View Full Version : 25th Big Brawler, Cross Hair and Switch Gears

04-15-2009, 01:59 PM
What?!? Who in their right mind would make customs of these characters? Cross Hair, sure, I understand, he's a Sniper and arguably one of the best Joe characters ever made, even if he is from the new sculpt era, but these other two? I would, that's who. Hear me out.

BIG BRAWLER (http://www.loserville.us/~gunslingercbr/25thBig%20Brawler.html)
Big Brawler is easily one of the most reviled characters ever for G.I. Joe (maybe moreso than my favorite, Big Lob). Why? simple. awful name, arbitrary specialty, ridiculous indestructible, most dangerous man alive bio, and the fact that he was named after the head of the old Joe fan club. More specifically, though, he represents Hasbro's complete lack of understanding of what makes a a great G.I. Joe character. it's really simple, actually. cool code name that reflects his specialty, and a bio that reveals character traits and quirks that either accentuate that specialty or are ironic considering it. Big Brawler has none of those things. Ridiculous name, specialty that has zero relationship to it, and a bio and character that are convoluted and are a slap dash of random ideas to make him seem like the coolest soldier ever.

This isn't the coolest custom ever, but my motivation wasn't the figure, it was to simply rewrite the character and maybe salvage some trace of credibility for him. So, starting with the name Big Brawler, I developed the bio around a arrogant, POS who likes to fight, who has bullied his way up the ranks of Army Intelligence and weaseled his way onto the Joe team (that's for you, Mr. Mullholland). A career in Army Intelligence sure seems to make Covert Operations a more relevant specialty and not Jungle Warfare. Now you have a character who is concise, has character, and is reviled for his own characteristics, not Hasbro's bad ideas. not only does the filecard flow with the same style and prose of RAH filecards, it is better than any filecard written since the early 90's. that's right, Hasbro, you can't write filecards to save your life, and every original filecard I've written is better than anything you can do. give me a call, I'll help you out, you don't know what you are doing. the fact that I culd do it with the worst character you ever made makes that assertion undeniable.

CROSS HAIR (http://www.loserville.us/~gunslingercbr/25thCrossHair.html)
Not much to say about Cross Hair. He's a sniper, so he is inherently cool, and the design is great. But the filecard was written by modern Hasbro, and has zero style to it. No problem , Hasbro, I'll fix that for you. now you have a character bio that could have come right out of the 80's for a character that could have too.

SWITCH GEARS (http://www.loserville.us/~gunslingercbr/25thSwitchGears.html)
Yeah, he's not a great figure. The design is unnecessarily complicated with arbitrary elements. But I like the idea of a character who simply likes to punch with one hand until it gets tired, then starts with the other. The motivation, again, was to rewrite the character in a more vintage RAH style based around that character trait. It was real easy to do, Hasbro, because I care about the style that made RAH great and want to see it continue. maybe one day you will too, because it can even make your new lame ass characters shine somewhat.

04-15-2009, 02:04 PM
Love the rewrite on Big Brawler. Like the custom alot.

Crosshair is a great character. Like your version. I want him.

Switch Gears is pretty good too.

I like 'em. Good job on making two "huh" characters better and making a great Crosshair.

04-15-2009, 02:04 PM
crosshairs is the only figure I kept in that era.. everything else I gave away

04-15-2009, 02:12 PM
oh nice man . also nice to see switch gears.

04-15-2009, 02:27 PM
Great customs of some post 80's Joes and I absolutely love the re-written file cards....they have a very Hama feel to them. Hasbro should hire you to write their copy from now on. Big Brawler sounds like he could have been a Cobra pretty easily which makes him far more interesting. Awesome work Gunslinger.

Fierce Krypton
04-15-2009, 04:02 PM
switch gears is pretty nice, def the most esthetically appealing figure. Big Brawler would be much much better if you lowered his head via a hot glue gun trick. Overall nice work!

04-15-2009, 04:06 PM
Those are awesome! I really like Switch Gears. He was one of my favorites from a few years ago...

04-15-2009, 04:11 PM
you know, i actually like the most outlandish one the most, SwitchGears...i think i have a thing for shoulder pads...

really, all three look great...and the file cards read like a very cool character...i never read the old ones and thats the way it'll stay...i'm quite certain your bios are better...no need to muck it up with some cheesey stuff...

04-15-2009, 04:13 PM
..Big Brawler would be much much better if you lowered his head via a hot glue gun trick.

i wouldn't say "much much", but it is slight bit on the high side...nothing obnoxious though...it's on par with Short-Fuze

04-15-2009, 06:10 PM
Big Brawler would be much much better if you lowered his head via a hot glue gun trick. Overall nice work!
I need to use that method, I haven't tried it yet. I agree, it does need to be lowered.

04-15-2009, 11:33 PM
Great customs as always, CBR! I enjoyed the filecards as much as the customs. You made Big Brawler much more respectable.

04-16-2009, 12:19 AM
great work as usual ! im doing some VvV joes also , and your recipies are always inspiring .
where do you get your decals ?

04-16-2009, 04:57 PM
great work as usual ! im doing some VvV joes also , and your recipies are always inspiring .
where do you get your decals ?

I just make them in photoshop and print them on adhesive labels.