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!
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.