Archangel was a simple head swap. I used the head from the very first wave of Toy Biz X-Men figures in place of the long haired, blue faced version.
Monet uses a Psylocke head on the Robot Fighters Jubilee body rounding out the core Generation X team.
Husk uses a Robot Fighters Jubilee body and a Magik head and a Wolfsbane belt. The rest is paint. The harness across her chest isn't comic accurate but sanding and sculpting aren't my thing so this is how she stays.
Toy Biz did a great job of gong deep in to the obscure rosters of the Marvel Universe but there are two problems they couldn't overcome; the fact that female figures don't sell well to the masses and the idea that Todd McFarlane was reinventing action figure collecting with his static posed, inferior plastic 6 inch figure "statues". The Spawn line helped kill the 5 inch format and ushered in the age of hyper detail and articulation.
The Generation X line was on the cusp of that transition. Toy Biz released all but the last two female members of the core team. A two up was sculpted of Husk as she and M were going to anchor the third wave of the line along with Hemmingway and Ever with his pack in, Sack.
I decided to finish all of the 90's X-teams by making customs. Although Jubilee was released in the first wave, her pose was crazy. I used a Robot Fighters Jubilee with an official Gen X Jubilee coat to craft a more appropriate version.
Eventually I hope to have the Josie band rendered as Minimates of their own. Attempting to swap their heads back and forth ruined Melody's facial decal so I won't be doing that anymore. Regardless they needed their drum set. I used the Peter Criss drums from the K'nex Kiss minifigure set. I had a sticker floating in the center of a poorly painted pink drum. I shared them alongside Melody on Day 66 of this project.
After ruining Melody and sending her back to Psyguy for repairs (thank you!), I asked if he would also spruce up the drums I did with a proper waterslide decal. He not only added the decal but gave it a slick paint job too! I love the color he chose.
I am working on a complete roster of Marvel Legends X-Men from the 60's through the 90's but I think I'm going to achieve a complete team using Minimates far soon that I will with custom Legends. The Minimates are just far more versatile and easy to change.
The Scooby gang had more than a few Scooby relatives pop up throughout the history of the show. To me Scrappy, Scooby Dum and Scooby Dee are probably the most tolerable. This Scooby Dum is in scale with Minimates and uses a Mystery Mates Scooby as a base. The magnifying glass is the perfect accessory for Dum.
Once I knew the Scooby Gang Minimates were on their way, I knew I needed a river boat to display with them and The Pussycats. I'm using 1:64 scale vehicles to accompany the mates since Speed Buggy is a Johnny Lightning vehicle. The gang can't sit inside of him but he looks great alongside them so I'm using the same scale for all of the vehicles. I figured the Dixie Queen should be slightly larger but just something more as a backdrop than a playset. Then I stumbled on the vintage Remco Showboat playset on eBay. It was too perfect to pass up. The true scale wasn't listed on any of the auctions I followed. Once I find one that had playwear and was more toy than collectible, I jumped on it. I eventually plan to paint it grey to match the cartoon but for now the idea that I can display them all over like I their episode of The New Scooby Doo Movies I'm happy.
Meggan is a great recipe, poorly executed. She uses a Psylocke body but I made no attempt oto smooth out the belt or straps from her costume. Her head is a poorly painted Robot Fighters Storm. Whichever flesh tone paint I used on her face has made her look like she has vitaligo and is extremely spotty. I'd like to eventually fix her.
A Custom A Day.... 365 days of custom figures Day 317 - Toy Biz 5 inch Rachel Summers Phoenix by 4:F
Rachel uses one of the few viable female bodies in the Toy Biz 5 inch lines, Mystique. She has small globs of Sculpey on her. Her head is from aCadillacs & Dinosaurs Hanna Dundee figure. The rest is paint. I was glad to not have to paint her face.
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.