Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Get your horror on at Crypticon!

In honor of all the horror headed my way this weekend, I thought I'd resurrect my blog and give everyone a look at the amazing stuff going on at our booth.

Anyone who doesn't know, this weekend is Crypticon Seattle and VonKlingele Kustoms will be there for my first Con as a vendor.  I'll be sharing booth space with my good friends Tromeric from Guts and Grog and Jeremy from Critters and Gods.  Also, my lovely wife will be there, representing Legend of the Crafter with her twisted horror crafts.

Here's a look at some of the stuff I'll have on hand.

Here's just a small sample of what Guts and Grog and Critters and Gods will be bringing with them.

And last but not least here are some crafts courtesy of Legend of the Crafter.

Well, there's just a small sampling of what we're bringing to the Con.  If there's anyway you can make it to Seattle this weekend, you should.  This is one of my favorite Cons to attend and they have some pretty amazing guests and films this year, so come by and check it out.

I have a couple of surprises I won't be revealing until Saturday morning, so keep an eye on my Facebook page.  And keep an eye on the blog as I plan on going back to semi regular updates.

Later skater, hope to see you at Crypticon.


Monday, July 2, 2012

Big things a comin'

It's time for my latest sporadic post. I've had a few big projects going over the last few months that have been keeping me busy. I finished up the biggest one this weekend, but more on that in a bit.

 First a couple of announcements. I decided to change the name I work under for my customs to VonKlingele Kustoms. Frankbooth23 was just my screen name I always used so it was the easiest choice. I wanted to create a little more professional feel to what I'm doing and have the name jive with some of the writing I do for other blogs. Part of this is because I want to start taking things a little more seriously when it comes to my customs and I thought this would help put me in the right frame of mind.

The second announcement is that I am going to start actively accepting commissions and I am going to start selling figures and other art work through my blog. I'm still working out the details, but I'll have more info soon. In the mean time if anyone is interested in a figure you can contact me through the blog or my new Facebook page.

On to the real big news. I've just finished up first fully sculpted figure and it's up for grabs in a contest my buddy over at Guts and Grog is putting on. Just click the link over there and check it out. I'll let him give you the details, I'll just discuss the figure.

Dear God No2

It's a character from the movie Dear God No! and if you haven't seen it I highly recommend it. It's independent exploitation sleaze at it's finest. The character in question is a stripper in a Nixon mask, she's not a huge part of the movie, but one of my favorite visuals in the whole film.
Dear God No3

As I mentioned this is the first time I have ever sculpted a complete figure and holy shit is it a lot of work. I didn't think I'd have the patience for the methodical process of it, but I ended up really digging it after awhile and I think it's going to become a regular thing, just a little faster in the future hopefully. I think the figure looks great and it was definitely worth all the work.

Dear God No4

There was a big learning curve on this that will make the next one that much better in the end. I'll have a few work in process shots up on Facebook soon. Well that does it for now. More to come soon and make sure you check out the new Facebook page and enter that contest.

Never ignorant of getting goals accomplished.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Exterminator

Well, I finally have a new post. I haven't been working on my customs as much over the past few months, but I have a few new ones to show you over the next couple of posts. First up are a couple of gifts I made.

This one is for Eric over at Guts and Grog. I've been promising him a custom forever and I finally finished one for him. I had a hell of a time coming up with a good idea, but this one just seemed perfect. He loves obscure stuff and The Exterminator 2 really fit the bill.


Now, I hadn't seen this movie when Eric showed me an incredible hoodie with the cover on it. I loved the cover, it's perfect 80's VHS cover art, Cannon Films and all, so I knew it was the way to go. I figured I should watch the movie for reference, so I tracked down a copy online and fired up the PS3. Let me just say if you like the cover you'll love the movie. It delivers on all fronts, other than the fact that the Exterminator doesn't look nearly as cool as this in the movie, but you've got Mario Van Peebles to make up for it.


I sculpted the head and set to painting. Getting that orange to cover smoothly was a real pain in the ass, but I think it was worth it.


I'm not sure if I'm 100% happy with the head sculpt, but I'm still learning when it comes to sculpting and he still looks bad ass.


Well Eric I hope you dig him and I'll get it to you soon.


Next up is one I made for my daughter for X-mas. She loves Roller Derby, so I made a figure of a Grave Danger skater from the Rat City Roller Girls.


She loved it and this was a lot of fun too make. I had to try out some new stuff on this one. I scratch built the roller skates and managed to get some cloth leggings on there.


All in all I'm really happy with this one, especially the way the face makeup turned out.

I'll have a new post for you guys tomorrow and hopefully they'll be much more frequent from now on. I'm planning on getting back into customs full swing and maybe even trying to branch out to commissions, but we'll see how it goes.


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Fett's Vette

How goes it. Sorry it's been awhile, but I have something decent to show for it this time. I finally finished a Transformer custom. I've wanted to do this for a long time, but hadn't worked up the nerve. It was definitely a lot more difficult than my GI Joe customs.


It's Boba Fett with a Corvette alt mode based on the mc chris song.


This is easily the hardest custom I've worked on. Getting the paint right in mode was a huge pain and I'm still not 100% with it. All in all though I had fun and I plan on doing some more Transformer stuff.


I put him up on eBay, so wish me luck. You can check the auction here.

That's it for now,

Later Skaters

Sunday, May 1, 2011


All right I'm finally back with some customs. They would've been done sooner, but Portal 2 is way too good. First up is a figure I finished a few weeks back. I made it for my brother's birthday, it's only a few months late.

Rick Deckard3

I've always wanted to make this figure, but never got around to it. I'm really happy with him, I'm having a hard time giving him up.

Rick Deckard4

So here you go, happy birthday broheim.

Rick Deckard1

Next is another birthday present. This time it's for my son. He loves the Asylum creature movies so here's Sharktopus.


In case anyone is unfamiliar with the pure awesomness that is Sharktopus, stop reading this and go watch it right now.


He loved his new Sharktopus and I had fun making it. I will tell you that painting shark skin is a huge pain in the ass.


There you go. It feels good to finally finish some projects and I have a few more almost there. See you soon.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

I'm back.

Well I know it's been awhile, but I'm going to start updating more often. I'm going to start putting up some mini reviews for new figures that I get. I've also started messing around with some other things, but we'll see how they pan out. I figured I should add a couple more things that I never actually finish.

Speaking of that I do have a couple of customs in the works that should be finished up soon. They should start coming on regular basis now. I had a bunch of crap going on that was preoccupying me, but it's all good in the hood now.

Well, on to the business at hand. First up are a couple of quick reviews for some of the new Vintage line of Star Wars figures. These things are my new crack, I can't get enough of them.

Jango Fett:

This is a really nice figure, but nothing really new. It's basically just a re-release of previous Jango's. That said he has some new touches like a really well done cloth poncho, a pilot's head set for flying Slave 1, and new gauntlets. This figure was great when it came out, but suffers a little from the ridiculously high quality output on the vintage line. My biggest beef is he's a little out of proportion due to the non ball joint hips. Mind you these are very minor gripes about an all around fantastic figure.

Zam Wesell:

This figure was a big surprise for me. I wasn't even sure that I was going to pick her up at first, but decided to once I saw her in person. I don't really care about the character one way or the other, but this is just a well made toy. See packs two different heads, a removable helmet with two different detachable scarves, a sniper rifle, and a blaster with a holster. The best part is that all of these things are really well integrated and blend in perfectly. Plus it's always nice to get an all new figure. A definite stand out in the Attack of the Clones wave.

Clone Trooper (Phase I):

This one is actually from a couple waves after The Attack of the Clones wave, but he's worth the wait. This is an absolutely incredible figure. It's an all new super articulated Clone and it delivers on every front. The sculpt is sharp, the paint is clean, and the articulation is well integrated. It has me giddy over the fact that the upcoming Captain Fordo from the Clone Wars micro series is based on this Clone body. He's a favorite of mine and this Clone is one of my favorite new figures.

That's it for now. I have a few more to do, I've been buying way too many of these, so those with be forthcoming. I'll leave you with a couple of pictures of some of the stuff I've been wasting my time on.

This was just a little test to see if I could pull off some realistic scenery. I want to start making some small display bases like this. I also wanted to play around with the realistic water stuff, so I could use it in my next custom.

I want to start playing around with staging more elaborate pictures with my figures. This was just me screwing around and seeing how it turned out.

"Hola, we're not the droids you're looking for"

Check ya later skaters.

R.I.P. Toyfare

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Happy Holidays.

Well it's that time of year. We decorated the house yesterday so that meant it was time for my annual "nativity scene" if you will. Every year I set up some of my action figures in an x-mas scene. I try to include a lot of the new figures I've picked up throughout the year.

Make sure and click the picture to get a better look.

I like to think that if Jesus were real, he died for my right to buy toys well into my adult life.

So think of this as my X-mas card to you. A snapshot into the thrill of being a huge nerd.

On a custom note, I know it's been awhile, but I've got some good stuff coming. I've got a couple of presents for people that I think they're gonna dig. I'll keep you posted.