why Derek and John have the same thighs and Sarah and Cameron have the same thighs.

So there it is - the early stages of making TSCC custom action figures. I've got Dremeling, sculpting and sanding to do next. And no doubt, I'll end up changing some parts during that process. Then I'll finally get to paint! In the end, they'll all look quite different than this:

So how did this come about? Well it was all due to cisaac's Ellison drabble "Want". In it, he has the line "When he was fifteen, he wanted to be a soldier. He wanted to drive a tank like his brother did. He wanted to be a hero and salute the flag. He would be G.I. Joe. Maybe be like that Roadblock character." And if you read the comments in that post, you'll see how that line snowballed into me doing this ;)

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9 | Part 10: The Unveiling


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Jul. 2nd, 2008 12:54 pm (UTC)
Awesome. Hee Hee. I can't wait to see how this ends up.
Jul. 2nd, 2008 04:06 pm (UTC)
Yeah, me too.

It's been a while since I broke out the Joes and my husband and I were fondly remembering the days of going to flea markets and yard sales every weekend and digging through big tubs of action figures to find the good ones, buying big lots on ebay... ah the good old days. :)
Jul. 2nd, 2008 04:30 pm (UTC)
I think that's awesome. Glad you're having fun with it and getting to remember good times with your hubby.

Keep at it. I can't wait to see how this ends and I hope you get to have a lot of fun doing it.
Jul. 2nd, 2008 01:40 pm (UTC)
Ah ha, you've done it! Visual proof of your obsession for all to see. So, are you using them to act out scenes? Do you make Derek and Sarah KISS? No, really that is awesome, and more than a little crazy, too!
Jul. 2nd, 2008 04:07 pm (UTC)
It really is, isn't it? But no, they're not acting out any scenes... at least not until they actually look like the characers ;)
Jul. 2nd, 2008 03:01 pm (UTC)
Ha! That's neat.
Jul. 2nd, 2008 04:08 pm (UTC)
Hopefully it'll be even neater when they're done.
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Jul. 2nd, 2008 04:12 pm (UTC)
Well you know Sarah and her bad fashion sense ;)
Actually that's Mortal Kombat Sonya Blade's head - it's not like I wanted there to be a headband. I'll be either blend it into the hair with paint or, if my molding of Cameron's hair turns out good, I'll rip Sarah's hair off and make some for her too.
Dec. 1st, 2008 08:42 am (UTC)
Fantastic work on the custom Terminator TSCC figures! I stumbled across your LJ during a late night google search.

You should consider posting shots of these figure at www.figurerealm.com - it's a great community site that hosts archives of custom action figures of any size (mostly the 3 3/4"->6"/8" sizes).

I have a GI Joe sized Terminator Endoskeleton (super articulated) made from a 3 3/4" bootleg Endo and a T3 Arnold (in both 3 3/4" and 6"). I'm be posting shots on my deviantart account in a few days.

Really cool WiP shots you have here too. Keep up the good work. :)

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