I've wanted Goonies toy for a long time. Luckily Mezco Toys came to the rescue and released the 4 main Goonies and Sloth with a rumored second wave that would include the rest of the Fratelli family. Wait, what? No Brand! No Stef!? NO ANDY?!?!?
Well the first wave of figures was hard to find and terribly over priced for the time that they came out. They retailed for $25 a piece which is the standard today for a collectible but back in 2007 that was unheard of. IF you were lucky you could find them at Spencer's or on a few online retailers. The line stopped production after the first wave was released and no more Goonies toys would be had until Funko's recent Reaction line.
Hoping that at some point someone would make custom figures of the missing three kids; Brand, Andy & Stef, I saved the search Custom Goonies on my eBay account. The only thing that ever popped up for over a decade (yeah I said it) was a custom t-shirt and some jewelry. No one cared enough about the whole gang to give it a try.
Because the Mezco line was sculpted in such dynamic poses, I couldn't think of base figures for customs suitable enough to fit in. One of the Hogwarts girls probably could have doubled as Andy and I contemplated a Jonah Hex Josh Brolin head for Brand but it all seemed like more hassle than it was worth. Then the existing Goonies figures shot up in price on the aftermarket so buying a second set to open and display with customs of the missing three was going to cost a fortune so I would remain Goonieless.
I eventually joined DeviantArt as an outlet to display my artwork. Two years ago I was browsing their custom figure section and stumbled on a picture of a set of custom Goonies Minimates, WITH THE THREE MISSING CHARACTERS!!!! (SEE?!?! Minimates ARE the perfect toy!!!!) I commented on the picture that I needed them and that was the end of it. I saved the photo to my hard drive and wished I could own the set. A year and a half later my saved eBay custom Goonies search turned up the very same set of Minimates WITH A BUY IT NOW!!!! So I did. Now they're MINE!!!! I love it when shit just works out. I obtained a rare Wonder Woman prototype in a similar way. More about that in 2016, when we're done with the customs. For now here's the leader of the Goonies, Mikey.
Please note I do not know the artist who made these and they are NOT made by Psyguy. (Although he's more than capable of making these.)
A Custom A Day....
I began toy collecting as a hobby back in 1990 I have always had a
need for custom figures. Toy companies begin action figure lines, begin
to release individual characters to create teams and, more often than
not leave them incomplete. Many collectors find that custom figures
pollute their collection's authenticity by not being mass produced
creations from the toy companies that created the preexisting toy lines.
I disagree. I feel a quality custom action figure enhances a
collection and help create a complete picture.