A Custom A Day.... 365 days of custom figures Day 151 - Toy Biz 5 inch X-Force a Boomer by 4:F
Boomer uses a Jubilee from the X-Men Strike Team box set. The factory figure uses a Generation X Jubilee's head and a Flying Fighters Shard body. Boomer's costume during this period had a pouch heavy, bulkier costume but with the color scheme I think she represents the character well. X-Force complete.
A Custom A Day.... 365 days of custom figures Day 150 - Marvel Legends Jim Lee Jean Grey (ponytail cartoon variant) by 4:F
Jean wasn't going to happen. I hated the ponytail on the cartoon and had no reason to tear apart a beautiful Marvel Legends Jean Grey. I waited a long time for her and thought she was depicted perfectly. Then MDStimcell created a Rogue as Ms. Marvel custom using Jean's hair. I had to have one!!!!
I had an extra packaged Jean for the archives and the Target Ms. Marvel three pack was deeply discounted and readily available so I decided to make the Rogue custom. MDStimcell had also made a ponytail Jean using Spider-Girl's hair. I knew Jean wouldn't go to waste and I would have use for all of the spare parts. Spider Girl will eventually become a 90's Jubilee. Eventually
A Custom A Day.... 365 days of custom figures Day 149 - Toy Biz 5 inch X-Force Siryn by 4:F
Toy Biz did a great job digging in to obscure and C&D list characters. It's the females where they struggled but not for lack of trying. They missed completing the ten member roster of the original X-Force by two members. Two FEMALE members; Siryn & Boomer. Luckily they released bases that could easily be converted to represent both of them. First up is Siryn. She uses a Toys R Us exclusive Dagger figure and her cape comes from a Generation X Banshee figure. Simple and effective.
A Custom A Day.... 365 days of custom figures Day 148 - Toy Biz 5 inch Jean Grey by 4:F
It took nearly 25 years but the fans finally got a Jim Lee Jean Grey in the Marvel Legends scale. The 5 inch collectors weren't as fortunate. Sure she was released in the Puzzle Zoo She Force assortment as a repainted Domino figure and again as a reprint of the Age of Apocalypse Battle Blaster figure but she never saw a release as a unique sculpt.
One was FINALLY planned towards the end of the line in the X-Men Flying Fighters line. Promo photos of the line were featured in Tomart's and I was scheduled to visit Toy Fair that year with a friend who knew the guys at Toy Biz. I (1997) was excited to be getting an insider's look at all of the upcoming Toy Biz 5 inch figures before the rest of the public. This was a time before the internet granted us instant access to everything, this was when you had to wait for a monthly magazine to deliver your news. I was going to see the Jean Hrey that would FINALLY finish Jim Lee's Gold team and round out the X-men. I was going to see the Maggott prototype also featured in the wave, a newer character but one that had a cool design for a toy so I was Excited to see he was also being made.. Then I arrived. The wave was there. Maggott was there. Jean wasn't. She had been replaced by Wolverine because female figures don't sell. I was less than happy, Jean would never see a proper release in this scale. So I had to make a custom.
She uses a Phoenix body with Domino's arms. I didn't do a great job sanding down her sash. She's not great but she finally filled in the hole left by Toy Biz all those years ago.
A Custom A Day.... 365 days of custom figures Day 147 - X-Force Siryn Minimate by 4:F
I hate Diamond Select Toys. They are doing such a great job a covering the X universe that I hate to have customs made of the characters I need to fill in my teams. Marvel Minimates are doing well and show no sign of stopping any time soon Fortunately this was a quick custom that required no paint, decals, sculpting or additional purchases to achieve. She uses a New X-Men Jean Grey head and hair piece, an original jacketless Rogue body and her cape, sonic scream and flight stand come from the recently released wave 60 Banshee. I'm certain DST will release an official Siryn at some point but this fills in the gap in the meantime.
A Custom A Day.... 365 days of custom figures Day 146 - Toy Biz The New Mutants Cypher by 4:F
Poor Doug Ramsey, he's a lazy, terrible repainted of Morph. I'd prefer her had a Peter Parker head from the Mary Jane two pack but I don't have an extra.
A Custom A Day.... 365 days of custom figures Day 145 - Toy Biz 5 inch The New Mutants Magik by 4:F
Magik is not much of a custom but the blue parts of her uniform were painted black to tie in with the rest of the team. Add a movie Invisible Woman base and viola, a complete Illyana.
A Custom A Day.... 365 days of custom figures Day 144 - Toy Biz 5 inch The New Mutants Magma by 4:F
Oh the Mystique body. Possibly the only generic female base that has loaned itself to a great many customs. Magma is the first. I loved painting the red details on her body. She's a dynamic looking piece.
A Custom A Day.... 365 days of custom figures Day 143 - Toy Biz 5 inch The New Mutants Wolfsbane
I'm not even sure that this is even a wolf, it looks more like a coyote but oh well. It effectively representativess Rahne in her "dog" form. Not so much a custom as it is an appropriately scaled stand in but hey, it's all about presentation (and filling 365 days!!!!)
A Custom A Day.... 365 days of custom figures Day 142 - Toy Biz 5 inch The New Mutants Sunspot by 4:F
New Mutants Sunspot is simply an X-Force Sunspot painted black. At some point I plan to make him an energy field to display behind him but the black effectively reflects Roberto powered up.
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.