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AC Custom Figures creates a killer version of the Dark Knight with his Custom New 52 Zero Years Batman figure. This figure looks like the comic and AC did a fantastic job making this figure his own. He has a really funny story to go along with it so let's hear from AC himself:
"There are 2 things I love in this world: Batman and Mad Max. When I first saw the panel of Batman dressed in a sort of post apocalyptic Mad Max get up in issue #21 I almost pooped. Bad A. So here is my go at it. This Batman has more straps, buckles and pouches than he knows what to do with. I wanted him to be as accurate to the comic as I could, which was tough considering he has only appeared like this in one panel. He comes with a custom made bike and cross bow. And check out the customs sculpted back pack! This Batman is all set for his bone breaking new origin!"
To view more photos and to place a bid, head over to eBay and check out this cool Custom New 52 Zero Years Batman figure.
Taking 4th place in the World's Greatest Customizers Captain America contest is Happy Day Customs' Venom Captain America Custom Marvel Legends scale figure. Venom is a Symbiote, a sentient alien, with a gooey, almost liquid-like form that requires a host, usually human, to bond with for its survival, as with real world symbiotes, and to whom it endows enhanced powers. Inspired by some concept art, this figure embodies how Venom is taking over Captain America's body during a really cool transitional phase. I love the way Captain America's head is peaking through Venom's mouth and how the chest transitions almost completing the metamorphoses. To check out more up close and personal images, head over and check out this one of a kind Venom Captain America Custom Marvel Legends scale figure.
The Bizarro concept is an interesting one. Introduced in the late 1960's, the Bizarro universe was an alternate reality where the "opposites" of characters lived. For example, instead of a round planet, the world was cubed and contained a freakish looking Superman called Bizarro. AC Custom Figures, in his "What if..." concept line introduces a new character to the new Superman movie with his Custom Man of Steel Bizarro figure. As the figure appeared in comics and the Superfriends tv show in the 80's, Bizarro boasts a purple color scheme and a backwards "S" on the chest. I love the shades of purple on the figure as they give it a metallic look and the gray washed out flesh of Bizarro gives him the appeal he had from the concept art and the cartoon. To view more photos and to place a bid on AC Custom Figure's Custom Man of Steel Bizarro, head over to eBay.
Sometimes making a custom is all about how you (1) put it together and (2) how you accessorize them. In this case, both points apply as Shinobitron creates the look and feel of Batman's nemesis with his Custom DC Universe Movie Masters Joker Dark Knight figure. The image above is one of the most iconic scenes in the Dark Knight movie where you get first get a feel for how ruthless the Joker is. Making a custom extended clip pistol, stack of cash, gas grenade, mask (non-wearable), and duffel bag, Shinobitron pays an homage to villain that will live in infamy. To check out more photos of Custom DC Universe Movie Masters Joker Dark Knight figure, head over to eBay or check out more photos in his gallery.
As Vernondo says, one of his favorites "is the mystic maiden who goes by the name Gypsy." It is great when customizers create figure they love instead of making customs that might appeal to the mass market. Don't get me wrong, appealing to the mass market is not bad but it is nice to see other figures get some love now and again, which brings me to Vernondo's Custom DC Universe Gypsy figure. Created to reflect her look from the comic and on television, there is an interesting story about how he created this figure and the parts that were used to make it:
"I was in a comic shop last week and the owner had a box of broken up and faded loose toys in the bin, so I picked up the X-Men 3 Jean Grey cause I thought I could do something with the skirt. Then I remembered I had always wanted to make Gypsy and the parts started coming together. I used DCUC Raven base and Cheetah head and most of the rest was scuplty (blouse, jewels, belt) The feet were left over from a Poison Ivy I had used for another commission and the head scarf was in the fodder bin from Dr. Strange."
One of my favorite parts of this figure is the way the hair was done. It looks flowing and and realistic and adds to the appeal of the figure. To check out more photos, check out Vernondo's Custom DC Universe Gypsy figure!
Back with more steampunk figures is Jin Saotome with his Custom DC Universe Steampunk Bane figure. Since Bane is part man and part machine, this figure lends itself nicely to the steampunk era styling. The aspects of this figure that really stand out are the fists and feet, which look very clunky and mechanical, which fits right in with the era. The mechanisms that operate the fists are in plain view and you can imagine the parts moving back and forth as Bane opens and closes his fists. The coloring and shading of the metal parts look like real bronze. Based more on the comic version of the character, the collar and chest piece were designed to look like is powered by steam, possibly giving Bane his unique vocal tones. This figure also has real leather straps and brass fittings, thus completing the steampunk look! To view more detailed photos, head over to eBay and check out Jin's killer Custom DC Universe Steampunk Bane figure.
Commemorating the New 52 DC comics event marking the publications of 52 new comic series is Shinobitron's Custom Captain Atom DC Universe figure. So what is New 52? According to dc.wikia.com, "the New 52 is a 2011 DC Comics event marking the publication of 52 new comic series and the release of the first issues of the new series. In September 2011, DC Comics consolidated and relaunched their comic lines, publishing new #1 issues for selected series, discontinuing some series, and introducing yet other series."
Boasting 25 points of articulation, the overall design and execution of this figure is second to none! The removable arm flames and the flame blast add a 3 dimensional aspect of the figure and the paint app makes the figure appear almost translucent. Shinobitron has taken the best of the comic art and created a truly amazing figure that looks stunning. I love the improvisation of the red atom in the middle of the chest. A cool design that completes a killer figure! To see more photos, head over to Shinobitron's gallery or his auction page to see his Custom Captain Atom DC Universe figure.
Adding another fantastic figure to the Teen Titans line up is Vernondo's Custom DC Universe Bunker figure. This figure really captures the comic version in physical, plastic form. I love the removable psionic gloves as they add to both the poseability and the overall style of the figure, giving you many ways to display this great piece. Here is Vernondo to tell you a little more about this figure himself:
"He has made to reflect his trademark look from the Teen Titans, wearing his purple and red spandex and his Zorro-like bandana/mask hybrid. Additionally, he comes with a pair of removable purple “psionic” gloves and a brick wall piece to represent his mutant power!"
Some of the cool aspects of this figure is the overall paint app looks really smooth and well applied. In addition, the way the mask is tied off in the back looks like the tassels are blowing in the wind, giving them a more realistic appearance. I can't overlook the classic "soul patch" that is added to Bunker's face, which really brings home the comic look and feel.
Horton's Heroes is at it again creating figures that leap right from the comic and out into reality with his Custom DC Universe Redbird Damian Wayne figure. From head to toe, this figure represents a fantastic translation of the comic book character. From the ruffled feathers that adorn the shoulders and neck area down to the weapons and boots, this figure looks stunning. The deep hue to the reds, along with black washing parts of the costume, really bring out the detail. In the comic art that I have seen, the costume appears more of a crimson color but I like Horton's coloring much better as it adds more of a masculine feel to the overall design. To view more images of Horton's Custom DC Universe Redbird Damian Wayne figure, head over to eBay!
Filling voids in toy lines is where customizers come in. They have the foresight to select characters that are in need of being developed into an action figure. Vernondo has done just this with his Custom DC Universe Classics Connor Hawke as Green Arrow figure. Let's hear more about what inspired him to create this figure:
"A lot of folks love the Green Arrow, and we have gotten many versions of the Oliver Queen version in DCUC and JLU. One version we have not seen in a very long time is when the Green Arrow mantle was taken up by his very own son, Connor Hawke! So now is your chance to own Connor Hawke as the GREEN ARROW! Connor Hawke is the second Green Arrow, and the son of Oliver Queen. He is an expert archer and used a variety of regular pointed arrows and trick arrows. Due to Connor's training, he can also mimic fighting styles that he witnesses, though this is a learned skill and not a meta-human power."
The comic book likeness is uncanny and the figure's paint app and styling really fits into the either the DC Universe or the Marvel Legends scale figures that are prolific in the customizing arena. The brown and green that was selected for the figure is well matched to Green Arrow's comic appearance and the sculpting on the figure brings out the realistic detail. For example, the way the eye mask flows behind his head makes it look like the figure is blowing in the wind. Also, you will notice that this figure has no pupils, which is the way that this figure appears in the comics. Overall, Vernondo's Custom DC Universe Classics Connor Hawke as Green Arrow figure is a great example of a well executed figure filling a much needed void in the DC line.
It is great when customizers bring to life figures from the comics and Katosuki's Monarch Custom DC Universe figure is a great example. Looking at the comic and concept art, the figure looks like it came straight out of the pages. The blue, golds, and grays play nicely off of each other. I like the choice of the kama design as the texture on it adds some dimension to the design. I think this figure best represents this version of Monarch seen below. To bid on Katosuki's Monarch Custom DC Universe figure, head over to eBay!
If you are not familiar with this character from the DC Universe, here is more info on it:
"The original Monarch was a tyrant from a future dystopian Earth. He chose scientist Matthew Ryder for a time-traveling experiment that would change the latter into Waverider. Waverider, knowing Monarch was originally a hero that turns evil in 1991, goes back in time to that year to prevent Monarch from ever coming to power. Monarch follows Waverider, without his knowledge, to stop his plans. He hides his surveillance of Waverider until the latter makes physical contact with Captain Atom, and battles the Justice League. During the battle he kidnaps Dawn Granger and escapes, pursued by Hank Hall. Hall catches up just in time to see Monarch kill her. Without her calming influence, Hall rages out of control and beats Monarch to death. However, he discovers that Monarch is in fact the future version of himself" (comicvine)
The Joker marks his return to Gotham by assaulting the GCPD and recovering his preserved face and Horton's Heroes has captured the essence of this villain with this Custom Death of the Family Joker figure in Marvel Legends scale. What you will notice about the Joker from the comic is that the face looks like it is in terrible shape, which I guess what happens when you put your face back on. This figure and the way the head was sculpted recreates this look from the comic in stunning detail. In addition to the face looking like it came from the comic book, this figure also includes a real tool belt and tools, which adds to the realism of the figure. To check out more details of this Custom Death of the Family Joker figure, head over to eBay.
In anticipation of the upcoming Superman Man of Steel movie that hits theatres June 14th 2013, MattHancock has created this Custom Marvel Legends Scale Superman figure modeled after Henry Cavill, the lucky actor to play the Man of Steel! The one major change to Clark Kent's costume is the lizard'like appearance of the suit, which is replicated very nicely in this figure. Textured and hand sculpted, the suit displays a high degree of accuracy to the movie version. The smallest details can make or break a custom and Matt has even thought about the cloth cape as it folds into the shoulders as he replicated the way linen folds into the actual costume from the movie. He also added a very cool reflective base to show off this fine piece. To view more photos of MattHancock's Custom Marvel Legends Superman Man of Steel custom, head over to eBay!
One of the reasons I started writing about custom figures was the sheer talent and creative imagination of customizers like Vernondo. I admire the hard work that each customizer puts into their work. It is one thing to see a character in a comic book and say that is cool but to actually create a figure and translate the aspects from the pages to plastic blows my mind and this Custom DC Universe Zauriel is an example of such a figure. Getting his inspiration from fellow customizer Leo Customs for the recipe of the figure, Vernondo goes on to describe how this figure was constructed:
"All credit goes to Leo Customs for recipe this one. I have had Zauriel on my to do list for a log time but also did not want to sculpt all that leg and arm armor. Then I saw Leos version and had to try him out. I took the easy way out and took away the waist movement and made his armor all one piece in the front. I also went with a ML Quicksilver head and sculpted the helmet. The shoulder armor is from a few leftover Sportsmasters. Most of the tattoos are done with a fine tip sharpie. The sword is from the fodder bin with Human Torch flames added on. The wings are from a Mcfarlane redeemer."
The black, white, and gold colors play nicely off of each other and bring out the comic likeness that Vernondo was going for so if you want to see more photos, head over to eBay and check out this amazing Custom DC Universe Zauriel figure.
I love when customers go out on thier own and just create figures they think should belong in movies or television. AC Customs, in his world, has made this cool Custom Dark Knight Rises Riddler figure. He calls the figure his "What if" version! Here is the story onhow this came about:
"I am determined to get more Dark Knight movies out of Chris Nolan! In the mean time here is my "What if..." version of The Riddler from the Nolan DK universe. I based him off of a very nice poster featuring Guy Pierce as Riddler."
I love the simplicity of this figure and, given the eccentric nature of Riddler's from the past, this figure could have taken a very different direction. I can totally see this figure fitting in with the Dark Knight Trilogy and any future movies Mr. Nolan has in mind. If AC Customs has his way, he could be planting the seeds of creativity for future Dark Knight movies to come! In the meantime, check out his cool looking Custom Dark Knight Rises Riddler figure.
I am not sure if Magmomle was the customizer of this figure or not but, nonetheless, this Custom DC Universe Jim Lee Batman is up for sale! Styled after the All Star Batman and Robin comics, this figure stands 6" tall and comes with a great cloth cape. As you can see, the cape has a very impressive wingspan. Painted in the classic black, gray, and yellow color scheme, this Batman will fit right into your DC or Marvel Universe.