Raving Toy Maniac
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Created by Alan
Moore and Kevin O’Neil
Figures created by Joshua Izzo
The famous adventurer was crafted from a DC Direct
Uncle Sam torso, McFarlane Shaft arms and jacket, McFarlane Ichabod Crane
legs, Toy Biz Legolas hands, DC Direct Constantine head and Toy Biz King
Theoden face with a flourish of Kneadatite facial hair.
The leader of the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
was created with the head of a McFarlane Jessica Priest, the body and legs of
the Electra Woman figure, the upper arms and hands of the McFarlane Dawn
figure, the lower arms of the Art Asylum Enterprise Vulcan woman and the skirt
of Toy Biz’ Eowyn. She has a ribbon scarf to hide those unsightly bite marks…
Mina Harker, Captain Nemo & Alan Quartermain
The effete Gray was created out of a Mattel Joker body,
heavily modified at the neck to accommodate the new head, collar and cravat.
The head is crafted out of Kneadatite, Toy Biz Legolas’ face along with the
Harry Potter Gilderoy hair and ears. His portrait is just that, a portrait.
Dr. Alphonse Moreau
The good Doctor began life as the legs from a DC
Direct Elijah Snow and an X-Men Movie Magneto. His collar was modified to
include his cravat and a waistcoat was added with cut vinyl. The hands are from
a DC Direct Uncle Sam, and the accoutrements are crafted from cut vinyl and
other miscellaneous bits from the parts box.
Dr. Alphonse Moreau’s Ani-Man
The brutish half-man-half-beast was crafted from a Toy Biz
Marvel legends Beast figure with the pants of a Toy Biz Movie Hulk. The
cat-like muzzle was crafted out of Kneadatite and the whiskers were some small
Dr. Moreau & his Ani-Man
The legendary lord of the apes
was a Toy Biz Namor figure with some bare feet attached. His head is a
heavily modified DC Direct Uncle Sam head. Cheetah is there for the ride.
Tarzan’s mainland wife was a simple repaint of the
horrific Hasbro Planet of the Apes Daena figure. She had her slave outfit
replaced with a swanky jungle-themed leopard-print number, she was then
painted and added to the roster.
The Tarzan Family
Orlando with Top
nigh-immortal, androgynous gender-changing dilettante Orlando is crafted from
a McFarlane Metal Gear Solid head and hands (forgive me if I do not know the
names of the figures...) a McFarlane Ichabod Crane torso and arms, a Toy Biz
X-2 Nightcrawler jacket, Toy Biz Lord of the Rings Eowyn waist and thighs and
McFarlane Dawn legs and boots. Her top hat is from a DC Direct Uncle Sam and
her attitude is from the 1890's.
Mina Harker &
The infamous world-traveling liar was created using a DC
Direct Uncle Sam torso, arms and head. The head was modified with Kneadatite
to add the pronounced nose and facial hair. His cuffs are from a Toy Biz
Darkstalkers Dimitri, and his hands are from a Mattel Joker. His jacket is
from an X-2 Movie Cyclops, his waist and thighs are from a Toy Biz Legolas and
his boots are from a Battle of the Planets Jason. Add a hat and shoe buckles
from a Hasbro Treasure Planet figure, a feather and a saber and voila!
The grizzled old seafaring hero was made from a DC Direct
Elijah Snow. Solomon Grundy’s club was used to craft his peg leg and some
Kneadatite was used to give him that Gregory Peck beard.
Don Quixote close
Knight-Errant of La Mancha was created using the Harry Potter Gilderoy figure
for the torso, arms and gauntlets. His head is a heavily modified McFarlane
Crow figure with some new Kneadatite facial hair. His helmet is from Toy Biz’
Magneto, with some decoration from a Spawn figure. His waist and thighs are a
bit of cut vinyl along with the Enterprise Vulcan female figure from Art
Asylum. His boots are from the mounted knight figure from the Harry Potter
line. His various straps, weapons and buckles, etc. are from Toy Biz Lord of
the Rings figures. Tilting at Windmills, indeed!
The Revered Dr. Syn; The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh
Dr. Syn was created using a torso and head of a McFarlane
Shaft, the arms of a DC Direct Elijah Snow, the gauntlets of a McFarlane
Kaneda and the legs, shoes and cloak of a McFarlane Ultima Online
Adranath figure. The head is cut canvas with a hat
from a Kenner Mask figure. The “straw” is from the Adranath figure and some
twigs from the back yard.
The bestial and carnal side of Dr. Edward Jekyll was one of my most
challenging customs yet. Kevin O'Neill drew Hyde as a hulking brute with an
upper torso to make the Hulk jealous, but with normally proportioned lower
legs. This proved to be quite the problem when choosing the recipe. I ending
up creating Hyde out of a DC Direct Solomon Grundy torso and arms, heavily
modified with Kneadatite and vinyl, Toy Biz Hulk Classics Mr. Fixit Gloves and
overcoat, NECA's 'Christmas Story' Old Man legs and feet and a Toy Biz Hulk
Movie Head with Kneadatite fixes. The accessories are all cobbled together
from the parts boxes, and his neck-tie, collar and other bits and pieces were
created from cut vinyl. A satisfying experience, and a healthy addition to my
League of Extraordinary Gentleman customs.
While looking through some custom sites one day, I happened upon a post from
our own Casimir that he was liquidating some customs. Knowing my passion for
all things custom, I e-mailed him instantly and brokered a deal to acquire
said customs. As part of the deal, I promised to Cason a custom of his very
own - and thus was born Quartermain on the hunt. This version of the fabled
League of Extraordinary Gentleman adventurer uses a Toy Biz X-Men Movie
Professor X for the torso and arms. I used a McFarlane Sleepy Hollow Ichabod
Crane for the legs and boots, a Toy Biz X-Men 2 Movie Nightcrawler for the top
coat and an Astro City Confessor for the head. Add some Kneadatite, cut vinyl
and some bits and pieces (and a gun!) from the parts bins and there you go.
Not shown is a repainted black Bigfoot figure from Mezco toys as a 'pygmy
sasquatch' for Quartermain to hunt.
The League of
1890's League of
Extraordinary Gentlemen Mimic
This version of Mimic is based on a design that takes the character back to the
late Victorian Era of the 1890's. I began with a base body of the Toy Biz X-Men
Movie 2 Nightcrawler for the torso and arms, the Jakks Pacific Universal Studios
Dracula donated the trousers and jacket, Jakks Pacific Imhotep from the Mummy
Returns line provided the over-sized bare feet, the wings came from a McFarlane
Spawn Redeemer figure and the head and hands were from a McFarlane Sleepy Hollow
Ichabod Crane figure. The rest of the accessories, glasses and other fine
details were crafted from vinyl, Kneadatite and bits from the fodder boxes. He
has Included with this figures is a Cane and an X-Men themed pocket watch (not
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