C2E2 2013 Photo Report

Once again this year I made the trek to the Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo in Chicago, Illinois. Below is a sampling of the cool and not so cool stuff that can be found there.  Some of the highlights were the new area just for indie artists called “The Block”, and the awesome display of graded vintage Star Wars toys at the “Vintage Toys & Pop Culture Auction.”

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Border Patrol: Transformers Overlord, Devastator, Optimus Prime, Kill-O-Watt, and Acidstorm / Icestorm

This week, the customs scene on eBay was overloaded by some pretty impressive custom Transformers. The list was dominated by the G.I. JOE crossover Overlord, which has broken $1K with five days still remaining in the auction.

In AFP’s Border Patrol, we scour active eBay auctions for customized action figures that you won’t want to let slip by!

Transformers G.I. JOE Overlord 1

Transformers G.I. JOE Overlord by GetRightRobot – this massive custom includes a 26-inch Night Raven, a HISS Tank, and vintage Zartan and Zarana figures – no wonder the price is skyrocketing – ends Mar 31, 2013 18:04:56 PDT

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Border Patrol: 1/6 Scale Military Vehicles and Figures – Huge Lot

In AFP’s Border Patrol, we scour active eBay auctions for customized action figures that you won’t want to let slip by!

Normally in this column I pick out a handful of customized figures, but this week I found a huge lot of customized 1/6 scale military figures and vehicles. I’ve got a lot of admiration for customizers who venture into vehicles and dioramas, because it takes an extraordinary level of commitment and attention to detail. I noticed an unusual amount of vehicles in my eBay search, including:

I thought at first the 3 listings for the half tracks were dupes, and was surprised when I saw they were all unique, and all with 3 or more figures.

A little more clicking and I found that the seller has 12 different 1/6 scale military vehicle and figure combos on auction ending over the next few days. Most are customized, and one includes the original box for the Hasbro G.I. JOE toy.

When I saw that the seller is a vintage collectibles dealer from south Florida, it gave me a bittersweet feeling. Most of the customs I feature are created by talented customizers who ply their trade to supplement their incomes. I realized this lot was likely from a collector who is liquidating his collection or has passed away. In any case, I know these figures have truly been loved.

Border Patrol: Custom Painted Vintage Masters of the Universe Snake Mountain

In AFP’s Border Patrol, we scour active eBay auctions for customized action figures that you won’t want to let slip by!

I normally publish new Border Patrol posts on Tuesday, but this auction I saw on Fwoosh’s Facebook fan page is going to close this coming Monday.

Custom-Painted Vintage Mattel MOTU Snake Mountain – I’m pretty sure any Masters of the Universe Classics or vintage collector would love a Snake Mountain playset that’s been repainted by a professional painter – NECA’s Geoff Trapp painted this vintage set for the Masters of the Universe 30th Anniversary art show that ran during New York Comic Con a couple months back, and now it’s available to the highest bidder – ends Dec 10, 2012 17:41:58 PST