Hey Figure fans! Introducing Cyclops & Rogue, two of my all time favorite X-Men Characters. These two were completed a while back, during my Avengers vs. X-Men project campaign. Sadly, they were the only two X-Men to ever be completed. Happily, The turned out awesome!
I always wanted to create a really beautiful, modern era Rogue. The concept took quite a while to work itself out in my head before I actually took razors to plastic, but once I got started, she was actually pretty simple to make. All the piping on her uni is made from styrene, the belt buckle is casted in soft rubber from a Wolvie figure I had lying around, and the scarf is a Psylocke belt cut for fit and painted white. The glove tops and skirt are made from electrical shrink tubing.
What's an X-Men team without it's fearless leader? I knew I really wanted a classic incarnation of this iconic character, but with a dearth of Astonishing versions of him available on the open market, I realized I was going to have to shell out real dollars to get him. I got incredibly lucky on an auction and scored him for just fourteen bucks, when most of the auction prices go as high as 40! When I finally received him in the mail, I was baffled by why anyone would spend that much on such a sub-par figure. I hated him right out of the envelope. He had no wrist or ankle articulation, and stubby little forearms that made it impossible to pose in the "optic-blast" position. This actually proved to be a blessing, as correcting these issues would be what sets this figure apart from the others. I gave him GI Joe: Retaliation Snake Eyes Wave 1 forearms and hands to provide length and articulation, as well as the feet and ankles from the same figure, grafted on with a bit of krazy glue and sanded to shape.
Painting this guy was an absolute nightmare, a true test of my stability and focus. Yellow is my least favorite color to paint with, as any mistakes of blue bleeding over must be covered with at least four coats of yellow again. It's especially difficult when painting thin piping, some of which here are no more than a millimeter or two in width. It was worth it in the end, as I feel I had my definitive super-articulated Cyclops figure.
Hope you enjoyed, figure fans! As always, leave any and all questions and comments, I love hearing from everybody! Stay tuned, I've got some GI Joe Navy SEALs on the workbench at the moment, hopefully to be coming very soon!
It's been nearly one year since I began this Avengers project, and I'm finally calling it finished! The process was quite challenging but I'm definitely happy with the way it turned out. Originally the concept was to be ten characters as half of a larger project involving ten X-men figures as well, in an X-Men vs. Avengers figure series. I ended up completing these eight, plus a few X-men before the project started to stall, and I'll probably go back and finish more X-men in the future to really round out the series. Spider-Girl and Hawkeye were on the menu, but never started due to a GI Joe hiatus that lasted a good six months. I'm kind of glad I didn't do them now, as getting even eight figures into one photo was difficult enough, let alone ten (or twenty!). Enjoy the photos and let me know what you think. I love hearing from everybody!!!
My absolute favorite figure of this team has to be the Hulk. Extremely detailed sculpting and more articulation than you can shake a stick at, this figure was near perfect right out of the box. The only draw backs to the factory version was a sub par paint job, and the dreaded droopy eye that plagued this movie- tied Target exclusive. Taking inspiration from customizer Stronox, I sculpted up the neck muscles to give him an angrier appearance; a complete head to toe repaint with three shades of green really makes his detail pop, and thus my definitive Marvel Universe Hulk was realized. Furthermore, what sets this version apart from the official Marvel Universe Hulk releases is his scale. While all are fine figures in their own right, they are just too small in my opinion. I wanted Hulk to be significantly taller than Thor (see below), but not ridiculously out of scale such as a Marvel Legends figure. This version fit the bill to a tee, and I doubt I will have to revisit Hulk again.
While this figure may appear to be pretty much factory standard, he's actually a top to bottom re-paint in (mostly) the exact same color scheme he came in. I chose to do a full repaint for a few reasons. First, I needed to sharpen the details of his costume, in which the colors tend to bleed over quite a bit (sloppy Hasbro!). Secondly, I wanted a brighter metallic shade on his helmet and armor, which I achieved with a mix of gun metal and silver. And thirdly, I really wanted his detail to stand out, which you can only really get with a good dose of washes and dry brushing. The beard and mustache is sculpted with Aves Apoxie-sculpt.
After completing this figure I solemnly vowed to myself that hence forth, NO MORE IRON MAN CUSTOMS!
He looks great, but really not worth the headaches I endured while creating him, kind of like the first Iron Man figure I made. So get a good look, It's the last Iron Man figure you'll see from Korriban Customs by Darksider80. A kit bash of an Avengers movie figure, and Iron Man 2 Mark IV (lower arms) Iron Man 2 hands (two different figures so he could have both palms open) rounds out the recipe. The paint job is a bit too complicated to explain, but I used a base dry brush of silver over flat black to act as a foundation for the clear yellow, and gun metal for the rest of the figure.
This is my second version of a steel clawed wolverine. Steel claws are an absolute must, because bendy rubber ones just don't cut the mustard (so to speak). Another top to bottom repaint with insignia yellow and deep sea blue, and flesh tone darkened with a leather wash. There is even a bit of french blue on his arm veins subdued with a flesh tone dry brush, but the detail is hard to make out in the photo. One thing I learned from making this guy: painting with yellow is really, really hard. You can't let any blue bleed over onto the yellow at all, or else you have to start over with four or five more coats of yellow to cover it up. This is especially frustrating after perfecting your leather brown paint wipe over the yellow to deepen the details. Hands down, the most challenging paint job I have ever done.
Good ol' Cap. Version two, done in Ultimates styling. Most of the body is a Night-Mission Cap with full repaint. The lower arms are from another Cap figure with articulated wrists, so now he sports full articulation! The only real modification I needed to perform was a glove transplant. The donor figure with the articulated wrists had hinge elbows, not swivel-hinge joints, so a swap was not compatible. I cut the lower arms of of both figures at the top of the glove and made the switch with a bit of krazy glue. Again, as in version one, I used an off-white paint instead of bright white to give him a more realistic, battle worn look.
I really wanted a great Nick Fury figure with GI Joe style articulation, so I bashed this one together with mostly Joe parts. The torso is 25th Snake eyes with Nick Fury upper arms, POC Destro lower arms, Steel Brigade hands, 25th Beachhead upper legs, and Nick Fury lower legs (modded), coat, and head. As a bonus, he looks fantastic with my Joes, so he's really a two-for-one figure!
Spidey is actually not a Hasbro product like the rest of the figures I do. He's a Marvel Legends Showdown figure by Toy-biz. I didn't do much painting to this figure besides changing the eyes from yellow to white, and deepening the lines in his costume with a black paint wipe. What I did do to improve this figure is a bit less obvious. The original package-fresh version sports about a billion points of articulation, which is what really drew me to him in the first place. Spiderman, of all characters needs supreme pose-ability, something the Marvel Universe versions severely lack, but I did notice that this figure was missing one crucial point of articulation: a hinge in the neck enabling him to look up and down with a wider range of motion. I cut off a neck post from an Amazing Spiderman Super pose-able figure just below the hinge and grafted it onto this one. He had a billion POA's, now he's got one more!
Hope you enjoyed the update figure fans, stay tuned for a few more from the Marvel Universe and new Joes as well!
About My Custom Action Figure Blog
After being totally wowed by the plethora of Star Wars, GI Joe and Marvel Universe custom figures on the internet I got inspired to bust a couple out myself! The purpose of this blog is just to share my work, get feedback and make connections with other people who love custom action figures and creative expression as much as I do. I love comments, whether you love my stuff or downright hate it, so leave your opinions for me to see! I am always open to ideas and suggestions for new projects as well. Thanks for viewing, and may the Force be with you.