5/4/14

GIMME DANGER!

Here he is folks! Bellybomb, one character I've wanted an action figure of since I was a kid!
I spent quite a bit of time on this one and made sure he was just right.
I opted not to give him eyelashes as I thought it made the figure look odd.
Bellybomb is from the TMNT Adventures series by Archie Comics.
He can be seen in Issues #23, #24, & #25.
I based the look and sculpt on a number or drawings I had of him from all the different artists that drew him.

3/19/14

RAW POWER!

Belly Bomb is my newest Archie TMNT Adventures custom figure and I couldn't be more excited!
I've wanted a toy of this guy ever since he graced the pages of the comics!
What you see here is the unpainted sculpt of the figure I've been working on.
The painted version will be posted very soon.
He was made using a Marvel Legends Unleashed Doctor Octopus figure and lots of Super Sculpey.

I started out by sanding him down and hallowing out his gut and sculpting his boots.
Next I sculpted the inside of his mouth, tongue, & belt buckle.

Then I sculpted his bottom set of teeth.
Next I made his upper mouth and part of his eye-stalk that I hoped could be articulated.
Next the upper set of teeth are added.

Sadly the eye-stalk could not be articulated so I had to go back and sand down what I had sculpted and remove the neck peg and re-sculpt everything.

Back to sculpting the eye-stalk here, realizing I had to do it in parts.
Next came the eye and eye socket and lots and lots of detail.
Next I sculpt the bumps on the top of his head and the eyes in the palms of his hands.

Now I add the horns.
I did a lot for this last bit as I added the cuffs to his jacket, his jacket, and collar.
Here a front view of this last step.
I hope you enjoyed this step by step look at Belly Bomb as much as I did making him!
I've not done this sort of thing before so please do let me know if you enjoyed it and would to see me do this with more figures.
Next week the fully painted figure!

12/4/13

Things At Chanel 6 Get A Bit Fishy


Mutated Fish Woman April O'Neil based on the 1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Episode "Rebel Without A Fin."
April gets captured by a mad scientist and he turns her into a mutant.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyvFqCROi9Y
This figure was made from Playmates Toys April No. 2 figure from 1992.
http://mutantooze.org/wiki/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/april-oneil.jpg
The figure has newly sculpted parted and is painted from head to the bottom of her feet.

12/10/11

The Unknown Ninja

Well here are are again and what's this? An old school cartoon custom!
I've not done very many as I was trying to focus on the Mirage cast first but when the latest old toon dvd was released I got inspired.
So here we have one of the most hated characters in the history of TMNT, Carter.
I'm not quite sure why he was/ is so hated but it seems as years pass and new fans come across the later episodes, the hate for Carter seems to fade just a bit.
While he's not one of my favorite characters, I always felt he needed to be represented in toy form.
He stars in seasons 9 & 10 which you can read about by clicking the numbers.
Season 9 is available for purchase HERE
To make this figure a reality I took 2 figures.
The first being Modern Starman from the DC Universe Classics line, I use his body as it's pretty much exactly like Carters.(A bit of sanding was done on the coat, sculpted the shirt to a longer length, and lots of paint.)
I had the idea the moment the toy was shown at toyfair some time ago, I sadly couldn't think of a head though until recently.
Dc Direct released the new Aqualad action figure from the Brightest Day series.
When I saw the prototype of this figure I just knew it would be the closest I'd ever get to a match for Carter without me sculpting a new head myself.
Mind you I did have to re-sculpt the hair which turned out to be quite a challenge.
So here he is and I hope you like him even if you hate him. ;)

11/3/11

Carter a work in progress

I thought I'd do some more old toon characters.
I know not many people like Carter but he's someone I've always wanted a toy of.

7/29/11

Pestilence

Hey everyone! A new custom finally!
This time round it's Pestilence of the four horsemen from the Archie TMNT Adventures series.
As you may recall I did a figure of Death a few years back.
Pestilence has always been my favorite of the bunch as his design is just so cool!(We can thank Peter Laird for that)
I do plan to make the other two horsemen in time, but I'm sad to say I'm going to be taking a bit of a break as of this post.
I won't be gone for to long though you can count on that. :)
I made Pestilence by completely sanding down a McFarlane Toys Total Chaos Quartz figure and sculpting over the entire body.
I got the idea for the texture of the figure from an old Toy Biz Spider-Man Swarm figure.
Though I did all of the texturing for this by hand.
I did try to leave as much articulation as possible but it wasn't easy with this one.
And while he isn't my largest custom he is by far the heaviest of the bunch.

I'm really happy with how he turned out and I hope you are as well.

You can catch Pestilence in TMNT Adventures issues #38, #39, & Mighty Mutanimals #6

5/24/11

"Bloodsucker is hungry for Turtles!"

This one took a bit to paint as I had to do more research than usual.
Bloodsucker is from Volume 1 of the Mirage Black & White comic books.
He never even got a cover from the issues he was in so figuring out how to color him was a bit of a challenge.
I decided to go with the color of a real leach instead of the wild yellow color given to the Archie TMNT series character Wyrm.
I went in this direction because most if not all Mirage characters use real life or earth tone colors for the characters.
The figure was made using a Marvel Legends Venom figure that I sanded down.
I replaced his hands and the front of the feet with those from DC Universe Classics Parasite.
The head is completely sculpted besides the mouth tendrils, those are made using little fishing lures.
Thanks for checking this out and up next is Pestilence!

3/19/11

Cha Ocho

Well It's been awhile again..work and life get in the way of fun stuff like TMNT customs.
But here is Cha Ocho of Mirage TMNT Volume 4 & Tales of the TMNT Volume 2.

This was a character that I thought would be easy to make at first but ran into many road blocks when working on it.

The biggest problem was consistency which tends to be a problem when basing a toy off of a character that has been drawn by quite a few people.

Not to mention we don't see him in color very often, as the Mirage comics are black & white (besides the covers).
I had to take a bit from other images of volume 4 Foot Soldiers to bring it all together into something I was happy with.


This figure was made using a DC Universe Classics John Stewart figure and lost os sculpting (New hair, straps, katana sheath, leg armor, Arm armor, shoulder armor, foot and hand armor)

I hope you folks out there enjoy him as well.

More to come soon and I hope this time it won't be another 4 months.

12/21/10

Stump Wrestling Donatello

This custom was made for Technodrome forum member Spitfire and is based on Donatello's outfit as seen in Archie Adventures #7, #8, & #37.

11/13/10

Nobody's Fool

Hey folks! It's been quite some time since my last custom figure.
Life sort of gets in the way of doing fun things like this some times.
I'm going to try and do these more often again though.

Todays custom is Nobody from the Mirage Comics series Tales of the TMNT.
This custom is based mostly on Nobodys first apearance inside Tales of the TMNT Vol. 1 #2.
Check it out here

I used a few figures to make this figure.


The body is that of DCUC Batman & Superman Public Enemies "Major Force" figure.

The Head is that of Marvel Legends Moon Knight figure.

The cape comes from a McFarlene Toys Deluxe Burnt Spawn figure.
I hope you enjoy this figure as much as I enjoyed making it!

5/22/10

Warrior Dragon Part 2

Well here it is the final painted sculpt of my Archie TMNT Adventures Warrior Dragon custom action figure!
This guy took me about a month to do from start to finish and is by far the largest custom I've done thus far.

The base is a marvel legends Fin Fang Foom figure.

I sanded down the entire body, sculpted over the entire body (nails, armor, hair, nose, face hair, back fins, chest, wraps, & collar), & painted the body from head to tail.
This character was rather difficult to pin down design wise, as he was drawn a number of ways over the span of the comics.

I'm dedicating this figure to 2 of my biggest inspirations from my teenage years Ryan Brown & Steve Murphy aka Dean Clarrain.
I hope you enjoy this one as much as I enjoyed making it!