OreoBuilder Featured Customizer

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As the July 2012 Featured Customizer, OreoBuilder is able to take production parts and make completely different characters in a way that leaves other customizers dumbfounded for not seeing the parts potential. His paints are so clean and smooth it makes Chinese factories jealous. When you see all of his customs together you'll b e blown away by his body of work. So go check out his customs in the Gallery Archiveand in the Critiques section of the forum.


What do you enjoy customizing the most?

I started customizing ARAH figures around 2005, the same year I restarted collecting Joes. I wasn’t very good at first (like everyone, I guess). A couple of years later, by the time the 25th figures came out, I had improved enough that I started liking my customs as much as the stuff that Hasbro was putting out. I’ve stuck with 25th construction ever since. As far as themes go, I tend to make figures that fit with the themes that Hasbro is making at the time. I usually stick pretty close to the ARAH mythos, but also incorporate VvV and other themes.

What brand of paint do you prefer?

I definitely use Tamiya more than anything else. I have a few bottles of Americana for certain colors (if not available in Tamiya). For spray paints, Krylon camouflage paint is great. I wish it came in a few more colors.

Where do you find inspiration for your customs?

My inspiration comes from several sources. I use Mark Bellomo’s and James Kavanaugh’s books as well as comics and websites (Yojoe is a fantastic source of info, JoeDeclassified.com has lots of prototypes are concept stuff as well. I check out the Critiques section and the gallery here at JoeCustoms. I also enjoy just playing around with fodder, assembling parts together just to experiment. Of course, I also greatly enjoy and draw a lot of inspiration from the group projects here at JC.

What do you consider to be your best tools of the trade?

Since I don’t do any sculpting, my main tools are brushes and paints. I also count the internet and Joe reference books among my tools, since I spend a lot of time consulting them.

What is your strongest area when it comes to customizing?

Painting in general. Even when people don’t care for a particular custom of mine, they usually comment that the paints are well done. Also, I usually get good comments on parts choices.

Thanks for the opportunity to do this. It’s an honor to have been picked for Featured Customizer of the month.


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