Matthew Interview

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What got you into customizing to begin with?

There are few things. Chad got me back into Joes, then showed me, which is where I found out about Cobra De Aco. Didn't have the money at the time, so I made a custom. I had made a few customs when I was 12, mainly because I was into things other than Joes and wanted action figures to correspond with those lines.

What custom work are you most proud of and why?

I think my Cobra Constrictor helicopter. I got to do the concept sketches and 3D modeling of it while I was in college, so customizing an actual prototype was very rewarding.

Where do you find the inspiration for your work?

Alot comes from filling needs. I like doing customs of characters never done before. Also, being able to bounce ideas off of Chad really inspires me and keeps me going.

What do you find to be the most difficult part of customizing?

Sculpting and painting camoflauge. I wish I was a better sculptor, but I can do good enough to get by. And for camo, I just despise painting it.

The term "chadmatted" has sprung up when one of you wonder twins reveals a custom that someone else has in the works. Has Chad or someone else ever beaten you to the punch on a custom before and if so what was it?

There have been a few this year, but the one I remember is alleyviperelite's Scarlett. I had the same head, torso, arms, and legs together for a Scarlett. His turned out excellent.

Do you ever get annoyed that you two are always lumped together? Does that happen in real life too?

It's not too annoying, mainly because we are kind of used to it. Because we live in different cities and had different majors in college, it has gotten better, so it's not a big deal anymore. The wonder twins nickname is fun to me.

Are there any customizers' work that you really enjoy seeing and maybe even feed off of with your own customs?

Evilface is #1. But he hasn't done anything in a long time. Livevil is just too good sometimes, mainly because his work is so good it'd be hard to duplicate. There have been alot of customizers that I have fed off of, but lately I've only done RAH customs, which fewer people seem to be doing.

If time, money, and/or space weren't an issue, what would be the dream project you'd love to tackle?

PIT 1. Scaled from the floor plans in GI Joe issue #1 floor plans. It would be roughly 4'H. x 4'W. x 3'D.

What is the one piece of advice you would give to a customizer who is just starting out?

Use thin smooth coats using flat acrylics

If there was a fire and you knew everyone was safe, what one figure and one vehicle would you try to rescue and why?

Cobra Constrictor (vehicle) and I have to go with 2 figures: my wedding cake toppers

When you've moved on from customizing GI Joes, what do you think you will be most remembered for?

Consistent, production quality work.

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