A Custom A Day.... 365 days of custom figures Day 97 - Batman:The Brave & The Bold Black Canary by Deane Aikins
Today we have a female figure from the Batman: The Brave & the Bold. Mattel had issues with this line because of the hex holes in the figures. The figures were designed for play value without taking collectors into consideration and most of them balked. Mattel also decided that since this was a line geared towards children that it wouldn't have any females in it. With the Birds of Prey taking front and center on the show pretty often, that wasn't going to work for me. I needed, at the very least Black Canary, Catwoman and the Huntress for my B&B collection to feel complete.
In December of 2012 Deane Aikins decided to change that. He ran a contest on his site, FlyingBatmobile.blogspot.com asking participants to name their favorite B&B female. The Mego or pirate Catwoman won and it seemed all hope was lost. I contacted Deane and told him what a fan I was of both his work and the show and he agreed to do one female of my choice for me. Since Black Canary appeared the most on screen I chose her. Several months later, I had a Black Canary for my team. Didn't ever think that someone would figure out the recipe to craft customs of the unique style of the Brave & the Bold but fortunately Deane pulled it off.
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.