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The 2023 Kick-off
January 31st, 2023 by PrimeOp

Happy New Year and Happy Year of the Rabbit! I’ve spent most January 2023 working on a line art commission that you’ll see some time this year (it was teased by the author last year, but I can’t show it yet), so this update is a bit lighter than the usual First Update of the Year, but at least it has variety.

Custom Sprites:
Street Fighter: new Cammy SSF2 win pose, updated her other win pose sprite to match better with the others.
Marvel Comics: the Enchantress
DC Comics: the Rabbit enemy from Taito’s Superman arcade game
Illmosis Network – ScrollBoss: Vonetta “Vernacula” Paige gets a new sprite, a slightly modified outfit, a satchel and a last name in an all-new sprite!

All of these sprites are tied to things I plan to work on throughout the year, including a rabbit theme to celebrate the year.

Vernacula-X Glossary: Vonetta, mascot of the Info Center area of the site, threatened suggested I also work a bit on that part of the site, so I updated amazon (updated the main pic), Beat ‘Em Up (added info, main pic borrows the main menu “Brawlstreet” banner for now), Versus Mode (added more info and main pic) and minor updates to other entries.

Image Generators: All new custom sprites were added, and the following screen styles were updated…
– Vs 3v3 scene 384×224: 12 more Vs. graphics from different games were added.


My newest game-related action figure is the Marvel Legends Capcom-style War Machine (not that they mention Capcom, but we know the deal). The Iron Man sculpt it’s based on was already proven solid twice in the standard red and gold release and the special flat red and yellow PROTON CANNON edition from last year. The spark effects, also used in that Proton Cannon IM, are still great, but you’ll probably have to heat up the rubbery plastic of the biggest spark to bend it back into shape. What makes this version really sing is the use of metallic paints and plastics to mimic the sprite’s look. I’m not a fan of factory-done painted-on cel shading for action figures, 97 times out of 100 it just works against the sculpt work and only looks good if you have light coming from a specific direction (if it ever looks right). But this figure looks really close to the sprite when it’s hit with enough light, mimicking the car paint finish found in the sprites.


Ever wonder what would happen if Captain N: the Game Master had its own Netflix monkey paw-grasped revival? Friend of the site Channel 905 a take on that (and a few other things) in this video!

The lavishly animated 2.5 pixel art platformer Slave Zero X has a demo on Steam now!


Okay… I’m going to try and take a break again. A real one this time. Besides getting rest, I’ve got some new programs to learn, and maybe I’ll even take enough time to play a game again. I’ll be back at some point between late February and early March, but there may be some small updates before that.

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The Wrap-Up 2022
December 26th, 2022 by PrimeOp

It’s time to wrap-up this year of updates in the usual way: content based on toys from the eighties and some unfinished business!

Custom Sprites:
G.I.JOE: Wild Bill, B.A.T.s
Thundercats: Mumm-Ra
Toys and Cartoons:B.P. Vess (C.O.P.S., all-new sprites), Miles Mayhem (M.A.S.K.)
Double Dragon: the alley cat from arcade version of Mission 1, NES design Billy and Jimmy Lee
DC Comics: Stargirl (yes, I’m going to miss that show)

Mini-Logos: Venom (from Kenner’s M.A.S.K.) added to Toys and Stargirl added to DC Comics

All new custom sprites and mini-logos have been added to the image generators. The main “Fighter-size” generator now an 80s action figure toy aisle in the Group, Vs. and MvC ending screenstyles. It’s still a work in progress, because I spent more time searching for image and scale reference than I did working on it so far. This version’s toys are mainly centered around 1985, the last year the first wave of Transformers were still being made. I’ll continue to update this in the future, and possibly add more versions and years (like a late-eighties version with a big TMNT section) if enough people want to see that. BTW: some of the most helpful reference pics were from this post on 20th Century Toy Collector, because I was able to see how some boxes from different lines of the era scaled next to each other.

ToyBoss: My custom New X-Men/classic Cyclops Marvel Legends figure is done enough to show, so I finally… FINALLY… have a full Konami X-Men playable character roster in 1:12 scale. I’d have had this roster (and others) finished earlier if I didn’t have to practically restart my Marvel Legends collection in 2020. I also added an updated shot of the Red Skull’s crew in Data East’s Captain America and the Avengers to show I’ve got the Controller in there.

Speaking of toys, a lot of my 2023 figure hype is aimed at Jada Toys’ Street Fighter and Mega Man action figure lines. Three figure in each wave and all at a price point that won’t K.O. your wallet, and they’ll fit in with 6-inch/1:12 scale figures, so they’ll be part of my Marvel vs. Capcom set-ups. All the little details, like the Hadoken having hands molded in like the old sprites and one of the two optional heads being based on the Super Street Fighter II Vs. portraits (still some of the best art of those characters), I’m definitely hype for these. Check out this Fwooshcast episode that drops info on these and the other figure lines Jada is working on right now:

Storm Collectables is still putting out Street Fighters, though their figures seem to be in a slightly larger scale than Marvel Legends and closer to Mattel’s Masterverse and McFarlane Toys. It’s great to have options with these and I hope both companies get into more classic video game lines.


It’s time for me to thank everyone who has visited the site this year, and I’m giving a really big thank you to those who commented here, by e-mail (yes, some people do!), and on social media. There are times when my day job has worn me out and I don’t have a lot of energy to do anything when I get home, but things like your feedback, seeing pics you made in the image generators, being surprised when the pixel minilogos pop up in fan projects, and things like that refill my energy again. Take care and see you in 2023!

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
December 25th, 2022 by PrimeOp

Christmas and Holiday pic with Haggar Claus, Santa Gilius, KramPoison, Santa Bison, and Miss Santa (Wonder Woman)

Christmas and Holiday pic with Haggar Claus, Santa Gilius, KramPoison, Santa Bison, and Miss Santa (Wonder Woman)

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The Wrap-Up returns December 26th, 2022
December 24th, 2022 by PrimeOp

Just putting this here in case you didn’t subscribe to the YouTube channel, there WILL be a Wrap-Up update this year:

More toy sprites, some unfinished business (including a Double Dragon character I didn’t have time to sprite for the 2/22/2022 update), a ToyBoss section update, and more! Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Unholidays, and I hope you’re able to stay warm!

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November maintenance
November 20th, 2022 by PrimeOp

I’ve been working on some pixel art commissions this month, so there isn’t much new, though I quietly threw a few new things into the image generators through the month. I’ll explain later.

Mini-logos: SNK the King of Fighters ’94 and Garou: Mark of the Wolves
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GFX Generators:
– characters: Rock Howard, Benimaru Nikaido, Chang Koehan(KoF), Choi Bounge (KoF), Goro Daimon, Hibiki Takane (the Last Blade), all in CvS-series form. Really, they’ve been in there for most of this month, quietly added over time after a frequent commenter pointed out they were missing.
– Boxes, Flyer & Posters 160×192: I added some alternate character layouts, but no thumbnail previews for them because I’m still tweaking them. If people like how these work, I’ll add them where I can (unfortunately certain Group and Vs. screenstyles backgrounds would make it VERY tricky there).

ToyBoss: Added a few more game roster shots, including incomplete rosters of the heroes and villains from Konami’s X-Men and a complete group of boss villains from Sega’s Spider-Man the Video Game arcade beat ’em up.

I’ve got all the Marvel Legends build-a-figure parts for Bone Breaker of the Reavers (seen in Konami’s X-Men as a drone enemy and Capcom’s The Punisher as a boss), so new pics of them are in the update. The newest arrival, just a few days ago, was that new repaint of the early 90’s Iron Man that comes packed with the Proton Cannon made legendary by Capcom’s fighting games. I’ve added pics including them along this shot of that Iron Man with the Funko Mega Man figure:


The Marvel vs. Capcom 2 cab is a Hasbro Fortnite accessory cabinet with labels from Shelf Presents and that 90s carpet is a RepliCade UV Base Pad by New Wave Toys (and it does work under blacklight).

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