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Custom Stars Wars Samurai Boba Fett

Star-Wars-Samurai-Boba-Fett---Hisstank Check out this amazing Custom Star Wars Samurai Boba Fett by forum member the_odinson. If you're unfamiliar with the concept of Star Wars Samurai, then a quick Google search may introduce you to a whole bunch of cool that you weren't previously aware of.

Wait, Star Wars on a Joe site? You got that right! This killer custom incorporates parts from the recent G.I.Joe Retaliation Budo figure along with parts from G.I.Joe Retaliation Ninja Duel Snake Eyes.

Jump to the discussion thread to check out more pictures and to share your thoughts on this cool piece!
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G.I. Joe Custom Urban Assault Scarlett and More

scarlett-50th-custom Thanks to boards member stocos28 for posting up images of his G.I. Joe Modern Era Customs that include:
  • Urban Assault Scarlett
  • Arctic Wolf
  • Munitia
  • Frau Bootine D’ass

Check out all the new G.I. Joe Customs after the jump.
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G.I. Joe Custom Cobra Bull Shark and Ironclad Boats

Custom-cobra-water-moc-eel-boat Thanks to boards member Blood Brigade for posting up his custom Cobra Bull Shark and Ironclad Boats.

"The HSSC Bull Shark is a rebuilt version of the Water Moccasin. It features two 44mm lateral cannons and twin 60mm synchronized variable-range cluster cannons. The hull is a military grade composite that is reinforced with steel. The old fan engine was replace with an tri-power jet engine that can push out 1300hp to move the Bull Shark up to 40 knots.

The ASPB Ironclad is the smaller of the two. It carries the same 60mm cannons but is actually much heavier than the Bull Shark. It features a welded aluminum and steel hull. As well as twin jet engines with a top speed of 25 knots. The Ironclad is best used in shallow waters. It's commonly used patrolling the shipping lanes and canals of Cobra Island."

Check out all the G.I. Joe Custom Boat Images after the jump.
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G.I.Joe Reloaded Custom Project Has Launched!

GI-Joe-Reloaded---Hisstank Another awesome custom project has been launched. If you enjoyed the G.I.Joe Resurgence Project, then this definitely applies to you! forum member icecreamman has dropped by to share the news that the G.I.Joe Reloaded Project has officially started!

We are proud and honored to share with you our concept creations, our fan boy visions of “new character additions” (and vehicles too) to the G.I. Joe universe. With this project, we focused on the good guys, the new recruits of G.I. Joe Reloaded Program. The project will be updated with new and/or updated characters from different customizers throughout the life of the project, so make sure to keep your eyes peeled as there will always be something new to check out!

The first entries in to G.I.Joe Reloaded are the creations of mswi and really kick things off with a bang. Join us after the break to check out Lockdown, the G.I.Joe Anti-Armor Specialist and War Eagle, a new G.I.Joe Infantryman!
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G.I. Joe Custom Rocket - POC Steel Marauder Hauler

Custom_GI-Joe-rocket_hauler_soldier_force_forja_estrelas_manowar_cobra_carrier_cargo_cobra_caminhao_ Thanks to boards member BlackThorne for posting up images of his custom G.I. Joe POC Steel Marauder Hauler! If you looking for a use for this TRU vehicle this is a great option.

Check out all the custom G.I. Joe POC Steel Marauder Hauler after the jump.
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G.I. Joe Combat Cruiser Converted Into Custom Cobra Stinger

Stinger1_zps950ced9e Thanks to boards member Dusty79 for posting up his G.I. Joe Combat Cruiser converted Into a Custom Cobra Stinger! We could onle wish to see a better version to hit retail.

"Converted a vintage missile rack to fit in the existing turret, as well as adding armor to the front using styrene and the armor from the ROC Steel Crusher. The metal grating in the windows is made from the hangers that Hanes socks come on. The wheels were cut axel and all from a Bruder Jeep and made to fit. The 50 cal gun on top is a cast. Drones were added to the back and made to be removable to add play value."

Check out all the Custom Cobra Stinger images after the jump.
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3D Printing Tutorials By Phantro Now Available!

Screen-Shot-2014-08-26-at-114102-AM Now that 3D printing is becoming more common place, it's amazing to see what kind of artwork is being made with these awesome printing devices! From custom pieces for G.I.Joe and Transformers toys, to much more complex offerings on an industrial scale, it's safe to say that 3D printing is here to stay.

3D printing or additive manufacturing (AM) is any of various processes for making a three-dimensional object of almost any shape from a 3D model or other electronic data source primarily through additive processes in which successive layers of material are laid down under computer control. A 3D printer is a type of industrial robot.

Even the "big boys" are embracing this new technology, as noted last month when we made you aware of Hasbros collaboration with Shapeways in order to sell 3D printed artwork. Ever wish you could try this out yourself, but have been worried about the results? Well don't worry, as Moderator and Customizer Extraordinaire Phantro has you covered!

Phantro has put together a series of 3D tutorials that are sure to help launch your 3D printing dreams in to reality! Here's a breakdown of the series -

3D Printing Lesson 0 - Software Selection and use
3D Printing Lessons 1 and 2 - Zooming Tools and Orbiting Tools
3D Printing Lessons 3 and 4 - Camera Pans and Angles and Creating a Printable Model
3D Printing Lesson 5 - The importance of Closed or "Water tight" models.

So, what are you waiting for? Check out the tutorials, then join us after the break to share your questions and/or comments with Phantro himself!
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Custom G.I.Joe Rolling Thunder Mobile Headquarters

GI-Joe-Rolling-Thunder-Headquarters---Hisstank The G.I.Joe Rolling Thunder has been recommissioned and now serves as the Mobile HQ for the G.I.Joe Team! Well, at least the killer custom made by forum member wildstar09 does!

By removing the ballistic missile system, room was made to give this piece a TON of play features and value! Command Station, Armory, you name it! The best part? It's fully compatible with Modern Era figures and accessories!

Join us after the break to check out a ton of images of this cool Rolling Thunder remake!
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G.I.Joe Resurgence - The Grand Finale!

GI-Joe-Resurgence-Logo---Hisstank Well friends, the time we've all been dreading is finally here...the last day of the G.I.Joe Resurgence project. Let me start off by once again tipping my hat to Oreo Builder, Dusty 79, Bucky and all of those included with this project, as it's been a fun ride all month long!

Team wrapped up the month long custom project in the most fitting way possible...with a catalog insert for both the "Main Assortment Figures" and the "Mail In Premium Figures" - Both are executed flawlessly. The post ahead is long, but well worth the read. Check it out -


We have a few items on the menu today.

First, with Resurgence being a mock GI Joe line, we thought that wrapping up the project with vintage-style catalogs - one for the main line and one for the mail away products - would be fun. Thanks to Mayor and J_Man from, that became possible.

Second item, make sure to tune in tomorrow, we'll have some WIP pictures to show off

Last item, but most important, we have a special treat. Lifeline_MD, the author of GIJoe: Heroes and Terrorists, an ongoing fanfic saga on was so inspired by Resurgence that he offered to write a short story for a new short story based on its characters and storyline. We published it here:

G.I.Joe Resurgence - The Break of Peace

It is a fantastic read and we are proud and honored that Lilfeline_MD took the time and effort to put this together.

When Bucky and I started ‘’Project 96’’our goal was to do something as different as possible, something that had a feel to it that's hard to describe. We wanted to capture the lighting in a bottle that the original line had, with unique looking characters, a fun storyline and different personalities for each of them. The idea was to mimic an 80's release, with multiple specialties and new figures. Resurgence became an experiment is expanding the GI Joe universe. We tried something new by structuring our project around a mock product launch. We made enough customs to fill a month, along with filecards, concept art, packaging mock-ups and catalogues to flesh out our pretend line. We structured our entire project around 20 or so new unknown characters. Whether we accomplished what we set out to do or not, we’ll leave that up to you guys.

Like we said in our intro, sometimes, in customs like in life, we don’t end up where we thought we would when we started.

What started as a project between two customizing buddies (Bucky and I) turned into one of the largest collaborative custom efforts that I have ever seen online. Kirk Bozigian and Patrick Stewart consulted early in the project and gave us some great advice about specialties and colors. Dusty79 came onboard to help fill some of the empty roster spots and in the process has become a full partner four our next project.

G1Trekker (Thomas Wheeler) and Justin over at really helped us with the characterization of each custom character. They really put effort into it, sometimes only getting a picture and a name, sometimes a rough draft of what the character was about. Justin obviously loves the brand, as does Trekker, whom helped write the filecards from the re-launch of ARAH back at the turn of the century, and loves to do so. Trekker writes for a living, and is available for hire to write if anybody wants to get in touch with him. Those guys really hit a home run with the filecards. Mayor and J_Man put together our catalogues and tied everything together. Once the reveals started, Sam Panico - a creative designer/writer/designer for the last twenty some years and for various brands - was inspired by some of our characters and offered to come aboard to create some awesome packaging art and box mock-ups.

To all our collaborators, for all you input, advice, time, effort and hard work, you have our sincerest thanks and appreciation. Each one of you added valuable pieces to this gigantic puzzle. And to all who tuned in daily, peeked in once in a while, left comments or not, thank you for the support, constructive feedback and comments. We appreciate all of it. See you guys in October!

Bucky, Dusty79 and Oreobuilder
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G.I.Joe Resurgence - Day 28 Through Day 30

GI-Joe-Resurgence-Logo---Hisstank Wow, this month sure flew by! It feels like just yesterday we were introduced to the G.I.Joe Resurgence Custom Project. I want to take a moment and tip my hat to Oreo Builder, Dusty 79, Bucky and all of those included with this project, as it's been a fun ride all month long!

Now, let's get down to business (and wait until you see todays offering!) -


Day 28 brought us even more classic updated goodness in the form of the Jungle Fox with Skidmark and none other than the G.I.Joe Commanding Officer, Hawk!

From the desk of Bucky:

The Jungle Fox was one of the first vehicles I had in mind in the infancy of the project, when it was still "project 96". As one of my favorite vehicles as a child, it was something I had long thought about painting up, but never had a real good reason until the project came along. Skidmark follows a very popular recipe, one of those figures that is so easy to make that everybody should do it.

Hawk was the last figure I made, at the last minute. As I was reading all the filecards that GI Trekker and Justin ( had written up, as well as the tagline Oreobuilder had wrote, Hawk was mentioned a lot, yet we had no representation. I slapped the body together, made sure that the paint wouldn't chip, and borrowed the head from Dusty79's Throttle figure.


Day 29 was interesting. Why so? Because it brought us two characters that have been done to absolute death, yet look, feel and fit absolutely perfectly within this project. It's been a long time since I've been able to say "OMG WANT!" when it comes to these two names. Check out Cobra Commander in Ceremonial Battle Armor and Duke!

From the desk of Oreobuilder:

When Bucky and I started brainstorming for this project, we had a bunch of new characters on our list. We felt that bringing in new blood was a way to refresh GI Joe. However, some characters are so deeply associated to the brand, that we could not bypass them. Cobra Commander and Duke are two such characters. However, since we have been getting so many CCs and Dukes in the last few years, we thought that they could be mail away exclusives instead. That way, they would be available, but they would not clog up pegs.

I have had the parts for this version of Cobra Commander sitting in a bin waiting to be painted for a couple of years. When we decided to add some old favorites to our line plan, Cobra Commander (and a slew of other figures) finally got put onto the list of custom priorities.

From the desk of Bucky:

Mail away Duke was another figure slated for "Project: 96". He was to be a repainted version of the 91 Duke. Once we started to shift gears, it gave me a little more freedom as to how to do his look right. The figure is still loosely based on the 91 version color wise, seen in this photo.


Now, are you ready for something beyond awesome? Well then check out todays offering...the Foxtrot Class G.I.Joe Orca with Riptide (LCV Operator) and Broadside (LCV Gunner)! My thoughts? BA-NANAS.

From the desk of Oreobuilder:

Last year, a friend of mine spotted the Playmobil Ferry and suggested it would make a good GI Joe Landing Craft. At the time, I had just finished my GI Joe Train, so I was not in the mood to start another largish vehicle project. Still, when I saw the set at a good price, I picked one up. I unboxed it and fiddled around with it a bit, but by that time, other projects, namely the 50th Anniversary Tribute and Project New Sculpt, were in full swing, so the Landing Craft project got put on ice.

In March, Bucky and I started brainstorming for this project. The landing craft was in the back on my mind and I was not sure I wanted to do it, but I decided that this was a great opportunity to get off my butt and get it done. I’m glad I did, I’m really happy with the way it turned out.

For the drivers, my goal was to do as little painting as possible, so I tried to choose my parts wisely.


Best part? There's still one day left! Join us after the break to check out all of the G.I.Joe Resurgence offerings from Day 1 until now and check back tomorrow for the Grand Finale!
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G.I.Joe Resurgence SDCC 2014 Week Long Recap!

GI-Joe-Resurgence-Logo---Hisstank You may have noticed the lack of G.I.Joe Resurgence Front Page love over the week. Well, now that SDCC 2014 is coming to an end, we pick up right where we left off! There are FIVE DAYS to recap, so let's get to it!
  • Day 23 brought us two different entries - The G.I.Joe Combat Medic, First Aid and the Iron Grenadiers Infiltration Specialist, Whisp!
  • Day 24 rolled through with the Slugger Mk II and an updated Thunder!
  • Day 25 brought us two Mail-In favorites, the G.I.Joe Jet pack Trooper, Starduster and the fan favorite Create-A-Cobra figure!
  • Day 26 had yet another awesome vehicle to share with us, this time around in the form of the Cobra H.I.S.S. II and it's driver, the Cobra Track Viper!

Today, Day 27 ends the week with two fan favorite characters brought in to the fold - Beach Head, the G.I.Joe Ranger and Firefly, the Cobra Saboteur have joined the ranks!

Join us after the break to catch up on all of these amazing customs and more from the G.I.Joe Resurgence project!
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G.I.Joe Resurgence Cobra BAT, Wall Cloud and Gyro Viper with Cobra Venom Chopper

GI-Joe-Resurgence-Logo-Hisstank Days 21 and 22 have been posted by Oreobuilder, Bucky and Dusty 79! Wait until you check out the latest additions to the G.I.Joe Resurgence Custom Project!

Day 21 brought us a fan favorite troop builder, the Cobra B.A.T.


From the desk of Oreobuilder:

The BAT came about because we felt that Cobra was lacking for troops. The build came together quite quickly. However, I went back and forth on the color scheme a few times. In the end, although red is a pain in the butt to paint, I settled on the Inferno BAT color scheme


Day 21 also brought us Storm Cloud, the G.I.Joe Airborne Assault Trooper

From the desk of Bucky:

Wall Cloud was pieced together very quickly. As soon as I had found an "air" type name, I knew exactly what I wanted him to look like. I painted him up to "look" like a storm, with greys, blacks, and the yellow. He is topped off with a Renegades Ripcord head, donated from the original concept for Tango that I accidentally destroyed. A happy accident, as it gave me the opportunity to create two diverse characters as opposed to just one.


Today, day 22 brought us yet another amazing vehicle entry. This? This is friggin' KILLER. Check out the Cobra Venom Chopper and it's pilot, Gyro-Viper!

From the desk of Oreobuilder:

The Cobra Transport Chopper from the original Marvel comic run is one of the most requested never-produced vehicles. About 8 years ago, I had the idea of combining a junker Tomahawk with a HISS IV as an attempt to create a modern version of the old Cobra helicopter. I had all the necessary parts. However, at the time, I was just starting to customize and did not have the knowledge, experience and tools to take on such a project. The parts were sold off in a purge and the project was shelved.

Since then, I have taken on many vehicle customs, so I felt comfortable finally putting this vehicle back on the table. This project was a perfect opportunity. It is not meant to recreate the Marvel Cobra Copter, but I wanted it to have strong Cobra vibes. In the end, it turned out pretty much as I imagined it 8 years ago.

The Gyro-Viper is a straight up ME version of the 1987 figure. I tried to stay as true as possible to the original.


You can check out the latest entries by joining us after the break!
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Hasbro Collaborates With Shapeways To Sell 3D Printed Artwork

21Printing1-master675_1405956805 Hasbro just announced a partnership with Shapeways regarding a new initiative where Official and Fan Art will be 3D Printed and sold as official Hasbro products. The announcement first came from Hasbro's 2014 2nd Quarter Financial Conference Call and Shapeways followed it with an official statement from their end. Though the initiative begins with My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, the company plans to expand into other Hasbro brands which [hopefully] might include G. I. Joe.

"Once we have filled our 3D printers with community designed ponies, we will continue to work with Hasbro and the Shapeways community to enable more Hasbro branded content to be created, 3D printed and sold.

This is a major step forward in realizing the creative potential of 3D printing, to make products on demand that might otherwise never make it into people’s hands. Hasbro has been incredibly forward thinking and open minded, to realize that the existing unmet demand within their fan base can be satisfied with the help of those very same fans. We expect to see many more partnerships like this, to enable user generated content to be 3D printed based on existing intellectual property, with fair attribution and compensation for all parties involved. We've seen this model work successfully in the digital realm, and we’re thrilled to be leading the charge in the physical."

The designs (Fan Art) must be cleared with Hasbro to ensure they are not obscene, violent or hateful, but otherwise, the artists largely have free rein. Even the price for the figurines will be set by the artists.

For more info, visit SuperFanArt.

News Post Image: Figurines inspired by Hasbro’s My Little Pony line and printed at Shapeways.
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G.I.Joe Resurgence Weekend Round Up!

GI-Joe-Resurgence-Logo---Hisstank It's Sunday, so it's time to re-cap the awesome G.I.Joe Resurgence custom entries that have been shared over the weekend. Hard to believe that we're already through days 18, 19 & 20! It's been a fantastic month of customs so far and these latest 3 entries are no exception!


Day 18 brought us Tango, a new G.I.Joe Jungle Warfare Specialist!

From the desk of Bucky:

Tango was originally named ocelot, and was built off of a Renegades Ripcord. He was to be the team’s jungle trooper, and he was to have a tiger. His first incarnations and gear fitting was very much a Recondo vibe, which I kind of wanted to get away from. My customizing o.c.d. had started to kick in with this figure, as I was trying to get a unique look and color pallets for him. This o.c.d. of mine also affects how I build my customs, and if I can't move the shoulder without paint chipping, I'm going to go a different route. While trying to sand the shoulders down, I destroyed the ripcord with a dremel.

Back to square one, I chose the burnout figure. I sanded the hair down, and a lot of the rest started to fall into place. I changed the name to Tango at this point. The camo took awhile to figure out what I wanted and the striping like he has was kind of just a happy accident.


Day 19 brought us yet another amazing Figure & Vehicle combination. Check out the G.I.Joe Barnstormer and it's pilot, Tailspin!

From the desk of Bucky:

Tailspin is another one of those names that was jotted down in a notebook for years, to be used for a pilot. This project gave me the reason to finally use so many of the names I'd write down through the years. I wanted to go with a WW2 vibe, which is where avacs lab's helmet piece came into play. He was one of the first 5, and varies very differently than his first incarnation, which was horribly out of proportion.

The Barnstomer jet was originally going to be an iron man 2 jet, but not being a great vehicle customizer, I ruined it. Badly. It was pretty much unsalvagable, so I looked for another jet and remembered the Avengers jet with the opening in the back. I had just missed it at TRU on clearance, so ended up getting one from Amazon. My initial paint job wasn't coming out so well, so a local friend of mine stepped in and did the body paint. He had to sand quite a bit for the paint to stick to the soft plastic, and it turned out really well. I think I perhaps overdid the stickers, but that's a minor gripe.


Last but not least is todays entry, Day 20. Who wants a new Dreadnok? Well then check out RIFF-RAFF, a deluxe figure with over 15 weapons and a rather unique play feature! Riff-Raff is displayed with a custom card back as well, so this is one you won't want to miss!

From the desk of Bucky:

Riff Raff was originally going to be a completely different character named pit stop, a fat Dreadnok with the chubby Asian guys head from mib3. However, literally a couple days after getting the head, forum member bcost came up with the same idea, and it looked incredible. I didn't want to pretty much do the same custom he did, so I came up with something different, a Dreadnok that is kind of a homage to all the goofiness of the cartoon, with a record of cold slither, a vial of element from the mass device, and a beat up old discarded mcguffin device amongst the trash. The dumpster came from a wwe playset from the late 90's that had sat in a fodder box for years. All the graffiti is Easter eggs for episodes of the cartoon. I really tried to capture an 80's vibe with him. As Trekker was sending my filecards back, I was reading them with a smile on my face and would get a good chuckle out of them, but I'm not lying when I tell you I literally laughed out loud when I got Riff Raff's bio back. Trekker nailed it.


You can view the latest entries, along with the entire G.I.Joe Resurgence project by joining us after the break!
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G.I.Joe Resurgence Iron Master and General Warhorse with Crusher Tank!

GI-Joe-Resurgence-Logo-Hisstank The G.I.Joe Resurgence custom project marches on with new entries for Day 16 and Day 17. Day 16 brought us a new Arashikage Sensei, Iron Master! Check it out -

From the desk of Oreobuilder:

Like it or not, GI Joe is not just military equipment and soldiers. It’s also giant robots, terror –inducing waves, weather-altering machines, Pyramids of Darkness, ghosts, ancient Greeks and, of course, ninja clans. Halfway through this project, Bucky and I realized that we had not included a ninja in our line-up.

To correct this oversight, I immediately started working on a ninja apprentice named Banzai. The challenge was to make him different from the millions of previous ninjas that have been done over the years. Try as I might, all my attempts turned out pretty generic. I ended up turning to an obscure existing character that has never had a figure. The Iron Master is featured in the Ninja Battles DVD that was released during the Valor vs Venom days.

Day 17 brings us a Delta Class vehicle and it's Commander, General Warhorse with the Crusher Tank! Check it out -

From the desk of Oreobuilder:

One element that has been missing from recent Joe lines is a full-size good guy tank. We almost got one during RoC. Before then, the most recent Joe tank was the MoBAT re-issue during the 25th anniversary. I tried to remedy that with the Crusher. It uses a MoBAT base, so it is still compact. However, the turret can seat two figures.

General Warhorse started out very differently than where he ended up. Originally, the character was to be named Blitzkrieg, wore a beret and a tanker’s jacket and headset. The recipe wasn’t working for me and I struggled to find a color scheme that made sense. In the end, I reworked the whole figure. I went with a WWII/Korean War look and feel. I wanted to give the sense of a grizzled veteran of many wars who had risen up the ranks.
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