It’s not just an ice rink, it’s our home.

From the AIHL’s Sydney Bears to The Hills Shire Council, Hockey to us is a lifestyle. It’s waking up every morning after dreaming you’ve scored a big goal in an even bigger game. It’s about giving it your all on the ice even when your mind tells you to quit but your heart and pride tells you to carry on. It’s about the blood, the sweat and the tears you sacrifice day in and day out for your team. It’s about losing your mind when you win and the pain you feel when you lose. It’s about the friendships you forge with your teammates. It’s not just a game, but also a tradition. We love hockey. It has given us joy, it has given us pain but most importantly, it has given us a home. This is what you want to knock down for a profit. Not just an ice rink, but our home. ******** This is my excerpt, from the petition I signed on Change.org this morning: Because Australia is more than roos and barbies and crocs.  It’s rapidly… Read moreIt’s not just an ice rink, it’s our home.

Nobody ever had to beg me to play hockey

“You know,” my roommate said to me over the wind and traffic noise in his CJ7 Jeep as we blasted down the highway, “Nobody ever had to beg me to play hockey.” We were roommates and teammates on Colorado’s 2nd-ever team in the Major League Roller Hockey comp. The 1st-ever team was the region’s Golden Boys, the top players and shiniest roller hockey heroes in Denver’s surrounds. The Rocky Mountain Wolverines boasted years and years of collegiate and junior ice hockey talent and the leftovers, politically and otherwise, tried out for the “other” team in a bit of a coup (or a fu-coup, as it were). Our coach/owner was as ragtag as we were and we all loved the idea that nobody expected us to even form a team, let alone win anything. Coach was as full of big talk and big promises as he was empty when the bar tab came around. We exchanged looks at times, but we all believed because we wanted to play so badly. We started out as the Mile High Moose and we played… Read moreNobody ever had to beg me to play hockey

Customs – Night Viper

One of my absolute FAVOURITE O-ring Joes was the Night Viper.  I loved him so much that I frequently swapped heads for a cool-looking Joe (like Dial-Tone or Falcon) to make them like, undercover.  Not even terribly sure why I loved it so much, just did. So of course I was stoked when they announced a Night Viper coming out in the Retaliation line of toys.  Thing is, I’d already had the parts and bits together for this project though.  Plus, when I got a gander at the one they’d come out with, $40 on eBay and all, I saw just another kitbash with some cool colouring.  Stupid Hasbro. So I was even more motivated to make my own. Recipe (body): Head – Night Adder Chest/Torso/Arms – POC Snake Eyes Upper legs (outer) – ROC Duke (Impact Armor) Upper legs (inner) – ROC Ripcord Knees – POC Gayass Tornado Kick Snake Eyes Lower legs – POC Gayass Whirlwind Kick Storm Shadow Feet – ROC Charbroil with bits I cut off POC Gayass Tornado Kick Snake Eyes shins Recipe (gear): Visor… Read moreCustoms – Night Viper

Customs – Altaïr (Assassin’s Creed)

It was nearly a year ago when I first got really into Assassin’s Creed and I LOVED IT. I looked for toys, but there just aren’t that many. When I first decided I was going to do this, make this custom, I knew it was a relatively big fucking deal. No illusions here. I wanted to push it though, to attempt something that most others wouldn’t do. I wanted to create a figure that simply doesn’t exist commercially (that I know of) and I wanted to do it entirely of extra Joe parts that I had. Recipe (body): Head – Rise of Cobra Duke Chest – 25th Anniversary Storm Shadow Waist – Ditto Upper arms – ROC Gayass Tornado Kick Snake Eyes Lower arms – ROC Arctic Storm Shadow Upper legs – Resolute Storm Shadow Knees/Lower legs (upper) – Ditto Shins – Pursuit of Cobra Alley Viper Feet – 25th Anniversary Storm Shadow Note the missing finger that not only allows for ease-of-use with the hidden blade but also is a sign of the Assassin’s dedication (from first game only,… Read moreCustoms – Altaïr (Assassin’s Creed)

Customs – Kamakura, Rise of Cobra

I was damn lucky to not only have a Kamakura from Joenerd TJ (two actually, both $4 from clearance shelf at Toyworld) but also a beat-up one from a $30 lot I got from the US (with True Heroes boat and 22 figures).  Since he’s made up of 25th Ann. Storm Shadow (v30, I think) I didn’t need the parts really.  But I knew when I used it that I wanted it to be for a proper Kamakura custom. When I was getting the idea for Sandstorm, BANG, it hit me.  Don’t forget Kamy! So there you go.  But his blue wasn’t green enough for me, considering that he’s always, always green in some way.  And I wanted him to have some sort of body armour on his lower parts to match the upper parts, making him more armoury and tough and Impact Armor Awesome.  Plus, it gives me a chance to balance things drybrush-wise. Recipe Head/Torso/Arms/Upper Legs – ROC Kamakura Lower Leg – ROC Snake Eyes (v47) Feet – Resolute Storm Shadow Backpack – Sword sheaths from ROC Storm… Read moreCustoms – Kamakura, Rise of Cobra

Customs – Snake Eyes, Rise of Cobra

Snake Eyes.  My boy.  The goods.  The shit.  The Real Deal baby. My first true love. While a part of me will always, ALWAYS want to do some sort of “Ultimate” Snake Eyes (and still plans to, despite the Wave 3.5 Retaliation figs) I also really, really love the idea of making new ones for unique situations.  I had a ROC Ripcord body with an extra Snake Eyes head on it for AGES when I had my ROC guys set up, and when I started this whole Impact Armor project I realised that I was going to have to give him a proper Snake Eyes treatment instead of just a headswap, sword and uzi. Recipe Head – Dollar General Snake Eyes Torso/Upper Arms – ROC Duke Lower Arms – ROC Snake Eyes (v43) Upper Legs – ROC Snake Eyes (v47) Lower Legs – ROC Charbroil Webgear – ROC Snake Eyes (v47) All up, it was pretty easy painting him because the grey that I happened to have was an exact match for the one they already used on Duke’s Impact… Read moreCustoms – Snake Eyes, Rise of Cobra

Customs – Sandstorm, Rise of Cobra

I was nearly done with the original gangsta’s from the Impact Armor crew (Rise of Cobra) when it hit me: There were more figures with this armor! So I dug around to find parts that would match Sandstorm, surprisingly easy really, and made a new one that was going to get the complete workover. Recipe Head – 25th Firefly Torso/Upper Arms/Upper Legs – ROC Ripcord Lower Legs – ROC Snake Eyes Sandstorm was fun because I knew fuckall about him.  I sort of thought that he could be a sniper or some shit for the Impact Armor Team when they’re all assaulty and missiony.  I liked the idea that he’d have some desert camo and a bigass sniper rifle from Marauder’s. [EDIT] I see now that he’s an MP, so I might try to work that angle instead.  But I do really like the idea of a ‘Perimeter Control Specialist’ on covert ops being a sniper.  I mean, other than ninjas, what else would you have?

Customs – Shipwreck, Rise of Cobra

Shipwreck was a character that I immediately liked in the toyline and missed terribly from the movie.  He would’ve been a brilliant addition, especially with his badass knit watchcap and Impact Armor instead of that stupid Popeye hat and chinos. That said, I liked the Impact Armor heaps.  So much so that I did a custom of everybody that had some, and then some!  But I still had to give him some of the trademark pants and sailor-style boots.  Plus, instead of the gray battle camo on the Impact Armor, I gave him blue as homage to the sea, ARR! Recipe Head/Torso/Arms/Upper Legs – Shippie Lower Legs – ROC Storm Shadow Feet – Damn… I honestly forget.  The Customs Box is getting pretty full these days. Shipwreck was fun and I’m really happy with how he turned out.  EXCEPT… the joints.  Fukkinell, it is a bastard to try and get the joints whittled down to where they won’t rub paint off when you move his legs.  I’m still not sure that he’s okay for this, but I’m too afraid to… Read moreCustoms – Shipwreck, Rise of Cobra

Customs – Cover Girl, Rise of Cobra

Cover Girl was yet another one of those figures that made me wonder, “Why in the Blue Fuck was she even IN the movie?”  Because really, let’s hire the hot chick for a menial role yet still with a recognisable code name, then kill her brutally when she hasn’t even done ONE THING that was cool or awesome.  Fkn LAME. So yeah, I wanted to do a custom of her not only because the Joes are low on de wimmins, but also because I felt bad that her part in the movie blew anchormen. Recipe Head – ROC Cover Girl with 25th Ann. Scarlett’s hair.  Carved, cut, styled and set before painted blonde. Torso – ROC Scarlett. Upper Arms – Agent Helix Lower Arms – ROC Baroness Upper Legs – ROC Scarlett Lower Legs – Agent Helix Feet – ROC Scarlett (no fkn heels in combat please!) Belt – 25th Firefly with ROC Paris Pursuit Storm Shadow’s holster. Holster, right leg – Renegades Ripcord. The head was the fun part because it kind of cheeses me that these chicks would… Read moreCustoms – Cover Girl, Rise of Cobra

Customs – Agent Helix

At first, Agent Helix kind of pissed me off. I had no idea who she was, her face looked a little funny, her guns were absolute shithouse and she was hard to fkn find for under $10. Then, I won a low-bidding auction for her and somebody else I needed (one of the Neo Vipers maybe?) for pretty cheap, getting her for about $5. Then I’d remembered I’d already bid in another auction for just her, and I ended up winning another low-bidding affair and getting her for about $4. Once I saw that I could do a custom or two with her parts, she sort of grew on me, and then I found out that she’s in the video game which me and Oldest Child recently picked up used at EB Games. So I’m no longer pissed off by her. She’s not my favourite, but she’s alright. Recipe Head – DUH Upper Torso – ROC Baroness Lower Torso – ROC Scarlett Upper Arms – ROC Scarlett Lower Arms – Agent Helix Upper Legs – ROC Baroness Lower Legs –… Read moreCustoms – Agent Helix