FAQ


WHAT IS ACTION FIGURE CUSTOMIZING?
CUSTOMIZING IS THE ART OF TAKING PARTS FROM EXISTING ACTION FIGURES AND MAKING SOMETHING NEW THROUGH PART-SWAPPING, SCULPTING, AND PAINTING. IT CAN BE AS SIMPLE AS REPAINTING A FIGURE TO GIVE IT BETTER DETAIL OR AS COMPLEX AS RESCULPTING A WHOLE FIGURE FROM SCRATCH. THERE ARE CUSTOMIZING COMMUNITIES ONLINE AND TONS OF TUTORIALS ON YOUTUBE THAT CAN TEACH YOU THE TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES NEEDED FOR THE HOBBY. WHILE SOME TECHNIQUES AND MATERIALS ARE POPULAR, CUSTOMIZING IS ONLY LIMITED BY YOUR IMAGINATION AND ENGINUITY. MY WIFE AND KIDS LAUGH AT ME SOMETIMES BECAUSE OF THE RANDOM HOUSEHOLD OJECTS I WILL USE WHILE MAKING MY FIGURES. NOTHING IS OFF-LIMITS. ​​
HOW MUCH DOES A CUSTOM ACTION FIGURE COST?
THIS IS PROBABLY THE QUESTION I GET ASKED THE MOST. EACH FIGURE IS DIFFERENT. PRICES CAN VARY DEPENDING ON EVERYTHING FROM THE COMPLEXITY OF THE SCULPT, TO THE COST OF THE BASE FIGURE(S), TO THE AMOUNT OF TIME I ESTIMATE IT WILL TAKE TO COMPLETE A COMMISSION. WHEN I GIVE A QUOTE, I HAVE FACTORED IN ALL OF THOSE ELEMENTS, PLUS I HAVE TO CONSIDER THE COST OF MATERIALS LIKE PAINT AND SCULPTING PUTTY, AS WELL AS MY TIME. IF YOU BREAK IT DOWN TO HOW MUCH I MAKE PER HOUR, I AM  NOT CHARGING NEARLY ENOUGH FOR WHAT I DO. AND THAT’S THE HARDEST PART; SOLVING THE EQUATION OF MAKING A DECENT SALARY AND PRICING THE FIGURES I MAKE SO THAT PEOPLE CAN ACTUALLY AFFORD THEM. 

MY CUSTOM FIGURES RANGE IN PRICE AS FOLLOWS:
CUSTOM ACTION FIGURES: $125-$250
CUSTOM FUNKO POPS: $50-$75

THIS WILL GIVE YOU AN IDEA OF AT LEAST WHAT TO EXPECT ON THE LOW END. I CAN SAY THAT IT’S RARE THAT A FIGURE COSTS AS MUCH AS $250. THAT WOULD LIKELY BE A FIGURE WITH LIGHTING AND SOUND EFFECTS. MOST STANDARD FIGURES FLOAT AROUND $150.

DO YOU 3D PRINT THESE?
SHORT ANSWER: NO.

I SCULPT ALMOST EVERYTHING BY HAND. THAT’S THE FUN PART FOR ME. PLUS, I JUST LOVE THE SENSE OF PRIDE AND ACCOMPLISHMENT I GET AFTER FINISHING A GREAT LOOKING FIGURE. IF THERE IS A PART THAT I’VE SCULPTED FOR ONE FIGURE THAT I KNOW I WILL BE USING FOR OTHERS (FOR EXAMPLE, THE P90s I USE FOR MY STARGATE POPS), I WILL MAKE A MOLD OF OF THAT PIECE SO THAT I CAN CAST DUPLICATES WHEN NEEDED TO SAVE THE TIME AND TROUBLE OF HAVING TO SCULPT IT EVERY TIME AND ALSO TO ACHIEVE CONSISTENCY ACROSS MY BODY OF WORK. 
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED DOING THIS?
I’VE BEEN COLLECTING ACTION FIGURES SINCE AS FARBACK AS I CAN REMEMBER. TO ME, ACTION FIGURES ARE AN UNDERAPPRECIATED ART FORM. THEIR LIKE LITTLE STATUES, ONLY BETTER BECAUSE YOU CAN POSE THEM AND ADD WEAPONS AND ACCESSORIES. IN MY TEENS, I USED TO SUBSCRIBE TO TOYFARE MAGAZINE. THIS WAS PRE-INTERNET, SO TOYFARE AND WIZARD WERE PRETTY MUCH THE ONLY PLACE TO GET INFO ABOUT NEW TOYS COMING OUT AND LEARN ABOUT THE INDUSTRY AND THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE THEM. THERE WAS A PAGE IN THE MAGAZINE EACH MONTH THAT SHOWCASED CUSTOM TOYS MADE BY REGULAR PEOPLE. THIS INSPIRED ME TO MAKE MY OWN CUSTOMS. MY FIRST ATTEMPS WERE JUST SIMPLE REPAINTS; TURNING BATMAN INTO SPACE GHOST AND SUCH.

AS I SAID, THIS WAS BEFORE THE INTERNET, SO THERE WERE NO TUTORIALS OR FORUMS TO SHARE TECHNIQUES. WITH THE ADVENT OF SOCIAL MEDIA AND YOUTUBE, I  DISCOVERED SEVERAL PEOPLE WHO WERE INCREDIBLE AT CUSTOMIZING, EVEN  A FEW WHO ACTUALLY MADE A LIVING DOING IT. I LEARNED HOW TO MAKE BETTER FIGURES BY WATCHING THEM. I STARTED SELLING THE OCCASIONAL STARGATE CUSTOM THROUGH ONLINE FORUMS AND EBAY. AFTER SEVERAL YEARS OF PRACTICINNG AND BUILDING A REPUTATION, I WAS FINALLY ABLE TO QUIT MY DAY JOB AND MAKE TOYS FOR A LIVING.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO BUILD MY FIGURE?
WHEN YOU SUBMIT A REQUEST FOR A CUSTOM, I WILL GIVE YOU AN ESTIMATE OF THE AMOUNT OF TIME IT WILL TAKE TO BUILD IT. THIS ESTIMATE COULD BE AFFECTED BY A NUMBER OF FACTORS, INCLUDING TIME TO ORDER AND RECEIVE PARTS/MATERIALS IF NEEDED, HOW MANY ORDERS I HAVE TO FILL BEFORE I CAN GET STARTED ON YOUR ORDER, AND THEN THE ACTUAL BUILD ITSELF. PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS MERELY AN ESTIMATETHE PROCESS COULD TAKE LONGER DUE TO ALL KINDS OF UNFORSEEN ISSUES.

I WILL ALWAYS KEEP YOU UPDATED ON THE PROGRESS THROUGH EMAILS, PICTURES, ETC. I TRY NOT TO GIVE SPECIFIC DEADLINES, AS I NEVER WANT TO RUSH THROUGH A BUILD AT THE EXPENSE OF QUALITY. I WILL DO EVERYTHING I CAN TO BUILD YOU THE BEST FIGURE POSSIBLE.

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