Custom action figures by Stolf

Custom, re-painted and re-purposed action figures by Stolf including Fallout-Man, Mick-He-Mouse, Kung Fury, The Toxic Avenger, Solid Snake G.I. Joe, Transformers and He-Man. Some of these customs are for sale, you can contact Stolf and see more of his work via customstolf on Instagram.

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Custom action figures by Stolf - Fallout He-Man
Custom action figures by Stolf - Fallout He-Man
Custom action figures by Stolf - Bamse BebopBamse Bebop based on a design by Grim Nyberg
Custom action figures by Stolf - The Toxic Avenger
Custom action figures by Stolf - Mick-He-Mouse
Custom action figures by Stolf - Solid Snake G.I. Joe
Custom action figures by Stolf - Transformers Hot Rod
Custom action figures by Stolf - The Real Ghostbusters Janine's Genie
Custom action figures by Stolf - Skeletor
Custom action figures by Stolf - Merman
Custom action figures by Stolf - Teela
Custom action figures by Stolf - King Randor
Custom action figures by Stolf - Hordak
Custom action figures by Stolf - Kung Fury

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Amazing action figure concepts by Douggy

Action figure concepts by artist and designer Douglas ‘Douggy’ Pledger that, being honest, need to be in production yesterday. You tell me who wouldn’t want to own at least one, or more, of these figures? Blackadder, The IT Crowd, Alan Partridge, EastEnders, Fawlty Towers, Only Fools and Horses, Brass Eye, The Young Ones and Mr Deal or No Deal himself, Noel Edmonds. The comedic possibilities of these figures interacting with Darth Vader or the Power Rangers is limitless and the accessories are spot on.

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Amazing action figure concepts by Douggy - The IT Crowd Maurice Moss

“Fire – exclamation mark – fire – exclamation mark – help me – exclamation mark. 123 Cavendon Road. Looking forward to hearing from you. Yours truly, Maurice Moss.”

Amazing action figure concepts by Douggy - Alan Partridge

“Do you know what this bathroom says to me? Aqua. Which is French for water. It’s like being inside an enormous Fox’s Glacier Mint. Which, again, to me is a bonus.”
Amazing action figure concepts by Douggy - Brass Eye Chris Morris

“You’re the crazy world of Arthur Brown”

Amazing action figure concepts by Douggy - Phil Mitchell EastEnders
Amazing action figure concepts by Douggy - Deal or No Deal Noel Edmonds
Amazing action figure concepts by Douggy - Fawlty Towers Basil Fawlty

Basil: “Good morning, good morning.”
Guest: “Oh you’re very cheerful this morning, Mr Fawlty.”
Basil: “Yes, well one of the guests has just died.”

Amazing action figure concepts by Douggy - The Young Ones Neil

“I looked in the sky where an elephant’s eye
Was looking at me from a bubblegum tree.”

Amazing action figure concepts by Douggy - Only Fools and Horses Del Boy

“Lovely Jubbly!

Amazing action figure concepts by Douggy - Blackadder Edmund Blackadder
Baldrick: “Some beans and some beans is four!”

Blackadder: “No, now we’ve moved on – from advanced mathematics to elementary dress making.”

Custom made action figure dioramas by Louise Townend

Custom dioramas made in 1/12 and 1/6 scale for your action figure set ups by Louise Townend. Hand crafted commissions are constructed, modelled, painted and detailed with signs and props for a truly unique display piece.

Custom made dioramas by Louise Townend - RobocopCustom made dioramas by Louise Townend - ED-209

From back alleys and small rooms to space ships corridors and epic movie sets, Louise brings your ideas to life via her Craft Geek Dioramas page on Facebook. Drop by and like the page, browse build photos and perhaps leave a message of encouragement for a job well done.

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Custom made dioramas by Louise Townend - Batman

Custom made dioramas by Louise Townend - Freddy KruegerCustom made dioramas by Louise Townend - Jason Voorhees

Custom made dioramas by Louise Townend - Batman ArkhamCustom made dioramas by Louise Townend - Ghostbusters

Custom made dioramas by Louise Townend - AlienCustom made dioramas by Louise Townend - Alien

Custom made dioramas by Louise Townend - Silent Hill Pyramid Head

Multicade of the Universe – custom He-Man arcade cabinet by Tom Ace

Toy collector, customiser and all round master tinkerer Tom Ace picked up a vintage arcade machine about a month ago, with 620 games built in. “The guy told me it was called a Multicade, so naturally I had to put a Masters of the Universe twist on it, and I turned it into Multicade of the Universe!”

Tom designed, printed and installed all of the graphics, replaced the T-trim, changed out the buttons and joysticks, replaced the clear plastic over the control panel, tinted the glass and added an LCD monitor. The entire cabinet is smothered in retro Masters of the Universe imagery originally used to promote the hugely successful Mattel He-Man and the Masters of the Universe toy line and the animated television series produced by Filmation.


“[It’s] been a fun project and the games are a ton of fun to play!”

Tom is indeed the Master of the Universe when it comes to creating something that toy collectors, arcade enthusiasts and 1980s kids would love to get their hands on. Some might even be prepared to trade their precious Wonder Bread He-Man and Laser Light Skeletor for such an awesome looking arcade cabinet.

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Custom Star Wars action figures by TD 5491 Phenix Customs

Custom Star Wars action figures and card backs by TD 5491 Phenix Customs,  the original maker of the carded Crispy Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru Charred Remains figures. If you like your Star Wars figures with a dash of horror, and a whole heap of humour, then your’re in the right place.

Custom Star Wars action figures by TD 5491 Phenix Customs - Zombie Boba FettCustom Star Wars action figures by TD 5491 Phenix Customs - Zombie Boba Fett

I fist spotted these figures several months ago and initially featured them on my Action Figures & Toys Twitter account. Many more skilfully crafted and amusing designs have been added to the mix including The Force, Zombie Boba Fett, Speeder Bike Wreckage and personalised action figures. You can find  TD 5491 Phenix Customs via their Facebook page.

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Custom Star Wars action figures by TD 5491 Phenix Customs - R5-D4 (Bad Motivator) & Kenny Baker

Custom Star Wars action figures by TD 5491 Phenix Customs - Zombie Death StormtrooperCustom Star Wars action figures by TD 5491 Phenix Customs - Darth Maul

Custom Star Wars action figures by TD 5491 Phenix Customs - Charred Aunt Beru & Uncle Owen

Custom Star Wars action figures by TD 5491 Phenix Customs - Charred Aunt Beru & Uncle Owen

Custom Star Wars action figures by TD 5491 Phenix Customs - HammerheadCustom Star Wars action figures by TD 5491 Phenix Customs - Han Solo

Custom Star Wars action figures by TD 5491 Phenix Customs - Death Star vs Alderaan

Custom Star Wars action figures by TD 5491 Phenix Customs - Ben KenobiCustom Star Wars action figures by TD 5491 Phenix Customs - Hoth Wampa Arm

Custom Star Wars action figures by TD 5491 Phenix Customs - The Force and The Dark Side

Custom Star Wars action figures by TD 5491 Phenix Customs - George Lucas

Custom Star Wars action figures by TD 5491 Phenix Customs - Speeder Bike Wreckage

Custom Star Wars action figures by TD 5491 Phenix Customs - Speeder Bike Wreckage

Castle Grayskull & Snake Mountain repaints by Ryan Lansdon

One of the most famous childhood playsets of all time, Castle Grayskull was a huge epic looking beast with ladders, guns, weapons rack, trap door and came in a wonderful shade of murky green. Here’s where Masters of the Universe fan , and toy collector, Ryan Lansdon stepped in and unleashed his artistic skills upon the classic He-Man playset. Ryan got to work and now the castle looks like a real castle! Below you can see the highly detailed repaints and the classic originals for a side-by-side comparison. “By the Power of Grayskull…I Have the Power!” Masters of the Universe Snake MountainHe-Man and the Masters of the Universe Castle Grayskull Next Ryan took his hand to Snake Mountain, the rather amusing looking playset that was always the poor cousin of Castle Grayskull despite packing a trap door, voice changer and huge snake. Anyone else think the face on the front looks like Cyril Sneer from the Raccoons? Anyway, another glorious repaint later and you have two awesome looking playsets with details that really pop! I wonder what’s next for this talented artist? I vote for the Ghostbusters Firehouse.

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Closed since 2009, a toy store lost in time and crammed full of retro collectibles.

From Star Wars figures and Action Man to dolls, Playmobil and Lego, a treasure trove of old toys and games has been discovered in a shop which has been closed for years. The Frank Beech Toy Shop first opened more than 70 years ago and was well-known in Holywell in North Wales for its vast array of toys and popular window displays.

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The Frank Beech retro toy shop - Star Wars Return of the Jedi action figures

In 2009 the store closed its doors to the public, bringing to an end many decades of service since its opening by Frank Beech in the 1940s. Amazingly, the contents of the store, and store-room, remained untouched and an auction house has now recovered 120 pallets of 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and more recent toys and games.

These include boxes of Star Wars figures, Action Man, trains, Dinky cars, Timpo toys and Britains soldiers, dolls, tinplate and plastic, Airfix and many board games. Despite damp creeping into the shop and damaging some of the boxes, most of the items have survived in great condition.

All the items go on sale this April 2015 at Vectis Auctions in Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees. A spokesman from the auction house said: “The items are likely to appeal to collectors and dealers as the toys have stood in the closed-up shop for many years. Our specialists are working through the collection one pallet at a time, we could still find many hidden treasures.”
The Frank Beech retro toy shop - Action Man
The Frank Beech retro toy shop - Marx Toys Black Beauty, Lone Ranger Silver & Tribal WigwamThe Frank Beech retro toy shop - Airfix Weebles

The Frank Beech retro toy shop - Subbuteo
The Frank Beech retro toy shop - VR Troopers
The Frank Beech retro toy shop - Lego & Playmobil Playpeople
The Frank Beech retro toy shop - Dawn DollsThe Frank Beech retro toy shop - Diane Fashion Doll accessories

The Frank Beech retro toy shop - Star Wars Return of the Jedi action figures and Mini Rigs
The Frank Beech retro toy shop - Star Wars Return of the Jedi action figures
The Frank Beech retro toy shopThe Frank Beech retro toy shop - Six Million Dollar Man Bionic Man

The Frank Beech retro toy shop - store room
The Frank Beech retro toy shop

Story and images via Tom White at Wales Online.

Vintage Star Wars toys, the art of Alastair Eales

Visual artist Alastair Eales creates colourful and visually appealing watercolour portraits of vintage Star Wars figures, their accessories and logos. His work covers carded and loose figures from Kenner, Palitoy and Meccano, includes other mediums such as graphite pencil and occasionally he produces limited edition prints.

You can find works in progress, sketches and a full back catalogue of paintings and illustrations via Alastair’s blog and a daily dose of Star Wars and art related tweets on his twitter account.

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Vintage Star Wars toys, the art of Alastair Eales - Boba Fett
Vintage Star Wars toys, the art of Alastair Eales - Yoda Dagobah
Vintage Star Wars toys, the art of Alastair Eales - Luke Bespin
Vintage Star Wars toys, the art of Alastair Eales - ATAT Driver
Vintage Star Wars toys, the art of Alastair Eales - Chewie and C-3POVintage Star Wars toys, the art of Alastair Eales - Han Solo 12 Back

Vintage Star Wars toys, the art of Alastair Eales - Jawa series

Manhattan bedroom arcade, a collection of retro games that came with a high price

Chris Kooluris’s Manhattan apartment comes complete with an unusual feature, his bedroom is a shrine to video games complete with restored arcade cabinets, art, an (expensive) emulation console, pinball tables (in the lounge) and collections of action figures from his youth.

The bedroom looked far more sedate until Chris read the book Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. “The book just blew me away. It awakened something in me and I started thinking that I can’t believe I’m not surrounded by all these things that I grew up loving.”

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Chris Kooluris's retro gaming Manhattan bedroom

This amazing looking room cost $32,000 and took up most of his spare time. The major problem with this project stems from the fact he lost his fiancée in the process. His ex-partner was supportive at first, but when his hobby turned into an obsession the relationship broke down and he found himself sleeping alone under a Ninja Turtles quilt on his newly acquired futon. He does, however, host weekly games nights with his friends.

“There’s a fine line between a hobby and an obsession, and I think what happened is I just got so consumed by it all. There probably should be therapists for hobbyists. It can take over.”

On a far more positive note Chris has this to add “Men and women of the world who have passions, don’t let other people make you feel ashamed of them.  And for the love of god, let those passions spill out into your physical space.  So many people live in cookie cutter spaces.  Not me, and neither should you.  Cowabunga!”

Chris Kooluris's retro gaming Manhattan bedroomChris Kooluris's retro gaming Manhattan bedroom
Chris Kooluris's retro gaming Manhattan bedroomChris Kooluris's retro gaming Manhattan bedroom
Chris Kooluris's retro gaming Manhattan bedroomChris Kooluris's retro gaming Manhattan bedroom

Vintage Star Wars Action Figures 24KT Gold Edition

What do you do with beat up Star Wars figures? Make a 24KT Gold Edition, that’s what.

Facebook user, and Star Wars collector, Achim Khalil Ritz has taken the first 12 vintage Star Wars Figures and given them a spray of the finest shiny gold metallic paint. Looks like a million bucks to me.

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