A Custom A Day.... 365 days of custom figures Day 220 - Scooby Doo Mystery Mates Chocolate Phantom by 4:F
I hated that there weren't any Scooby Doo toys when I was a child. Character Toys has done a great job of filling that void in the late 90's. Many different scales were produced, including the 2 inch Mystery Mates line. Wanting to collect all of the screen accurate villains to accompany the Mystery Inc. gang I picked up a bunch of the Goo Pods in an attempt to get them all. Goo Pods were sealed containers that contained a random Mystery Mate figure submerged in "slime". The containers weren't see thru so I had to pick up a few duplicates to get all of the characters I was after. I had multiples of the green phantom figure so I decided to repaint them to recreate the Chocolate, Vanilla and Strawberry phantoms from one of my favorite episodes, The Ghost Of The Bad Humor Man. The phantoms didn't have chains in this episode but the design of the phantom was exactly the same so I left the chains and just repainted them as is. I'm very happy with the way they turned out.
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.