Christmas. When you are a kid, toys beneath the tree are the best thing in life! But when you are a parent, you have to suffer how much "Evil Toys Megacorp" makes you expend a lot of money for only for a big piece of  "Made in China" plastic with a famous logo.

Don't get me wrong. I like toys, I love action figures and some of their vehicles and playsets are pretty cool. But, when we talk about the heroes/villains average headquarters playsets, a lot of those are overpriced things for children who will destroy them in the worst case scenario or stop playing with them in the best. Depending of the size, an playset for action figures costs between $45 and $200 in US, and if you live in South America, the price triplicates.

(And don't start with the classic G.I.Joe playsets, from $500 to thousands of dollars).

Do you want to know something? You can build your very own and personalized playset for much less, using upcycled plastic things and a lot of imagination. No limits for what you want to build for your favorite heroes/villains. A new mass destruction weapon for Cobra Commander? You got it! A great garage for your Cobra HISS Tank? Checked. Destro and the Baroness want a hot tub? Why not?

As example, I made a Cobra naval base playset for G.I.Joe action figures and the Cobra MANTIS vehicle. I used a big discarded tape recorder, some printer pieces and other found plastic stuff. The maritime base has a dock, Cobra Commander's last Annihilation Ray and a defense droid I called CRAB (COBRA Rapid Attack Bot).


(G.I.JOE, COBRA and all characters, vehicles and names related, are trademarks and propierty of HASBRO)

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kracken421 year ago
This is amazing! I've wanted to make a base like this for awhile, and now I can! This will be great for my vintage dino riders.
M.C. Langer (author)  kracken421 year ago
Thanks Kracken!!! :-)

The best thing is you can personalize your own base as you wish!!
I have been doing customs transformer figures for years. My personal collection stands on a custom shelf designed to look like their home planet. I have used several odd pieces over time to create this and make a believable world. In addition to making custom play sets and figures for my children I also do commission work and make some good money although it is truly a hobby. So I must say you did an EXCELLENT job. I am very impressed and I hope you continue to do this. It takes alot to turn your vision into something from nothing. I think you could have a future selling customs if not in the toy design business. I'll be looking for more of your designs. Great job.
Thanks man!!!! I loved so much this project! It was a lot of fun. This is the base I dreamed when I was a kid.
fzumrk2 years ago
I would have loved to have had this in 1986!
M.C. Langer (author)  fzumrk2 years ago
Thanks fzumrk!!! Why don't you try to have one now? :-)
ablec12 years ago
Very cool. I collect joes, where did you get the cobra decals? Nice up cycle, very cool base!
M.C. Langer (author)  ablec12 years ago
Thanks Ablec1! I made the decals by myself. I found the logo on internet and then I printed it in transparent adhesive acrylic paper.

Ma$terJacob2 years ago
hey the guy that looks like destro is the Ninth Doctor! :)
M.C. Langer (author)  Ma$terJacob2 years ago
Oh yeah!! The great Christopher Eccleston! :-)
HollyMann2 years ago
This is really cool. And the photos are awesome as well. I actually have several old printers in the basement which could be taken apart for parts...:)
M.C. Langer (author)  HollyMann2 years ago
Thanks a lot Holly!!!! First time I'm proud of the pictures. I'm not a good photographer, but you make miracles when use plenty of sun light and white and blue cardboard.

And printers are awesome for doing things!

Congratulations to you, too! :-)
SHIFT!2 years ago
This is truly amazing MC, one of your best projects. I love your attention to detail here especially with the palm pilot as a video screen.

Question- what specific kind of spray primer do you use? I've been meaning to learn how to use it, but I'm not sure when to apply it (eg before or after spray paint).
M.C. Langer (author)  SHIFT!2 years ago
Thanks a lot Shift!! Well, about the spary primer, I don't know if you can find the same product in Vancouver. I used a colombian brand which comes in a spray can. It's transparent primer for plastics. There is another primer but it's only for wood and metal. The important thing: the primer must be specially for plastic.
PeckLauros2 years ago
This was one of the best examples of recycling I've ever seen here. Excellent job!
M.C. Langer (author)  PeckLauros2 years ago
Thanks a lot PeckLauros!!! :-)
CUENTA2 years ago
Genial primo!
M.C. Langer (author)  CUENTA2 years ago
Gracias Jose!
Ma.Camila.R2 years ago
Que idea tan maravillosa! Ojalá ganes! Te lo mereces!
M.C. Langer (author)  Ma.Camila.R2 years ago
Gracias Maria Cami!
holmalucy2 years ago
Uahhhhh..... sabia que detrás de tanta belleza habia mucha inteligencia.
M.C. Langer (author)  holmalucy2 years ago
Jajajajajajajajaja! Gracias Holmilla! :-)
eliany2 years ago
M.C. Langer (author)  eliany2 years ago
Gracias Eliany!
This is uber sweet! Playsets are just the best and I would swear this is store bought (but better) from looking at it!
M.C. Langer (author)  Penolopy Bulnick2 years ago
WOOOOOOW! Thanks a lot Penolopy!!! Your comment made my day!!!! :-)
CB20012 years ago
Awesomeness. :D
M.C. Langer (author)  CB20012 years ago
Thanks CB2001!!! :-)
lemonie2 years ago
I've got loads of "crap" like that, and while I've always thought about doing something like this with it, now I give up.
This is one of the best uses of stuff that I've seen all year, thanks for showing us it.

M.C. Langer (author)  lemonie2 years ago
Thanks to you, Lemonie! Why did you give up?
It would just be an indulgence, no kids to give them to.
I will probably do something else with 'em though.

This is spectacular!
Thanks t.11! :-)
sunshiine2 years ago
Wow! I loved the show! Thanks for sharing!
M.C. Langer (author)  sunshiine2 years ago
Thanks to you! :-)
M.C. Langer (author)  masynmachien2 years ago
Thanks Masynmachien!! :-)
Lord_Pruitt2 years ago
Awesome. Wish this had been around about 30 years ago ....
M.C. Langer (author)  Lord_Pruitt2 years ago
Thanks Lord Pruitt! Well, it was a lot of fun building this. But I think the same, too. It would be awesome to have this on my childhood. :-)
vanweb2 years ago
Amazing work! so many details... I especially like the crab...
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