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lemily33

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« on: 02-10-2011 11:14 »

Okay, second post on the forum. I tried to register last week, but the server move had registration down for a bit. So, hi! smile You guys are awesome!

I'm a new collector, and I'm thinking of painting Amy, the Professor, Hermes, and Bender to match the Universe 1 colors from The Farnsworth Parabox. (I know there's a Glorious Golden Bender out, but I really don't want to pay $300 for what looks like an easy repaint since I want to take him out of the box anyway.)

Has anyone successfully done this? I'll be reading up on action figure repainting, but it would be nice to know someone had done it on these figures already.

Thanks, everyone!

~Emily
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« Reply #1 on: 02-10-2011 11:55 »

That's an utterly fantastic idea. Don't know of anybody whose done it, but I for one want to see pictures when it's done. You don't need to sign your name at the bottom of your posts, btw.

You could probably get tips on repainting them from people who do stuff like Warhammer, or anything else where they buy thousands of pounds worth of miniature figures, paint them in exquisite detail, then ignore them and roll dice to see who "wins".
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« Reply #2 on: 02-10-2011 20:25 »

it's been done, it might have been the kidrobot figures
and the pictures are around here somewhere
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« Reply #3 on: 02-10-2011 20:28 »

This idea sounds awesome.  You've awesome Emily.  Also, you have a cool name.  Awesome!
lemily33

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« Reply #4 on: 02-10-2011 22:18 »

That's an utterly fantastic idea. Don't know of anybody whose done it, but I for one want to see pictures when it's done. You don't need to sign your name at the bottom of your posts, btw.

Thanks! I usually sign on other message boards since my name is in my handle anyway. Habit. smile Is it nontraditional/frowned upon here? I'm still getting the hang of the unspoken rules.

it's been done, it might have been the kidrobot figures
and the pictures are around here somewhere

Sweet! I'll search.

And thanks, winna. smile Your name suits your win-ness.
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« Reply #5 on: 02-10-2011 22:36 »

http://twitpic.com/la0gg/full
lemily33

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« Reply #6 on: 02-10-2011 22:49 »

WOW! That's so cool! Did you do that?
jabalong

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« Reply #7 on: 02-11-2011 16:51 »

Speaking of custom repaints, Happy Panda Toys has some KidRobot ones - alternate universe Fry an Leela.



I'm surprised no one's bought these yet, as I'd be all over them if was buying the KidRobot line.
lemily33

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« Reply #8 on: 02-11-2011 17:38 »

That's awesome! :-) I have original Fry and Leela in Kidrobot, so I'll go check that out.
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« Reply #9 on: 03-04-2011 22:39 »

Fry just looks...unsettling to me because it's not the Fry I'm used to. Does anyone else think Leela with red hair looks like Katey Sagal's character from Married With Children? laff
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« Reply #10 on: 03-04-2011 22:49 »

i didnt know alternative universe fry was from india
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« Reply #11 on: 03-04-2011 23:38 »
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Wow you are so right!

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« Reply #12 on: 03-05-2011 01:11 »

Here's another take on alt-universe KidRobot ones including Zoidberg and Bender:



From artist MeSmithy's blog who also posted earlier versions on KidRobot's forums.
lemily33

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« Reply #13 on: 03-05-2011 01:24 »

Here's another take on alt-universe KidRobot ones including Zoidberg and Bender:

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From artist MeSmithy's blog who also posted earlier versions on KidRobot's forums.

Way cool! I'm impressed! Thanks, jabalong!
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« Reply #14 on: 03-05-2011 07:48 »

If you go through that KidRobot forums, MeSmithy says what kind of paint she used to do these.

Probably could drop her a line on her blog for more advice on repainting figures....
lemily33

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« Reply #15 on: 03-05-2011 07:53 »

Okay! Thank you. smile
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« Reply #16 on: 03-05-2011 07:58 »

Out of curiosity, I googled MeSmithy, who is Megan Smithyman. Not only is she an artist who knows her way around custom toys, but apparently she is or was an animation production with American Dad and Futurama. Très cool. Found the details in this article at VinylGoddess, which mentions that MeSmithy made a custom custom, so to speak, for the writer. So if you want a custom Futurama figure and aren't convinced in your own ability to make one, but have some cash to pay, could always try get someone like MeSmithy to do it for ya. I've still got my fingers crossed though that Toynami will finish off the alt universe figs with Amy, Hermes and Farnsworth (SDCC 2011?).


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« Reply #17 on: 03-05-2011 08:08 »

You going to SDCC this year?
lemily33

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« Reply #18 on: 03-05-2011 08:09 »

That's so awesome! You rock, jabalong. I wish I could upvote you or something. laff
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« Reply #19 on: 03-06-2011 06:44 »

Nope, I won't be going to SDDC. Easy enough to get the exclusives, though they've never been cheap.

No problemo lemily.  smile
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« Reply #20 on: 04-25-2011 01:39 »

How would someone know what shade or type of paint to use to do either a Golden Golden Bender or Blue Zoidberg, or whatever?  If you count the money it would cost to get a base figure to start with (especially Zoidberg), that's something you don't want to mess up by being slightly off, ya know?  Or is that kind of thing just common knowledge in the DIY/Custom figure circles?
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« Reply #21 on: 04-25-2011 13:05 »

I have no idea, but this is the first time I looked into this thread and those re-paints are total kickass! cool...

lemily33

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« Reply #22 on: 04-25-2011 21:17 »

I bought blue Zoidberg. He's less expensive than regular Zoidberg. As for GG Bender, it's not important to get the color the same as a normal one, just the same as golden Bender on the show. smile
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« Reply #23 on: 04-26-2011 01:16 »

Well, yeah, that's a point.  But the same problem arises I believe, how do you get the same color as on the show, aside from eyeballing it? confused
lemily33

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« Reply #24 on: 04-26-2011 02:55 »

You just eyeball it. laff It's not to sell, just for fun. You can always sand and repaint.
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« Reply #25 on: 04-27-2011 16:05 »
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You could probably get tips on repainting them from people who do stuff like Warhammer, or anything else where they buy thousands of pounds worth of miniature figures, paint them in exquisite detail, then ignore them and roll dice to see who "wins".
I paint and play warhammer. It's quite nice to have a geek hobby that doesn't involve a computer.

There's not too much to consider as far as the actual painting goes since the action figures are quite large.. other than keeping the coats thin and smooth with multiple layers where necessary to avoid visible brushstrokes. Also, keep it all super-neat and take your time.

The surface texture of the figure needs paying attention to, though.. if it's too "shiny" certain paints won't stick, especially acrylics, although matt enamels should still work well, even if they're a bit more difficult to work with. Matt enamels is the approach I would take.

An alternative would be to use a matt primer spray (think car spray) to undercoat the figures first and give a surface for the acrylics to adhere to. Starting with a white base is pretty good if you want bright colours, or a black base for dark colours and metallics. If at the end of the process you want to bring the shine back, spraying gloss varnish will work fine.
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« Reply #26 on: 04-27-2011 22:12 »

cool, those are great tips I would never have thought of.  Thanks!
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« Reply #27 on: 05-02-2011 11:25 »

That's pretty cool Zmithy.  I posted a question in the tabletop thread a little while ago asking if anyone else played warhammer.  I really like the idea of painting little figurines. smile
lemily33

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« Reply #28 on: 05-03-2011 02:41 »

Zmithy, these are good tips. smile Thanks!
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