I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, my favorite thing about One Sixth Scale collecting is custom artists. As a collector first I...Read More
Category: Custom Action Figures
Custom Action Figures
If you have spent a fair amount of time interacting with other proprietors of the one sixth scale community, you are likely to have heard about something referred to as custom figures. At first glance, this might be a bit confusing as there is really a lot to custom action figures when it is in the context of one sixth scale.
Custom One Sixth Scale figures encompass a very large and diverse aspect of the hobby. There are both mass produced custom figures and accessories, as well as figures made by custom artists in much smaller edition sizes. Here we’re going to explain the differences between the two, as well as provide our readers with an area where they can read about all different kinds of custom figures.
Mass Produced Customs
Mass Produced Customs refers to figures, parts, accessories, etc that are made without an official license attached. Examples of this can be things like various types of one sixth scale tailored suits, head-sculpts that are not officially licensed, or figures that ‘coincidentally’ look like characters from different types of media. There is nothing wrong with these types of figures and parts, and they certainly have their own place in the hobby. However, they are quite different from the other type of custom action figures.
Limited Edition Custom Figures
The term custom figures refers to figures, outfits, parts, and more that are created and produced by smaller private artists. These include people who sculpt head-sculpts and accessories by hand or digitally and then have them casted, people who hand tailor costumes and outfits for scale figures, people who paint head-sculpts and accessories by hand, and everything in between. These artists work typically on smaller scale projects that are not mass produced. A great example of a limited edition custom figure would be the Custom One Sixth Scale Pee-Wee Herman figure. Just about everything to do with this figure was hand crafted.
All of this is not to say that one of these is inherently better than the other, quite the opposite. The amount of figures available is a positive, as it allows people to get figures of characters niche or unlikely to be made by a mainstream company. Now you have companies like Art Figures who make figures that fulfill niches that have not been filled before, and you also have small groups of artists spending sweat, blood and tears to create small pieces of art. Custom action figures are a fantastic byproduct of the growing popularity of the hobby, as now things that may not have been made otherwise have an avenue to get created.
Here at One Sixth Society we will be updating you with new custom figures, both information regarding mass produced projects as well as smaller projects. Additionally, we would love to add your custom figures to One Sixth Society for our guests to admire, whether you are a sculptor, painter, tailor, or some combination of the three. We respect our artists, and look forward to seeing your work.Close
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