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TSCC: Custom Action Figures - FINISHED!

Here they are at long last... my custom Sarah Connor Chronicles action figures. I've made custom figures from 3 3/4" GI Joes before (which is what these are made from), but never anything this involved and never figures that were supposed to look like existing characters. It was a challenge and a half. But with a pile of GI Joe parts, a box of Super Sculpey, a Dremel Stylus with several grinding bits, lots of sandpaper, some razor blades, my trusty pocket knife, jars of paint, tiny brushes, a magnifying glass, sheer determination, gallons of coffee and a vision, I did it. And I'm really happy with how they turned out.

Special thanks to my husband, who patiently spent night after night alone on the couch watching reruns of Hogan's Heroes while I toiled away in my laboratory. Also to cisaac for inspiring this project with "Want", a short fic about Ellison. And everyone who cheered me along in the process.

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The pride of man, of parents as well, makes us believe that anything we create, we can control. Whether from clay or from metal, it is in the nature of us to make our own monsters. Our children, our alloys, all, built from our own imperfect flesh. We animate them with magic, and never truly know what they will do. - from episode 1.04 "Heavy Metal"



If you'd like to post any of my TSCC action figure photos anywhere, feel free, but please credit me and link back to this post.



I was pretty true to the show with these, so I'll explain where each figure's look comes from:

Sarah and Derek are wearing their clothes from the food court scene in "What He Beheld" (except I made the bit of Sarah's tank showing be black instead of light blue). John's outfit comes from "Gnothi Seauton" (except I made his long sleeves black instead of white). Oh and you'll notice there are 2 different heads for John — one with emo hair and one with short hair. I'm partial to the silly long hair for the action figure. Cameron's got on a bit of a mixture. Her upper half comes from "Queen's Gambit" (when she says "I call 9mm") and lower half from the end of "What He Beheld". Charley is in his EMT uniform from "Dungeons and Dragons". Ellison and Cromartie are dressed for the massacre in "What He Beheld". I guess I really liked the wardrobe from "What He Beheld".

I did take a few liberties with Cromartie because I found an abdomen piece with a fun longhorn steer belt buckle. Since he had on a western style shirt, I allowed myself some embellishment with that belt and the boots. And how could I put him in the "man in black" clothes without inflicting damage from the shootout? I couldn't, so I drilled some bullet wounds in him to match the scene. I also happened to have a GI Joe arm that looks suspiciously like an endoskeleton arm, so I took an extra picture with Cromartie sporting that as well.

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If you want to see know how I made these, you can backtrack through the whole process here:
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9 | Part 10 | Package Design
3 more characters made into action figures | Cameron gets a hair cut

Or take a cruise through my gallery of images from all the work on this project.



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spectralbovine
Aug. 8th, 2008 06:57 am (UTC)
Holy crap! I was away for most of the intermediary steps, so the last I saw, they didn't really look anything like the characters. But now they look so cool!! Well done, miss.
roxybisquaint
Aug. 8th, 2008 05:22 pm (UTC)
They came a long way from where they started, didn't they?
Thanks :)
ageless_aislynn
Aug. 8th, 2008 07:56 am (UTC)
*wild golf clapping* Those are seriously awesome! Amazing, fantastic, just downright brilliant work! ♥!
roxybisquaint
Aug. 8th, 2008 05:23 pm (UTC)
*takes bow* Thank you very much.
melaka
Aug. 8th, 2008 08:05 am (UTC)
That is just awesome! :-D Love them.
roxybisquaint
Aug. 8th, 2008 05:24 pm (UTC)
That's what it's all about. Thanks.
serrico
Aug. 8th, 2008 08:17 am (UTC)
I am in awe. Those are *excellent*! I'm particularly fond of Cromartie; something about the body--the posture?--just looks *so* *him*. (And John's emo hair is EMO. HEE.)

Seriously. Awe. *awe*
cisaac
Aug. 8th, 2008 11:14 am (UTC)
O.
M.
G.

Those are so freaking awesome. I want my own set from Hasbro! They should totally, totally use those as masters and mass produce them. Those would be a hell of a lot of fun.

Personally, I'd have to say after all that work Sarah turned out to be my favorite of the lot. She looks perfect (even looks like Lena a bit).

Those are great and I am still in awe of what one line in a short fic brought about. You're crazy, but that was awesome.

Now, to get pictures of each cast member holding your Joe and the nerdgasm will be complete. ;)

EDIT: Hmmm. Didn't mean to make this a reply to another comment.... oh well! Ooops!

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sabaceanbabe
Aug. 8th, 2008 11:10 am (UTC)
OMG! These are AWESOME!
roxybisquaint
Aug. 8th, 2008 05:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks. They were fun to make - exhausting and difficult and a lot of fun.
smacky_ff
Aug. 8th, 2008 12:16 pm (UTC)
wow...awesome! I coul be a kid again, just in order to play with those... Or not!
cute.

roxybisquaint
Aug. 8th, 2008 05:34 pm (UTC)
Thanks. But who says you have to be a kid to play with action figures? ;)
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the_narration
Aug. 8th, 2008 01:07 pm (UTC)
Wow. These turned out totally awesome. Your long nights of toil were not in vain!
roxybisquaint
Aug. 8th, 2008 05:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you. Long nights of toil is exactly what it took to get these done. I loved every frustrating minute of it though :)

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nanewt011
Aug. 8th, 2008 01:26 pm (UTC)
They look great! I love all the details, from the stubble on Dereks' face to the wounds on Cromartie, they look ready to rumble.
roxybisquaint
Aug. 8th, 2008 05:37 pm (UTC)
I'm sure there will be a rumble at some point. With action figures, a camera and PhotoShop, I intend to have some fun!
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omega_ii
Aug. 8th, 2008 01:36 pm (UTC)
If only GI Joes came in better sizes, those would be perfect. Do they make 12" female ones?
roxybisquaint
Aug. 8th, 2008 05:40 pm (UTC)
Well there are 12" GI Joes, but I've always loved the 3 3/4" Joes. They're so fun.
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roxybisquaint
Aug. 8th, 2008 05:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you :) Mad skillz, dude. Mad freakin' skillz.
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trystanknight
Aug. 8th, 2008 08:44 pm (UTC)
My *GOD* this is fantastic. *bows before you*

I am truly amazed. You should ask around about getting a job doing stuff similar to this.
roxybisquaint
Aug. 8th, 2008 09:59 pm (UTC)
Maybe I should get a job doing this stuff. That would be so fun.

Thanks so much. :D
consortofvenus
Feb. 26th, 2009 01:25 am (UTC)
!!!!!!!
aelycaon
Aug. 25th, 2010 01:08 am (UTC)
spectacular roxy. these look really great.
roxybisquaint
Aug. 27th, 2010 08:12 am (UTC)
Thank you very much. I am still proud of how good they turned out.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 18th, 2011 12:16 am (UTC)
You Action Figures
Hello! I just want to say the same thing everyone else said!! Your AWESOME!! Great job on the figures. Makes me want to give it a shot too. Any plans on producing more and selling them?
roxybisquaint
Jan. 18th, 2011 01:36 am (UTC)
Re: You Action Figures
Thank you. I have no plans to produce any for sale, but I do still want to make two more figures for my collection: Jesse and Andy Goode.

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(Anonymous)
Apr. 16th, 2011 03:17 pm (UTC)
Awesome I want them soo bad lol
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