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I hadn't planned on making a custom of this
character until I had read an article about
how the Captain, along with other Charlton superheroes,
were not going to be produced as toys due to
legal reasons. So I decided to face the arduous
task of stealing-- er, BORROWING Casimir's recipe
of a Starman body with a slightly altered Superman
head. However, I likes me Captain Atom shiny,
says I, so after painting the body a flat blue-gray,
I brushed a thinned-down glaze of iridescent
white over the metallic areas. I think it gives
a nice sheen without being too distracting.
The original sculpt of Dr. Fate is fine (we'll
excuse the long monkey arms), but the paint
job is all over the place. It almost seems like
the manufacturers were looking at the comic
book style guide instead of the cartoon (the
yellow boots and the more cerulean blue outfit).
So I decided to do a simple repaint with more
accurate colors. I also gave the helmet and
amulet the same iridescent treatment I gave
Why the producers decided to go with B'wana
Beast instead of Animal Man, I'll never know.
Buddy Baker is made from an Atom with sculpted
hair, goggles, and a rad '80's stylin leather
jacket... or was it early 90's?
What an awful name. Sounds like a digestive
condition one would get after eating too much
fast food. Anyways, I know next to nothing
about him, but I thought that the JLU could
use some more minorities on the team. And
at least this guy doesn't have to suffer the
insult of having "black" before
his name (Black Lightning, Black Vulcan, Black
Panther, etc.). Anyways, I used a Green Lantern
for the base, and added a craft store jewel
for his blood gem and a Batman cape with a
sculpted Dracula collar. I left out the jewels
on his arms and the gem-studded garter belt
because I liked the more streamlined look.
Plus, what's with the guys wearing garter
belts thing? That was a disturbing trend in
the characters of the early '90's...
Casimir's inspiration to use Waverider's head
for Captain Atom was
too good NOT to steal-- so here's Cap 2.0, much
closer to being on-model,
which I made for a private commission... although
I just might have to make
myself one, it looks so darn good.
Though I don't really like the way Mattel
has abandoned new figure
sculpts in favor of painting costume details
on more generic bodies, I do
like how this has enabled them to release
a wide variety of characters from
the cartoon at a presumably lower cost to
them and the consumer. However,
this practice doesn't work if the integrity
of the character design is
sacrificed in order to make a buck. Case in
point: Atom Smasher. While the
character is depicted in the cartoon as never
being less than 8-10 feet
tall, the action figure is the same height
as many of the other toys already
released. My solution was to take a Martian
Manhunter (which is TOO big,
strangely enough) and re-sculpt the chest,
legs, and arms, and add a
resculpted head from a Hasbro Batman. It's
too bad that Mattel didn't want
to take the time to similarly retool the existing
MM mold (which would have
also yielded a more in-scale Amazo), but I
guess that's the whole reason
that we customizers do this sort of thing.
Incidentally, check out Iron-Cow
Productions for a super-huge 10-inch Atom
Smasher-- it's pretty sweet!
Elongated Man figure with sculpted hair and
wristbands. The collar, flared shoulders,
and emblem were made with vinyl.
B ody from an Amazo, lower legs from a Flash,
and the head is a Green Lantern with the nose,
mouth and jaw sliced off and replaced with the
lower face from a Superman. The gloves, boot
cuffs, and mask wings are sculpted, the belt
is vinyl and plastic, the star and the A are
cut vinyl and the shield was donated by a Super
Hero Showdown Capt. America.
Green Lanten on an Atom Smasher body. The afro,
headband, wristbands and boot cuffs were sculpted.
The chain came from the straitjacket that came
with the Batman/Two Face 2 pack, and the collar
was cut from an Undercover Bruce Wayne Jacket.
Red Tornado with helmet, gloves and boots sculpted,
random plastic was used for the buttons on the
cape, and the sword , belt and scabbard came
from a dollar-store toy knight.
Sinestro with sculpted wristbands, bare feet,
and cut plastic for the ankle wings.
Mattel Nightwing with a sculpted mask. The sash
came from an animated Spiderman Dr. Strange,
and the signature collar was made with styrene,
epoxy, superglue, and a lot of swearing.
Justice Lords short-haired Wonder Woman figure,
with sculpted hair and wristbands and a vinyl
Body and hair are from a Starman, and the face
was a reshaped Superman. The wings came from
Aztek figure with legs from a Steel figure.
The head was totally resculpted, and some sculpting
was done on the torso and shoulders. The belt
buckle is cut styrene.
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