• One Sixth Scale Figure Collectibles Discussion
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Howdy folks. Welcome to the wonderful (and expensive) world of 1/6 scale figurines. I've posted about them before (in the now-dead action figure thread, and more recently in the Star Wars thread) and I've had people ask me various questions, so I figured it'd be a good idea to make a little general info thread about them. As a side note, this is likely to be one of the dorkiest things you ever read, but it's what I do for a living so that's fine. A one sixth scale collectible refers to any action figure or statue that is, as the name implies, 1/6 scale. A foot becomes 2 inches, and so on. I'm going to break it down into two sections; [B][I]Mass Produced [/I][/B]and [I][B]Custom. [/B][/I]Starting with [B]Mass Produced [/B] This isn't really exclusive to one sixth scale things, but it is a large part of collecting. Since the downfall of G.I. Joe, you're more likely to see something from a company like Sideshow or Hot Toys in your local comic/hobby store. Sideshow and Hot Toys are the most prominently seen as they have the rights to many popular licenses; Star Wars, Marvel, etc. Hot Toys is the more reliable company in terms of quality, while Sideshow is more hit or miss. They excel in masked characters, wherein their human portraits are somewhat weak. Some Hot Toys figures. [IMG]http://i.imgur.com/YzizXmg.png[/IMG] [IMG]http://i.imgur.com/UKoCp7D.png[/IMG] Some Sideshow figures. [IMG]http://i.imgur.com/zVW0ICB.jpg[/IMG] Besides Sideshow and Hot Toys, there are companies that produce "Un-Licensed" figures, and since they do not pay for licensing, they are cheaper. They are never explicitly said what the figures are portraying, but you can use your imagination. For example, here is VTS Toys' Wasteland Ranger. [IMG]http://i.imgur.com/wpqqrwI.jpg[/IMG] Now, that's all fine and dandy, but my favorite part of the hobby (and how I make my money) is through the [B]custom market[/B]. This involves single people/ small companies producing clothing, head sculpts, and accessories, buying bodies and parts from other mass produced figures, and combining them to make their own figures. Depending on the maker/the availability of an item, the price varies wildly. What I do in a sense, is I paint unpainted headsculpts, and produce decals and accessories when necessary. Headsculpts and clothing are the main draw, with people who sew or sculpt (traditionally or digitally) making absolute shit tons of money. For example, this John Wick that I painted was built using a custom unpainted headsculpt, and other off-brand, mass produced individual parts to create one single figure. This is worth roughly 200-300 dollars. [img]http://i.imgur.com/wPbpiT9.png[/img] Meanwhile, this Nucky Thompson that is all from scratch save the body (3D sculpted and printed sculpt, hand painted, hand sewn clothing, handmade bottles, stand, and crate) is worth 800-1000 dollars. [IMG]http://i.imgur.com/uSqhuJ5.jpg[/IMG] And that's the jist. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. If you're wondering has 'blank from blank' been made into a figure, also feel free to ask, because the odds are that it has.
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Where would people go for the customs market? Like buying/selling, Ebay?
I have some pretty sweet Portal 2 Atlus and Pbody statues from 3A I could post up. They're in their boxes at the minute I'll grab them tomorrow.
[QUOTE=thefreemann;49416868]Where would people go for the customs market? Like buying/selling, Ebay?[/QUOTE] Mainly Ebay, other forums (Sideshow Freaks), or part out websites (Toyanxiety.com Monkeydepot.com.) Enlisting someone to make/paint one is typically the cheapest way to get something that looks great for the most decent price. [editline]29th December 2015[/editline] [QUOTE=ZombieDawgs;49416869]I have some pretty sweet Portal 2 Atlus and Pbody statues from 3A I could post up. They're in their boxes at the minute I'll grab them tomorrow.[/QUOTE] Yes please do, always wanted those two, even though my video game shelf is a bit crowded. I have something like 120 figures, probably need to purge some at some point.
[QUOTE=Hunterdnrc;49416928]Mainly Ebay, other forums (Sideshow Freaks), or part out websites (Toyanxiety.com Monkeydepot.com.) Enlisting someone to make/paint one is typically the cheapest way to get something that looks great for the most decent price. [/QUOTE] What kind of prices are we looking at here?
[QUOTE=thefreemann;49421105]What kind of prices are we looking at here?[/QUOTE] What are you looking to have done? That would help me give a bit more of an accurate estimate.
ever since i moved out to my own place, i've been drooling over these types of figures, mainly the clone and storm troopers from sideshow. but their pricetag is something which makes me wince. are they really as good as they are said to be? also quite interested in the whole custom figure scene. would love to one day bring some of my characters into to the world as figures.
This seems like a good place to ask if any, but lately I've been wanting to maybe pick up a military figure or two, but before I do I wanted to check which body(ies) would be the best in terms of articulation and such?
[QUOTE=Hunterdnrc;49422285]What are you looking to have done? That would help me give a bit more of an accurate estimate.[/QUOTE] Probably just a headsculpt, but while I'm at it, full figures?
[QUOTE=thefreemann;49422809]Probably just a headsculpt, but while I'm at it, full figures?[/QUOTE] A from scratch sculpt can run from 80-600 dollars, depending. Something already made is 20-100. Full can go from 200 up, depending on availability of the pieces. [editline]30th December 2015[/editline] [QUOTE=Luxuria;49422663]This seems like a good place to ask if any, but lately I've been wanting to maybe pick up a military figure or two, but before I do I wanted to check which body(ies) would be the best in terms of articulation and such?[/QUOTE] For military, I'd suggest going for a full figure as opposed to doing it from scratch. VTS, DAM, Soldier Story all of very cool military figures, modern and historic, for 100-200 dollars. [editline]30th December 2015[/editline] [QUOTE=Fancy Godgineer;49422636]ever since i moved out to my own place, i've been drooling over these types of figures, mainly the clone and storm troopers from sideshow. but their pricetag is something which makes me wince. are they really as good as they are said to be? also quite interested in the whole custom figure scene. would love to one day bring some of my characters into to the world as figures.[/QUOTE] The troopers are great, especially from Sideshow, that's what they excel at in my opinion. I have Boba and Jango, as well as Gree and Wolffe from Sideshow. All are fantastic in terms of armored trooper figures.
I'll most likely gun for something by DAM since they do a bunch of Ruskies. Thanks!
[QUOTE=Luxuria;49423482]I'll most likely gun for something by DAM since they do a bunch of Ruskies. Thanks![/QUOTE] Good call, a lot of their recent Russian stuff is super cool.
I want stuff done from FF7 because the current Play Arts figures are terrible in detail :c
Hey, question, can non 1/6 scale things fit in this thread too? Or would I have to go digging and bump the action figure one [editline]31st December 2015[/editline] Because if one of the things I were to have were properly scaled to 1/6 it'd be about 52' tall.
Up to you guys, the action figure one was pretty dead. [editline]31st December 2015[/editline] [QUOTE=thefreemann;49427455]I want stuff done from FF7 because the current Play Arts figures are terrible in detail :c[/QUOTE] I'm not ultra familiar with FF stuff, shoot me a PM and I'll take a peek.
Bumpski, bought a new figure. [img]http://i.imgur.com/NemdPcx.jpg[/img]
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