JCA Best Cobra Custom 2002

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Over the years, the JoeCustoms Awards (JCA) have been a place to see some of the best of the best in world of customizing.

In 2002, , the award for best Cobra custom went to MUNDO for his Copperhead custom.

Here is what MUNDO had to say about this award-winning custom.


Tell us about why you made this figure…what was your motivation?

This custom started with the head. The Jurassic Park diver head was and is one of the coolest villain-like heads ever sculpted. After modifying it a little, I started brainstorming the character to use it for. It's funny; it usually works the other way around. With a pilot-less Moccasin in hand, I decided on Copperhead.

How did you make this figure?

I wanted a new look for Copperhead while making him still look like a vehicle driver. So I decided on giving him the goggles. Coupled with the mask, I thought it looked quite cool. Next was the Croc Master torso. I basically wanted him to have some texture on his torso, and not just a tank top. I wanted him muscular like the original, so I went with some beefy mystery arms that had gloves (for the pilot look). Lastly, I wanted the legs to have padding or armor. I was surprised how cool the Corps! legs looked on a Joe figure. They had the padding and the typical "junk" on them to fit right in.

How did you feel when you learned that you had won the JoeCustoms Award for this figure?

Very happy. There are so many awesome customs posted and submitted weekly that one can't help but feel good about having beat out such stiff competition. But overall it's the love of customizing and creating that keeps me in the game. I post my work to show others what can be done with a few random parts, imagination, and the right tools. I always give my thanks to all who leave feedback or critiques. I take the critiques like a coaching. We're not coached to show us what we did wrong. We're coached to help us overcome obstacles that may keep us from doing our best.

What would you would do differently, if anything, if you did this custom today

Well, the medium would be different. I tend to move with the times. After RAH, I moved on to JvsC and VvV. Now I work with what's currently available, which is the 25th style. If I were to do this custom now, it would be from 25th parts (except for that JP head). I'd also use Citadel paints.

Tell us a little bit about the types of customs, if any, that you are working on these days.

I'm working on video game characters, movie characters, and superheroes. Since I'm limiting my collection purchases to 3.75"-4" figure lines, my customizing has been in the same scale. It makes for fun and interesting work because most of the characters I make 4" customs of already have 6" or bigger figures or statues. I get to use pics of the 6" figures and statues as reference, and once finished, I have a mini representation of that larger figure that fits in with my collection. I just completed an Abe Sapien custom to round out my Hell Boy collection, and I just began working on a Spawn. I'm loving the Marvel Universe line because it offers base figures that can be utilized for so many different genres. For example, one custom I'd love to tackle would be a 4" He-Man. I have a Marvel Universe base body in mind, but the head is still a mystery.

Are you still active in customizing Joes? Moved on?

Not as much now that Marvel Universe has opened up more opportunities for me to create customs from other genres. In fact, my last Joe custom was a Rise of Cobra/Street Fighter cross-over representation of Cammy. I'd like to make some ROC customs of characters like Mutt and Major Bludd though.

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