I find that pair suspect (fake). The spacing between the words "Oakley" and "frogskins" is unusually close"; the font is unusual as well; the spacing and type of stud/hinges on the earstem is abnormal (both on the outside and inside).
The pic is small on the lads teo, but all diamonds seem circular to me. The first pic seems the square slot is just painted silver or there reflection from the light rather than the diamond being square in shape.
In a video for the original Thump's release, Colin Baden discussed the complexity of the Thump in relation to the development of other Oakley products. He wrote down it took 6 months to develop the R2, 4 months for the MD and 3 months for the Thump.
An interesting note is that Colin said the Thump had 154 parts. In a published letter to the now defunct "HD for Indies" site, JJ claimed the Thump only had 125 parts (he used the Thump's complexity to show how even more complex the Red One is). I would go with Colin's number as it was closer to the time of development, whereas JJ's number was many years after and may be a guesstimate based off of memory.
I especially like this one. The way he uses newspaper as a key element of the art reminds me of work done by a well-known Canadian artist named Taka Sudo. Taka also uses newspaper as the base of his art. Here is Taka's custom pair he did for Oakley a few years back:
I would recommend getting as close as possible without getting it 100% accurate. They actually used 2 sets to grips to make the ones on the auctioned bike. They wanted an extended grip so they cut the tip off on one grip and then cut another grip's tip further down and added them together to make an extended grip:
I saw the new Millennium Falcon at a Lego store today. It definitely needs room to breathe for any fan who buys it; a sizeable piece that looks amazing. If any of you are buying it and intend to put it together, I would love to see where/how you display it.
It used to be that factory customs were all the rage. Every time we saw a new frame or lens colour that wasn't for sale publicly, we ooh and aaahhhed. When Total_O had his factory customs up on eBay, we couldn't get enough of them (until of course we did).
10 years later we have unlocked the mystery of how to do these cool customs, whether it be hydro dipping, anodizing, Cerekoe-ing, or what have you (the work of those like Zach, Josh or Brian is truly exceptional). The quality of work these days is very high end with some of them being indistinguishable from ones that come out of Oakley directly.
Because of these customs become so commonplace, I don't have that "must have" urge I used to have when I see a new item that's come out of the factory. Coupled with the fact that there are still collectors creating their own customs and passing them off as being from Oakley directly, I tend to bypass most factory customs being offered for sale (unless it is something truly unique).
In short, the "branding" of being a factory custom for eyewear or watches doesn't have influence on me these days. The cool factor will always hold more water, whether it be a regular release, third party or factory custom. But that's just me. Which leads me to you...
What are your thoughts on factory customs and how important are they to your collection?
They didn't run GWP last year so I'd be surprised if they did it this year, but I'm crossing my fingers.
Last year had the Gold CF money clip cancelled, only to have it show up in stores this late summer. The Gold Bunker (99457ORT-503) was also planned but cancelled for last Black Friday. Could it be possible we'll see it this winter? Not sure if I'd be all that excited about it, TBH, but it'd be interesting if they did release it.
Takumi and co. seem to be painting up a storm (and not just for an eBay auction it seems). Another Studio Concept series for the holidays? Just some wild speculation on my part.