A Custom A Day.... 365 days of custom figures Day 303 - Clue Club Minimates Striking Diorama from Luke's ToyStore
The last of my Hanna Barbera dioramas, Clue Club. If anyone out there has four more they'd be willing to sell me, let me know.
A Custom A Day.... 365 days of custom figures Day 302 - Capitan Caveman & The Teen Angels Minimates Striking Diorama from Luke's ToyStore
Captain Caveman & the Teen Angels were saved for third due to the amount of sculptwork and engineering I knew it would take to create Captain Caveman. I knew PsyGuy would pull it off but it was a tough one. He and Fangface are truly works of art!
A Custom A Day.... 365 days of custom figures Day 301 - Speed Buggy Minimates Striking Diorama from Luke's ToyStore
Speed Buggy was the second Hanna Barbera gang That I had PsyGuy create. The Josie Gang was pretty detailed so I went with an easier group to follow them up.
A Custom A Day.... 365 days of custom figures Day 300 - Josie & the Pussycats Minimates Striking Diorama from Luke's ToyStore
The Hanna-Barbera Minimate collection needed a special way to display them. They are my most treasured custom collection. In a little over 4 years I have been able to amass all of my favorite pet describe teams in plastic form.
Luke's ToyStore offers some outstanding backdrops and dioramas to display your mates with that Luke crafts himself. The unfortunate side to the hand rafted afire is the limited supply. Although extremely reasonably priced, I collect a lot of different things so I only ordered four of his dioramas for my HB collection and missed out on cool backdrops for the rest of my teams.
They are simply black acrylic with four foot pegs but when displayed side by side they make for a great display. I used the title card for each of the shows as the background image. Josie was like Scooby Doo Where Are You in that they both display the name of the show in the beginning of the credits. I used the title shot of the first episode, The Nemo's A No No Affair as a nod to my mom. We watched this episode a lot when I was a kid and I would always ask if there was a way I could have toys of the gang in those little tubes that Nemo trapped them on the bottom of the ocean with. She said maybe one day. I may not have the tubes but I have the toys.
Julian McMahon played Doctor Doom in the first Fox Fantastic Four movie and he played Cole on Charmed. Much like the repurposed Eric Weiss figure, Doom stands in as Cole in my Charmed collection. Sure he needs a suit and his face fixed but it's far from a priority.
Arcade needs his bow tie and stars on his shoes but I'm terrible with customizing this scale so the extra Banshee head sits on this body doing an ok job at passing for Arcade. I've seen worse.
I loved the diversity of the Minimate Days of Future Past comic pack. Got a few extra characters out of the parts they supplied beyond what they provided. It didn't hurt that Action Figure Express clearanced them at the end of last year so I was able to pick up three boxes. I'm able to display Senator Kelly transforming in to Raven. I consider it a custom since his suit body wasn't provided. I love the transitioning head on her body. Diamond Select Toys is doing things don other toy company will try. Minimates; the perfect toy.
A Custom A Day.... 365 days of custom figures Day 295 - Toy Biz 5 inch Age Of Apocalypse Rogue by 4:F
Toy Biz really stretched things with the reuse of the Generation X Emma Frost figure here but the metallic colors really make her work. All I did was add a Dr.Doom cape to finish her look. It's better than that terrible green fabric wrap they packaged her with.
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.