Chris Graunke's Innovative Customs
Location: Chicago Illinois
Ohhh about me.. Where to begin. First of all, hi. My names Chris. I'm just your average guy with a small talent for painting in tight spaces, I guess you could say. When I was a kid, Honestly, I don't even remember watching the original release of the Transformers cartoon. I started catching glimpses of it here and there, but I loved the toys. I had so many of them as a kid, but not all of them. My family didn't have a lot of money so I got what they could afford (I even got *GASP* Gobots, lol). The fondest memory I have of this toy line was when I as 3 or 4, I don't know, it was 1986 (not trying to get TO personal here) I had myself a rather serious accident and I, literally, bit my tongue off.. needless to say, it hurt. I went to the hospital, surgery, blah blah blah. Not the point of the story. When I woke up from my surgery, my family was there, and my dad had gone to the store and bought me the first release of a character named Ultra Magnus. And I think that was what really got me hooked on the line. That's the fondest memory of these toys I have. Needless to say being such a young child still, I lost most of the parts to the figure. That being said, as time went on and on, the re-showing of the original cartoons debuted as Transformers: Generation 2, and I started seeing Optimus Prime. I watched and watched, and slowly realized the the truck portion of Ultra Magnus was just JUST a truck... It was the same figure as Optimus, and I REEAALLYYY wanted an Optimus. So I broke out the red n blue Sharpie markers, and went to town turning Magnus into Prime. Ah memories of my first repaint. Little did I know there was now on the shelf a new re-release of the original Optimus Prime.. *sigh*.. Ah well, all's well that ends well. As I got older I had kind of grown away from the transformers, and into Jr. High school, There was a new generation come. The Beast Wars. I saw the first few episode, and I was SO AMAZED with what the transformers had become. They weren't just machines anymore. No, they truly were in disguise. Now they weren't machines that turned from 2 or 3 story robots, no, they were no taller than an overly large person! Well.. That's how they were depicted anyway... I think, HA! Since then I've been an avid collector. A new series would come and go, and I would collect. Then, a VERY new direction came in 2007. A live action Movie. And oh how I was doubtful, but after the new toys came out, and the movie had been seen, I was in love all over again. A lot of people don't like the aesthetic of the movie or that line of Transformers But me, that's where I shine. I took an automotive body repair class in high school, and so with that I have my little knowledge of how to paint and fix and alter certain things. I have to say the detailing the are molded into these things are INCREDIBLE. I can't tell you how impressed I honestly am with how far technology has come to allow the amount of detail and accuracy of these toys. Well folks.. That's it for now. Thank you so much for being a part of this little trip down memory lane, and please be sure to check out the projects and gallery pages!! LATERS!