Aresia is another eBay purchase. Every once in a while an obscure character like her will pop up. I don't remember who the artist was but she is perfect. The gold accents make her look factory produced. I always welcome a new female for the shelf. I watched this auction until the end and bought it with no competition. The best kind of eBay deals!!!!
A Custom A Day.... 365 days of custom figures Day 118 - Batman Beyond Max Gibson by GeekVariety Customs
I've purchased several Justice League Unlimited unassembled custom figure kits from GeekVariety Custom's website, most of which are still sitting untouched but these kits are usually limited to the life of the molds that created them so I knew I had to get them to continue to beef up my Timmverse collection. Specifically the Batman Beyond universe which is sorely lacking in representation.
Mattel did a nice job filling out the future JLU but the villains and supporting cast for Terry were just abysmal. Fortunately artists like GeekVariety, 37 Customs, Glassman and Stew's Customs have kept the line alive by making kits and customs of many of the missing supporting characters that didn't stand a chance of being produced. I can't keep up!!!!
Max was an eBay purchase, GeekVariety offers a painting service for his kits but I never used that service so I don't know what the turn around is. She is a solid piece and has no articulation. She is glued to her base for balance. She's like a big chess pawn. I don't mind that she's solid, the JLU figures are not known for their ability to stand so her stability helps keep other figures on the shelf behind her from shelf diving. The pose captures her Cree Summers sassiness and the head sculpt is perfect. The paint job is impressively clean as well.
This body is the same body that he sells for with his DeeDee twins kit. It's a great sculpt that ties in perfectly with the rest of the JLU lines.
Tsukuri was another eBay purchase so I don't know who made her. I like that she uses a red strip of plastic for her mask instead of having it sculpted. The sculpted armor makes her stand out on the shelf.
Today is another figure that I purchased before Mattel had a chance to make an official retail version, a JLU Galatea. She was an eBay purchase so I do not remember who created her. Her head appears to be a casting of the Jack-in-the-Box kids meal Supergirl premium. Although I purchased this over a decade ago her face is STILL tacky and sticky to the touch. I'm assuming the artist used Testors paint. The rendition is superior to the official Mattel release but the paint job is sorely lacking.
So unnecessary but fun because it's more. They weren't able to render his brother Frances but this works fine. Almost looks like Michael Jackson.
Mama Fratelli is another of my favorites from this set. She uses a Iron Man 2 Black Widow's hair and mean mug. The sculpted beret, long skirt and gloves really capture the essence of the character. Great execution.
Of all the kids, I like Stef the best. Silken Floss head from The Spirit, Wasp hair and a cool scarf. She's so perfect and it's so cool to have the entire gang together!
Andy uses an Amazing Spider-Man Gwen Stacy coat & skirt. I believe her hair is from a comic version of Black Widow. A very good execution. She'd be perfect with the arm stripes and the "A" on her sweater but the parts used gives a great representation of the character.
Brand uses a Street Fighter Ryu's hair and generic sleeve cuffs and a vest; the rest is paint. Simple but effective execution.
Sloth, according to the two official toy releases he's the fifth and final Goonie that matters so he's in the position after Chunk. As with Mouth's Purple Rain shirt, the licensing issues with Sloth's Superman t-shirt have kept his two action figure releases from having it. Fortunately because these are custom pieces he's wearing it. The "label" the person who made this figure used to create the shirt is not as clean as a waterslide decal would be. It looks like a sticker rather than part of the figure. Oh well, what is most important to me about this set is the ability to have all of the pertinent characters from the movie in the same scale and style not the nitpicky little imperfections.
His head appears to be sculpted completely from scratch. In this small scale that's impressive even if it is a rough sculpt.
There I go nitpicking again. Anywhere, here's Sloth.
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.