JCA Best Joe Custom 2004

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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 2004, the award for best G.I Joe custom went to sgartz for his Stalker custom.

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


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

I’ve always been a huge fan of the character. I loved the original figure, and his comic characterization was probably the coolest in the whole series. I wanted a figure of Stalker that captured the more military nature of the character, and hopefully a bit of what made him so cool in the comic, as well.

How did you make this figure?

Stalker was much more of a labor of love. The gallery page includes a detailed description of the modifications that I made to him, but the most important elements were the working holster and sheath, the turtleneck underneath his uniform, and the tiger-stripe camo pattern. Painting the camo was a lengthy process, but I’m still happy with the results.

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

For Stalker, it was a real honor. I put a lot of thought and effort into that custom, so for people to think highly enough of it to vote it the Best Joe Custom of that year was very rewarding. It’s still one of my favorite customs that I’ve made, and it meant a lot to know that other people enjoyed it, too.

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

Stalker would be largely left alone. When I finally have enough space to display my Joe customs again, I’ll probably give him a Marauder rifle and combat knife in place of the Hasbro weapons, but other than that, I’m still happy with him after all these years.

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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