JCA Best Joe 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 G.I Joe custom went to sgartz for his Spirit custom.

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


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

There’s little doubt about where my inspiriation for Spirit came from. I wasn’t wild about the Devil’s Due Joe comic (although I liked it more during the early days of the run), but some of the character designs really worked for me. Their take on Spirit was one of the better re-imaginings, and in my opinion, a far more appropriate look for the character.


How did you make this figure?

Spirit was a pretty simple figure to make. I had gotten the idea for the chest from one of Chad_Ghost’s customs, and aside from that, I just chose parts that made the most sense to me (the knife and pistol were essential, and the rest just fell into place). The only real modifications that I made to the figure were to ball-joint the head and add the Baroness hair, which I did to better resemble the DD version.


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

For Spirit, “(pleasantly) surprised” would be the best way to describe it. I liked the custom, but it wasn’t among my favorites, so hearing that it won that year’s Best Joe Custom award was unexpected. I was very flattered, as well. My favorite thing about this figure’s popularity is that, given how simple it was to make, anybody who liked it and wanted one of their own could do so without too much trouble.


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

In Spirit’s case, I’d change a lot. My approach to customizing has changed quite a bit since this figure was made. These days, I tend to come up with a concept for the custom and then reshape the parts to fit that idea. I have a feeling that if I took another pass at this version of Spirit, I would definitely try to work in some functional holsters/sheaths/etc., and I would probably use different arms (something about those Snake-Eyes arms doesn’t work for me anymore).


Tell us a little bit about the types of customs, if any, that you are working on these days. Are you still active in customizing Joes? Moved on?

Believe it or not, I still customize regularly. My problem these days is finishing anything. I tend to refrain from posting WIP stuff because I like to wait until I’m 100% satisfied with the piece before putting it out in the world, but the downside of that approach is that I end up posting about two customs a year. I’ve been doing a lot of Star Wars custom figures over the last couple of years (many of which I’ve actually finished), but I haven’t posted them anywhere for a variety of reasons. I’ve got quite a few Joe figures lying around in various stages of completion. I had a brief burst of Joe inspiration when the movie figures started to hit stores, and I made a bunch of stuff that I’ll hopefully be posting in the near future. I’ve also got a whole assortment of James Bond customs that are beginning to take shape, I should be finished with at least a few of them very soon.

Thanks for the opportunity to revisit these customs, and thanks to everybody who checked them out!

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