Day 5 is a Toy Biz pre-Marvel Legends 5 inch scale Jack of Hearts figure that I made back in the late 90's.
I don't collect Marvel Legends. I passed the line up when Toy Biz changed their scale from 5 to 6 inches. I started toy collecting as a hobby because of the 5 inch Ⅹ-Men line. Back in 1990 my brother brought home a Nightcrawler & Collosus figure from Toys R Us and I was hooked. I went and bought two sets of the first series; one to open and one to keep mint on card. I did this with most if not all of the Toy Biz 5 inch lines. Ⅹ-Force, Generation Ⅹ, 2099 and the various Ⅹ lines, Iron Man, Fantastic Four, Hulk, all of the Spider-Man lines, the Toyfare magazine mail away figures, the Puzzle Zoo exclusives, the vehicles, the playsets, the KB Toys, Wal-Mart and Toys R Us exclusives, the multi packs and the repaints. All of it. Nearly a decades worth of collecting and they turn around and change the scale. I was bitter and was in no rush to start all over building the Avengers and Ⅹ-Men when I already had all of the heavy hitters in 5 inch form, not to mention dozens of custom figures that I had made to fill in some of the holes on my shelves. I moved on to DC Direct so that I could have an in scale DC Comics figure collection and didn't return to Marvel until Minimates and then the 4 inch Marvel Universe line from Hasbro.
A perfect custom Marvel Legends Psylocke figure on eBay recently changed my collecting habits and I now have more than a few Marvel Legends figures most of which are customs and from the Ⅹ-Men side of the Marvel Universe but more on that another day. Today we're talking about Jack of Hearts.
Of all of the 5 inch custom figures I've made, I'm the most proud of this one. His detailing was a bitch but it was very rewarding when it was all finished. He is Frankensteined together with parts from 3 separate figures; the head from the Ⅹ-cutioner, arms from an Ⅹ-Man and the rest of his body is Black Tom. His boot cuffs are rubberband and his tunic is toothpaste tube. The rest is acrylic paint and marker. He was put together in a way that he maintains all of his articulation but I never pose him. Jack of Hearts has yet to be done as a figure. Marvel Legends nor Marvel Universe have done him yet. I would imagine that his paint scheme would be costly to reproduce but I love his design and had to have him with my Avengers. I hope Hasbro gets to him eventually but for now, here he is.
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.