A Custom A Day.... 365 days of custom figures Day 19 - Marvel Legends First Appearance Psylocke by Face Customs
Today is the figure that started my Marvel Legends collection, 1st appearance Psylocke. As I've mentioned before, I skipped Marvel Legends because I had a pretty vast representation of the Marvel Universe thanks to Toy Biz's 5 inch line. I wasn't looking to begin a new collection from scratch when the Legends line began in the late 90's. I DID however purchase most of the females Toy Biz did in the Legends line throughtout the years, I'm a sucker for a female figure. That and the random make hero that I liked but there was no focus to the purchases, just whims.
Toy Biz didn't do a very good job of representing the Outback team in plastic. Storm and the boys were done in the 5 inch line but Dazzler, Psylocke and Rogue were left out. I made a Dazzler but the sculpting necessary to get Psylocke and Rogue done is something I couldn't pull off so the team remained unfinished on my shelf. Since I had a pretty good chunk taken out of Pérez's Titans, I wanted to focus on having the X-Men of the 80's made. I just wasn't sure of what scale to have them made in. This figure decided the direction my 80's X-Men would take.
Two years ago I stumbled on this Psylocke figure on eBay at a very reasonable Buy It Now price. I jumped on it. She is my favorite Marvel hero and I always wanted her in this costume. After finding the artist's work on the FigureRealm, I contacted him to about other customs he had made from this era in the X-Men's history. Face Customs had made the entire Outback team and has a gift for crafting fantastic female figures. The Outback X-Men were my favorite Marvel team during the 80's. Although the Byrne era are arguably the best X-Men stories of their history, I started reading the X-Men comics with the Fall of the Mutants storyline so they are special to me. I have since had him create customs of Psylocke in most of her early looks. His work is solid, clean and quick. I used the hot glue psionic butterfly from the Shinobitron custom to help finish her look for this photo.
This week I'll be sharing the rest of the Psylocke customs that Face Customs has created for me and the beginnings of my Marvel Legends collection.
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.