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Custom Figure Boxes

Our custom fantasy packages are all 1-of-a-kind, handcrafted items that are sold (or traded) only on a "Fan-to-Fan" basis.
Due to possible copyright restrictions, they cannot be produced in multiple quantities for the general public. See below for complete information.

DESCRIPTION (Please read):

Custom figure boxes fall under the category of original art creation, which puts this type of project in our Custom Art Service category. To help you better understand how our custom art services can help you, let's start with a real-life story behind a recent project:

Robert's life-long friend and BMW motorcycle buddy John had lost a leg in a riding accident. John is a photographer, teacher, volunteer EMT and fireman in Pennsylvania whose bravery and heroism are well known by all. Robert felt the time for honoring his good friend was long overdue and came up with a creative and exciting idea.

To help cheer up his "amputee buddy," Robert decided to create a custom action figure in John's likeness. He dubbed it the "ACTION RIDER" and began by taking a basic Joe body, swapping heads with a 21st Century SWAT Commander that looked like John, and outfitting it with a black zip-up riding suit, miniature hand-crafted walking stick, camera, helmet, dogtags and sunglasses.

But Robert wanted to take this surprise gift even further. He knew it was going to be a once-in-a-lifetime gift and that it would require professional details before it could be considered complete and ready for presentation.

After finishing his figure, he shipped it to us along with a photograph of his friend that he thought would look good on a custom box. He instructed us to also create custom patches for the riding suit to match the ones in the picture, create a fantasy box to display alongside and store the figure and create a custom accessory card-- just like the old packages from the 1960s.

When it was done, everyone stood back and marveled at the beauty of it all. It was obvious that this was an one-of-a-kind, gift of a lifetime!

Imagine the thrill of receiving an action figure of YOURSELF. Imagine the fun of realizing that YOU are now an action figure! Q: How cool is that? (A: Very, very cool!) Needless to say, the presentation of this gift was a very special moment shared between the two old friends, never to be forgotten.

Sounds Great! How much does this service cost?

They're pricey. But you get what you pay for and a professional graphic artist is working just for you! The high-end lithos we apply look fantastic and all of the custom art time that's required to properly create these masterpieces can add up. Since we have to charge for the actual production and labor time (plus materials) required to create such custom figure boxes, the total costs can range between $150 to $200, depending on the work involved.

Still reading? Then you're probably serious about creating a custom figure box and we'd love to produce it for you. GOOD NEWS! If money is a problem, we're willing to work with you to reach an alternative involving trading our graphic art services and fantasy packaging for other services or goods on a strictly non-cash, trade-only, NON-PROFIT basis. It's the time honored "fan-to-fan" exchange system known as bartering; a system that involves no money whatsoever.

If I decide to trade, what sort of trade goods are accepted?

We're always looking for vintage and modern toys (especially action figures and their related accessories and vehicles) including GIjOEs, Dragon, BBi, Sideshow , Major Matt Mason, Captain Action, etc., plus all types of pop culture memorabilia, old cereal boxes, games, etc. Feel free to offer anything you have and we'll try to come to an agreement.

Tell me more about your custom art services.

We specialize in the creation of unique graphic art and illustration. Our artwork is all newly-generated and of the highest professional standard. Each box's litho is printed from our own original art onto the highest quality glossy stock media. Your satisfaction is guaranteed. Contact us today to discuss any custom artwork projects you'd like to "bring to life!"

Call (217) 337-1706 (Ask for Mark, 9AM-5PM CST)

Or email Mark at


The final fantasy packages provided to you are clearly labeled with a disclaimer such as:

"This is a fantasy package created by Patches of Pride / Sterling Creative Group. It is NOT an actual product, nor produced in quantity. For personal use only."

There are no exeptions. We will never intentionally create a fantasy package that can be mistaken as an actual existing item produced by any actual existing company.

We also now sell just the boxes, with no graphics!
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the large size of this item, shipping will be confirmed via email AFTER your order has been received to ensure the most affordable alternative. $3.95 (plus s/h)

Please place your order HERE:





Here's how our custom boxes are produced:

1) We start by creating the box's top header panel, just as you like it,
complete with your hero or heroine's special name.

2) Next, using your supplied photo(s), we create the box's main image,
sometimes with other logos or text, depending on the subject matter.

3) Finally, we list your custom figure's special gear on the box's three info panels
(top, bottom and lower front). To avoid any trademark or copyright infringement issues, if any past or present logos or trademarks are used, we clearly identify each box as a fantasy (custom) fan-created, package and not a real product. Then, we print out all the graphics on to ultra-high resolution glossy stock and carefully adhere them to the outside of the box. Each one-of-a-kind custom box is then shipped to you, satisfaction guaranteed.

4) The final results speak for themselves. Posed alongside your custom figure, the box is an instant family heirloom. Imagine the thrill of receiving such a personal gift.
We guarantee you'll love it, and we guarantee the recipient will too!

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PLEASE NOTE: All credit card information and transactions are 100% secure. We currently accept the following forms of payment: PayPal, Mastercard, VISA, Discover, Money Orders, Personal Checks (allow 10 days clearance for checks). See your shopping cart during checkout for additional details.

Patches of Pride products are manufactured in 1/6th scale for use with 12 inch action figure toys like GIjOEs--not for use on full-size real uniforms worn by human beings. These products are accurate (miniature) recreations of historical artifacts, some related to the Axis powers of WWII. Patches of Pride / Toylectibles / Sterling Creative Group however, and the individuals connected with the manufacture of these products do not endorse nor subscribe to the philosophies or beliefs of Nazism. Quite the contrary. Our miniature products are intended for the use of FREEDOM-LOVING toy and action figure collectors, military hobbyists, militaria enthusiasts and historians around the world in the completion of their dioramas, or other such miniature 1/6th scale historical displays---and not for any other purpose. We do NOT sell nazi-related merchandise to customers with addresses in Germany. The use of photos in this website showing vintage GIJoes or Barbies or other such toys, or the GIjOE, Hasbro, Mattel (or other) logos is not meant to indicate an endorsement by any of those companies.

©Mark Otnes, DBA Patches of Pride / Toylectibles / Sterling Creative Group
All rights reserved. 303 E. Sherwin Drive, Urbana, IL 61802
217-337-1706, Email:

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