What you see is the prepainted Black Costume Raphael's I'm making for the great folks @ Mirage and select TMNT fans who paid for these commissions.
I'll be posting more progress shots as I go along.
Thanks everyone!
-Vaughn M.
P.S. if anyone is interested in having one of these made please contact me @ suicidegodpill@aol.com


This Aint No Spider Man!

This is my last post before I pack up my computer and ready myself for my big move back to California.
The last 3 years have been crazy, fun, full of learning, and growing.
I spent allot of time in pain which has taken a serious toll on my life let alone making customs.
This and what will be the other 3 Wrestling TMNT are commissioned by great TMNT fan Spitfire.
I must appologise for taking so long with this all but I hope you can understand.
I'll post the other Turtles as a finish them.
And if anyone else orderd one of these from me expect to get them at San Diego Comic-Con.
This has been a long time coming baby!
Thanks So Much for everything guys.



This custom took me awhile because I wanted to have a cloak for him before I showed the final piece.
I looked for a long time to see if I could just buy one or use one from another action figure line like star Wars.
I then got the idea to have one made via my good friend Heather but as she was making one for me I came across a used toy shop that had the perfect cloak already made on a 12 inch size Star Wars Jawa figure.
I was also looking for the perfect Scythe for Death also and that came from a NECA Resident Evil 4 - Monk figure.
The base figure is a Playmates Skeleton Warriors Shriek, and what I did to change it into Death was:
Break off her crown, pull out the hair, fill in the holes left by pulling both out, sculpt new details into the skull, take out the gold eyes, cut off Arm bracelets, cut off her cape, cut off plastic dress around waist, broke off knife holder, sanded down bands around legs, sanded down breasts, & sculpted a new rib cage on the chest area.
For painting I first painted the entire figure white then second I did a yellow draw wash coat on the figure, then I repeated the process with black paint detailing the sculpting from the original figure more along with my new additions to the toy, I also went over the figure a few times touching up the black lines in the skulls cracks, face, eye holes, and around the ribs.
I based the look of the figure on his appearances in both the Archie TMNT Adventures & Mutanimals series trying to mix the 2 the best I could.
This was a very fun figure to make as it was an idea I've had for a very long time and did one back in my teenage years but it doesn't even come close to this version.
It's always fun to see how far you've grown as an artist by looking back at your past work and comparing it to the things you're currently doing.
I do have more planned for Death so keep an eye out for some customs that will go along with him.



This I think is one of my best customs, mostly because I've put allot of time into it as it's not for myself.
This figure is for my friend and creator of this character Steve Murphy so I wanted to make sure everything was to exact detail for him.
Sadly this shouldn't have taken me as long as it did but I had a few paint problems along the way.
I used a WWE Armando Estrada figure as the base incase anyone wanted to know.
The Gun comes from a Movie Spawn figure & The Cigar comes from a Don Moncinni Gangsters Inc figure which will be used for another upcoming custom.
I based his look on various appearances through the comics but his outfit is based on the United We Stand Divided We Fall storyline from TMNT Adventures & Mighty Mutanimals.
If you're not familiar with these comics you should be so check them out over at



Today Peter Laird shared some images on his blog of a Vac-Metal Fugitoid that Playmates may be producing.Just Like Peter I've been waiting years for this to happen.So please if you feel the same way share your excitement on his blog about just how cool this is.Sadly it's not articulated but perhaps we can change their minds to give the figure just a little bit.