G.I Joe customs and Kitbashes

YO JOE! Whether it's the 6-inch Classified Series or 3.75 from various years, let's talk G.I.Joe!
User avatar
PantherCult
Fwoosh!!!!!!!!
TheFwoosh.com rules: Yes
Location: Sacramento, CA
Posts: 12130
Joined: Sat Nov 22, 2008 6:12 pm

Re: G.I Joe customs and Kitbashes

Fri Sep 30, 2022 1:31 am

I wish there were a couple more female bodies to use for kitbashing in this line. It's really Baroness, Lady Jaye and Scarlett and that's it. The movie figures are a little smaller and not as well suited but doing 4 or 5 head swaps onto the Lady Jaye body looks really repetitive.
User avatar
pulpy fiction
Avengers Assemble
Contact:
TheFwoosh.com rules: Yes
Location: http://www.pulpyfiction.carbonmade.com
Posts: 534
Joined: Wed Jun 23, 2010 5:19 pm

Re: G.I Joe customs and Kitbashes

Fri Sep 30, 2022 3:36 am

PantherCult wrote:
Fri Sep 30, 2022 1:31 am
I wish there were a couple more female bodies to use for kitbashing in this line. It's really Baroness, Lady Jaye and Scarlett and that's it. The movie figures are a little smaller and not as well suited but doing 4 or 5 head swaps onto the Lady Jaye body looks really repetitive.
If you need a great fit as a blank base body, Quake is great and fits for scale, articulation style, and aesthetic.
She comes with 2 heads, one with a communications ear piece, and the other I used as a lady jaye head ( i did a few washes and some paint touch ups to her face to match the body's skin colour). It has a comic look like a J Scott Campbell version. she also has swivel biceps, gloved trigger hands, and techno gauntlets that fit the look of original classified.
Image
Image
Image
Perfect sneak in to fit your collection. I'm thinking about a female cobra trooper in the 80's style (I already tried my hand at a classified inspired version using a ml movie wasp as the base, but this an already perfectly base blue base body), or then there is the complete opposite, where i was thinking a female g.i. joe green shirt.
Any suggestions on that out there? which do you folks prefer, Retro Cobra Trooper or G.I. Joe Green Shirt for this quake base?
User avatar
PantherCult
Fwoosh!!!!!!!!
TheFwoosh.com rules: Yes
Location: Sacramento, CA
Posts: 12130
Joined: Sat Nov 22, 2008 6:12 pm

Re: G.I Joe customs and Kitbashes

Fri Sep 30, 2022 5:33 pm

I see it... but currently the 4 SHIELD ladies I have are going in to my SHIELD display with some head swaps. Also, the GI Joe aesthetic tends to be less form fitting than with Legends. That SHIELD agent might work for a character in a wetsuit, but looks too smooth standing next to classified counterparts (at least to my eye)
User avatar
pulpy fiction
Avengers Assemble
Contact:
TheFwoosh.com rules: Yes
Location: http://www.pulpyfiction.carbonmade.com
Posts: 534
Joined: Wed Jun 23, 2010 5:19 pm

Re: G.I Joe customs and Kitbashes

Fri Sep 30, 2022 8:23 pm

PantherCult wrote:
Fri Sep 30, 2022 5:33 pm
I see it... but currently the 4 SHIELD ladies I have are going in to my SHIELD display with some head swaps. Also, the GI Joe aesthetic tends to be less form fitting than with Legends. That SHIELD agent might work for a character in a wetsuit, but looks too smooth standing next to classified counterparts (at least to my eye)
I don't know. I have it with a movie wasp head standing in waiting to be worked on, with my classified figures, and i don't find it stands out. If you did though, you could just sculpt seam lines, wrinkles/cloth bunching and etc, or swap some parts to get the aesthetic your looking for. It's kind of a blank body, and a blank canvas for customizing. That's the point, its not going to all ready look like a complete figure, you have to do the work to make it fit the line.
User avatar
pulpy fiction
Avengers Assemble
Contact:
TheFwoosh.com rules: Yes
Location: http://www.pulpyfiction.carbonmade.com
Posts: 534
Joined: Wed Jun 23, 2010 5:19 pm

Re: G.I Joe customs and Kitbashes

Sun Oct 02, 2022 1:01 am

pulpy fiction wrote:
Fri Sep 30, 2022 8:23 pm
PantherCult wrote:
Fri Sep 30, 2022 5:33 pm
I see it... but currently the 4 SHIELD ladies I have are going in to my SHIELD display with some head swaps. Also, the GI Joe aesthetic tends to be less form fitting than with Legends. That SHIELD agent might work for a character in a wetsuit, but looks too smooth standing next to classified counterparts (at least to my eye)
I don't know. I have it with a movie wasp head standing in waiting to be worked on, with my classified figures, and i don't find it stands out. If you did though, you could just sculpt seam lines, wrinkles/cloth bunching and etc, or swap some parts to get the aesthetic your looking for. It's kind of a blank body, and a blank canvas for customizing. That's the point, its not going to all ready look like a complete figure, you have to do the work to make it fit the line.
I do agree Quake would be a great base for something like a wetsuit, you made me think that this would be a good start for a Joe diver, maybe even the basis for building a cobra eel?
So since that figure didn't catch your eye, I saw this might work for an option:
Image
https://hasbropulse.com/collections/pow ... low-ranger
I would try to change the belt for sure, and make a few mods just to start, but I believe that belt is connected to the separate skirt part, so it could be probably be removed for a completely different look. I love that she's wearing something that looks like some kind of web gear harness, that would totally fit the Joe look. She's got double jointed elbows and bicep swivels for the win, and I think this line shares some design aesthetics, as well articulation style with classified. I've even seen parts swapped with classified figures. That being said, I think there is something here for Joe custom fodder, and it falls in line with the design aspect you were discussing earlier.
I don't collect this line at all, but these are designed well, and I think their parts fit with Classified. Too bad this figure doesn't come out until next spring.
User avatar
Super Cracked
HULK SMASH!
Contact:
TheFwoosh.com rules: Yes
Location: Originally from NJ, Co. Bergen
Posts: 53
Joined: Sun Apr 08, 2012 5:28 am

Re: G.I Joe customs and Kitbashes

Mon Oct 24, 2022 5:21 pm

So, do we really have a dedicated thread for Joe customs, as part of the overall Joe Topic? If so, cool! If not, and the Mods think this here would be better off in the actual Custom forums, then so be it. But, until then, here's my latest update:
Image
Image
Image
Image
User avatar
Super Cracked
HULK SMASH!
Contact:
TheFwoosh.com rules: Yes
Location: Originally from NJ, Co. Bergen
Posts: 53
Joined: Sun Apr 08, 2012 5:28 am

Re: G.I Joe customs and Kitbashes

Thu Dec 15, 2022 8:33 pm

Just finished a couple Spirits & Freedoms. What do ya think? I scratch-built a couple things, did a wash & dry-brushing, added a soft-good backpack and a tactile set from Grid Iron (love them!).

ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage
User avatar
PantherCult
Fwoosh!!!!!!!!
TheFwoosh.com rules: Yes
Location: Sacramento, CA
Posts: 12130
Joined: Sat Nov 22, 2008 6:12 pm

Re: G.I Joe customs and Kitbashes

Thu Dec 15, 2022 8:53 pm

pulpy fiction wrote:
Sun Oct 02, 2022 1:01 am

So since that figure didn't catch your eye, I saw this might work for an option:
Image
https://hasbropulse.com/collections/pow ... low-ranger
I love that she's wearing something that looks like some kind of web gear harness, that would totally fit the Joe look. She's got double jointed elbows and bicep swivels for the win, and I think this line shares some design aesthetics, as well articulation style with classified. I've even seen parts swapped with classified figures. That being said, I think there is something here for Joe custom fodder, and it falls in line with the design aspect you were discussing earlier.
I love this suggestion and think you are right - it does a nice job of fitting as a usable base. I may have to pick one up to give it a try. The question now is do I wait and hope this hits a clearance price like so many of the pink rangers have, or do I just bite the bullet and order her at full price?
User avatar
pulpy fiction
Avengers Assemble
Contact:
TheFwoosh.com rules: Yes
Location: http://www.pulpyfiction.carbonmade.com
Posts: 534
Joined: Wed Jun 23, 2010 5:19 pm

Re: G.I Joe customs and Kitbashes

Fri Dec 16, 2022 4:03 am

PantherCult wrote:
Thu Dec 15, 2022 8:53 pm
I love this suggestion and think you are right - it does a nice job of fitting as a usable base. I may have to pick one up to give it a try. The question now is do I wait and hope this hits a clearance price like so many of the pink rangers have, or do I just bite the bullet and order her at full price?
That's a tough one, I don't collect Power Ranger stuff, so I don't know what availability and demand is like for these.
ANY EXPERTS OUT THERE?
Just like all Hasbro stuff at original retail price, it's going to be a little more on the pricey side, so if you could get it at discount, that would be great. I've never seen these on discount anywhere, but I'm not actively searching either. If you find it on discount at an online retailer that does international shipping, please let me know. I want one or a few, I have some ideas as to what I would make this into.
User avatar
pulpy fiction
Avengers Assemble
Contact:
TheFwoosh.com rules: Yes
Location: http://www.pulpyfiction.carbonmade.com
Posts: 534
Joined: Wed Jun 23, 2010 5:19 pm

Re: G.I Joe customs and Kitbashes

Fri Dec 16, 2022 4:11 am

Super Cracked wrote:
Thu Dec 15, 2022 8:33 pm
Just finished a couple Spirits & Freedoms. What do ya think? I scratch-built a couple things, did a wash & dry-brushing, added a soft-good backpack and a tactile set from Grid Iron (love them!).
Nice work! These mods make a great figure amazing! I'm especially digging the ties at the end of the pants/top of the boots you did. A nice nod to the original figure.
User avatar
The Ghost
Fwoosh!!!!!!!!
TheFwoosh.com rules: Yes
Posts: 1004
Joined: Tue Sep 18, 2012 2:50 am

Re: G.I Joe customs and Kitbashes

Fri Dec 16, 2022 5:09 am

I got a batch of Joes in a deal. I was keen for a Roadblock but probably wanted the first version the least... just didn't really jive for me. So I modified him with some different accessories.
- Shirt from WWE Ultimate Rock
- Backpack from a Star Wars Black Series Jedha Patrol Stormtrooper
- Beret from Flint
- Rifle from my bag of weapons, can't even remember where it was originally from.

Image

The first two items were just stored accessories, so this worked out well!
Big Bad Voodoo Lou
CROM!
Contact:
TheFwoosh.com rules: Yes
Posts: 922
Joined: Sun Feb 08, 2004 10:00 pm

Re: G.I Joe customs and Kitbashes

Sun Jan 01, 2023 2:49 am

At the end of ever year, I make the same joke on Facebook about how many (action) figures I brought home in 2022. This year I refrained, but my last (action) figure of 2022 arrived today, for a custom project I mentioned a few weeks ago.

For the first time since 1995, a new Grifter action figure came out this year, but I didn't like it. The head sculpt was great, but the McFarlane DC Multiverse figures are 7", a different scale than most of my collection (6" DC Universe Classics, DC Direct, Marvel Legends, and G.I. Joe Classified). Plus, the McFarlane body had limited articulation, the gunslinger character didn't come with any guns, and those goofy-looking bright red gloves would have looked so much better if they kept them black, like in the original preview art. (See below.) At least I got it for $8 in an Amazon sale, which was over half off.
Image

Today I did the cheesiest, easiest custom figure ever by popping Grifter's head off and putting it on a G.I. Joe Classified "Alpha Commando" Snake Eyes body, which I thought would be perfect for a more tactical look. I would have done this almost two weeks ago, but the eBay seller sent me the wrong Snake Eyes, and I had to ship it back to him first. But he admitted it was totally his mistake, and he was cool enough to give me a full refund and send the right figure completely free, which I couldn't believe! Now that's customer service.
Image

Since they are made by two different companies, the neck lengths and the ball joints that pop the heads onto the necks just aren't compatible. I figured this out after spending 20+ minutes using a coarse emery board to file down the ball joint on Snake Eyes' neck, but then I realized the Grifter figure neck is so much longer, the Snake Eyes neck ball would never pop into the hole in Grifter's head.
Image

Luckily, a little poster putty holds Grifter's head in place, and I definitely won't move it around too much. The head is a little large for the Snake Eyes body, but it's good enough for me. This is a figure I've wanted for over 20 years, ever since reading and getting obsessed with Joe Casey's brilliant run writing Wildcats. While it wasn't what I envisioned originally, it's a pretty satisfying custom, with much better articulation and accessories than anything DC Direct would have made in the 2000s.
Image
User avatar
pulpy fiction
Avengers Assemble
Contact:
TheFwoosh.com rules: Yes
Location: http://www.pulpyfiction.carbonmade.com
Posts: 534
Joined: Wed Jun 23, 2010 5:19 pm

Re: G.I Joe customs and Kitbashes

Sun Jan 01, 2023 3:23 am

Nice Grifter! Good to see you have a figure you have wanted for years! Good base body for it too.
PurpleLantern
Runs Around in Tights
TheFwoosh.com rules: Yes
Posts: 269
Joined: Wed Jun 08, 2022 6:06 pm

Re: G.I Joe customs and Kitbashes

Sun Jan 01, 2023 11:10 pm

Target had ton of WWE Elite Series 15 Stacy Keibler on clearance for around $6. I'm guessing might be useful if neck ball peg fits.

Lex Luger body might be useful too if leg swap is possible. Maybe sunglasses on his ponytail head.

Return to “The Pit: The Unofficial G.I.Joe Board”