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TurtleManiac
11-19-2016, 10:29 PM
Took the 4 Classic Collection 2012 TMNT figures and accessories and completely re-painted them (except the plastron) to resemble the color scheme of the original Playmates toyline "1988". These large highly articulated figures were very challenging to paint compared to the smaller 5" figures I usually customize. Let me know what you think!

Inspired by the original TMNT Playmates Toys! "1988"
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oldmanwinters
11-19-2016, 11:08 PM
I think it's a big improvement in style!

DevilSpooky
11-20-2016, 01:53 AM
Amazing, I think they look even better like this o.O

DVD
11-20-2016, 03:26 AM
I love the Donatello look.

Powder
11-20-2016, 04:26 AM
Wow, these look ridiculously good. Soooooo much better than the standard versions. I sold my goofy ass set off to pay for the SH Figuarts, but if they re-released these in this color scheme, hot damn, I'd sell blood to cover the costs. Super badass. They seem awkward & generic on their own, but with your new paint job, presenting them as updated versions of the original toys, woooo! Beauties. I appreciate them a lot more in this light (even if they are still flawed in some ways).

TheBlueTurtle1
11-20-2016, 04:57 AM
Wow, those look much better, good job man.

MrPliggins
11-20-2016, 10:55 AM
Not sure how you got the paint colors so accurate but these look great! Nice job.

Optimus Primer
11-20-2016, 12:31 PM
The brown weapons is a wonderful touch!! Never seen that before on a repaint! :tthumbsu::tthumbsu:

Candy Kappa
11-20-2016, 01:20 PM
That's a great paintjob.

CylonsKlingonsDaleksOhMy
11-20-2016, 02:13 PM
I really REALLY like that. I want my own set! :tgrin:

Monsterhjerne
11-21-2016, 05:36 PM
HOOOOLY **** these are awesome. Kudos on the paint application. I would imagine these were harder than they look, with all the parts and smooth surface. Really looks great. I have played with the idea myself, but the brown colorscheme on the weapons really take them to the next level. Had not thought of that myself, so if I ever go there, you have definately inspired the hell out of me. Excellent!

TurtleManiac
11-23-2016, 08:27 PM
I think it's a big improvement in style!

Thanks for the kind words!

Amazing, I think they look even better like this o.O

Thanks I think so too!

I love the Donatello look.

Thank you!

Wow, these look ridiculously good. Soooooo much better than the standard versions. I sold my goofy ass set off to pay for the SH Figuarts, but if they re-released these in this color scheme, hot damn, I'd sell blood to cover the costs. Super badass. They seem awkward & generic on their own, but with your new paint job, presenting them as updated versions of the original toys, woooo! Beauties. I appreciate them a lot more in this light (even if they are still flawed in some ways).

Thanks for the compliments! I was also considering selling my set to make money for the new figures coming out, but decided to paint them instead. I never liked the color scheme they used on these figures, too generic and boring, have thought about painting them like this for a while and finally got around to it. The main flaws I see on these figures is too many unsightly articulation lines, but I like them a lot better now after painting them and eliminating the cross-eyes.

Wow, those look much better, good job man.

Thank you!

Not sure how you got the paint colors so accurate but these look great! Nice job.

I had to mix some of the colors to try and match the original toys, can't call it an exact match but close enough! Thanks!

The brown weapons is a wonderful touch!! Never seen that before on a repaint! :tthumbsu::tthumbsu:

Thanks! Yeah I even wanted the weapons to have that vintage look.

That's a great paintjob.

Thank you!

I really REALLY like that. I want my own set! :tgrin:

Thanks for the kind words!

HOOOOLY **** these are awesome. Kudos on the paint application. I would imagine these were harder than they look, with all the parts and smooth surface. Really looks great. I have played with the idea myself, but the brown colorscheme on the weapons really take them to the next level. Had not thought of that myself, so if I ever go there, you have definately inspired the hell out of me. Excellent!

Thank you! It was a fun project, and yeah it definitley was challenging to paint these figures because of all the articulation. You should paint your set, yeah the weapons I decided to paint just like the vintage figures, but painting them more realistic would look good too, I just decided to go all out with the vintage look. Glad I could inspire ya!


I'm quite pleased myself with how this set turned out. These figures have crazy articulation and I've seen online photos of them in some amazing poses. When I get a chance I wanna take some more photos of them in different poses and post them here. Only downside of posing highly articulated custom painted figures is the risk of paint chipping, so I'll likely have to do some touch-ups after.

3Jane
11-25-2016, 09:23 PM
Love the repaints and although the weapons are the OG style, I prefer the newer type of weapon finish.

Thumbs up overall!

calmik
12-09-2016, 01:13 PM
Love the Paint Job. Can i ask how you did it? airbrush, burshes, what type of paint and so forth?

AquaParade
12-09-2016, 01:39 PM
Love the changes you made.

tipet
12-10-2016, 11:31 AM
Nice work. Its possible to share the colour proportions??

arkangel
12-13-2016, 10:48 AM
I second the color comment. You've absolutely nailed it. Nice work. :)

TurtleManiac
12-24-2016, 06:16 AM
Thanks you guys for the kind words! Those asking how it was done, I used acrylic model paint and paint brushes :tgrin:.

darthwahl56
01-29-2017, 02:13 AM
This was how they should have been released in the first place with all the extra brown weapons as well:)

Monte Williams
03-28-2017, 08:28 PM
If you asked me to list what's wrong with the Classics figures, it'd be quite a while before I'd get to the suggestion that their colors should more closely match the vintage figures, but man, this brings them to life! So well done!