Hi, I posted about this on this forum a long time ago, but I was one of the three winners of the design a figure contest FoP held nearly fifteen years ago. I created Strawk the Scarecrow, and won a lot of goodies as my prize.
Here's an image of the drawing I sent in, next to the professional redesign that I received as part of my prize. Fun fact: I only gave Strawk a mace because I remember that one of the rules was that your design HAD to hold a weapon for some reason. I'm not sure where the fireball came from either, but I have to give the credit to the artist for correctly interpretating my awful attempt at a plaid shirt and dungarees.
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The main prize however was the display case that came with a hyper colouration of every figure from series 1, including an unnumbered Xar. I didn't get the three secret figures however (which I only learned existed just now), but maybe they weren't in circulation at that point.
I'm also probably gonna say something thats gonna make a ton of you guys mad now. But I was just a kid when I got the display case however, and naturally I wanted to play with the figures, so I took one of my dad's screwdrivers so I could take em out of their little holes, and managed to put three holes in the thing in the process. The only pronounced one can be seen next to the octopus guy, but there's another sizable hole behind one of the warlords too.
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I also did an interview for the FoP website way back in the day however, but I'm afraid that it may have been lost forever. I've tried my best to find it using old internet archive sites, but I've had no luck. If any of you guys could somehow dig it up I would really love it. I wanna know what stupid things I told them.