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@  Maximus Ambus : (23 September 2020 - 01:20 PM)

@Bass X0 Shockwave did it.

@  TheMightyMol... : (23 September 2020 - 11:56 AM)

At least it's not Suntwerker.

@  wonko the sane? : (23 September 2020 - 11:19 AM)

I read that name as "suntweaker" the first time, and was terrified for a moment...

@  Bass X0 : (23 September 2020 - 03:41 AM)

Prowl did nothing wrong.

@  TheMightyMol... : (23 September 2020 - 01:50 AM)

Smashy, Stabby, Selfy, and Shieldy.

@  Xero Prime : (22 September 2020 - 08:52 PM)

RunFast, MuckyTrail, TrackBreaker and Sunstreaker

@  TheMightyMol... : (22 September 2020 - 06:16 AM)

Runamuck, Fasttrack, Sunstreaker, and Trailbreaker.

@  Nevermore : (22 September 2020 - 06:13 AM)

Cardboard and plastic.

@  Paladin : (22 September 2020 - 05:52 AM)

what's IN Wave 3, anyway?

@  Telly : (21 September 2020 - 06:35 PM)

i dont think theyre due for release until november. at least thats when target says ill get trailbreaker and sunstreaker. thought the wiki says theyre out in singapore

@  TheMightyMol... : (21 September 2020 - 06:01 PM)

Has wave 3 actually reached anywhere yet?

@  Maximus Ambus : (21 September 2020 - 04:40 PM)

A few more Bearimy's for Earthrise wave 3 to reach the UK

@  Spiritofeigh... : (20 September 2020 - 05:07 PM)

Cheers pal.

@  wonko the sane? : (20 September 2020 - 04:42 PM)

Welcome aboard!

@  Spiritofeigh... : (20 September 2020 - 04:38 PM)

Hey, new to the boards

@  RichardT1977 : (20 September 2020 - 02:29 PM)

I had an idea for a Spiral Zone/Go-Busters crossover fanfic...

@  wonko the sane? : (19 September 2020 - 06:35 PM)

I loved what was there, and think it's pretty ripe for "renegades" style reboot.

@  Rycochet : (19 September 2020 - 03:13 PM)

It's a shame as I loved Spiral Zone, and the design from the Japanese Toyline of the same name are fantastic, I adore the monowheel motorbike.

@  Rycochet : (19 September 2020 - 03:12 PM)

Hasbro doesn't seem to have any interest in doing anything with the TV show, haven't greenlit any attempt to rerelease it, and there have been approaches, so I think it may be aother one of Tonka's legal carcrashes where everyone involved owns a piece and it's not really worth anyone sticking their neck out to claim ownership.

@  Steevy Maximus : (19 September 2020 - 01:47 PM)

I feel that homages and references would be a fun way to expand the GI Joe brand, and give a little love to lines that are unlikely to be acknowledged beyond such capacity.

@  Steevy Maximus : (19 September 2020 - 01:47 PM)

I was under the impression that Bandai was more the character design aspects, not story or characters.

@  Rycochet : (19 September 2020 - 12:55 PM)

Also isn't it in rights limbo, given how it's loosely based on concepts from a BanDai series much like GoBots?

@  Rycochet : (19 September 2020 - 12:52 PM)

We don't need a Spiral Zone reboot, in a decade or so we'll be living it.

@  wonko the sane? : (19 September 2020 - 12:49 PM)

Yeah, but it would fundamentally change the base premise of both gijoe and spiral zone. It's either not the world spanning threat it was, or the zone riders are backed up by a competent force. Either way, you compromise the context of both.

@  Steevy Maximus : (19 September 2020 - 12:19 PM)

Akin to what was done with Matt Tracker in 2008.

@  Steevy Maximus : (19 September 2020 - 12:18 PM)

Again, not a PURE transplant, but an integration of ideas and concepts into the world of GI Joe.

@  Steevy Maximus : (19 September 2020 - 12:18 PM)

@Wonko The Cobra Overlord, with help from Dr. Mindbender and Cesspool, develops machines capable of generating a mind-controlling fog. GI Joe stalwarts Flint, Airtight, Lifeline, and Psyche-Out are joined by Colonal Courage to infiltrate these zones and disable the machines. Figures would sport hostile environment suits (Eco warriors cross with Spiral Zone) and make new versions of the mono-wheel vehicles.

@  Maximus Ambus : (19 September 2020 - 09:39 AM)

Hasbroverse.2 with bought properties: Bravestarr, Ulysses 31, Galaxy Rangers, Shadow Raiders, Manta Force, Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors, Mighty Orbots, Jem and Bigfoot and the Muscle Machines. Seamless.

@  wonko the sane? : (19 September 2020 - 08:32 AM)

While acknoledging spiral zone would be pretty boss, I doubt they could actively integrate it into anything else: given the scale of the villains deeds.

@  Steevy Maximus : (19 September 2020 - 08:03 AM)

COPS, Spiral Zone, Shadow Strikers, Action Man, Centurions, MegaForce. They wouldn’t replicate the old lines, but simply acknowledging their existence would be nifty.

@  Steevy Maximus : (19 September 2020 - 08:01 AM)

I would love to see GI Joe become something of a “celebration of action figures”. Hasbro has SO MANY old action figure properties, and many could slot into the GI Joe umbrella with relative ease.

@  Otaku : (19 September 2020 - 12:04 AM)

G.I. Joe, CyberCOPS, and M.A.S.K. all seem like something that would work from Animated or Prime, though CyberCOPS might have been a bit trickier from Prime.

@  Sabrblade : (18 September 2020 - 11:02 PM)

Rik Alvarez originally wanted the last episode of Prime to spinoff into a new MASK reboot.

@  Otaku : (18 September 2020 - 08:19 PM)

The failed Hasbroverse reminds me how so many things could have been spun off from Transformers: Animated and (after that) Transformers: Prime.

@  ▲ndrusi : (18 September 2020 - 12:43 PM)

Requiem of the Wreckers was post-Revolution, but it was also, you know, a single issue.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (18 September 2020 - 11:06 AM)

But Roche didn't have a series to keep out from the crossovers since Sins of the Wreckers was before Revolution.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (18 September 2020 - 11:01 AM)

Oh wait, that post said Roche, not Barber.

@  Rycochet : (18 September 2020 - 10:46 AM)

And then seemed surprised nobody particlarly wanted it.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (18 September 2020 - 10:25 AM)

Wasn't Barber among the editorial guys that pushed for Hasbroverse?

@  Maximus Ambus : (18 September 2020 - 10:19 AM)

He did it possibly due to 616 Spider-Mans marriage reset between Civil War and Secret Invasion.

@  ▲ndrusi : (18 September 2020 - 09:20 AM)

Bendis kept a tight leash on Ultimate Spider-Man because it was mostly set far away from Earth?

@  -LittleAutob... : (18 September 2020 - 08:49 AM)

I'm learning so much-

@  Maruten : (18 September 2020 - 04:21 AM)

At its worst it was better than MASK, sure.

@  Maximus Ambus : (18 September 2020 - 02:15 AM)

At it's worst it still stomped all over the failed Hasbroverse. Roberts and Roche kept their respective series well out of that one for the same reasons Bendis kept a tight leash on Ultimate Spider-Man when Loeb and Miller wanted greater control for Ultimatum.

@  Maruten : (17 September 2020 - 06:37 PM)

That's so accurate it's physically painful.

@  Rycochet : (17 September 2020 - 02:05 PM)

The Red Dwarf of Transformers? An interesting, innovative and genuinely funny series that descended into a self referential mess of cliches that continues long after it should have been put out to pasture and rendered nerly everyone thoroughly unlikeable? That seems about right.

@  Bass X0 : (17 September 2020 - 01:59 PM)

MTMTE and Lost Light are the Red Dwarf of Transformers stories, as opposed to the others which are more like Star Wars and Star Trek.

@  Kalidor : (17 September 2020 - 01:37 PM)

Anyone in CONUS want a Skylynx for $100 shipped?

@  Maximus Ambus : (17 September 2020 - 01:34 PM)

Maybe an acquired taste in that's in that it's from a fan raised on the UK run where Transformers wasn't taken so seriously in many stories, especially some Earthforce standalones.

@  Paladin : (17 September 2020 - 09:47 AM)

so, terrible?

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#1 SoS

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Posted 30 July 2016 - 11:02 PM

I have tons of ideas that fly through my head for customs and repaints but most of the time I lack the skill to make those ideas come to life. So after seeing Mrdeuce1018s post about some commissions he had done by the incomparable Shawn Tessmann and the great review he gave, having had a similar experience as Mrdeuce had, I just had to contact Shawn to bring some of my ideas to fruition.
Like many, I have admired Shawn's work on his BotCon custom class figures. Speaking as someone who's tried to make customs of his own, with some coming out pretty decent and others being total disasters, I can say that Shawn makes it look extremely easy.
I sent Shawn a message and told him about some some simple customs I wanted to get made and sent him the figures for him to work his magic. Throughout the entire process Shawn communicated with me regarding every step or detail that he was working on and he constantly asked for my input trying to ascertain what direction I wanted to go with for some of the customs.
I have always been a big believer in Combiner Teams having extra members, which stems from the days of watching syndicated rerun episodes of Victory (Noooooo!!! Why was your life cut so short Deathcobra?!??!!) as a kid in the 90s. Then Combiner Wars and Kabaya made it happen in toy form. Guys like Rook, Alpha Bravo, and Offroad were a dream come true. I desperately wanted Heatrock and Skyfeather to be a reality and when I saw SteamShields kits on Shapeways, I was a step closer to making that a reality.
Shawn did an amazing job recreating the Kabaya kits color scheme on the Brawl mold. It is truly amazing stunning work; words cannot describe how giddy I was when I opened the package and saw the end product in hand. While I had seen pictures of the work throughout different stages, as well as the final results, the pictures truly do not do justice to the outstanding work Shawn did on the figure.
I highly recommend hiring Shawn to do commissions. Not only does Shawn produce top-quality professional work, almost official Hasbro/Takara level in my eyes, he is a very down-to-earth guy. As I said before, he is in constant communication with you and truly listens to your ideas. I have been burned in the past with customs and Shawn made this entire process work so smoothly I could not believe it was actually real. I half-expected to wake up and find out that it was all a dream at times. Thats how great the experience has been. I have so many other customs that I want to get made that I am being very careful in not flooding Shawn with them in fear that hell throw me out on a curb. :)
So there you have it, Shawn Tessmann is a world-class guy and top-notch customizer that I wholeheartedly recommend to anyone looking to bring their custom ideas to life. One things for sure, with me he's gained a customer for life. :)
You can contact Shawn via

  • Shawn Tessmann on Facebook
  • Delta Source here on the Allspark
  • sdtessmann on TFW2005

Protectobot Heatrock

Edited by SoS, 14 May 2017 - 06:25 PM.

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Posted 30 July 2016 - 11:26 PM

I am here for this.

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Posted 30 July 2016 - 11:46 PM

That's gorgeous!

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Posted 31 July 2016 - 03:49 AM

Wow. that is gorgeous 

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Posted 31 July 2016 - 07:40 AM

I love it!


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Posted 31 July 2016 - 04:04 PM

Those GRADIENTS. WOW. Yeah that's fantastic.


One thing I'm curious about that isn't readily apparent to me: What was used to replace the turret?



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Posted 31 July 2016 - 08:09 PM

It's a Shapeways part. 


Search for Rockdriller Guardian Turret.

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Posted 31 July 2016 - 08:24 PM

Here's the direct link Dracula.






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Posted 01 August 2016 - 07:21 AM

Should have sent a poet.  That is beautiful.


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Posted 01 August 2016 - 02:16 PM

Absolutely amazing!

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Posted 04 September 2016 - 05:39 PM

Another insanely awesome custom by Shawn Tessmann.


Armada Red Alert











Edited by SoS, 04 September 2016 - 05:40 PM.

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Posted 10 October 2016 - 05:15 PM

Here's my Custom CW RB Blades. My paint apps are a little choppy in parts, but overall I'm pretty happy with it.









Here's my CW RB Heatwave that I showed a while ago, figured I'd just post him here as well.










Edited by SoS, 10 October 2016 - 05:27 PM.

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Posted 12 October 2016 - 09:30 AM

Oh, I like the landing gear.

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Posted 14 October 2016 - 10:48 PM

Here's another masterpiece by Shawn. PCC Stakeout joins the Combiner Wars and bolsters the Protectobots ranks.

















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Posted 15 October 2016 - 02:05 AM

That is just freakin' beautiful.


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Posted 15 October 2016 - 10:01 AM

That is just freakin' beautiful.


Thanks Maruten! I just had the idea, but Shawn did with the masterful execution. When I tried doing the custom myself, let's say....it was a type of execution alright. :)




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Posted 15 October 2016 - 10:20 PM

While having a Combiner Wars version of Boulder would have been great, I really wanted Boulder to remain as a construction vehicle...plus, using Grindcore resulted in a minimal effort custom Boulder. :)











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Posted 26 January 2017 - 10:24 PM

I sent the custom Combiner Wars Chase I had been working on to Shawn and asked him to paint the new chest piece and his head for me. He told me he was going to give him a touch up and he did...and what touch up! Not only did he correct the sloppy paint work I attempted on the figure, he completely remastered it. He turned my CW Chase into this beauty. I'm convinced that I now have to send him my Boulder to get the same touch up treatment. :)











Edited by SoS, 26 January 2017 - 10:27 PM.

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Posted 26 January 2017 - 10:35 PM

that's a lot of really sharp work. 


one of these days I'm going to need to sit down and watch rescue bots.

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