Raving Toy Maniac
Joshua can be contacted
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After seeing Bruenor's fantastic movie Nightcrawler custom, and also after
being inspired by Doubledealer's comic-styled Nightcrawler, I figured I
would try to capture the best of both worlds. As like the other movie
customs, he has Nightcrawler's hands, feet, tail and head on a Cyclops body.
But, I added painted detail to achieve more of a comic book styled look to
it. Now, on a shelf of Marvel Legends and DC Direct figures, this supposed
'real world' re-imagining of Nightcrawler fits in a little better.
The Shadow has always been one of my favorite movies. Right there next to Rocketeer and Phantom, I think The Shadow is one of the most under-rated comic
book movies out there - but that's just me. Okay, the custom is crafted from
a DC Direct Phantom Stranger. I cut off his cape, added some Kneadatite
(thanks to both Casimir and Iron-Cow for that) for his chest section and some
vinyl to extend his trench coat and I finished it off with a swatch of canvas
for his scarf. After a lot of sanding, priming and painting, the Shadow was
ready to look into the hearts of men...
The Phantom was rather and easy custom. He began life as a DC Direct Blue
Beetle. I took off his holster and goggles, dremelled away all of his
surface scribe lines and was ready to go. Prime, paint and seal and voila,
instant pulp superhero.
For the "main" Neverman, I used a John Constantine body and a Phantom Stranger
head. I had to cut off the tie and dremel away the old collar - and after the
head was re-attached, I resculpted a buttoned up collar for the necktie. The
Nevermen don't slouch. I primed, painted and sealed him and he was ready to
The other two Nevermen were crafted from DC Direct Question figures with some
swanky new paint jobs. The goggles from all three came from McFarlane Kaneda
figures I got on sale.
St. George Bendictus
This neo-pulp character was introduced to readers' as
a back-up feature in one Mike Mignola's magnificent
Hellboy Books as the leader of a clandestine order of
heroes known as the Corpus Monstrum - The Monstermen.
Gary Gianni's signature character, illustrated with
his impeccable line, was an instant hit with me! The
tuxedo married with the knights helmet was just
Knowing that Mezco is coming out with a 7" Hellboy
toy, I needed a St. George to pal around with the big
St. George has Uncle Sam's chest and arms, the Phantom Strangers legs and hands,
and the Harry Potter
Exploding Knight for the head.
Hal Jordan's predecessor was created from a nigh-useless
Electro-Net Batman variant from Mattel and a Spider-Man Classics II Daredevil
head. The logo on the chest came from the customizers community's own Guardian
of Oa - Lars. Many thanks.
Nazi Gear Kroenen
The bad-ass of the Hellboy movie was crafted from a Mezco
Kroenen, the head of a Mez-It Kroenen, some cut vinyl and straps and a Marvel
Legends Blade jacket.
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